After spending our 7th visit here from 3rd -17th November we were left with some wonderful memories of our stay and would whole heartedly recommend November time in the Antalya region. We had some superb weather, hotter than we could have hoped for and the couple of off days when we had cloud/sun nor the one day when we had a real downpour did not dampen our spirits.If your 5 star Ultra All Inclusive then it is not an hardship and the entertainment during the day although low key is brought indoors.The Cinema shows a daily film in English and then in German and you can use the table tennis, play darts, etc or just relax with a book, use the indoor heated pool, gym, spa or simply do nothing.
We had a room upgrade when we arrived but we had to ask to be moved as it was next door to the room my late father had when we took him there and to many raw memories.We wanted to be in the main building anyway as we had expected it might be chilly walking back there in the evenings but actually it was very pleasant. We got a new key at 4pm on the next day and loved the location of our new room 1125. We do not spend alot of time in the room and the standard room was more than adequate for our needs.The room was spotlessly clean and was kept so for the duration of our stay and we had lovely fresh linen most days .It was a side seaview room away from the Kervansary side and it was perfect and so handy being able to pop back to the room if need be.The mini bar was well stocked daily and a note to ask for diet cola was noted and we got that everyday.The Residence / Junior Suite area is great in summer but they closed the Turunc snack bar after 2 days and feel we would have felt isolated. We did have a lovely lunch there at the Turunc on our first day.
Food is subjective I know but all but one person we spoke to found it to be of a very good standard and a Scottish lady a frequent traveller to Turkey said it was some of the best they have had .One person said Ann I am going to upset you as the beef was tough this evening, but I said there must have been at least 20 other meat dishes to choose but she said but we wanted beef. Still not not sure why I would be upset by this. We love the hotel but everyone is entitled to form their own opinion .I think maybe it was a mistake posting my travel dates on the forum as it leaves you wide open to this and I may be a DE who loves the Barut Lara hotel but on holiday I am just an holidaymaker like everyone else. One lady thought I was actually on a paid for holiday!! lol I wish !!
Now back to the food, I was reading the latest review which sums this up this nicely. Meat is very expensive in Turkey as is Fuel, Electricity and imported Alcohol. Some hotels have to cut back on meat during winter when people are actually paying very little per night to stay there. The Barut lara does not make drastic cut backs and there is always lots of tasty meat, veal, fish, chicken, turkey and casserole type dishes to try.
The Al a Cartes did go on to a reduced winter menu during our stay but they still had plenty of choice. I had a lamb shank on my last evening which fell off the bone and was delicious, my husband had Fillet Mignons. How much would you pay for that in a restaurant here plus we had starters and dessert and wine with our meal, we could have had special coffee etc to?
We were overjoyed to be able to dine on the very last Al a carte BBQ evening of the season and loved it there and we were sat outside in November with no need for a cardi etc. My husband cooked the food and it was lovely, the steak melted in your mouth. You could help yourself to salad, bread and potato wedges etc and the waiter brought drinks. We left really happy to have tried this after hearing about it from other TA members. We also went to the Turkish Al a Carte 3 times during our stay and the food was lovely and although the lamb from the clay oven was not on the menu we found other food that was equally lovely.So filling though so we had a light lunch when going there. At lunch time the food courts shut early on during our stay but the beach Restaurant serving cooked to order food was open and of course you could dine in the main buffet Restaurant and even at lunch time there was an excellent choice of food. As always service was brilliant in all areas.We saw many staff who now know us having been so many times who love to speak about their children and show photo's on their phone and several told us that they are now married. Some speak excellent English others less but we find you get there in the end.
The food standard did not slip in the second week as was stated in one review. All the Al a cartes were inclusive and no restrictions. The Sofa and Akdeniz will be open all winter and we were told the Turkish would close at the end of November.
The pancakes/crepes served daily at the pattiserie late afternoon were a great hit with guests. The carte dor style ice cream is now available until later than previously and still many lovely flavours to try.
This is where the Barut Lara cannot be beaten with everything imagineable included, even sparkling wine/ champagne and the house wines are of a decent quality. Every spirit you could wish for is included, even in winter.Even the swanky and very beautiful Delphin Imperial could not comptete in winter with charges for many of the more select and expensive imported drinks, although they had the bottled beers just the same.I will be reviewing our stay there to.
We found service was excellent and of course they soon remember your tipple and replenish without asking ! We enjoyed sitting at the bar early evening for pre-dinner drinks and late afternoon and enjoyed some great banter with the staff. I also was back at the bar most mornings well before 7am for my morning lattee with a tot in for my throat as all the chatting and laughing dried my throat. Some mornings I would have a stroll and then go for breakfast but towards the second week a friend joined me and we left our partners in bed !
The beach bar was still open daily.
