Just returned from another visit to the Sealight and everything is just as good as it was last year.
The hotel is situated a little out of the way from the bright lights but these are easily reachable by dolmus very cheaply if required and the hotel is in such a beautiful spot the views and sunsets more than make up for it.
It is a huge hotel but you can always find a quiet spot near the beach. It was also good to see the pool man throwing off the towels from sunbeds that had been reserved from the crack of dawn.
We were lucky enough to get a good deal on the price of the holiday and still managed to get a room on the quiet side of the hotel overlooking the sea. Last year we paid for an upgrade room which was very comfortable but the standard rooms are excellent as well. The rooms and the hotel in general are kept spotlessly clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. You were never left without a drink and with 17 cocktails to work your way through the opportunities are endless.
Don't miss the cake and icecream lady on the first floor. The bar up there is very cool and quiet and they do a great cup of English tea to go with your cakes after a hard day on the beach.
Why do people moan about the food? This is Turkey , a Muslim country ,where you shouldn't expect to get bacon and sausages. The food is probably geared more towards our European friends but there is always something on the grill or the buffet from the large selection, even if it's one of the lovely salads they prepare for you. The specialist restaurants are also all worth a visit and it's nice to be waited on by the charming staff in a lovely setting overlooking the sea.
There is also a good selection of bars. The lighthouse is our favourite with its terrace over the bay, always our venue for coffee after the evening meal.
This year they have added a small cinema showing the latest movies which is a bonus if you don't want to leave the hotel at night. The addition of cold water machines near the beach are also a very welcome addition.
Our only niggle is the shuttle bus which transports people up the steep rise from the sea. It runs regularly through the day but stops at 6pm. Near this time the driver gets involved ferrying the restaurant staff and supplies around and disposing of rubbish when he should be picking up passengers. There were occassions when we were left to walk which wasn't good in searing heat and they need to sort this out.
It is definitely worth flying to Izmir as it is a much shorter transfer to Kusdasi and a much more civilised airport than Bodrum.
We only stayed for a week this time and wished it could be longer.
This is an ideal place for a restful break and we will definitely return again.
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- Also Known As:
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