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Reviewed October 4, 2007

Check in was prompt and efficient, everthing ready for us even though we didn't arrive until 4am. At that time there were no lights on so in order to get to our room we had to use our mobile as a light, but we got there in the end!

Room was lovely, very clean, looked brand new. Air Con in bedroom and living area. Bathroom first class with a jaccuzzi bath which was excellent! Don't put too much shampoo in the jets as you end up filling the bathroom with foam!! Well laid out balcony area with modern table and chairs. You also received 2 complimentary bottles of water everyday. The TV showed sky sports, sky news, all BBC & ITV channels.

3 themed restaurants, we only ate at the Taj Mahal which sounds Indian but was more of a chinese theme but very nice. The buffet restaurant at night had a varied selection of food and there wasn't something that we didn't like. Had seperate sections for starters, main meals and sweets. Breakfast was good and was open until 11am with a limited selection from 10 until 11. Ice cream also available from beach bar.

Numerous bars, service was quick and efficient. Their local beer, Efes was really nice, but you could have becks or fosters if you preferred. Local spirits and wine were also ok but branded spirits were also available but at a charge.

Entertainment was on all day, something for everyone. Yoga, football, water polo, darts etc. Well run and supervised.

Hotel was beautifully laid out with landscape gardens which were well maintained. To get to the beach you had to walk through a covered pergola.

Pool area was really nice, loads of sunbeds available and shaded areas if required. Most days it was 45 degrees!

The beach was sandy but quite dirty however, it was ok. There was also sunbeds and umbrellas available. You could windsurf, paraglide, go on a banana boat and ringo but you had to pay for these. Very reasonable. The beach bar was only a short walk away so you weren't too far away from your beer.

Staff were extremly friendly and helpful. Overall, a lovely hotel and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank javdac6070
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Reviewed October 4, 2007

We arrived at this hotel in the early hours of the morning and were delighted by how polite the staff were in greeting us. We had the best 7 days- the weather was perfect, the hotel stunning and very well equipped with everything you could need from a good 4* hotel. We have travelled extensively around the world and after reading some of the results were a little anxious. How wrong some people can be. The food at the hotel was fresh, hot very tasty and always available. Better than any of the 5* Egyptian all inclusives we have stayed at. The hotel grounds are kept immaculately groomed by a myriad of staff as is the hotel itself. Our room was large and clean with a lovely view (the mountains) and plenty of storage space.
Sarigerme is very quiet with a couple of nice eateries but why spend the money (quite pricey considering) when you have lovely food at the hotel. Mosquitos are there but use decent repellent and you will be fine- we had one bite each.
The evening entertainment is great the staff work so hard and have talent- which is refreshing.
We would certainly recommend this hotel to couples and families as it caters for all. The ice-creams are worth going for alone...

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sallic
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Reviewed October 1, 2007

my wife and i have just returned from a week at the iberostar tropical,and here is my review. on rrival which was late we were booked in and given a key very quickly which was nice the lobby was ray nice all marble with settees and nice lighting. we arrived in our room which was a jacuzzi suite it was lovely it had a seperate living area large bedroom and bathroom the tv had sky sports, itv and bbc 1. the pool areas were lovely the larger one was the busiest but there were a few smaller ones dotted about which were quiet and child free. here it comes THE FOOD i have stayed at many many hotels before and this was the worst for food by far, i cannot believe some of the reviews by people saying it was good. for all you knew the meat that was served up could of been dead rats as it all looked terrible in different coloured sauces i literally had soup all week as i wouldnt have touched the other food on offer. my wife had salad all week which she said was ok but very repetative, our saving grace was when we went to dalyan for the evening and ate in a restaurant there we had steak with pepper sauce with chips and veg it was massive and very good it cost 50 lira all together for both of us with 3 drinks each apart from food the hotel was lovely and most of staff very polite especially sidak and keenen in the lobby bar if yourbooked already have a good time

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1  Thank danmccBlackburn
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Reviewed September 27, 2007

My boyfriend and I (both 24) stayed in the Iberostar Tropical early in September and we had a great time.

On arrival the reception staff were friendly and helpful despite the early morning hour (about 2am I think) and a big bonus for us was the close proximity of the hotel to the airport, about 20mins, which was nice when you're tired.

The room was great, plenty of space for two people. We had two single beds in the bedroom area (the room is open plan but divided by a low tv cabinet) and a large desk and sofa bed in the lounge area. We also had a balcony with a table and chairs on, though we never used this. The bathroom was great too, good power shower and generally the sort of thing you would expect in a good European hotel. The room was spotless on arrival and the cleaners came in every day, unless you asked them otherwise. Cleaners were around all the time. There is also a free safety deposit box in each room which is a nice touch.

The hotel complex is large, really nice to have a stroll around when you fancy something different to lying around. It was really hot when we went but most of the numerous sunbeds are under giant canopies which is great as it meant you could be outside but not exposed to the blistering sun. I don't think we saw any clouds the whole time we were there.

We mainly hung by the main pool which is a really good size, but there are several smaller pools dotted around which were also surrounded by sunbeds. We also made use of the tennis courts in the early evening (when it had cooled down a little), my boyfriend played football, I took part in the aqua gym session which was well attended and a good laugh as well as being a really good workout. In fact the animation team were great, although we played a lot of sports we're not the sort of people who get involved in every activity but even we were moved to join in by the sheer enthusiasm and 'niceness' of the animation team, who work such long hours but were always a good laugh. Best of all they didn't hassle you to join in at all and were perfectly happy to accept that you just wanted to watch or continue to sunbathe.

