Baia Lara Hotel
14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
It was great!
"IN One word. (Or two ..) it was excellent! 8)
The Club Is new, beautiful, luxurious, looks exactly like the pictures on their Web site.
Lara Beach is located next to Royal Wings.
Staff very courteous. Audience mainly Russians (50%) 20% of Israelis, and the rest of European countries.
Very beautiful lobby equipped with comfortable leather sofas, all designed on the basis of a clock and a huge white wall itself as the basis for a user. Serve cold lemonade.
Hotel had 3 pools, one just huge, with two peripheral bridges over it, just fun fun, and sail the sea mattress to sleep on you vast.
Also at the poolside lawns, sitting areas, flower Weber. There are three slides
Nice, mini park for children with a small pool slides and swings.
Around the pool has a fair amount of tanning beds with comfortable mattresses and beautiful canvas awning obscuring the sun.
Well maintained and clean beach just next to the hotel. There's a lot of sun beds and thin wood which is just above sea level (which for some reason forgot to put where parasols)
Variety of tasty food and about 5 meals a day. Free drinks including acute.
In addition to the 5 meals have buffets by the pool every day from 12 until 5 pm.
Bmznonim wide variety of food: pastas, salads, fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, fruit, ice cream and of course Belgian Waffle & Pancake.
without limitation, no queues filling up all the time.
Every evening we had a great show..
The room itself pleasant and luxurious, great AC, LCD 32 #
You should ask for a room with sea view and a balcony.
Available room in 2 evacuation in 12, but you can stay in the pool and eat and drink free until your flight time."
- Travel date: Thu 27th of August 2009
"We've just got back from eight days of holiday at Baia Lara. The hotel looks great and is quite big. But we were very dissapointed about the behaviour of the staff; the receptionists (daytime shift) were exstremely rude, arrogant and did not quite understand Englisch. Also the waiters did not understand Englisch and must have never heard about etiquette; to say 'hello' , 'goodbye', thank you, a smile etc. For a 5 star hotel this should be a minimum requirement.
The carpets in the hotel and in the room were very dirty; eventhough the hotel has just opened last june. The bathroom is very small and quit dirty. Overall the cleaning in the hotel needs much approvement.
There wasn't much variation in food; every day 3 times a day the same food with one or two different dishes.
Overall, in my opinion, this hotel is very much overrated."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of August 2009
"We stayed for almost one week in this hotel. Everything was great including the amenities, rooms, restaurants, cleanliness, etc.
The staff were cooperating, special thanks to Mr. Onur & Mr. Serkan at the reception. Mr. Unal at the lobby bar was fantastic and really an asset of the hotel.
The food was good and the management of the restaurants doing their best. The Jaccuzzi was only lukewarm, could be better if operated on hot water. There was no shampoo or body wash at the showers whcih was a bit of disappointment. The steam sauna and bio/Finnish sauna were satisfactory. The pools were absolutely clean and well maintained.
The refrigerators at rooms were a little underdesigned, but good enough. The shower and the bathroom area was ample enough. Air conditioning worked fantastic. Entertainment programs could be better. Beware of the shoeshoner guy at the lobby! he will charge you more than 5 Euros for a two minute shoe shine job!
Altogether we highly recommend this hotel to couples and families. In ourassessment, this is one of the best hotels in Lara, if not the best!
- Travel date: Mon 17th of August 2009
One of the best hotels so far
"This will have been our fifth vacation in Turkey and after 4 days at the Baia Lara hotel, I can fairly say that this has been the best hotel so far.
The rooms are spacious although not huge.
Very clean and new, equipped with LCD screens and numerous international stations.
We had 2 rooms: one for the children and one for us. We had a problem with the balcony door where the frame came loose and another problem with the air conditioner which stopped working. Both problems were handled within 15 minutes of my call to the reception - which is impressive considering that the hotel was fully booked.
We did notice that not all rooms have balconies which allow you can sit outside the room. On the balcony there are 2 chairs and a small clothes hanger for wet bathing suits.
Food was great, lots of it and a very nice selection.
If you arrive to the late breakfast, late lunch etc, then most of the interesting stuff will not be served (on the spot omelets, fried bread...).
Main dining room is large and can always find empty tables even at "rush hour". Finding larger tables for groups could prove more difficult, although we were 9 persons total and always found a place to sit.
many waiters and very friendly. We did find ourselves during "rush hour" waiting for them to clean tables or finish setting them up.
During lunch the pool stands were open where there was also a great selection of food, especially for kids.
If you are still hungry, at about 6PM you can get a sandwich with grilled fish or kebab, or just wait till 7 for dinner. We did not try the ala carte restaurants - there was no need to...
Lots of drinks all around, hot, cold, alcoholic. Although the bartenders were friendly, it took the kids twice the time to return with drinks than for us.
Lots of pools, you don't feel crowded at all. The indoor pools were fairly empty.
Poolside was very clean. Several ping pong tables.
Not always simple to get chairs in the shades for a group.
Slides are great. No need to wait to slide down.
There are poolside activities but we did not participate.
The beach is a short waking distance. Also clean and nice. You can ski, paraglide and do other watersports activities for an extra fee.
Tennis courts, tennis rackets and balls are free as long as you don't play at night. They charge an extra fee for the lights. The courts are made up of some hard rubber which was a first for me.
Every evening at 21:30 there is a show. One evening there was an acrobatics show, the next a breakdance and hiphop show. Both were good and entertaining.
There is a nice private cinema which shows at 21:00. Movies are up to date.
