A fabulous all inclusive hotel at Turan Prince.
This was our first holiday in Turkey. We travelled with Thomas Cook from London Stansted arriving at 4.30 in the morning at the hotel. I was travelling with my Wife, 16 year old daughter and 6 year old son.
We booked late (one week before), so room choice was limited to only a standard room for 2/3 adults (with extra bed for child).
As mentioned above, the flight arrived in the early hours of the morning, and we travelled by small coach to the hotel - taking about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Upon arrival at the hotel, we were greeted by a very nice gentleman (in English) who carried our luggage into the hotel and showed us to reception. At reception, we were greeted by another gentleman who was both very cheerful and helpful (despite the early hour).
He explained where everything in the hotel was (although not much was taken in due to lack of sleep) and asked if we would like some food and drink after our long journey. We politely declined as all we wanted was sleep. The first gentleman then took our luggage to a electric buggy and transported us all to our room.
Reception could not have been more polite and helpful.
The room was also a pleasant surprise - although a little on the small side for 4. It contained three rooms. The first room contained bunk beds (standard size beds) with door to a good sized bathroom (shower over bath) and a door to the main bedroom which had a large double bed, two chairs, small coffee table, tv, mini fridge, two wardrobes and desk. From the main bedroom were two small balconies (room for two chairs and wall mounted clothes dryer on each) with views to gardens.
The room was spotless - cleaned everyday - bedding and towels changed every day. (cleaning staff were very friendly - worked very hard - and always helpful)
The mini fridge was restocked with soft drinks every day (pepsi, fanta and both still and sparkling water). Wifi is free and available in the room (requires login details from reception) TV has channels in all languages (English is BBC World News) and there is a safe which is also free to use (four digit code)
The whole hotel was very well maintained, very clean and tidy.
After a few hours sleep, I got up for breakfast and to go to the Thomas Cook introduction at 9.15.
Breakfast was in the main restaurant (as were lunch and dinner), which is buffet style, self service. The was always plenty of space to find a clean table, although the queues for food were sometimes a little long if you went when the restaurant first opened. Best to wait till the initial rush is over - there is always plenty of food, always freshly cooked and hot.
Breakfast had the usual choices of fresh fruit, cereals, breads, croissants, yoghurts and hot food. (Remember this is a Muslim country - so no pork products are on offer, but there is eggs (fried, scrambled, boiled), sausages (chicken and beef) omelettes, and various other hot foods).
Both Lunch and Dinner consisted of salads, soups, and both hot and cold foods, always a good choice. Lots of cakes and fresh fruit also available.
The hotel has its own 'aquapark' with slides and water rides - again very clean and well maintained. There is also a swimming pool at the other end of the hotel. We always found sunbeds available, although many guests are up early reserving with towels (probably best to follow this practice if you want something close to the pools). You will need some sort of footwear and the ground gets very hot under bare foot when walking to and from the pool).
The beach is over a short bridge and consists of a beach about 20/25 metres to the waters edge, all sand except for the last few metres before the water which is shingle - so again footwear required when walking on the shingle to the waters edge. There is also an area for building sandcastles for the kids (has a sun shade over the top and a water supply). Beach showers are plentiful as are sunbeds (all free to hotel guests).
There is also entertainment throughout the day and evening provided by the hotels own entertainment staff - all very enjoyable and different every day.
Throughout the hotel there are lots of cafes/bars open at various times of the day, and cold bottled water is available to take wherever you go.
It is a large hotel complex, with visitors from all over, but English is spoken well throughout. (Unfortunately some guests from Russia are rather arrogant, rude and selfish, but that is not the fault of the hotel, and probably true wherever you go)
I would highly recommend taking mosquito repellent to avoid being bitten at night - and a travel kettle if you want tea/coffee when you first wake up.
Overall this is an excellent hotel - the staff are always friendly helpful and polite. The grounds are very well presented, very clean as are all the buildings.
Would we go back - definitely - would we recommend to friends/family - absolutely.
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