We stayed at Barut Hemera for one week with our two kids aged 5 and 8. The hotel was clean, the rooms comfortable and the staff very friendly and relaxed. They loved engaging the kids. The pool was on the cool side but lovely. We booked through Thompson which turned out to be just fine. The waterslides were great.
Rooms -- after booking two rooms, I emailed the hotel and asked for interconnecting rooms. I was told they didn't have them so we took two rooms next to each other. Upon checking in, they had a note in the booking and we were told they DID have an interconnecting room for us. Not sure if this was a hotel miscommunication or a Thompson issue but I was happy to have it resolved in our favor. The room had no view but I was so happy it was interconnecting, I carried on just fine. The room was nice, clean, comfortable but fairly simple. Bathrooms were small and nice but far from luxurious. We were given free bottled water and juices in the room daily. Cleaning staff was excellent.
Food -- the buffet was varied enough to suffice for most meals. The ambience is nice outside, stifling inside. Some of the items were very nice -- cheeses, pickles, vegetables. The salads with lentils and cheese and things were excellent. We dined at all 3 a la carte restaurants and enjoyed great service at all times. As for the food, while the flavors were ok, the quality of the ingredients was low -- as you might expect from an all-inclusive. The calamari was rubbery, the fillet steak very fatty, the cuts of meat generally lower-end (salmon steak, not fillet for example). I ordered a baked fish dish which mentioned mushrooms and there were no mushrooms to be found. We enjoyed the Turkish restaurant the most and the International Restaurant the least. I was disappointed in restaurant options outside the hotel. Having been to Istanbul, I had visions of excellent Turkish food.
Kids Club -- all around good here. The kids enjoyed it and actually wanted to go on most days. The garden just outside had a trampoline and small play area. Overall, I would say it is great for the 4-7 age group. Any older and they get bored. Our 8 year old enjoyed the football games, pillow fights and darts but otherwise spent his time watching TV. I am sure they offer more activities in the high season. Opening hours were 10-12:30 and 2:30-5:00. Somewhere I read it was open much later. Mini-club in the evening is a fun but a bit tedious after 5 days. I wish they would open the waterslides an hour before the Kids Club opens (it is only open during in the morning and afternoon).
Entertainment -- was overall pretty good if a bit silly. Be careful about getting involved unless you really like to be out there! Darts was fun once or twice. Grease was entertaining, couples night was embarassing. Magic man was enjoyable.
Massages -- my husband and I enjoyed a couples massage. We could have paid half if we'd venturd outside the hotel but that was too much of an unknown for us. Be prepared for the turkish scrub and wear your bikini!
Overall -- For me, Barut Hemera is certainly not a 5-star experience but an excellent value. If I return to Side, I would happliy stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAYS" ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY AT BARUT HOTELS IN HARMONY WITH MOTHER NATURE WHERE SUN, SEA AND FUN MEET QUALITY AND EXCELLENCE. If you want to enjoy entertainment to the full, engage in sports and endlessly dive into the sea or pool, then the Barut Hemera is just the right place for you! Enjoy the "Mediterranean entertainment" you have been dreaming of all year long. Barut Hemera offers you activities and shows starting early and lasting the whole day such as water sports and motorised water sports by the beach, water games in the pool, competitions where adrenalin levels rise, beach volleyball, mini golf, darts, boccia, tennis, table tennis, and snooker. We provide free Wi-fi for our customers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barut Hemera Hotel Side
- Barut Hemera Resort And Spa
- Barut Hemera Side
- Hemera Hotel Side