We are a couple in our 30's who have just returned from a week at Bendis Beach. We have been to Turkey many times and decided to try another part. This was a last minute booking and reccomended by the holiday search engine as a 4 star resort. Having stayed in a great all inclusive in Icmeler last May (for the same price), this was certainly not 4 star and did not live up to my expectations. Having said that, there were positives to the stay too. I will list below:
Food: I would say I am not a fussy eater, however the selection of hot food served for breakfast was not to my liking. No omlettes etc, just frankurters in tomato sauce and a few other choices which did not appeal to me. On two occasions though, there was french toast and pancakes served down in the snack bar section. Lunch was ok, as was dinner. There was a fair selection of dishes and the salad is always nice and fresh with a good selection of products. Desert was a winner for me purely for the fantastic baklava served most days.
Pool: The pool was kept clean, there were staff walking around picking up cups etc throughout the day but this could have been more frequent. The pool area has a lot of sunbeds but these are on top of eachother, often not being able to put your feet down either side as you are packed in like sardines. If you want to get a good spot or a parasol, you need to be down about 7am or earlier as the usual happens with people reserving their sun loungers at the crack of dawn. Also, this is a family resort with lots of children everywhere! Just for the couples who might be looking for a bit of peace!
Beach: We did not use this much, we had a wonder to sit on the floating jetty and dangle our feet in the water. There are sunbeds down there for customers and a bar I believe.
Music/Entertainment: On the first two days by the pool, the choice of music was unbearable, savage garden, bryan adams, love ballads. Not what I wanted to hear and it was played so loud at one point I wanted to scream. There was no chance of listening to your ipod as it was just drowned out. The volume of the music varied throughout the day but by the end of the holiday it seemed to be more background music as you would expect. The entertainment in the evening varied, on the one occassion I watched it, they did karaoke by using youtube to search for songs, the wifi kept cutting out and people had to start their songs again. Just not very well thought out. Again, ridiculously loud.
Room: The worst part of the holiday for me, take sunglasses with you for when you enter your room! Bright white and blinding. Unfortunately as it is white, things get dirty easily and the sofa in the room was filthy. Biggest annoyance of all though was that we were placed right outside the ampitheatre where the music is soooo loud it is unbearable, I know people don't always go on holiday to have an early night, but sometimes it's nice to chill out in the room. No chance. My other half was ill one night with a banging migraine and the music didn't stop til midnight. Another evening, I was looking forward to midnight when the awful noise would stop but they continued watching a film in the ampitheatre at full blast til gone 1 am. There was then the staff reorganising the sunloungers at 4am which woke me up once I eventually got to sleep. TAKE EARPLUGS.
Bar: Drinks were fine, Efes, pepsi, fanta etc. No problem there.
In summary, an adequate hotel spoilt by the awful noise. I would ask for a room by reception
to be by the other end of the pool/entertainment. Not romantic for us and I have come back stressed by the lack of sleep.
Also reccomend La Vila restaurant in Turgutres for a great mixed grill.
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