This hotel is truly as good as everyone says it is. The staff are all friendly and helpful and really make you feel welcome. The rooms are spacious with loads of storage, the beds so comfy and the shower is fabulous – I could’ve spent half my holiday in there! The food is plentiful and varied (whoever says it gets samey is obviously someone who only eats the same thing every day). If, like me, you’re a vegetarian then there’s plenty to choose from. There is food available pretty much from 7.30am to 9.30pm with a mere 60 minutes where everything is closed so you’ll never go hungry.
Sunbed reserving is not a problem in this hotel as 90% of the people who put a towel on a lounger then go straight to breakfast and are back within the hour. There was only ever a couple of occasions when a lounger was ‘claimed’ and not used for much of the day. It’s also possible to get a lounger pretty much all day even if you have been out all morning, there are always some empty ones dotted about the pool.
The a la carte restaurant was a disappointment. It is a large space above the main dining area and yet the seating is crammed into a third of the area. It is impossible not to talk to the people sat near you as they are so close. The waiters could do with more training as they don’t seem to know what to do once you’ve finished eating – they didn’t even offer coffee. Worth a visit though if you like steak, my husband said it was very tasty. The choice of food is limited and there’s more available in the main restaurant, so we didn’t even use our free second visit.
The biggest let down of the hotel is the music. The Little Rum Club have been praised repeatedly and I don’t understand why. They perform bland ‘muzak’ versions of popular songs and the singer’s voice has so little emotion or personality that she made Bob Marley, John Lennon and Dido all sound exactly the same. The guitarist is equally bland and has less chord range than Status Quo! I understand that its each to their own and so would avoid the bar or lounge they were performing in of an evening, but then a couple of times a week they perform by the pool – the endless drone alongside all the other music coming from the restaurant was just annoying.
Given its close proximity to Side, the ancient ruins and local shops and bars, this all makes it a hotel well worth visiting.