Limak Lara De Luxe Hotel&Resort
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
honest review from scottish family
"stayed from 8th july for 14 nights in limak lara hotel in lara beach with my wife and two kids aged 11 and 9. We stayed at the Delphin Palace last july which is two hotels along the beach and loved it because of the standard of hotel. We chose the limak because the family suites in their website looked so good and we were not dissapointed. They are massive with two bathrooms with large showers and a jacuzzi bath.The room is like two large bedrooms put together and you also have a sliding door between the main bedroom and the large living area were the kids slept for some privacy.We were on the ground floor which i would recommend to request as you walked out to a decked area and a small lazy river of knee high water whick the kids loved to paddle in, which then led out to some more decked area and large swimming pool whick was shared with the other family suites. The hotel itself is great,food in the main buffet resturant was varied ,hot and tasty,the service can be a little slow but you are on holiday and whats the rush. Six a la carte resturants which the Indian,Turkish,Italian are free and you pay 7 euros per person for the fish,Mexican and Thai/sushi.We went to them all apart from the fish.Mex,thai and indian were superb. We went to the Italian twice Food was great but service was poor both times but i think we were a but unlucky as they forgot to order my main one time and then the second time the kids pizza did not come until we finished our main. They have a free pool towel service which is not listed in brochure. If you like to mix with other british people on holiday then this is not for you. I liked the fact that we were one of two british familys there and we mixed with guests from Holland,Belguim,Turkish by participating with the amination team in their activities. Again like most reviews Lara has little outside the hotels apart from a few shopping centres but there is enough to do in the hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2007
Nice, but there is a place for improvment
"5* facilities, 4* star food and 3* service, but definitly value for money and great holiday.
We had great holiday, hotel and surounding area were amaizing, the only problem was service in the restaurant. Staff in the restaurant just did not care. I have asked the waiter for the high chair and he said no and pointed tha chair to me.
Service was non existant, but later on I have found out because so many jobs around waiters are in position not to care.
Food was average, tasty, but too simple and average.
Overall, it was great holiday, who cares about service on holiday, but I had to point bad service and average food.
We even had a private swiming pool that we shared with another 20 rooms and jacuzi and plazma tv in the room."
- Travel date: Wed 18th of July 2007
"I just returned from Limak on Monday, 16th.
It is a really nice hotel, beautiful layout, clean, wonderful pools, nice sandy beach, clean ocean water, a nice experience in all.
Pros: the hotel itself is new and well designed,
the buffet food was really good (much better than I expected at an all inclusive resort), varied, all around pleasing. They really made an effort and had really nice displays, puimpkin and water melon carvings, eye pleasing displays etc. The restaurants are very nice, great views and clean. The service at the dining places is v good. There was food and drinks being served all day long!
The pools are immense. The biggest pool has the restaurants built above it, which provides a lot of shade for a during-the-day swim, which gives you and your kids a nice break from the sun.
There are various slides and small kiddy pools.
the rooms are nice and clean, albeit the first cracks are becoming visible..
One of the complaints, which turned out to be a pain for us: we had a family room, which was nice and spacious, BUT, the rooms had about 20 steps inside it, to get from the door to the living room and bedroom. Who would think of putting stairs in a family room?? It was a nightmare for us, as we have a one-year old who thinks stairs are the best thing after milk!!
Another thing: the service (front desk and cleaners, as well as floor supervisors) are not the best. It took them 8 hours to bring a baby cot in our room!!! Every time we called, they said it would arrive in 5 mins! They really didnt care... Also, the tall, dark long hair girl in reception was not so friendly, and we got in an argument over the fact that they didnt like to give more than 2 room cards to a party of 5!!! And the card keys kept becoming inactive!
Last but not least: make sure you have health insurance before you go. The doctor takes 60 Euros for one check-up. They charged us 110Euros to treat a swollen bug bite!! The nurse was not very nice either.
All in all it was a very pleasant vacation, and I am thinking about going back, and booking connecting rooms this time!"
