Majesty Club Tarhan Beach Hotel
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I didn't go on land. I drank cocktails. Boredom and a free-drinks-pass result in excessive intake of cocktails. I didn't get drunk because I didn't drink fast enough. We went to relax in the cabin. Slight headache. The punishment for drinking is upon me. I usually never drink ever. Only in holidays. I saw a white pillar on the ship, little and skinny. It had a colourful sponge on it. The ...
... thinks it is the well-covered riots in Izmir in late June which would have put people off, whereas I think when the UK school holidays start (pretty much today) there will be an influx. This place is pretty heavily frequented by German, Dutch and other European tourists already, but the 'package tour Poms' would completely ruin it for us. Sad to say goodbye to the Beach House at Guvercinlik, the girls have enjoyed it there. And David has found it relaxing to come home ...
... we picked one of the locals-lunch-stop places pretty much at random. Bizarrely, they all had large spouts of water pouring out in front of each cafe which we think might be some sort of car wash. Either that or skiting about how great their water bore is. And Lunch was brilliant (see photo) and really cheap. Fed all four of us with soft drinks and water for $25 and it was amazing food. Actually much tastier than some of the more upmarket places we had been to earlier. ...
... stop at Yalikavak. Which mum calls yack-in-a-kayak (personally, I don't see how it's similar) where we tried on and bought a snorkel set for Maddie and a snorkel mask for me. I don't need a snorkel because only the mask was leaking. We went home, had another swim to test out our snorkels (Which worked). While mum prepared dinner. Dinner was fan-taboulous! Juicy lamb, mint yogurt, perfect Turkish flat bread. Maddie and I made our own wraps. ...
... Including portraits of the houseHold, who were prominent citizens and possibly the Michael Fay' of their time in terms of business acumen. They had the music room, the kitchen, the loo (pity the poor archaeology student working in that room!) and 4,000sq m more. A massive house for sure, but with seven extended families living there. Anyway it was of course boiling hot, but not anywhere near as crowded as we feared. The whole site gets something like 1.5m visitors a ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Majesty Club Tarhan Beach Hotel Didim
Very nice hotel
my son and i stayed in this hotel for half term week we had a lovely time food wasn't bad (could have been a bit hotter) everything else was really nice, a mixture of nationalities but all mixed well
would stay at this hotel again
Missing something - like a town !!
We were very dissapointed to find the Hotel was stuck in the middle of nowhere, it's 20 minutes to town on the local bus which is very amusing and fun to travel on but the Hotel information we received makes it seem like its right in town.
The food was bland I did not have one single hot meal, everything is either cold or just warm including the chips etc so I survived on salads, soup and omlettes (for breakfast). All the decent drinks are extra such as whiskey, rum etc and the local stuff was more like firewater !. The beeer was good if gassy. there is a large restaurant which on a sunny day is nice but on a chilly night its terrible especially if its windy as there are no walls or screens !. The smaller eating place does bits of Pizza etc from 2 pm to bang on 4:30 we found out they start at 2pm as the outgoing transfers usually pick up at 2 pm so this stops leaving tourists getting something to eat before going which is a bit mean. There were loads of kids when we went, sometimes they got icecream but I believe this was yet another 'extra'.
The beach is great although the water sports are very restricted no scuba diving.
All the Turkish staff are great I only had one bit of unpleasantness with a member of staff at the Turkish baths and he wasnt Turkish.The locals were very happy to see us as well. On the Dolmus (bus - literally means squashed) to town if a lady got on a Turk would immediately stand and insist she sat down - very nice to see such manners.
The local kids were very polite and well behaved, the only rowdies we saw / heard were ... British, dosn't it make you ashamed.
I went to do a scuba diving course with our younger son and my wife (non diver) we dived with the only PADI club in Altincum who were very professional if a little layed back for me ! the courses were good but the area isnt really good for diving as there's nothing to see in the water and its quite shallow, good for the photography course but little else.
Regarding the Hotel I would not recommend it to anyone unless you have very young children and just want to lay by the pool and fry for a week. We tipped our room cleaner on arrival 20 Lira and got an excellent service !! forget the fridge the Hotel keep it packed full of stuff that you have to pay for. also pay for the safe (yes another extra) as the door locks are not very good it took me two minutes to break in when I forgot the key !.
