What can I say. I've just returned from the most fabulous holiday ever known.
For the price you pay, the rooms are basic, comfortable and clean. The showers work amazingly, there are fresh towels every day and the maid makes lovely shapes out of the towels on your bed in the mornings which are always a nice suprise to come back to!
We arrived at 4am after a night flight and Ayhan the friendliest and most cheerful of staff took our bags to our room and showed us around. The next morning we ate breakfast - none too shabby bar the drinks. The bread is fresh, the toaster is not as bad as others make out! The jam is lovely and you have basic other foods such as turkish cheeses and salads, olives and cereals. The half board dinner is lovely too .It's not amazing five star food, but it is well cooked, lots of choice and starters, mains and desserts available.
The best thing about the food is you can choose to eat inside or outside on the roof terrace by the bar or by the pool. In the evenings you can watch the sun go down and watch the paragliders jump from the mountains above while you eat your dinner.
The main attraction of this hotle for us was it's privacy and socialising opportunities- the rooms are all in lovely little apartment blocks of 8 rooms in each block, no outside noise from neighbours just the bar sometimes - but we were usually the ones in it making the noise!!! and even then noise was extremely minimal. There are two bars one by the pool and one upstairs which you sit round and chat to all the other hotel guests. This was an awesome set out and we made loads of great friends. The bar staff Ayhan and Tom are THE MOST LOVELY bar staff you will ever meet, always interested in your day, and up for a laugh - getting the karaoke out on request or putting on your favourite songs. Also - if you have a horrendous hangover make sure you ask Ayhan to make you a oregano mint and lemon tea and you'll be back on track in no time.The prices are fair in the hotel, and you pay for your drinks whenever you want by clearing your tab at the reception. The staff in this hotel cannot do enough to make your stay pleasant. They will replace things that are broken, they clear your plates efficiently and offer you more drinks if they see you emptying one. There is also no pressure to buy more drinks and you can just chill by the pool or bar without buying anything and just go on the Wi-Fi or chat with the other guests.
If you are there on a sunday evening make it your top priority to go to the Turkish Night the hotel hosts. If you are B&B it costs 30TL per person (£12.50) and if you are half board you get it half price at 15TL per person! There is a free bottle of wine for each couple so really you get entertainment and food free!! The food is a delicious turkish buffet and BBQ and you are really treated with a huge variety of traditional turkish and contemporary turkish dancing. The highlight of the night is the belly dancer who gets the audience joining in - definitely got the hotel guests socialising and making friends for the rest of the week! The finale is a fire dancer with fire poi who does some AMAZING routines. It is expected in Turkey that you will tip - so take a lot of notes. 5TL is the smallest note denomination and is only about £1.80 if you don't have much spending money.
There is a lovely hotel dog called Bobby who sometimes follows you to town if you go for an evening wander, he's really friendly too.
At about 4pm at the poolside the staff will come round and offer you home made apple pie and cream cakes with a cup of tea or coffee for 8TL - about £3.50 not bad! They are delicious!
For extra snoozing by the pool comfort there are some couches which are lovely to sit in whilst you're on the hotels free Wi-Fi on your laptop. Couches are square decking areas where you sit with your legs out on cushions and at the centre there is a little table for drinks.
The hotel is far enough away from the main strip to be quiet, but it only takes four minutes to walk to the main strip and 5 minutes to the beach. The blue lagoon beach is worth the extra ten minutes walk down the beach, and only costs 4TL for entrance which is about £1.50. Sun loungers for the day are also pretty cheap at only 6TL.
We learnt that in Turkey it is seen as rude to bring food and drink brought away from hotels into the premises and there is a big sign saying this - but if you get a largre rucksack and stow it away no one ever checks! We rented a fridge for £20 for the week and stored lots of grapes, olives and drinks in it without question.
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- Also Known As:
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