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Halici Holiday Village
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

If this holiday had been a self catering and not all inclusive we would have been happy with that as the rooms were clean!! But however the food was terrible i wouldn't have feed it to my dogs....... Me and my partner are by no means posh as such but it was SHOCKING! The drinks were no better WATERED DOWN DEFO!However the pepsi was ok,,,, In the week we were there only 2 days could we get a sunbed round pool due to people putting towels down early hours and then not coming down till afternoon. Not enough beds for the amount of people staying there and some beds were broken... there is no entertainment on a night defo not for kids and also with the amount of steps we didn't mind them but with a pushchair a NO NO!!The views are very nice!! Not recomenned for all inclusive definately not there looks to be some really nice hotels around listen to the reviews and don't go to this one!!!!!!!! Wouldn't recommend due to the all inclusive been poor but overall we still had a GOOD HOLIDAY but we ate out and drank out everyday...... :-) I'm sure you will love the APPLE BAR at bottom of hill good fun....

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank foxynick
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

Having ready many reviews before staying at Halici Holiday Village me and my partner went with an open mind, we knew that we had paid budget prices and weren’t expecting 5* luxury, however we were expecting better than what we got! First opinions were that it was very traditional and much in keeping with the Turkish surrounding (i.e. not a sparkly, modern development). Location was brilliant, near to the beach and within a short bus journey, 1hr walk from centre of Marmaris The views were stunning and could see the sea from most places within the hotel. Then for the stairs, there’s loads of them, we lost count after 130 on the way to our room!
ROOM: basic and lacking that “welcome” feeling, but we didn’t spend much time in room so it didn’t really matter. Plenty of storage for clothing etc. However the bed was uncomfy and the air con was temperamental, the drain in the bathroom selt and occasionally there was no hot water for showers but fresh towels were delivered daily.
POOL: views from the pool are fantastic. Get up early if you want a sun lounger (7am), they go very quickly, however people come and go throughout the day so loungers do come available. Pool side very slippery and several people had falls whilst we were there. Pool side bar used plastic beakers, which we thought was a good thing, meaning there’s no chance of broken glass, however the glasses weren’t cleaned very well and on several occasions I could smell spirits in the beaker when I was having a soft drink.
FOOD: where do I start....... food was generally the same everyday and wasn’t that nice. Breakfast was continental, lunch and evening meals were salads, pasta, and generally chicken. The warm dishes of lunch became the cold dishes in the evening. We ate out 4 nights in 1 week but not just because of the food there were other things too. The serving staff were miserable and dolloped the food onto your plate, waiting staff looked like they didn’t want to be there, there was often not enough cutlery, plates, and glasses to go around, and queues for drinks were ridiculous.
TRIPS: The trips were brilliant, we did the sunseekers cruise, Turkish bath and Dalyan delight. We booked ours with the rep at the hotel as we were informed that lots of the places that offer trips streetside don’t have insurance to cover you in cases of accident, but the rep booked trips do. SUNSEEKERS: a boat trip that gives you a chance to look at the stunning views, get lots of sun and swim in the lovely sea. Would definitely recommend this trip, but not if you don’t like too much sun. TURKISH BATH: This trip was free when we booked the other two trips, which included sauna, scrub down and towel wrap. We then decided to pay and have a Turkish massage and facials (yes even my partner had one, despite his protests). This trip is one to do at the beginning of your holiday as it probably wouldn’t be wise having a scrub if you have sunburn or don’t want your tan scrubbing off. DALYAN DELIGHT: This trip included a visit to a rug making place, mud baths, boat trip to rock tombs and turtle beach. This trip was brilliant and lots of variety. We did this trip on our last day as it included a night’s stay at a hotel nearer the airport which meant that we got a longer sleep before having to set off for our early morning flight. This hotel was 3* and was like luxury in comparison to the Halici Holiday Village.
We stayed for a week and that was long enough, we would have loved to stay longer, in Turkey but definitely NOT at the Halici Holiday Village!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank georgemunkey
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

please do not go to this hotel it should be known as the hotel from hell. We stayed for 10 days and the food was rotten what was not eaten lunch time was put back out of a evening, butter was of. no entertainment apart from sunday night when you had turkish dancing for 10 mins. staff are unhelful and rude, to many people for the facilltes at the hotel. manager was not bothered. miss sold trips by Ahmet was told there would not be no extra cost got to the port had to pay £28 extra. Lazy days sun cruise told would be dropeed back but when we told him was just left to get on with it bascailly not his problem. place is a hazard saw two people smash there heads open. please do not listen to people who say good things these people must be crazy and very sad lives at home.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank girlyLondon
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Reviewed 18 August 2009

