Otium Hotel Life
25 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great place, excellent service, lots of staff and no need to reserve sunbeds
"We stayed at this hotel half term week end of may and the following week. 7 of us , my parents, self, partner and daugher, sister and niece. As we had 2 teenage children we were a bit surprised to find no other children despite it being school holidays. However it was not really a problem. The pool was great and enough going on around to keep them occupied.
There was a hut near the pool where you cvould fing all sorts of games to play and balls etc to occupy yourselves if need be.
It seems to me the pepole who made the last report must have stayed at a different hotel to us and if you are going to magic life i would ignore their comments! There was lots going on during the day, Nordic walking, mountain biking, aerobics, step, water aerobics, danc lessons, thai chi, Kung fu, ordnung (?), water polo, volleyball, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, kayaks, sailing dingys, snorkelling. Unfortunately there was no water skiing or banana baot as expected and this was one of our major disappointments as it was a reason for choosing this holiday. Howeever if you want activities there was no shortage!!
Yes the hotel has majority of germans but they all speak english or try, more than a lot of british do, and we found them to be very friendly and we had some great england v germany volleyball and water polo games.
Our only other disappointment was the balcony, it was just a hole in a wall but as we spent little time in our room apart from sleep and getting ready in the evening we got over that. There were some lovely hammocks and relaxing spots in the lawn areas of the grounds.
The rooms were fairly basic but perfectly adequate, no luxury but nothing bad.
The beach was course sand, and stony going into the sea but if you go from the jetty they have various points where you can go to the sea from steps and avoid the stoney bit!
The water was lovely and clear.
WE found the entertainment to be very good, and if at home you would pay good money to see some of the shows. I personally prefferd the shows in the ampitheatre rather than the pool area as you could see the stage better but i guess as the weather gets hotter and hotel busier it would be too hot!
The entertainment staff were excellent and very friendly and made them selves known to you, getting people up to dance and chatting around the pool bar in the evening after the shows.
A big plus point for me was the availability of sun beds. Generally sunbeds were not reserved and because of this there was no need to. We never had a problem finding a bed. On previous holidays despite not wanting to we have had to get up to put towels on or not get a bed at all. This for me is a major down side.
The free wireless internet access was good for the kids and although only 3 computers there was never a problem to get access.
We tried both the mediteranean & turkish restaurant and had a nice evening both times and lots of food but didnt go back a 2nd time. it was nice to be waited on and there was lots of courses but too much fishy stuff for me in the med one.
The toasted paninis from midday to 6pm were a big hit with our girls and they kept the panini lady busy throughout their week.
Overall the hotel was quiet and peaceful and certainly very relaxing we had a lovely time and wished we could have had 3 weeks to do all the stuff we missed in the first 2. I am active at home but chose to do nothing on holiday but loved it. My partner did little the first week while the children were with us but did loads the 2nd week after they had had to go home for school! My sister, who took then home cos she doesnt like more than a weeks holiday, said she could happily have stayed 2 and when she found out they had a dance course 2 hours a day for 3 days, with the croatian pop idol winner, after she left she was gutted.
I feel i had to write this review after seeing the recent one to which I cannot relate at all."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of June 2009
Do not go to this hotel if want to have a fun time, useless reception staff, boring place and nothing to do all day
"We have just got back from magic life kemer, we thought it would be great. The food was the best part, the reception staff are useless, they dont even have a cash point on site, the 'fresh orange juice' nearly killed my taste buds, no motor sports, boring place, germans everywhere who think they run the place. I had to wait at the bar for longer then all the germans, staff do not know english, apart from when they want your money. I would not ever go back again to this holiday, boring, boring and yes boring.
Everyone in turkey has a tip box, and it seems good service comes at a cost, fine if your a millionaire. Flies were everywhere around the food, not enough board games or cards, no fresh juice all concentrate. I could go on all day about how bad this was. The resort is close to power cables running overhead when you walk around the streets to the shops which was really scary. The entertainment staff were the only positive including Abdel.
I told the manger i would comment on these facts and he didnt care, well maybe he will know.
Also to mention, the excursions with Thomson were a complete waste of time and very unorganised. Firstly, we booked a shopping trip to the city centre, the whole excursion was to last 7 hours, you would think a majority of this would actually be spent shopping instead it went on travelling and a waterfall, we only got to shop for an hour and a bit! The second excursion we booked was the turkish bath, but no one even picked us up! We had to get reception to call and find out what had gone wrong, this wasted a whole hour just waiting before we even got picked up! I would think twice about booking with thomson again, they are just very unorganised!"
- Travel date: Sat 20th of June 2009
Magic Life is the best all-inclusive Company
"This is our 2nd Magic Life, last year we went to Africana in Tunisia, so I make certain comparisons here between the 2.
We are 40-ish, with 2 children aged 16 and 19.
