We stayed as a family of four, 2 adults and 2 teenage girls in August 2014 for 11 nights. Booked with Thomson. Check in and flight all ok.
Arrived at the hotel in the early hours of the morning and the check in was swift and easy, so no complaints. Impressed to be informed that the hotel had a no sun bed towel blocking rule, so no need to get up early. It also had a dress code for the restaurant. More of these later.
Room of a good size with a king size bed, single bed and a couch type bed for the youngest girl. Room clean and kept clean with good housekeeping. Bathroom fine.
Thoroughly enjoyed the hotel, main restaurant of typical Mediterranean fayre with multiple food stations for all types of dishes. There were theme nights, which seemed to work well. Overall the food was good although there is tendency that the main courses all start to look similar. But this is a personal choice issue. We tried the A La Carte Italian restaurant on two occasions. The first was to celebrate the eldest daughter getting her GCSE results and guest relations had been made aware of this special day and the table in the restaurant was specially dressed and we received a bottle of wine with fruit in the room – so thank you. We didnt try the other two restaurants so cant comment.
Now sun beds and dress code. Firstly after drifting out after breakfast on the first day it was clear that this rule was not enforced, or if it was I am not sure from what time. That said there are plenty of sun beds to go round, but if you want one around the pools then get up early. My wife did the 7.00am trip and this seemed to be the latest you would want to leave it. After seeing men in shorts and flip flops in the restaurant in the evening, it was clear this rule isn’t enforced either. Again not a problem, but I don’t see much point in communicating rules if they are not going to be enforced.
Pools were clean and great and made a refreshing change to cool down in the typical Turkish sun. The occasional trolleys coming around the pool were good with fruit and sweetcorn. Have been to other places where a water trolley comes round and this would be a nice touch also for the hotel to consider in the future.
In the lift the hotel management had a breakdown of nationalities in the hotel and it showed about 30% British. We prefer hotels that are not dominated by British tourists, so it was a good mix.
Bars were good, especially the white bar and main lobby bar. A little politeness and a smile seemed to go a long way and we didn’t suffer any delays and after a couple of nights the staff knew the usual drink and a nod from a distance would result in a fresh drink arriving – so well done guys and girls.
Had a beach lodge on our last full day and that was fun and the service from Shamus was excellent.
Our kids are too old for the ‘kiddie disco’ but we had a look at the amphitheatre and it seems popular. The theme nights in the beach bar were also good, but perhaps I am getting a bit old, but I would have liked them to start a bit earlier.
The guest relations people were very helpful and the Thomson rep Hannah was good.
As a footnote we needed a good holiday to prepare us for the hell that is Antalya airport in the heat of the afternoon. The management of this place need to take a long hard look at how they resource the passport check booths as it is totally inadequate – so be prepared for some frustration here.
Overall a great holiday which the whole family enjoyed and we have already booked to return in 2015.
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