We stayed for 2 weeks from 7th sept. the two last reviews on this hotel are good.
The melas village and melas hotel are on the same complex. Which ever you stay at you can use the facilities but not have food or drink .
We stayed at the melas village and thought the place was lovely.
We arrived on a late flight , we were checked in quickly, the lady receptionist is the best. we were taken to our room by a helpful porter in a golf buggy who showed us the bits in the room and we tipped. We had a room in the main block above the restaurant . Comfy beds put together as a double, wall mounted TV, only BBC world news but that didn't matter, not there to watch TV. Hair dryer, beach towels supplied and changed for a small fee down by the main pool, no kettle but we took our own with tea bags and bought the milk from across the road. Plenty of wardrobe space, balcony with drying rail, fridge that was refilled every other day with fanta, coke, water and beer. Bathroom towels changed , bed changed and room cleaned everyday plus the odd flower arrangement , could not fault. Our maid never expected tips so we tipped her at the end of our stay. The beach and pools were lovely , great sand , clear water and free beds and brollies but as said in other reviews unfortunately the Germans and Russians did tip the attendants to reserve the beds which is wrong , but saying that we had no problem getting sunbeds at the pool or beach whatever time we got there and didnt have to spend a penny. We actually helped ourselves a few times to the cushions, that way we could have 2 on each bed , a lot more comfortable ! We did not tip the attendants, our thoughts are that it's all inclusive and this is part of it, never had to do it anywhere else.
The food was plentiful a lot of variety! Hot and fresh. Drinks are included, the rose is the best out of the wines. There is no bacon or pork but it is a Muslim country. You have three extra restaurants to use within your all inclusive, the Turkish, the Fish and the International. Book these as soon as you can. We didn't try the Turkish but the FIsh restaurant which overlooks the beach was lovely, the International was ok , they served Fahitas without the wraps just meat and dips, so a bit different.
Again in the main restaurant we only tipped one waiter at the end of our stay who we thought
gave us a good service, they are a bit hit and miss but if you eat inside opposite the bread station at breakfast and lunch you will be served by a waiter called Bullent , very good English , polite and very efficient .
The evening entertainment was good, mostly done by the animation team, everything was introduced in English first followed by about 5 other languages so you knew what was happening. Good acts from outside too, such as Kenyan Acrobats and Turkish dancers.
Opposite the hotel are plenty of shops to wander around. Do not hire a car , the driving is horrendous in Turkey, it's so cheap to jump on a Dolmus just outside the hotel, 2.25 lira for 2 people to go into Side and you don't tip. They do cram you in though , all part of the fun , it drops you off into the bus park and it's a short 10 mins walk past the ruins into the centre but if its too hot or your legs are tired , just down to the left of the bus park is another bus pickup which takes you right into the centre for 1 lira each and does a return journey. Last Dolmus bus back is 12 pm.
We recommend you use Lira as you get better value for money but they do take euro and Stirling . Be warned the shop assistants are VERY persistent .
Side market is on Saturdays and undercover , worth a visit ! , the Dolmus takes you straight to it. We also went into Manavagat where the green river is and Kumkoy with a small shopping centre, all pretty much the same and if you want fake designer clothes and bags the towns are full of it .
Bartering is a must ! Offer them half the asking price and go
You can also walk into Side along the beach promenade which is very safe and takes
about 30 minutes. All in all a great location , hotel and
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