This hotel is excellent. I went with my husband and 4 single friends. It was my first Saga holiday, but my third time in Turkey. All British guests are with Saga, but there are lots of French and other nationalities holidaying there.
The hotel is spotlessly clean and all the staff are very friendly. Reception is very good and they will change money , which is handy as the hotel is a way from the village. There are however several gifts shops, a waterpark and a few restaurants nearby.
ROOMS are a goodsize and have a safe , TV (only BBC world), hairdryer and shampoo, but no shower gel supplied.
BEACH is part of the hotel and always plenty of sunbeds and parasols. We were warned about sea urchins, so jelly shoes are recommended.
POOLS There are 3, all very clean. One is used for water aerobics and water polo, one is a family pool, plus the main pool. Surprisingley, for a 5 * hotel, no pool towels are supplied. You can hire them, but we bought some from the hotel shop and brought them home.
EVENING ENTERTAINMENT My friend and I went on the first night but were not impressed. As there was a group of us we tended to just go for a drink after dinner, but one night my friend went to the show and said it was much better. I think the problem is they have to cater for lots of different nationalities. The animation team worked very hard all day and into the evening too. Well done!
TRIPS some half day trips were included in our holiday, a market, and surrounding villages, but the only trouble was that every trip included trying to sell you something on the way back - gold, pottery, even carpets! We went to Ephesus. It was brilliant. It is only about 20 miles away, so you get a good long time there. It was very hot, so take a hat and bottle of water. Also wear comfortable shoes with a good grip, as I wore old trainers which had got a bit shiney on the bottom and I slipped up on the steps of the library. Luckily I landed on something soft - my derriere! The trip was expensive - about £60 each and extra for a meal, but definitely worth seeing.
BOAT TRIP with saga was also expensive - £25 for half a day and it did not land so non-swimmers (like me) could not get off the boat. Also our boat's steering went wrong, so we had to wait for a fishing boat to come out and fetch us, which was a bit of excitement and a good talking point back at the hotel. However I think the trip was overpriced.
One of our party went with a French trip to Pamukale and it was much cheaper, but obviously it was all in French, but the guide did translate a bit for him and he enjoyed it!
My only gripe is the restaurant - the food seemed really good at first, but became really repetitive after 2 weeks. As another reviewer said, there was not much meat, which didn't worry me as I am not a great meat eater, but I do like fish and we only had it twice, unless you like fish in it's entirety -head, tail, bones, the lot -which I don't. Also not much chicken which most people like.
The fish restaurant was a bit of a disappointment - fish with heads on again - so be warned if you are squeamish like me, I left and went back to the main restaurant, much to the amusement of the rest of our party!
My main concern though is safety in the restaurant. Firstly the food is barely warm, which I think could be a health hazard, although I must admit that I did not hear of any illness. Secondly, they were cooking fritters in hot fat right where people were walking past and at the height of children and thirdly the tea and coffee was not brought to your tables as in most hotels, leading to people wandering about with cups of hot tea and coffee. The design of the dining room meant that there were food stations dotted about and so kitchen staff were darting about with dishes of food and people criss crossing each other with plates etc.
But, this aside, the hotel is really excellent and I would thoroughly recommend it
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