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Sundance Resort
Ranked #6 of 53 Hotels in Turgutreis
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 July 2009

Our first visit to Turkey and what better place to stay, this hotel is truly 5 star.
After the 1 hour private transfer we were made to feel very welcome at the hotel by the reception staff, all our luggage was taken to our rooms straight away and the porter explained everything to us. We had 2 rooms, 1 large(3 people)and 1 a bit smaller(2 people). We showered and went down for dinner, what a choice of food, they really catered for everyone (I am a really fussy eater).
The waiters were fab, especially Ridvan Peter & Seref, tending to all our needs, so much so they organised a special table and cake for my daughter whose 7th birthday was the following day.
Sunbeds - Well you have to be up early for these, they are usually all gone by 7am!!!! There is a 4 slide water park on site which is open from 10am-12noon then 2pm til 5pm, this area is unsupervised so parents have to accompany those under 12, however the Dutch guests DO NOT supervise their very unruly children and their antics have alot to be desired!!!!!
Ice cream was only available at night - I think they should offer this in small tubs from the pool bar all day, which is what most other hotels we have been to offer.
We had the full Spa treatment which was fab although a bit pricey, however the 2nd treatment I haggled for and got for half the original price.
Entertainment - There was a full daytime programme but you had to watch for them as they don't approach everyone, although if you take part one day they will look for you the following day.
The only negative was the night time entertainment, the team did try really hard and pulled off some great shows but karaoke and local singers gets a bit boring and usually clears the bar.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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5  Thank happyhols19
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

Having never been all inclusive, nor to a hotel as large as this with kids club I was slightly apprehensive as we normally go to small, quiet self catering accommodation so this was the complete oppositeof everything we previously enjoyed. My fears were totally unfounded! Granted when we arrived (late at night) I was disappointed that the carpet on the 2nd floor was badly marked and although we had a large room it had a tiny balcony and also the usual slight damp smell associated with the air conditioning. However the balcony in reality was never an issue... we were hardly ever in the room...there were so many other lovely places to be! The marks on the carpet turned out to simply be bleach/ cleaning fluid which had obviously dripped from the maid's trolley. We had a fantastic time and loved doing the water sport activities. Food was freshly prepared and plentiful and staff were very attentive and helpful. We never really found the restaurant or at the buffet too busy which I had thought might have been a problem. The views from the hotel were to die for. Entertainmentwise, we were not that bothered about the evening shows but the Turkish evening was well worth going to see. Definitely a real possibility of returning next year (almost unheard of for us!!)

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank activekid
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

I really could not fault this hotel apart from perhaps the disco and the entertainment venue when it was held indoors.
The hotel is in a great location, 3 nice speciality restaurants and 4 bars. Staff all very pleasant in the bars. Tables in main restaurant did not get cleared very quickly and were a bit basic and restuarant staff not particulary pleasant. Food was sometimes a bit boring but could always find something to eat as there was plenty of choice.
The rooms were kept very clean but the balconies were a bit small but did have a lovely view.We were near the Starlight Bar which was open at 5 and had a great view and staff.
This hotel was the best we have stayed in on the Bodrum peninsula but is not quite 5 star unlike the ones in the Antalya region.
I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel or going back.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Bell23
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Reviewed 4 July 2009

We have just come back from 2 weeks at Aegean dream...this was the third time we have been but the first time on our own. Everything lived up to our expectations and there were many things that had been improved upon since our previous visit like better variety of food, and more food freshly prepared while you wait. Popcorn for the children and ice cream every evening after main meal. Well it was good enough for us to book again for next year, along with my son and daughter- in-law who have also been there before...

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank pamwillo
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Reviewed 3 July 2009

Just returned from this resort and it is what it is..... a typical all inclusive..turkish style! It really winds me up that some people have winged about this hotel. What do people want for an average of £50 pp per day??? This is how I see it. the rooms are spacious, clean and modern, believe you me I have stayed in some hell holes for a lot more money! We had a small balcony overlooking a hedge, but who cares I didn't go to stay in my room apart from sleeping and shower time. It was quiet with air con and we got a good nights sleep. It was cleaned every day with the towels and bedding replaced. Food... several choices available at breakfast, lunch and dinner. People complained it was repetative how many main courses can they eat in a day?? there was always a minimum of 6 main course choices per sitting, I personally never ate the same thing twice apart from salad...I like salad! The waiters were hit and miss with their service, but always polite and friendly. We tried all three a la carte restaurants...beautiful. Bars you have plenty of choice all with friendly efficient staff. Go to the starlight bar to watch the sunset...magical. Entertaintment....the guys worked really hard and there was plenty to do, personally I went to lie around all day doing nothing. The pool area is a nightmare for sunbeds, not enough and unless you intend to get up at 6am to reserve one , forget it. All the activities were around the pool and as I did nothing was quite happy to use the beds on the beach where it was quieter and there was plenty of shade provided. We went on two boat trips, one with thomsons and with the guy outside the hotel, the best one for us was with the little guy. Never went in the spa...got put off straight away with their hard selling. there were lots of people there who had returned year after year and I can see why, me personally no but only because there are more places to explore. Go there and enjoy but take it for what it is and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank uptowngirl1
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Reviewed 27 June 2009

