We flew with Sunway from Dublin for a 7 night stay in the Sea Pearl in Kusadasi, Turkey. Given that we didn't get to the hotel till 6am on the Sunday morning, due to a flight delay (flagged in advance, to be fair), it was really a 6 night trip. We were given our room numbers on the coach from Izmir Airport, and the whole check in process was quick and painless.
The rooms in the Sea Pearl are quite basic, probably not quite as good as you would expect from a 4 star, but they are functional with a great shower and aircon that works. Reading other reviews, the beds come in for mention. They are hard, but this is common to most Turkish hotels.
Tea and coffee facilities are provided up to a point. When the initial supply runs out, you buy the stuff form there on.. We were on the first floor and were not affected at all by the music on the patio or inside in the bar (on the odd night when we wern't listening to it). Its 100% Irish, this hotel, The owner is Irish as well.
We ate in the hotel most days. Breakfast was basic enough, no fry ups provided, although an all day Irish beakfast is available to buy, and very good it was too. From talking to our fellow travellers, the biggest gripe was the quality of the tea at breakfast. Might be worth it for the hotel to bring in a few boxes of Barrys Tea every week.
The lunch menu and food quality was very good, no complaints there, and the dinner menu included some very good Chinese dishes. Overall, we were very satisfied with the food quality.
The Sea Pearl staff are excellent. Always smiling and interacting with the guests. Top marks.
Some of the entertainment was a little bland, but there were two very good singer guitarists who played on alternate nights. The usual stuff, Magic Shows, Fire Eaters etc are all there.
We also had a look at the other hotels in the Palmin Group, the Palmin , the Palmin Sunset Plaza and the Palmeira. All have their own market. Our favourite was the Sunset Plaza. Its a little off the beaten track but the incredible Dolmus Bus service (number 5) goes within a 100 metres of the hotel. This bus service is quite amazing. You never wait more than 5 minutes for a bus, and the fare one way is a fixed 2,25 lire or €1
Shopping is a great attraction in Kusadasi and the Wednesday market is worth a visit,. They do hassle the tourists a bit but not as much as we expected. Bartering is expected and there are some bargains if you search hard enough. Most of the stuff is fake, and you have to smile at the 'Real Fakes' signs. Near the Cruise Port, there are a couple of high end Shopping Centres aimed at the cruise passengers, There are about a dozen cruise ships in port every week so its big business.
The Turkish people are lovely, friendly and the Irish tourists are massively important to Kusadasi.
We would go back in a heartbeat, despite the fact that our Onur Air flight was 2 hours late taking off on the homebound
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