We pretty knew what to expect of this hotel. It was our 8th time to Turkey, 6th to Antalya, 4th time to Lara beach and second visit to a Stone group hotel having stayed at the Royal Wings.
I won't go into too much detail as much has been said before but I really couldn't fault this hotel. If I tried I could nitpick that perhaps the pool toilets weren't checked regularly enough and they sometimes ran out of paper and I perhaps a 5* hotel shouldn't be using chipped crockery and glasses but that is basically all I could complain about.
This hotel has the friendliest staff we have ever come across and their English is certainly of a good standard or good enough to communicate. Apart from a couple of waiters in the main restaurant of an evening (middle section near back) all staff were really efficient.
The entertainment team was the largest we've eve come across with 22 of them. We didn't particularly get involved with activities but many of them got to know us just by having a friendly chat as they passed. All the team work really hard and are in the shows each night too. The shows aren't of professional quality but when you think that the staff rehearse until early in the morning and then are back to work at 10am every day you have to forgive them. One surprise was that we had met the entertainment manager Mustafa and his wife Amandine who runs mini club at a hotel in Bodrum 4 years ago. They remembered us and our now older children loved going into mini club after not being that interested in the last couple of years as Amandine organised interesting activities for them rather than just the usual colouring.
We had a fantastic room. Having paid for a sea view with Thomas Cook we were a little doubtful that we would actually get one. But we did and it must have been the best room of that grade as it was dead centre of the hotel overlooking the pool. Be prepared for some noise if you have a pool facing room but to be honest the majority of the noise comes form the neighbouring Melas hotel who seemed to have very few guests interested in the entertainment and tried to make up for it with volume.
If you have any hesitations about this hotel then forget them and get booking. I'm happy to answer questions if you'd like to message me.
We'd love to go back but since next year one of the children will be 10 it means a different rooms category which might be too expensive for us.
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