One very good point - the Lobby (or Loby) has free WiFI so take your laptop !!.
If you are still going, take the Dolmus ten minutes down the road to Apollo's Temple its 2 Lira in and well worth the visit - watch out for the tortoises and the lizards !!.
The Dolmus costs 1.25 Lira to just about anywhere and they are real fun to ride around on. Talk to the locals they usually very nice, polite and very interested in you and like to sit and chat, usually over a glass of sweet tea, don't forget to buy something as its tourism that runs the place !.
when arriving at the hotel we were dismayed to see we had twin room tho we directly phoned the hotel to reserve a double room. It was 7 am and the receptionist said if we returned at 9 we could have a double..inconvenience as we'd travelled through the night but we did as he said only to discover he finished at 9 and there was no room for us. we argued the point with very unhelpful staff who said all double rooms were booked up. I kept my cool and requested that when a double room became available could we have it?...it was our anniversary so you can see the need!!!
with that, he waked off then returned practically throwing a double room key at me! this attitude was continued thoughout our stay. when asked if reception could call a taxi for us to go into town were told to return to our room (5 mins walk away) to call them ourselves! pool and sunset bar staff were rude, no eyecontact or smiles- which is certainly no reflection on turkish hospitality as everyone we met outside the hotel was so friendly. The hotel was certainly more of a three star! that said, the rooms were clean and pleasent tho no english speaking channels on tv at all, food was delicious...no complaints there, but i had sicknes on the last day of holiday that lasted a few days. Turkey was lovely, altinkum fantastic and beautiful, the people so lovely, but the hotel a great disappointment.
Me and my boyfriend went to Club Tarhan in Didum mid April. The actual hotel is really nice, the pools lovely, rooms clean and practical with little balconies. The entertainment staff were great as were the bar staff. However, the gym was terrible, everything was broken and it was dangerous. The main lobby bar was just a place for local property business and the guests were like second class citizens. The food was ok, never really hot but not terrible. All in all it wasn't worth more than the £300 pp / week we paid but it was ok. Wouldn't go back.
Ok but had high expectations sadlly dissappointed
We have just returned from Club tarhan, my wife mother and myself we booked this holiday as a late deal.
On arrival driving down the access road although it was the early hours of the morning it looked really run down , but I must say on arrival into resort we were pleasantly suprised.
we checked in to a very pleasant lobby and were greeted and had our cases taken to our room the staff were very polite and pleasant.
when we explored the complex that day we found it to be very clean and lovely pools and views out to sea very relaxing, sadly the rooms although adequate the beds were very hard, the telly not sat , so forget telly room, most of the staff are very helpful and friendly with exeption to the Sunset restaurant (snack bar) service slow or non existant first 2 days we had burgers chips pizzas etc very nice too, but with no explanation after two days we could only get pizzas not the same definitley (no tar) staff did not seem bothered.
Main restaurant staff excellent food to cold for our liking but it must be said looked nice and always well presented.
Drinks, local beer by pool wishy washy all drinks not very strong sadly only vodka based cocktails 2 on all inclusive no entertainment as such.
Very Nice Hotel
We stayed at the club tarhan for the first week of the easter holidays,as it was a late booking we were not sure what to expect. The hotel complex was lovely,very clean and tidy,and the pools looked amazing ( the water too cold for swimming). We stayed on an all inclusive basis,which i would recommend if staying at this hotel as there are no bars or restaurants within walking distance.There was one main restaurant which served a self service buffet of good quality tasty food, and a snack bar which cooked food to order pizzas,chips etc which we prefered at lunchtimes.The animation team were friendly,but spoke with limited english, but overall found the staff helpful and friendly . i would return to this hotel if i wanted a cheap week away ,but not for a two week stay as the rooms for four people were tiny, one word of warning the mini bar was not included in the all inclusive package,and the prices for drinks were very expensive!
