21 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
great food ,great water park
"stayed there in august 2011 was such a nice holiday ,just booking to go there this august.be prepared for uphill walking to get to your bungalow but after all that food youll need a bit of exercise ."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of June 2012
"We're just back from a amazing week. if you want a great and carerless week or two weeks go here! The complex is big enough for the large amount of people, and there is enough to do for young and old.
The location is amazing, nice and quiet, and a big private bay.
The food is variable and of high quality, so are the rooms! They will definitly see me back here next year!"
- Travel date: Wed 30th of May 2012
"Visited this hotel from August 7 till August 14.
A lot of noise at the main swimming pool, music stood far too loud. At the other swimming pool at the other side of the hotel it was not easy to find a deck chair. You had to get up at 7 am to reserve one. Food was excellent except that the music in the restaurant was not typical turkisch music, it was most of the time American music. After 6 pm it was difficult to get some drinks because all bars were closed at that time. I should rate this Hotel a 4 star but certainly not a 5 star. "
- Travel date: Thu 26th of August 2010
The place to go
"returned 10 april 2010,the place is lovely,very clean, food very nice and plenty to choose from,staff very friendly (if you go say hi to mustafa from me),the service was impecable,the only thing that was disapointing was that it was to early in the season for the aqua-park and the a la carte restuarants, these do not open until may,for us not a problem, for those with children this could have been, ther was an indoor and an outdoor pool open,for those who want a relaxing peaceful holiday this is the time for you, i forgot to mention that you can still book an a la carte meal, it is served around the indoor pool in the evening,the weather was very good for the time of year only 2 cloudy days.Would definalty return to this hotel again."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of April 2010
great holiday shocking nightlife
"we went to pine bay expecting it to be a gr8 holiday .... well it was apart from the evenings which were so boring its unbelieavable at 9:00 there was a kids disco which was dreadful at 10:00 there was a show and everynight it was terrible thenfrom 10 till 12 at the piano bar there was a musician who played the same music evry night. also you have to get up at 6am to put ur towels down at the pool,a good holiday aprt from the eveneings=poor."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of August 2009
Well where do i start.....Apart from the...
"Well where do i start.....Apart from the transfer being 3 hours when we were told 40 mins when booking this holiday the worst is still to come!!!
We checked into what we thought was a 5* hotel with a Standard Bungalow Club room as they call it. It was disgusting, there were wood lice crawling everywhere, the room was dark and dingy and the bathroom was just vile. let alone being single beds that was meant to be a double. I complained to the recption and got laughed at and was told there was no double beds in the whole hotel, they was all singles that had to be pushed together. That was not a major issue, the cleanliness was. When your expecting 5* standard and you get what is quiet possibly a 2-3* your not going to be happy!!! I was told 'madam you have booked a standard room, our hotel is 1st class'. Yeah right!! After reading reviews and their website you are in for a shock at what you get unless your in the Hotel part. We had to pay Â£110 to upgrade to what was a far better room but wouldnt say it was a superior, just what you would expect as standard room. I would understand if i had booked a 38 hotel and got what we got. And i also understand that stanradrs change from country to country but not this dramatically.
I go onto the food...again no better than any 3*, some nights ok opthers not, it was all a bit of a mish mash and the so called ' A La Carte' is even worse, i had a better meal at the airport bar in Gatwick. We had mexican and was rushed through a 4 course meal in 25 mins. then we had Italian another night, the soup was cold and the main meal was tasteless and took forever to chew!!! The only nice part about the restuarant are the waiters, they are so friendly even though they cannot speak english. The only thing we could find nice about the food was the ice cream! oh and if it rains which it did on one occasion then you are put in a room which is like a very informal canteen where you all sit together on long tables like you are at school lunch.
Even though its so called All Inc the drinks variety is crap. you either get soft drinks, 1 type of beer, wine, vodka, gin or Cocktail of the day that was awful and so sour!
BEWARE if you struggle to walk or have health issues, the hills here are unbelivable. And there is no mention of this in any reviews or the hotel website. Its either very steep hills are 100's of steps, which is ok if you was young like us. Even just to get from the hotel reception or pool to your bungalow is a misson in itself and its even worse if you wana go to beach!!! The upside to the pool is that you can always get a sunbed and it is very relaxing and there a quiet areas for you to go if thats what you prefer. there is also an indoor pool which is great for the kids, especially for entertaining them when it rains and it is warmer than the outdoor. The beach does get a little busier but still always a sunbed and more secluded quieter areas.
All in all i will never visit Turkey again, i will quite happily say it was the worst country i may have ever visited! It was like Chavs R Us and it makes me wonder if thats why the reviews were so good, either that or they stayed in the hotel part. so glad that i only wasted 400 on this hotel as if it had been anymore i would have been gutted.
The only good thing to come out the holiday was that the weather was fab for end of September and me and my chap had some much needed quality time together!!!
- Travel date: Tue 7th of October 2008
My husband and I stayed at Pine Bay in J...
"My husband and I stayed at Pine Bay in July this year.
It was our first visit to Turkey.
I can honestly say that this is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. The rooms were extremely comfortable and well furnished with good air conditioning and even carpet on the floors. The hotel is designed in tiers resembling the style of a cruise ship with several bars and seating areas with comfortable leather sofas. There are three restaraunts and we could eat in both the Marina and Panorama restaraunts once each during our stay included in our all-inclusive package. The food in all restaurants was amazing with show cooking every night. Even the all day snacks were served to us in the beach bar and snack bars. so we still felt like we were having lunch out!