As for evening entertainment we generally went next door to the First Choice half of the complex, just because the entertainment was all in english and a little more commercial (things like a comedian, singer, quiz etc) although we did join in the bingo and quiz night at the beach bar on the Iberostar side. We heard people complaining about the entertainment quality on the Iberostar side, but it was well meaning and there was something on every night and to be honest if you want high quality musicals you should go to a west end show!! Most people seemed content to sit and have a drink and quietly relax in the bar. Its not the place to go if you're a hardcore clubber, though the Iberostar 'disco' is worth a visit purely for its amusing local dodgy nightclub feel, although in its defence the music was excellent!

Its worth noting that you can go next door to the First Choice side of the complex (it all used to be one site but is now half and half) whenever you want without any hassle, or at least you could when we were there, I don't know if its different in July/August, and we just treated it as one huge complex. We got drinks and food on the First Choice side using our wristbands and watched the entertainment, so you do have that option too. The entertainment team were excellent here too, especially if you have kids who will love it. I'm glad we stayed on the Iberostar side as the demographic was a bit more diverse, the first choice side was very family orientated, but it was great being able to wander around.

There is also a decent gym that we used and an indoor pool and health spa type area. We didn't have any treatments but it seemed quite busy.

As for the food, I know people have complained about it on here before, but I have stayed in many hotels and similar complexes across Europe and I didn't think it was any worse or any better than what I have previously experienced. Its not 5* cuisine but people who expect that are deluded, there are plenty of options and I would imagine that everyone could find something to eat on each night.

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay here, it was the perfect place to just relax and unwind without any pressure to do anything. There is very little to leave the complex for, as the village is tiny and consists of the market and a few shops from what I could tell. So if you want to get out and explore its maybe not for you, but if you just enjoy a lot of sun, good facilities and a fun laidback attitude then you'll love it.

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Reviewed September 27, 2007

Well here goes.. we are a couple of girls in our 20's, lookin for a bit of sun, relaxation and some fun and we got it all!

first off reception staff very welcoming they smile, which is always nice, reception area is very spacious and there are plenty of comfy seatin areas.

Room was very big, the bed is huge, room for 3 in it at least! there is a tv with several english channels on. room has a fridge which is nice to keep your wine cool that ya take back from the bar for later or if ya fancy a drink on the balcony in the evening sun, as we did.

There isnt really a huge selection of drinks available from what i recall its was: vodka, gin, coniac, whisky, red wine, white wine, efes, becks, forsters (however never had any forsters when we visited the bar) orange Liquor, melon Liquor and tropical liquor, then coke, sprite and tango, they also had water coolers at the side which had something claiming to be cherry juice and butter milk, then coffee machines and various flavored fruit teas. But Im not complaining as we paid hardly anything for the holiday concidering what we got, there is also a cocktail bar with premium drinks i.e bacardi, malibu etc they are roughly about £4 each and they are ok. tho we had to teach the guy how to make our cocktail, we found it quite ammusing and he gave us a free shot of smirnoff for our time! great stuff.

The breakfast was very good, huge sections of cerials, prune looking things, yoghurts, omletts, funny lookin sausage things, potatoes, eggs, pancakes, fruit (watermelon and oranges) pasties, bread, you can buy freshly squeezed orange juice for about 70p which is nice. its all displayed nicely and ya dont go hungry.

Lunch is very basic you can have pizza, chips burger cheese on toast, salad and its the same every day, for lunch. It did the job. but there were tons of wasps!

Evening meal: I was very impressed with the choice and the quantity, they have some things the same every nite and some things they altered, i.e chinese nite, turkish nite, etc. there were 5 different pasta's with sauce and cheese at the side, there was freshly made pizza made infront of you in a pizza oven, the salad bar was amazing tons of choice and dressings and various turkish dishes and cheeses. we always found a seat outside and the view was nice, it did have a canteen feel but it more than ok for the price. the deserts looked a bit nasty but upon tasting them some were ok, ice cream was great.

One nite there was a turkish kind of market set up near the pool and there were camals that kids and adults could have a ride on, which was different, of course at a price.

Evening entertainment was pretty naff at the iberostar tropical, but this was easily remedied buy wandering over to the first choice hoiliday village where its was 1st class, they had flown a comedian in from the uk while we were there, they had an amazing signer called linda on a couple of the nites and there was a panto (mother goose) all very ammusing if your into that sort of thing, which we were. Im not too sure if you are suppose to go over to the hoiday village but we didnt have any trouble and were able to get drinks at the bar and no one said anything.

We went to the hotel's disco which was a bit naff, music was ok and if ya want a dance its there, be careful off the steps before ya get to it the as my friend fell down them and we also saw someone else fall down them... maybe it was the drink tho.. ahem.

I would recomend the Winehouse, where you can drink the free house wine or choose a bottle for a price, the seats are lovely and you are surrounded by fountains all lit up, you can watch the sun set and they bring you free nibbles (cheese, sliced fruit, pretzels) and the waiter was welcoming and friendly.

We went to the spa in the hotel it cost £35 for the "turkish bath experience" which is 5 mins in the sauna then a scrub with a loofa, and then some foam stuff is smothered all over you and they rub it in then they wash you off and you are then given a face mask and then a full body massage, i had a lady massuse and my friend had a man. it was ok, ive had better but if you've never had one i would recomend.

Overall very good and i would recomend great value for money!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with friends
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