Otium Hotel Seven Seas
17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Loved this hotel 2 years ago and am now going back with my fiancee
"I would just like to put up another review as there arent very many on this website, I stayed here in 2006 with my family and as an older teenager i found it an amazing trip overall, since i can remember i have stayed in 5* all inclusive hotels in many countrys and this is one of the best i have been to now two years on i cannot wait to return with my partner so he can see why i cannot wait to return, the hotel itself is beautiful and nothing can be majorly faulted apart from the rooms yes many of them are of a personal taste such as the lime green or orange colour schemes although the rooms near to the lazy river (bungalow rooms) are of a basic taste with a hidden shower although the frosted glass wall remains nothing can be seen whatsoever as i was sharing with a cousin the privacy when having a shower was warmly welcomed! there are many choices of food aswell as snacks to eat throughout the day (such as the panini bar with so many fillings to choose from and they were very nice!), a very good all inclusive for a family with a fussy eater as there is something for everyone!. The evening entertainment is good mabey not to everyones taste but it beats butlins by miles and cannot be faulted as the children will love it. The allinclusive package is amazing as it includes so much more than many do so it is great value for the price you pay, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday or a holiday for the family i would highly reconmend this place as there is so much to do two weeks is a must as a week is not enough to see everything you have to take advantage of!. The staff are so helpful and accomodating if you have any problems they will not hesitate to sort it out for you. I have to comment on is the range of alcoholic drinks they offer, any drink that you would like they seem to have or will try to accomodate you and are much more then generous if you preffer doubles to singles although when ordering vodka make sure yo say for example coke and vodka not vodka and coke as the bar staff stop paying attention after "vodka" and like to give you a glass of vodka with ice but no coke! There is loads to do locally and the hotel staff will try to sort as much out as they can or tell you where the best places to go are. The last thing i will point out is the security there are security guards aroung the hotel, the hotel doesnt make you wear wrist bands or show your card unless you are coming into the hotel so if you fancy a walk on the beach of an evening make sure you have your room key handy as they wont let you in without it along with refusing large groups of people trying to get in with only one key! i found this really good as you dont get any trouble in the resort what so ever along with all the staff and security being more then friendly and accomodating you really couldnt ask for more so to sum this essay up this is a great hotel if you find a problem when your their all you have to do is go to the reception and they will sort it out immediately! which is more then you can say for many hotels! Happy holidays and i would reconmend trying their sex on the beach cocktail or pinacolada served at the pool bar as they have turned the cockatil into a slush puppy and it is amazing to drink on a warm evening!"
- Travel date: Mon 26th of January 2009
Magic Life - swimming delight
"We have just returned from a week at Seven Seas. It was our 1st trip to Turkey, therefore not sure what is the norm, but if it helps other potential quests here are my views.
I love swimming, both in the pool and the sea, and we were delighted with the options at this hotel, a quiet pool with some water features, a waterfall, intermittent waves and a jacuzzi. A lazy river (use a rubber ring and float or part swim and float) a crazy river and water shutes. A separate kids pool with slides. A further large pool with activities or a wonderful sandy beach area with clear blue, warm sea. All with towels provided.
The selection of food was excellent and we found the air conditoning in the main restaurant and our room was good (previous reviewer found a problem with this) All the staff were friendly and helpful although English is not spoken by many. Sign language is quite effective!
All areas of the hotel were spotlessly clean and the gardens well cared for. There are even resident cats for whom the hotel provide a play area, beds and food, there were 6 adorable kittens during our visit. The entertainment was good when outside artists visited but the show performed by the resident entertainment crew was not to our taste so we left.
Our only booked trip out was to the Green Lake and this was good value and gave an insight into the "real Turkey" wonderful scenery and a swim in the lake.
Overall there were 3 negatives about the hotel
1 The bedrooms have awful IKEA like decor and vivid colour schemes, ours was bright orange, with open plan wardrobe, no drawer space and no table or worktop for make up and brush and comb etc. I had to use the plastic patio table in desperation.