- Travel date: Mon 16th of July 2007
Very classy hotel
"Stayed here with 3 other couples in June 2007. The weather was amazing, we couldn't be bothered to wait for the coach transfer so took a taxi, just Â£10, or 15euros for 4 people and only 10 mins. So, the hotel. Its amazing, a huge sprawling complex. The a la carte restraurants were fabulous, especially the mexican which we went to twice. The other 3 couples had standard rooms and these were great, spacious and very clean. We upgraded to a king suite and this cost 80 euros per night but was well worth it. There was ahuge sepaerate lounge, a huge bedroom, a jacuzzi in the bedroom, 2 bathrooms and 2 balconies! The 24 hr all inclusive was excellent and the nightclub was also all inclusive. The flumes and kids activties were great fun, the beach and jetty great, the ice cream was gorgeous and entertainment great. Really enjoyed our stay there.
Problems: Nothing seriuos but some minor niggles that di not really effect our holiday but others may find them more annoying.
The hotel was always hot, the reception was unbearable. The first upgrade suite they gave us just had a jacuzzi bath in and was not the suite we ordered so i think they try it on a bit, we complained and were moved the next day and not charged for the night. The drinks were watered down, most of the staff were rude, the disco music was awful, the same songs repeated and not appealing to the tourists just the animation crew and the dj (the turkish) If you're ordering a drink they will stop half way through to serve the turkish. The bowling/pool table/internet/snooker staff were very abrubt, and it all closes at midnight. Do not play snooker, the table is not bad, the pockets are just too small for the balls. (i play snooker at home so this is not the workman blaming the tools!!) Some of ther restaurants have a surcharge, only 7 euros each, but not in the thomas cook brochure or their website. The russians were all rude. Check the air con works and go to reception and don't move until someone fixes it, they didn't bother with a friends despite him complaining, by phone, 3 times. The airport has a vip lounge called the cip lounge! this can be sat in even when it is closed, we paid just 4 euros each and we were th only ones up there. All iin all a great holiday and hotel and would recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007
A theft in our holiday,
"My family and I stayet at the limak lara hotel, on june 10-14, at room number 2215.
We have received an excellent service,enjoyed the entertainment as well as the general agenda of your hotel.
We are very satisfied, pleased with our stay and gratful for such a great vacation.
Naturall., we will highly recommed it to our friends and relatives.
However, after we got home i discovered that a large number of our clothes are missing.
We have already send for this hotel some request to check this case, but nobody return us with any answer.
we very disappointed evasion."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of July 2007
Has potential but a way to go yet!
"We stayed at the Limak Lara in for 2 weeks in June.
After an uneventful flight and straightforward transfer, we arrived at the hotel in the early hours of the morning.
Check-in was straightforward and the porter escorted us to our room.
By good fortune, we had been upgraded to a family room (had booked a standard room).
The family room comprises of a lounge, shower room with sink and toilet, bedroom with Jacuzzi & sink and ensuite toilet.
As the hotel is only a year old, the overall styling is slick, contemporary and stylish although the âcracksâ are starting to show a little (seal around bath coming away, marks on walls not covered etc).
Most of the guests are Dutch, Russian, German but all are happy to speak English. There are very few from the UK.
This review will be quite extensive, so I thought it best to break it down into sections, starting with the negative:
This is controlled centrally and we found it to be a problem, particularly in the room. At 2am it was switched off and very soon the room would heat up (even with the fan on) to quite unbearable temperatures. This would wake us up every night and weâd have an unsettled sleep until it was turned back on again at 7am.
In the common areas of the hotel, whilst it wasnât cool, it never felt too much of a problem.
Mini-bar restocking - This was restocked daily (please note, you get 2 bottles of water, 2 cartons of juice, 2 cans of fizzy drink and 2 beers). The person stocking would come at the same time daily (about 2pm). This created a problem for us as for most of our holiday, we tended to take a short nap around this time to get out of the sun at the most dangerous time) and therefore we were often missed out. In most good 5* hotels, they would note the regular pattern and return to restock at a different time in the day. Not at the Limak Lara. On numerous occasions we would phone down to Housekeeping and were told someone would be up shortly. Numerous times, we would chase, and chaseâ¦
This was very frustrating.
