Just got back from the Mavruka. Apprehensive because of previous reviews but booked anyway as the hotel looked fabulous and smaller than others . Spotlessly clean, new, staff were excellent, really friendly even if some did not speak much english - they loved to learn. Reviews completely unfounded. Even Remi who has a very wicked dry sense of humour and is not really miserable at all just knackered. They do work incredibily long hours for little money; how they manage to smile at all is amazing. Ali on reception could not do enough for you and Sonny a star at the outside bar and would stay up past his bedtime if you fancied a late one!! It was nice to have an outdoor bar that did not smell of food, especially if you had just eaten. I was amazed at the friendliness of the turkish people and the staff were so good with little children they adopted them as second dads. I liked the fact the hotel was just off the main drag away from all the action so was quiet and did not have active party nights every night. The noise from some nearby hotels was deafening when you walked past them. We booked half board and were intending to eat out occasionally but were sold on the home-made soup starters, amazing, and only ate out once . Breakfasts were nearly the same every day but adequate.
Our only meal out at Toscana was excellent. We both had house steaks and wine, coffee and brandies approx £38. Tables were very close together so you had to be friends with your neighbours who luckily were nice on both sides! Friends also recommended the Sea Horse with friendly Charlie. Have not seen this restaurant mentioned anywhere. We ate lunch at the Kumsal restaurant on the beach every day, also not mentioned. Its on the back road to the beach thru' the restaurant, turn right past the back entrance to the Belcekiz, next to the bowling alley. Excellent food and staff and if we didn't like anything we didn't have to pay (policy found alot in Turkey unlike england). Their prices are half the others in the area as they own the land and do not pay rent. We do not like hotel pools so rented sunbeds daily at 6lira per bed plus 6lira per umbrella and we left everything and just popped off to lunch there and of course use their loo!!
Having spent hols in Portugal for the last 34 yrs I can thoroughly recommend this hotel and Turkey. Bought 3 fake watches and 2 pairs of gucci sunglasses from Star watches opposite road out of the hotel but he mended my husband's english watch for free and put a battery in my english watch for free later on in our stay. Unbelievable! My husband joked he hoped the watches still worked on our return home and he said if not contact his brother called Ahmed who works at Asda in Bath!
Only negatives were the sandpaper sheets, thick cotton but you got used to them in the end, and the pebbly beach. Do yourselves a favour and buy some cheap beach shoes on day 1! I managed to use flip flops but momentarily lost them in the sea once or twice. The water is so clear and refreshing you have got to go in.
I only hope that after this review they don't put the prices up. In Turkey you seem to get a choice from speaking to other tourists, either small cheap rooms and good food or classy spacious rooms and adequate food and I know which I would rather choose.
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