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Baia Lara live report - October 2013

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Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Arrived about 4pm on Saturday after a very good flight with Thomas Cook. This is our second visit to the Baia Lara... the first was September 2010.

We were the last drop-off and were greeted with courtesy.

Shown to our room... oh, horror... it was like an oven. Had a great view over the pool/sea and on to the mountains, but the balcony was in full afternoon sun, which was not what we requested. (Room 5212.) The bellboy did make a phone call but the alternate offer was also not acceptable. So we were told to contact reception at 11am the next day.

We decided not to unpack in the hope of a move. First experience of this for us.

By this time we were starving, as TC had only given us a measly breakfast-type meal which was a child’s portion. So we decided to explore the new 24 hour brasserie/patisserie... what a disappointment. Hardly anything savoury on offer. So we opted for a chicken roll... ended up eating the filling, as the roll-part could have been used as skimming stones on the pool.

So we ended up going to the main buffet at 6.30pm... delightful... Far Eastern theme. Lovely crispy duck with orange sauce and oodles of other choices.

Evening entertainment in the amphitheatre was a Chinese acrobat show. Kept us entertained.

But we had the munchies by midnight and ventured back to the brasserie. This time we found the menu... satisfied our hunger with an acceptable cheeseburger and trimmings. Why we didn’t see the menu before, I don’t know.

Sunday was wasted hanging around waiting for an offer of a room change which finally came through gone midday. So by 3pm we were finally unpacked in our new room... 4310... morning sun and pool/sea view as originally requested.

When you view the floor layouts, you can see how few of these rooms there are, so we feel lucky and are very happy.

A TC-welcome meeting took another hour up and eventually, after Mike had his complimentary massage, we had our evening meal about 8.30pm... had difficulty find a table for two outside in the smoking area.

Today has been wonderful... hit the early 30sC with a cooling breeze. But the pool is a tad chilly. Will venture into the sea tomorrow.

About 95% occupancy and loads of kids... maybe the Turkish holiday? But pool beds only around 40% occupied so no problems there.

So far, so good. Food is great... so much choice for lunch and dinner.

Also happy with local drinks. Thank goodness the mixers are Schweppes from a bottle, not like the undrinkable stuff from a gun we had last time. And 21 cocktails on the menu... plus five non-alcoholic ones.

We’re happy bunnies.

Oh... except we had been looking forward to the Kings & Queens fine dining experience but that is no longer available owing to lack of interest. At €50 a head, I guess it was too much.

Any questions?

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1. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hi Angel9

We are heading out in February and so will be on the winter concept, are you on winter concept or still summer concept? Hope you have a great time!

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2. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hey angel9, just wanted to say hi. We are over in belek at the min and also doing a live report from cornelia diamond. Baia lara is an option for us early next year so I'll be keeping an eye on your posts. Hope the weather in lara is as good as we are getting in belek. We arrived on Friday and the Weekend was a little quiet but things are getting busier with the sacrifice Turkish holiday. The hotel is setting up for what looks like a big outdoor party. Hope you enjoy your hols.

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3. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hi Pedro, yes, still on summer concept. But adult pool ("Enjoy") is now heated and they let the kids use it.

Hi moosey, shame we can't meet up for a drink.

Weather is just in the 30s every day with blue sky, Have been very comfortable in short sleeves until gone midnight every night.

Drinks list... Beer – Efe, Gin – Borzoi, Beefeater, Gordons, Vodka – Borzoi, Absolut, Smirnoff, Whisky – Passport, Ballantines Finest, Russian vodka – Nemiroff... all included. Other brands from €3.Sparkling wine for brekkie and from bars included - shame the measure is so small! Fresh OJ also available for brekkie - both ready-squeezed and DIY.

Not seen before... espadrilles available in boxes at buffet entrance for those without suitable footwear for dinner.

Hotel now 96% occupied. Went to beach for morning and swam in sea... nice and warm. But left our spot for lunch and couldn't find two sunbeds around pools for the afternoon.

Loving it... staff all smiley and eager to please... a smile and thank you/please goes a long way. No tip boxes visible.

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4. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hi Angela

Glad to hear all is well for you.

I saw you got the room sorted.

Good that they have heated the pool already and not waited until it gets cooler .

Drink choice much better for you with decent mixers, it makes all the difference.

Enjoy !

This time next week and we will be in Turkey !

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5. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hi Angela , we are thinking of booking this hotel for summer next year. Last year we stayed at the voyage belek and had a fab time, we have definatley got the turkey bug now so wanting to try different hotels.

just a quick question .... do they have jack daniels or jim beam on the all inclusive? They did at the voyage .

Have a lovely hol . Wish we where there instead of waking up in miserable Wigan

x

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6. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hi Toady, thanks. Yes, drinks choice is fine for us. Sparkling and still wines also very quaffable. We don’t regret come here for the second time. Not long for you now... enjoy, as I know you will.

Emma... drinks list is as above...JD and JB both available at extra charge... €4 a shot. We’ve also been to the Voyage Belek but would not return. It’s quite different from the Baia Lara... much bigger to start with.

Have had another lovely sunny day though not as hot as previous few days. Dipped my poor puffy feet in the main pool which was bliss but not brave enough to go right in. Enjoyed the heated pool but too many kids. And they shouldn’t allow inflateables either... it’s too small.

Had a good seafood night in the buffet last night... it’s French tonight. Food quality and choice is very good.

They treated us to a BBQ on the lawns at lunchtime. Together with a rodeo bull for entertainment and some African singers/dancers. Good fun.

Had a white party last night. They started prepping beach bar in the morning. What an effort with streamers running down from the ceiling and good dance music. This was after the contemporary dance in the amphitheatre.

Having a thoroughly brilliant time here. Really good service too.

Booked the Italian ALC but couldn’t get a table until Sunday. Just as well we’re here for two weeks.

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7. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hi Angel -9

Sounds like you picked a good time to go and with the Celebrations it must be nice. All the hotels seem to be doing lovely things especially for children during the day!

Hope the hot spell continues, Zoover forecast looks good for us to!

Yes I am sure we will be spoilt at the Maxx Royal!

The price for Jim beam and Jack Daniels is not so steep compared to the rip off prices at the Imperial. More like 20 Euro there per shot. Not keen on hotels charging for some drinks !

We have booked the Steak House twice at the Maxx at 20 euro per person per visit as the GR thinks it will be hard to book as the guests will be arriving for the Turkish Open which starts 2 days after we leave! There is a 21 hour Bistro that has an A la Carte type menu which is inclusive .

Enjoy the sun it is awful here and so much heavy rain!

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8. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Actually chose to come here later than usual to avoid the very hot sun, Toady! Weather is turning... needed long sleeves this evening even though it's about 18C. Rain expected soon and T-storms by morning. But not expected to last more than a day or so. At least it's warmer than the UK.

Had a guy playing the accordion with this evening's French menu! All good fun. And had some Turkish crooner this evening after the normal amphitheatre entertainment but we didn't go. So yes, they are doing what they can. Hotel is 99.67% occupancy right now.

Wi-fi is good in the rooms and generally reasonable around the grounds.

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9. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Yup... T-storms earlier this morning. Rain has briefly stopped but looks set for the day. Ho hum.

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10. Re: Baia Lara live report - October 2013

Hi Angel

My friend is at the Barut right now and said today they had forecast storms, but it is unsettled this time of year!

I ordered wall to wall sunshine for us! Forecast is looking good for our first 7 days! It can all change though!

It still beats looking out at the rain here! No meals to cook, cleaning or washing! Bliss, mind you we wear ourselves out prior to coming leaving everything In order! Lol

Enjoy the day regardless !