For those who don’t want to read a long review, here’s a quick summary. For reference, we’re both extremely well travelled and definitely think that many of the negative issues that we read in reviews prior to our arrival have have long been addressed and corrected. We stayed here for a period of one week between the 11th-19th September 2016.
We enjoyed our stay so much that we intend to get married here, so that should pretty much sum up how we felt about our overall experience at this hotel.
+ Fantastic Staff – (Stand outs include: Tuli, Halide (maid), Azis, Genghis and Muslum, Fehmi.
+ Amazing Beach Area & Bar
+ Unbelievably Breathtaking Scenery (mountains especially) behind and around the hotel.
+ Extremely Safe – Lifeguards are well trained and provide high standard of first aid.
+ High Standards throughout
+ Very Clean
+ Family Friendly
+ Huge, Beautiful Grounds – Lime & orange trees, flower displays
+ Amazing Gym – Definitely the best hotel gym’s I’ve ever come across and I can guarantee most people should be more than satisfied. Along with plentiful bottles of water, it’s efficiently air conditioned and has plenty of large screen TV’s.
+ Good Standard of Accommodation
+ Beds – One of the most comfy beds I’ve ever slept in ever!
+ Service – Exceptional service from Tuli, Azis, Genghis and Muslum, Fehmi.
CONS - Nothing major, so these are just minor things:
- Food – As others have said, the food is the week point here for sure.
- Room Service – Terrible food quality!
- Smoking – It’s one thing to allow smoking in specific areas, but this should never be allowed whilst people are actually eating. Unfortunately though, we experienced this first hand and on more than a few occasions we had people smoking right next to us whilst we tried to enjoy our meal as others have said.
- Feeding Cats – We’re big animal lovers and have cats ourself, so we were happy to see that there is a cat sanctuary at this hotel which prides itself on providing everything they need. Unfortunately though, despite numerous signs which explicitly tell guests not to feed cats as they are already well fed. Some parents looked the other way whilst their children dropped ridiculous amounts of food on the floor in the outdoor restaurant areas for cats to eat. This was not only unhygienic, but dangerous to anyone who could slip on the leftovers.
Dining – Avoid peak times in the evenings by dining after 8pm and consider sitting inside where it’s easier to find a seat and is air conditioned.
Service – Be sure to tip for a better experience throughout your stay. A little goes a long way and most deserve it anyway.
Beach – Use the handrails and pier to enter and exist the sea, your feet will thank you for it. Get up early as it’s the best time of day when the heat is more bearable and you will have no problem finding seats wherever you want too.
Room Service – Don’t use as the food is terrible quality.
Food – To get the most from all inclusive try to eat as you would normally when dining out and create one complete meal each night. If you fill your plate with a bit of everything you will soon regret it and by the third night you will be completely bored.
FULL REVIEW - Grab a coffee folks, it's a long one!
Ticked all the boxes with very little room for improvement. We were met by porters who took care of all our luggage and transported them to our rooms. Reception staff were polite, friendly and very hospitable. To top it all off, we also received a welcome cocktail too, so what more could you ask for?
Typically, we favour the pool over the beach whilst on holiday. However, both the beach and sea at this resort were so inviting that we were completely won over and found ourselves spending the entire week there instead. The beach has been awarded a blue flag and is very clean, consisting of both sand and small pebbles that ‘may’ be considered a little difficult to walk over without flip flops by some! The sea is absolutely fantastic here and the sole reason we found ourselves at the beach instead of by the pool. Whilst being very clean and clear, it is also extremely warm and very pleasant for swimming too. Just be careful as you get in and use one of the many piers or handrail entry points that the hotel has been considerate enough to provide though, as it is very rocky.
Although there are plenty of sunbeds and parasols available, there actually doesn’t appear to be quite enough for everyone around the garden and beach areas specifically. I only touch on these two areas here as during my walks around the pool areas it did seem as if there were more than plenty always available there. Perhaps more should be distributed to other areas?
This brings me onto the age old problem that seems to never go away or improve no matter where you travel too, reserving sunbeds. Although the hotel has signs that ‘clearly’ state that reserving sunbeds is not permitted, this is completely ignored and in all fairness impossible to enforce. Luckily, we both enjoy rising early and get to the beach before 8am on most days. At this time you will have very little trouble finding a sunbed in the location of your choosing. For anyone arriving after 9am (certainly 9.30 onwards), you will struggle as all the beds are taken or reserved by this point with towels. Some people also appear to reserve beds without returning to them for more than an hour or two at most in the late afternoon also, which is just not on. There are also many large covered chairs dotted around the front of the beach bar on the elevated pier which have big cushions and can be rotated. These were also reserved all day every day during our stay and from our observations by people that also had sunbeds on the beach or / and in the garden areas too.
