We stayed at the Lara Barut Spa Hotel on the last night of a seven night self-drive tour from Izmir to Antalya, Turkey. We chose Lara because it was easy to book on Expedia and because of its 10-15 minute proximity to the Antalya airport. [Note: Lara’s website would only take a 2-night booking, Expedia gave us the 1-night option]. It took us two tries to find the hotel entrance because the municipality is constructing a new exchange. I suppose most people staying a week arrive by shuttle bus and do not have this problem. The next morning the Upon arrival, the Lara had our reservation and greeted us warmly.
The hotel is almost entirely all-inclusive. valet parking, drinks, mini bar, dinner, breakfast, beach lounges, beach towels, in room cable connected internet, and many activities. There is a separate fee for tours, special spa treatments, and some activities that have more expensive equipment.
The staff was generally friendly and helpful without hustle. There was a warmth about them that removed any sense of stuffy, snooty, or white glove. The only non-friendly exchanges were related to getting drinks at the beach and pool. I suppose those staffers may get a bit tired of constant drink drink drink [they probably pour 500 drinks an hour].
The Lara upgraded our room to an deluxe with ocean view so we are unable to comment on the standard room. Our room was spotless clean and modern. The Bathroom was especially modern with a lovely decorator sink, smoked glass dividers, good soap, and shampoo amenities, and very soft fluffy towels. We had good night’s sleep on the comfortable king sized bed. The room did get a bit warm, but we were too tired to search for a thermostat. We heard no band or disco music. The room and bathroom definitely had enough style and amenities to just make it into the 5-Star range.
Dinner [included in the price] was an awesome buffet of salads, main courses, breads, and deserts, The food was tasty, but lacked the deep seasonings of a master Chef. The wine steward keeps you glass full with an inexpensive label grown in Izmir. Most guests arrive to the buffet between 1900 and 1930. By 2100 the dining area is fairly empty [and out of a few popular dishes]. The Lara clientele this week were definitely not late continental dinner types. Guests staying more than one night have the choice of eating in specialty ala-carte restaurants to experience different foods. Bookings have to be made that morning.
After dinner we thought to try the wellness center, but it had closed at 2000 and was unavailable. We noticed wireless in the lobby, but elected instead to plug into the outlet in the room [bring an internet cable].
Breakfast is advertised to start at 0700. We needed to leave early and found a good bit of buffet up and going at 0630. The breakfast buffet is equally as expansive as the one at dinner.
The staff spoke good English and we had no trouble understanding or being understood anywhere on the property.
If we were going back to Turkey for a beach holiday, we would definitely stay at the Lara once again.
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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