12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Christmas and new year
"Having spent a fantastic Xmas and new year at this hotel we will return.Lots to see and do around Antalya. We would be interested to find out about a midlands flights for that time of year there were people who flew from the midlands. . Mary and Robert"
- Travel date: Fri 6th of January 2012
"First off we weren't actually booked into this hotel but the Kervansaray Lara instead, we recieved a phone call from Thomas Cook a few days before telling us that the Kervansaray Lara was over booked so we had been moved into this one instead. When we arrived the hotel just amazed us, and looking back when we passed the hotel we were meant to be in we were glad to have been in this one. The service was just amazing, the bell boys took our cases off us as soon as we arrived and delievered them to our room.
The room was just gorgeous! There were two single beds downstairs! The room had two floors! Upstairs there was a very very comfy round double bed which was fabulous. There was a bathroom downstairs which had a lovely jaccuzi bath and shower and the toilet upstairs which had a walk in shower. It also had two mini fridges which were stocked with drinks which saves you buying some if you need some drinks for the room. Our room didn't have a very large balcony but we didn't care!
The pool is gorgeous, a perfect size for everyone. It is freezing though! Which was a god send as it was boiling! The pool was a nice depth and I could stand with my head above the water at every point and I'm 5 foot 3! The slides are good fun, I didn't get to enjoy them as I was told to avoid them as I'm pregnant. The red one is the slowest one and perfect for kids, a few parents and their kids went down them together. The yellow slide is a medium speed and the blue one is very very fast!
The beach is a few minutes walk down the path and it's a lovely walk going past the gardens with the gorgeous hut type things you can sit in if you want some shade. The flowers are beautiful and well maintained by the gardeners. The beach is lovely as is the beach bar. There is also toilets at the beach which is very handy. There are 3 stray dogs which hang around at the beach. The are no danger to anyone and are very friendly but your heart does go out to them especially as two of them are only pups. The beach is also a nice walk after dinner as well.
The food is lovely. There is something for everyone. The waiters come around and order drinks for you which is handy as it can be very busy at dinner. The food at the bars is also good and the beach bar has a good variety. There is also ice cream at both the pool and beach bar which is very refreshing in the hot weather. It can also be noted that there is free wifi available in the reception and lobby in case you want to check up on emails or social networking sites while away. The lobby bar is a good place to sit if you want to be away from the entertainment and again the waiters order the drinks for you as they also do down at the entertainment.
The hotel also has various activities on during the day. There are yoga style classes, water aerobics, rifle shooting, darts and pool games as well as a small mini golf course in the garden area.
Overall I just cannot find a fault with this hotel. Our rep was also very helpful and a very lovely girl, if you go with Thomas Cook or their partnering companies be sure to go and say hello to her again as she can get lonely sometimes. Amazing hotel, amazing holiday would recommend to anyone!"
- Travel date: Mon 6th of June 2011
"Just came back from Antalya/Lara. We stayed at the Melas and a wonderful time. Who cares if it was stormy outside. With all the facilities indoors you almost never know what is going on outdoors. Room was standard with a bath/jacuzzi, giant bed, LCD tv. If you could find a minus it would be the construction next to the hotel but thats Antalya. Because of the new law in Turkey, no one was smoking inside. The hotel is clean, spacious. I could on and on but you get the picture. One more thing, since it is only 15 min from the airport you get to spend more time in the saunas, turkish bath . . ."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of March 2010
fantastic hotel - truly a 5 star
"My husband and I recently returned from this hotel and thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay. Food was fantastic, rooms immaculate. We would definitely go back to this hotel but not in February as the weather was awful, but even that did not dampen our holiday. We made use of the sauna, steam room and turkish baths as well as the indoor pool."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of February 2010
nice, clean hotel with good service
"Wow, what a lovely entrance. Upon arrival, no problem registering in and the bellboy delivered our cases to our room. The room itself was superb, clean and modern. Toiletries supplied, bathrobes supplied, mini-bar free, safe deposit box in room and free. There was building work going on next door (which we were advised of when booking) but the hotel were allocating rooms on the other side from the building work so it didn't really bother us at all. The buffet meals were lovely and plenty of choice to suit everyone, sometimes the hot dishes were a bit cold but this is a common problem. The bar was open all the time and the drink was most enjoyable and the service was good and cheery. We had a turkish bath and massage on the day after we arrived and it was lovely, yes it might be a bit more expensive in the hotel but it was convenient and we made use of the bathrobes. The indoor swimming pool and spa area, very nice. The table tennis is in the pool area which is a bit strange, or maybe it was just our bad playing as the ball kept going into the small pool!! We met some lovely people aged 18 to 97, so it had a variety of ages in the hotel but I would say that the majority of people would be over 50. There was entertainment at night but it was usually only for about an hour. There is not an awful lot to do round about, but as we were only on holiday to relax, read and chill it didn't bother us too much. We did do three trips, had turkish bath, 2 massages and had our nails painted. The weather was so so, nice on the balcony but all in all it was what we expected. Enjoyed the break at this nice hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 6th of February 2010
need to improve
"Just returned from this hotel. I do strongly agree with previous comment about guest relation. She's not helpful , tuff and didn't wanna know anything if you need some help.
