We got back from the Arum two days ago, it is hot, very hot and supposed to be getting hotter. This does make it very difficult to summon any energy for daytime activities!
So hotel first, very clean, friendly maids and lifts that work. We upgraded to a junior suite to get a full sea view and it was great, I recommend the 6th floor, brilliant views. We found it quiet and the air con worked well, you get two room keys so it's worth leaving one in during the day so the air con works all day if you can. It does go off at some point during the night so if you wake up it can feel hot but over all slept well and beds firm but not uncomfortable. We found the clientele a good mix of UK, German, Turkish, Russian, it did seem to get more British as week went on.
The food is great but I would recommend booking in to the a la carte restaurants every day, there is no extra charge for this and the food is great with much better wine. The buffet restaurants have a huge selection of food, all well prepared but we found it difficult to choose and didn't enjoy having to get up and go choose a meal - the wine in the buffet restaurants is awful - be warned.
Pool area is great, I have to say we didn't have much bother with loungers, we were able to get two together up to about 10am or after 3pm which suited us as like some time on the beach.
Beach is nice, can get busy but the beach bar is lovely and nice place to sit in the shade and relax. Sea is wonderfully warm, best to go the beach at the left of the Arum one has all the seaweed and most rocks have been moved, you can see where it is as more people in the water.
The promenade by the beach takes you right into Side, decent stroll takes about 35 minutes. We went in at 6am to see the ruins and this made for a coolish walk and we had the ruins to ourselves, lovely with sunrise. Although we did get followed by several local dogs which was little unnerving as few growls between them but we lost them eventually, great photos of the ruins to be had.
Side at night wasn't really our sort of place, very neon! Mostly shops selling clothes, tourist stuff, we ate out once and while the meal was ok, it made us realise how good the hotel food is. the taxis are all set prices and these are on a board by the taxi rank, it's only a 5 min cab ride to the hotel but 20TL which seemed bit steep. We took all TL and had no problems, there really isn't much difference between TL or Euros, no one seemed bothered which you had.
Overall, it was a lovely relaxing week, our first time to Turkey. I don't know if we will go again or not, I don't feel we really got to see much or truly get an understanding of the people, if we did we would go either Spring or Autumn as would have preferred it cooler allowing you to be more active.
Only thing I would change about the hotel would be to have fewer people there, it was pretty busy but then it's high season so fair enough.
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