i stayed in halici holiday village from 10th-17th august 09. the staff were amazing and it was sad to say goodbye. yes there are a few steps but this results in views to die for! the pool bar was extremely convenient and close to the pool, being all inclusive you could just walk across and get whatever you like whilst chatting to the extremely friendly bar-tenders.the rooms were a little basic but we found we didn't spend that much time relaxing in them anyway..too busy having fun! they were cleaned and freshly-towelled everyday and had a beautiful view from the balcony. AS FOR THE FOOD... looking at other reviews on this website, what do people really expect from a cheap all inclusive in turkey. yes there wasn't caviare and lobster served up each night like everyone seems to expect, but there was always a lovely range of salads; pastas, meat salads, greek salads, cheeses etc. and 4 lots of hot meal options. the food is quite basic but when you've been sunbathing all day at 40 degrees centigrade, the last thing you care about is how SPOT ON the grub is! if, however, you do find the food too bland within 200 yards of the hotel is the main strip of some great bars! the apple bar is just next to the halici and is good for entertainment + food + drink purposes. however, as you come to the end of the hill, turn left and head down until you come to a bar called 'NO NAME bar, restaurant and fun pub'- me, 14 and my mum, 40 spent a night in here and had a great laugh. as its just on the doorstep its great for when all inclusive drinks end at 10.30pm. when we first arrived we woke around 9 and as we went to go and find a sunbed ...they had all been taken, this was a slight problem. me and my mum took it in turns as the other guests do, to go out around 7.30am and nab a sunbed before coming back to get ready and off to breakfast, otherwise, like in many hotels accross the world, you will end up without a sunbed or with a crooked one in the shade! the local beach is just down the road and is very friendly and welcoming. i definitely recommend doing some trips...the turkish baths were the best and a great idea for everyone to enjoy. the mud baths at dalyan was good too, but included a LOOOOONG boat ride so not the best for kids who get bored easily! however, you do get to visit 'turtle beach', a beautiful white sand, scenic and nature-filled beach. at the end of the holiday we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and did NOT want to come home:) 100% recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank georgiaaphillips
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Reviewed 18 August 2009

This hotel is not 4* as advertised it is in fact 2* at best. The maid service worked to their best ability in very hot condittions. They tended to be pleasant BUT not all staff at the Halici were nice. The restaurant manager was vile, and the chef who served was a miserable man. Even my teenage boys were intimidated by these two men. Food was crap it was repetative and consisted of Eggs at breakfast either boiled or scrambled, with the other option being either cornflake type cereal or a chocolate cereal the hot drinks were warm and the fruit juice at one stage of the holiday had been watered down. Bread on occasions had gone stale, however if you are a Salad lover it was in plenty but the same thing dinner and evening meal every day of the week even on a sunday. Chicken, and some beef! was on offer and occasionally spaghetti or a lasagne type thing but there was chips like you get at McDonalds cuscus and rice. BUT after a few days you are looking to have something different to eat.

Don't be fooled into thinking that all inclusive means everything. Ice-creams and snacks cost you money at the resort drinks aren't all they are cracked up to be, however there seemed to be plenty of people pissed out of their skulls there.

sunbeds are taken in the rush at seven am so it could be that you spend all holiday with out one and the restaurant is full at dinner time. BEWARE you are not permitted to eat on the lower level of the restaurant the manager gets in a snit and gives you a lecture about it and forces you to go back upstairs to the top level. He was quite a control freak.

Please be aware that there are a lot of steps and you will feel tired as the time goes on climbing up and down from rooms to restaurant three times a day.

Our holiday was made memorable by the fighting that went on with English families that were drunk. In both incidences the Police were called. On the second incident a member of the hotel staff came racing down the hill with a machete type knife to attack one of these drunken families. So be prepared for loud mouth drunks that have no respect for the country they are in or the other holiday makers that are trying to get to sleep in the early hours of the morning.

The pool isn't as clean as you think either. My eldest son bought a snorkel set and was diving under water in the second week he spotted clumps of hair, filth and other things on the bottom of the pool needless to say he didn't want to go in after that. As a result of this cleanliness my hubby ended up at the pharmacy along wih my youngest son being treated for an ear infection whilst in Turkey.

look around for changing your money as we tended to find the better rates were up by the second McDonalds away from the Halici. English money is accepted in most shops as it is better value than the Turkish Lira.

There is no entertainment offered at the Halici you need to either walk down to the town or the apple bar at the bottom of the hill. There are plenty of bars/restaurants with gorgeous food at fantastic prices and the staff working them are friendly but do hassle you a lot to get you to go in. Most put entertainment on.

In town there are plenty of booths to book leisure trips. The bays trip on a boat is very good as you get a meal and a chance to dive or jump off the boat and swim in the sea. My boys loved this trip, however be warned you are not permitted to take your own food/drink it will be taken off you as you board but returned when you leave. This is because they want you to buy all their products on offer. Again be aware that English papers out there are very expensive to buy.

Another fun night is the Turkish night, lovely grub friendly staff and good entertainment. However not all drinks are free wine at the table is, water at the table is and so are soft drinks at the bar but beer, cocktails, spirits cost you money. The only problem with this night is they keep taking photos to try to sell to you but if you say no they do not hassle you to buy.

We did meet a lot of nice Turkish people that spoke very good English who were very helpful and very kind.

Be careful regarding your booking out time as they do not always have rooms for you to pay for extra time we did this at the time of boking holiday. My friend had a 12.30am flight on saturday morning but had to vacate her room at 12.00 on the Friday she asked to pay the extra and was told no, so sat around in the heat with her suitcase until she left for home. She also had a bad experience with the fact that a fridge that was supposed to ne included in the price turned out not to be and would hav cost her an extra 50 lira to have one. Also the safe is not free you do have to pay, I would advise you to do so as they are in a room the back of the reception and you ar given a key to use it. Passports and tickets along with travellers cheques were kept in ours for safety.

On the whole I would say if you like a pool holiday with repetative meals, booze that is free and your not too bothered about cleanliness or you don't mind a very basic hotel then the Halici is for you.

One good thing is the weather temperatures were in the 40's and expected to hit the 50's on two days. Nighttime temp was no lower than 27, when no breeze about it felt extremely hot.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Chunklet
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