I stayed in self catering apartment 513 at Merve Sun, Side from 27th July to 3rd August 2011. The room was on the top floor of a building at the back with fantastic views of the mountains and it was really peaceful both day and night, also the balcony is not at all over looked.
The apartment was clean and adequately kitted out, I took washing up liquid and a sponge/scourer, I could have packed a tea towel but bought kitchen roll; everything else I needed was there. I was fully self-catering and benefited from the greengrocers on the left of the hotel and the local markets and supermarkets supplied all my food needs. I used the air conditioning for 3 nights (10tl per night) and the safety deposit box for the whole week (20tl).
I took a fold up bike that gave me freedom to do as I pleased when I pleased and to be honest, I would’ve gone insane without it! I’m not into resort life but wanted a base so I could explore. The ‘resort life’ I’m talking about is miles and miles of repeat gift shops and restaurants with massive hotels and building sites in between. No local culture or personality to be seen, 150% commercial with pushy locals pushing counterfeit designer goods. I used the dolums to get to Mavangat and they go from opposite the hotel for 2.5tl from about 7am -1am.
I took the scuba diving excursion (£54), which was ok, and the ‘Antalia Uncovered’ (£13), which was grim unless you want to be talked into buying gold and leather at the 2 compulsory stop offs before having 2 hours in Antalia itself.
Would I return? To Merve Sun in another environment-yes, to Side or another resort-no!
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