If you have never been to Kusadasi (pronounced Kush-a-das-i) or Turkey before like I hadn't and you have booked or are thinking of booking, don't hesitate for a minute. You WILL HAVE A BALL. We booked the Sea Pearl on advice from our travel agent, it is a resort mainly for Irish people and if you tell anyone in Kusadasi where you're staying, they will know you're Irish! Which we found nice. We were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is lovely, you feel very at home and its easy to find your way around. We checked in at 5am and the staff were on hand to greet us, the Sunway rep will give you your check-in card and room number on the bus, so you just tell the porters what your room number is and they will take your bags, you do not take your bags yourself, it is a service provided by the hotel. Then, you get your room key from Reception, who will tell you where to go to get to your room. Be aware, when we got to the roonm, we couldn't figure out how to turn on the electricity (Dumb, maybe, but we worked it out!!) You need to put the block attached to the key into the slot on the wall and everything switches on.
Also note; the rooms can be quite stuffy when you first go into them as the air con switches off with the electricity (of course) but we found that if you leave your main room door open and your patio door open for about a minute, the breeze blowing through will cool it down and then your air con is that little bit more effective!!
The rooms are very basic, and the bed is very low down (not good for someone with bad knees!) but is extremely comfortable. You have everything you need in your room, tea and coffee making facilities (if you're someone who likes your tea, bring a few tea bags as they provide 2, then you buy your own) TV, with english speaking channels, True movies 1&2 and BBC world news and some music station, a kids channel also, but when do you watch TV??
The Pool area is lovely and clean, you can watch them cleaning the area every night and taking the green cushions off the sunbeds before they close them away so they don't get damp!!
The staff literally cannot do enough for you, they seem to know what you want before you realise yourself, and they are so friendly and so happy in their work.They are friendly and attentive to your every whim, but they are not sleazy (thank God) some Turkish men will tell you what you want to hear to get you to buy things,so beware!
The food is excellent in the hotel, yes it is a little more expensive, but really, when you add up the cost of the bus, or taxi to where you want to go, its not that bad really. We paid 88 Lira (about €40) for 2 pizza, 4 chips, 4 large (tankards) Diet Cokes, and it fed 4 people. Where in Ireland can you get the same for €10 each (not even McDonalds!!!)
Taxi's outside the hotel are good value, but always confirm the price before you get in. Some will charge 5 TL (Turkish Lira) for ladies beach and others 7TL, so make sure you are happy with the price first and always use the yellow cabs, as the drivers are generally more friendly and will not overcharge you.
If you go to the market, have a price in your head you want to pay for something before you start haggling, and don't give them what they want, you will get your price if you walk away, they will come after you...
Excursions: If you want to go on a trip to Ephesus or Jeep Safari, my recommendation is SunDial tours, go to Ladies Beach and find Jean-Claude (known as Jean-Claude Van Dame), we went to Ephesus, and were amazed at the tour guide (Riza) he was magnificent, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would recommend the tour operator (he's a bit sleazy, but he is very good looking) but, DO NOT book a turkish bath through him, as you will be disappointed, a guy came to pick us up, was laughing and joking, took us into the place to have bath and started trying to sell us many different things, face mask, oil massage, and kept hassling us throughout our bath, then he charged us for the water we drank, when it was supposed to be complementary because we didn't buy a massage. He wasn't laughing when he took us back to the hotel he was very quiet.
Evening: The sea Pearl provides different entertainment each night, which is brilliant, Ozzie and Alex do a great job, we stayed most nights at the hotel because the entertainment was brilliant. We watched a fire show, circus act, comedy show (very funny, Ozzie and Alex did a few sketches, very funny) bingo night, quiz, magic show, Barbeque night, just briliant entertainment and recommended. the music does stay on very late at night, we were very tired first night and could have done without "country roads" at 1.30am, but you have to understand that there are people who want that till that late, and as long as there is 1 person still there they will keep playing songs!!
All in all, I had the best holiday of my life and I can't wait to go back next year!! Next time, I'm definately staying for 2 weeks, 1 week is not long enough.
- Also Known As:
- Sea Pearl Hotel Turkey
- Hotel Sea Pearl
- Sea Pearl Hotel Kusadasi