The bathroom had opaque glass door with no lock and opaque side to the shower. The overhead lighting was very large and harsh, akin to laying on an operating table when you lay on the bed with the lights on.
2 The noise from the entertainment around the activity pool was much too loud. The thump thump from the base drums could be heard from all over the site at certain times of the day.
3 For the first 4 days of our holiday most guests were Austrian and it was very quiet and dignified, even the children were lovely, then the Russian guests arrived and the atmosphere changed, one particular group had several children with them and they were allowed to charge around the dining room racing between the tables and guests, screaming and shouting. The parents ignored them, they were too busy devouring huge plates of food.
I was glad we were coming home, it spoilt our last 2 evening meals."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of September 2008
Good for relaxing or action
"Previous review covers most of this hotel. We went with our kids 13yr girl and 15yr lad. The hotel mainly caters for Germans and other eastern block countries. We did meet other English families and our lad made friends with another English teenager. Our daughter was less outgoing though but enjoyed herself anyway.
For us it was a relax holiday to get rid of the stress of work, so we spent most of the time in a quiet corner by the lazy river. The sun parasols were a bit run down and held up by twigs, and as I mentioned this to my wife hotel staff came along and replaced them all! We were suitably impressed.
When we first got to our room guest services rang to ask if we needed anything, I asked for two more pillows but this was beyond the scope of the girls English. Another call from guest services asked the same question but alas we never got our pillows (not really bothered so did not pursue) This trend continued throughout the hotel, not a problem as the staff were very polite and attentive, especially in the Italian restaurant. Do not bother with the Brazilian restaurant, the main restaurant has far more choice. The food was good with a wide choice. Pre dinner cocktails are a must! The lager appeared to be of the weak variety but taken in quantity would probably have an effect!
The pools were great, nice and warm. The heat, or rather humidity was a bit too much for me.We have been to turkey before at the same time of year but did not find it as hot as this year. The air conditioning in the room only brought it down to 26c .
The air con in the indoor restaurant was equally inefective. However if you are used to such conditions then its no problem. The room TV has just one English channel for news.
There is plenty for the kids to do which is why we chose this hotel, and would recommend it to anyone who has teenagers."
- Travel date: Sat 30th of August 2008
"I have recently returned from a week long stay at this resort and was very happy with the experience.
The check in was swift and the porters promptly took our luggage to the room. We were a party of 3 (2 adults and 1 child), but when we got to the room it only had two single beds without room for another. The porter immediately called reception and within 20 minutes we were in a new room overlooking the pool. The check in staff were very accommodating of this change.
The complex itself is very good and the accommodation very comfortable (especially the air con that was needed!!).
Unfortunately my daughter had an accident, tripping and breaking her tooth. We took her to the on sight doctor who arranged for an ambulance to take us to the hospital for treatment. Within two hours we had seen the consultant dentist, had the tooth repaired and back at the hotel â what service!!
The food was very good, but as with all all inclusive holidays, eating in the same place can become repetitive.
In summary the resort was extremely well run and the staff were very pleasant. The majority of the guests were non English, but also very polite.
Overall a great place to stay in Sideâ¦"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of August 2008
Should Have Booked for 2 weeks
"Just returned from 1 week at this large complex, and our first time in Turkey, so this review could turn out large,but I will try and keep it short as I think sussing out the hotel is part of the enjoyment when you first get there.
Decided to write this as there are few reviews on this excellent resort, but this might be because there are few Brits there, which if you read on, turns out to be a positive thing.
Do not be put off by hotel entrance. It was not as grand as other hotels we had already dropped off at, but it opens out into a large foyer with plenty of soft seats and a 24 hr bar. This is also the only part of the hotel where the air con works properly.
The rear of the foyer area then opens up into an avenue of palm trees flanked by water features that is about 200m long and it is this avenue that divides the complex into its 3 main sections.
1) the beach is at the end of the avenue with all the water sports available.Banana boats,kayaks and water skiing are part of the all inc.
