We arrived mid-afternoon and there was a german speaking couple checking in before us. They were given what looked like a large information pack on the hotel. We received a piece of cardboard with the mealtimes on. This was the start of a "them and us" type experience, mainly due to the lack of English spoken Or understood by the staff. We were driven by golf buggy to our rooms. I had emailed the hotel after we booked asking for adjacent or adjoining rooms which were provided. The rooms were of a good size and the maid kept them spotless, she was also very friendly. The only downside to the rooms was the lack of seats/chairs in the rooms. We could have used a step in the bathroom to climb into the shower as the bath was so high. the balcony door lock didn't work but as we left nothing of value in our room this didnt bother us.
We spent most days by the waterslide pool, it was quieter than the main pool area and also was in sunshine throughout the day. The main pool was very shaded on one side during the morning and into the afternoon. There was a bar by the waterslide pool and a bar and cafe by the main pool. The only downside to the waterslide pool was one of the waiters seemed to like the song "shortie got low" and played it over and over again on the couple of days he was there.
We didn't really know where anything was and found various places by just wandering round. There is quite a bank from the main pool/beach to the room areas which my mother found quite hard to navigate which is why we only went to that area once.
The majority of the staff were very pleasant although none could speak English very well and we had problems understanding and being understood every time we spoke to any of them. This was quite frustrating but after all we were in a foreign country!
Food wise there was a lot to choose from and it was ok, just not very warm. Breakfast was strange without toast! The only place I've been to in the world with no toast maker ;) managed to get by on the pain au chocolates though! Also the dinner time was advertised as from 7pm but on our first night we wandered down early as we were not sure how far it was and they were letting people in at twenty past six. We ended up going at this time most nights, the 2 times we went at a later time it was absolutely manic.
After dinner, if you didn't want to watch the entertainment (we never saw any) the only places to go were the main pool bar or the lobby bar. Whilst we were there the nights were rather cold and both bars are open to the elements. We thought it strange that there were no inside bars. If it was raining there would be nowhere to go. Also, as mentioned, my mother found it difficult to walk up the bank from the main pool so every night apart from one (when there was a very cold wind blowing through the lobby) we spent our evenings playing cards in the lobby bar. This area was very popular and you had to arrive early to get a table. For how large the hotel was we thought there should be more seating in this area. People would stand around waiting for a table to vacate then run to claim it. There was never any music playing but we didn't miss this.
There was also a games and tv area bythe waterslide pool, the internet area was also there but there was no information on how to log in. You have to go to reception and pay for how long you want to go online for then they give you a code to log in with. There was free wifi in the lobby but For some reason it wouldn't connect to my iPhone. Other people were using laptops though.
Side town was lovely, half an hour walk (slowly) or 17 lira in a taxi. The ancient ruins were fascinating and covered a huge area. The amphitheatre was fantastic and the museum was also well worth a visit.
Hope this review has been of some help. Any questions or queries please message me.
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