We stayed at the Horus Paradise in July for our first experience of an all inclusive holiday. Overall we were very impressed with the hotel and the grounds, especially as it was right on a 'private' section of the beach. The hotel is billed on the main entrance as 5*, but it's probably more of a 4* hotel, especially as the main restaurant is buffet service. The rooms were clean and housekeeping came every day to make them up and replace the complimentary soft drinks in the 'mini-bar'.
The hotel had a few other pleasant touches, one of the nicest of which was the option of having fresh beach towels everyday (after first paying a deposit which was returned on check-out). There is also a spa in the hotel offering Turkish baths for 45 euro and there are tennis courts for hire if you feel like playing. A note of caution for British travellers - the majority of guests are Russian and German, so the main currency used by the hotel is the euro, not Turkish Lira, and by and large the staff don't know the prices of anything in Lira and so have to calculate everything using the hotel's exchange rate. However, on a more positive note the staff spoke very good English.
There are 4 restaurants advertised as a la carte, but they're really a set menu, and of the two we tried they were very nice. You have to book in advance to reserve a table, and we found that it paid to book early, as tables can only be booked up to three days ahead and filled up quickly. You can eat in each restaurant only once within a seven day period too. The main restaurant is buffet style, but has a plentiful and varied array of food everyday - we never failed to find something tasty to eat. Grilled tiger prawns were great.
The beach was beautiful and where we spent most of our time. The hotel has 5 swimming pools, but the sea was more inviting to us and nice and warm. The beach has sunbeds and umbrellas free of charge to hotel guests, and there is also a bar / restaurant close to the beach too for drinks and an afternoon ice-cream. If you want to there are also plenty of activities provided by the hotel, including volley ball, boules, dance classes and pilates. Evening-wise there were nightly discos for children (although the music is very repetitive) and other entertainment for the adults.
The only downside for us was our non-existent Thomas Cook rep. She attended on our first day for the 9am welcome meeting (after a 4hr flight delay which landed at 4.30am so none of us had really slept) and appeared unprepared. She promised to deliver maps, which we didn't really need but nonetheless never appeared, and also said that she'd be there the following day if we wanted to book trips but weren't in the mood to right then and there in our sleep-deprived state. Surprise, surprise we didn't see her again until the day before we left - fortunately for us the only trip we wanted to book was a Turkish bath which we just booked in the hotel.
Overall, a good hotel only 30-40 minutes walk from the town of Side, and a great holiday!
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