We booked this trip 48 hours before leaving; with some trepidation after reading some of the comments here. However, either the management read this page or a few people are difficult to please. Check-in was swift and smooth; we got a room on the 16th floor with a hard mattress, which was sorted very quickly by the staff. The room was nice and large, with a good view from the balcony. The room safe costs 4TL per day - key available from Reception. It also had a Jacuzzi bath that was relaxing and neat little things like a night light and reading lamps. Still not sure why a condom in the minibar though. There is a window in the bathroom that looks into the room (!) and out to sea, which seems strange but it’s fun being able to watch a sunset whilst - in the bathroom!...
The staff were always very polite and friendly and always happy to chat or leave you alone to relax - your choice. Breakfast was served from 6am-10pm and we were allowed in at 5.50 one morning, so we could leave early for a trip. Good buffet choice every morning, including juice, fruit, tea, coffee and the obligatory omelette station.
If half board, note dinner does not include any water / drinks. Soft drinks and water was served at 5TL (compared to 1.65TL in the local shops), but considering the meals only cost (us) £5 extra per night, we thought it was good value and visiting a shop each day to save a few pence a waste of precious time. Buffet style food and a good attempt at catering for all palettes- only [Halal] Lamb / Chicken and Steak was served this not a place for big meat eaters. And don't try all 25 deserts on the first night, or you will be bored after 2 nights.
There was never a rush at the restaurant and there was always a sun lounger / mattress available in the mornings, even at 10.30. The Infinity pool is simple but fun and has a Jacuzzi and kids pool attached. There is also an indoor pool, but no one ever used that.
There is no beach nearby, you’ll need to get a bus to the Harbour or Ladies Beach. Buses can be flagged down anywhere like taxis, but cheaper. The No 1 bus goes to and from Centrum and cost us 1.5TL each way. Very easy to use and the drivers were always helpful.
There is also a spa facility attached to the hotel (must be paid for separately) manned by the very helpful and lovely Nadia (stunning in high heels! but going back to Russian end August)
We took advantage of a number of spa treatments - I recommend the medical massages and Turkish salt bath. You can also use the Sauna and Turkish bath yourselves free of charge. The Turkish bath is a great alternative to a steam room. Sadly I only found this out on the last day.
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- Also Known As:
- Charisma De Luxe Kusadasi
- Hotel Charisma De Luxe