54 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
amazing time - simply a dream
"All i can say is we had the best holiday ever at the Aegean Dream! - everything was perfecto & the people made it that much better.
Got back last night from holiday and i miss it already!
The beach is great, so relaxing and the piers an added bonus - got up uber early to get sunbeds on this though - was worth it.
the smaller pool was nice, main pool was to overcrowded for me but still nice [alot warmer than small though]
The rooms were very modern & we had a room in the seperate annex nearer the sea, was worth the extra charge.
We stayed for 2 weeks & i wish i was there now!
everything is missable; the weather, the staff, the facilities ect.
food was of a good standard, im a fussy eater but still managed to find somethings to keep me full.
i had my 17th b'day when i was there and the staff made it a rememrable one = ]
i could write a whole story on the hotel and my holiday but it would take tooo long but trust me it was the best holiday ever, i hope to return sometime in the future!
simply a dream x"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of September 2006
"just returned from 1 week stay 4 adults 3 teenagers and had the best holiday. could not fault the hotel, staff , food or entertainment. will be booking again for next year. this was our first trip to Turkey and we were so impressed with scenery and the hotel was kept spotless at all times. Food very good (and we are fussy eaters), beautiful sunsets, pools lovely and staff helpful and very hard working. we are going to return next year. only down side is weight put on as the tendancy is to eat more than you need as food and drink are so readily available so much of the time but it is very good value for money and it is great not having to pay out for things all of the time.
The only extras we paid for were a massage in the hotel and 2 excursions. 1 to Ephesus and 1 evening gullet cruise. Ephesus was a very long day and very hot and tiring but glad to have seen it. Evening boat trip was with Mastafa in Gumbet and it was a lovely relaxing evening and food very good. Again very good value at Â£10.00 each including coach picks ups. We took turkish lira but found they preferred english pounds or euros in shops and markets. Many bargains in market on a Saturday. we really could not fault the holiday at all. Sad to be back home. remembering watching sunsets from Starlight bar and also laying out on sunbeds watching movie outside under the stars at midnight. Would recommend this holiday totally"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of September 2006
"We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers (15,14) and friends of ours (also 2 adults + 2 teenagers 13, 15) travelled with another company to meet us at the Aegean Dream.
An all inclusive beach front hotel that caters for all the needs of a holiday maker. To boost they have 3 a la carte restaurants (at no additional charge), windsurfing, waterskiing, pedaloes, canoes and banana boats are free of charge, the entertainment team are friendly and NOT pushy! The food is of a high standard ; healthy, varied and avoiding cheap options like constant chips!with 4 teenage children in our party they never once complained and wouldn't miss a meal! The staff are exceptionaly friendly from the reception, waiting staff, bar men, cleaners, maintenance, entertainment team, guest relations and even the General Manager could regularly be seen milling with the guests, smiling and eating in the restaurants. (shows confidence in product????) Great facilities. The hotel made my sons 16th B'day one to remember - they made him feel special! 10 minute walk into Turgetreis (good selection of bars and restaurants) and although we've been to Turkey on 4 other occassions holidaymakers don't appear to be hassled here by the locals - they are friendly and courteous. Rooms are spacious and exceptionally clean and fesh (worth an upgrade to sea-view?!) The temperature here is a lot cooler than in neighbouring areas (max 33C in August) such as Gumbet because Turgetreis is ont he peninsula and attracts a regular cool breeze (no sweating just bronzing!)
As a family we are reluctant to revisit the same hotel twice - on this occassion we may well make an exception due to pressure from kids!
This holiday made us forget about the stresses of life back home - isn't it nice to be able to hae a holiday with no complaints to make to the hotel operator! (incidently tour reps not really needed at this hotel they handle any problems efficiently and deal with them immediately) Enjoy!!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 19th of August 2006
Not what I expected
"I booked the Aegean Dream Hotel mainly on the strength of the excellent reviews found on Trip Advisor and other holiday review sites. Unfortunately for my family the Aegean Dream did not live up to these excellent reviews. I will list the good and bad points and hope you will find them helpful in choosing your next vacation.
â¢The hotel bars, bedrooms, dining areas and corridors were clean and monitored for spills, litter etc.
â¢Our bedroom was clean and spacious, with plenty of drawer space for storing clothes.
â¢My family found that there was always space to sun bathe or sit and drink in the hotel bars and lounges.
â¢The Starlight Bar had beautiful views and was a peaceful retreat from the entertainment programme on the ground floor.
