Visited between 29th October and 5th November 2013 with wife and 2 kids (6 and 4).
For us this hotel has definite 5* potential but there are a few major and minor niggles:
Firstly the pools are far too cold. My kids love the water but the water slides (which have so much to offer) were mostly useless. 5 minutes in the water left my little girl shivering and my boy would only go near the pool on an inflatable. I'm no expert but you'd think with so much sun (the average was 28C when we were there) there must be a way of heating the water cheaply. We won't go back because of the pool temperature. It's just so disappointing. I read other reviews saying the same thing. I know October's not the height of summer so maybe it's better in the middle of the year. The indoor pool was better so we spent quite a lot of time there.
Secondly the food was a bit repetitive and it was a bit of a lottery as to whether it was hot or just lukewarm. I'm assuming there are no pork products because Turkey is 99% muslim which isn't a problem for me but I did tend to miss bacon at breakfast and proper pork sausages. There was plenty of choice though with the usual range of salads and fruits which for some reason seem so expensive at home. An area is set aside for kids to get their own food which is a nice idea but only opens at dinner - not breakfast or lunch - and the choice is very limited for them. No real complaints here just a few little niggles.
A few more observations:
My little girl has blonde hair and blue eyes which meant she was the centre of attention as far as the waiters were concerned. My poor boy (also blonde hair and blue eyes) didn't get a look-in. Never thought it was anything other than innocent but a bit more balance might not go amiss.
The air conditioning seems to make a fair noise but achieve very little.
It seems like a popular place for Germans which isn't a big deal but most of the entertainment is geared toward them.
The staff all speak English though and probably French, Russian and Italian as well.
Lovely peaceful beach with quite coarse sand but castles can be built just the same.
Pool areas are very clean and well-maintained, as are the public areas of the hotel.
We got a family room with a separate room for the kids - a quite excellent arrangement. Not sure whether this was an upgrade or not.
Cocktails were included in our AI package and they were made very well by the bar staff.
Rooms are cleaned daily and diligently. Nicely appointed. No complaints.
Free wi-fi works sometimes and you can even get it round the pool.
Loungers are good quality and there's a free towel service.
Service is efficient and friendly.
There's an excellent gym and Turkish bath.
All in all if they fix the pool temperature we'd be back like a shot and giving the place 5 stars but otherwise we're looking for somewhere else for our October half term break next year.
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