Just got back from Monachus Park stayed for a week from 21st Aug 2010. Flew with Freebird Airlines which was fine, kind of Turkish Easyjet. Flew back with Monarch which was also fine.
I would say that the clientele was 70% German, 20% UK, 10% other. Because of this a lot was aimed towards the German market but everything was spoken with English so it did not cause any hassle. I didn't feel that the German population held any issues for us at all, didn't find them rude and didn't notice any pushing in or towels on sunbed problems. One evening there was a show called the 100 Jahre show. This was interesting but everytime there was a major German event like them winning the World cup they all clapped and cheered, this was a little scary, although when England won the cup, they were quite quiet.
The food was wonderful, such a selection in a lovely air conditioned restaurant. There was outdoor eating but I think you would only choose this if you smoked, and a message for all those with children, who made them sit outside whilst eating and smoking, you should have more respect for your child, other children and their well being.
Foods available were - meat, veg, salad, rice, pasta, chips, soup, fruit, breads, pizza, fish etc.
There are 2 types of people when it came to the food on offer.
1. Sensible - Choose a type of food each time. For example - Start with soup or salad, then have a pasta based dish, then have fruit and pudding. My wife chose this option.
2. Greedy - There were possibly, 20 - 30 different options on salad bar and 20 options on mains. Then 20 on puddings. I fell into this category so I would generally put a little of everything on my plate, I usually needed 2 plates to cover everything, I don't do puddings so made up for it with the other foods.
Everything was cooked well and kept hot, there were meats on big joints with chefs ripping pieces of meats off with gloved hands and putting the pieces on your plates, I absolutely loved this. There was always a pizza and fresh bread chef, and a salad bar chef chooping and dicing and carving fruit flowers.
As everyone says, there is no pork so at breakfast you get cold meats, cheese, cereals, fried and bolied eggs, omelettes, pancakes. Then there are other options sometimes beans sometimes, wieners made of some type of meat then typical Turkish dishes.
My kids had loads of crepes for breakfast, I had breads and jams and my wife had muesli.
I cannot think how it would be possible to have a big breakfast, then a big lunch finished by a big tea all the time doing nothing in between. I found it refreshing at breakfast to keep it simple.
The hotel has 2 parts, Monachus Park and Calimera. They are sister hotels next to each other and share everything, both are the same quality. I don't know about star ratings and I never go back to the same place twice because there are too many places to go but I would look forward to going back here. People say its not 5 or 4 star or its definitely 5 etc but I would say that we were left wanting for nothing, everything was clean, everyone was polite and helpful and the rooms looked new to me I would be quite happy feeling it was a 4 star or a 5 star. I booked feeling it was a 5 and saw nothing that would make me think otherwise.
The family room we had was more than I had imagined. It had a very large kingsize plus bed, with a set of bunk beds for the kids. The cupboards and tables were new with a tv that had one uk channel, luckily, No point going on hols to watch TV. There was a fridge in the room, it had a few free drinks but one they were gone it cost to restock, we never did restock. We took bottles of water from the dining room and kept them in the fridge.
The room was cleaned everyday, new bedding and towels every day which although was excessive was really nice.
The pools were great, there 2 main pools at each hotel, a slide pool at Monachus that was opened for 2 hours everyday and another pool at the fun park on the way to the beach. The fun park had a few activites like mini golf, a climbing wall, trampolines and gym equipment.
We never had any issues getting 4 sun beds at any time of day, although they wouldn't have been in prime spots they were fine.
Entertainment was good, not West End but entertaining and worth spending the evening watching with a few drinks.
All in all I would say that if you have booked to go you will enjoy it and if you are thinking of booking, go ahead and have a great time.
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- Also Known As:
- Monachus Park Hotel
- Monachus Park Colakli