Having had a really bad experience staying at another hotel previously in sarigerme where our daughter was very ill, my partner finally persuaded me to lay some ghosts to rest and return to the country. After doing extensive research and reading all of the reviews on trip advisor about the Barut I thought I had found the perfect hotel and boy was I right.
We stayed at the Barut from the 1st August for two weeks and travelled as a family of three with our 7yr old daughter.
From the moment we arrived we were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome. We had initially booked to stay in a standard room and when we went to check in we were surprised to be told that the hotel lot this would be too small for us so were giving us a free upgrade to a junior suite.
This was really appreciated , thank you.
Junior suite was very spacious . It had a separate room for our daughter with a sliding door if she wanted it to be shut. The bathroom was very big and had both a walk in shower and separate bath with shower and separate toilet. This is room has got to be one of the nicest rooms we have stayed in ( we have travelled all over including the Caribbean )
The grounds of this hotel are vast and always kept immaculately , there wasn't a day that went by without the grass being cut or gardener s dong something. It was beautiful to wander around them.
Hotel itself at the moment has 420 rooms however due to the size of the grounds and the pools you never feel squashed or over crowded. The main pool is huge and is joined by a connecting bridge and there is a shallower pool at one end which is great for less confident swimmers. There is also a small pool which has slides in which are opened at certain times. I like the fact that there was always a life guard on duty at the main pool and the one with slides and I believe the residence pool as well although. There is a golf buggy that will take you to the beach. During the first week we walked but by the second week the 45 degree heat got to us and we enjoyed this experience.
All of the staff at this hotel work exceptionally hard and nothing is too much trouble. Yes some of the staff have different levels of English but we never found this problem and somehow we always got by . All of the staff were friendly and made a fuss over our daughter. The staff are genuinely note rested in their guests and were officiant in what they done. The kids club team are great especially elsbeth and her team in the mini kids club who kept our daughter entertained. Watching our daughter acting out in the kids club show in the amphitheatre was a special moment.
One thing I will say is that if your children go to the mini disco then be prepared for the same songs every night and most of them to be in German. However by the end of it our daughter was singing in German down the microphone . Just gets a bit repetitive though .
Food in the buffet restaurant is of a fairly good quality and this was my biggest worry for me when choosing hotels ( as our daughter contracted salmonella from another hotel in turkey) however I did not need to worry here. The chefs are constantly cooking and checking the food and when they see guests leaving open the lids to food they quickly respond and close them.
We also tried the BBQ restaurant where you choose your meat and cook it yourself and the tuneric which is the international. This was my favourite as the food and service were amazing.
When using the machine to book the al a cartes just remember that when yountrynto book the alkdeniz restaurant it will ask you how many children however children are only allowed if they are 12 or over . Initially when we ate at the beach restaurant for lunch we were disappointed as the service was very poor and after waiting 15 minutes to be served and after seeing other people who had come in after us get served I felt it right to have a polite word in the managers ear. This worked and we soon got served. I don't like doing this as know how hard the staff work but it was busy and the staff didnt seem to be able to cope with the demand. However this was a one off as when we returned on another coupled occasions the service was brilliant.
Yes you can get a subbed at any time round the grounds however it is worth noting that if you have a preferred spot then you will need to be up and out just after 8 in the morning when the pool towel bar opens and save your spot. We didnt think this happened initially but soon latched on quickly to the fact that this is no different to other all inclusive hotels. In the end I quite liked getting up and bagging a spot and watching the hotel in the piece and quiet and then slowly come to life. You would see the same people every day and in then end make conversation.
We did the thomas cook moby dick boat trip and was well worth it. A days sailing with a foam party thrown in for the children and swim stops with lunch. Made a nice change to get out and see the real turkey. W also walked to the bizarre s in Lara and supposed in sultans bizarre. We walked down in the morning which was ok but by lunch time we struggled to walk back in the 40 degree heat. You can get a taxi from the hotel which I think costs 5 euros for one way.
All in all the cleanliness of this hotel is a priority, we met some great people and had a lovely time. Now the nay other problem we have is trying to go somewhere different and finding a hotel that lives up to our experience that we had at this one. This is a luxury hotel and we would definately return again at some point.
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- Also Known As:
- Barut Lara Hotel Antalya
- Barut Lara Resort Spa And Suites
- Hotel Barut Lara
- Lara Resort Spa
- Barut Lara Turkey