We went on the 31st March for 2 weeks and had a superb holiday yet again.
I feel I should say that after reading some of the reviews people should maybe consider what they paid for their holiday and you cannot compare an Easter holiday with a summer holiday.Food choice at Easter when the outside food stands are not in operation may mean choice is slightly limited.
That said we only dined 4 times in the buffet, both Monday's for the Turkish buffet night which we love, once to dine with our son's friend and family to celebrate his 18th Birthday and also on the evening we left and the choice of food was good and we were spoilt for choice so not sure the lack of choice comments are justified. All Al a Cartes are all inclusive and we dined 10 evenings in them and no silly queues to book them.
We arrived to find we had been upgraded as a repeat guest to a Junior Suite and the first room was not a family suite with doors to make the bedroom private but we were then offered a ground floor family suite room 2607 which normally we would not choose but it turned out to be a great room with regard to location and excellent terrace with late afternoon sun. Last year we had paid for a Suite and had all the lovely extras and thought we might miss having the executive lounge but with the superb weather we did not find this to be the case.
Room as stated was excellent and our maid did an excellent job each day. Mini bar filler took note of our request for Diet coke and added extra each day.We had a short walk to the indoor pool, Turunc lunch time dining/bar area and the main buffet Restaurant.We would request this room again.
We found that this year the hotel had taken on board comments about the food last year and upped the game. Smoked salmon some mornings and beef bacon on others.Champagne each morning and bucks fizz and even pink Champagne some days.Loads of lovely breads and rolls.
We dined in the buffet a couple of lunch times but also used the food court which had the lovely baked potatoes, pizza's steak or chicken sandwiches, burgers, gozemele, hot dogs, pancakes waffles, ice creams, etc. We also loved the Al a carte lunches at the Turunc with great waiter service. Evenings as stated above we liked to be waited on and dined mostly at the Al a Cartes, the Turkish being our favourite but enjoyed them all.The Turunc is usually our favourite but ony opened in the evening as we came home!!
How could anyone find fault with the choice at the Barut Lara?? Every drink imagineable this year and so much more choice. Bottled beers like Becks, Miller, Effes Dark and light readily available at all bars.Nuts served with drinks in the evening. Cocktails freshly made and so much choice. I read the flat coke comment and yes sometimes it was but we just asked for the bottled coke if there was no fizz in the coke in the soft drinks pump and the drink was changed! Simple !
The bar staff at the Barut Lara go the extra mile and upsetting to read negative comments about them.We got superb service but then we treat them with respect and once the staff know what you like then your drinks come without even asking. Some of our favourite staff were Teoman who we have befriended since we first went to the Barut Lara and he was then just a trainee. He is now very confident and such a hard worker along with Huseyin on the lobby bar in the evening.Other staff who looked after us were Sefika and Miray at the lobby bar and Gulcan at the pool bar. All the other lovely staff to but to many to name but they deserve praise to.
All areas have great staff and a big thank you to them for looking after us.
Alev in Guest Services always answers questions before departure and they do their best to meet requests.
ENTERTAINMENT AND ANIMATION
When we first arrived the live music was in the lobby bar and we felt it should have been there in the evenings instead of the night club. It moved down to the club once the hotel got busy. Tuesdays duo were great but Thursday were not so great.
The auditorium has had a major re-vamp with comfy cinema style seats and a huge bonus !
We did feel there was a lack of brought in acts this year which was a shame.I think Murat the entertainment Manager is out of touch with what is current and maybe to set in his ways. Hakan is the new Head of animation and only been there 2 months and people were keen to compare him to Blondie but we think he has a more professional approach which may not go down well with everyone but we found him charming if you spoke with him,
Bonus Derya Bakket and Simone and more recently Altan are part of the furniture and always nice to see them. The rest of the animation are new and our favourite was Nuri who is lovely to everyone and we had some fun with him with his English translations!! He would call out Hello my lover when he really meant my love !! Our son now 19 had a great time with all the German friends he made this holiday and from previous holidays and also the repeat English friends he has made over the years there! He loved the late afternoon football with Nuri.
We enjoyed our evenings and had some good evenings there which were lively and once our drinking buddies arrived from 2 years ago we had far to many late nights!
This is what we love about the Barut Lara and no other hotel in Lara has such a vast expanse of grass and open space and an army of gardeners attend the grounds daily.We love he pool bar which for us is the hub of the hotel during the day and were your roped in to activities ! Crazy darts, boulles, etc. The crazy bar games at midday were fun to watch and we liked the crazy water balloon volleyball.
Lovely mix of age groups with many young families and teens.A nice mix of nationalities and many repeat guests from previous years. We met a couple from Belguim that we met at the Cornelia Deluxe 3 years ago and lovely to catch up with them. Schoolholidays had her elderly father with her and the staff made such a fuss of him and took care of his every need.
The Barut Lara is still a firm favourite with us and we look forward to another visit and gutted we cannot go next Easter due to my husbands work commitments but maybe 2014 will be possible.
I would like to thank all the staff for the wonderful service we had again this year, they are a real credit to the hotel.
Finally the staff do not go round shaking their glass for tips but merely wanting to exchange their tips for notes and these tips are placed in the tip boxes to be shared between all the staff at a later date.We have never felt that the staff look for tips and they were more than happy with chocolate and a kind word.We wre shown photos on their phones of their babies, boyfriends and even one waitresses showed us her future wedding dress!!
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