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“Brilliant time at Melas Hotel”
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Melas Resort Hotel
Ranked #10 of 229 Hotels in Side
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 October 2013

We have just returned from having a fantastic stay at the Melas Resort Hotel, both myself and my husband stayed there from the 19th September to 3rd October, we had a brilliant time and could not have asked for a better holiday. The hotel was very clean and the food was great, we have both come home having to go on a diet.
On our arrival we were advised that our room was not ready and we had given a room for the night due to this - on the 8th floor, one of the suites with a sea view, this room was beautiful and we were sad to leave the following morning! We spent the remainder of our stay in room 1615 with a side sea view which was just as good but smaller and suited our needs. The room was well equipped and cleaned daily, the bathroom consistent of a power shower, again fantastic!!

We had the opportunity to have dinner in the al a carte both Western and Eastern (this one on my birthday) both were good and were enjoyed by both of us. I have to congratulate the hotel for the variety of food that was offered breakfast, lunch and dinner, my husband was over the moon to have strawberries both at lunchtime and dinner!

The staff within the hotel were excellent and were happy to deal with any issues and worked hard to ensure the best level of service, everyone had nice friendly attitude and was polite and said hello. We would like you to pass on a personal message to Sabahattin Fartli who worked hard between both the Restaurant and Lobby Bar and thank him for tending to us over our 2 weeks stay, he was always around to serve us drinks etc and have a laugh with my husband - Scottish jokes! We appreciated this very much and it made our stay even more enjoyable.

Good location and walked into Side town a couple of times both during the day and night, this took us approx 30mins.

We would definitely recommend the Melas to friends and family and have advised our tour operator the same. Would have no hesitation to return to the Melas for another holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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melas2001, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Melas Resort Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2015

Dear Loui,
thank you for the time you have taken to write a comment on this page.
It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again.
With kind Regards,
Your Melas-Team

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Reviewed 1 October 2013

This was our seventh visit to the Melas Hotel and as in the past we could not fault it . The staff work so hard to make sure you are given the best of service. They are always friendly, polite and go out of their way to help you. The rooms are clean and well equipped and had a total refit last year.
There is a choice of four restaurants (fish, Turkish, international and the main) and the food is of a high standard and a good choice. Yes there are more Germans than English but is this such a bad thing, no, their standards are usually high so as far as I am concerned this is a good sign. I would suggest that if you wish to holiday with English stay in England.

I have no hesitation to recommend this hotel and if it is your first visit to Turkey it is a very good place to start

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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melas2001, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Melas Resort Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2015

Thank you for the time you have taken to write a comment on this page.
It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again.
With kind Regards,
Your Melas-Team

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

This was our 6th visit to Turkey, but our first to the Melas Hotel. Stayed 3rd to 17th Sept.
Good points: Check In was excellent - very helpful - insisted on completing the registration cards for us! Room large, very clean and well appointed & kept clean. Shower the best we've seen. Food well cooked and usually plentiful. Beach clean and few rocks (not like Sunrise Queen next door where we were last year). Could go to the Pool at 9 or the beach at 10 and still get a decent location for a lounger - towel fight not required. Most of the staff spoke English and were very helpful. A la carte restaurants (western International & Fish) were superb
Poor points: Had to pay for change of beach towels, & Safe box in the room. NO rooms available to change in on last day, late checkout not possible. Food well cooked ( as mentioned above) but very boring. No specialities, nothing special as in all others we've stayed in. Spoke to an Italian and other Brits who felt that the hotel needed to improve their game and that they would not be returning. Would we return - would look at other hotels first (especially the Sunrise Queen where we were last year - couldn't get in this year)

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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melas2001, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Melas Resort Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2015

Dear Sandy,
thank you for choosing Melas Resort for your holiday and for the time you have taken to write a comment on this page.
Your criticisms and suggestions will be evaluated and monitored by the departments.
It was a pleasure to welcome you.
With best Regards,
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Last minute get away to this hotel. Choice made based on good reviews and my last visit to Turkey - Dalaman was fantastic. On arrival check in was swift. My room was brilliant, modern, clean and bright, the decor was first class. The main restaurant served a variety of food. Not the best I've tasted, but I was always able to find something to eat. The beach was clean and easily accessible via poolside lifts

Now something that concerned me greatly...

A LOT of Germans at hotel, I heard probably 3 other English speaking guests there during my stay 3 day stay. Unfortunately from experience, lots of people of German descent seem to believe that they own the whole hotel, which manifests in their behaviour towards those of other nationalities or cultures. That is not the most concerning issue I have and I am not tarnishing all German travellers with the same brush, cos they're not all the same.

As a single, British, non white, 'well travelled' traveller, this is the first time EVER while travelling that I have felt unsafe in a hotel environment or tourist resort. The looks given to me by the German guests, security staff and some members of staff made me feel, like, a non German in Hitler's Germany, a black person in 1960's Alabama and one of my parents generation who had just accepted the invitation from the British government to come and work in the UK and having arrived, read the signs on doors which said, "No Irish, No Dogs, No Blacks!!

