So we booked a holiday as a last minute. My partner and I are both in our twenties, we wanted somewhere that was calm but lively if we wanted, good weather and plenty to do. We booked through the co-op who then allocated the holiday who was provided by thomas cook.
Times of the flight to turkey are always bad. The flight lasted approx 5hours. We flew from birmingham at 21:00 landing at 02;00. They are 3 hours ahead in turkey and so it was 05:00 their time. The time for collecting our luggage was quick and so we were off the plane and on the bus within 20 mins. We then has a 1hour and 30 min jorney to the hotel.
When booking the holiday we didnt think of the flight times. These were poor. Some airports do good times to turkey but many tend to be at night, Overall myself and my partner were up for 2 days due to the travelling and in many other cases people lost a day off their holiday.
The plane itself was cramped and i would recommend pre-booking your seats as it is always full and many could not sit together.
The accomodation was ok. On arrival the receptionist was asleep on the sofa in the foyer. Not the best impression however they were quick and efficient to take us to our bedroom. The hotel didnt appear to be the cleanest however apparently in turkey it was very clean.
Our bedroom was a double room which was average size and accomodated for the basics (sleeping and showering). The a/c in the bedrooms were brilliant however could only be used when you were in the room as the key fob had to be in the sensor.
The pool was spacious with many sun loungers however the german tourist saved these at 04;00 in the morning, There is a notice by the pool that states nobody is to reserve loungers else they will be removed. This was always ignored and many times people would reserve many and not come to the pool until late afternoon.
The hotel can provide beach towel which are free and 2 lira when they then need replacing.
The Food wasnt the best before going we were told that there would be chips everyday and plenty of various nice fresh cooked fish and meats. However this was not the case. There was pasta/spagetti everyday. pizza breads (very thin pizza with lots of chilli and lime on). Fresh fruit everyday. Yoghurts, salads, bread, olives, chesses, salamis and hams. There was plenty to eat however alot was spiced with various spiced which were not so appaising. In the evening there is a BBq grill outside which cooked different meats every night. This was lovely, we had this every night.
The drinks in the hotel were poor it consisted of local beer, soft drinks, wine and vodka. That was all that was avaliable. The vodka is extremely strong and the beer very gasey. The drinks were served between 07;00 and 00;00. This was very strict as a fellow tourist was charges the eqivelent of £30 for one beer on going home for having a drink at 00:03.
The resterant was open from 07:00 -10:30 for breakfast, 12:00 -14:00 for dinner and. 19:00 - 21:30 for supper. These seemed to be ok and even though the evening meal seemed to be late it was ok as it was so hot in the day it was to hot to eat sometimes.
Sun in the 30's. It was boiling. We wanted hot but this was too hot. Many days there were tourist fainting next to the pool as the sun was so intense. you need to drink pleaty of water, which is on tap next to the pool and around the hotel. The Hotel were good in responding to these emergency howvere attempted to charge people silly prices for there assistance.
The Thomas cook Rep
OUr thomas cook rep was helpful to us. We went to the meeting that everyone has when the go on holiday where we were offered days out and info. The rep however was not very helpful to others when in need of reasurrance and guidance which i didnt personal find very resuaring when yyour in a foren country. Where none of them speak english. YES none speak english, all german so the rep does need to be used a fair bit.
The trips out that were offered consisted of boats trips out on the sea and to the local markets. The sea trips were amazing we swam with turtles and dolphins in the red sea. It was warm and blue to you could see all the way down. The boat takes you along the coats stopping so you can jump in every now and again. The food in included and the drinks all including i would recommend this. THe market trips was an experience. You are taken you to a traditional turkish market where everything is english makes but fake. They will try and charge you silly amounts for fake goods. They take you to various markets travelling by bus inbetween which is lovely and air conditioned. You also on the trip visit the waterfall which is lovely and pretty
These trips out are well worth it.
Always use lira when going to turkey as to them euros and english stirling as brilliant exchange rate and so they get more for the their money.
the holiday was exactly what we were looking for however it was not for everyone. The holiday was diffinately what you made of it and if you do nothing it would be boring. Turkey is a place with a lot of character and culture. It take a day or so to adapt to how laid back they are.
I would not go back to turkey now however as i feel that once you have done one hotel in turkey you have done them all. They are all the same, along a long coast line.
Its not glamorous and a nice place to go if you are happy to self directed yourself to make your holiday your own and not reling in somebody to place it all on a plate for you.
Thanks for reading, Have a good time.
And the song they sing in a morning by the pool is in german but you will singing it for weeks after you come home.
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