Merhaba ( Hello)
This is our 3rd time to Liberty Hotels Lara ( formally Lara Beach Hotel) and as expected we had the best time ever. Travelled with our 12yr old son from 1-8 July 2014 with First Choice. Please sit back and let me tell you all about it. Yes this is my opinion and sorry if you disagree or don’t find it helpful. I am fairly well travelled and we all have different minds. 5 star to me may be your 3 star but as long as we all enjoy then happy days.
A few weeks before arriving I made contact with Mustafa the guest relation manager to say we were coming back and could they arrange to get our son a bigger bed as he is nearly 6ft tall and due to the age range for accommodation, under 12s usually have a pull out style sofa bed. Yes comfy but too small for his size. This was arranged and Mustafa was in constant contact to assure us all was well. So a big thanks to Mustafa. On arrival you are usually met with a glass of bubbly and flowers for the ladies but as our plane was delayed the shift had to change, but I assure you it’s a treat when you do get there on time. The reception was quick and if you check in online at the hotels website you are through the door and to your room in seconds. Bags taken to room by the staff, let the holiday begin
The room was excellent, well sized, clean and stocked up with all the holiday goodies such as towels, toiletries and a free mini bar that is stocked daily. Plenty of information about the concept for the season and other bits and bobs to make the holiday great. Beds comfy, aircon great and the tv in the mirror impressive lol. Rooms are cleaned daily and flowers or decorations done for the beds.
The food is very nice and we have never got bored of it. you can eat from 7am until 1159pm. There is a large selection of foods in many different places, off the top of my head there are 7 places to eat . the food selection is good such as salads, cooked foods etc, to be honest there is so much I don’t know what to say apart from awesome. There is fresh fish, meat, salads, puddings, soups, bbqs, live cooking such as stir fries, grills and the most amazing pizza in the yoruk tent, the pasta restaurant in the silence bar between 1-3pm is a must. The chefs are enthusiastic, the waiters are on the ball, work non stop, well presented and they have different uniforms all the time, thanks to Abdullah and mehmetali for their kindness and for the fact that they care, they both knew what we liked, welcomed us every meal and kept the drink flowing, so thanks guys. There are a few alacarte restaurants to which you eat once there during a weeks stay free of charge but if you wish to eat there again its 5euro each which is nothing. , we have never done them as they are big meals ( 6-7 courses) and we just couldn’t manage that lol. They have a gala night weekly, usually a black and white night, dress smart as the staff do for you!! Canapés and drink as you walk out, pics and tables made up for the occasion. Fantatstic really!!
The Drink flowing and not short on measures. All local beers and spirts are included, if you want JD etc then extra costs. But im sure you can handle the local stuff. They don’t do measures, they just pour lol, i was tipsy most days after only one or two. Plenty of soft drinks like slush, frappes coke etc. no issues here and thanks to the bar staff. Quick, pleseant and always on the go.
Entertainment team these guys work so much, Sunday is their day off and the deserve it. Every day they come round the pools and greet everyone and then the games begin. Pool games such as polo, surf basket ball etc, darts, beach volley, zumba, water fitness, ping pong, air rifle shooting etc, so much to do, the best thing is they are not pushy!! If u wanna play then play. Thanks to DANY, young lad from Russia, he is very funny and enthusiastic, very passionate about his job. He called me james all week as I have a 007 tattoo, very funny and the whole place ended up calling me james but my names is Iain. The kids love the team, it’s a safe place and my boy just went off and did what he wanted to do. The evening entertainment is in the amphitheatre, again live shows by the crew, funny shows, serious shows and stuff to get all involved. All I say is take part, u have nothing to lose.
The Pools lots of and always clean, if u want the pick of the bunch on beds then get up early, most decent beds are gone by 8 but to be honest we didn’t care where we were as they are all by the pools. The pools are indoor pool by spa, silence pool for the peace and away from the main areas, main pool, kids pool and slides with pool. Plenty to do, beach is right there but very salty lol. Not much to say really apart from they are always clean, very nice to use and the staff work hard to ensure they are ready for the next day.
The Beach sand and stone, very hot sand after 12 so wear flip flops, beds under canopys on the beach and a pier with a few cabanas, ( u can book the cabanas from 75 euro a day and u get personal butler and everything. Plenty of space, watersports tent is there aswell
The staff amazing really every from reception, cleaners entertainment team, bar staff chefs, maintenance teams etc work so hard to make the hotel what it is, its not the biggest hotel on the strip and I find that brilliant as the staff can add that personal touch. They know you, remember you and always smile, clean, well presented and certainly earn their money. Thanks again to Mustafa in guest relations. Without Mustafa the hotel would be at a loss, he works tirelessly to ensure all is well,he remembers you deals with problems and such a hard worker, he is the main translator for English aswell and to think when he worked for Thompson years ago they said he was dead wood, How wrong thompsons were THANKS MUSTAFA!! , Abdullah, ramazan and mehmetali the waiters, dany from entertainments,
Top tips sounds harsh but please remember your manners, yes we paid for a service but atleast be respectful to those that serve you, there were some very rude people , and MANNERS COST NOTHING
Take plenty of sun cream,
Take lilo and balls etc with you, as can be expensive locally
Don’t be afraid to ask!
Go out to the local bizzares just down road from hotel and haggle!! Its cheap, the chemists are very good and you can get anything off the shelf ( rather mad really as here some stuff is prescription lol)
Wear flip flops on beach as sand hot
Take stuff for the black and white gala meal.
Try and make an effort at meal times, yes its only dinner but as mentioned the staff work so hard and to wear speedos to dinner isn’t a present sight.
Tv in mirror in room,
That’s it really, I have waffled on for a bit, we are booking as we speak to go back same time next year. Make it what you can, enjoy it and relax!!
Thanks Liberty Hotel Lara 5***** from the family Sullivan as ever!!!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Lara Hotel Turkey
- Hotel Lara Beach
- Lara Beach Hotel Turkey
- Lara Beach Antalya
- Lara Beach Hotel Antalya
- Lara Beach Turkey
- Antalya Lara Beach