Stayed for two nights with husband as part of a 13-day tour of Turkey. It was a generally pleasant break - we enjoyed its all-inclusive facilities, decent service, relaxing atmosphere, occasionally great food, clean, simple rooms, and comfy beds. Its open buffet in the main dining room offers a wide range of choices, and many were excellent.
But it is not a five star resort. Although the Barut Lara is billed as a seaside resort, it has no water views, unless you count its many pools. Its beach is also on the pebbly side. It's signage is poor and its layout is convoluted and it can take fifteen minutes walking along endless corridors to get to your room. Plan on getting lost finding your rooms - the driver of our tour bus gave up and slept on the bus. Security cards for the rooms often stop working and it can be a long, frustrating walk back to the front desk. Staff is friendly but most speak very little English.
It also has several a la carte restaurants you can book as an alternative to its open buffet dining room. But seating is limited and reservations can be very difficult to get. The quality of its chefs is mixed. For example, its highly touted Akdeniz Restaurant offered chateaubriand for two as a special. The steaks came overcooked and its accompanying bearnaise sauce lacked tartness and was served as an all-purpose sauce for other dishes on the menu.
On the other hand, the gelato it serves is to-die-for and merits five stars on its own. Their deep, rich flavors and lusciously creamy texture knocked our socks off (thanks to previous TA reviews). We've stayed in other all-inclusive resorts before. The Barut Lara is comparable in quality to the better ones, but we'll remember the ice cream most of all.
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- Also Known As:
- Barut Lara Resort Spa And Suites
- Barut Lara Hotel Antalya
- Hotel Barut Lara
- Lara Resort Spa
- Barut Lara Turkey