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Sealight Resort Hotel
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

Its good. Just go there.

Seriously though, we stayed here for the first 2 weeks in September having chosen the Sealight on the basis of these generally positive reviews - and we weren't disappointed. The Sealight tries to be all things to all people and succeeds most of the time.

For the kids, the flumes, small pool and their club. They even have their own mealtimes which is a great idea to get all the bawling brats in at the same time. Unfortunately this doesn't get taken up by all of the parents who insist on bringing little Jemimah and young Ivan to the standard sessions.

For young adults, they have their music venue and activites such as water polo which doubles as the game of death. And the hotel is a short bus or taxi ride into town

For the more sedate members of the human race there is the palm court duet of violin and piano in the afternoon amidst the calming soporific aquariums where you can ponder such things as "why did I waste my life?" and "when were these tanks last cleaned out?".

For the rest of us, theres as much or as little as you like. We booked with Thomsons and booked a "superior" room and got the top floor right in the centre of the curve of the horsehoe. A good spacious room with a mini bar but we didn't get topped up with beers as I read someone else did. The safe was free which was a welcome feature and the balcony offered a generous view over the complex and the superb sunsets.

Well, I say "superior". This is Thomson-speak for " a bit better than most of the others". Some of the rooms had what appeared to be jacuzzis / sunken baths and others had plush chic red art deco interiors. Not us though.

We took the white number 5 dolmus into Kusadsi for the Wednesday market for 2TL each. Never before in the field of human bargain hunting have I seen so much tat offered to so many by so few in so small an area. And the traders, bless'em, have erected sheets between the stalls to keep the sun off but what this also does is contain and channel the cigarette smoke. A walk around the market will see you inhale the equivalent of a pack of 10 Park Drive. Head generally downhill and this brings you down to the port and the old town; more shops, more bars, fewer carcinogens.

From there we rejoined the white 5 dolmus circular and went on to Ladies Beach. A short esplanade with a number of shops, bars, supermarket and restaurants where you can catch spectacular sunsets; a bit like Bridlington with the sun out.

From there we took another dolmus back up the steep hill to the hotel to compete a circuit of Route 5. Thomsons say the hotel is a 25 minute walk away from the bars and shops that make up Ladies Beach although I wouldn't want to try it at night wearing dark clothing. The dolmus drivers drive on the side of the road with fewest potholes and were all trained, or so it would appear, by Colin Mcrae.

Entertainment, in the broader definition of the term, was either Russian Karaoke, most of which resembles a sampled and reworked Zorba the Greek, or a guitar duo or trio with a repetoire of K-Tel easy - listenening guitar greats such as "Living next door to Alice" ( where you identify fellow Brits in the crowd) and Hotel California, chosen presumably because it is 10 minutes of the same riff.

We chose a couple of trips to go on. The Blue Bay "Cruise the Blues" easy boat day was fair enough and did what it said on the tin. For a major cultural adventure having already done Epheseus, we chose Pamukkale this time round. Cost was £44 each and with a 6 am start, 200 kms of mixed roads taking about 3 hours to get there - with a short service area stop - its a very long day. But I say go and see it whilst you still can.

Despite being a world heritage site, the building of a 5 star spa resort in the town means that they no longer have as much water to play with and consequently they have to stagger the waterfalls over different bits of the site on different days. Tuesday, when our tour went, is supposed to be one of the better days. I'd recommend the extra 20 euroes for Cleopatras pool for a refreshing dip after the confines of the bus and also take a walk to the top of the amphiteatre if you are up to it.

They are in the process of revamping the site to enable concerts and the like to take place there. Made me smile to see a 40 tonne crane being used to lift the blocks back into place and to wonder what the Romans would have made of that.

Special mention has to go our guide Esra who was a mine of information on the day. Also special mention goes to the lady who claimed to be disabled so she could blag the front seat of the bus. Yes the same lady we picked up from the aqua park resort hotel - must be 30 staircases there if there's one - who bounded on the bus like a gazelle.

Lunch at a nearby restaurant was school dinner buffet and a lot was left uneaten. 18 TL for a cola light, an Efes and a small bottle of water. Toilets were downstairs a flight of 20 steps so I would not attempt this trip if you had young ones in tow or that you were GENUINELY disabled.

