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“don't expect too much roundabout”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Can Garden Resort

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Can Garden Resort
Ranked #4 of 40 Hotels in Colakli
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“don't expect too much roundabout”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2009

Don't expect too much roundabout. There's next to nothing. Hotel itself was lovely and the staff couldn't do eonough for you but if you like to go out for a walk at night then I would say forget it. There are a few shops and stalls up the road but as there were nothing but fields on the main road and very poorly lit I didn't feel safe going out at night. The hotel entertainment is pretty bad, they try but.....
Also don't expect to get a sunbed or chair at the pool as the space is very limited, all sunbeds taken by 7am. Surprise,surprise!! The food in the hotel is of very good standard we certainly never had any problems although some people were moaning, but you always get that. The only time you will get a problem is when a flight has just come in and everyone thinks they all have to eat at the same time. It's a bit of a scrum!!!
One thing I will say about the rooms,although they are a bit dated they are clean enough, if you get one on the ground floor facing the main road get it changed as soon as you can because there is mosque directly opposite and it is really loud when they are calling forr parayers...4/5 times a day every day.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2009

this is our second time at can gardens and i can say it had been brilliant . we came back to see the animation team from last year (animation team from 08) but unfortunetly they wernt there , but it was still a brillaint experience. the hotel had no faults and hopefully we will be going back there sometime near to the future . bring back the animation team from 2008 :)

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2009

We were very impressed by the look of the hotel on our arrival. Staff were very friendly & keen to help in any way. Clean throughout. Rooms spacious & modern. Pools excellent although could have trouble getting sunbeds during busy season. Free bus service from rear of hotel to beach & all inclusive beach bar/restaurant - again very clean. Food seemed to be on the go constantly - breakfast until 10.30, lunch from 12 noon at poolside, 12.30 in restaurant (where choice was fantastic), ice creams at 3 - 3.30pm, cakes/biscuits/pancakes by the pool at 4 - 5pm then dinner from 7pm with snacks from 11.30 - 12.
Entertainment was excellent - Animation team (if anyone has holidayed in Tunisia, you'll know of these). May not appeal to some but there you go... There was something on every night and aquarobics & stretching classes in the morning, pool games, mini-disco at 8.45pm & various activities for the kids.
All round, this was a great place to stay & would highly recommend!!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2009

Having taken holidays to Spain, the Algarve or Florida over the past few years we decided that, due to the noticeable increase in snack/drink prices last year as the pound wasn’t going so far, that we would go all inclusive to Turkey to save money and, whilst we had a great time and did save money, we found the all inclusive and hotel location too restrictive.
We booked the last two weeks of August through Portland as it worked out cheaper than exactly the same holiday with Thomsons.

Location. The hotel is a bit out of the way and about five miles from Side (Tripadvisor maps it and gives the address for its sister hotel, the Can Garden Hotel, which is in Side. Even the Can Gardens own website gives both hotels the same address but they are many miles apart. The Thomson website map shows it almost correctly).
There are two bars and some shops a few hundred yards away (wasteland in between which was a shame) and the beach is about half a mile away which we generally walked to but the hotel does run a minibus service every hour till 6pm.
We missed being able go out of the hotel and walk along the beach in the evening as we had done on other holidays.

Hotel. The hotel is only four years old so the rooms are good and so are the bathrooms with plenty of hot water, decent showers and a modern WC! The air con is good in your room and dining area but poor elsewhere (reception etc).
The hotel had mainly British, German and Dutch guests when we were there and we didn’t encounter any of the problems relating to people pushing in or being served first that has been written by others. The staff were generally very friendly (as others have written sometimes too friendly. The two 15 year old girls with us got a lot of attention, with one of them being given a note by one of the maintenance staff asking to meet them later!)
As others have also written, you can’t get a sun bed by the pool unless you get up early in the morning and reserve one. As we didn’t get up until around 8.30 we always missed out so had to go to the beach where there were plenty of sun beds (but few alcoholic drinks).
If you have a late flight coming home as we did you can pay £30 on your last day to keep your room from noon which is the checkout time to 7pm that evening when we were due to leave (the hotel does have showers and changing rooms for those who do checkout at noon).

Food. Good and plenty of choice but it does get monotonous after a while which meant when we did eat out on the trips we went on it was a real treat.

Drinks. Efes pilsner is the beer which was fine and good measures of vodka and tonic for my wife. Others have written that drinks were watered down but they seemed fine to us.

