11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Had a great time!
"First of all, if you're going to Side, Turkey, you ought to check with your doctor if you need any booster jabs/immunisations. Side has a 'low' malaria risk, so best to be safe. I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It was my first time to Turkey. Went with my partner and 2 girls (ages 8 and 6). The transfer time from the airport was around 2 hours, once we'd dropped everyone else off to their (not as nice as ours) hotels. We were the last and I thought we'd come to paradise when we were escorted by the porter to our room. This hotel has 9 (NINE) swimming pools!!!! Ok some of them are little toddler pools, but I counted 9 in total. They are all warm and lovely to swim in. One of them has water slides (for the kids, and BIG kids!). One is a 'relax' pool - where noise is kept to a minimum. I recommend you go to Google and type in the name of this hotel and search 'Images' to get a good idea of what it has to offer. There's an indoor pool with jacuzzi, steam room, turkish bath and sauna. All free! The food was lovely and we were spoilt for choice. The entertainment was OK - not as good as some other hotels I've been to, to be honest. The drinks were mainly served at the bar. Water and tea/coffee were the only self-serve ones. The beach is a 10 minute walk, and the Otium Eco Club have their own section of beach with security guard, lifeguard, and own (free) sunbeds. You can get your all inclusive food and drink at the beach too. When you arrive at the hotel, you are given a card (a sort of voucher) to get a beach towel - provided by the hotel. You can get clean beach towels (to use at the beach or poolside) and then exchange them for a fresh one when it gets dirty, etc. So no need to bring beach towels. Our room was spacious. The beds are too hard, I'm afraid. This was one of the downsides. Another downside, is that there are lots of Germans and Russians (and other foreigners) about. It's a very German dominated hotel. We went on a boat trip, and they were talking over the loud-speaker at the people in German or Russian. Didn't speak any English at all. English are in the minority, that's for sure. But it's not that much of a problem to be honest. TV in our room had mainly German channels though. Beware of the shop owners. They are a bloomin' pain in the butt. You get hassled constantly. Don't bother going to bazaars or markets. You'll just be constantly hassled and pressurised into buying stuff you don't want. You'll come away feeling annoyed and aggravated. I would just stay on the hotel grounds for the duration of your holiday. Trips are annoying too. Won't be bothering next time. Take EUROS - not Turkish Lira. They just do Euros everywhere - even thought they're not in the EU yet. Cakes were served at 4-5pm each day. Ice cream served at 3-4pm each day. Pancakes (made to order) served during the daytime. You will certainly not go hungry here! All in all, this hotel was the best we've stayed in, and will probably go back again, although the mattresses on the beds were on the hard side. Beach was OK. A bit rocky once in the sea (my daughter stubbed her foot on this rock). Not as child-friendly as other beaches I've been to."
- Travel date: 4th September 2010
Wow what a place
"I stayed at the Eco Club from 27th may 2010 to 3rd June 2010. The hotel is top notch. Fantastic for adults and kids. All the staff canât do enough to help you, and of course they are all multi lingual. The whole place is very European (outside of England) there is a lot of Germans, Russians, Bulgarians, Belgians, and a minority of Brits... But don't let this put you off... Because of this hotel they are all happy, not grumpy, not pushy, very friendly, try to communicate in English at all times when conversing with you (if you don't speak another language apart from English). There are some very tiny minor down sides though. 1. The beds are very very hard, they take some getting used to but a few drinks and you don't really notice:-) 2. Transport to the hotel if by the rep transport (not private hire, or cabs) from Antalya airport is 1 hour, but don't let that time scale fool you, you will be last to be dropped off and first to be picked up... Causing you transfer to nearly 2 hours, which is a bit of a pain when all you want is to get there! And finally. 3. The drinks package could be better. There is local Beer, Wine (red, rose and white) Gin, Rakki, and a cheap vodka. And that is it apart from all soft drinks of course. there are other adult drinks but there is not any local versions so you will need to pay for others if want them. But really I didn't find the drinks package too bad the beer, gin and wine are fine. Now Location... The location is fine it is a short bus journey from near the hotel to Side or really anywhere else you want to visit Manavgat (where the big market is on Mondays). But do expect to be hassled and having to barter for everything. And the Turks although friendly, can be extremely pushy in the market and restaurants in this area. Everything is really easy to find, so don't be ripped off by holiday reps selling you overpriced visits, ask around and everyone will help you if needed. The beach is a 5-10 min walk from the Hotel, and your all inclusive stretches to it. There is a shuttle service to the beach if you want to take it very easy or you can't walk it. And be careful not to be ripped off Never Never get anything without agreeing a price first, food, drink, clothes, because they will all try to rip you off and will be successful. With few exceptions. If you are in a cafe for instance, try to make sure there are prices on the wall or in the menu. Even the most astute get caught from time to time. Back to the hotel... This hotel is first rate and worth the 5 stars (Thomas Cook give it 4) I would go back in a flash but may next time grab a taxi to the hotel from the airport... Oh! And I must give you a word of advice on leaving. At the airport they will scan you before check in., then passport control, now you are in "duty free" (not so duty free) Here you get a "few bargains" I wanted some water, and some Pringles for the flight back, I bought a 50cl bottle of water some Pringles and a litre bottle of water this was Â£12. Ok fine it is bought, but no they have to rip you off one more time before you leave, to enter you gate for departure, you must go through another scanner again separating everything, and resulting in them taking your water or any soft drink off you, nearly everyone got caught out with this. Hope all this helps"
