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“Executive suite stay: many pro's , little con's”
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Barut Lara
Ranked #1 of 232 Hotels in Antalya
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“Executive suite stay: many pro's , little con's”
Reviewed 5 October 2009

We stayed in the executive suite which really makes a difference. We had two sleeping rooms (in case we got a dispute, I guess :)) ) two bathrooms and a spacious terrace and a spacious living room.

Our room was equipped with high speed internet, we received a network cable. Having free internet was one of the reasons we opted for this hotel. I remarked however that some sites were not accessible (youtube, myspace...) and I was surprised to find out it was not the hotel blocking this, but the Turkish government ...

There were plenty of swimming pools in the barut lara resort, some small and some very large...in fact the largest one I've seen in my whole life. Although this is a perfectly organized holiday fabric, they are able to provide you the feeling of intimacy having so many nice spots and swimming pools. We preferred to stay on the ponton in the sea, where you have some 16 seats only.. very very nice place

Everything is perfectly clean, they have a great organization in the hotel. There's nothing to really complain about in this hotel, for me it is clearly a five star. Staff is very friendly, food is excellent; we loved the formula whereby you can book dinner in one of the theme restaurants. You really feel like a king in this hotel. In the morning, we often took breakfast on our terrace. We had 24/7 room service. Everything is included in the price, there were no extras. There is also a free DVD rental service, which we used intensively.

Negative points: the staff comes in to the room two or three times in the morning after a simple knock on the door (fill the minibar, change towels, ...) You really should put the no disturb sign on the door to avoid this. It is very much "family resort", with plenty of kids...even in October (don't they have to go to school ?). The main restaurant looks really like factory in our opinion, but the food is great. The planes landing at Antalya airport, are passing and making noise. The hotel islocated 30 minutes drive by bus from the center of Antalya

We paid for 9 nights all inclusive 2400€ (for two persons, flight from germany included, all inclusive, executive suite) and all options included, we think this was a fair deal

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Haarlem
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Reviewed 4 October 2009

I don't like the all in concept, but because we were tired and needed a break we decided to book this hotel with our young daughter. (3 years)

And what an experience!
It was the best I have had on holiday.
The food, the staff, the hotel. You never had an idea you are together with lots of other people and the food was always excellent.

When I decide to do an all inclusieve again, I chose fort his hotel!

Rgds Jeroen

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

We chose the Barut Lara for our honeymoon as we got a good deal and neither of us had been to Turkey before. The hotel itself was lovely, the room was great and we had a great view out over the resort down to the sea. There was plenty of food choice in the main restaurant and the a la carte restaurants looked fab - the BBQ one next to the beach was a great idea. The pools were clean and other facilities within the hotel were spotless. The animation team were brilliant - you never felt pressured to join in but there was plenty to do other than relax by the pool. The grounds of the hotel were always tidy and we were amazed at the efficiency of the staff when it came to tidying the pool area. The location wasn't brilliant but Antalya was only a bus ride away and it's a quick transfer from the airport (which was a relief after spending 4 hours in a sardine can!!)
Now for the negatives...
We are both in our 20's and did feel that the staff favoured older people, particularly the German holidaymakers, and would serve them before us. We also found some of the other guests rather rude and impatient (this is not the fault of the hotel though i guess). While we were there I picked up a mild stomach virus which I am only just recovering from now. These issues are quite specific to us though and I'm sure other people wouldn't have these problems.

We did have a great time and we got to relax and unwind which is exactly what we wanted from our honeymoon. We wouldn't go back to the Barut Lara, or Lara Beach for that matter, as we felt like each resort looked the same as the next and we could have been anywhere in the world. We did take an excursion to see some of the sights and managed to pick a day that was wet and cold (unheard of in Turkey in early September apparently!) but it was nice to get out of the resort. If you want an all-inclusive holiday in a nice, clean hotel with good food and plenty to do on site then you won't go wrong with the Barut Lara. It might be helpful to take Euros not Lira though as everything in the hotel shops are priced in Euros!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

