101 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

fantastic holiday:)

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Tue 14th of September 2010

"have just come home from a 2 week holiday to altinkum where we stayed at the ESRA apart.... there were 23 of us all together inc my famly of 5,2 adults & 3 children aged 17, 14 & 12... I dont know where to start, it was absolutely amazing, our first time in Turkey & we had a ball!!!
The staff at the ESRA were amazing, cant fault them one bit, nothing is too much trouble,they are friendly, helpfull, entertaining & treat you like royalty even though there was so many of us they were still so accommodating- they would move tables so we could all sit together of an evening:)
2 nice big swimming pools plus baby pool both with plenty of sunbeds, never had a problem getting a sunbed!
Our room was plenty big enough with a great view of the pool & sea in the distant, probably couldve done with being a bit cleaner, the towels,bedding & bins were changed regular but not much other cleaning was done while we were there.... but this was only a small matter to me compared to everything else:)
There was plenty of entertainment on site, the food was lovely & as for the turkish bath & massage its a A MUST (ask for Mehmet, you wont be disappointed)
The apartments are well located to the beaches, restaurants (Ali G's, Emin are nice ones) & the main shopping centre all within a 10-15 stroll away!
well i dont think theres much else i can say about the place.. apart from a big thankyou to all the staff for making my first holiday in Turkey a fantastic one, hoping to go back next year:)"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 12th of September 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

highly recommend!

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Fri 10th of September 2010

"We are a family of 4 with kids age 6 & 9. Recently stayed at the Esra for 2 weeks. We had an excellent holiday. Rooms are fairly small but are cleaned daily & towels changed regularly. Staff are great & cant do enough for you. Loads of evening entertainment wuth Alex, JJ and Memhet. Waiting/bar staff work very long hours & never complain. Shop is very overpriced, would use the one over the road. Food was always nice.
No problems with noise, entertainment finishes around midnight. The local bars & restaurants were also good & the staff in Zanzi bar were especially great with the kids. 1st trip to Turkey & it has totally changed my opinion of the place. Cant wait to return next year."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 5th of September 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 4 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

Brill Holiday

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Sun 22nd of August 2010

"first time we have stayed at the Esra, though it was our second time in Turkey. Our stay was made all the more special by the staff who were absolutly brilliant. nothing was too much trouble for them, when we left it was with great sadness as we had made good friends with nearly all the staff. The rooms were basic but clean and comfortable, facilities were good and the pools were spotless.The walk to the main beach takes about 10 mins but it's a nice stroll, just far enough away from the noise of the main area. We were very lucky to be part of a Turkish wedding as the bride and groom chose to hold their evening 'do' around the large pool at the Esra, All the holiday makers had a slice of cake and joined in the celebrations. Definatly a holiday not to be forgotten.
planning to go back again next year.
Would definatly recommend"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 22nd of August 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 4 Dining
  • 4 Amenities
  • 4 Food

Best Holiday Ever!

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Fri 20th of August 2010

"i go on holiday there every year to the same hotel, staff are the most nicet people you will ever meet, there funny, they entertain you, they are just lovely, i loved the rooms, all the bar stuff are amazing!, and they work so hard, at making your holiday the best one ever, the food is amazing!, i cant wait to go back next year, and see everyone again, i cant wait!!

from hannah, wendy, mark, jodie, sharon, michael, wesly, leona, and nanny"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 20th of August 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

Best holiday ever!

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Sat 10th of November 2012

"Just came back from a two week stay at the esra, never been to such a nice place before ! The waiters are so friendly, Apo was my favourite ! The apartments are close to the beach , the town centre and are just across the road from the Zanzi bar and the sky bar. Even though their music is very loud , we could not hear it from our room so we had no problem sleeping! Booked up next year, already looking foward to it ;) never been to such an amazing place xxxxx"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 3rd of August 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

fab fab fab

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Tue 12th of October 2010

"been to esra twice and we love it staff are fab watch out for alex he is a fun guy all ways messing around wetting u when u are on your sum bed.....appartmens clean beds clean toilet clean wot more does any one want...would go back again"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 31st of July 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

manchester july 2010

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Thu 22nd of July 2010

"we have just returned from esra from our 2 week holiday excellent place all staff are lovely we had a great time and will be returning
karen sean sophie harrison."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 22nd of July 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

brilliant holiday at the esra.

