We booked this holiday with huge expectations. Travelling as a large family group of 15. Our ages ranged from 6 years old through to 75. The occasion was my parents golden wedding anniversary. The family had been talking about doing this for years and the it was critical that everything was perfect. In fact we had been totally unaware of this resort until our Thomas Cook adviser gave us her personal recommendation. Backed with this we went ahead with the booking. Boy. Are we ever glad that we listened to her. We are all very seasoned travellers and, have taken holidays all over the world. Never did we think it possible we could go somewhere that would keep us all happy.
The resort property itself is not new. But don't let that put you off. it is very well maintained and is spotlessly clean. I did not even see a blown light bulb in any of the public areas throughout our stay. From the moment of our arrival it is quite apparent that the staff here are not just nice and helpful. Having spent considerable years in the hospitality industry during my life. I know you can't train people to behave this way,It has to be in their very nature to begin with. To find enough of these people to staff an entire hotel is the holy grail of the industry. This is the first time I have seen it accomplished from groundsman through to the head chef. Yes I met him too.
The main restaurant will put most cruise ships to shame. If you can't find something you like there at meal times I would be amazed. If you are that rare person. Never fear, there are at least three other themed restaurants open at lunch time that will offer you everything from a pizza through to specialist Turkish fare. These in the evening turn into a la carte themed restaurants. We tried all of these, each one was a special experience, and yet a totally different experience and style from the other. It is safe to say that each had a very individual personality. Remember also that this was always for a table of at least 15 of us. Try that at your local chain restaurant and see what happens!
The main restaurant was very aware of our group and had a table set for us at every meal sitting whether we turned up or not.
The pool area's are very well appointed. No shortage of sunbeds or shades that we could find. Towels are provided by the hotel and all you need to do is redeem your wet one for a dry one if you so wish and at the end of your pool day give your towels back and collect your cards. No need to take wet towels back to your room. Drinks from the bar were very good. All the wines were of more that acceptable quality, much better than anything any of us had experienced as part of an all inclusive previously. All were from the bottle and not on draught. Beer was high quality, Draught EFES and even Becks in the main bar. The pool bar and main bar both offered different cocktail lists and all packed a punch of their own. Spirits whilst being of local origin mostly were obviously premium local brands and exceptionally good. Even the brandy was more than drinkable. There were hosts of soft drinks and child cocktails for the kids. Tea's and various coffees were available everywhere.
We never had to worry about the children needing anything as they were welcomed by the staff at all the bars and restaurants and treated as guests in there own right. Never did any of the children approach any of us saying that they had not been given what they wanted or that anyone had not been nice to them.
The rooms are a little dated and worn but once again they are spotlessly clean and everything worked. Even the A/C was in good condition.
My brothers and I gave the tennis court an afternoon of use despite how hot it was. We were provided with good rackets and balls, the courts were well maintained, clear lines and and a taught net. A children's net was also provided for the kids as well as junior rackets.
The kids enjoyed a considerable amount of time on the beach side water slides. Only point of concern is the pool at the bottom of the slide is a bit small and shallow. A few people picked up minor injuries due to this. These all appear to have been adults so rule of thumb would be not suitable for those above a certain height.
This resort is billed as 24 hour all inclusive and as a family we put this to the test. I can confirm that there is somewhere to either eat or drink 24 hours a day. Not only that, but those other things that make your cost go up on holidays with children are all catered for. There is ice cream, snacks and drinks available all day long with no extra charges hidden within.
This is not a cheap bargin holiday. If that's what you are looking for you shouldn't be looking at this resort. If you want somewhere with luxury and exceptional service. At WOW Bodrum you really get what you have paid for and you won't need to pay out anything else. Once you check in. You will find it hard to find a reason to step out of the hotel until you check out. Would we return? We are already looking at dates.
The final icing on the cake was the the guy from guest relations coming to find us before the coach transfer arrived and personally seeing our group on it's way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel, located at the famous Gumbet Bay, consists of 496 rooms in total. The lobby of the hotel has the fantastic view of Gumbet Bay. Rooms have either balcony or terrace. Check in time is 14:00 and check out time is 12:00. There is 1 main restaurant (open buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight & late snacks) and 4 A’la Carte Restaurants: Turkish, Italian, Mediterranean are free of charge and Mangal Park is giving service with extra charge. For every one week stay, guests may use each free a’la carte restaurant once. A’la Carte Restaurants are at service 6 days a week. Dress code is required. Baby corner, diet and vegetarian menu are served at the main restaurant. You can enjoy yourself with our fabulous views at one of our 7 bars. You can join our daily activities such as Aquagym, beach volley, mini football, basketball, darts, jogging,water polo,tennis, bicycle tours,step, aerobic or adapt yourself to the lazy beach life. Cabarets, shows and live music are only some of the night activities. We have watersports for every taste! Catamaran, wind surf, sailing, fishing are only some of them. Come and discover the rest with us… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wow Resort Bodrum Hotel Gumbet
- Wow Bodrum
- Bodrum Wow Hotel
- Wow Hotel Bodrum