spent 10 days all inclusive at the aegean dream mid june,the location is perfect right on the beach and 10-15 minutes walk by the sea to Turgutries town.
couldnt get a sun bed next to the pool becuase i was not prepared to get up at 8,this didnt matter though becuase there where plenty of beds on the beach with ample cover if you need it. the beach ran parrallel with the pool and the pool bar was only 25 yards from our beds on the beach .
the hotel was very clean and the staff are all very friendly,the entertainment team do a good job on a limited budget.
the only thing that let the hotel down for me was that the room i was in was over the reception area and lobby which was over the hotel disco so it was very noisey.
the hotel food was good obviously there wasnt any english food but what there was was nice and i particularly liked the italian restuarant.
make sure you visit the starlight bar after dinner for drinks and a fantastic sunset.
i would definately like to return to the aegean one day.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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4  Thank hanfam
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Reviewed 26 June 2009

We just came back from a 1 week vacation to Aegean Dream Resort Hotel. We were a party of 6, mother, father, two kids of 2 and 4 and 2 grandparents.

Overall we liked the place and certainly worth for the money we paid in this all inclusive vacation. We did like that it does not feel crowded, it is very well arranged with the restaurant area between the rooms and the pool/beach. Food was OK and I am quite spoiled with good food. The "a la carte" restaurants are even better, try to book every night at one of them, we managed to book 2 nights there but rules are a bit unclear, better wake up at 10 in your first morning there and book for your entire stay.

The all inclusive relates to local food of course, luckily they consider Coke local or something. Otherwise the quality is good but variety not so much. Alcohol is also local which means it's not that good, except the Efes beer which is fine. However, in a cocktail the drinks taste better.

There are many outstanding things about the hotel but it's easier to spot where it is lacking in quality. The rooms don't have some of the stuff you would expect at 5 star like coffee/water warmer, slippers, robe. The rooms are or average size, not small, but certainly not large (we stayed in the regular rooms, not the "Dream Select" ones. No wireless internet, I find this insulting, luckily the resort down the road La Blanche had free wireless internet so I could get some bad connection on the balcony.

The activities team was not that great, we attempted to watch one show ("Alladin") and it was so lousy we left in 5 minutes. The activities begin at certain times during the day, like 11am for the Darts and shooting, noon for pool dance, archery at 3pm or something. Now you will only do these activities if you are at the right time in the right spot, the members of the team just pop up five minutes before the activity is scheduled and start with 3-5 people then vanish in 30 minutes when the first batch of people is done. Watersports are free but only if the sea is very calm and you can choose between the banana and the water-ski. The guys running those are only present at some time of the day, I tried to ask questions twice and could not find them. There's also scuba initiation free but they of course want you to do pay for some more advanced stuff.

As others have written don't go to Ephesus or Pamukkale with the excursions, it takes a tremendous amount of time for the incomplete 2 hours visit to the actual sites. Better rent a car and spend 4 hours at Ephesus plus 4 for the ride then take a tour which will switch you from a minibus to another and to various commercial bazaars for 8 hours to get 2 hours in Ephesus and tell you afterwards, you only saw a quarter of the site.

The boat trips around the islands are something to weight carefully, at least go to the Turgutreis port to see the boats before you pay, you probably want an enjoyable experience and I was not sure it was warranted. Do go to the Turgutreis bazaar on Saturdays (20 minutes walk), it's entertaining even if you are not planning to buy anything.

The areas for the kids include a 30cm deep pool partially shaded, a playground, some sort of aquapark for 7-15 years old, and a daily mini-disco routine at 9pm which both my kids loved. Also staff is very nice with kids.
Despite all of these it's a very nice place, I would go back there and I would recommend it. I would also try the neighboring La Blanche resort for a comparison.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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6  Thank yndy0000
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Address: Turgutreis Mah:123 | Bahcelievler Cad. No:123, Turgutreis 48960, Turkey (Formerly Vera Aegean Dream Resort)
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Turgutreis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Turgutreis
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Turgutreis
#6 Luxury Hotel in Turgutreis
Price Range: £57 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sundance Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 251
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sundance Resort is located by the beach in Turgutreis, which is one of the most pleasant regions in the Bodrum peninsula. Established in a fascinating atmosphere within an area of 30.000 Square meters, the resort is composed of 2 buildings. Our hotel is located on the seaside in Turgutreis, one of Bodrum's most beautiful regions. The distance to the Bodrum airport is 51 km, Bodrum town center is 20 km and to the Turgutreis town center is 1 km. Sundance Resort has 251 rooms within two buildings. The resort has 4 restaurants and 4 bars offering various local and international cuisines and beverages. The resort has 2 outdoor swimming pools, 1 indoor swimming pool, 2 kiddie pools and a water slide located in a park and an entertainment area which offers a facility for children's activities. Sundance Resort provides an excellent service for those who must work on holiday by means of a conference hall, 2 meeting halls and one business center. Water sports activities, 3 tennis courts, 1 mini football field, beach volley area and outdoor gymnastic area meet all needs of those fond of sports while amphitheatre, Mini cinema and billiards table offer various means of entertainment for guests. Also both the outdoor and indoor car parks provide comfort to guests who have traveled by their own cars. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aegean Dream Hotel Turgutreis
Aegean Dream Resort
Aegean Dream Turgutreis
Sundance Resort Turkey/Turgutreis

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