My husband and I stayed at Calista in May 2014.
The beach was not very big and it was not like the caribbean but then again this is a different part of the world and every region is unique in its own way. It was nice for long walks and plenty of sun loungers/towels available for all.
The A La Carte restaurants were lovely, they gave so much food it was hard for us to finish it all! The service was great, the decor was fab, the food was mouth watering. The only a la carte we did not enjoy was the Fish restaurant. Fish for starters and fish for mains, how much fish can you eat in one night?! Also there were cats roaming around the floor and going under the tables. Its the worst thing when you are trying to eat. It put me off so much that I could not eat anymore food. This should not be allowed and we were surprised that a 5 star hotel allows such a thing. The buffet restaurant wasn't good. Some of the items were things that I had never heard of in my life. A lot of it looked like slop. I sampled a few items just to try and i wish I never bothered. We ate there only once and I stuck to spaghetti bolognese. The buffet restaurant however is great for breakfast.
The bars are brilliant, great range of drinks and cigars.
The level of spoken English amongst staff is not up to scratch. I asked the pool bar waitress 3 times for a straw for my drink, she just could not understand and in the end she gave me her pencil and asked me to write it down on her note pad so that she could go and show her manager. I must say she was truly very sorry for not being able to understand and within seconds she came back with what I asked for. The language barrier was apparent and we had quite a few difficulties like this throughout our holiday, we were just a bit surprised by this as its a 5 star hotel. The majority of holiday makers are Russian, and the staff are all fluent in Russian (and Turkish), not so much English.
Our room was very comfortable and always kept clean. There was constant hot water running in the shower and all toiletries/towels as well as items in mini bar were replaced. Each evening calista had live entertainment in their 'outdoor' arena eg dance shows, talent shows, music, singing etc. The high volume of sound booming out from those speakers was enough to keep us up all night. We could not fall asleep until the shows had ended (12am sometimes 1am. It went on and on and on. Some nights we just wanted some rest and peace and quiet but this was not possible with all that noise going on outside. We were very surprised the windows in the rooms were not sound proof. This is something Calista must address. Not all of us want to stay up for the shows.
The entertainment was terrible, we did see a few shows, there was a boring version of strictly come dancing, there was a pop star called dan ballan (who is apparently famous but we've never heard of him) who screamed all his songs out into his mic. My husband and I found it so funny we were imagining what simon cowell would think! Then there was an elvis impersonator...I wont say anymore...
All in all we had a lovely holiday in Turkey and a comfortable stay at Calista but it was not perfect. Maybe if we were to come back we will try a different hotel.
Hope this helps
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- Calista is named after a Goddess in Mythology, a young woman of rare beauty. She becomes so obsessed with her beauty that she would risk everything, in order to eternalize it. Then Calista dedicates herself to goodness by combining this physical beauty with the beauty of her soul. After a while, her soul becomes too beautiful to remain mortal. She becomes a Goddess. The name Calista signifies the Goddess of Rare Beauty from that moment on she reflects the pure Beauty. Calista: Perfect Beauty! The Goddess of Beauty! ... more less
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