I always try to give honest views on the hotels that we stay at, including a few tips to get you on your way.
LOCATION – 6/10:
At first blush the hotel appears to be a little out of the way. Sarigerme is not a busy town, with few bars and restaurants, and even that is a good 30 minute walk away. However, it soon became clear to us that Sarigerme is a good central base, with all of the sights you could wish to see in South West Turkey a short to medium coach ride away.
The hotel itself is probably on the worst stretch of beach in Sarigerme, as it is where the river joins the sea. The upside, however, is a beautiful little stretch of river adjoining the hotel, where small turtles could often be seen.
THE ROOMS – 8/10
The rooms really are lovely. We stayed in a standard room which was rather large, with separate WC and wet room with bath. The complaints I’ve seen as to the adjoining holiday village being loud seemed to us to be without any foundation whatsoever. However, if you’re in the room during the day, there is a loud generator which can be quite annoying.
TIP – Ask for one of the corner rooms. They have a wrap around balcony, 2 aspects of windows/sliding doors and a 180 view, often of mountain and sea. And they cost no more. I think ours was room 1453.
THE BARS – 8/10
There are a number of bars, although the photographs are perhaps a little misleading as to the number. The oyster and champagne bar, wine bar, whiskey bar and Greek bar are, effectively, just one bar. During the whole time we were there nobody was serving on any of the speciality bars, just the main bar that connected them all. I don’t know the reason for this as we were told the hotel was at full occupancy. Likewise “Breeze”, the river bar, was not open all week.
TIP - If you want oysters, like I did, don’t simply assume you can get them from the oyster bar; you have to order them a day before. Bit of an annoyance.
That aside, the drinks really were rather good. In particular the barman in Rouge makes some excellent cocktails (don’t worry about the cocktail list just tell him you want something fruity etc. And he’ll make you something up). The outdoor bar had a band on who were excellent by any standards, not just all inclusive hotel standards.
THE RESTAURANTS – 9/10
The buffet restaurant was very good. Yes it was repetitive, but that was primarily as the choice was so great. The trick is to not do the “wedding buffet” method of filling the plate with all different items. Just put together a few items each night and there’s no chance of being bored. They had a chocolate fountain one night, a honeycomb another. I’ve seen a few people complain about breakfast, but save for good sausages and bacon everything was there (don’t forget this is a primarily Muslim country, you can’t expect good pork sausages and bacon).
The pool bar served very good snacks but gets very busy. I’d recommend this only for an early lunch. Come 2pm there would normally be a lengthy queue for tables.
The speciality restaurants are subsidised by the all inclusive, but there is a surcharge (normally 10 Euro, but 15 for Teppenyaki, and a significant amount for “Finesse”). We loved the Chinese. TIP – ask when booking the Chinese for Teppenyaki – this is pretty much hidden in the pamphlets, and not really advertised. Everyone we spoke to didn’t know it was there until later in the holiday.
When going to the Greek, Turkish or Seafood restaurants, go on an empty stomach as the meze that they bring are huge in number. TIP – At the Seafood restaurant, many of the main courses are brought whole (ie head and all). I know many people don’t like this but they don’t point it out. Ask whether the fish you wish to order is filleted or not is filleted or not.
THE FACILITIES – 6/10
The pools really are amazing. They are huge and they were never crowded as a result. The beach, whilst not being great, is pleasant. The gym seems well considered and some equipment always free.
The hotel can, however, be a little steep for the various extras. Massages came in at 100 Euro; Gel nails came in at 100 Euros. Watersports (at least those that had to be paid for) were expensive. You’re much better going into the town for any of these, as it can be much cheaper. The internet came in at something like £1 for every 2 minutes. Not a hotel to constantly be updating Facebook from!
Also the golf course has not been built yet, despite the Hilton being described a golf and spa result. They’d be well advised to drop the “golf” part of the title until its built (and to honest, the spa part as well, as it was so expensive, I don’t many people used it. I certainly wouldn’t advise people to come here as a spa resort).
OVERALL – 9/10
Overall, I would highly recommend the hotel. The staff truly were amazing, despite the huge size of the hotel, they’d remember you and more often than not your tipple of choice as well. It was so relaxing, with no hawkers or people constantly selling things, even on the beach. We were a couple, but over there spoke to a few people with children, and they were saying how great it was for the kids. They had a mini-disco that the kids seemed to love, and a dedicated waterslide/kids pool area. The advantage of this, of course, is that for the adults who don’t want kids around, there were places for them too.
Would we go back again? No, but only because we believe the world is too big to go back to the same place. However, we certainly would go to another Hilton Worldwide Resort, and would recommend this hotel to anybody.
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