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Melas Holiday Village
Ranked #30 of 229 Hotels in Side
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 July 2011

Stayed for one week at the end of June with a child aged 8. Lovely clean and spacious rooms with 2 bedrooms and kitchen area and good sized balcony (we were upgraded to a suite which was possibly a self-catering unit in past times.) The food was of a good quality HOWEVER we went to book our restaurant reservations on Day 2 and there was no availability for either restaurant so please book early. ALSO the Thomas Cook brochure claimed the galas were weekly. Technically they are but actually alternate one week for the hotel, one week for the apartments so we missed out. So, coming back to the food, yes it was good but it did get rather tedious for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If we'd managed to break this up with the restaurant reservations then I'm sure I'd be singing from the roof-tops about it as there was a good choice and it was fresh and plentiful! The beach was lovely and, the hotel's section was of a far better quality that the stretch leading up to Side, and sunbeds were ten-a-penny with lovely powdery sand. It shelved out very gradually and there were life-guards on hand. There are a few rocks around though so I'd recommend sea shoes. I didn't and hurt my toe quite badly! The pools were nice and clean (including the pool loos which always seem to take a hammering). One pool at the "back" of the complex was a fun pool with slides and lazy river. The slides are guarded and any mis-behaviour is picked up instantly. This area was very easy to get sunbeds at. The slides open at 10 and close at 12 ten re-open at 2.30. If you arrive at anytime before 10 you pretty much had your pick of the beds (which, are very good quality and all come with decent matresses). This pool has a bar serving beer, soft drinks and help-yourself juices. At 12, they also serve amazing ice creams. The other, larger pool is near the beach and has a bar serving a full range of alcoholic drinks, ice cream and snacks. This is a very busy area however, and if you want to get a sunbed then Best of British to you because guess who got there first... every day. I've never really subscribed to stereotypes but blimey what a nuisance those Germans can be. If you want to get up and join the pack of bed hunters then you're looking at getting there for pre-8 (poss earlier). The frustration is the beds are often not used ALL DAY LONG so it really is not fair and I feel the hotel should have a policy regarding this. We had a count up and regularly about 75% of the beds were not used. Along the same lines, you will find a lot of barging into the food queues. I just joined in in the end - sad though it is, in certain situations, if you can't beat 'em join 'em!! All staff we met were very friendly and courteous - certainly didn't find anyone rude in the slightest. We always learn the very basics of the language though so that might help a little bit. Some we saw were a bit lecherous towards older teenager girls though so be ware if you're 16+! The evening entertainment ranged from bearable to dire but our German *friends* seemed to think is was outstandingly hilarious so I guess they're going with the majority of clients. On the upside though, there was no late-night rowdiness and kids screaming and running wild that you'd associate with popular British hotels/family resorts. We didn't hear a single person on any night which was good seeing as we used to return to our room earlier than most. On our final night we took a walk out and there is a huge variety of other entertainment going on along the prom towards Side. I was disappointed to have discovered this so late. Finally, there is a little lady who sits at the rear of the beach near the loos and a bar who makes little sweet and savoury flat breads between 12 - 4. These were lovely and a great snack for beaching days. Out and about: it takes about 40 mins to walk to Side. We did this on a hot day but walked most of it along the shoreline which was nice and cooling. We also took the dolmus (1.75 lira pp (no reduction for children) to Side then walked back on the last night which was lovely. We had a traditional "break the pot open" meal in one of the restaurants looking over the sea and watched the sun set and the party lights to start to twinkle. Side is great for gift shopping but Manavgat market is signifigantly cheaper (and highly recommended - I browsed on my own and had no hassle whatsoever) and you can get a really good bargain there. We went on an organised tour which cost TL29 (for all 3 of us) from a guy called Mohammed who has a little shop in Side. You walk right along the prom into Side, past some restaurants with turtles outside (to attract tourists!) and the slope rises up a hill. He's on the left and the cheapest around for all tours. The tour we booked was a boat trip with swim stop, lunch, Manavgat Market, coach to the water falls (cost another TL5) - these are very nice especially on a hot day as there's a standing platform in the river - then boat back. All with transfers. The tours available to book through the hotel are signifigantly more expensive (at least twice if not 3 times the cost for exactly the same thing! In fact, even worse than that, we know some people who went on one and everything was more expensive on their tours even crisps and sunbed charges and these were the same boats, just chartered by the big tour operators!). Traditional Turkish ice cream can be bought in the square directly in front of the harbour in Side and the little cobbly streets house a lovely mix of little shops. Many are all the same but the further towards the temple, the more authentic they seem to be. Regardless, it is an idyllic place to lose yourself wandering around. Back at the hotel, we were told there is a well-stocked shop in the lobby however please consider using other local businesses as the huge waft of all-inclusives is having a detrimental effect on the local economy. There are plenty of shops and a couple of pharmacies just outside the hotel. There is now a law preventing shopkeepers from agressive selling so you should find no-one badgers as they had done when I visited Turkey 12 years ago. Currency: we took Lira but they really want Euros. Everything is priced in Euros and the Dutyfree at the airport doesn't advertise anything in Lira - a pain when you want to get rid of the last few bits of currency. If you plan to eat at the airport do it before passing through security - there is very little option and what there is is extortionately priced - we ended up with a Burger King - 2 adult meals and a child's meal came to £28!!!! All in all, a lovely holiday in the main - plenty to do for adventurous types, lots of history in the area and a lovely beach and pools for sunworshippers.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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9  Thank HBBEDS
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