Bed sheets â Each beds are covered with duvets, which would be lovely, if the rooms were cool enough to warrant them! After a couple of hot, sleepless nights we phoned down to request some sheets (2 in total). After waiting an hour for them, we phoned again and had to explain again what we wanted (it became apparent that they didnât understand us originally). Eventually, ONE sheet arrived. We then had to send the maid back down, to get another one.
The following day, we returned to our clean room, and the sheets had been taken away. Aagghh!!!! We had to go through the same process all over again!!!
Lighting - Very poor. There were very few lights, just a couple of wall lights dotted around.
Poor blinds - The blinds in the bedroom were terrible and may as well not have been there. By 4:30am, it was very obviously daytime!!!
Steps â There are 2 types of family room. Fortunately, ours didnât have many steps inside, but our friends, who had the other type, had about 20 stairs from the bedroom into the lounge. With a small child and a toddler, this was a nightmare.
Health & safety:
Lifts â The delay on the doors was too short and we saw numerous accidents where people got trapped as the lift doors closed. This was particularly apparent when people struggled in with buggies. In a new hotel, one would expect that the lifts have sensors, which they didnât.
Stairs â Not only were there about 15 stairs up to the family rooms, they were exposed brick (not carpet covered). This was dangerous and difficult (struggling with a buggy up and down). In addition, the family rooms also have steps leading down to a private central pool. There is no door at the top of the steps and it would be very easy to fall down the stairs (of which there are about 50).
Doors in corridors â The fire doors on the corridors are heavy iron doors which slam shut. More than once, our daughter nearly trapped her fingers in the doors â and we are very careful parents!
Overall the service across the hotel is reflective of the level of English spoken. For example, if youâre in a restaurant, you tend to get better service from those waiters whoâs English was good. Even asking for a diet coke was a challenge sometimes!! It often took 20 minutes to get a menu in the restaurant and trying to explain that I only wanted a very small portion of ice cream for my daughter was impossible!!
We ate in the main international restaurant which was very good, huge and varied. It was buffet style and had a rolling programme of specialist evenings.
In addition, we also went to all the a la carte restaurants (Indian, thai & sushi; Mexican; Turkish, fish and Italian). On the whole, they were very good. To make you aware, you pay a supplement of 7 euros pp for fish, Mexican and Thai/sushi restaurant).
Drago Mini club:
Our 3 year old daughter spent most of her day in the mini club which was superb. Itâs well stocked with equipment (including swings, sldes, climbing frames. They do daily activities such as painting, making things eg masks etc. and do sports games, in and out of the water which are very inclusive (no matter what age the kids are). There are 4-5 staff there who are all lovely, in particular I have to mention Ayca and Ilkemur who my daughter absolutely adored.
V good and professional. Mini disco was lovely (run by mini club staff) and our daughter had great fun.
The shows were on the whole very good. With a few exceptions, they were very slick and professional. Definitely worth going to!!
The hotel, and its grounds are beautiful. The facilities are fantastic and the majority of the negative points above are resolvable given the right attention and this review will be sent to the hotel manager. Unfortunately, unless more of the UK tour operators use this hotel, the hotel will remain with very few British guests. Whilst this is fine for my husband and I, itâs not so great for our daughter as she likes to make friends, which is obviously difficult with a language barrier. We would therefore not return."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of June 2007
"Booked the holiday with thomas cook for our honey money.
We landed @ 2am ish to be meeted by our rep, we were all loaded on the bus, and off to the hotels, i think we were the 3rd or 4th drop and we were at our hotel it ony took 20mins we signed in and were taken to our room.
We woke up the next morning to find we were in a seaview room which most of them our and WOW it was beautful.
The food it really good, hugh choice of different types of bread for breakfast I never knew there ever could be that many!
Lunch & dinner also the was hugh choices, there were the turkish and just european type of foods like chips, pizza, meat balls, chicken everything you could imagine.
Cleaners came round every day and if you were in when they came round they would come back later.