2) Left hand side is the activity pool, and pool bar.Pool bar stays open to 2pm and the evenings entertainment,usually a duo who sang a mixture of english and german (sometimes in the same song!!) finishes at midnight. Also by this pool is a small kiosk that does great paninis during the day.
3) Right hand side is the relaxing pool and the Beach towel station. This has wooden sunbeds with cushion tops and the pool is a walk in so the familes with younger children tend to favour this pool. This area also has the tube slides (which are long and fast) the lazy river (which is great for cooling off) and the crazy river (rings and crash helmets are provided,but hotel only has 2, but there was never very much of a queue). The carzy river would stop at 5,30pm but the water would still cascade down there for another 1/2 hr, so it was easy to move the gate and go down there, great fun but a bit dangerous as we did see a few cut heads and bleedin noses.
Main restaurant is near relax pool. Only negative was breakfast was mainly catered for Europeans with lots of cold meats and cheeses. But in general food was excellent and the red and white wine was drinkable.
Beach bar was great for lunch and afternoon snacks. As all inclusive did not have to wear wrist bands, so found it strange not to have least shown room card at beach bar as anyone could have walked in off the beach! In the restaurants and near the bars and glass fronted fridges with bottled water that you can grab anytime of day or night
There are shops just down the road from hotel,although it is quicker to go past the beach bar to reach them. There are more than enough leather bag shops, jewellery shops and fake designer t shirt and jean shops to satisfy most shopaholics. But make sure you take Euros. Everything is priced up in Euros, even in the hotel, if you take Turkish lira, like I did, every shop has its own exchange rate. My wife found the leather bag and shoe shop in the hotel to be very reasonable.
If the shops here are not enough then Side is a 10 min bus ride away which cost 1 euro each. Also shopkeepers are no where near as bad at pestering you as other countries, a polite no thanks was all it would take to leave you alone
I can't say much about the evening shows, which are held in the Amphitheatre as we always ate late and only went to 1 but people we met went to one and said, although it is open air, it was very hot. The one show we did see was held in the Convention Centre, near the hotels main entrance which was The Chinese State Circus and this was amazing.
Usual trips are there if you want them. We only did the Turkish Bath which, although a bit disorganised as they spoke little English, was great value at Â£16 for the Turkish bath,a rub down, a soap down, then a full body massage. If you do it early in the holiday it ismeant to help with your tan.
All the staff were found to be very friendly,although most speak little English.
Finally I will mention the room. We were in Villa 9. Friends we met were in the main hotel block and they had the disco from the next hotel til 4 in the morning. As a previous reveiwer mentioned, the rooms are very much furnished like Ikea and with bright colours. There is a fridge in the room with soft drinks and water, but I think this only gets re stocked once a week.Found it to be very spacious,but only a shower and no bath and the sink did not have enough room around it to put all your toiletries.Also the door of the bathroom was opaque glass with no lock and the back of the shower, which looked into the room was also opaque glass. Not normally a problem but on this occassion myself and my wife where sharing the room with our 16 yr old foster son.
All in all we had a superb holiday, foster son met a group of lads from Belgian.My wife and I met 2 great familes from Oxford and Northampton and we all agreed that although this holiday was a bit more expensive than other hotels in the area, it meant that it kept out the football shirt wearing Brits who position them selves by the pool bar all day and can be very loud..
If you are thinking of booking the Magic Life you will not be disappointed, but make sure you book 2 weeks."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of August 2008
Very pleasant stayl
"Our stay got off to a bad start as the hotel had no record of our booking. We were then offered 2 quite smelly rooms and finally accepted a third nicer one in the morning.
Things got better after this and we really enjoyed our stay. The food is very good and the staff very helpful. But the reception staff are not too happy for some reason! Drink and food were plentiful all week, The intertainment was very good and the rooms were okay. If you are a light sleeper book rooms facing the pool area as the ones facing outwards had a dicso to contend with until 4am each morning. The facilities were great and I thought this a lovely hotel"
- Travel date: Thu 24th of July 2008
Good overall with some problems
"We enjoyed our two weeks here.
