8 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
I think this holiday was the best I have...
"I think this holiday was the best I have ever experienced in my entire life. The hotel was very clean no dirt and all the staff were brilliant with children and with adults. The entertainment on a night was good fun all the children had a brilliant time. The food was gorgeous as well, hygiene was good. When we arrived we jumped straight into the pool and what a feeling the pool was crystal clear, clean and very nice to swim in. The afternoon entertainment was good there was things to do for adults as well as children. Overall an excellent holiday I will definately be coming back one day."
- Travel date: 26th July 2007
When we first arrived and were shown our...
"When we first arrived and were shown our room, which was on the ground floor just 2 doors from the reception, we thought it looked a bit dated. Our room was split into 2 rooms. The main bit was ok, but smaller room with sofa bed and TV looked a little old fashioned, but it was clean. From then on the holiday just got better! Having at first thought we were going to hate it we ended up loving it. The food was lovely. The bad thing about the restaurant was that after having guests through its doors for about an hour, the staff were very eager to clear the food away and not bother setting any more tables up. We ate about 7.45 ish and had to ask just about every night to have our table set. One evening we managed to find a table which was set and got our drinks to the table, then went to get some soup, only to return 2 minutes later to find our drinks and cutlery had been cleared away!!! This was amazing as at breakfast time we had to pile our dirty plates at the end of the table as no one wanted to take them!! One evening we were eating our meal when we noticed that the deserts were being taken away!!! The restaurant was supposed to be open for another hour!! We saw people who had come in late looking around for food as half of it had been tidied away. The swimming pool was ok to start with ,but during the 2nd week there did seem to be a spate of accidents in the childrenâs pool which was off-putting. Adults were taking babies and toddlers in with no swimming things on, which is probably why it was happening 2 or 3 times a day during the end of the holiday. The evening entertainment was mainly set in the amphitheatre, which was a nice setting. One night a week dinner was outside around the pool, Turkish night, you had to wear red and white! The following week it was black and white(cant remember reason for the black and white!) This was all very nice but it was busy with people trying to get tables and as we were near the end we found it impossible to get somewhere to sit together. There were 6 of us,3 adults, and 3 kids. In the end we had to sit at a table which seated about 15/20 but were all split up at either end of the table! The food was situated in the hotel gardens so was a 15 minute job getting food and getting back to table. The hotel itself is quite a few miles from Side but there are a few shops a 5 minute walk from hotel and also a few bars. The hotel and shops etc are set around a big lake. Taxis are available from outside the hotel if you want to go a bit further. The hotel and holiday were good and we enjoyed most of it. The big letdown is the restaurant and its lack of organisation. The food itself though was nice. Think some of the rooms had been modernised as we saw a friends room which was a lot more modern than ours.(ours was a family room and was larger.) Also if you like peacocks then there are a few here. Woke up 1 morning to find one perched on our balcony!! They also have monkeys in cages round the side of hotel."
- Travel date: 8th July 2007
I think overall the Kaya hotel side is v...
"I think overall the Kaya hotel side is very good for families. There was lots of things to do in the day activities for all ages. The hotel was very clean & tidy, all the staff made u welcome & are very friendly. There is a wide range off food to suit everyone, the pool is a good size to have fun in with the kids. The on site shops and salons catered for all. I really would recommend this hotel for a family holiday to remember. Well done hotel Kaya you made our holiday thanks xxxxxx"
- Travel date: 2nd February 2006
The hotel itself was clean and pleasant,...
