We have just returned from this stunning hotel (we went the 3rd week in October)! Just like it says on the tin, this hotel is sheer opulence, decadence and luxury. It’s a huge hotel, 700 rooms and 2,200 people when at full capacity, which it was when we were there but you never get the sense of it being crowded as there are so many places to eat, drink and relax (which really are the only decisions you have to make whilst staying there). The hotel was spotless; someone was cleaning the tables, floors, pavements the whole time we were there.
We went with Thomson but didn’t attend the welcome meeting (we never do) but we got a note through our door letting us know how to contact the representative if we needed them – we didn’t. We booked their a la carte package and enjoyed the taxi to/from the airport.
We ate most days in the main buffet restaurant which had a wide selection of different foods every day. Smoked Salmon for breakfast anyone? Once you sit down a waiter/waitress takes your drink order – their ‘champagne’ (Cava-ish) which is part of their all-inclusive is great, very drinkable. My boyfriend said the beer was good too. I am predisposed to holiday tummy when abroad (Egypt/Crete), but had no problems at the Amara. You can also eat outside on the patio of the main restaurant; there are plenty of trees for shade.
We didn’t upgrade our room and just had a standard double with a garden view. As others have said on TripAdvisor there is really no need to upgrade your room. The room was huge, complete with a walk-in dressing room, we had the most massive super king size bed which was very comfortable. Our balcony looked out onto a little forest with black and white rabbits in. There were black-out curtains which were a bonus for me (a light sleeper) we woke up not knowing if it was morning yet. The minibar was stocked with soft drinks, beer and water. In a glass cabinet there were peanuts, tortillas and a kettle, tea, coffee and sugar. We called Customer Relations who sent up a litre of milk as soon as we asked. Nothing was too much trouble. Our lovely bathroom had a walk-in power shower and a separate bath/shower. On the sink were lots of toiletries, dental kits, shaving kit and a sewing kit.
We didn’t see any of the shows elsewhere in the hotel preferring to sit by the pool at night and watch/listen to the entertainment there, they had some very good bands. The friendly waiters and waitresses put bowls of nuts, tortillas and grapes on your table and keep coming back to check you have a drink. With the illuminated buildings reflected in the water we didn’t really want to be anywhere else! Gin & tonics, all types of cocktails, lattes and Irish coffees are all part of the all-inclusive.
There are many restaurants here and we only discovered the lunchtime Mediterranean snack restaurant above the pool bar on our last day which was a great shame – this was superb, fresh kebabs of every kind here including chicken and kofti kebabs with all the trimmings. There was also fish being freshly grilled. We ate in the Pescatori (fish)Restaurant one night, very romantic (and delicious) they even had a guitarist, singer and violinist serenading us. The restaurant is very high up overlooking the hotel complex (great view!) but wear comfortable shoes, pace yourself walking up and use the stairs going down – it’s not far at all but very steep. A couple we met on holiday went to the Michelin Star restaurant and said it was fabulous, 9 tiny sample courses – they were full-up when they left.
We didn’t use the pools as we prefer the beach but they all looked immaculate. The beach was great, as the brochure says it’s sand and shingle, so I was glad to have taken beach shoes. The water is very clear. You are able to do water sports such as jet biking (which was great fun!), para sailing and they had a pedalo. Towel cabins are by the pool and on the beach. We didn’t have a problem finding sun loungers any day and we aren’t early birds.
We used the beach bar most days which was great for people watching and the Pomegranate Martinis were lovely. This bar had fridges with fruit juice, water and I think milk (we didn’t try it, might have been yoghurt) to help yourself to. The ice cream man was hilarious, stirring his pot of ice cream and playing jokes with the guests who wanted an ice cream, pretending to drop the ice cream, putting a whole tub on a cone – the kids loved him!
On Saturdays there is a bazaar in Terikova which is a labyrinth of different pathways leading to fake designer clothes & handbags, jewellery, sweets (Turkish delight) and fruit/vegetables. Haggling is obligatory. We had a good kebab and a coffee/beer in Terikova.
The majority of the guests are Russian and you have to accept that they don’t do pleasantries such as smiling or saying ‘Good Morning’ (and will look through you when you try) but ignore them as they’ll most certainly ignore you! The Turkish love the English as a result and were thrilled when they learnt we were English. We quite liked the fact that we could just keep ourselves to ourselves.
My boyfriend and I didn't use many of the facilities, we just wanted to relax, sleep, eat and drink. We both agreed that we wish we’d booked to stay for another week and we plan to take our children to the Amara next year, probably in the Spring.
Ps: check-out the hotel website it is exactly like that.
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