However the third bed in the room was only a folding camp bed, not really suitable for an adult, so people should be aware of this. There was room for a proper bed, so cannot understand why the hotel does not do this. The Brazilian a la carte was dreadful. After 1 and 1/2 hours, we had been given one cocktail sausage and a very burnt hard lump of meat! We then gave up and went to the buffet restaurant! The advertised beach and pool parties and 'Magic Carnival' never happened. Food did not seem to be available 24 hours, just drink.
But apart from these faults, it was great! Just wanted to alert people."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of October 2007
"We went as a family of 5,..ages 50, 45, 22, 17 and 13! There was something for everyone! We had an amazing time and voted it as maybe our best holiday yet! Everyone speaks german but thats not a problem as they speak english once you ask! Amazing food choices, entertainment, watersports, sports, activities and all you need! You could go without a penny in your wallet and stay all week very comfortabley! It really is ALLinclusive!
We needed to change rooms but everything was done to ensure we swapped for a room that we were happy with!
Definately have a hammam bath at the start of your stay..it helps you tanas well as relax! You pay extra for it at the spa but its LOVELY!
We didnt bother with excursions except for a quad bike safari which we booked locally rather than at the hotel. It was great fun but would never pass health and safety reg here and we now realise we werent insured! So..beware! Got a taxi to Side one evening,..wasnt worth going..what felt like a thousand shops all selling nearly the same! The little village square/shops up the road from the hotel is great and the pharmacist is really helpful for everyday ailments.
We had no problems with food and the brazillian restaurant is a MUST if you love meat! The waiters are such fun and so polite as are most of the staff we met and the entertainment team deserve medals for their enthusiasm and hard work!
Pools are brilliant as are the slides etc and the weather was faultless.
Go and book it now!
We are definately going to book another Magic Life holiday but maybe try a different location for a change."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of August 2007
It was Magic
"For all those awaiting the latest report, we stayed 5th June2007 for 2 weeks. there were 6 of us, Mum and Dad, daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandaughters, so we cover a large age group. We were all really impressed with the hotel and had a great time. There were only 12 Brits there for week 1 and 23 for week 2. The remainder were predominantly German, but for the weeks following us, it was going to be 75% Russian.
We were greeted with cocktails and shown to rooms in the main building. The rooms have all been recently refurbished and appear abit Ikea-ish, but that was not a problem as the furniture was quite solid. However, be aware, we had paid a supplement of Â£420 for a 2 bedroom family room for my daughter and gang and they were given the room next door to ours with a sofa bed and cot for the youngest. It took a lot of persuasion to be given a family room. We have written to Thomsons to be more specific on the booking form. However, they were kept clean by the maids and a leak from our shower was sealed straight away. We were at the back of the building as we like a quiet room, however on a few nights the double glazing did not save us from the compere and the fireworks at the adjoining hotel, who were competing to waken the whole of Turkey. If you like dead quiet, I would suggest a room in the villas.
The main dining restaurant, the Magico,was buffet style and always had a vast selection of everything, generally related to the theme of the day. We found the standard to be very high and the service first class. The waiters were excellent and after a couple of days, and drinks arrived before we reached the table. We had no poorly tummies at all. We didn't visit any of the a la carte restaurants, however, we were told that they were excellent.
During the day there was a Quickbite serving toasties etc by the main pool, a beach restaurant serving mostly fast food, pizza burgers , chicken, chips etc, a patio for afternoon tea,cakes and fruit, that doubled as a pre-dinner cocktail bar, and also the restaurant above the relax pool. There were plenty of bars around the complex, including the Wunderbar,open 24 hours a day. Cocktails were good and they had a very good alternate to Baileys.