Beach bar. This wasn’t as good as we’d expected. Whilst the service was excellent and the food good (available 12 to 2.30pm) the only alcohol the bar served was beer and Raki (an aniseed drink like Pernod) and although it’s called a beach bar it should be called “top of the hill bar”. There are about eight or so tiers cut into the hill going down to the beach and the bar is on the top one. We’re not lazy people (we’re not alcoholics either!) but you do think twice about going 60 or so steps up the hill in the sweltering heat to get a beer poured into a small plastic beaker. They’ll happily sell you an ice cream on the beach though!

Entertainment. We generally enjoyed the shows put on by the team there and they tried to make them fun. I think only four of the 14 days we were there did they bring an act in; all the other times they did the shows themselves. On Saturday nights they sell tickets for 8 euro’s to go to the local nightclub which we and the two 15 year old girls enjoyed both times. You leave just before midnight and get back around 3.30am and pay around 4 euro’s a drink.

Trips. We paid £25 a head through Thomsons to go to Perge to see the ruins which was followed by lunch in a restaurant on the edge of a lovely riverbank and this was followed up with a visit to the ampetheatre at Aspendos. We had an informative tour guide from the moment we were picked up at our hotel at 9am to being dropped off at 3.30pm. All four of us had an excellent time.
We also booked a jeep safari at 25 euros a head which was another excellent day out. We booked this through a shop up the road from the hotel and found that safety measures on the safari are not the same as they are in Europe (had we booked the more expensive Thomson safari I’m sure it would have been safer). On ours and on other jeeps we saw people were hanging out of the jeeps and the drivers racing each other etc. Whilst we had an excellent time we felt it was an accident waiting to happen (as did another family we met who had gone a week before us).
We also took a one hour boat trip from Side seafront (5 euro’s each) which took us round the coast of Side and included turtle hunting (we saw two). Excellent value.

All in all we enjoyed ourselves and had a graet time but we've enjoyed our other holidays more.

Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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nowich
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2009

we stayed at this hotel for 10 days at the end of july 09 we have just got back and enjoyed every minute of it! the food was v.good even for fuzzy eaters. a la carte and med. restaurant was v.good too especailly the waiters omer and memet. the hotel is v.clean and the staff were v.friendly and the animation team were great luchi, ken, heidi and dj ali. the entertainment at night was good for adults and young children its a shame it finish 10.30 but cannot go on longer as its a family hotel. turkish bath and massage was v.good. we went on a sun & fun trip which inlcuded a river trip and a jeep safari well worth it . you have 2 cocktails a night but they will do more if ask. there is not alot outside the hotel but there are a few shops but not alot of bars to go to but the beach is about 5 min bus ride or can walk to it, they have their own bar and cafe which is all inclusive to. would definatly re visit this hotel with thomsons!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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aylesbury
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2009

this was our 2nd visit to can garden and was better than the 1st one. it wasextremely clean, food was great, staff extremely friendly. the animation team were fantastic, well done to alex,mirat,dj ali, and especially kenan. the shops were good value for money.especially the silver shop run by hayri and eren. would return tomorrow.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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WARRINGTON CHESHIRE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2009

Went to this hotel in June 09, and had read some mixed reviews so didn't really know what to expect.
Well the hotel was spotless, with staff cleaning up after you 24/7. The staff were happy and friendly . . some more than others.
Food was consistently good with a good choice every evening, the only one in our party of 7 to grumble was my 6 year old son (who is very fussy) but even he loved the pancakes and waffles at breakfast.
There was plenty going on during the day, sometimes too much for us holiday relaxers but the kids were well entertained with the kids club and mini disco at night. The evening entertainment was a little hit and miss but with a few drinks down your neck it was ok.
My only real moan would be the location as too far for a leisurely stroll into Side we had to get a bus (dolmus) or taxi which was a 15 min ride and 15 quid later.
But on the whole a fantastic holiday had by all.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Can Garden Resort
Address: Uctepeler mah. Turizm cad. No:15, Colakli, Manavgat 07600, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Colakli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Colakli
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Colakli
#3 Spa Hotel in Colakli
#4 Luxury Hotel in Colakli
#6 Romantic Hotel in Colakli
#7 Family Hotel in Colakli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Can Garden Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 308
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With our professional and helpful staff it is our intend to offer our guests a very special holiday experience. With our renewed interior decoration, new units and delicious dishes from the international and Turkish cuisine, the hotel offers their guests an unforgettable time. Can Garden Resort is build on a 15 thousand square meters plot and offers a 100 m long beach.Plain and comfortable furnished rooms, swimming pools, water park, restaurants, bars and more to furfill all your needs on your holiday. 308 rooms / 655 beds 5 stars / All Inclusive 62 km from the center of Antalya 58 km away from the airport 8 km from the world famous Old Town Side 600m from the beach Our goal is to bring you joy, pleasure and entertainment on your holiday. ... more   less 
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