Despite me giving this hotel 4 out of 5, this is a great hotel. The review is as honest as I could make it with as much info in my head written down as I type.
We spent 2 weeks here from June 18th and from the start we were impressed by the size of the hotel and the lovely gardens.
Transfer was by private bus with cold drinks on board which was a great start. Check in was swift and professional. There was someone to take our bags to our room and also a quick demo on the air con and how to program the safe which was very good.
The Room: Our room was a standard room as we simply use it for washing and sleeping but was a decent size, although the camp bed for the second child did take up most of the sofa area. The bathroom was OK and a hot powerful shower and the usual complimentary shower facilities. The mini bar is stocked daily and consists of 2 beers, 2 carton fruit juices, bottles of coke, carbonated spring water and still water all part of your all inc package. The beds were amazingly comfortable including the camp bed. We all slept very well. There was no balcony more a ledge with a chair. The wood edging on the balcony could do with a lick of paint. The air con in the room was good enough.
Food/restaurants: There are several al a carte restaurants that are on offer although we found the food In the main buffet restaurant so good we didn’t bother with the others. There is so much on offer it is difficult to decide what to have so in my opinion the food doesn’t get repetitive. The hot meats do regularly consist of chicken, turkey and veal and cold meats are UK spam with various others. Fresh fish is also regularly on offer and fish night is incredible with salmon, prawns, squid etc… You won’t go hungry. To add to this is a great selection of salads and sweet deserts in regular supply. We have done many all inc and this was by far one of the best. There is also a Patisserie between the inside bar and reception. Here you can choose from many cakes from 12:30pm until 5:30pm, a nice touch. Lunches can be taken in the main buffet restaurant, another buffet restaurant by the main pool called Safron and also the beach bar which is waiter service. The beach bar is more snack food, burgers, wraps but is breezy and cool-ish here.
The Pools: The main pool is all we used. It is a sort of horse shoe shaped with the pool bar run by the amazing Mahmut. The pool itself has deep grout so a few were cutting feet whilst walking along the pool floor. I myself also cut my big toe, but wasn’t a show stopper. Ersin from the entertainment team looks after the water polo twice a day and many get involved and fun to watch. Also there is aqua aerobics and some pool games and 3 water slides. Whilst we were there they laid a carpet from the slide pool to the tarmac leading to the slide steps as a girl slipped and hit her head quite bad. The surrounding areas to this pool are slippery so be careful. A word of advice, this is the main pool and activity pool. Couples moaned about kids running around and also the water polo and music being too loud etc. You do have an adults only pool to use and also the beach so stop moaning! The one thing that makes me feel this is let down by it’s 5 star rating, no mattresses on the sunbeds around this pool. Mahmut behind the pool bar will make you any cocktail, beers and wines and at times is very busy so please be patient. The guy is simply amazing at what he does. We looked at the adult pool, seemed OK as did the indoor pool.
Beach: The beach is lovely at the top end. There are plenty of beds covered by a straw roof and also lots of Cabanas on and off the beach. There are 2 piers, one with parasols and beds, both with soft large beanbags. As widely reported, shingle and rocks are at the start of the sea but once past, the sea is lovely, warm and clear. There are water sports at the beach. Me and my 2 kids did the Super Marble twice (never again!) and also me and my son did parasailing, what an experience! Dual parasailing was 65 Euro and the Super Marble was 35 Euro. There are also banana boats and other doughnut type rides.
Gardens: The gardens are lovely. I’m no gardener and don’t take much interest in gardening but I have to admit the guys work hard and there is a garden tip box by the fountains of the main building, please give generously.
Service: Unfortunately the service in the outdoor piano bar was slow, this is no fault of the staff but down to numbers. I counted 24 tables outside with more further behind the stage and just 2 waiter(esses) serving these areas. I waited 30-ish minutes for two drinks and in the end went to the bar myself. They take your order then it enters a queuing system on the bar. This is the time delay as you have several bar staff trying to clear the back log whilst the other side of the bar people are getting served. The service at meal times in the restaurant wasn’t that bad, but not great. We waited sometime to get drinks on the odd occasion and was never offered tea/coffee at breakfast so I just got my own. The buffet at busy times can resemble a rugby scrum so bit yer lip and be patient. The maids were not very good. The room wasn’t cleaned very well, not enough towels so I had to ring down a few times and also glasses not cleaned and one day no glasses at all so we had to use mugs despite requesting more with towels. After the evening we would return to a smell in the room which disappeared after 10 minutes, we assumed it may be the bathroom not being cleaned well.
The hotel: Very big and at times seemed a bit disjointed. Although our first time here, I feel the outdoor piano bar entertainment was pointless. I agree with regulars this should be for relaxation and conversation. I was told off one night by I think a Russian lady for trying to have a conversation during karaoke, yes you read it, karaoke! There seems to be sections of entertainment spread out over the hotel with the Amphitheatre being the main place and the best stuff, but no glass is allowed so you need to pour drinks in to a plastic cup. It just seems there is nowhere outside to relax and chat but sections of the hotel everywhere doing something. There are shops selling jewellery, bags and a small mini market. There’s indoor pool as well as a professional photographer that goes around taking photos all day and night asking for you to pose or take photo’s without you looking.
Outside the hotel are shops either way. If you are walking, take your door card as security will ask if they don’t know you. Turn left and a local mini market sells most papers, The Sun is 5TL. Also by this mini market is a handy very well air conditioned pharmacy. Don’t panic about the building work next door. The main building work is done and it’s now down to the finishing touches inside. We didn’t hear a thing the whole time.
Overall: Very good hotel. 5 Star? Probably not as it lacks the ‘cutting edge’ in terms of service and comfort, maybe 4 plus. No mattresses around the main pool on the beds, the poor service in the piano bar and also the maid service. If all the these were resolved, this is 5 star. However, don’t let this put you off, the staff in the bar and the entertainment crew are amazing, the food is incredible and also the hotel is in general, lovely. Will we go back? Of course we would.
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