Rated as 3+ on Thomson as new hotel but actually a 5* resort! Phenomenal seafront location long private beach, unbelievable private jetty out into the sea and sunloungers galore!!!!! Beautiful huts by the beach bar similar to those you'd expect in Mauritius or somewhere (to hire 50€ a day for upto 8 ppl I think) but just breath taking. The beach bar is beautifully peaceful
At night to watch the stars. Few ppl go to it so take time to find it! Diving into their blue flag piece of private Mediterranean Sea teaming with fish. Canoes free to use on the sea, slides, quiet pool, party pool (and I mean party pool!!!!) just stunning. I'd go back just for the jetty out to sea full of sun loungers with warm breeze from the Mediterranean sea.
My only two gripes - one is the music there is music everywhere and sometimes on holiday you just want silence, to hear the sound of the sea. Often wore headphones to keep quiet, and when Radio Yasmin starts at the party pool, it's blasts out over the Mediterranean and is audible from space. The DJ clearly doesn't understand the market here because the disco was similar to something hardcore you'd hear in Ibiza too, it was empty every night we looked as people couldn't bear the volume or horrific hardcore rave it played.
Secondly - this is a resort catering mainly for Eastern Europe and Middle East. Therefore service, attitudes towards women and children and general courtesy that us prudish Brits expect is poor. Twice I was told at one bar they'd run out of glasses only to have Turkish ppl served after me, service in the restaurant is non existent hence tables disappear, staff take your food if you all go to the buffet together because no one monitors tables. Twice our table was cleared of drinks and food when we went to get things. They're not set again after peak so you have to ask for everything and clearly selected families got priority service. Women were seen not served at bars, one was even elbowed out the way at breakfast leaving me speechless. British people are charged more for resort services - Russian spa prices have 10% off written on them, British ones didn't, prices were quoted to us in £, € and Turkish lira making it very confusing; a hotel not yet set up to cater for Western market. I don't like knowing I've got to haggle for prices in hotels and that different nationalities get different prices. Markets yes, but not In a hotel trying to attract international trade. Two barmen put their hands out and said "tip please", one later finding us by the pool and again said "still waiting for my tip".
If you can get past that and a very lively animation team (with an eye for Russian girls they kept saying to us) with slightly dated evening entertainment then this hotel is a jewel and I would stay again. It's isolated and hilly, and we never left the hotel so I can't comment on outside things but its taxi ride from all key areas. Hour and half transfer from a beautifully rebuilt and phenomenally expensive Bondrum airport (buy your drinks in the plane!!!!).
Food nice very Eastern don't come here if you want to see English stuff on the menu all day, but I like that it is good to try new things. Drinks limited but fine, no cocktail menus but they'll make you one if you know what you want. Rooms immaculate there's a huge hotel bit then rows of garden rooms like little holiday village facing the sea very steep golf buggies help you up. Excellent reception team and fast check in, English generally poor from bar staff etc. jealous of the
Multilingual animation team!!! Three beautiful sea view al a carte restaurants that you can eat at each one once a week on your stay included in your all
Inclusive (wine extra).
Take a day to walk round the whole place the pictures do not do it justice! Get yourself a lounger on the jetty and stare at the sparkling blue sea it's beautiful. If this doesn't relax you nothing will.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the new name of holiday, the resort is built on the beautyful Bodrum Peninsula in Turgutreis-Kadıkalesi on a 108.000 m² large area, with a 40.000 m² large property. It has a private beach running along the turquoise Aegean Sea over a length of 1 km. With a 1220 Bed capacityYASMIN BODRUM RESORT works on Ultra All Inclusive basis and aims for all the guests to have a memorable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paloma Yasmin Hotel Turgutreis
- Yasmin Bodrum Hotel
- Yasmin Bodrum Resort
- Yasmin Hotel Bodrum
- Yasmin Resort Bodrum Turkey/Turgutreis