Better than Tunisia, Africana;
Food - just seemed better, with more choice (not that Africana wasn't good also)
Amphitheatre, air-conditioned and new
Orange juice at breakfast freshly squeezed, rather than watered down orange coloured stuff
Bar service quicker and better quality of drinks (Becks on draft, real Bacardi)
Air conditioning worked well, and was not turned off on 1st Sept as was the case in Tunisia
Bathrooms have had a makeover as very well appointed with large walk-in showers and free shower gel, shampoo and handwash machines.
Water fridges all over site with 500ml bottles for the taking whenever you want - this is better than lugging around 1.5litre bottles that invariably go warm before you finish them.
Pool loungers are wooden with cushions on already - In Tunisia you had to get the cushions from a pile, and there were more sunbeds than cushions, whereas here they were set out for you.
Worse than Africana;
Mini-bar not re-stocked, bit tight we thought
Tiny safety deposit boxes
Smells of smoke in rooms and coming through the air-conditioning in the room. Also could clearly hear our neighbours having a conversation, so the dividing wall must not extend to the air-con vents (this is where the smoking smell came from)
Balconies - not private, in many cases these are wooded and built off the face of the building, so you can look left and right across everyone elses balconies - needless to say there was hardly ever anybody using these for anything other than towel drying.
Gala night, not as good, no entertainment at dinner as was the case in Tunisia where they broughtout a huge baked Alaska with live music in the restaurant.
Disco - TINY TINY room in basement, Africana had bespoke building away from accomodation, much better and quieter for other guests.
The beach - the sand is yuk, dusty and gritty, rocks near the sea make it hard on the feet, the jetty is great though.
Pools, neither have any shallow end for paddling or just sitting in, so you are straight into 1.35m and 1.60m depths off the side or by the metal stairs, no gradual steps, and there is a pool missing from the photo in our brochure at the relax pool, there is no kids pool anymore (not bothered about this actually)
Same as Africana;
Cats - if you are allergic, them Magic Life might not be for you. They help rescue cats by keeping a feeding station and vets etc, but they do have free reign around the site including inside the restaurants.
Entertainment team - excellent as last year; Bernhard (Bernie) the archery guy from Austria is very good, Adson and the other Brazilian dancers are really friendly and very good at their jobs. The rest are also very good, the boss man is a crazy Turkish guy with a mad voice!!
The shows they put on are well thought out, but we also thought that the 3rd party shows were better than last year.
There was a Brazilian carnival night which was excellent, the Chinese Circus night was a superb showcase, but my favourite was the Reggae party, outside on the lawn - we expected it to last about 1 hour but they lasted till well after 11pm, around 2 hours - brilliant music, everyone was dancing in bare feet on the wet grass, like being at a festival.
Free wi-fi is good near/at reception, you just put in your room number and last 4 digits from passport to access.
Thomson guests do seem to get lesser rooms than others, all British we met were in the main building and not in the bungalows at all, and god help anyone in room 115, it's right over the disco that goes on nightly till 2am.
The hotel staff are excellent and helpful. We were delayed for 10 hours coming home, and the girl on reception (who I am reliably informed takes part in the Turkish night show) did all she could to help, staying until 12.30am when her shift finished at midnight.
Needless to say we are looking at our next Magic Life for 2009.
The niggles we mention do not detract from an overall great time, and should be taken in context."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of September 2008
Very nice hotel but disappointing
"This hotel is lovely and the staff are exceptional however, the resort of Goynuk is very strange and caters mainly for Russians. The beach is also a let down - very pebbly and very steep incline into the water - not at all suitable for children or nervous swimmers. The big let down for us was the room, although nicely appointed - definetly not 5 star and the balconies are awful - totally open, and on top of each other with no privacy at all and no light therefore very restricting if you plan to sit out there at night reading etc. The only English TV channel is BBC World service which is naughty when Thomson advertise "satellite tv". There is also now no services at the hotel for children - even the pool games are geered towards adults. There is no chance whatsoever in getting a sunbed by the main pool - the usual German scenario!
