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... hiking, swimming, camping. If only we had a car.
Even though the trip was really set up to make as much money of tourists as possible to make up for the low original fare, it was still a great experience and a lovely part of the country to visit. After returning to our accommodation in the early evening we went for a walk to the beach were we swam some more and watched the sun go down. It was an absolutely perfect way to end the day. ...
... alike rollex watches, the I heart Side t shirts, and anything else that stood out under the bright neon lights.
We walked up away from the beach and found some more ruins. They were all lit up bright. Then we walked back to the room wondering how we can get out of here each day.... We have booked 3 nights. Oh dear.
In the morning we woke and had breakfast in the turtle garden (20 turtles) with the lovely owner of the place ...
... was once a beautiful sea side town and now is a very commercial tourist town. Then on to our last stop, the Manavgat Waterfalls. These waterfalls are very low, but very swift. The viewing area is built in many sections at different levels. We were told that the river floods two or three times a year. The water was quite high covering some of the viewing area, though some people waded into the water to pose for photographs. We then headed back to ...
... a local the back way into the grounds of the Temples of Apollo and Athena near the edge of the Mediterranean, what a setting. We enjoyed a stroll along the waters edge.
Most the restaurants were still empty and the waiters were doing everything short of somersaults to get us to try their place. The menus are prominently posted in several languages and priced in €uro!! ...
... of humour.
"What a load of rubbish. Why should we have to cover up our hair. What in heaven's name is so exciting to a man about a woman's hair?"
Not having washed mine for days, I was able to respond, " well, I think you only have to look at you and I to know that..." So we draped our cardigans over our heads and headed up the steps.
The next step was shoes off, which caused even more tutting, and we went in.
This mosque is huge and beautifully decorated ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barut Arum Side
I loved the Animation team!
this hotel was lovely!
The animation team were fantastic! They did brilliant shows and Slava did the best Cha Cha slide dance i have ever seen! And the Arum Hotel dance was wicked, wish I was still there and doing it now, by the pool, in the sunshine!
High Quality Hotel
An excellent hotel, better than described in holiday brochures. It now has beautiful mature tree lined gardens. The many brochures show pictures of the hotel when opened and show little of the trees and flowers around the well kept lawns. The grass was amazingly deep green for mid summer and a credit to the grounds staff.
The pools were the cleanest I've ever seen and all the sunbeds were washed each night. The free Turkish baths were excellent.
The buffet style food was excellent, although geared to German taste as they were the majority of quests. (The British could be seem stealing the chips from the Childrens buffet section)
Bedrooms were comfortable however the rooms in the top floors were ready for a new coat of paint. Then it would really look like five star.
Staff were pleasant and helpful.
The nightly shows are very colourful and the team worked hard to entertain.
Side old town is a 40 minute walk along the sandy beach.
Try the white water rafting experience if you are more adventurous.
If you want to buy anything you need Euros. Everything is in Euro. Take 95% of your money as Euro. Turkish lira is usable but they hike the price 15% so its cheaper to pay in Euro. All prices are marked in Euro.
An excellent holiday. Would certainly return.
What a Fantastic place to stay!!
We had a fantastic time at the Arum Hotel - can not fault the hotel or facilities - the staff were great.
Bedrooms were both comfortable and spacious and I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.
Can't wait to go back (soon hopefully)
Absolutely gorgeous hotel, perfect in every way. Loved the pools and the whole hotel was so clean! Side is fun 2 and the roman ampitheate is a must see! I will definately be going bak again! Bring on next summer!
Arum Hotel lived up to its 5* status
My husband myself and two friends have just returned from 2 weeks holiday at the Arum Hotel in Side Turkey. This hotel was fantastic. On arrival we were greeted by friendly and efficient staff and were in our well appointed rooms very quickly. The facilities were excellant. The freeform swimming pool was superb with poolside bar with live music each evening. There was an indoor pool and a health club with gym with keep-fit classes each day for the enthusiast. There was a range of activities each day by the excellant entertainments team who also put on shows each evening with lovely costumes and variety. The lovely gardens led down to the beach where there were free sunbeds and brollys. The sea shelved gently and was good for bathing. The food was buffet style but with excellant choice and very well cooked and presented. The hotel was kept beautifully clean and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Outside the hotel there were numerous shops and bars and the dolmus went every few minutes into Side which was just over 3 kms away. Side had interesting ancient sites to explore and lots of side streets with shops and a small harbour. There are many excursions to do which if booked with an agent outside the hotel were much cheaper, and great value for money. The all day boat trip was really excellant. The currency mainly used in this area is the Euro. Lire is necessary for the dolmus and entering ancient sites, but the euro is used extensively. The weather from 10th - 24th May 2005 was great. Sunny days 25 - 32 degrees and blue skies! Overall a fantastic holiday and brilliant hotel.
