This may seem long but I hope to be helpful and in depth – I’ll run through what was relevant to us when we looked at booking this holiday.
We booked this as we got a good, all inclusive, last-minute deal through Teletext holidays. We are both in our 20’s and were only after a comfortable, relaxing, hot beach-type holiday. If that’s roughly you, then read on...
The transfer from Bodrum airport should have taken an hour, except they don’t account for taking other people to their hotels, so it actually took just over 2 hours to get to ours. Excitement overrules negativity there though.
We arrived on 6th June at around 3pm. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. Osman is a true gem and a massive credit to the hotel. He will help you to your room and is a fountain of knowledge. The one and only upset of the holiday was the room...
PLEASE READ – Teletext warned us that we would be thrown in a basement room with no outside view unless we upgraded on purchase – this was spot on! It was a twin room (terrible for a couple) but alas, this was not the hotel’s fault, but Teletext’s, as we did indeed pay for that upgrade prior to arrival. The Reservations manager (never caught the lady’s name) was very helpful and the next day we were totally upgraded – such a lovely room (Room 5510).
That being said, room 5510 was directly beneath the swimming pool, so every time someone used the steps in the pool, you heard the squeaking – not an issue as we were barely in the room during the day. The only thing some might find annoying is that at around 8am each day, they move the parasols around the pool area, which makes an extremely loud noise in that room! Luckily we were up and about around then anyway so it didn’t particularly bother us.
The reviews on here had me worried slightly about the food, but I have no idea if these people were even at the right hotel, because the food was incredible! How they manage to put out so much varied and delicious food (buffet style) every lunch and dinner time, I don’t know!
There was so much to choose from and I don’t think I ate the same thing twice in the space of a week. Some nights they cooked traditional kebabs, others there was a huge 5ft tuna that they were carving up and barbecuing on the spot – amazing! They love cooking and it shows – one little compliment seems to make their day and we couldn’t help but be full of them. I’ll admit, pancakes before dinner is very odd, but I love pancakes....so I don’t care, ha!
Breakfast – 7:30am – 10:00am
Lunch – 12noon – 2:00pm
Burgers – (around) 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Pancakes – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Dinner – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Late night – 11:00pm - ??? (soup only)
What a view! The hotel really is in the perfect place – you only need look at the pictures to see that – there’s no fooling anyone there. Gumbet itself is only really any good for buying little gifts, buying ‘genuine fake’ clothing/bags/perfume, or getting plastered in the evening. As the latter really didn’t matter to us, we generally avoided Gumbet after the first visit. Gumbet beach is where we booked a few day trips etc, but I’ll go into that in a moment.
We spent most of the holiday lazing around on beaches or by the pool, but the little green buses called the Dolmus are great and you can flag them down almost anywhere. For 3TL (each way, pp) you can go all the way to Bodrum, then onwards should you wish. They can get hot and a little crowded, but you’re only on it for about 20mins at most so there’s no real issue there.
WHAT TO DO?
AVOID THE REPS AT THE HOTEL!! They tell you that other places aren’t safe to book through blah blah blah, but they’re full of crap! They overcharge as they earn commission and our one in particular almost through a childish temper tantrum when we eventually told him we weren’t interested, saying, “Well what the hell do you plan to do on your holiday then?!”. Lovely man....
Head down to Gumbet beach and directly as you walk onto it off the main street (can be difficult to spot but there’s a fairly large Taxi rank and modern hotel there, which makes it more obvious), you can book water activities. We went for the parasailing at 150TL for the two of us. It was a great experience and we don’t regret that at all! We avoided the Dedaman Waterpark as we heard bad things from locals and an English lady who lived there. Apparently the exit pools on the flumes are very short and if you don’t ‘land’ properly you risk skidding out! Not for me thanks, haha.
Further along this same beach is a little stand with a guy called Popeye – his boat tours are much smaller but MUCH better. There were 10 of us on our trip and everyone was lovely and relaxed. The trip is from 9am – 5pm and drinks and food are included on the boat, stopping at 5-6 different places around the coastline – all for 50TL pp – AND they take you to and from your hotel - a bargain! You stop at various places and get to swim in the beautiful water and snorkel with the sea-life. Possibly the best part of our trip! Check out Seashells Boat Tour on Facebook – a man named Hakan is the captain and is a pleasure to have met.
PARTY BOAT WARNING – some guys we met at the hotel went on the giant catamaran party boat but said that they’d never do it again. The boat goes out to the middle of the sea, then comes back at 8am. You have the option to go back at 4am, but the 2,500 people on the boat all want to do that, but there are only 3 boats that go back, which hold 10 people at a time, and the trip takes 20 minutes, so you end up being stuck there til 8am anyway!
I’m not really sold on the entertainment at this place. Mr Google will find you soon enough – he seems a lovely guy and informed us he was only working that job to save to study in America (who knows...). He is only of use if you are interested in drinking heavily of an evening, otherwise just keep to a friendly hello once in a while haha. There were a few acoustic acts around 9pm which was nice and relaxing, with the occasional Turkish dancers.
I WOULD prefer it if they turned the music down in the day time as it is constant and loud – bad if you have a lounger near the speakers!
This hotel is perfect for what we were after and also for the price we were spending. It’s by no stretch of the imagination a 5* hotel by UK standards, but that’s a given as they are different regulating bodies! It sounds silly to even mention, but if you’re nice to the staff, they’re nice back! Don’t be a holiday grump; just enjoy your time away!
Friendliness, room cleanliness, price, local activities, boat tours, sun trap/weather (30-34 celcius).
May have an issue with your room, music too loud/too much in the day time.
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