After a decent enough (but cramped) flight with Thomas Cook from Belfast to Dalaman, we arrived at the Alinn Boutique hotel with a 60TL (around £20) taxi transfer to Sarigerme. The transfer only took about 15-20mins (so much easier than the Marmaris transfer from Dalaman) and we admired the Turkish countryside on the way in. On arrival at the hotel we were met immediately by a porter who carried our bags to our room after a quick check in. We had booked one of the hotels suites, of which there are only 3, so we werent actually in the main hotel building but down some steps to a private area overlooking the sea and hill below. The room was vast. We had read that the hotel rooms were a little small so we were happy to pay a bit extra for some space. The suites have a large separate living room, kitchen with fridge, giant bedroom, and bathroom. There was also plenty of storage space. The suite was almost like an apartment and just the bathroom was a little tired (quite bizarre given the rest of the suite was lovely). It didnt have any effect on our stay at all however. The Alinn Boutique sits pretty high up above Sarigerme town and beach. Its been mentioned already that a bus runs every hour 9am-6pm daily to the beach and the town. You have to get off early for the town though (take a left where you get off at the bottom of the hill beside the taxi rank) and walk about 5mins into town as the bus continues to the beach most days (except Sunday were it goes to the town first in the mornings for the market thats there). You can also walk from the hotel to the beach or town and this will take about 15mins. Theres a bit of a climb on the way back but many people took the challenge and did it - or you can easily grab a taxi at the beach gate, at the town, or from the rank at the bottom of the hill for 10TL (about £3.50). The Alinn is a lovely hotel. No kids, and we only saw one football shirt all week (yes no surprise, it was an England one yawwwnn) its quite a multinational hotel and at dinner people really took the opportunity to dress nicely rather than wear shorts n teeshirts (there were a few however who seemed oblivious to the fact that everyone was looking at them). Its so relaxing too with no loud groups or teens, and (as i said) no noisy children at all. Bliss. I would honestly encourage those of you of the "Engerland" persona to stay away. There are NO fry ups for breakfast EVER (well never in the whole week we stayed there). And meals are closer to a Turkish menu than anything else. I can see why some ignorant people might have complained about the food in previous reviews here as some folks just find it hard to accept that theyre not at home anymore. I 100% agree with the poster who said... if thats what you want, then stick to Benidorm! As it is, the food was lovely, really varied (turkey, chicken, lamb, steak, fish, wraps, rice, salad, potatoes, stuffed vegetables, omelette, etc) and very rarely chips! During the day the whole place seemed like no one was there it was so laid back. Easy to get a sunbed, no queues at the all-inc bar (the beer is Perge which i hadnt heard of before but its nice) and free towels (you get a card to swop them in and out) and a room safe. Breakfast was at 730-930 (late breakfast til 1030 i think). Lunch at 1pm, dinner at 7pm, and in between this you have sandwiches at the beach bar at 1230 (and drinks 10-6pm) plus food at the Panorama bar (lovely view from here) pancakes cooked by a lady while you wait, and coffee/tea and cakes at 5pm. So you wont go hungry. The hotel has its own private section of beach for guests with beanbag beds and loungers. The beach is really nice with watersports available. The rooms are cleaned everyday and towels are changed. And at night all is quiet, with the bar closing the all-inc at 11pm (fine by us). The whole hotel area is pleasant with nice gardens and surroundings, but again its probably not for those looking a drunken raucous, cheesy entertainment, football festooned, shindig. It does what it does well and i would hope that continues. These days its getting harder to get away from undesirables on holiday so it was a pleasure to find this place. I have to say we went on a few tours with Basket Travel (they are excellent) sharing a coach with some of the folk staying at The Hilton up the road, and they were still displaying the football regalia so I guess even there you cant escape it. Shame really. Anyway, On saturdays they have a Turkish night with music, drums, and dancers, and the food standard gets even better for the evening. Great stuff. Our room was well air conditioned and totally quiet at night. You could watch the sunrise over the mountains in front of the hotel and on two evenings there was a massive thunder storm with forks of lightning and the loudest thunder wed ever heard. All was gone by morning again though and 30c sunshine returned once more. I would return to the Alinn Boutique again without a doubt. The world needs more adults only hotels which are a bit more upmarket. True, a few clientelle let it down by wearing the same tshirt to dinner they had worn around the pool all day but i guess you cant teach an old tramp new tricks. As it was we enjoyed the whole experience immensely. See my trip report for Sarigerme town on its forum later.
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