"The hotel itself was clean and pleasant, with the maids in the hotel keeping the rooms looking perfect throughout the stay. They would fold our pjs into fancy displays which was sweet. The weather was brilliant, having the 2 pools, one with slides and one without as great! There was even an indoor pool, which was swell as my skin would start to burn i the midday sun! The beach is right out of the arch in the back of the hotel. Despite being an all-inclusive there werenât snacks offered throughout the day! Ice creams you had to pay for apart from around dinnertime when they became free. Constantly there was other food being offered but much of it was mealy kinds of foods! Never made it to breakfast but heard it was good. The hotel offers restaurants, which you have to book! Would seriously recommend the bbq as it was great fun. The hotel mainly consists of Germans, and it was often difficult to speak to staff, as only one of the receptionists spoke English and he never seemed to be there. Many children were given the pink bands, which enabled them to drink alcoholic drinks, meaning there was far less sulking, but the evening entertainment was poor, although shows were offered, teenagers had little to do! They would often be on the balcony drinking waiting for the so-called disco to begin! That in itself was not too bad, but few people danced. On Saturday nights there is a foam party, which gets a huge turn out, with pole dancers (however ugly they were). For this night I would recommend you bring your towel downstairs, as it really does sting, and donât wear your best clothes because they get drenched! "
- Travel date: 31st July 2005
This hotel is amazing!! Totally superb!!...
"This hotel is amazing!! Totally superb!! The staff are so friendly and easy to talk to, not many of them know good English but theyâre still understandable. There is something for everyone, kids club, mini-night-club/disco, gorgeous young waiters for the older people, a great Animation team and great music! Do the club dance!! Itâs so fun and easy to learn. There are on-site shops and a small gather of shops just outside the hotel. And if you see the animation team can you tell them Abby from England said hi?? =D"
- Travel date: 30th April 2005
I have just returned back from Kaya Side...
"I have just returned back from Kaya Side, staying all inclusive and was very impressed with the resort. Even though the hotel is out of season at the moment and both outside swimming pools were shut there was still plenty to do at the hotel. I was able to see that when the pools open they would be very good, one pool is the swimming pool the other the water slide pool. The hotels private beach was of a good size a quick walk from the hotel. It is situated by a massive lake and surrounded by a beautiful pine forest. The hotel is not in a busy area, although a 2 minute walk down the road, you come to a small area filled with shops, bars, discos, restaurants, payphones and a bus station with buses running every 5-10 mins to Side a much bigger resort about 10 mins away for a very small cost. The rooms were good, spacious with a nice bathroom, with a massive mirror, plenty of space for your clothes with a dressing room and a nice balcony. There is horse riding down the road from the hotel (the second one) (NOT TEXAS one) which is very good you go through the pine forest and then onto the beach, you can either go at a walking pace or trot or gallop. The hotel food was of a very good standard plenty of choices with themed nights, including Mexican, Italian and Turkish. The hotels disco is situated outside the hotel so therefore it is not noisy for the hotels guests, who want to get some sleep. Drinks are still all inclusive in the disco so once the bar closes in the hotel you can go to the disco and get youâre all inclusive drinks. The disco itself is good, plenty of dancing space and also seating and you can request music, if you want a particular tune. The staff at the hotel were fantastic and could not do enough for you, they were always smiling and happy to see you! The new animation team, which have only been there for 3 weeks were very entertaining and friendly with all ages from very small to very old and they put on some really good shows, including members of the audience in them! The photographer was very nice, chatty, but he does not hassle you to buy the photos after he has taken them, which is good so you can just look at them. Although not many English people were staying at the hotel at the time, the staff and animation were very pleased to see some English people and loved to chat with you. Overall a very good holiday and a good stay at hotel Kaya Side, I will even miss many of the staff and definitely some of the animation! I hope to return later in the year, which should be even better as the pools will be open and it will be the season. Fiona from Essex"
- Travel date: 1st March 2005
Having been to the sister hotel in Belek...
"Having been to the sister hotel in Belek this was not up to the same Very High standard, but saying that the food, drinks and staff were great. Yes the hotel has a high level of Germans but just like us British you get good and bad. Must say Hello to Fret one of the managers who is a star and our rep KELLY who could not do enough for all, she is FAB!!!!!! The holiday was worth it just to meet them especially Kelly all the best for 2005 and hope to see you all soon. Please remember to tip staff at the beginning of your holiday as wages are very small and you will get better service if that is possible, because the service is great."
- Travel date: 1st December 2004
Having enjoyed a previous holiday in Tur...
