Stayed for 2 weeks in August 2013 with my husband, 3 year old daughter and my parents. Booked with Thomson who I would not recommend (very old Boeing 757, cramped with no legroom, and their boat trip was, in a word, bizarre). Resort of Lara beach had pretty much nothing to do but no real need to leave the hotel as it was excellent, although we did go to Antalya one evening which was fantastic, wished we had gone earlier as we would have visited again.
Check in very quick late at night, although no drink or flower as previous guests mentioned?? Bags were delivered to our room by helpful staff member. The room we were given was tiny, low ceilings and felt very claustrophobic, we requested a change which was completed a couple of days later, once we changed rooms to a large room right on the end of the building facing the sea with a huge balcony, everything was right in the world again! Housekeeping service wonderful, different design with the towels every day which my daughter loved, cleaned to a high standard and minibar stocked every day free of charge.
Food was varied, warm, plentiful, I especially liked the stir fries in the evening. The only small complaint I have is that there are too many nut-based desserts ( I have a nut allergy and couldn't enjoy any of the beautifully presented desserts as they were all laced with nutty products such as pistachios/almonds/maraschino cherries etc, such a pity as they looked fabulous!). Tried Italian a la carte which was enjoyable, although not strictly an Italian menu - not what I was expecting but a nice meal all the same, and a good change of scenery from the main restaurant. Yoruk tent good, pizza was tasty. Drinks were varied, if you go to the lobby bar you will find an all inclusive cocktail list, and the drinks were of a much higher quality in this bar compared with the pool bar.
One major letdown was the house wine in the restaurant - it was awful!! Red, white and rose were almost undrinkable. Please can the hotel source a couple of decent wines?! And the 'champagne' served on the pier was actually very low alcohol cider??? Strange, but it gave us a laugh anyway! Apart from this small issue, a cabana on the pier was a wonderful way to spend the day. We enjoyed jumping into the beautiful sea from the pier when we got too hot. Service on the pier was good too, from lunch to afternoon cakes and as many drinks from the minibar as you liked.
Entertainment was of a different class to any other hotel I've ever stayed in. Evening entertainment took place in the open air amphitheatre, good idea and created a great atmosphere for the shows (other Mediterranean holiday destinations e.g. Spain, take note!!) The in-house entertainment team were so hardworking and enthusiastic. The professional acts brought in were exceptional, Kenyan acrobats were fabulous, as were the Brazilian samba dancers. The pier party night was really good fun, the staff put such effort into everything. We were also there for Victory Day and the hotel really pulled out all the stops, although ice sculptures in 30 degree heat was an interesting choice!! The party in the sunset bar and the fireworks were great that night. The mini club was wonderful, our daughter was welcomed to join although strictly too young for it, staff there were brilliant and the activities too. Our daughter had the time of her life making pizzas, having her face painted, taking part in the kids show, and lots more... this was a really super kids club. She loved the mini disco too.
Pool areas were great, plenty of terrace space, and we enjoyed the slides. The silence pool was lovely, a welcome break while the little one was having fun at the mini club. Beach was nice too, coarse sand, lovely warm clear water and plenty of shade available.
I've written an essay here!! I just have so many nice things to say about this hotel :-) Really want to return again but seems to be quite expensive this year :-( Maybe next year.
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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