This is a great place for a family vacation, once they sort out the rooms you're actually booked for. The hotel seems to act as a holding room until you complain that you want the room or bungalow you actually booked and paid for. Once you get to the bungalow, they are fabulous and clean, but keep in mind that this is not a 5* resort by North American standards. 5* all inclusive in the Caribbean offer much more.
This is an extremely busy resort, or at least it was in August, which is to be expected. If you are not a family with children, I would not recommend this resort as it is heaving with kids.
The food was good, but don't expect 5*. There is really only one restaurant, which had a great salad bar and plenty of options, but don't expect an array of different types of seafood. You will always get grilled fish and maybe a shellfish or calamari salad, but that's the extent of the seafood selection. The kids enjoyed the many turkish desserts. The afternoon pancakes by the pool are fabulous! The a la carte restaurant(s) are really only one restaurant, serving 3 different menus that you need to book and select menu items a day in advance of. We chose the turkish, which was great...go hungry...there was a lot of food. The service was great...better than the main restaurant.
We didn't use the pool at all...it was so busy and slippery (people were falling over frequently), it didn't look like you would be able to relax there. There is a relaxation pool, which was very quiet, but its far from any sort of refreshments. The beach is great (albeit a little small)...the sea is lovely...the fish bite ;o) And don't worry about the steps...it's not as bad as some make out. If you are fit, they are no problem.
I highly recommend the turkish bath and massage...lovely.
There's not much to see right in Altinkum...it's just like any other British seaside destination, complete with vendors selling rip offs and British pubs. It's a fun evening stroll, but didn't really feel like I saw much of Turkey here.
The entertainment team are really friendly, but I wouldn't say the evening entertainment was quality. We usually left after 10 mins scratching our heads and looking for another drink.
The booze is of poor quality and limited selection. The wine is nasty...we stuck to the rose with lots of ice. You will not find any fruit juice at this resort (unless you want to pay extra for the fresh squeezed at breakfast); it's all sweetened flavoured rubbish out of a machine. Beer is good, but watered down. Order an Efes when you go into Altinkum and you'll see the difference.
All in all a very nice family vacation and the staff were amazing with the kids, but a week was enough for this resort.
- Also Known As:
- Palm Wings Beach Hotel Didim
- Palm Wings Beach Hotel
- Palm Wings Beach Didim
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday is nice...Having a holiday in Palm Wings Beach Resort is something excellent...Crystal clear sea of the Aegean, very hot sunlight and green nature invite you to the holiday you are dreaming of.We promise that you will have the best moments of your life in Didim, which is one of the unique gifts that sea and the nature togetherness has presented to the Aegean Region...Didim is 150 km far from İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, 80 km far from Bodrum Airport and 3 km from Didim Coach Station. ... more less
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