I have just returned from the Melas Lara Resort in company of my wife and 8 year old daughter. Upon arrival the hotel reception looked good and was very clean and plush as we expected after reading previous reviews. Unfortunately that is where the similarity ends.
Last year we stayed at the Melas holiday village in Side and had a fantastic time and were fully aware of what the Melas hotels offered. The food is very similar to our previous experience at the holiday village and is of a good standard with plenty of choice though the Germans are far better catered for.
The rooms were of a good size and are modern and clean with air conditioning and a small balcony to retire for the evenings. Our first day we explored the hotel and beach then relaxed in the sun. We were warned by Thomas Cook with regards to possible noise nuisance from the hotel nearby which was being built which is absolutely massive and dwarfs the Melas. Nearby is possibly an understatement as it nearly encroaches on the Melas land and at its closest point is about 6 foot away. The noise was not bad at all on the Melas side however according to the rep complaints had come from the Lara beach hotel on the opposite side including dust, noise etc as work was continuing on that side during the first week of our stay. I find it absolutely ridiculous that the neighbouring hotel was allowed to be built so closely. If you are looking at booking this hotel then you will also be advised with regards to the noise. During our second week the noise had moved towards the Melas and I would suggest that anyone who has booked to stay in the next couple of months will be annoyed by the ongoing work as concrete lorry’s etc had started to roll in and work the side nearest the Melas. I would suggest if you are offered as we were to book an alternative hotel, do it.
The beach is average with the usual water sports as offered by most resorts and obviously chargeable. The beach has a bar which also offers meals from midday which are again of a good standard. The pools are good with 3 water slides which keep the kids interested throughout the holiday. I didn’t see anyone in the indoor pool during our stay.
The pool bar offers similar food to the Beach bar also but the waiters are rude and if you can get served you’re lucky. The weird thing about this resort is that if you go to the bar they ask you to sit down and they will come to the table to serve you. Yes they do but they don’t say when. On numerous occasions we waited and waited then went to the bar and ordered as we had no service. If you’re English you are treated as second class to the Germans and Russians.
The entertainment is shocking by any standard. If you take the worst of Britain’s got talent and stick them in the Melas you are somewhere near the mark. To be honest I felt embarrassed for them and my daughter wanted to go back to our room most nights which is unheard of.The hotel to the left of the Melas has some awesome entertainment and we watched their firework display most nights.
The resort has a gym with running machines and some machines and free weights. I like to us the gym but the equipment was similar to that you buy from argos and was near to dangerous for a so called 5 star hotel. The lounge bar again is very plush but service is very poor again. If you have stayed at other 5 star hotels before you would score this a 3 to 4 star. I have included pictures of the Nearby hotel so you are fully aware. I could go on and on with different things but my fingers would be sore. In a nut shell it looks good from the outside but I would book the Meals holiday village or Hotel as this lot couldn’t organise a drinking session in a brewery.Oh yeah and its in the middle of nowhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opening date April 2009 Languages spoken Turkish, English, German, French, Russian Pension Ultra All Inclusive Operation period 12 Months Number of floors 12 Number of lifts 4 Growth of the complex Approximately 15.000 m2 General atmosphere: Elegant, silent, suitable for couples and families Distance to the airport:12 km. ( Antalya International Airport) Nearest city center: 15 km. ( Antalya ) Beach: 0 m. Nearest busstop: 100 m. Nearest historical places: Side Antique City, Aspendos theatre,Perge Antique City, Sillyon,Termessos,Olympos Sightseeing: Hadrianus Gate, Clock Tower, Republican Square, Duden Waterfall,Kursunlu Waterfall,Antalya Archaeological Museum, Kaleici ancient city and yacht harbour, Koprulu river national park-rafting centre Transportation: Minibus, taxi ... more less
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