We stayed at the Flora Suites for the last 2 weeks in August 2011 and prior to the visit I read through the reviews here and on other review sites.
Typically the reviews are from opposite ends of the spectrum, i.e. it was brilliant or it was terrible. In this instance the terribles were well in the lead.
At this point I was worried as we have 2 young children to cater for and most reviews made it plain that nearly everything was a problem.
As we had stayed in All Inclusive's before we also had a level of expectancy, but this was
balanced with the knowledge that Turkey's AI is not at the same level at other countries.
So to the holiday....
We flew out early evening, all without issue.
Our transfer to the hotel was not the smoothest as we had to play 'hunt-the-rep', but got there in the end. The transfer is c.3 hours, but luckily we were the 1st drop. Incidentally, we arrived in the early hours and an hour or so later my wife realised she had left her purse on the coach. I went to reception to report this and as I arrived our driver appeared with the purse. I'm not too sure that would have happened at home !
The room was excellent, indeed it looked like it had been recently updated - aircon, fridge, TV, balcony, view over the pool. We had paid a small upgrade to get the higher standard rooms, but didn't see any other rooms so nothing to compare it to. Towels / bedding / room cleaning was very regular, i.e. every 1 or 2 days.
There are 2 pools, 1 large pool with a very small kids pool attached and
another with a couple of water slides. These were fine as all the kids I saw (aged c.4 to 15) seemed to have a great time. That was until a large group of east europeans turned up in the 2nd week and the 7 or 8 men in their group took over.
There is also a basketball court although I never saw anyone use it, and a small playground with swings, see-saw, climbing frames etc. Also there is a table tennis table and table football, although they are not the newest and it was hit and miss as to whether the hotel reception had and table tennis ball.
There is also a stage and night club within the grounds. The stage was used for some of the evening entertainment, but I never saw anyone use the night club. The remaining evening entertainment was held around the main pool.
The beach was advertised as 600 metres away, which is certainly isn't. There is though a free tractor / trailer hourly service provided and the kids loved riding this down to the beach.
The Staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us.
Entertainment. This was something we specifically asked for to keep the kids happy but for the first few days it was almost non existent. There was then a complete change to the entertainments team and from then on there was something every night - not exactly the Royal Command Performance but good enough to keep us and the kids entertained
for a few hours.
The food. For All Inclusice it was pretty basic and repetative.
As the guests are predominantly Turkish then their customs rule.
This includes not queueing for food, and taking anything they can lay their hands on. It was into the 2nd week before we realised there were large cakes with every evening meal. By the time we had arrived (19:00) they had all gone !
Also, on some mornings there are fresh pancakes available, but same rules apply.
The food is pretty basic and very similar for lunch / evening - load of salad, eggs, ham, tomato etc then a couple of meats and chips / some other form of potato. There is also soup and fresh bread. tea, coffee and cordial on tap.
All other drinks are available from the bar, although there is a charge after midnight.
There is no ice-cream on site so I took a daily stroll to the ice cream stall (5 mins or so).
There is a large 'Kipa' (Tesco in effect) about 10 minute walk away but across a very busy road. The complex also contained a foodhall with pizza's, Burger King etc. We visited this a few times !
Trips - Ephesus, Water parks, Sea trips, Horse riding, mini Sea-World (dolphins, Seals, Whales etc), plenty more.
Things to note:
1. Locals are big on putting towels on the sunbeds, so if you plan to stay around the pool then better get out there around 7:00.
2. Snacks are served around the main pool 11:00 and 16:00. BE WARNED...it is like feeding time at the zoo, especially in the afternoon. The locals think nothing of loading their plates to overflowing and then leaving most of it to be thrown in the bin. Just be ready, get in the queue quickly and don't let others push in.
3. The tiles at the edge of the pool were very sharp. Most kids we saw had cuts on their feet. We ended up leaving our kids socks on which helped.
4. Poolside is very slippy when wet, which is basically all day.
5. The hotel was advertised as a 3-star (with our travel agents anyway), and it was probably just that.
Any finally, if you will be waiting around the airport to catch your return flight then stock up on snacks and drinks, It is VERY expensive. A can of Coke & packet of crips came to £10 !
Th above may come across as a bit negetive, but we had a great holiday. Once you balance the price with what you get then I thought it was good value. Not for everybody, but suited us.
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- Also Known As:
- Flora Hotel Kusadasi