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Tue 22nd of September 2009

"just got back after a fortnight from the esra apartments in altinkum.it was our first time to turkey after being put off by other people who clearly expects too much.we usualy holiday in the canaries, but after going here its going to be turkey from now on. 6 adults and 2 kids, aged 14 and 3 and all of us loved every minute of it. hotel rooms could do with a little updating,but other than that the rooms in the main block are quite big and clean. other reviews i read says the music that is played at the pool where the entertainment is goes on till 3.00am is not true, the latest was around midnight.you will get noise from zanzi-bar and the sky bar across the road till early hours, but i think its a competition between them to see who can play the loudest music.the only complaint i got is the balcony railings are not very high, so if you are on a high floor and have 3 or 4 year olds that like to climb, you will be for your life with them as it is quite a high drop onto a tiled floor and would be fatal for a little one.we ate alot at the apartments as we found the food there very nice and cheaper than a lot of resteraunts in the resort centre.sunday lunch is good there also,you get a three course dinner for 20 lira (around £8.00)then after your lunch you are intitled to all your pints of lager for just 1 lira each (40 pence) untill midnight. cheap as chips.the mini market in the hotel is quite pricey so for a better deal go to the one across the road next to the sky bar, you will save yourself quite a bit of money over a week or two if you do this. hotel staff are second to none and will do anything for you to make you feel welcome. best waiters are justin, joseph, yum yum. j-j is great with the kids and will entertain them for ages. you get free room service too, ring recption from your room place your order wether its drinks or food its there in no time. get to know the staff as they are all brilliant and will treat you like family. i will definatley go back to esra soon, and would recomend it to anyone. but do go self catering because you are looked after better than people there thats half board."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 21st of September 2009

AMAZING!

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Wed 16th of September 2009

"Went to Esra on the 24th August. Was a long journey, 2 hours from bodrum to Esra, but the coach supplied water for only 50p and coach had air con :) Arrived at esra at about 3 in the morning and a man showed us to our room (212) The room was massive. We had one bedroom which was massive with 2 single beds, Bathroom which was average, Bath/shower was a bit small but it did the job. Front room which was maaive, 3 single beds, tv with english channels, and then the kitchen which was fine :) We had a huge balcony looking over the pool. We hired air con for 30 lira for a week, but defo worth it! The pool was huge, and another pool with slides was good. One main problem was sunbeds! they go so quickly. So every morning my mum got up at 7 and put towels down.
We was half board, this alowed you to have, cup of coffee and the choice of turkish breakfast or cornflakes. You could also pay about 2 lira extra for an english breakfast. Evening meals for half board were fine too. You had the choice of any kind of coup or nice garlic break for starters, And there were differant main courses. Kebab, meatballs, sunday lunch. Meatballs and sunday lunch were the best! There were lots of deserts, Chocolate pudding,Ice cream, rice pudding ect. You got a big bottle of water too.
All the weighters were great! Got on with them realllyyy well. Just advice you all to watch youself because otherwise they'll push u in the pool haha!
every night the bar would do differant offers like, a lot of te nights they made a large beer only 1 lira!! And others nights it would be buy one get one free cocktails ect.
Town was only 5 minutes, If you like clubbing, Galaxy bar is the place to be!!
If your not half board, they also do lots of other meals, Fish & chips, Bolonase, everything really, or if u wnted to eat out, theres loads of nice resturants. There is a small resturant as u walk into town, called Omars. Please go here lol! Lovely man, large efes only 2 lira and food is great!!
i could go on for years really. Couldnt fault ANYTHING.
Advice everyone to go here.
x"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 15th of September 2009

