The location of the hotel is beautiful, with far-reaching views over the bay & islands. We were upgraded to sea view hotel rooms on arrival instead of the garden view bungalows we had booked. This turned out to be a huge bonus as some bungalows are a great distance from the main part of the hotel, with steep, uneven paths. The rooms are of a generous size & clean, however the mini bar was not stocked throughout the week as indicated in booking information.
We travelled with two teenagers who were very happy with the amenities on offer, and had no complaints.They soon met others of a similar age with whom they bonded, and we barely saw them. I can understand how parents with younger children were disatisfied as there were safety issues due to the multi-level hotel, with dangerous stairwells. Also much of what had been sold to people when booking was not available - ice creams, mini club for kids, poolside activities, evening entertainment (unless you wanted bingo & karaoke - which was a bit like Butlins).
The pontoon decking at the sea front was very relaxing. We spent many hours watching the world go by, and the girls enjoyed the water sports available there. You could get a hand line & fish from the deck, catching various types of fish.
The choice of food was excellent, although as it was the final week all was served in the large restaurant only. It was too cold in the evenings for al fresco eating. I must admit that some of the staff were quite sullen, so if I had to criticise it would be that more staff training would be beneficial. I certainly disagree with others who say that you must tip to get any form of service. We had drinks service at the table most days, but even if they did not come over it was literally 10 feet to walk to the restaurant bar yourself - even on holiday that's not too much to ask! Perhaps the other guests need to be friendly to the staff - if you are prepared to give a smile you get one in return.
The lobby bar admittedly was becoming quite an issue towards the end of the week, with staff missing for long periods, but other guests stepped in as makeshift bar staff - problem solved!
There was a great camaraderie between many guests as the week progressed - Barry & wife from Kent were great fun.
The spa services were superb. We each had very relaxing massages & facials, and the girls used the gym too. We did have to help ourselves to pool towels on some occasions as we are early risers & towels were not available before 9am.
We definitely recommend exploring independently. It's much cheaper & you get to see what you want, not what your tour operator makes most profit from. The dolmus (minibus) stops every 10-15 mins outside the front gate & for only 3 lira each takes you into Bodrum bus station in the centre of town. It is easy to hop on others, clearly colour coded & with destination signs, if you want to go further afield. The market is great for a bit of friendly banter & haggling for genuine fakes! The castle is well worth a visit with breathtaking views across the town, harbour & marina. We also chartered a stunning traditional wooden gulet to take us on a trip with snorkelling in a pretty lagoon. It was very reasonable - as it was a spontaneous booking they provided swimwear, the ice cream boat visited & we also enjoyed apple tea with the crew.
Our girls will want us to give a special mention to the animation team, especially Renato, who helped make their holiday special.
All in all we had a great end of season break, weather was good every day, and we felt refreshed.
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