My partner and I have just returned from the Sipahi and had a fantastic holiday. We thought the hotel had many good points, although for those seeking absolute luxury it would not satisfy.
The really good points were the hotels location, situated on the main beach of Alanya and only a short walk to the marina, were you would find most of the shopping attractions. At the back of the hotel was the main strip that led you to the bazzar.
The hotel was very clean, and our room was cleaned everyday to a high standard. No probelms with T.V or aircon working. The pool was very clean and sunbeds were provided free of charge. The pool was slightly small although there was another pool for the children with slides which made the main pool a lot more peaceful. There was also a beach with a private section marked off for Siphai guests (although you had to pay for sunbeds and parasols but at a minimum amount).
The food at the hotel was OK. A lot of repetition, however it was not unbearable by any means. Pasta, rice, chips, burgers, chicken etc everyday. I am not an adventurous eater so I was content enough, although for those seeking fine dining I would recommend eating out, which was not expensive at all, and if you stood and looked at the menu board for more than a minute outside a restaurant they offered you free bread to start, desert and some percentage of discount 10 or 20%!
The staff work very long hours and do seem a little defalted, although some more than others. At times the service was at a 5 star quality and at others it was not. The porters were all very friendly and so were the bar staff. Some of the waiters/catering staff however were not so friendly for example, at 6 when the pool closed you were ordered off your sunbed immediately, which to me is not 5 star service or acceptable to a paying guest, but this was a small disapointment amongst many highlights.
I have often read reviews about all inclusive hotels and their rules about only one drink per person at a time and having to form a queue etc..this was not a problem. The all inclusive option included all soft drinks, vodka, whiskey, rum, wine and beer, the measures were huge! Bottled water not included. The all inclusive bar shut at 11, however there were many lovely bars just a few yards down the road with offers on the most wonderful cocktails (buy one get one free.)
I have travelled to Turkey previously and stayed in Marmaris, one thing to note about Alanya itself and the Siphai is that it is generally undiscovered by the British which to some is a good thing and to others not so much. It is not a home from home and most of Alanya's tourists and the Siphai's guests seemed to be Sweedish or Norwegin. Although during our stay my partner and I did make friends with two other English couples I think they were the only other English couples staying at the same time as us. I am not a great seeker of British compainionship when I am on holiday but for those that are I would recommend a different resort (although everyone can speak English.) Aslo unlike Marmaris the street venders are not as persistant and you are let to browse at your leisure in most shops.
My partner and I only paid £300 per person on a last miniute deal and we were over the moon as we felt it was great value for money. However Turkey has lots of 5 star luxury resorts and if you seek absolutle luxury, 5 star food and service and are prepared to pay for it then I would look else were. However if you are looking for a little luxury, wanting to explore outside your hotel and eat out occasionally for variety then I would give this hotel a go. We had a wonderful time and would return again. I only decided to write an honest review about this hotel because when considering booking a holiday trip advisor is what makes my decision.
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