Had a great two weeks at the Grand Aquarium, staying with a family group with ages ranging from 18 months to 70 years old.
The hotel was last drop from the airport and was a 2 hour transfer. We arrived early hours but had a very friendly and informative welcome. The basics were explained to us and we were helped to our rooms with our bags and then shown around the room by very helpful staff.
The rooms are fairly basic but fine. However, the 1 bedroom apartment is rather small for more than 2 adults and there is limited storage.
Air con was good but only operates in bedroom. We left the bedroom door open at night and my son was ok in the living area on his sofa bed as the air con cooled the apartment. We paid to have air con available whenever we were in the room and this was good value compared to other places (£30 per week).
All staff were great. The restaurant manger was particularly helpful and friendly and Aidyn who runs the Turkish Bath was very friendly and good company. Sally, who I think was the general manager was also very good and our Thomas Cook rep Megan was great.
The Turkish bath experience is a must. 13 of us went at the same time. Although we were waiting towards the end for our massages, we had a nice area to relax and eat Aidyns Turkish Delights.
Pool was nice and sun beds were fine as long as the towels were down before 0900 hrs.
Food at the hotel was great and very good value. You need to be hungry as the portions are huge.
Part of our group booked later than us and stayed at the Club Aquarium. This is also a lovely place and a bit quieter. We spent a few days around the pool there. It is a 5 minute walk or a 5 minute free shuttle bus journey. The club has lovely views.
Entertainment at the hotel was not for us. There was the kids dancing and fun hour, then an act or quiz then bingo. All fine, but not our thing. We went out most evenings.
Food in town is great too and reasonably priced. Town is a 20 minute walk, a 50 pence bus or a £3 taxi. Easy. Also if you book in, there are a lot of restaurants that will pick you up and take you back at the end of the evening. There is a big choice of places to eat, some very busy (followed by the waiters dancing and showing their pecs) and some lower key and more traditional. We tried quite a few and had great food and service at them all. I must mention Ali Baba at the chill out bar. They really spoilt us one evening, dining out on their upper terrace and we are most grateful.
A couple of our party needed the doc during the stay. One of the kids had an ear infection and one of the adults needed medication for a previous complaint. The service and treatment was first class. They were picked up, transported to the doctors, treated and dropped off. No worries.
Trip to do is the Cleopatra Island boat trip with jeep safari. Awesome. Trip to avoid is the water park. Health and safety issues with chipped tiles around pool and a disgraceful policy of not being allowed to take your own drinking water in. This policy is aggressively enforced. The slides are ok but nothing special.
The only reason I have not rated the hotel excellent is the size of the rooms which are advertised as suitable for 4 adults. The rooms are clean and basically comfortable but are only really suitable for 2 in my opinion.
However, thank you to all at the hotel, we had a great holiday and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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