There are numerous pools around the complex with literally hundreds of sun loungers around pool areas, gardens and right along the hotel's private beach. so even in July it was easy to get a bed.There is something for everyone regarding entertainment. The dancers were really good and children enjoyed discos and games every night. If you just want a quiet night you can sit around the pool which looks beautiful lit up at night, or there was a singer in the piano bar.
The hotel has it's own shops selling everything from sun lotion to gorgeous handbags. We booked a Turkish bath and massage at the spa which was a great experience. It cost around Â£80 each, but that was our treat for the holiday. You can also use tha spa jacuzzi, sauna and steam room free on the all-inclusive package, which is really great after a day in the sun.
The staff were second to none really friendly and will always make time to talk. Nothing is too much trouble.
Although the hotel is set up in the hillside, the regular dolmus stops at the gates every 5 minutes and costs around Â£1 per person to get to Kusadasi. (journey takes around 10 minutes)
The drag act at Roxy's bar is well worth a visit in Kusadasi and we would recommend the Del Boy bar beside it for food, drink and a really warm welcome,
The market in Kusadasi is great for bargains.
All in all a great place to stay at a really good price for two weeks holiday if you want a bit of luxury and a friendly atmosphere. Definitely warrants it's five stars!
- Travel date: Wed 13th of August 2008
Me and my partner booked this hotel 6wee...
"Me and my partner booked this hotel 6weeks before we went, we wanted a quick get away. Everything about the hotel was lovely, great nice, we did get a bungalow at first which i will admit was rediculousy small and there was no way i could stay in there for two weeks so we paid to upgrade to the hotel rooms which was waayyy better!! Animation team soo funny and tried there best to make the entertainment good, overall it wasnt bad to be honest. The food stunningly presented and very nice especially when outside towards the end it did get brought inside as was getting windy as was towards the end of season. Did get 4 days of rain but its luck to be honest and there was plenty to do in the hotel. I will say one thing which didnt bother me as it was a quick get away maybe would if i went in summer there was far to many duetch and german who were very rude, also the reception did put there culture and other before the english but we did meet a few people. It was a fantastic holiday and would defnitly return and recommend."
- Travel date: Wed 6th of August 2008
We stayed in apartments, after complaini...
"We stayed in apartments, after complaining we were moved to a better apartment, the previous being very old and dismol! Lovely settings, hotel spot less nice location although quiet, buses available to travel the area. Very relaxing, hotel amenities brilliant good entertainment for all ages, clean and well equiped, shop, turkish baths.
There is a lady who works for hotel speaks all languages and assists with all problems and very approachable.
Food was of good variety with a choice of two restauraunts aswell buffett. The food was typical holiday buffet and of good standard and plenty of choice and varety, we never had the same thing twice. Beach bars also.
Taxi's and buses from hotel door good in price, helpful.
No arguing over sunbeds there was plenty, the hotel private beach is spot less and clean blue waters.
Would recommend to anyone who doesn't want heavy nightlife, but a relaxing and enjoyable holiday."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of April 2008
me and my boyfriend had an amzing time h...
"me and my boyfriend had an amzing time here at the hotel. the hotel itself is absolutly beautiful! its like a palace. the staff are so lovely and helpfull and un like other coutrys you dont feel watched, pressured or anything to give money.
the food was lovely and changed alot, there was a great selection and often done theme nights ie- kebabs! although the breakfast could have been better.
the cleainess of the whole resort was fantastic. pools cleaned daily, rooms cleaned daily and stocked.
the private beach is gorgeous and was so beautifull at sunset.
entertainment was sooooo good, the staff did a good range.
you had a free pass to a aqua park 5 mins walk 2 mins drive away, and a free continuous bus to take and collect you.
there were also bus's that would come every 10 mins outside the hotel and take you in to kusadasi town which is great, this costs about 70p per person.
the locals are great and very respectfull yet chatty!
in the main town you get the local shop owners hassleling abit but then you get that everywhere. theres a great market on twice a week which i would strongy advise you go if you want the bargins!
we loved it sooooo much we are going again this year but for 2 weeks!
- Travel date: Wed 20th of February 2008
"We went in June 2007 and had a fantastic time, would not recomend this hotel for the infirm as it is built on a steep incline and was very steep for us (who are still able at 49 yrs) however there are little buses who will take you to your bungalow. The bungalows require refurbishment and desperately in need of new mattresses as they are extremely hard, my companion said it was the hardest thing she had felt all week!! The food was absolutely great, fantastic choice, the staff were second to none (so friendly and helpful) enjoyed the water park which was part of the all inclusive package but unfortunatley this has now been removed. The Pine Bay is a great place for children too although we didn't have any with us. The previous review I read about the guitarist is completely true and it would better if there was a variety or even background music. All in all had a great holiday and will definitely be going back this year."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of January 2008
Freewheeling in Turkey
"We stayed for a week in the Pine Bay Holiday Resort: from octobre 2nd til octobre 9th. The weather was above all expectations: beautifull, sunny weather, 28 -> 30 degrees, sea water temperature: 22-> 24 degrees. Pine Bay is a beautifull place. Big but extremely well organised. Staff is always polite and mostly kind. Food is miraculous in its offer and variation, we did not regret a single minute of our stay. Love to go back.
Don'ts: don't go on an organised tour! Hire a car and discover that part of Turkey for yourself. It is that much cheaper, and you'll be in control of your freetime yourself. Certainly to do: visit the Milli Parki. National Park about 28 km south of Kusadasi.
If in the dry season: forget the walk in the canyon: all you eat is dust..... but: delicious beaches...."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of November 2007