â¢The two jetties were wonderful places to relax and enjoy the breeze and the surrounding views.
â¢The hotel animation programme was adequate if you were interested in archery, keep fit, rifle shooting, volley ball or âItâs a knockout âstyle pool activities.
â¢The extended breakfast time was great for those who like to have a lay in of a morning.
â¢The excellent snorkelling environment allowed us to see many varieties of fish, without having to stray too far.
â¢Free banana boat rides, windsurfing and kayaking.
â¢Free internet facilities (although often unavailable due to the huge demand and teenagers hogging the computer to talk to their friends in the UK on MSN chat).
â¢The three a la carte restaurants (Turkish, fish, Italian) offered better service and on the whole, tastier food.
â¢There were plentiful amounts of food available at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
â¢The two quiet seating areas adjacent to the reception, filled with tubs of beautiful bougainvillea and geraniums.
â¢The evening entertainment put on by the hotel animation team was enthusiastic but very amateurish. If you like slapstick buffoonery and mime you would have enjoyed yourself.
â¢The hotel band that played nightly around the pool area, comprised of two guys singing the same repertoire ad nauseam.
â¢The hotel food was repetitive, bland and usually lukewarm. There was little freshly grilled meat or fish.
â¢The hotel alcoholic drinks, with the exception of the internationally branded brandy were very weak. You couldnât have got tiddly if you had tried and did we try!
â¢The hotels open-plan design meant that those rooms situated above the basement disco, boomed to the rhythm of the songs playing. We were situated on the 3rd floor and the bass line could be clearly heard.
â¢There were a few members of staff who were friendly and smiled but the majority looked tired and morose and rarely smiled.
â¢The size of the main pool was inadequate for the amount of guests.
â¢The main pool was a very noisy place, due to the animation teamsâ efforts and the amount of people in such a small area.
â¢Drinks served in the evening around the main pool (this is where the main entertainment was put on) were served in plastic tumblers. I am an adult and I do not want to sip vodka and lemon in a plastic beaker!
Overall, I would not recommend this hotel to those seeking quality food, drinks, service and entertainment. If you are looking for an up market Butlinâs type holiday, then the Aegean Dream will be perfect for you."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of August 2006
Over-booked hotel, didn't get rooms booked!
"As a family of 4 with 2 teenage daughters, we booked 2 rooms with sea-views and single beds, both sleeping 3 to give extra seating space. On arrival on Monday, we were told the hotel was full and we were given 1 family room (with 1shower between us, 1 double, 2 single beds, no spare space). They said they would move us on the Wednesday, after complaining, this came down to Tuesday after breakfast. On Tuesday, by continued complaining until lunchtime, we were given one twin3 as booked, and one twin not as booked. The second room was more like a holiday chalet than a 4/5 star hotel. They said they would move us again on Wednesday but we accepted the rooms we had as we were only there for a week and we weren't getting much of a holiday. When we were in reception complaining, so were lots of others!
As for the hotel itself, it's open-plan design meant evening noise echoed around the main building corridors from all floors - not good for light sleepers. The mini bar contained 2 mini cartons of juice and 2 bottles of water and what you drank was replaced on alternate days. The food could be lukewarm if people didn't replace lids on servers, and it was repetitive, particularly the desserts. Not a lot of English food. A tip would be to always eat in the same area of the restaurant than you get to know your waiter and can get really good, friendly service.
And on the bright side, if you got up reasonably early you'd always get a sun lounger and you could choose from the beach or pool, and the weather was reliably hot. Entertainment wasn't up to much but they did show a good, recent film each evening from 10.45 outside in the Activity garden. The starlight bar also had a nice selction of drinks and cocktails and lovely night-time views, and we spent most of our time there. The Turkish people are really friendly and it is worth going to Turgetreis market on Saturday for the experience of haggling which when you get into it, is actually quite fun. We did a day trip to Kos which left you with a lot of time in the heat with not much to do (though we spent some time feeding stray cats, particularly at Macdonalds and down by the harbour). We also did a jeep safari where we naievely thought the reason you would get soaked on this would be through off-roading through streams, but it was actually because the locals turned hoses on the convoy of jeeps as they passed! We also went into Bodrum on the hotel bus, though you couldn't call it a shuttle as it went at 10 in the morning and came back at 7.30 at night. We were the only ones on it, probably for that reason, but we caught a taxi back which was reasonably priced and much more convenient timewise. Bodrum has a pretty harbour and lots of shops, but the Tugetreis market was much cheaper if you haggled.