5 star hotel but in bed room hasn't got any a box of tissue if you make a mess you have to use the toilet roll wipe it instead. Some of the parents who use this hotel as holiday break with the kids have no responsibility for their kids . They run around the hotel with no control while parents were spending time in the bar.. How great!!! About the food it was you get what you pay it seems plenty but similar everyday. The puddings were plenty but no taste (from my opinion anyway). Ohh and Tip box everywhere that you go or visit."
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of February 2010
great hotel if you dont mind being dumpt on
"fab hotel maid service exel very cleen the main problems are guest relations dont want to know.when something runs out they dont replace it in the pasteria bar or restarunt the bar staff ignore you when you wait for a drink if you are of another country no prob be very carfull when you go for a meal you can get up to go for your second cource and some other people take your table with the blessing of the restraunt staff if you say any thing they just use the old excuse no comprende we have been coming to turkey for 27years 1st time to this hotel and last 5star never should be 3 max we have stayed in many 2/3/4stars which runs rings round this place but as old saying goes let your feet do the talking thomas cook you need to take a serious look at this hotel befor you loose more travelers hull/couple"
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of February 2010
Great Kitchen, Great Service
"over New Years Holiday 2009/2010
Beautiful new facility. The lobby is huge with many comfortable areas to sit and use the free wireless. No wireless availble above the lobby but you can use the internet for a fee. Naturally, itâs an unsecured wireless connection so be sure to scan everytime you disconnect. I had picked up an intrusion but my virus protection handled it.
Personnel are friendly, multi-lingual and curious. They always have time to chat and offer tips or advice. Special thanks to Galip Coraman and Elif, the Concierge. Both always had a huge smile and remembered us. You can say that about 99% of the very hard-working staff.
The resort is all inclusive. There is a spa where you pay for your desired services. Also a beauty salon where men can get a straight-edge shave for only 5 Euro. Women can get their eyebrows done for 5 Euro in addition to all the normal hair services. The spa offers the usual facial treatments and massages in addition to the traditional Haman. You can get these services for much less outside of the resort. If you go into Antalya, a Haman will run you only about 10 Euro instead of the 25 Euro at the hotel. Inside the spa area is the indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, workout room, table tennis, a squash court, etc. Only problem with the layout is that there is only one entry to the above mentioned amenities and itâs through the spa which doesnât open until 0830-0900. So if you want an early workout or swim you 'll be disappointed. The gym is better than many resorts offer but still the 2 machines offered for exercise, a multi-position chest machine and a pec-fly deck, are not the best quality nor are they anchored to the floor. There is a weight bench with long bar and enough plates that just about anyone can at least do bench press. Also there is a punching bag but again, the frame is not anchored to the floor so if you are a pretty strong boxer, you will need someone to hold it still while you punch away. Table tennis paddles and balls can be checked out at the front desk as can the squash racquets. The balls, however, donât bounce much so you may want to bring your own if you intend to play squash or racquetball.