There is a nice but noisy electronic game room which costs money to play.
2 Bowling alleys and 3 pool tables (which were not expensive).
There is free broadband wireless internet at all the public places.
Airport is about 30 minutes drive. Antalya, is about 45 minutes ride on the local bus.
Definitely recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of August 2009
Fantastic Hotel - Worth 5*s Anyday
"Stayed with my partner & 2 young children. Been to Lara Beach on several occasions now and a great fan of the Hotels on this stretch. The Baia Lara was only opened 5 weeks prior to our arrival so a little apprehensive. This was alleviated immediately upon arrival, beautiful hotel in lovely surroundings. Exactly how 5 * should be, with great choice of food & drink, both main restaurants and al a cartes having extensive choices. You do pay 10 euro per person to eat al a carte however well worth been waited on! Hotel as expected is Pristine with Lovely accomodation. Not a lot of English, in fact we were the only ones staying in the hotel however this doesn't bother us at all. Would definately go back again!!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 13th of August 2009
Great Hotel- Would return
"Having just returned from the Baia Lara I am already looking to book again next year. The staff were so welcoming and were wonderful with my children. The hotel had everything you could possibly want...daytime entertainment if you wanted it, the beach was a few yards away where you could pay for paragliding, jet skiing etc, the main pool, although it never felt busy, plus smaller pools..which were very quiet. I would say that that the childrens pool was very small, but our little ones had swim jackets so the big pool was fine for us.
Evening entertainment started with the mini disco, followed by the adult show..then often they had entertainment at the beach bar.
On site they had a games room, which was great, and the man that runs it was brilliant, it incuding pool tables as well as two lanes of ten pin bowling.
The staff were brilliant, they made you feel very welcome and got to know you personally, on many occasions when they saw you coming the drinks were already waiting for you. I would like to make a special mention to Mehmet, Ali in the restaurant and Ali in the Lush Bar as well as Cigdem in the Lush bar. They were great.
A couple of pointers I would say are, don't always expect a balcony, there are certain floors that don't have them, one of our rooms didn't, which for me was ok as I had little children and would of been more worried. Also there is a shop off site, which is only a 5min walk if that which is cheaper than the one on site. Off site they charge in Lira on site in Euros. Walk off site for the better option.
I am already looking to book again as I loved it. The negatives...which are very minor are far out weighed by the positives.
Go for it you won't be dissapointed. If you would like any more information then please let me know"
- Travel date: Mon 10th of August 2009
Excellent brand new hotel
"It is fantastic, don't think twice. The service was great, the rooms where clean and had LCD TV's, the location was far from Antalya, but you don't need to go anywhere out of the hotel. I liked the Turkish bath and massage rooms and the long open buffet."
- Travel date: Fri 7th of August 2009
Good value for money
We have been at Baia Lara in July. This is a good hotel where we had an estimate holiday.The hotel has a large outdoor area, there is plenty of space and you dont have to get up early in the morning to get a sunchair.This is a newly started hotel and the service is in top, and it is said that the quality will be even better next year. However, one should be aware of ,when booking a room that it is with balcony and not just a French altan.If you are going to a ala carte restaurant you will have to pay 10 euros per person, and the food will be very rich.A good hotel ,with good pool area, lovely beach, good food and good service from the staff."
- Travel date: Fri 7th of August 2009
"Just returned from Baia Lara and what a wonderful holiday, I cannot praise the staff enough they were so kind and helpful and friendly, they helped to make our stay a memorable one. There is nothing there that I feel would disapoint any holidaymaker. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, beach was great,games room etc activities for the children. Everything you could possibly want on a holiday. Food was good. Entertainment in the evening in the hotel and later in the beach bar. The beach was only yards away from the hotel. So many good things that I could say, but you need to experience it and I am sure you will love it as much as we did. We will definitely return as soon as possible and I have never been on a package holiday before that I would want to return to. Once again the staff from waiters in the restaurant to the bar staff and reception were wonderful. We were sorry to say goodbye to them all. I have never met such a friendly and helpful group of people. Roll on when we can go back again"
- Travel date: Wed 5th of August 2009
"just come back from hotel Baialara, we had a great time. we went on a week U all package. everything was ok. rooms were very clean since the hotel has been opened from may2009.Staff were polite,kind &friendly.facilities: pools, game rooms, water sports, evening entertainments, animation teams, waterslides,spa,restaurants, a la cartes....all were good to be true.(only minor complaints about room service!). food was great and there was always plenty of choices.That was an excellent relaxing week."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of August 2009
Smoking is king
"Cigarette smoke filled corridor to my room . Smokers on the balconies around my room and the noise of smokers outside the bar area until after 2am.
Other than that, service varies between OK and good. Entertainment poor. Checked in as a group rather than individually ( more campsite than 5*).
Food OK if you like routine."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of March 2015
"There's seems to be no soul to the bar areas in the hotel/more like an airport lounge with people cutting through the middle in bikinis and the men in skimpy 'speedos'leaving nothing to the imagination and embarrassing for the people who expect a better dress code in a 5* hotel.One side of the bar area is a strip of shops and people thronging back and forth/a little background music would not go amiss.
The drinks on the whole are good but if you like a genuine Effes lager do not expect it from the pump as it truly awful and warm.
The hotel and staff are faultless pleasant and hardworking.
There are far too many choices of dishes in the restaurant and a few less of better quality would be better/no fresh greens and REHYDRATE chicken in the Chinese food and kebabs in the week we were there.
Expected better after reading the reviews but prefer the Liberty Hotel next door."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of July 2014