3 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Butlins meets Hi de Hi.
"Butlins meets Hi de Hi at this 5 star hotel. The good points. The hotel location is very good with a nice private beach and pool. Dolmus (bus) to Bodrum every half hour. Plenty of sun beds. The hotel rooms are very nice, the standard sea view room (recommended) we had was spacious with good quality fittings and a good sized balcony. The in room safe supplied was not bolted to the wall, it was a loose fitting on the shelf! There was plenty of hot water at a good pressure. AC was OK but locked off so you could not go too low. Room key required to switch on all electrics could not be substituted with a spare credit card either! Hotel cleaning was excellent. The bad points. This is my first and possibly last experience with all inclusive. There is one main restaurant the serves school style canteen food, more or less the same every day. If you are meat and 2 vege man this is the place for you! On the positive side nothing I ate made me ill! The so called A la Carte is available in a roof top restaurant for 3 evening meals (3 meals for a one week stay and yes 3 meals for a 2 weeks stay!) You must book in advance. You get a choice of Turkish, Fish or Italian in the same place and what you are given is what you get. Don't think for a minute you are choosing from a menu! Very Poor. Now to the drinks. Included local alcoholic drinks includes Beer, Vodka, Brendi, Raki and wine. Imported drinks, ie a Baileys will cost you around Â£7! thats if they have any (I saw a bottle but it was empty and just for show) Of the 4 bars, if there was any other choice it was not displayed so you had no idea what the options were. Probably best as you would home go a lot poorer! The wine, white or pink was very poor. I understand you can buy better at Â£30 a time but did not want to take a chance. Now for the animation team, they are paid to entertain you and you WILL be entertained, and you WILL entertain everyone else as well. This was like Butlins holiday camp of the 1970s. If you want a quiet hotel this is not it. You are pestered relentlessly from 10AM to 10PM to play all sorts of silly games. And by the way don't think about loosing because you will be ridiculed publicly in front of all of the hotel guests. Music and the animation team blasts away on a PA system to make sure you don't miss a thing. Watch out for the Samara dance, everyone must join in with this. In the evenings the animation team put on DIY entertainment at a theatre, and yes you will be dragged down on stage to do your bit! One night a week there is a professional show, with dancers and a belly dancer - excellent.
I think you get the picture."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of November 2005
A beautiful hotel
"This is a delightful hotel located a short walk to the beach in Samara. The owners add some nice touches by decorating the rooms with fresh flowers. They are also very helpful in arranging any kind of activity and transportation. Everything is super clean, and the grounds are beautiful. Breakfast is included and is great. The rooms are quite large and comfortable. Highly recommended."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of June 2005
"A beautiful week of "All included"...sun,sea,pool,sports,view,food,drinks and fun!
a very good ***** hotel near a nice tourists' town...
We've heard that only Tel Aviv or Eilat in Israel-The Holy Land, is better, so.......next time......Israel!"
- Travel date: Fri 6th of May 2005