I spoke to one of the members of the reception staff and asked him how many English people there were in the hotel currently and he said including me, there were 17, then I asked how many guests there were in total and he said about 550!! The majority being German. I then asked him how many non white people stay at the hotel during the year, "not many" he said! Well no wonder I was the spectacle of the Melas Hotel!!, good job I was only there for a few days.

So... before you book this hotel in this resort, if you care at all about more than decor - to all Singles - think first, to all British - read reviews from other hotels so that you are not in the minority, to all Non white couples - Beware, to all Non White Singles - DON'T GO TO THIS HOTEL!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Just got back from a wonderful holiday with my husband. Start with the check in and because it was about 1.30am and only 6 others, it went like clockwork and we were shown to our room. Our room was 1109 with a side sea view but we were on a lower floor so our view of the sea was through the palm trees but it suited us. The room was large, clean and spacious. The bathroom was huge. It had a jacuzzi bath with a shower over and a large powerful walk in shower. Mini fridge had some soft drinks, two cans of Effes and bottled water which came in very handy. This was restocked daily. Housekeeping was 1st class, clean white towels daily and some marvellous scupltures with the towels and flowers. Flat screen TV but with only German and Turkish channels. One BBC news programme but what the heck who goes on holiday to watch TV.
The food is of a high qualitly with lots of choice. If you can't find something then you are either very fussy of have a food intolerence. Speciality restaurants are also of a high quality but you book them in the main desk.
The beach was clean and you could find a sunbed. The Germans do get up early and reserve them by placing there towels on them. We used the pool all bar one day and yes if you can't beat em then join em. So because I got up early anyway my towel was on the sunbed for 7am. Special thanks to Memhet the lifeguard for allowing us the use of a clean towel and showers on our final day in Side, he was a really pleasant guy who would do anything to help.
The cocktails on the All Inclusive are excellent and would recommend the Sex on the Beach.
Overall a brilliant holiday. We will be going again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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melas2001, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Melas Resort Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2015

Thank you for the time you have taken to write a comment on this page.
It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again.
With kind Regards,
Your Melas-Team

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Had an amazing time on our first visit to Turkey. Picked a wonderful hotel staffed by delightful people who could not do enough for us. Trying to accommodate a party of 18 people is no mean feat, however, Melas Resort managed it in every respect. We had 3 family birthdays during our stay and were given a large table in the restaurant each time decorated with lovely flowers. The restaurant manager bent over backwards to help us with a member of the family who has restrictive eating habits. A very special thank you to Ridvan and Neslihan Alebas who were fantastic waiters (from Crazy Lady and Lush).

The Animation Team made our holiday so very special especially the gorgeous Seyma Akarik and Cent. They are not in your face and don't mither you to join in, however, once you do, you will have a fab time getting to know them. Definitely recommend the Aqua Gym and the Garden Party on Saturdays is also amazing fun. Join in one of the teams and you are guaranteed to have a great time.

We were very lucky to win at bingo (3 times during the fortnight) and were amazed by the amount of prizes we won. I actually couldn't carry all mine back to my table. The evening entertainment is good, especially the professional shows, but check with Seyma whether to stay in the Hotel or go to the Village depending on whether you want a relatively quiet night or a more lively night. Most shows start at 2115 in the Hotel and finish by 2215, however, the pool bar then stays open until 2300 and the lobby bar till gone midnight. With ages ranging from 8-50+ in our party, we were delighted to find that we could all go into the disco on those nights when we really wanted to party! The children loved dancing in there with the animation team alongside Mums and Dads, however, don't worry as there aren't many kids in there. The animation team work really hard from 1000 - 2345 to ensure you have a fab time and only get Sundays off to rest so don't be surprised if you get there on a Saturday that it all seems really quiet on the Sunday.

All 18 of us thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Melas Hotel and are already saving to return next year. Side is a lovely resort which offers everything you could wish for and the whole town appear to be on happy pills as we didn't meet one grumpy person. Even the taxi drivers were so nice. Save some space in your suitcases for the gorgeous designer handbags and tshirts that you will wont be able to resist - it really is a shoppers delight. We all wish we had bought more as the quality is very good.

Room Tip: All rooms are of a very high standard and the showers are "to die for". Don't worry i...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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melas2001, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Melas Resort Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2015

Thank you for the time you have taken to write a comment on this page.
It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again.
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We travelled to this hotel as a party of 10 with ages ranging between 18 and 50-somethings with lots of different interests (some of us just wanted to relax while others had too much energy for their own good!). There was something to please all of us at this lovely hotel. This is a good hotel that caters for a range of nationalities and the English, whilst small in numbers, are certainly not at a disadvantage as some reviews suggest.