There were two pools,one with activities,music and swim-up bar and the other(where we and the rest of the Brits pitched camp) a wave pool with a gradual slope and large shallow area ideal for the children. Also here was the water park with the lazy river and big slides. We are big lazy river fans, but unfortunately this wasn' t the best as it didn't flow, except weakly by the crazy river outlet, and had no tyres(We took our own-bought on the internet). The slides were brilliant-the best I have been on for length and speed at any hotel.There was also a crazy river where tyres and crash helmets were supplied(it was quite dangerous in places)
Down by the sea, the sand is a bit coarse and there is a line of stones by the water's edge. The shore drops away quite sharply and on occasions the water was quite rough. There is free water skiing,sailboards,canoes and banana boat rides(even our 3 year old had a ride). There is also plenty of shade.
There was a children's club. However as our grand-daughter was the only Brit, she stayed with us,but went to the children's disco in the evening.
The evening shows were held in the ampitheatre outside or the main theatre in the conference centre. Those we saw were good, especially the Chinese Circus and Dance shows in the theatre, .which were excellent.
Overall, we had an excellent holiday and recommend it to all age groups."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of July 2007
magic life magic!
"we went with Thompson in may/june 2006
the whole resort spotless , the rooms a little ikea-ish but fantastic clean and maids clean every day . the entertainment not what i have come to expect on this type of all incluesive , they actually fly in entertainers from all the other magic life resorts it was fantastic !! and thats from a real synic !
The restraunts were easy to book every morning I had no problem getting in any and the food fabulous . there were water slides fantastic food great activity animators , and we had a true all incluesive experiance the only thing we payed for was the para sailing all other water sports are free yes even the banana boats and water skiing lessons the only down side was there was no pool table for my teenage children but to be honest there was enough to do
In all this was a great holiday and one i would recomend to anyone"
- Travel date: Sat 12th of May 2007
The best holiday that I have been on in a while!
"I went to the Seven Seas Imperial in October 2012 with my family, I went there with my two younger sisters (10 and 2 years of age), my older brother (17 years of age) and my parents. The Seven Seas Imperial hotel is the perfect hotel for a family holiday, surrounded with beautiful scenery and stunning beaches this hotel is perfect. The rooms were always very clean and all had a lovely view, the staff were very welcoming, extremely friendly and great with my younger sisters, they always made my sisters smile and were very cheerful towards everyone:-) The hotel catered for the whole family... many pools, water slides, games rooms and activities such as kids clubs and ping-pong for the kids, lovely relaxing areas for the adults to chill out in and beautiful views from every direction, the food was perfect as there were many British foods and a wide selection to choose from, there were many places were you could get food such as the snack bar, the main food court (indoors and outdoors) and constant access to soft drinks, alcohol and water, my fussy younger sisters didn't complain once about the choice of food:-) The whole hotel was very clean and pristine, just as it looks in the photos! The hotel is on the door step of a stunning beach that allows access to water sports, boat trips, and beach fun for the whole family, the beach was not at all cramped as it was very wide and there were parts of the beach under cover to protect people from the boiling sun during the day, the beach was only a 30 second commute to the snack bar where you can help yourself to food, drinks and snacks such as delicious ice-cream:) The hotel is only a minute commute to the small shops and a 5 minute commute to the larger shops... At the hotel there were many other British families also enjoying the warm Turkey sunshine and I actually became friends with a family from the same town as me that had also made the right decision to stay as this hotel! If I could describe this hotel in one word it would simply be 'perfection'... The only thing that i disliked about the holiday was the part in which I had to pack my bags and head back to the cold rain in Wales. Overall, that was the perfect holiday:-)"
- Travel date: Wed 13th of February 2013
"Fantastic holiday allround. Wish we hadn't read the negative reviews as we were worried about going but no need as the holiday was brilliant. The kids loved the activity pool however long wait to go on the rapids as not enough rings to go down. Beach was great with varied watersports, lifeguards, beach cafe and sheltered areas for the kids. I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone with children. Mine didn't want to come home!!"
- Travel date: Wed 1st of June 2011