We have just returned from Voyage and it was my 7th time in Turkey. We arrived at July 8th for two weeks with one child (he met his 9th birthday during his stay at the hotel) and wife. What a hotel! Territory of the hotel and surrounding areas are very green. Placed in the hotel, pine forest will protect you from the sun and makes air fresher, softer and filled of needles. It is a real forest where the hotel is harmony placed. That was amazing (those who live in big cities will understand me). The hotel management has tried to save as much nature as it was possible so you do not fell yourself in urban territory and there are a lot of decorations, equipment, flowers all around you. I`ve seen many times squirrels walking on the trees, birds and cats. To be honest, I would not say there a LOT OF cats, yes you can see dozen but they are very friendly, clean, domestic and not annoying. That is for sure. They are a part of this hotel and very welcome. The most majority of the hotel are citizens of Turkey and Netherlands. You can also find a lot of many British and Norwegian couples and some Russian speaking ones.
Except for bungalows, there are one five-storey building near reception which is one-storey building placed separately in the entrance of the hotel and main building which is right in the center. Please note the more closer you placed to the main building the more noisy it will be around.
All bungalows mostly 2-3 floors and placed in the pine forest. Exactly “see view” bungalows are placed near entertainment areas (main pool, aqua park or disco) so be ready for addition noise. As to other bungalows the most comfortable those which are set of four rooms. There also 3 floors bungalows which are big with more than 20 rooms each. The rooms there smaller and it is a bit noisy as of small kids living in different floors and speaking louder while on their room way.
At first we were placed at small room (5150) which is at first floor and not adopted for extra bed for our kid. We immediately claimed on that to reception but had to wait for two days until new room were available – we were moved to room 4020 which is bigger and had a place for third adult – this is bungalow I wrote above which is a set of four rooms. The bathroom and furniture are bigger. It has nice balcony and chairs on it.
As to kids the hotel has everything you need: chairs, pools, kid club, animation, food, cakes, drinks. There are really a lot of kids of all ages. There are even Luna park which opens at 6 p.m., it consists of 3 attractions each of which will be switched on even if one child would wish to ride; and aqua park which works as of 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Just one comment: protect your child from the sun as the sun is very hard and danger in opened hours.
Each room is equipped by minibar (2 cokes, 2 sprites, 1 fanta, 2 beers (Effes), 4 different kind of juices, 2 mineral water, nuts) which restored at least once a day.
Entertainment is awesome. Day entertainment is including pool program, darts, boccia, football. Thank you for all who played in beach volleyball and share with me this game which is really nice! (Anna, from animation team, was always pleasure and prepared the field before every play). Evening program is different and within 2 weeks we have never seen the same show. Moreover, the hotel invites a lot of professional shows, DJs, labors, etc. Everything were made really nice, for sure. You should see it!
The sea is really clean and calm. There is a coral between two moorages. It is not like in Egypt and there is no so many kind of fishes but what is for sure I seen by myself are BIG turtles which sometimes comes to the left moorage after 5 p.m., crabs and once even octopus that I have never seen before in Turkey. So you have an excellent opportunity for perfect snorkeling – do not forget to take all necessary equipment since hotel goods are expensive. The hotel has enough sun loungers but to reserve ones placed on the moorage you shall get up early, around 6-6.30 a.m. otherwise your chances too small and you will reserve sun loungers on the beach. Be noted that there are two moorages in the hotel one of each for adults only.
There are a lot of a la carte restaurants. We visited Italian, French, Turkish, Chinese, Mexican and Fish - in the last one we celebrated our kids birthday (we missed only Japanese and Greek). To be honest we are not impressed by Mexican as it is extremely spicy. To reserve you just need to dial 8888 and follow voice helps (available times 7, 7.45 and 8.30 p.m.). You shall reserve starting from 9 a.m. till 12 a.m. but I would strongly recommend you to do it before 9.30 (especially if you are the company of 4+ persons). If after, no problem in reservation and there is no need to bother guest relationship manager to help you in booking if the line is busy first 10 minutes after booking start.
As to the main restaurant it is really nice: quality and fresh food, wide choice of plates and
fruits. We never been here at 6 p.m. (as we like sunbathing ) when it opens but at 7-8 p.m. you can always find free table to sit on. No problem. In general UAI conception includes unlimited spring water, juices in packets, ice creams (Magnum and Algida, around 15-20 sorts together), nuts in bars, branded drinks (only), burns (energy drink) and a lot of other things. By Thursdays there is a Turkish night and Chief Cook makes a huge ice-cream cake (about 2,5 on 1 meter) which is special and very tasty. It brings by stuff around 8 p.m. to the main restaurant entrance. So do not miss this moment and taste the biggest ice-cream cake I ever seen. There are a lot of bars but most common – beach and reception ones. You will be always served with pleasure and provided with brand drinks.
We visited Side and Manavgat (both placed in 10 minutes away from the hotel you can get by city bus for 2 TL (about 0,7 USD). Side is nice as a sight place (Apollo Temple, etc) but as to shopping prices and choice in Manavgat is better. The one note is that shops in Manavgat are closing after 10 p.m. while Side`s ones works even after 11 p.m. At your choice.
Should you ask me whether I return to this hotel or not I will definitely reply you YES! Next time I will come here with all my family.
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