As usual with T Cook the flight was on time and we were well looked after, the inflight meals have certainly improved since I last dared try one.
Coach transfer approx 1 hour in a fine air conditioned coach
Currency either lire or Euros at a push UK Pounds and US Dollars or a combination of all four. Despite the official exchange rate of roughly 2.9 Lire to the Pound. The local Traders much in the same way as Barclays, make up their own rates currently 2.2
A clean modern hotel, wifi supposedly only available in the lobby but we were able to access in all parts including our room, no passwords easy to get connected
Food; not the best rather bland and uninspiring, sprouts doused in olive oil amused me, for cheese lovers the choice is endless and some are really rather good. For those of you have dieted in preparation for your hols and are worried about piling it all back on during your stay, don't, with the heat and quality of food you may actually lose weight unless of course you have the taste buds of a not too fussy Springer Spaniel Puppy
Alcoholic drinks Tuborg lager its ok plus a handful of cocktails, the list of drinks that require payment was far more appealing but heavy on the wallet.
The Pool at first sight appears wonderful, however, as has been previously stated the lifeguard seems to be the odd job man who does anything but life guard, the slides are really good fun but I'm afraid they are an accident waiting to happen, a total lack of supervision so you get young children going down the slides as is with kids they will sit up and slow down consequently they get clobbered by adults speeding behind them, as four slides pour out their contents into a small area youngsters don't realise they have to remove themselves from the slide end and are likely to again get clattered, a Russian with a healthy appetite exiting the slide with an Olympic qualification time can cause serious damage to anyone let alone youngsters.
The other problem is "Pool Chemical Management" white t shirts and shorts don't take long to acquire a bright green dayglo streaky look !! The other concern is the amount of people going down with an ear infection, the local pharmacist (out of the hotel turn right) is the chap to see he will provide anti biotics, pain killers, drops and ear plugs at a very reasonable price, if you call the Dr he will prescribe the same but will charge top dollar.
Rooms; Ours was fine, the chambermaid really took a pride in her work. We thought our Air Conditioning was working, we hadn't realised that if the balcony door is not fully closed the AC wont work, once that was sorted the AC was a godsend and worked superbly. A fully working tv with approx 50 + channels most are German Russian Hungarian or Scandanavian a dubbed version of 2.4 Children was the best we found
Beach; lovely, with rows of shaded sun beds, the sand is levelled at the close of play every evening so the next day it all looks perfect. Due to the intense heat the staff who work on the beach douse the sand with water so you can walk around without burning your feet !! The toilets down there are definitely 5 * probably the best Ive ever seen as Beach Toilets.
Soft drinks, all around are drinks dispensers but the drinks are nothing more than sugary syrup, you can get fresh fruit juice in the restaurant during breakfast however this will cost you imo that's not on in an all inclusive resort.
Shopping : Out of the hotel turn left and there are numerous traders who all enjoy a bit of banter and bartering, you could actually go on holiday with an inflight bag and buy all your needs here at a much cheaper price than you would in the uk, all brands you will immediately recognise but not produced by or with permission of the the brands you recognise, I am rather pleased with my quality £7 Ray Bans and £5 Trendy Aftershave
Days Out: Side (Pronounced See-Deh) My wife was keen on the correct pronunciation, a touch of Mediterranean Snobbishness or maybe too much sun, anyway to me it was Side, a most enjoyable day out, Side is an ancient Roman coastal town with ruins everywhere it doesnt take much imagination to picture the sweaty war weary legionnaires marching into town via a pillared entrance way with the amphitheatre temple and bath house offering welcome relief to taking central heating and straight roads to the rest of the empire. Its all down hill into Side bare this in mind if you decide to purchase a heavy carpet. Side offers air conditioned shopping and tasty Kebab restaurants plus a delightful yet basic harbour where you can enjoy a quiet drink or two whilst wondering what the people of Side who were seconded into the Roman Army thought of Hadrians Wall in winter. Transport to Side passes the Hotel every 10 minutes and the journey time is approx 20 mins cost 3.5 lire each way, bargain.
For those of you going out in July or August you must be mad !!
In June the temperatures were in the 40's so god only knows how hot it will be when you arrive !
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