- Travel date: 9th June 2010
"My husband and myself read the reviews about this hotel and decided if the worse thing was a hard bed then we would be fine. We arrived on Sunday 31st May with my 9 year old step son. The check in process was extremely smooth and they were very curtious. We were shown to our room which was spotlessly clean with a balacony that overlooked the gardens. We decided that after a long day to go and have something to eat and explore the grounds. The food was fantastic and throughout our stay there was always something to eat that we enjoyed, the salads were fantastic, with all different breads,cheeses and meats,then there was the hot food which consisted of rice,pasta all different types of potatoes,numerous diffferent meats and fish. all freshly cooked in front of you,after many many desserts if you feel you could fit them in. All day long you could find something to eat be it sausage and chips, Burgers,pancakes,cakes, you name it you could have it. there is entertainment for everybody from 10 in the morning until well after midnight with aqua aerobics,volleyball,golf,darts the list was endless or you could just relax by the pool, we were there half term week but had no trouble getting a sunbed which came with an extremely comfortable mattress. The pool and areas were spotless and cleaned constantly. It was brilliant for children with lifeguards all around and slides and different pools to keep them busy,thekids club was one of the best I have ever seen and you could actually watch the kids play in the club on your television in your room which was brilliant. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who has children we had a great time and met some really lovely people who I'm sure we will keep in touch with"
- Travel date: 6th June 2010
First class service, food, cleanliness, welcome - highly recommended
"Firstly, this resort is advertised as Side, but it is actually situated in a place called Sorgun on the outskirts of Mangevat. That said, the hotel exceeded all our expectations. The temperature was very warm when we visited late May/early June so we didn;t venture out of the local area - and to be honest, as we were only staying for one week everything we needed was on the complex. We are a couple in our sixties so were a little worried that we would be overrun by children when we saw the pictures of the spiral slides at the swimming pool on the hotel website. We needn't have worried though as the staff who supervise the children are excellent and v. responsible. If you have children under eight years old, then Kid's World at this hotel will amaze you. There is a fanastic programme of events for kids of all ages which run daily from 8am to 9.30pm and you can even keep an eye on them from the comfort of your room as all areas of Kids World are monitored by CCTV and you can watch it on your TV!! There is a little Pet's Corner with adorable rabbits, hens, peacocks, etc. The spa here is fabulous and the Turkish Bath amazing. The all-inclusive tariff is exactly that, you are totally spoilt for choice in the restaurants and bars and if you are so inclined you can eat and drink non-stop from dawn till dusk! The food is to suit all tastes, including mediterranean/Turkish and western cuisine and is excellent. There is a vast range of on-site activities to keep you entertained, but if you simply want to relax there are quiet areas around the complex where you can do just that. The beach is shingle and the sea really is a lovely shade of turquoise. The Beach bar offers a lovely lunch buffet is you want to stay at the Beach all day, and the staff down there, (as everywhere in this hotel) can't do enough for you! We ate at the a la carte restaurant one evening where Yusuf, Dwygu and Dilez were wonderfully attentive and ensured our experience was just great. There is a nine minute walk to the Beach, but if it gets too hot for you to summon the energy to walk the hotel runs an air-conditioned mini-bus hourly there and back, or you can hop one one of the bikes available for guests use. The main walkway to the Beach was obviously lovely when it was created but sadly in need of some TLC these days. The few bars and shops around all look as if they once enjoyed better days, but I expect that as all the hotels around this area seem to be AI there isn't much business to be had. (Tip, don't buy from any of these shops, if you want to buy souvenirs take the local No 10 bus to Mangevat - Fare one euro and buy your shopping in or near the Market - but do go early if you want to avoid being crushed to death!! As a previous reviewer has said, the clientele do seem to be mainly from Eastern Europe and the Netherlands, so if you are looking for a typical English style resort/menu don't come here! The Entertainment was great, and the animation work tirelessly to keep the guests happy, (especially Rocky!) You can take part in a range of pool games, learn to belly-dance, enter the darts tournament, beach volley-ball, try your hand at rifle shooting or archery or simply relax with a game of chess or backgammon by the pool. Well-equipped indoor and outdoor gymnasium, live evening entertainment and if you have the stamina and the energy a late-nght disco too! The grounds of the complex are well-mantained and the pool staff are incredibly helpful. You should have no trouble getting a sunbed or Parasol, but if you do the Lifeguards aew always happy to help you find one. There is wireless internet in the rooms and many of the public areas, so if you can't live without your laptop - take it with you. The hotel is very environmentally conscious and they do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint. All in all our experience was very positive and we are looking to make a return trip in late September. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: 4th June 2010
Does exactly what it says on the tin......