Hotel is very convenient with families, especially with children. There is sandy beach with a warm sea, that is not getting deep very quick. We stayed in a family room, and enjoyed the beach, food, service and the place very much.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Yaww
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

melas holiday village is extremely clean staff cleaning inside and out all day long .we were very lucky as we were given a brand new room which was lucky .spoke to another english couple who had old room not very good the whole place is shutting for five months to make improvements .the resort seems to be full of germans and russians who are extremley rude hardly any english people .the male staff fawn over them speaking to them in german and russian because of big tips .they speak little english .had to wait and wait for drinks with meals and plates to be cleared for next course .we found female staff cleaners etc extremley polite .we were extremley lucky to go to gala dinner which was wonderful and free not on every week though more like a banquet with show and live band and ice cream show .with a real wow factor .hopefully when all work is done all rooms will be of the same standard as ours have a lovely holiday enjoy .

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank bax38
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

MY husband and eight of our family returned today from melas, We had stayed there about five years ago and thought we would take the family as a treat for my 50th birthday, we thought we would stay in the hotel part as a speacil treat, but before we had unpacked we knew it was a bad idea. The room where old and had bad aircon, we were told we could not use the main pool only the hotel pool and the slides pool' When we went to look at the hotel pool, we were shocked it was nice but very quiet and hardly any sunbeds, We just knew the hotel was not going to work for us, we went to complain and explained about my birthday and that nine of us would never get a sunbed by the pool, We said we had been there before and could we downgrade to the village , They did this, and we where put in the new delux family rooms which where great, My husband and I are 50 but the hotel was like an old peoples home very depressing, we where glad to get out of there,

Becareful of the photographer Because of my birthday I said I would like some photos, I think he thought we had lots of money because he spent an hour taking phots, we got board, and then he said he was busy and we had to quicky pick what phots we wanted, when we did (there was quite a lot ) he wanted to charge us 400 euro for phots and a disc, we tried to beat him down , as i said I did nio want to pay that much as you put one out and the rest would go into a drawer, any way it went wrong we ended up with none and he said we where bad people. (enough said)

When we came years ago I went home with handbags, shoes and lots of goodies, the shops in side are now so expensive, they wanted 80 euro for jeans we got them down to 70 euro, I said they where to much money, they would get cross, I found the shops in side very rude and gready, so go to the markets they are cheaper, but no real good bargins to be found anymore. I spoke to a german lady, (lots of germans there,) she said 70 euro was cheap for jeans in germany so I think that is why the prices have gone up. They know the germans will pay so they are not really intrested in us english ,we had a nice time, The hotel was nice, but on the whole side not so good.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank davedonagher
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

Stayed at the Melas holiday village in May. Found the resort to be clean and the food of a good standard . Perhaps not as much choice as other Hotels of similar standard that we have stayed in in Turkey . We did use the fish restaurant which you could use once as part of the all inclusive deal this was in the sister hotel next door. This turned out to be a bad choice . The food was not as good as in the main dinner we had been using and they served each course only when everyone had finished the previous course .So we were all waiting for the slowest dinner to finish and people stared to walk out as they got tired of waiting.
The resort has a strange system in regards of the pool towels .They give you one per person but if you want a clean one after your swim they will charge you every time you change it and put in on your bill.
There are only two areas for sitting and getting drinks apart from the dining room, they are the pool bar and a small bar in the reception area both these are open to the elements so if the evening is cool then you need to dress accordingly .
I did find this disappointing that you had not lounge comfortable bar area for the evenings the reception area bar was the closest to this style but was to small and could not deal with the amount of people who seemed to be looking for this type of bar

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RonnieNorwich
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

We stayed at the Melas Holiday Village in Side this September (13th to 20th) travelling with Thomas Cook. The flight out was something of a nightmare (to be reviewed separately!), having been delayed by 8 hours. However, the holiday itself did not disappoint.

We arrived after 11pm with the flight being delayed, and the hotel where efficient and courteous on our arrival, checking us in quickly and driving us by buggy to our rooms. They also provided us with a meal at that late time as we hadn't eaten for some time.