My husband and I selected Barut Lara as our 2009 main holiday following reviews on trip advisor that it was the number 1 hotel in the area and the fact that Turkey is a country we have never visited before. Overall, the hotel and its facilities are lovely but it was the service which let us down. As a young couple we felt like the more senior guests received a far better quality of service in terms of speed, friendliness and general respect and interest in the customer. We stayed here from the 6 - 20 September in room 2122. A free upgrade to a Residence on arrival which was what we had expected given the reviews other customers had posted. Room is beautiful, very spacious, modern, clean and quiet. The bed was queen size, comfy and the maid came every day, although not sure the rooms were ever cleaned thoroughly enough. Certainly no petals on our bed everyday like we have experienced in other five star resorts, and that other guests had had at Barut. Other guests also commented that they received a bottle of wine in their room with chocolates on arrival, but they were much older than us, so thats the kind of difference in service we have come to expect at Barut. The hotel location is pretty isolated, with a shopping centre within walking distance, but mostly selling fake goods at extorniate prices and the staff in the shops are unfriendly. The hotel has a daily shutle service to Antalya which is good value for 5 euros each. I would recommend doing this instead of the Antalya tour operator trip which is a big con, taking customers all around big expensive shops, do thomas cook get commission on sales here?
Highlights of hotel: Animation team and entertainment is first class, different show every night, and the team work very hard to make it happen, and remain friendly and courteous at all times. They made up for the shortcomings of the bar and restaurant (Divan) staff. The Akdenia restaurant is truly very special, with a gorgeous Chateaubriand on the menu, International Rest is good for Fajitas. A word of warning though: sometimes the red wine in the a la carte restaurants has been opened and left uncovered from lunchtime, by the time the evening comes, the wine has clearly lost its flavour. We knew straight away in the fish rest aurant that this was the case, they brought another bottle, but this should not happen in a five star. We verified this was what must be happening the next day when we saw the bottles all lined up and open at lunch when we were on the beach. The bottles should be opened in front of guests! When they do get the wine right, its a nice local Shiraz, called Majestic, and for 20 euros if you fancied a French Pinor Noir thats possible. My husband is French, so he knows good wine and he was pleased with their offerings.
We were not disappointed with the food at all, the best we have had in an all inclusive. The drinks were ok, some brands, Becks, Miller, but otherwise all local cheap nasty stuff. The Baileys is not real when we were here, contrary to another review I had read but it was passable.
My husband had a stomach bug for the last week of our holiday and the only other UK guests we spoke to, which were 3 other couples, all had had the same symptoms, not sure why, it was constant pain after each meal....I had some symptoms but not as severe as his. This put a damper on our holiday.
The majority of the clientele are German, Russian and from other Eastern European countries. Apparently on our fortnight there were 90 UK clients in total, which doesnt bother us as we like to meet people from other places, but when the service levels are biased favourably towards guests from Germany especially, it does start to irriate you.
Another point to couples with no kids, this is a family focused hotel! It is overun with kids, and this is not even high season, the hotel needs some relaxing areas by the pool beach which are designated quiet areas, with no children!!! Other hotels they usually have a quiet pool, this was a let down, but we finally discovered one place at the pier which tended to be quieter with no kids about, but space there is limited......
I would recommend Barut to customers who are older, and for families with children its fabulous with lots of facilities. I would not recommend to young people as outside the hotel there is nothing to do and you really miss a nice street with some local bars and tourist shops within walking distance in the evening....the hotel is first class in terms of food, facilities and size, but we felt that this was all compromised by the service we often experienced and the remote location of the resort. This is a true, honest and unbiased review from two young newly weds who enjoy a bit of luxury for 2 weeks and work very hard to afford it!!!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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bromley
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Reviewed 16 September 2009

im not one for using my own time reviewing things but just got back from this hotel today and had to add to the rest of the glowing reviews on this site.