"The hotel, staff , facilities, and grounds are briliiant and immaculately maintained. The staff are so helpful and friendly. Anybody who complains about this hotel should really stay at home- as a previous reviewer mentioned, dont go here if you want to watch eastenders while eating your full english. There are alot of non british tourists at this hotel but we always find that the standards are usually higher than in properties that cater solely for the brits and irish. The food was limitless and very varied. We had a very large room en suite with a sliding partition into a room with sofa bed and separate toilet. The room overlooked the lake and the farm it was very peaceful. The children 11 & 8 loved it here with the water slides, pancake house and evening entertainment. We didnt do much travelling other than into Side (10 euro in taxi) to visit the roman ruins, well worth it. The hotel was so relaxing it was easier to just relax and take things easy, It really is a beautiful hotel and spa that caters for everybody, book it and enjoy!!!"
- Travel date: 2nd June 2010
Seriously surpassed expectation
"The Otium Eco Club is fantastic my husband and i really loved this Hotel and the service it provides.,the staff were very friendly and they worked very hard to ensure you have a brilliant relaxing yet fun packed holiday. We really would recommend this hotel to families and couples it caters for everyone. The entertainment team worked tirelessly to provide a varied fun filled program and the catering staff surpassed themselves every night with there vast array of dishes only trouble with that was we managed to put on a stone in weight between us.We would like to say an enormous thankyou to all at the Otium especially the cook and the beach boy we became fond of they were excellent workers and lovely people there names are Apousta nicknamed by us mackeral and the lovely Cihangir they were fantastic cheers guys well be back asap. David and Joan Weir Greyabbey co down N.I."
- Travel date: 23rd May 2010
5* complex for a 5* stay - go on you deserve it!
"After reading previous reviews we were worried about this booking but the hotel has been recently refurbished to a 5* standard and it deserves it. Excellent standard of service - smiley service team in yellow tops are always available to help. Entertainment team (known as Animation) are good, dedicated kids area, wonderful spa and wellness centre and good food - plenty of it! We stayed for 7 nights and had a thoroughly relaxing time which was just what we wanted. There are 3 main pools (including a relax pool where there is no music playing), all have sun loungers, and parasols available; poolside team (lifeguards) are great and very helpful; 2 main bars in the complex serve drinks from 10am until 12 midnight and drinks also available in the restaurants and the beach bar / cafe. Staff have limited English but really do their best to help. Highly recommended - we were so happy we never left the resort!"
- Travel date: 3rd May 2010
Come here for fun and relaxtion. It has it all!
