This review is based on the experience of a family of five (44, 36, 17, 16, 5) over the best part of two weeks in mid-late July. We are experienced travellers and have been lucky to visit many good quality hotels and destinations around the world. The first thing to say therefore is that this is a lovely hotel offering a great all-round experience. Not to everybody's taste no doubt but very much to ours'. As All-inclusive guests we had good value for money, excellent service, and a good impression of the hotel at point of departure. Here are a few points of note:
FOOD - The standard of food was very high and the restaurant well presented. For
those that prefer to eat outdoors- and we do - there was a lovely terrace attaching to the main body of the restaurant and a nice atmosphere created both at lunch and at dinner. The staff were
all charming and keen to impress. We enjoyed a fantastic array of meats, fish, salads and breads, with good variation from one day to the next. The only limits here relate to the slow clearance of plates and the poor quality fruit juices at breakfast. 9/10.
DRINK - Whilst the range of drinks on the AI package was quite limited (e.g. no rum or whisky), the quality of wine and beer was quite acceptable. I would even go so far as to say that the red wine was pleasant. Various liqueurs and soft drinks complete a list that is quite limited but which offers up some nice quality options. There are no restrictions whatsoever on water, coffee or other soft drinks which can never be taken for granted. More importantly the bars are lovely and
the lagoon bar offers quite an exceptional environment for evening drinking and conversation. 8/10.
POOLSIDE - This is a beach club and read into this a lively pool scene, contemporary music, and a busy animation programme. If you've still got it (or think you have) you will enjoy it. If you want peace and tranquility go elsewhere or accept that the beach is your better bet. On the upside, the pool is clean and is beautifully positioned against the idyllic lagoon. the poolside beds are comfortable and the whole area is surrounded by pretty gardens. The slide pool is separate (and not always active) and the toddlers have a lovely set up with a little splash pool well in sight of many of the sun beds. On the flip side, beds can be in short supply and the pattern of the day
rather repetitive. The dependence on the one pool will disappoint those used to larger resort hotels in Turkey and Egypt but it is the compact and intimate nature of the hotel that is it's real charm. You can't have it both ways! 7/10.
ROOMS+FACILITIES - Great rooms with contemporary decor, fantastic air conditioning and a
super rainfall shower. Cleaning standards are high and all public spaces are well presented and tasteful. There is a lovely spa and a private stretch of beach (see below). There are no a la carte restaurants and the hotel shop and money exchange desk do not offer good rates or prices. 8/10
STAFF- First class and the defining quality of this hotel. I would also add that the guests are of a pleasant type, appreciative of what they have and what they get. Lots of different nationalities and a good mix of ages. 9/10.
CALIS- Its a short dolmus ride to Calis and when you get there there is nothing remarkably distinctive or attractive about it. The sea-front promenade is pleasant enough but the evening mix
of bars and shops is on the tacky-side. The real bonus is the long open bay which tends to deliver a stronger than expected breeze and the proximity to Dalaman which is only 45 minutes
by cab. Calis is also a water taxi point for Fetiyhe and a starting point for multiple boat trips. The beach is natural and the light at dusk is a real treat. Please note that the main beach is stone giving way to sand once in the water. 6/10.
Overall, this is a lovely hotel with a bit of a boutique feel. Modern and contemporary, but without the pretentiousness that sometimes follows. It lacks the full array of facilities of a five star hotel but is a very good option and would rank as 4*+ in most people's eyes. Calis doesn't offer much
in support but for a hotel based break you should give this one serious consideration.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An all inclusive 5 star beach resort located on Fethiye Calis Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jiva Beach Resort Turkey/Fethiye