It wasn't an auspicious start, we arrived in the wee small hours (very delayed flight) to a thumping beat providing the sound track to our hotel check-in. The ' 24 hour English Pub' forms part of the reception area. Our hearts sank. Was this the shape of things to come....?
We were shown to our room, 3 single beds and a shower for the disabled. My husband is 6ft 1", I like a bath. There was no way we could spend the next 10 days crouching under a shower that was fixed at wheel chair height.
Long story short, we managed to change rooms. 3rd time lucky, the room was spacious, with the required amount of beds. But it stank. And I mean it was rank. Only keeping the air conditioning on kept the smell at bay. And after a few hours the air conditioning began to clank really loudly. I don't know what was worse, the noise from the air conditioning during the night or my husband snoring.
Thankfully the shop sold ear-plugs.
The hotel has everything you'd need and more. Except style. It has absolutely no aesthetic to speak of whatsoever. So although that matters to me, it didn't matter one bit to my boys.
So that's all the negative stuff out of the way. Next for the good stuff.
The pools are fantastic, something for everyone. Big slides for the children (and I must confess me too). A fun older pool where all the aqua games were held, a pool for the teeny tots, and an adult area away from the noise and chaos of the children. Oh, and another more tranquil pool where children are also allowed.
The location of the hotel right on the sea is worth the money alone. Especially if you love to swim in the sea. I love the beach. The 3 jetties out to the sea (one is adults only) start at the beginning of the beach, so your feet never have to touch sand right up to the sea if that's not your thing (my husband hates sand, so this was perfect for him). Lovely design touch.
The food is FANTASTIC. A word of warning however, don't expect brilliant service. The staff are rushed off their feet, work their socks off. However, there just aren't enough of them.
The so called 'al a carte' restaurants are OK, but not brilliant. If you are going with children, stick to the main buffet style restaurant, as in the themed restaurants it's a set menu.
Also there is a trick to booking them apparently. We couldn't be bothered, so we only went to one. You have to ring on the second after 9am. Then you say you are booking for one, and you don't mind sharing a table. Then you visit 'guest relations' and inform them you are a party of X. And voila, they amend your order.
Our holiday was made by the Oguz from the Animation team who did the best fitness classes ever and his colleague who was nicknamed 'Tarzan' because he played him in one of the nightly shows. Both were fantastic, dedicated, and brilliant. Oguz especially was incredible. I went for a bike ride with him and a party of English, Turkish, Russian & Germans. He was fluent and witty in every language, even Russian. Just amazing.
The shows are OK, however the disco's after are so well done. With special effects galore. And children are welcome and all part of the experience.
Just a word on the Spa. The chaps that run it, have the hardest of faces and brutal unsmiling eyes. However, don't let this put you off. The treatments are fabulous. I had the 'medical' massage by a chap whose name might be something like Bultern. When I remember it I'll update ;-) It was the best treatment I have ever had.
Top tip: Pack a travel (duel voltage) iron. They don't have irons in the hotel. You have to pay for that service. Totally ridiculous. People just clubbed together and bought an iron locally and lent it about.
Is it Five star? Perhaps in some of the facilities. But definitely not in decor, or even the quality of the rooms. The people that work there are however five star.
Overall we had a truly fabulous holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Voyage Sorgun Hotel Side
- Hotel Voyage Sorgun
- Voyage Sorgun Hotel
- Voyage Sorgun Club
- Club Voyage Sorgun Turkey
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voyage Sorgun is 75 km to Antalya city centre, 65 km to the airport, 3 km to Manavgat and Side. The hotel, operating on All Inclusive system, is situated on an area of 87.000 m² ... more less
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