the hotel is fantastic, its 15 mins form the airport, the rooms modern and well stocked. we stayed in a standard room. they have a mini bar that is included at no extra cost and is restocked everyday. fresh towels every day in the room and by the pool. there are staff everywhere keeping it clean asking if your ok if they can do anything to help. security wise faultless safes in the room security guards at the front of the hotel, they wont even let the travel reps in past 7pm

the hotel has 3 very large pools and huge landscaped grounds that you cant help but wander around, the beach is at the end of these grounds with loungers and once again towels if you need them, there are bars dotted all over the grounds and even have one on the beach. there are showers on the beach too, and some minor watersports such as pedalos are free too. the entertainment staff are fantastic too. they'll do their best to get you involved, but a quick no is all thats needed for them to leave you alone, there are activitys from 9am until 5pm if you want to get involved, archery waterpolo, shooting volleyball darts card games kids areas for the little ones.

food wise youll have no worrys its served right up till 1 am and with 24hr room service, there are five or so restaurants but you have to book them the day before, depending on how busy and the food and service in them is top notch, the divan restaurant which is the large restaurant has huge choice of hot and cold food fresh fruit and desserts. all with waiters only too keen too help because they want and not because they are expecting a tip. how unusual is that. ?? you can walk round the hotel for the whole of your trip without a penny on you its that good

the only downside which isnt in anyway the hotels fault is that there is not much to do in the lara beach resort outside the hotel as its all hotel based, but if your not worried about exploring turkey but want an amazing hotel to take your partner or for a family holiday i have to say i dont think you would be able to find a better hotel.

depending on what the exchange rate is like euros are accepted there,i thought that turkey would be cheap but as its not in the eu normal items are expensive in the hotel a standard bottle of moet et chandon is 400 lira. that about £200 at the mo. a copy of the sun newspaper is 4.50 lira the rate was 2.34lira to the pound right now. 1kilo lobster was 180tl. once again none of these essentials but just to inform you.

finally if your are thinking of booking here do it i promise you wont be dissapointed.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Geneva
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Reviewed 14 September 2009

We chose the Barut Lara on the basis of the excellent reviews for this hotel found in Trip Advisor. We were looking for an outstanding beach resort at which to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and we wanted to minimize the risk of any disappointment. Understandably, then, our expectations were very high. Upon return, we can say that our expectations were met and then some.
We only can echo the praise of earlier reviewers for the overall quality of this beach resort: its pleasant staff; enthusiastic and friendly animation team; high quality evening entertainment; a range of pool facilities, two of which are extremely large; easy access to an uncrowded beach; a spacious buffet restaurant offering an enormous amount of choice as well as five a la carte restaurants (at which reservations are required); a wide selection of bars and cocktail lounges; live music on most nights at the pool bar following the evening show; considerable sports and animation activity throughout the day but with no one forced to participate; and a very fine spa facility. As a stay at the Barut Lara is all inclusive, the spa was the only additional expense during our one-week stay but the massages and other treatments that we had while there were well worth it. Certain aspects of our stay merit additional comment.
Food and beverage. The buffet is so spacious and well laid out that we rarely encountered lines of people. We even joked that a line was two persons. The wide choice of bread, salads, desserts as well as main courses was impressive. The theme meals, e.g. Turkish, international, Asian and seafood, ensured a fair amount of night to night variety in the evening meals. Table service was very efficient. Among the waiters, the always smiling Ohran was delightful. We enjoyed the buffet facility so much that we only ate at the a la carte restaurants on two occasions. The food was good and next time we would want to try the restaurants we missed.
Like the food, all inclusive means all you can drink. This includes alcoholic beverages, with two important caveats. First, one has to stick to the house wine. The red was okay but we were disappointed in the white and the rose served in the main restaurant. The a la carte restaurants serve their own house wines, which we found to be better. Second, the spirits served do not appear to be name brands, although our impression is that if one asks for J&B, Gordon’s, Smirnoff, etc. these will be served. Frankly this did not appear to matter and many of the exotic cocktails are great!
Rooms. We stayed in the main building in a standard room with a partial view of the sea. Our room, while not large, certainly was adequate in size and had the facilities that we tend to look for when a hotel is rated superior or better. The room was clean and the maid surprised us each day with a different artistic arrangement of the bed spread. We especially appreciated that the mini bar was restocked every day for free, ensuring that we always had an ample supply of water as well as juice, soft drinks and beer. We did take a tour of the apartments. Larger in size and offering additional room possibilities, they may provide a preferred alternative to families with children. Overall, we were happy with our room and the easy access it gave us to the main dining facility and the large pools.
Language. English is not a problem at the Barut Lara; we have read it can be at some other hotels in the region, where German and/or Russian dominate among the foreign tourists. During the week that we were there in late August, we estimate that we overheard one-third or more of the guests speaking English. However, we were told that there are times of the year when the percentage of German guests can be even higher than during the week of our visit. English speakers might want to check with the hotel or a travel agent before selecting a particular time of the year. For the most part, the animation programme is in English, German, Russian and Turkish and the speed with which some of the animators spit out all the words becomes another source of entertainment. A word to francophones, of which we found some at the hotel, it will be helpful and make for a more enjoyable stay if you have English or German to fall back on as a second language.
Friendliness and accessibility of the animation team and staff.. As is evident from the fact that our stay at the Barut Lara was intended to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary, we were at the upper end of the age demographic present at this hotel. Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised by the attention that we received from the youthful animation team and staff. The smiles and hellos probably would have sufficed but they joined us in dancing at the pool-side bar and conversing in various venues. We always will remember Tatiana of Guest Relations who was especially kind to us.
Any negatives? When you come away from an overwhelmingly positive vacation experience like this, if there are any negatives, they are reduced to small quibbles. Looking back, two pieces of information or advice from earlier reviews of this hotel come to mind. Watch out for slippery bath tubs. And, oh yes, be sure to bring your sun tan lotion from your home countries. The price in the local drug store would qualify this product as a luxury good. However, we really are digging deep to say anything that is not positive! Our overriding message is, ” Do not wait for your 40th”. Go enjoy the Barut Lara at any stage of your life. If you have young kids, take them with you. Those we observed seemed to love this resort as much as the adults.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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faf far away
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Reviewed 12 September 2009

