My boyfriend and i have just returned from our 2 week stay at the Bendis beach hotel, needless to say that it was absolutely perfect from start until finish. The hotel itself is very modern and well maintained and the rooms are a good size with a balcony to sit on or use to dry towels/swimwear. We found the staff to be friendly and always keen to help if you were willing to be patient to ensure they understood as some find English difficult. There is a variety of food served for every meal and there is always large amounts of everything which ensures that if you arrive later to a meal slot then there is still plenty left for you to enjoy. The waiters work extremely hard and we found them all to be very friendly and willing to have a laugh with you. Special recognition to Kenan (waiter) who went above and beyond to ensure that we had a fantastic holiday and was always very helpful and friendly at meal times and if you saw him around the complex.
We were approached by the complex photographers, Figo and Fero who offered us a no obligation photoshoot which we gladly accepted. The shoot was great fun and produced some stunning pictures that we couldnt help but buy. Definitely take some extra cash to buy the pictures as they are amazing photographers as well as being fun to be around in the complex as they join in with any organised games or social events.
The entertainment was okay but as we were there for 2 weeks and the entertainment team work on a 1 week schedule, it meant that the shows were repeated so we only went to the evenings shows the first time around however like all the other staff at the hotel, the team were friendly and always happy to talk to you. Some reviews mention that the location of the hotel isnt brilliant however this didnt cause us a problem because its very easy and cheap to get on a bus (which will pick you up from outside of the hotel) to go into the local town or further afield to Bodrum. I would advise you to seriously consider some of the excursions that are on offer as they really help to make your holiday memorable especially the trip to Kos or Scuba diving. The market is also a great place to go on a saturday morning (don't book with the holiday company as they charge £7 each for a lift to the local town, you can hop on a bus for a lot less and then you can spend the amount of time that you decide instead of being restricted by pick up times from a scheduled bus). Also be prepared to haggle with the store owners as they often start off with a very high price and often you can reduce it substantially and get some great bargins!
Overall we couldnt have asked for more from the hotel and we were gutted to leave and will definitey be returning at some point soon!
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