Distinctly average and certainly not 5*
There are two ways of looking at and evaluating this hotel as a holiday resort, 1. If you book it as the brochures state as a 5* resort, you'll be sadly mistaken, however 2. If you book it as an average place to stay with no major expectations - it fits the bill perfectly, distinctly average.
I booked the trip last minute and got a very good deal so we weren't too disheartened that as a '5*' resort - it wasn't. The brochures and even above the door state it's high level rating but it doesn't really come close - more likely a 2-3* resort, certainly no more.
Having stayed at this hotel for 1 week at the beginning of September 2006, this is almost off peak for Turkey although still very hot - many of the facilities were closed or simply just not in use.
My main points of concern are:
The rooms are average - the hotel looks good from the outside but cleanliness in the bathrooms is not a priority, rickity shower doors and no bath, toilets unclean. The mini-bar was not stocked our entire visit - make sure you tell reception as they do try to charge you for it.
If you book half board, be prepared to be treated like a second class citizen, the red bands are the hazard. Most visitors are all inclusive but don't let this suprise you, aside from a free ice cream and local drinks - up to 11pm and wine at dinner, this doesn't really mean much. If you're a 'red bander' - you will feel second rate, you will have to sign tabs, bills etc every single time - carrying with you your room card and key.
The most worrying thing about the hotel was the lack of assistance from the staff. It appears there may have been a heirarchy issue as all staff were unwilling and unmotivated to help. The lack of communication from immediate arrival, we were just handed our wristbands and taken to our room without a word of where to go and when meals were etc.
Evening entertainment was adequate - mostly aimed at young families but not too bad all the same.
Our rep, assigned through Goldtrail travel was also highly inadequate, didn't speak much English and was after money and unconcerned that one of our party was unwell and requesting to cancel a trip after only paying a deposit and told we had no chance and must pay the balance. We were told nothing about the hotel facilities, the amenities nearby, how to get around - and left to fend for ourselves - a young and inexperienced boy, not a representative to help.
The facilities, don't get me wrong, were good (ie the two pools)- but the standards were way below par of a 5*. You'll love this hotel if you're happy to go out and entertain yourself in the local town (little bit of a Benidorm theme going on there with the English theme) and sleep by the pool all day. The sunsets are beautiful over the rockpools at the end of the hotel but make sure you leave promptly as the beach is locked at around 7pm and you'll be stuck - no romantic strolls to be had.
Small things like no welcome drink, bars not stocking drinks, signing for tabs right left and centre, rooms not being cleaned, light bulbs not being replaced when clearly left out for staff, having to pay for water with dinner when all-inclusives don't, unfriendly and unwelcome attitudes, no evening facilities without really asking them to switch lights on in the 'billiards room' and subsequently turning off mid game. All in all - not recommended for 5* guests, average for 2-3* guests. We won't be returning.
Turkey was a fantastic place - we haven't been put off!!
cet hotel ne mérite absolument pas ses 5 étoiles, tout au plus un 4 étoiles. La plupart des clients avec qui nous avons discuté partagent notre point de vue.
Il s'agit là de publicité mensongère lorsque l'on voit les prestations annoncées en catalogue et la médiocre qualité de celles-ci une fois sur place.
La formule All inclusive est décevante. Il faut payer en extra glaces, crêpes, patisseries et même l'eau, ce qui est aberrant. Nous pouvions soi- disant nous servir à volonté de l'eau en bonbonne. Néanmoins lorsque j'ai demandé à ce qu'on remplisse ma bouteille, on me l'a refusé. En outre, et cela est vraiment le comble de cet hôtel , les bonbonnes d'eau soi-disant achetées sont en réalité remplies chaque matin avec de l'eau du robinet, ce dont nous avons nous même été témoins. Cela a par conséquent occasionné maints troubles et maladies répandus chez les touristes qui ne boivent pas de l'eau embouteillée.
L'hygiène laissait à désirer : la piscine n' a jamais été nettoyée; on apercevait de nombreux détritus au fond de l'eau. Il en était de même pour le service de chambre: la femme de chambre décidait quand changer nos draps de bain malgré le fait que nous les déposions par terre, elle les repliait et les remettait en place. Ne me dites pas qu'il s'agit la d'un souci écologique alors que la chasse d'eau de nos toilettes coulait constamment suite à un mauvais réglage, tout comme le robinet du bar de la piscine qui n'a cessé de couler durant toute la semaine.