Location is great if you are there for the beach only and close-by tourist shopping. We were there over New Years and while we were able to lay out on the beach for 2 days, the rest of the time, it was a little cool and windy plus rainy on many days. This is not the time of year to expect to get a great tan and spend every day on the beach. Still though, 65 degrees every day is fantastic for late Dec, early Jan. We thought the weather was wonderful. However, if you are wanting to do a lot of sightseeing, you are no where near anything. Be prepared to take the bus (Dolmus) from the hotel. The stop is only about 100m from the front door. Public transportation there is very inexpensive, 1.20 TL per person per segment. Most everyone at this resort had booked via a travel agency such as Tui, L'Tur, etc so you can book all day or half day excursions to many locations near Antalya. I would skip the XXL or maxed out shopping trips unless you want to drop some serious $$/Euro for items you can probably get cheaper at home (lesson learned!!! LOL). Do try to get to the Antalya Museum near the old town. But for tourist shopping, you can walk along the street in front of all the resorts lining the Lara Beach/Kundu area where this resort is and shop till you drop. Be prepared to be constantly hounded and hassled by all the vendors. But back to the resort itself...
The rooms are beautiful and well represented on the resorts website. The lobby is massive and breathtaking. The staff is so helpful and you can speak in just about any language and be understood. Nearly every staff member speaks German well and many English well. I also heard a lot of Russian. The buffet is wonderful. There are 2 on-site restaurants but neither can compare to the buffet. We went to both restaurants as a visit to both was included in our package but both times just wished I was at the buffet. The bar is open 24 hours a day. There is a game room for backgammon, rummikub, cards, a patisserie, one pool table which you have to reserve in advance in 1 hour increments. A word of caution, if you can - try not to have a room over the bar. It can get noisy not to mention 'smoky' if your room is directly over the bar. Since it's open 24 hours a day, many guests particularly younger ones take advantage of the all-inclusive drinks and 24 hour availability. This is a non-smoking resort but over the holiday, many guests would smoke in the lower-level entrance where the stairwell was and the entire stairwell would fill with smoke wafting up to all the floors. To me this doesn't indicate a non-smoking policy. We could also smell smoke outside several of the rooms on our floor. While the operators of this resort cannot police what happens in the rooms, there seemed to be a lot of tolerance for the ones smoking in the stairwells. Every night the bar has some type of entertainment but be prepared those with families tend to bring along the kiddies.
There is no where nearby to play golf. For that you must go to Belek.
There is also a business center if you can call it that. The very large room consisted of ONE desk with one computer. I didn't see anything else that could qualify that room as a business center. The hotel would do better to have a nicer office atmosphere and more computers. So many of the young kids just parked on the computer, and no adult supervision.
Overall, this was a fantastic place to stay and would gladly stay there again."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of January 2010
Nothing to do all day long........
"This is a Holiday location for people that like to laze about all day and do nothing. the area is very poor for aminities out side of the hotels and if you do venture out every shop tries to rip you off ie Â£10 for a pair of flip flops, also taxi's are very very expensive.
The hotel itself was very clean as you would expect from a new 5 star hotel, there was a very good choice of food all day long, ie 6 different chioces of eggs for breakfast. the service was also very good with plenty of staff on duty and we found them very helpful. Be aware though that 98% of the other guests were not British and most of the staff only spoke German, yes you guest it the Germans had the towels on the sunbeds by 08:00
The evening entertainment was also very poor, I have seen better red coats at Butlins."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of October 2009
Lovely, clean, friendly hotel
"Just returned from 2 lovely weeks at Melas Lara.
Location: On Lara Beach, a couple of mile strip ok luxury 5 star hotels with a couple of shopping malls and bazaars.
A couple of bazaars within walking distance but taxis can be pick up for about 10tl.
Money: Everything is priced in euro,but ask for the price in lira as it works out a little bit cheaper. Shops ask for euros as they get a better price when they exchange to Lira.
Dolmus buses are about 1.40tl pp where ever you want to go. That's what it seemed to me, correct me if I'm wrong
Hotel: Emaculate, clean, new, small compared to other hotels on Lara Beach.
This was our first time to Turkey so I can't compare to other hotels. We booked a familly room which has 2 bedrooms, 2 balconies,bathroom and seating area. It was massive and I was very impressed. We enjoyed the hotel facilities, spa ,sauna, steam room, indoor pool,squash courts,tennis courts all foc. sorry! spa massage and turkish bath extra cost. We all had turkish bath, not in the hotel but through the rep. It worked out cheaper for all of us (4) but if there were only 2 of us I would have had the Turkish bath at the hotel and paid the extra for the convenience, Must do at begining of your holiday, otherwise your tan will be stripped.