Following that was a visit to an onyx factory; interesting, some nice stuff but not for us though. There was almost a desperation for the tour passengers to buy something but sad to report that I didn't see any one person buy anything.

Back at the hotel and in search of a televised football game, we tried the bar above the main 24 hour bar. I'll call it Sinems Bar because she was a light and soul up there and we had some good banter with her and a scouser couple from Crosby who we got along with. It was also pointed out to me that she likes to keep her worktops spotlessly clean and this makes the glasses fresher. At other bars they just invert the glasses directly out of the dishwasher onto the drainer top. I hadn't noticed until then.

Another member of staff I'l give a special mention to was Mursel at the beach bar where we went for lunch most days. In fact all the staff there were hard working and helpful in the most part and I don't really have an major gripes with the Sealight at all.

I said the hotel is buzzing and it is. Not so the night life, not so hoardes of guests, not a melee of continouous activity. No. What is buzzing is the wasps. I don't know if it is the time of year or whether they have had a good breeding season but these were the SAS of wasps. A direct blow that would fell somone in the taxi rank on a boozy friday night does not stop these little buggers. They have mastered the art of hovering just to the blind side of your food or drink knowing full well that if you try to swat them there, you will launch your food and drink a good 30 yards up the length of the pool.

They come in line astern out of the sun in squadrons of 3s and 4s and swarm over plates of food left out much as you might see scots around a dropped fiver in a Glasgow pub. The hotel put signs out saying that they don't want to spray them - good move as dozy wasps are even worse - but they don't have the blue light zappers you see in English food outlets. Perhaps they could be more proactive and source their nests and deal with them there. For the budding pest controller seeking a new position in the sun, Kusadasi is your street paved with gold. Gold - and black stripes that is.

Like I said, its good. Not great. But just go there anyway.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank JackcomebackDawson
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

I don't usually take the time out to write reviews on holidays, but I feel this hotel needs praise as it is honestly simply amazing.

We arrived during the evening at about 9pm to be immediately welcomed by such wonderfully friendly and attentive staff. Check in was a breeze, no problems at all and we were instantly taken up to our rooms with the bell boy closely following us with our luggage. First impressions of the room were excellent, very spacious, clean and it even had a mini bar, which was topped up daily and it consisted of several refreshments (including beer) which was nice after a long and exhausting journey!

Our first stop was the bar, there are plenty of bars around the hotel, 5 in total. The bar by reception was the one to be at late at night as it was open 24 hour. There is also the lighthouse bar which we checked out once and it never seemed to be busy at any time which was a bonus as it led to VERY quick service, with the waiters constantly topping up our drinks. We spent most of our time at the pool bar as this is where most of the entertainment (very little) occured.

There were no complaints about the food, they provided a wide variety in order to satisfy all. The a la carte restaurants are definitely worth a visit. We booked the turkish, chinese and italian restaurants and we were never disappointed as our experience in all was exceptional, more so the italian. This was due to Mursel's presence. He deserves to have a special mention as you could honestly not find a more helpful, welcoming and friendly member of staff. He works most days at the pool bar serving snacks aswell as working on the evenings in the italian restaurant. Although he had to put up with ridiculously exhausting shifts, he never failed to make us smile and feel right at home! He definitely deserves to be rewarded for his exceptional service and if you manage to get on the right side of him (everyone does, besides the russians), he will treat you well and save you from queuing by memorising your order! BONUS. After visiting him every day for 14 days, we can honestly say WE MISS HIM.

I don't think we ever en counted a rude or arrogant member of staff during our stay as they were all as friendly and attentive as each other, which considering their long hours, you really wouldn't expect it. As long as you treat them well, they will do the same.

The pool area was spotless, with 2 different pools, one which is quite large and the other which was salt water. There was never any complaints about the sunbeds in the morning besides the fact that you cannot reserve them before 8am but this was never a problem for us. Although i'm not much a fan of the beach, we had to go check it out atleast once and it was pretty amazing with easy access. It is quite a trek to get to if you go by foot, but there is a bus that comes and collects people to take them down every couple of minutes and also to bring you back up.

The only negative point that can be made about this hotel was definitely the entertainment but this wasn't too much of a problem for us as we attempted to make our own. Although maybe rare, they did sometimes provide good entertainment in the form of live music. Also, the 2 weeks that we were away was during the world cup and they actually put the england game on the big screen which was excellent! (shame about the losing). I do think the entertainment team managed to make up for the poor evening entertainment during the day as it seemed to improve as there were many activities to participate in and they did seem to make alot of effort to talk to everyone.