The drinks that were included in the all inclusive deal were also good.
I think there was only us and another couple in the hotel who were british as most people the are german, it didn't reallt bother us that much and through the day the hotel is really quite as most of the germans go out on day trips.
The hotel swimming pool backs out on to the beach which is really nice and the water is really clean, their is 18 hotel on the strip and the all back out onto the beach and you can walk up passed them all on the beach.
From the hotel the are 2 Bizzars one is just 2 mins walk away and the other is 15 mins walk. if you want to go to Antalya the hotel does a bus in the morning and one in the after noon, but if the times arent to suit there is a bus that goes pass the hotel about every 10 mins just put you arm out and it will stop.
We are already planning on when to go back there as the hotel is brilliant and we would reccomend it."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of June 2007
simply the best
"we have just returned from a fantastic week in the limak lara hoted in lara beach turkey. we have stayed in many top class hotels before but this has to be one of the best. the service, facilities, food and drink were just excellent. from the moment we arrived to checking out the staff just couldn't do enough for you and always pleasent and well mannered. the rooms were spacious with everthing you needed 24 hours a day. although the location is not very good we had no desire to leave the hotel as we had everything we needed including a good variety of resteraunts bars and entertainment. during the day there was plenty of sun loungers and wether you wanted peace and quiet, or fun and games you got what you wanted.
people with children seemed very satisfied too with the facilities to keep kids entertained and out of the red hot sun. we would definitely go back here and would highly recommend this superb hotel for a perfect holiday."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007
Thumbs up at Limak Lara
"We just returned from Limak Lara and can definitely recommend it! With an overbooking mixup at the start, we spent 2 nights at the Kervan Saray (about 4 hotels further) and then returned to the Limak Lara. Right away the Limak Lara stood out in comparison with great attentive service and food quality. The hotel standard rooms are spacious and modern. The hotel and grounds are clean. Lots of families with kids stay there. The only thing is the animation team (shows etc.) could be better quality, but then again that is not the main reason for being there!
Not much to do outside the hotel, except a few shops with the standard knock-offs (clothes, handbags, sunglasses etc.), mini markets and souvenirs. Liked the area because it is close to the airport (20 min. drive), but the airplanes aren't very bothersome and the mostly sandy beach is great for swimming and walking along."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of June 2007
"this was our first visit to turkey. i am very impressed. very clean and well maintained. the hotel is 5 star, and it really is 5 star by our standards. which i didnt expect. staff were very friendly and eager to please. the actual hotel is amazing. we spent a week in feb 07 but i really dont think we saw the whole complex as it is massive. there is a lack of english visitors and it was my first encounter with the people of israel. we met a lovely german couple and dutch and a fabulous israeli family. everyone speaks very good english and as we were the only 2 staying we were treated like royalty. it is very close to the airport so transfer is only 15 mins. no noise can be heard from the airport at all. and although we were slightly out of season we managed a few excursions. the taurus mountains were incredible with breathtaking scenery. a trip to the bazzar was great and they dont hassle (like the tunisians for example) for you to buy anything. if you are planning a trip to turkey for the first time antalya is lovely. its quite new and very well laid out. a lot of thought has gone into the resort and there are some very impressive hotels along the coast. some new buildings are going up but there is zero disturbance as the hotels are so big."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of February 2007
Again and again
"I have been 6th times to Limak Lara Resort and every time some thing new was added to their service.This year all the standard rooms were renovated and easily we loved to stay.
the food was for our taste and staff were doing their best to keep their customers happy.
See you in summer."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of March 2015
a half term break
"we have just come back from this hotel. At first we found the size a bit daunting and kept getting lost. By the end of the week we managed to get to the beach without getting lost. The food was good for buffet food. We stayed in room 2014 which was large and a very good position. some of the reception staff were a bit surly but the guest relations woman was very helpful. We also tried the different restaurants which were good. The entertainment staff were very friendly and spoke good english. We think the problem was the lack of spoken english by the staff. On the whole a very good holiday.
- Travel date: Thu 1st of November 2012