"Having enjoyed a previous holiday in Turkey, my partner and I took a chance and booked at short notice an all-inclusive weekâs holiday at the Hotel Kaya in the Anatolian resort of Side. The stay was memorable for all the right reasons. The hotel Kaya was modern, spacious and attractive. The rooms were well furnished with good bathroom facilities and balconies. The dining arrangements were magnificent. In addition to the main dining hall in the basement, there were additional Chinese and traditional Ottoman restaurants which could be booked at no extra charge. The fare on offer was varied at all times of the day, always fresh and quite delicious. The mushrooms, in particular were very good. The hotel-bar was well stocked and the genial barmen soon learned how to fix a good strong gin and tonic. The hotel abutted onto a beach, which was partly under construction, but only a five minute walk away. We travelled just before the Easter holidays and it should be borne in mind that the main swimming pool is not filled until the holiday influx. The hotel has a small menagerie with monkeys who enjoy sticky buns and a small pride of pea-hens, who my partner and I, being prejudiced about the animal loving nature of Jonny Turk, erroneously assumed were peacocks cruelly shorn of their famous plumage. Being corrected as to their gender by a smart 12 year old girl from Norwich was a holiday highlight! The hotel staff were always kind and willing to help and this added to the comfort of our stay. Of particular note is the Turkish baths and massage facilities. A two hour pampering with an unforgettable Turkish bath from genial and willing bath boys, a facial and all over massage is a bargain at 40 euros and was simply the most enjoyable aspect of the holiday. The guests were a mixture of Germans and Brits in a roughly 70% to 30% split. A smattering of Deutsche is helpful since most of the hotel staff speak German as a second language. Germans on holiday do live up to their stereotype even in Turkey. To succeed just be bloody minded and shameless in securing a coveted spot by the circular swimming pool and if all else fails just be effortly superior and English. Two Germans we really liked were 'Fatarse' and 'Herman the German'. Fatarse was a lady endowed with the most monumental buttocks in history. Had we been living in less enlightened times these would have been displayed in circuses and venues around Europe. The lady in question was quite reasonably proud of her assets and displayed them to effect in a revealing diaphanous red outfit. Words alone cannot adequately describe the effect. This became not so much a talking point as an obsessive topic for my partner and myself. We laughed and joshed about it until 3 am the next morning. Herman the German was a massive Teutonic oak of a football hooligan who supported Werner Bremen. In addition to his imposing muscular girth, he sported a patterned razor haircut of the type made popular by Vanilla Ice many years ago. The boorishness of his demeanour was enhanced by the tightest pair of Speedos known to man. Evening entertainments were a mixed bag. The gang show was good for a laugh but most intriguing of all was the 'Leather Disco'. This was not the kind of thing where gentlemen and ladies disport themselves in tight fitting bondage gear and tie themselves to posts whilst the strains of Donna Summer serves as a rhythm to soft strokes of the lash. Instead it is an opportunity for the hotel shop to flog inexpensive leather ware to unsuspecting guests. To encourage the sales, members of the audience are invited to wear hideous, tight fitting and unflattering red tanned leather jeans and strut their stuff on the stage in a manner most unbecoming. In an attempt to disguise this blatant sales pitch, an elegantly strong young lady and trained snake handler disports with a variety of pythons and again invites audience participation. Herman the German as the strongest man in the audience game fully stepped onto the stage and carried, with no lack of grace, the heaviest python and performed a dance with it. On facing the audience, looking for applause and recognition he was disconcerted to see a row of condescending grins. Unbeknownst to Herman, the python in question had spent the preceding minutes inching its glabrous head with stomach churning intent past his tight Speedos and towards the general direction of his fundament. How we laughed!! Trips outside of the hotel could be arranged by hailing a taxi from the rank next to the reception. Side itself is a fantastic town with shops aplenty and sites of historical interest dating back to the Roman Empire. The local market towns were a joy to visit and gave us an authentic taste of local life. Cafes here are friendly and welcoming and the bustle of market life and the incessant bartering is a wonder to behold. All in all, an all-inclusive trip to Kaya Side represents excellent value for money and guarantees a wonderful relaxing time in comfortable surroundings."
- Travel date: 31st March 2004
Kaya Side is also called
- Side Kaya Hotel
- calimera kaya side manavgat
- calimera kaya side hotel manavgat