The selection of alcohol in this hotel is outstanding, from beer, cocktails, spirits, you name them! It must be one of the first hotels in Turkey that i've been to that doesn't charge extra for cocktails which is definitely a bonus. There's also a bar in the disco that is also all inclusive although we weren't aware of this on our first night. So there is definitely a lot of choice as to where you decide to spend the night and have a drink! On our first night, we didn't make it to bed until about 5.30am simply because we were taking advantage of the 24 hours all inclusive in the reception bar, we definitely thought it was too good to be true! Snacks were also 24 hour, although not much selection late at night as all there seemed to be was tomato soup or spaghetti bolognese but it was nice to quickly grab something to eat after a long evening of drinking and it was better than nothing!

I can't really comment on the hotel's surroundings or Kusadasi itself as we never actually left the hotel for the whole 2 weeks we were there and to be honest, we didn't have to! Everything was in the hotel, from shops, restaurants and even a disco (which was a major advantage for my cousin and myself as we are in our early 20's). I honestly loved every minute of being there, I can say without hesitation, it has topped any other holiday by far, bring on going back next year!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Sarah J
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

ive read about people complaining about the food at this hotel and all i can say is they must be the fussiest eaters or just moaning idiots.the food here caters for a wide range of people so there is always going to be something you wont like but there is so much choice you cant fail to eat well.theres the main food hall,the snack bars,the grill and a cake shop all serving good food.the main beers here is efes and becks which both taste great and theres definately no short measures with the spirits,some of the drinks were strong.ive also read complaints about the staff here which amazes me.the staff here work six days a week all year long serving arrogant,rude,drunken,nasty people (russians) yet all the staff i met were friendly and eager to help ,so if you decide to holiday at this hotel then treat the staff with respect,say please and thank you and smile and they will look after you.the hotel is very clean,we saw all areas of the hotel being cleaned every day.this is a nice hotel with great views , the view of the sun going down from the sealight bar is great for photos.we never had problems getting a sunbed as there are so many,theres loads round the pool or on the many levels going down to the beach.where this hotel lets itself down is the night time entertainment,theres not a lot of it,listen to your customers,put on some good night time entertainment or shows to keep people entertained.you can get a bit bored drinking in the same places night after night.this hotel is called the sealight but theres one shining light at this place and that is mursell.we never had to wait for drinks at his snack bar,he would tell us to take a seat and would bring them over and before you have finished your drink he was straight over with another.he always greeted us with a handshake and a smile and looked after us.should mursell be promoted to manager ? wey aye hes a credit to the hotel. eyvallah mursell from the geordies.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank paul67_12
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Turkish 5 star > Thomson 4 star > Our 2 Star > (Mexico 10 star)
Having done Greece, Italy, Portugal & Canaries & Mexico over the past 20 years we thought it was about time we tried Turkey - it did not come even close.
The hotel is clean and the beach, pools and grounds pleasant. It's all downhill from now!

Our friends had to upgrade (£200 ouch) because their air conditioning sounded like a cement mixer.
The main restaurant is like a large works canteen and the food is very average - definitely not 5 or 4 star. The hotel was predominantly filled with Turks and Russians. I have never seen so much wasted food - why do they have to take two or three plates piled high and then leave most of it ?? different cultures I suppose but I have rarely come across this before.
We never got to an a la carte restaurant because the booking times were rediculous.
We stayed in the hotel for the first 2 nights but the entertainment, bar staff and ambience was awful so we took a cab into town for the rest of the evenings.
This is the first time I have spent a holiday where shopping was the highlight.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Dave S
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

We stayed at the Sealight Resort from 25th - 1st Sept, and had a wonderful family holiday. Our 6yr old grandson came along and we all felt that the hotel catered for us all. The entertainment in the evening was fine and varied every night. We were lucky enough to be there for their Victory Day on 30th August. The hotel pulled out all the stops and we had a wonderful evening of food, drinks, entertainment and fireworks. What a special night it was. The hotel is very clean, and staff very helpful, especially Kelim at the beach bar, he was lovely with our grandson. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The hotel has plenty of room for relaxing during the day or evening. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Lynne A
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