Returned from the Grand Azure on 3 October having spent two very pleasant weeks chilling and lazing about. I was slightly worried about the number of reviews where people had gone down with stomach upsets but as long as you don't drink the tap water, and use bottled water to clean your teeth, there is nothing to worry about.
The hotel and grounds are very impressive and my partner turned to me and said she didn't think it was possible to top our hotel in Turkey last year, but she had been wrong. The pools are all lovely, all have swim up bars, and we never had any trouble getting a sunbed. There were 4 waterslides which were all great fun and were open from 10am to 1pm and then from 3pm to 5pm.
We used the Mediteranean, Italian and Chinese a la carte restaurants. The mediteranean was the best, the Chinese was okay, and our least favourite was the Italian. Every main dish in the Italian was served with mashed potato which I have never found in any Italian restaurant before.
Although we had a lovely holiday, there were too many little niggles for me to want to return. On the first day we handed in our towel cards, the pool boy insisted on bringing the towels to our sunbed and laying them out, and then stood there just a little too long obviously waiting for a tip. In fact this one pool boy was a bit of a pest the entire time we were there. I also found it a bit strange that the only pool that was supposedly heated, the large lagoon pool nearest the hotel lobby, was actually the coldest of the 3 pools! As far as we were concerned, and it would seem from other reviews we are in the minority, the food in the buffet restaurant although hot and perfectly well cooked, was repetitive. We didn't have lunch in there the entire second week because we were sick of seeing the same dishes. There are only two bars to get drinks in the evening, and had we wanted to be entertained in the evening we would have been very disappointed. Also if you read one of the previous reviews stating that there are not so many Russians there any more, think again.
After a few days I asked my partner if she was offered a free week long holiday, would she prefer to come back here or to the hotel we had stayed at in Turkey, she plumped for the Turkish hotel straight away. I would have to agree with her.
You will have a nice holiday, most of our gripes are minor, and it would seem many people do return, in fact we met some Geordies who had been out there in January and came back only 8 months later. Most of the staff are great, and just like anywhere you go there will always be one or two grumpy ones.
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