The village is set around a steep sided valley with accomodation set in small blocks (max 3 storeys high) around the top and sides of the valley. The valley centre is landscaped with gardens. The pool complex is split in two with a water park at the top and a swimming pool & bar / entertainment area at the foot of the valley by the beach. It has it's own private beach too.

Our room was spacious and comfortable - an apartment with two bedrooms and a kitchen / sitting room plus bathroom. We had requested to be close to our freinds by e-mail in advance of travelling and the hotel obliged by putting us in rooms next to each other. The rooms could do with soem updating but where otherwise perfectly fine. Our air conditioning started to leak water on one occasion, but was fixed within 20 minutes following a call to reception.

The location is superb and just 25 to 30 minutes walk from the quaint town of Side itself which you can get to walking along the sea front. We stayed all inclusive (which is the only option for the village I think) and the food was very good and plentiful. There was always loads of choice and only a few short moments during the day when no food could be found. We particularly enjoyed the afternoon tea - loads of beautiful Turkish cakes and pastries!!

We found the whole area to be kept very clean and the staff where always freindly and willing to help. Some of the staff did not have much English and seemed to prefer to speak German. This is down to the high percentage of German visitors in the hotel - maybe a German phrase book would have been more useful that the Turkish one we took with us!

The only down side on the staff front that was on two separate occasions we where asked to give tips directly to staff despite tipping boxes at all locations. It's not clear what happens to tips in the boxes but the hotel and the TC rep did say these go directly to the staff. We did tip one waitor on one occasion as he had looked after us particularly well all week . Thanks Muzaffer!

Despite the horror stories you hear about Germans reserving sun loungers at silly o'clock, there was none of that to be seen here. There where always plenty of loungers available by the pool or on the beach.

We where surprised late in our week to be invited to a banquet. This was put on late in the week and was a spectacular affair with a wide range of foods from European to traditional Turkish, many being cooked in front of you - and many of those delicious cakes!

Side is definitely also worth a visit with it's Roman ruins and the temple of apollo by the harbour side. We hired a car one day to get away from the tourist area - something I would thoroughly reccomend. The Manavgat waterfalls and Oymapinar dam are both in easy reach and provide you with something more than just a tourist resort. We came across local families picnicing and even local children herding goats on our day out.

One warning about shopping. Be wary of the larger jewellrey shops. We asked for a price of earrings in one and where refused a price until we went inside. Once inside the door was shut and a settee rushed over to us. We where effectively surrounded and had to argue forcefully to get out again. It was only because there where 4 of us that we got out without being forced to buy something we did not want.

All in all a very good holiday and something we would reccomend to families, freinds and anyone who would like a relaxing holiday with plenty of sun and a little culture on the side.

(PS - forgot to mention the weather - no rain, loads of sun and temperatures that where consistently above 33c during the day - perfect.)

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank TopCats
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

We stayed for a week in the Holiday Village ealier this year. I was expecting small villa style accomodation in the village but it turned out to be a Youth hostel style style large accomodation block with lots of rooms in. It was really noisy in the morning when people were getting up and the beds were rock hard. Other than that the room itself was quite nice with a large balcony overlooking the pool.
Hotel and grounds very clean. The food was great and staff were fairly attentive. The drinks service is a bit hit and miss and they do seem to favour serving large groups of Germans first.
The main downside to the village is that there is not much to do in the evening. The animation team shows are Ok for kids but not really for adults. There are a small number of seats in the lobby bar but very quiet here or the beach bar next to the pool is open with music but you are just sitting in the plastic seats that you sat on in the day so not very comfy or lively. There is a disco in the Melas Hotel next door but we went 4 times and there were about 3 other people in there each time. We spent most of the time spending money in the bars outside the hotel which isnt really good when you pay for all inclusive. The Melas Hotel next door had much nicer places to sit in the evening and a nicer restaurant but again not very lively. The hotel guests can use the village but village guests cant use the hotel facilities as its a 5* but we did go in for a look around.
The location is good as there are shops and bars right outside the hotel and only a short bus ride into the town of Side where there are more shops, bars and Roman ruins to see.
Not many English mainly German and Dutch plus a few Russians so not good if you like chatting to other guests on holiday. .
Not a bad hotel for the money but if I went again I would book the hotel over the village as it just seemed better value for money.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank teacakesandjam
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Address: Selimiye Mah. Suleyman Demirel Bul. No:5 | 07330 Side / Manavgat, Side, Manavgat 07330, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Side
#23 Spa Hotel in Side
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Side
#27 Luxury Hotel in Side
#32 Romantic Hotel in Side
Price Range: £59 - £340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Melas Holiday Village 5*
Number of rooms: 327
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