We really can’t fault the standard of safety around the beach and sea areas of the hotel. There is always at least one lifeguard available throughout the day at the beach and he literally never takes his eyes of the ball. On one occasion I managed to cut my foot on some rocks during one of my many prolonged stays in the sea and had to seek medical assistance to stop the bleeding and ensure it was cleaned. The lifeguard soon appeared with a VERY well stocked first aid kit before cleaning and plastering the offending wound for me. Both the standard of treatment and cleanness of the medical kit were really spot on.
We really can’t say enough good things about the majority of staff that we met and interacted with during our stay. From the cooks who endure what looks like overwhelming heat coming from the stoves to serve up fresh fish and poultry, to the waiters / waitresses, maids, bar staff, lifeguards and restaurant staff. All appeared to work non stop to provide the best service and experience possible and whilst there were certainly many stand out staff that always went the extra mile to please, all deserve a mention.
These staff members are real gems and we both hope the hotel take good care of them as our experience would not have been the same without them.
Tuli (so sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye as you were off ill and thanks for being such a genuine, lovely person), Halide (maid), Azis, Genghis (thanks for always looking after us) and Muslum. There was also another cool dude (Tall, young, very short hair) who worked on the beach bar in the evenings, but we can't find his name, sorry!
We were upgraded to a villa upon our arrival and we extremely impressed with just about all aspects of it. Our villa had all the mod cons including fridge, safe, TV’s (one in lounge and bedroom), hair dryer, sofas, modern bathroom and plenty of storage. In addition, we also had a gigantic and extremely comfortable king-size bed and a selection of different pillows to suit all preferences. Air conditioning was also very quite and efficient. Considering the great beach-front location of this hotel though, we were a little disappointed when we realised that the view from our villa balcony was basically a tree (very cool tree though) and a grey wall. Obviously there’s little that can be done about this structurally now, but creative use of a few lights here or there would certainly help brighten up what is otherwise a dark and gloomy view.
Entertainment – I didn’t expect much from the reviews I read, so was surprised to find that the beach bar has hard style DJ’s playing trance and house late in the evenings. Absolutely loved the whole vibe in this area as it reminded us of Thailand, especially when the huge laser shows are going off in the distance too.
The good thing about this is that the beach bar is far enough away from the main hotel to affect anyone who doesn’t like this type of music. In addition, it’s not forced on you and doesn’t begin until around 11:30pm either. Prior to this you can stay up at the main hotel and enjoy the piano bar, or listen to the more uplifting live entrainment that can be found at the beach bar prior to the DJ set commencing. We thought it might be a good idea to have a few TV screens up at the main bar showing what’s actually going on down at the beach bar though, as some people we met didn’t even know about this until near the end of their holiday.
I think it’s only fair to begin on this subject by first providing some form of fair disclaimer. Providing an endless quantity of food for hundreds of people all from different nationalities with their own preferences is never going to be an easy challenge and it must be an impossible task to please everyone. However, if I had to list one negative thing about the hotel then it would in fact have to be the food.
As we were only staying for seven nights we didn’t bother to book one of the other free or chargeable restaurants during our visit as the booking process was a little frustrating. In all fairness though, had we done so then this would have definitely improved our dining experience I’m sure. Therefore, we only experienced food from the main buffet restaurant and beach bar. In my opinion, all the food was of a fairly decent quality and for the first two nights we were perfectly happy. Unfortunately though, after this point the food soon became extremely repetitive with very little signs of variation at all. On some nights we most definitely struggled to find anything that we really felt like eating.
In addition to the food and on a similar and related note. The buffet experience was not an entirely pleasant one and we experienced a fair few annoying things throughout our stay. Once you’re seated at a table this side of things is relatively fine, but actually getting food can be a real hassle. Some nationalities will literally try and barge you out of the way if you don’t stand your ground in queues, so be prepared. In addition, the entire buffet area can get extremely busy and at times may be a little overwhelming for some as it was for us on our first night. We also became very annoyed with one family that allowed their young boy to use an electric hoverboard (two wheel skateboard) whilst in the buffet area, despite the fact that this was very dangerous in such an environment and entirely inappropriate. The hotel staff surprisingly didn’t seem to care about this though.
On one night we couldn't make it to the main restaurants as my other half was suffering from a bad back, so we ordered room service. Unfortunately the quality of the food we received (which was chargeable) was absolutely terrible and we couldn't even eat most of it.
All in all, we loved this hotel and our thoroughly enjoyed our experience. This is why we’re currently in the process of booking again for 2017 and getting married there.
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