Altogether, Turkey is beautiful and the Turkish people are very friendly and touchy-feely. If you get the rooms you booked in a good hotel, it's a great holiday!!"
- Travel date: Mon 14th of August 2006
"really nice all inclusive 5 star hotel good food and location .animation team work hard and emma will look after your youngsters in the mini club for you.jay will keep the older ones well entertained also,food is really quite good but eat in the beach bar during the day as food can get repeatative,staff are really nice and will do anything to make your stay a nice one,our room was excellent with a sea view,hotel is in a great location with a short walk along the beach to the town and the shops."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of August 2006
loved the hotel but disapointed by food!
"hi everyone out there!!
i have just reterd from my holiday and im goin to write all about my stay bit by bit!
fistly arived at the hotel and it looked lovely marble floors modern glass roofs and we got a lovely sea view room wich was really nice!!
everything was goin ok the pools were lovely lots of stuff to do and water sports are free!
well as we got in to the first few days the food seemd really nice but u no got boring as it always does. well in to the second week we started to notice a change and it wasnt just us who noticed. it was about the food and im going to give a prety good example and hopefully u should get what i mean! RECYCLE THE POSIBILITYS ARE ENDLESS!! thats about the food! u should get it but if you dont then il tell. the food was reheated and reused! not all of it but some of it! well in this week people were being sick and feeling ill so not good!
thats anough on the food more about the hotel activites! well there are lots of day time activites to be done in the day only problem is for most of the activites you have to be over 16 and in the thomoscook brocher it did not state this so its really nor up to standerds by now!
apart from this the hotel is lovely and our stay was ok apart from the problems! we wouldnt return to this hotel again!
hope you take this in and if you decide to go please be careful what you eat!!
thanks steve lyons"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of August 2006
Its like the name suggests "a dream"
"This holiday was the best i have been on. The staff was very friendly and always there to help. The food was very good and a good selection each night. There are three pools. one big one for all the activities in the centre of the hotel, one pool is quite new and has always got clear water and there is anoter one at the bottom of the two slides but is quite small and quite dirty. There was a little problem at the hotel were there was a wasps nest under the slides and a lot of people were getting stung but that should be getting sorted out. There is always something to do so you will never get bored. Watersports are great and the best part about them is you dont have to pay for them on the holiday. There is a pool table, two table tennis tables, belly dancing classes, kids club, mini disco, dram disco and so much more!!!! Hope you go to this hotel because you will remember it forever!"
- Travel date: Sat 15th of July 2006
Loved the staff!!!
"i'll start with the bad thing cuz theres only 1 an d i want to get it over with the food it was RATING/ ok there thatz it all that was wrong was the food it wasn't the best ever. BUT the water sports was amazing!!!! and the staff are really really nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the best holiday ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxx emz xxx"
- Travel date: Sat 15th of July 2006
loved the Aegean Dream
"We stayed at the hotel in June 2006 infact we are here just now.
The hotel is lovely, staff are very friendly, everything in the hotel is great.The rooms are very clean,and cleaned every day.
The food is good with plenty of choice but you will struggle if you are a fussy eater.
The spa is fab and you will feel that you are in a 5 star hotel but you will find that you have to pay for some treatments even when holiday is All Inclusive.That part could work out quite expensive.
I was very suprised at how lovely the Turkish people are as i have listened to all the stories about them being leery...this is not at all true, they cannot do enough for you.
Once you have been here you will not want to go anywhere else for your holidays ever again.
A must for sunbathing is on the pier its fab.
Will be back next year thats for sure...
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- Travel date: Wed 21st of June 2006
Aegean dream resort
"I love this hotel, location & the fact it is not only all inclusive for food & drink but also water sports too. My only slight disappointment is sadly the quality (or lack of) the nightly animation shows. Most are just mimes to music & they repeat the same shows every year. There needs to be more original shows & less miming to songs as I'm sure animation staff must be able to sing not just jump around on stage like baby elephants! Sadly the nightly cost to stay has gone up horrendously this year so for the 1st time in 4 years, we won't be returning to find out if they have finally upgraded their nightly shows."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of February 2013
"Our family of 4 thought this hotel was above average but not the 5 star as advertised, the waterslide pool is grubby and too shallow in need of update (accident waiting to happen), all in, all a good holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of March 2010