Overall, a pleasant hotel but not up to standard at all."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of September 2008
good standard very clean
"the hotel is very nice very clean. Rooms are good size lovely bathroom , plenty of choice from the restraunts different theme every night from italian to chinese which is cooked fresh in front of you no warming up . bars are ok drink choice is ok local stuff but the beer is typical turkish efes rubbish . beach is 25 feet away if you want it . overall very nice holiday if you get a good price book it but dont pay top dollar and your doing well . local area not a lot shops full of tat and poor copies save your money buy ay home for quality ."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of August 2008
Very relaxing holiday
"The Kemer Imperial was exceptional value for money; fantastic choice of food at the buffet, a few different restaurants for a change, good shows in the evening, clean and large rooms, great choice of activities on offer, very clean beach and sea. It's largely a German resort and the films shown in the evening are in German. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would return."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of July 2008
"stayed at this hotel 1st two weeks of june and it was brilliant staff very friendly and polite nothing was too much trouble the hotel is spotlessly clean cocktail on arrival and as we arrived late evening shown to the area where we could have a late night snack which was next to the 24 hour bar good start
good choice of food themed and gala nights in the speciality restaurants (booking essential) you could purchase more upmarket wine we did'nt as the all inclusive wine was pleasant enough we did give a tip at the end of the meal as the waiters worked hard and the food was beautifuly presented having said that the staff in the main restaurant are just as hard working and there is a tip box by the door no one pestered for tips so it was up to you while on the subject of money the currency in this hotel ( small shop for papers and holiday essentials ) also around kemer resort is euros so dont bother taking lira
there is plenty to do here the animation team work so hard you can do as little or as much as you like no hasles just relax or take part plenty of sunbeds by the pool and on the beach
most of the evening shows are performed by the animation team they are so talented how do they remember all those dance routines some nights they have other entertainers equally as good after show cocktails waiting for you when you leave the amphitheatre add a nice touch
this hotel mainly attract german guests (hence the euro) but please dont be put off as a great time was had by all we found most spoke english as did most of the staff the music was nearly always in english as was the entertainment yes the towels are there at the crack of dawn but so was mine all in all a wonderful holiday great weather I recommend this hotel it could do with a few more english guests I am sure you wont be dissappointed"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of June 2008
"Just returned from our second visit to this fantastic hotel. We enjoyed the holiday even better the second time. The food is excellent and varied. The Gala Dinner and Beach party were brilliant. The entertainment team work very hard. A personal special thanks to the tennis coach for the great tennis every day and to Oznur who kept our room spotess throughout our stay. Well done Magic Life"
- Travel date: Tue 17th of June 2008
Great resort no problems here
"What a great hotel with excellent staff. We stayed for a week in May and thoroughly enjoyed all the hotels facilities. The food is excellent with plenty of variety; The Chefs cook the hot food in small batches to keep it fresh, though as with most buffets not always possible to keep very hot. On our last day we saw the Head chef and management checking all the displays with a thermometer and turning up the heat, so they are trying their best. Large self-serve fridges with bottles of water and chilled glasses are available in the dining areas The AI drinks were Beckâs and Effes on draught and the wine (red, white & rose) totally acceptable, as were the spirits with Schweppes mixers, the bar staff actually seemed to enjoy making cocktails and serving you, I did not see anyone charged extra for anything they asked for. Ps. the lobby bar is open 24hours at no charge.
The grounds, beach, public areas and the bedrooms are well kept and spotlessly clean.
Water sports are free except for Jet Ski and well organised. An Austrian company apparently owns the Hotel, employing quite a few Austrian staff and is predominately aimed at German guests but we found no problems at all, with plenty of room around the pools bars and on the beach,
My only gripe would be the entertainment, I was very aware that the animation team do try their hardest with the shows in the amphitheatre. but the hotel badly needs some professional acts to back up their efforts. A special mention should be made that individually they will come and ask if they may join you at meal times and to chat with you when not actively working, in the evenings they are always asking guests up to dance to the entertainment at the outdoor bar.
(Note. As Turkey is a Muslim country you will not find bacon or pork sausage for breakfast.)"
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of June 2008
"Stayed at ML Kemer July 2006 our 5th Magic Life holiday and it did not dissapoint . The hotel was spotless, the food was good, animation team was first rate, evening shows were the best so far. When we were there the entertainment included Andrew Young, British Saxophonist, Chinese circus, and Regae beach party, all brilliant. Greets to Paul if he is still there, the only English animator. We will still return, but are going to ML Manar - Hammamet, Tunisia in September this year, for the catermaran sailing (our third visit there). Kemer is probably the best but we are looking for watersports and "cat" sailing
Steve & Wendy, Derby UK"
- Travel date: Thu 10th of May 2007
didnt want to come home!!
"i went here on holiday last year with my mum. it was the first holiday ive had in a while.
we both had a fantastic time, the food was really lovely and catered for everyones needs.
the alcohol was freely flowing and the staff and entertainment was brilliant.
there was plenty of things to enjoy here, from sunbathing by the pool to jet skiing.
this holiday was one to remember and also to re-visit.
i enjoyed myself so much that im going to work here this summer!
- Travel date: Wed 20th of January 2010
"smashing holiday, best all inclusive ever. food was excellent, and a superb choice. good sellection of drinks , but mostely local. staff look after you realy well , nothing is any trouble for them , spotlessly clean hotel. we are going again in september this year.if you are taking children note there will be no facilities for them as this year the hotel is a single/ couples hotel, but that is ok with us."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of May 2009