So I took a family trip to Kusadasi, Turkey this time and stayed at the Batihan Beach Resort and Spa. I stayed there from 28 May 2013 to 4 June 2013. I will get into the details but for the price you cant beat it. well.....maybe you can...but why would you? either way.....shall we begin.....
BLUF(Bottom Line up Front): GREAT HOTEL TO STAY AT! it is not the Ritz but for Turkey it is pretty close! great family vacation.
I traveled with my wife and 4 year old son. we take vacations about once or twice a year depending on when I am able to take leave from work. we booked our vacation through www.HLX.com instead of using our timeshare through RCI.(this was the wife's idea)....which was a great idea.... love you honey! on we go.........so I paid 1244 euro for 7 nights, and round trip tickets with all inclusive from Munich to Izmir with the connection by hotel service to Kusadasi and back to Munich. note to self.........just drive to the airport instead of taking the train from you house! but that is another story for another time. so.......let us continue with the meat and potatoes of this review.
the connections service was a 8 out of 10. the reason for this is because when booking through HLX.com you need to ensure you know which bus/van takes you to the hotel. Thankfully the gentlemen at the Airport are freaking awesome. oh..........as an American I paid 20 dollars for my visa to Turkey....the wife and son did not have to pay since they are European citizens. on we go.........so the van ride was an hour and 20 minutes from the airport but it was okay. the kid fell asleep which was even better for me and the wife. the view while on the drive was nice and it was definitely worth the price...(All inclusive).
So upon arrival to the hotel there was another couple who rode with us on the van. well naturally they got off before us and the service(Bell Hop) grabbed their bags and I lugged the two suitcases up the ramp on my own.....this didnt bother me though since I was just ready to get my vacation going. the lobby of Batihan is nice and I mean nice atleast for my standards.....but we can go into my standards later when I talk about the city itself. so......the receptionist was very friendly and spoke German fluently which was awesome. she spoke enlgish also but with my occupation I try to limit who knows what about me. either way she was very friendly and helpful and checked us in right away. the Bell Hop brought our bags to our room........416......and I tipped him a 5 euro bill. I dont know if that is alot but personally oh well. it is vacation right?
ok.......NOTE TO SELF!!!! get a bigger room if more than 2 people. yes I have a four year son and he needs to be around his mother but.....man...can a guy catch a break when with his wife on vacation?.......answer is....no...not unless there is another room. so if you want privacy get the bigger room. but on we go.......the room was very clean and we had a balcony looking over the hills behind the hotel. sure it was not seaview but truth be told....if you have children you do not want sea view because the animation team does not stop until 2300 at night and the bar downstairs does not close until 2400. the bathroom was clean and well....small for me. but I guess that is life in Turkey. ummmmmm. oh yes. TV........note to self.......learn German, Turkish or you better love CNN.
FRIENDLY!!! dont know what else to say. there are two females who take care of the children during the day and wow! put me to shame. I know I have a rough time entertaining my son but man these girls rocked it like it was a fur coat.....sorry american saying. either way they were awesome! the shows at night were pretty good. I am not the type to go to a hotel and be forced into some participation act for which I am paying for but they did a pretty good job. the kid and wife liked it though. and well truth be told......it is all inclusive so the "TURNSOL" alcohol cocktails helped me out. which leads me to my next point.
Bar by the pool:
Ceaser.....remember this guy. awesome bartender and actually takes the time to get to know the guest. great at making a drink and if you order the same thing more than twice he doesnt need to be told again he just makes it as soon as you walk up to the bar.......or that could be because i had 7 Turnsol in the first night....cant beat all inclusive. let me just say that. but the atmosphere was nice.
The beach was pretty clean. it is at the edge of the hotel property.....well duh. my bad that goes without saying. eitherway..... the beach was nice and great photos. we never had a problem finding lounge chairs but it was pretty crowded.
NICE! crowded but nice to just sit and chill. of course I ended up spending most of my time at the pool since the kid didnt want to go to the beach when he could play in the pool and the animation ladies would give him food when it was time to eat. the water was cold at first but i guess that is every pool.
I personally loved the food. I love eating rice (Mexican here) and the choices were pretty decent.....a million times better than Chow Hall food. but the food tasted great. The wife even liked most of it and she is picky. the service though was a little lacking. not too much just sometimes with the number of people eating the employees would forget to bring you something to drink. the food was self serve so that was never a problem. finding a seat was the hardest thing though. but overall good experience.
the town center was nice. the rest of the city ......well....honestly....reminded me of an upscale downtown Baghdad, Iraq. I have seen some crappy places and this was not the worst but it made me think of being back in Iraq in 2003. but good news..............
AWESOME! I hate shopping! so take that for what it is worth. but my wife not spending so much makes me a happy man! DO NOT....I repeat....DO NOT PAY IN EUROS!!!!! change you money into Turkish Lira and save your self a good 150 euros over the entire week of shopping. There is a bazaar not far from the hotel which has some great shopping stalls. most of the guys there are from germany or atleast lived there so they all speak German. but be careful some of them love to look at your wife. lol. but what do you expect I guess. but Turkey is a great place to shop. that did remind me of Afghanistan where you can get certain "goods" at a big discount. but you get what you pay for. so if you are looking for a real Louis Vuitton bag. you can forget it.
GO TO SAMOS!!!!! worth the money. I paid 168 Turkish Lira(74 Euros) total for my wife, son and I. the boat ride was windy and the wife complained the whole time about being cold....I complained the whole time that I could be fishing instead of just sitting. but it worked out in the end. Samos was very very nice and felt like beverly hills compared to Kusadasi.....but those freakin CATS! the Island is famous for them.....I HATE CATS and am allergic to them! so take medicine if you are allergic to cats. but great trip non-the-less.
Ephesus was very nice. dont take a 4 year old unless you want to carry his butt up the freakin hills....trust me not fun. but the history made it worth the while.
I know I am forgetting something and I have been writing forever. so I will break it down to the simple BLUF(Bottom Line up Front) this was a great hotel to stay at and a great vacation. sure there are probably better hotels but I didnt stay there I stayed at the Batihan Beach Resort and Spa......Would I stay there again?...........HECK YES!!!! in a heart beat. got nothing but love for the hotel and the employees...one request............can we keep the pool side bar open until 1am? it would help guys like me out to drink our memories of the past away! thanks again!
I know this was long and if you finished reading this entire review by all means please feel free to contact me at SFCQ2000@yahoo.com I have no problem answering any questions you might have....provided I can answer them. either way. I wish you all the best vacations in the future and trust me I will be reading your reviews also! have a great evening!
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