esra apts

4
Good
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Reviewed Tue 8th of September 2009

"Im 13 and came back from turkey on the 31st of august. Before i went i read these reveiws and after reading them i really didnt want to go, i went to turkey with my mum and brother. we got there and were in room 211 b and it was massive studio aprt one bedroom with a double bed and a massive bathroom and in the lounge/ dining area/ kitchen was massive double pull out sofa and then 2 single ones, big table and nice kitchen 2 rings. at night it was quite noisy from the stuff going on at the pool, but luckily i had my ear plugs wich helped keep some of the noise out, but it was still very noisy. The pool with the baby pool i didnt set foot in to those pools they were full up of big chavy rude mean familys. but the pools were the water slides are it was like we were at a different hotel it was so nice no chavy mean rude familys it was relaxing there was a quite a few people around that pool but not as much as the other pool and it wasnt to noisy. and there was a nice warm breeze, the pool was quite cold but it was refreshing. We went on a boat trip with the tour people left up the road called zaza tour v.nice although the pick up car was 45 mins late ( pay for the 8 £/TL im not sure and bring a couple of your own drinks and just buy and ice cream) dinner included + v. nice). on last week i had hairbraided at esra hair salon for 25TL it was nice. we made friends with a family of 4 and they were in an apartment wich was so small you couldnt swing a cat in it, they had to put the pull out beds away in the day because there was just no room and they had to stack there suitcases on top of each other. 137 aprtments and 11 studios we were lucky to have a studio, and ive been told if you book v.early with thomas cook or direct holidays you get good rooms, so ive heard. went to temple of appollo for 1 and a half hours took nice pics and was on the dolmus for half an hour going there and half an hour back and we went to a sort of private beach witch i think was the 3rd beach , Verry nice !!! went on pedlo and jet ski, 2 sun beads and a sun umberella 12 TL. Would i go back the again , yes. Also i think t was the saray resturant v. nice went there every night. btw get the dolmos to dolphin square out side the resturant ados or somthing , and dont go to ali g tasteless food and for 3 people 80 lira most expensive meal we had. have a good time if you go x"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 3rd of September 2009

I'm 14 yrs old and i've just come back from staying at the esra

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Fri 28th of August 2009

"i'm 14 yrs old and i've just come back from stayin at the esra apart in turkey altinkum, this was my best holiday ever because of the people nathan and jj were awsome, i loved alex but watch out jj and alex are know for pushing people in the pool but anyway i got my own back i got to watch alex have a wax on his face.

Some great places to eat and drink in altinkum :

-the swan bar
-elaines fish bar
-artis
-nihat & lesleys
-adonis
-ali g's

but my favourtie place on holiday was the zanzi bar opposite the esra apart the people were amazing they had lush food fizzy drink great dancers expecially billy n a saturday night there is a turkish night with a michael jakson impersinator and a belly dancer that gets you involved i strongly recomend it because you also get a free mixed grill which includes;
-salad
-chicken & kofti & lamb
-rice
-chips

it was so amazing we are goin back there next year "

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 28th of August 2009

bloody brilliant!.

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Mon 24th of August 2009

"second time in turkey, first time in altinkum. the esra apartments are unreal, there the best i've stayed in and can suite your every need!.although the rooms only consist of a 2 ringed hob, a fridge with a small freezer ,cooking utensils and a sink, there really modern and really nice,there are sofer beds and double beds, a on-suite bathroom, and a balcony.the pools are amazing to be honest with you, at various times of the day there are water-sports, and slide openings, so you are always entertained.the staff are always happy and hardley stop working,the hotel night entertainment is fantastick!, turkish night, bbq night and other acts that come along and make your holiday memorable,there is a charge for the air-conditioning and a small fee for a toaster, however, take your own toaster and for the airconditioning lift the cover of of it and press a button next to a green light to get it going :D, i would recomend these apartments to all ages shapes and sizes, they were great, and enjoyed the whole of my stay at the esra."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 23rd of August 2009

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