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.