As it states in the title, this was the first time we had ever stayed at an all inclusive hotel... why did we choose Hotel Greenland?? well it was not on some massive scale as was the case with a lot of hotels we looked at, which really would have been our worst nightmare.
Ok.. so!! it was me, my hubby and 2 teenage kids that came on this holiday. We were greeted warmly by staff when we arrived about midnight.. The coach trip to the hotel was fine and my face was glued to the window, not that I could see much being dark an all... but never one to pass up on an opportunity for a first glance of a new place in our travel list (Have never been to Turkey before either).
We booked two rooms, both standard, both small, about the size of a bedroom, small balcony which faced onto nothing... (so I thought) but perfectly adequate for us, who goes all that way to stay in the hotel room anyway? So when I got up in the morning, really missing the tea and coffee making facility, as I love to sit out on the balcony with a morning coffee on other holidays, I was greeted with the view of babadag mountain, glimpsing through the tree's, loved the chickens that were legging it around the grass too. So my view that I thought was not much, turned out to be a bit of a peaceful haven as I often sat out there before brekkie and after a sizzling pool day.
The food... you will either love it or hate it, or just accept that you have not booked a 5 star gourmet retreat. No matter what is on offer, you will not starve, the waiters were polite and very friendly and it is what it is... food cooked en masse. Saying that my son loved the soups, my daughter loved the fruit, and we ate with no problems whatsoever. Wasps.. yes a problem, but they burn incense and waft it around the room.
As everyone knows by now there is a top and bottom pool, we sat up at the top pool (nice pancakes from the ladies en route) and a drinks machine with the perfect hot chocs (yes bizarre given the heat... but actually refreshing) The juice from the machines gave me the worst case of heartburn but i treated it as cordial and watered it down. Cardiac hill, a gradual slope is ok, I was expecting something like walking up snowdon, but yes when your hot, I can see why people don't like it, and yes people who have reduced mobility would find it a struggle.
We did a canoe trip booked with Thomsons, its a killer on the arms, and grounds for divorcing either your spouse or kids, but it was a good day. Hubby was ill the next day, i thought it was heat stroke but did hear whisperings of a sickness bug doing the rounds. The maid cleaned our room completely (due to obvious reasons) and fussed over my hubby and tucked him up in bed. She was an absolute sweetheart.
We went to nicholas beach, not really fussed on the blue lagoon to be honest as the water was not clear, have definitely put paragliding on the list for the next trip. Our best trip was with Captain Midnight Daily Boat Tour..... (the clearest water ever) have done a review, check it out... perfection. Myself and hubby went for the turkish bath and massage and it was fantastic, Joseph is the nicest person on the planet and will never let you walk past without him saying hello and asking how you are.
Soooo!! after all the waffle, was all inclusive for us? I have to say no, and that's not because we had a horrible time and is in no way due to the hotel, its just not what suits us. Fellow guests were very friendly and it is obvious why there are repeat guests, but for us as a family it did not tick the boxes. Saying that though, since being home, I really miss sunbathing at the pool and playing cards at night with the kids. The staff at the hotel work damn hard to make your stay enjoyable... not sure i could have a smile on my face for a full shift in such heat, so hats off to them.
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