Meals are anything but tasty
My wife and I had stayed at the Arum in Side and found the hotel itself to be okay. However, the food is the worst food we have ever had at a five star (country category) hotel. It consists mainly of cold food - too many salads. Furthermore, you more or less get the same meals almost every day - there is absolutely no variety. Often, the little fruit which was avalibale is almost rotten. The best fruit is sold at the entrance!! We would definitely not go there again simply because the meals are really unacceptable.
Just returned (yesterday) from 2 glorious weeks at The Arum Hotel, we stayed in 2 apartments half board. The whole complex is spotlessly clean and luxurious. My mum and myself are disabled, this was not a problem as the Arum is very disabled friendly with either lifts or ramps, and it is right on the beach (no stairs or rocks to contend with!). Taxis drive straight to the front door and are very cheap irrespective of where you wish to go, approx 6euros into Side and 5euros into Kumkouy. If you don't like the shop keepers begging you to enter their shops, then maybe Kumkouy would be the better option (slightly cheaper than Side aswell!)
The food is served as a lavish buffet and although it tends to cater more for the German clientelle there is that much to choose from I defy anyone not to find something appealing.
The staff are curteous and polite and go out of their way to please. A thank-you in Turkish (Tessekler-Ederim) and you will have them eating out of your hands all stay!
The rooms are cleaned (to a very high standard)and towels changed daily.
All in all The Arum is the best hotel I have stayed in, and I shall be returning next year.
A great hotel
I had been worried about taking my wife and 8 month old son to this hotel, having read about "German techno music" blaring out, but my fears were unfounded. The disco building is in a separate building near the beach and there was no noise from that. The only evening noise was from the entertainment at the theatre building near the beach, but if you close the patio doors on your hotel balcony, you did not hear anything.
Everything about the hotel was excellent. The rooms were tastefully furnished, and lovely. We had a standard room, rather than a family room, and there was still room for a cot for the baby, and there was a single as well as the double bed. The only negative was that the airconditioning in our room was not quite strong enough.
The food was excellent, a huge buffet selection for breakfast and dinner. The hotel is very well staffed, even to the point of being over-staffed. As soon as you took a sip of coffee at breakfast, a waiter appeared to top up your cup. The waiters and waitresses were all very friendly and made a big fuss of our son. Most of the guests are German, so the waiters would say "Morgan" to you in the morning, but when you replied "morning", they switched to English. We were staying on half-board, but this did not include your drinks with the evening meal, which had to be paid for additionally. Lunch was no problem, and could be taken at the beach cafe, the pool bar, or the separate lunch building. The food, as I say was excellent.
If you wanted to lie on a sunlounger, you had the choice of by the pool (there were 3 pools set around a central pool bar, plus a childrens pool), in a garden area, or on the beach. Every hour there was some sort of free game on offer, which the staff were running, and announcements were made inviting you to roll up - archery, water arobics, darts, beach volley ball etc. The hotel had all the other facilities of massage, squash court, tennis courts, gym.
The hotel itself was immaculately kept.
The location, was on a lovely sandy beach, and each area of beach had a security guard and you were not pestered by anyone trying to sell you things.
It was about a half hour walk on the beach to the town of Side (pronounced 'Seeday'), which had a few points of historic interest, but otherwise was just full of cafes and stalls selling t-shirts and handbags. But the hotel was so great, we didn't bother venturing out much.
We went in mid-September, which was still too hot for me, but just right for my wife's taste. The sea was nice and warm.
I would highly recommend this hotel.
View of the night time pool
arrived at night time, the porter escorted us to our room, we opened the curtains wow, it looked fantastic and never disapointed us the whole of our holiday. Will return one day
I have just come back from a week's stay at the hotel and I can say that the hotel was fantastic. The staff were brilliant and the hotel was very clean. Food was excellent with a good choice every night although the al la carte was a bit limited. The only criticism was the entertainment. The annimators at the hotel put on a show each night which was very amateurish - and the disco was great if you like German Techno!Apart from that there were no complaints at all. The waiters were excellent, very attentive and the rooms were clean, bright and comfortable.I would definitely recommend this hotel.