Food was lovely and plentiful. Don't expect english style breakfast ,sausage,bacon or tea in a mug with milk. Unless you get it yourself.
Menu, basic around the pool/beach bar but all cooked fresh. The main restaurant has plenty of tables in several different areas/rooms making it feel more intimate and less like a canteen. There are 2 al a carte restaurants. turkish and fish. We didn't go to these purely because our children are so picky it was just easier to go to the buffet. A couple we spoke to recommended the fish restaurant on the 12th floor with wonderfull views. You get one visit to each per week as part of the all inclusive, but you have to book with guest services.
Reception staff are helpful but not very smiley.
Animation team work very hard to keep you entertained but are not in your face. All entertainment is in several different languages to accomodate all nationalities. Russian,German,French,Belgian,Dutch,Isreali,Serbian to name but a few. We were the only English family for the whole 2 weeks. Although we did talk to one english couple. So if you like the company of other english famillies it might take some time to build up an english clientel. The animation and mini club staff all speak English so you can join in with water polo, volleyball ,football ,darts, pool games aqua gym, step arobics and other activities if you are feeling energetic.
The beach is a typical med beach with watersports. You can walk along the beach for quite a long way checking out all the other amazing 5 star Hotels.
Didn't have any problems with sunbeds. Usually put our towels down before breakfast between 8-9. Always got 4 together with umbrella. if you are a big group or want a particular spot might have to get up early and reserve. The hotel got a little busier as we were leaving and the last cople of days we didn't always get the the best spot.
Overall enjoyed a very relaxing good quality holiday in the sunshine!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 5th of September 2009
Bit of a mixed bag.
"We were 9 women and two children on this holiday to Melas Lara. Could not fault the food at all. It was fantastic and there were two specialised restaurants also. Fish one great, not so keen on the Turkish one. Better food in the main restaurant. Lovely looking hotel and fab rooms. Very modern and comfortable.
Unfortunately we were the only group of English people there. Waiting staff lovely but reception staff were rather rude and not particularly helpful at all.
Unfortunately we found it necessary to get up at 6.30am to get a sun bed!!! Yes, rather early but if you didn't there just didn't seem enough and you really need an umbrella in the blistering sun. The pool man did occasionally come around at about 11am to get rid of people's towels where there was no one sitting but this was not done every day. Some towels were on the beds all day and the people came back late afternoon!! Not fair at all.
Entertainment has got a bit of a way to go but as we were a large group we made our own. There is some sports in the day e.g. tabletennis, darts and shooting.
There are sun beds on the hotels' beach but again you needed to get there pretty early to get one. Beach bar which was ok but I think could have made better use of.
Overall we had a good time and I have to say the food was consistently very good which is unusual for an all inclusive.
Would I go again? Probably not as there are so many other places to go but never say never."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of August 2009
Fantastic Hotel, very clean, and helpful staff
"When we saw this hotel was only opened in April 2009, and we couldn't find any reviews, we were a little reluctant but it was a good decision.
Service was fantastic, most staff could speak a little english, other than reception staff. Bar/Restaurant/Poolside/domestic staff very friendly and helpful.
Room was standard but very spacious, with jacuzzi bath/shower, and balcony with table and chairs. Very clean.
There isn't much to say about the location - they are obviously developing the area. There are some shopping centres and markets within walking distance from the hotel for presents for people back home etc! As we went for the complete relax and do nothing holiday it didn't bother us too much as we stayed in the hotel ninetyfive per cent of the week we were there!!
The beach was a five min walk down from the hotel where you could relax or do various water sports (jetski/parasailing/ringo-ing!) most of which are charged but no too expensive. We went on a speedboat tour to the caves and waterfalls and did parasailing - 120euros for two of us.
The hotel had few English people but the ones we spoke to agreed it was a lovely place. The majority of people there were from Germany - and yes we had the lounger problem so you have to reserve by 7.30am or not get one!!
Food was lovely and there was a lot of variety, and food was served nearly all day."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of August 2009