Le bar de la piscine "Tropic bar" ( bar dans la piscine) n'a jamais été ouvert alors que sur la publicité on voit bien une photo du bar ouvert.
Le personnel n'etait pas souriant , voire moqueur. Les serveurs ne sont pas formés donc ils ne font aucun effort pour comprendre ou se faire comprendre que ce soit en français ou en anglais.
A ce sujet nous avons d'ailleurs constaté que la clientèle turque était mieux servie que le reste des clients, qu'ils soient Anglais ou Français.
Le sauna et le hamman etaient effectivement gratuits et mis à notre disposition mais ne fonctionnaient pas correctement. Nous avons donc demandé à la personne chargée du hammam pourquoi celui -ci ne fonctionnait pas. Il nous a alors rétorqué qu'il s'agissait d'un hammam turc. Or nous avons déja fait des soins dans de vrais hammams en Turquie et ceux -ci fonctionnaient réellemet avec de la vapeur. Il s'avère qu'il n'allumait le hammam que lorsqu'il faisait des soins payants.
L'organisation des transferts aéroport -hotel a provoqué la panique: nous avons failli rater notre avion qui décollait à 7h d'Izmir. Nous sommes partis à 3h10 de l'hotel et avons dû aller chercher d'autres personnes dans un autre hôtel . Or le chauffeur lui -même ne savait plus ou nous étions, nous nous sommes perdus pour arriver enfin à l'aeroport à 6h 15 !!
Le dernier petit déjeuner auquel nous avons "eu droit" avant notre départ a été très révélateur et représentattif de la manière dont nous avons été traité durant notre séjour.En effet, à 2h15 on nous proposait un petit dejeuner, tous les clients s'y sont rendus. Or il n'y avait que les croissants secs et durs de la veille( ni beurre ni confiture), et la machine à café qui n'avait pas été rechargée. Bref, nous sommes tous partis l'estomac vide, y compris les enfants qui n'avaient rien à boire.
Enfin, nous avons été consternés quand nous avons appris que certaines personnes avaient eu deux semaines en All inclusive pour le prix que nous avons payé une semaine soit 689 euros
Good family choice
My family ( including two teens) spent two weeks here last year and had a fabulous time. We spent most of our time by the pools during the day which are really good, plenty of sunbeds and good non-slip surrounding areas. The beach is sandy and lovely, so long as you don't mind games going on around you, and generally not too busy. The buffet food was of a good standard, plenty of choice even for picky eaters. Despite what the brochures said the hotel only had one restaurant in use. My one complaint is that there were no none-smoking areas in the restaurant and many (non-English) people smoked throughout their meals. It only really bothered us if they were smoking cigars; we always sat in the outside seating area anyway. The service was brilliant, the staff were exceptionally friendly. Some staff did not speak good English, most of the entertainment the first week was in French which we mainly understood (good for the teenagers to brush up on) but the 2nd week it was in English. It is the best holiday for entertainment, the Fakhir (fire eater) was brilliant and was the head of the entertainments team. The guests are invited to participate in some comedies/competitions/fashion shows and part of the evening is given over to the children's entertainment/mini disco.
We loved catching the Dolmus into Altinkum where we spent some happy days and don't go home without seeing the very beautiful Temple of Apollo a short bus ride away. We also went on other trips which were well organised but fairly pricey. The drinks were also pricey so beware! You get your purchases confiscated if you bring drinks in from outside, even soft drinks for the children! However the good far outweighs the not so good and we will be staying here again at some point in the future. Happy holidays ;-))
Séjour à l'hôtel TARHAN DIDIM CLUB près d'IZMIR : cadre magnifique et reposant.
Mais ennui mortel le soir, hôtel loin de tout commerce et activité.
Tout est fait pour dépenser le maximum à l'intérieur de l'hôtel, surveillance quasi-policière pour ne pas entrer dans l'hôtel avec des provisions ou boissons.
Plats sans variété.