"We arrived in the evening and was greated well by reception staff will arrival drinks. The porter helped us with our cases and was very helpful showing us our room facilities. The room was stunning very clean and plenty of pillows that you dont normally get in other places. The beds are new and hard which were great for our backs. A lovely bathroom followed into a walk in shower which was nice and powerful. A little selection of toiletries were left and replaced daily. The tv was German orientated but if that bothers you then your clearly spending too much time in your room. As we had gone all inclusive we couldnt wait for dinner. One word to discribe it..wow!! Lots of choice, very tasty, presented very well. Huge area to sit either inside or out. You have to expect different types of food as your in a different country dont go expecting an english pork sausage or chedder cheese. All the staff are friendly and are fantastic with children. The kids world looked amazing and we were there for the childrens festival in which all staff were dressed up food and games for kids were priority. We are recommending our family all go this year the children will love it. Entertainment was varied which included pool side music in the evening lots of fun with a bulgarian group who tried their best at Frank Sinatra. There was an ampitheatre which provided shows we saw traditional turkish dancing and drums. The best night was extreem dancing in which a group danced very similar to current groups like Diversity and Flawless. They were jaw dropping, excellent. The beach area for our hotel was great just a short walk along a river then sunbeds for all. Great food and drink there and high security to stop beach sellers so very peaceful. The spa centre was great i had a facial and there were lots of different treatments to choose from i would of loved more if had more time. I cannot fault this hotel at all we have been many places and how this hotel is set out and the thought that has gone into it is exceptional. If you complain about this hotel then stay in England in London so you get the 5 star you are looking for. We loved it and will be telling everyone we know to go there!!"
- Travel date: 30th April 2010
Fantastic clean and friendly hotel
"British, family of 5 with 3 teenage boys with many experiences of IA across the Med and Caribbean. . We had a fantastic holiday at this hotel for 3 weeks. The hotel has been refurbished sometime last year and has just been opened up to British travelers (via Thomas Cook only I think). The rooms and facilities are virtually new and immaculately kept but a squad of inviable cleaners. There is a large, lively, pool area with a bar and a second smaller quiet pool with self service tea and coffee etc. The beach is 5mins walk through a parade of fun shops and the beach bar is an elaborate bar/snack bar with hot food and drinks served all day. The entertainment staff were excellent and the kids entertainment and facilities were the best we have seen, with a large fully enclosed kids area and a great kids club. We were stuck for an extra week because of the volcano issue and the reception staff could not have helped us more by sorting out our transfers, allowing us to book day to day and eventually allowing us to stay in the room for as long as we needed. A real refreshing 'can do' attitude. Very few negatives, but for balance; no whiskey, rum or brandy. No water sports (albeit, we were slightly out of season) and the food, whilst very nice and masses of choice, was a bit canteen like. None of this limited us from having a fantastic time at this high quality hotel."
- Travel date: 27th April 2010
Nice compact hotel with lots of activities
"The hotel is nice as you can easily control your kids whereabouts due to smallness of area. The lake beside the hotel is nice as well, you can take a bike for free to the beach. The sea is very wavy and not so clear but ok. The first day we arrived (real late-at 2:30 a.m.), we were given a room overlooking the restaurant kitchen back door which filled our room with clattering sounds and noise until the morning. I cried in the room until the morning. Asked for a different room but the hotel was booked and they only showed one room which was much smaller and could not accomodate our two sons. So, basically they did not try at all to compensate this. The staff at the bars were nice. Restaurant food was not high quality, chicken everyday with limited choices. The steam room and spa was nice."
- Travel date: 5th April 2010
Avoid this place
"First of all, I apologise because English is not my mother tongue. When we arrived, the staff at the reception was nice. However, there were a lot of disapointing things during our 14-days stay. First of all, the room. The problem was not the cleanliness, it was cleaned every day. However, the bed was so hard that I could feel the pieces of metal in my back, which made that I slept badly. When I finally fell asleep, the sun came through the windows as soon as it rose. The curtains were so thin that it was as if there were no curtains. We had to hang some clothes against the window to try to make the room a bit darker, but it didn't work properly. As soon as the food is concerned, we had to eat chicken and potatoes during 14 days because there was nothing else. And I won't even speak of the drinks, chemical orange juice even though they say that it's pure juice, and I won't even speak of the wine which can't be called wine! From the second week we only ate salads because we were sick of chicken and potatoes. 3 times while we were eating there was no electricity and the lights turned off. The pool was nice, except that we met a lot of people who had problems with their ears after a few days bathing. Appartently, the water of the pool had some bacterias. My boyfriend had to go to the doctor of the hotel, who said she couldn't do anything, and she sent us to a private hospital. We went there, my boyfriend had his ear checked for about 2 minutes and the poor one was asked..... (tadam) 350â¬!!!! He said that it was out of question to pay this amount, and eventually could negociate for 300â¬... We were disgusted!!! This hotel is definitely a place to avoid, even though the animation staff was great (all Russian, except one German and two Turkish, because you have to know that 95% of the tourists are Russian)..."
- Travel date: 27th January 2010
Otium Eco Club Side is also called
- Otium Eco Club