Having never been to Turkey before we were a bit apprehensive about this holiday. Had a bad start with a 4 hour delay from Newcastle but eventually arrived at Izmir airport and were directed to the appropriate coach. The Batihan was the last drop off with a transfer time of about 2 hours but the time passes quickly as you take in the views in and around Kusadassi. Upon arrival at the Batihan check in took only a couple of minutes and we were shown to our room. We were on the first floor but were overlooking the front of the hotel so had no view, although even if we had wanted it was too hot to sit out on the balcony and so sat in our room with the air conditioning which went haywire a couple of times but was instantly fixed upon reporting to reception staff.
The next morning we went to our welcome meeting and met Rebecca the Rep from Thomas Cook, she gave a very good welcome and advised us of what things to do during our stay. Rebecca is around the hotel for at least 2-3 hours every day apart from when she has her day off. She is very helpful and nothing is too much trouble. She left us notes on several occasions when she had not seen us around the pool to make sure we were OK.
Highly reccomended is a Turkish Bath in the hotel before you start to soak up the rays. It really prepares your skin and feels great and you will get a tan that lasts very quickly without the redness and peeling.
The food was OK if you are prepared to try new things and just don't want to be eating pizza and chips every day. You have to remember that the English are in the minority at this hotel and therefore not a lot of English style food is served. There is always loads of fresh melon, grapes, and peaches available at each meal.
If you want a sunbed near the pool then you will need to be up very early ( we came back at 2am one morning and people were taking their towels out then). We spent most of our time on the beach where you could always find a sunbed. There is no bar on the beach but it is only a 2 minute walk to the pool bar where there are nice shady umbrellas.
On the whole this was a good hotel for what we paid. If you want to stop in the Hylton then you have to be prepared to pay a lot more than this.
The only real downside was the distance into Kusadassi but you can get the local minibus which goes from outside the hotel and costs 2.50 lira (approx £1.25) and runs between 7 am and midnight. There are a few places to eat outside the hotel and on the beach and you can just go for a drink if you want a change of scenary. There are also 2 or 3 supermarkets 5 minutes walk away and a cash point.
TRAVELLERS CHEQUES - you cannot cash travellers cheques in this hotel but they are happy to change stirling into lira.
There is only a 7 day programme for the evening entertainment so by the second week it is a bit naff but ok if you have kids with you. During the day there is the opportunity to take part in various activities if you want but you are never under pressure to take part.
All in all we really enjoyed the Turkish experience but would want to stop in a hotel a bit nearer to the centre of Kusadassi.
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- Also Known As:
- Batihan Hotel Kusadasi