ROOMS – Check in was extremely quick and our cases were soon delivered to our room. The rooms are absolutely fantastic. They have a very modern design and are spotlessly clean. They are spacious, comfortable and have all the amenities you could want including plenty of storage space, good sized bathroom, power shower, flat screen TV and decent air-conditioning. The mini-fridge is restocked daily with water, beer, fanta and coke free of charge. There is a safe in the room which has a small daily charge. The hotel provides beach towels in your room on arrival. These can be changed at the indoor pool at the cost of €1 per towel. All of our party were on the higher floors (5-8) and had nice views of the sea, mountains and surrounding areas from our balconies.

HOTEL COMPLEX – The hotel is right next door to its sister hotel, the Melas Holiday Village. We used the pools and bars at both hotels. The holiday village is where the water slides are located and most of the livelier entertainment takes place here. There is entertainment at the Melas Hotel, however this ends fairly early and we would usually go to the holiday village where it would continue later.
The hotel is amazingly clean in all areas (even the toilets!) and there are staff constantly going around picking up rubbish, cleaning, polishing, etc.
There is a slightly odd set up with the lifts where they stop between floors in the hotel and you always have to walk up or down 1 set of stairs. There are also stairs down to the beach. I can imagine this makes it difficult for families with pushchairs or those with walking difficulties.

BEACH – The beach is clean, quite large and has plenty of sun beds no matter what time of day you go down. There is also a very good range of drinks and snacks at the beach bar. There is a lady cooking pancakes at the holiday village beach bar but guests at this hotel can have them too. The sea is lovely and warm and fairly shallow. The hotel is located on a lovely sandy spot of the beach, which doesn’t appear to be the case for other hotels on the same beach. There is also a variety of water sports available nearby.

POOL – The pool is situated on the 5th floor of the hotel (rather strangely) meaning there is usually a lovely breeze making it cooler than the beach. It is also very clean and tidy. The pool bar serves a good range of drinks and there is ice cream and cakes available in the afternoon. It is an average sized pool with a limited number of sunbeds which means you have to play the game of getting up super early to reserve your beds. A member of our party managed to get 10 sunbeds together but had to be up around 6.30 to do this. However don’t think this means your sunbeds are safely reserved as a lady comes round at 10am taking random towels off sunbeds if there is nobody sitting on them. This meant that we could not all go to breakfast together as someone had to stay on ‘sunbed duty’ at all times. To make this fair it would be much better if they did this after breakfast had finished at 11am.

FOOD – The food is of a good quality and very fresh at all times of day at this hotel. There was a good choice and something for everyone in our party (even the VERY fussy eaters and a coeliac). I would recommend trying lunch at the beach bar as there are some things that are cooked to order e.g. pizzas, omelettes, pide, etc. There are 3 a la carte restaurants (fish, Turkish and international). The international was lovely and had good views over the bay, the Turkish was ok but could do with some added atmosphere and we did not try the fish restaurant. All of these restaurants get booked up quickly so you need to book these well in advance at guest services.

BARS – We mainly used the pool bar at night as this is where the entertainment was located. They serve a good range of drinks with a fair cocktail menu if you like vodka or gin. However, you need to be aware that some of the spirits have to be paid for e.g. rum, some flavours of liquors, etc. We thought you only had to pay for branded drinks but apparently not.
The lobby bar was also a nice place to sit for a drink and they had televisions showing sport.

STAFF- The staff at this hotel work very hard. All staff in the restaurants and bars were great and most were very friendly. We had lots of fun with the life guards on the beach and around the pool. The housekeeping staff were also very friendly and polite. We were not pestered at all by the spa or photography staff in the hotel. They asked us once on our first day and when we said no thank you they were fine and just said hello for the rest of the holiday. There seems to be a bit of a language barrier with some staff not speaking much English but this is not a problem. If they really don’t understand then they fetch somebody that does! If you are ever unclear about something or want information about the hotel all you have to do is ask! The same goes for if you ever need anything, we did not experience any problems with things being replenished and if we wanted any extras they were always available e.g. bottles of water from any of the bars and you can get tea bags from the pool bar at cake time if you are desperate for them!

RESORT- There are a number of shops, bars and restaurants at the end of the hotel drive so there is no need to go anywhere; however I would recommend visiting Side old town. This is 30 mins walk along the promenade, or you can catch a bus or taxi very easily. Taxis are all fixed price so they are hassle free. In the town you have the ruins, restaurants, bars and shops selling all the designer replicas you could wish for!
Nearby are the lovely Manavgat waterfalls and market which make a fun day out, also accessible by bus or taxi.

Overall this is a lovely relaxed hotel and we had a great holiday, I would recommend it to anyone visiting Side.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the higher floors (5-8) for a good view.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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melas2001, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Melas Resort Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2015

Thank you for the time you have taken to write a comment on this page.
It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again.
With kind Regards,
Your Melas-Team

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Address: Side Mah. Suleyman Demirel Bulv.No:5, Side, Manavgat 07330, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Side
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Side
#9 Spa Hotel in Side
#9 Luxury Hotel in Side
#13 Family Hotel in Side
Price Range: £52 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Melas Resort Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 304
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