The staff at the Barut Lara go that extra mile to make sure your every whim is catered for and those that say otherwise must realise that yes they may seem nicer to some but you get back what you give ten fold.Try being nice and pleasant .When you see how some people are demanding then you do feel for them, although this does not seem common place at the Barut Lara. I think the comments not just in this hotel but others that they give better service to the Germans for example is not true at all and some people ought to take the chip off their shoulder ! We get nothing but excellent service in all the hotels we stay at with maybe an odd grumpy person. I heard moans of this at the Airport coming home from people staying at other hotels !!
Special mention to Teoman our very special friend of 7 years who we have watched grow from a trainee to an excellent barman, Husayn at the pool bar who is always lovely to us and how they remember your names is amazing. Ferdi at the main bar, a really lovely guy and always smiling. Serhat is a nice guy and a new barman this holiday but one who provided loads of fun ( but where is the ice !! ) and he speaks great English. Orhan in the Akdeniz who is always cheerful and has the biggest smile ever ! He has just got married so even happier ! The lovely waitresses in the lobby are great and also the guys and special mention to hali at the pool bar who is so funny and a great sense of humour.
The Guest Services are a lovely bunch of girls and want you to enjoy your stay. The reception staff were warm and helpful at all times.
I would love to thank everyone by name for all the excellent service we had but would be here all day.
Well we usually do not spend much time with them other than at crazy games time at midday but this holiday we did spend more time with them and the team here do not change every season like other hotels and they are a great bunch of people. We do have a soft spot for Nuri, who likes to learn English and he has a wicked sense of humour. "All right mate " We love Derya who has been there since we first stayed there and always lovely to all. Dodi and Martinez we talked to more this visit and they are both great guys.Martinez may break a few hearts next season as he is married now girls !!! Yes we could not believe it either!! He has his wifes name tattoo'ed on the inside of his lip ! Bakit as usual is lovely and now a daddy. katie a new animator is such a lovely happy girl. We think Hakan has now settled in and made some changes for the better, like having live music in the lobby bar and the animation display some great dancing of an evening and mix with everyone young and old..Slight downside is the smokers terrace is off the bar area and when the doors are opened the smoke drifts in to the bar/dance area. Altan the teen animator in summer is a great guy and was enjoying some time doing other things after an hectic summer with as many as 60 teens per week he said. He made the holiday for our elderly friend as he would always dance with her every evening.Ramaz clearly is the best dancer and I could watch him dance all night.
We only went to one show a new one The Cuban Acrobatic show which was wonderful and well worth going to. It was their first evening there and what a show they gave. More dance and acrobatic but a talented group of young people. We did go to the Karaoke evening in the night club and it was lively with some half decent singers but spoilt by the the same people hogging the mic. However they did provide much amusement but maybe for the wrong reasons !
The grounds are immaculate and gardeners deserve praise and they are always tending to the grass and borders. What was a surprise was how green the grass was after the scorching summer and more lush compared to at Easter The golf buggy was still in operation during our stay.The Barut Lara still has the best grounds with all the open space in the Lara area !
A special mention to the lovely towel hut lady.
The first pool was heated and some people were using it early mornings.The hoist/ lift in to the pool is very useful for those less able bodied
We met some lovely people from other Countries during our stay and the general guest structure was lovely. We never experienced any barging in and everyone in general was very pleasant.
We had some lovely evenings chatting to some lovely people we met there. On our friends 79th birthday we dined with them to celebrate at the Akdeniz.A lovely young German couple joined us and they helped make her birthday special along with the animation team who made a fuss of her.We met a lovely lady from Venna who was with her husband to visit their adult daughter who is a pianist at the Fame hotel in Lara.She was interested in all things British and a professor of English and loves to spend time over here. There were plenty of brits there to! Not many children at this time of year.
We noticed many many repeat guests and lots of them are long stay guests during winter and you see them greeting each other as new guests arrive. We can see why they would spend winter in a lovely warm environment and we would love to do the same ourselves when my husband retires.
We did need mozzie repellent as we got a few bites which seemed to happen after we had the rain.We certainly needed suncream.
To keep the room after midday is 5 Euro's and hour in winter compared to10 Euro's in summer which includes Easter time. We kept ours for 4 hours and well worth it as it was so hot and saved using the courtesy room which is excellent but nicer to have been able to keep the room on.
For those worried about their baggage allowance being over there the limit there is a huge scales for weighing baggage in the luggage storage room, the bell boys will weigh them for you.The rep on our pick up bus said she had heard that they now charge 15 Euro per kilo excess.
The 1G of free internet was sufficent to do my daily updates and keep in touch with family.
Looking forward to our 8th stay ASAP !
Thanks to the BARUT LARA for another superb holiday !!
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