We originally visited this hotel in September 2010 and we had such a lovely holiday we didn’t hesitate to book it again for this September.
We were apprehensive as sometimes things are never quite the same when you return after having such a great time, our fears were unfounded and we had a really great time yet again.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and it was really nice this year as the level of English spoken has improved greatly which enhanced the whole communication experience.
I also noticed an increase in the number of trainees around the place and they all seemed to be enjoying the work and it was nice to see them being taught by the more experienced staff in a really positive way. (Maybe that’s just my job making me take notice of such things).
Last year we were upgraded free of charge to a Suite and this year we were in the main building. I must admit the view from our room was sensational as we were high up and as we didn’t spend much time in the room the extra space provided by the suite was wasted, it would be great for a family though. That’s not to say that the standard rooms aren’t spacious – we had plenty of room and lots of hanging space and drawers (it’s a woman thing!).
The main buffet restaurant did really well when you consider the volume of people they serve each day, we had some great meals in there at lunchtime and breakfast was super. I have to say I did have the freshly made omelette every morning (and now I can’t resist making omelette for breakfast every morning now I’m home!). I would have liked to have seen the crispy bacon served on a few more mornings – it only made an appearance on the Sunday morning.
We ate in 5 of the 6 speciality restaurants and they were all great, I must admit though my main course in the seafood restaurant was a disappointment which was a shame as last year it was exceptional. Still that was probably a one off and I will go back there again next year (yes we’re already planning our return trip).
The sofa restaurant with its set menu was a new experience for us this year and it was great – very art deco – the waiter there was superb and managed the whole thing virtually single handed!
We decided to try the Barbeque this year as well and that was quite novel – if a bit smoky – we had a good time though and the other diners were friendly and there was a good level of ‘banter’ between the tables.
I do wish they would serve a bit later in the Al La Carte restaurants though – we like to eat late on holiday and having to be out of the restaurant by 9.30 spoils the evening a bit, we would like to sit and relax and make the experience last.
This year we frequented the Yasemin Bar more often and the service there is impeccable and the cocktails are great – the White Russian is now my favourite! The staff took the time to chat to you and explain what was in the cocktails which was very nice. Also from there you get a great view of the nightly firework displays at the other hotels along the coast and boy there were some pretty good displays!
The main pool bar was open until midnight every night which was great – it’s lovely to be able to sit out under the stars and watch the world go by. The main lobby bar is great for nightcap on the way to bed and here they serve a whole range of drinks even the premium brands as part of the all inclusive. I must admit I was a bit partial to the Sparkling Wine served everywhere!
The pool areas and the gardens are kept in immaculate condition and there are plenty of sun beds around but as usual there are those who reserve the sun beds in the prime spots and then show up at 3 or 4 in the afternoon which gets frustrating. Also the staff come round the pool with a trolley providing soft drinks and water which is a great idea as it does ensure that you keep your fluid intake up (minus the alcohol – you need to walk to the bar for that!).
The main niggle I had with the whole week was the constant noise at night, it’s a beautiful place, the gardens are wonderful for a stroll after dinner, the outside bars are lively but everywhere you go there’s a cacophony of sounds from all of the hotels – do they really need to have the sounds that loud? It’s almost as if they are trying to compete with each other – I’m sure if they all turned the noise down a few notches it would be more pleasant for everyone.
All in all I was very pleased that we had chosen to return again and we’re about to book for our third trip!!!
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