Overall, our stay at Barut Lara was great. The facility itself is perfect. The pools are well kept and quite beautiful. The beach is very nice and the water was very clean most of the time and there were just enough spots for everyone although I fear during the high season there may not be enough places. We stayed in one of the medium size apartments and it was very nice and comfortable. The beds were great and everything worked, the only thing missing was a clock but on vacation who needs it anyway. The clientele were mostly Russia which can be problematic for some Westerners but as this is one of the more expensive resorts in Antalya, most of the riffraff Russians stay elsewhere. That being said we did have a couple incidents with them. In one we had marked a spot on the beach only to have Russians dispose of our towels, occupy our space, and tell us that we were mistaken. In another, the Russian kids were a bit animalistic and predatory at the kids events so keep a close eye on your little ones when they are with the Russian kids. The Russian tourists have come a long way from the days of the men wearing white linen suits with red ties and top hats and the women clacking around in extremely high shoes and wearing ridiculous costumes but they've still got a way to go. The rest of the clientele were Germans, Brits, Dutch, etc. We especially liked the fact that this resort is not a 24 hour disco party. Where there is music playing its at a low level and very tasteful. The food was pretty good bot overall not great. Some of the items were great such as the grilled trout, the hamburgers and fajitas at the poolside restaurant, the fried chicken, and the breakfast. Overall there was something for everyone and I was quite satisfied with the food. The spa facility was nice complete with an octagonal Roman bath where you can lay on heated granite while your aches and pains disappear and then go to the granite sinks and douse yourself with cool water or jump in the cold saltwater pool. The staff was not the brightest of friendliest in the world but they did their job. The one time we left the facility to go into town we regretted it with greedy and pushy taxi drivers and sales persons so don't waste your time with that unless you are very interested in Turkish culture. We booked our trip through Trek Travel who quickly abandoned us once we were at the hotel. They gave us a contact number that didn't work forcing us to pay for a taxi to get to the airport on departure day so stay far away from Trek Travel. Well, that's about all I can think of to tell you. As a final word I can say that I would definitely come back here s the opportunity presented itself. Happy travels..

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Barut Lara
Address: Guzeloba Mahallesi, Yasar Sobutay Bulvari, No:30, Antalya 07235, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:5 star — Barut Lara 5*
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