Sunrise Park Resort and Spa
Travel Blogs from Side
... our meal,steak,green beans,cauliflower,mushrooms and lovely potatoes followed by rice pudding,lovely! Most of bike now packed and ready to roll. We went to the paradise for our last evening meal and Jimmy came and sat with us for a while bringing with him a couple of Jamisons,it was very nice and we feel sad about going,but the time is right for Pastures new. ...
The time has finally arrived to move on. We have had 2 fabulous weeks here in Side Turkey, the highlight being when my mum, daughter Rachael, son in law Robin and granddaughters Melissa and Maisie came out to see us for a week (not long enough ) and we were incredibly sad when they left Crossed 2 items off my bucket list during our stay, we went white water rafting fabulous and smoked a shisha pipe, nothing ...
... eventually we saw a familial face,the hotel owners son. Another ten minutes or so we were allowed to follow the Son,we reached our hotel and luckily for us,we were allowed to park very near to our hotel. We found out later that the whole area had been pedestrianised and only local people were allowed to bring their vehicles into town. Now showered and feeling abit like normal again. Think it's BEER ...
Finally left Goreme today and set off for Side. Our plan was to have an overnight stop in the Taurus Mountains, wild camp for the first time then arrive in Side on 28th July My Bri suggested that we stop enroute for lunch, really good service stations with very nice restaurants attached. Oh was I looking forward, my mind was in overtime thinking of all,the lovely food I was going to order. He eventually pulled in, ...
Left Cyprus yesterday on the overnight ferry to Turkey. Managed to cross into the occupied bit of Cyprus without clearing Greek immigration & customs....I blame the satnav!! best i don't go back for a while.....
The ferry was nasty, it's a freight ferry mainly so no cabins, and it was full, loads of kids running around so no sleep, no shower...
I'm in Alanya tonight, I managed 157 miles today, it took 6 ...
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Fantastic Family Holiday
Fisrt time abroad on a package Holiday. Iwas very sceptical about "all inclusive" but having sampled this in the sunrise hotel I was very surprised. The kids entertainment was excellent. Look out for the kids disco. It'll have you singing the tunes for weeks on end. I've still got "Slappy" running thru my head now. The rooms were first class. But next time we go we'll try to get one of the Bungalows. They look amazing. Everything that you would want to do is on the resort but if you want to go outside, there's nothing much about unless you're willing to travel. Try going to the Jewellers at the market a short distance from the resort. Very reasonable prices and the blokes very friendly. Recommend this resort and will definately be back.
Well worth it!
We have just come back from a fantastic 2 weeks at Sunrise and it was brillient. I'd read the reviews on any website I could find and was a bit worried about the food, but I don't know what people want or how they could moan. I have a very fussy eater husband and 3 kids and none of them went hungry, always loads of choice. The pizza at the kids snack bar are delicious. The whole complex was spotless, inside and out, the staff work really hard. The pools are aplenty, the aqua park great for kids and grown ups alike, and contary to what I'd read somewhere there was always at least 3 lifeguards around when the slides were in operation. The only downside to the village is that despite what you see on the photos the beach is not sand, its pebbles...that get very HOT and you have to stand your ground with the russians and germans otherwise they would walk all over you.
We would definately go back, and soon and since we got back 4 days ago 2 familys we know have booked to go.
Fan-'tash'-tic girlie holiday
Two 20 something girls out for a relax and some fun...and thats exactly what we got in georgous CLEAN surroundings. I couldn't get over how clean it was, absolutely spotless. the apartment was cleaned to such a high standard daily and the bathrooms were a real suprise- it was definately 5 star accomodation. 4 great pools, an aqua park, one that the animation team played the games around, one quieter relaxing pool with a swim up pool bar (fantastic!) and indoor pool next to the hotels own health centre and turkish baths, it even has its own beach! You really couldn't have asked for more. We went just out of season, so wasnt at its busiest - but it was a fantastic time to go - no queues, and no waiting at the bar (but 2 blonde english girls aren't going to have to wait long for anything from the turkish waiters or bar staff!!) the staff were really friendly - not many spoke english - mostly german or russian - but an e in gcse german, and the staff being more than willing to help got us everything we needed! the lobby bar, where we had our own stools by the end of the holiday had great staff -mehmet and fatih. The amination team were funny - jimmy was great, they worked so hard.
We thought the food was fantastic - it was never ending - we tried so hard to make the most of the all inclusive but we were completely stuffed! there was good variety - and the salad was amazing- really fresh. the snack bar ( or as the staff called it - snake bar) was open all the time for comfort foods if you were still hungry. The restaurants had lovely open air seating areas with great views and watching the sunsets out there whilst having dinner is still something i can see now.
The hotel attracted a great range of people- couples of all ages, familys, and friends (with limited kids!)
the entertainment was the weakest bit for us - starlight express in german put us off! - but there are loads of bars and the disco downstairs was funny, (watch out for the terrible holiday uv lighting!!) so we made our own entertainment - but we weren't there for the nightlife. Side was a 20 minute taxi ride away, but the taxi's line up outside the hotel and wait for you in side, you just tell them how long you'll be. We felt safe going into side- which was full of shops, bars and restaurants - but it perhaps is something to consider if you are females travelling alone -but to be honest I think all that you hear about girls being hasseled in Turkey is exagerated - if you make it clear you're not interested they leave you alone.
There's a good bizzarre at the top of the street - oscars bags and jewellery is worth a visit and you can get some great bargins and try some apple tea!!- i now crave it!
We had great weather - dont know how much there would be to do if it'd rained though - but then you take that chance anywhere you go!
I would recommend sunrise to anyone - Fan-'tash'-tic!!!
What can i say?
When I was told that I was going to turkey by my dad i was not best pleased however it turned into the best holiday ever! the hotel is a true first class hotel the food, staff and entertainment are exellent i would recomend everything about the place from the live band on the beach to the such high standard of the rooms i have never seen maids work so hard! I certainly will not be goin back to spain in a hurry after seing wat turkey and this hotel has to offer.
I am booked to go again in april with friends just hope it aint quite as hot as when i went last 52 one day!
What a nightmare
The hotel itself is beautiful, we stayed in the family bungalows (thankfully), however..... if you want to be treated like a second-class citizen, eat appalling food, which ALL tastes the same and be constantly harassed then this is the place for you.
I had listened to many friends describe the advantages of All Inclusive so thought why not:
1) The alcohol tasted the same - with a very limited choice.
2) The food was a groundhog nightmare, cauliflower and mince!!! It was as with everything else catered for the Germans and Russians. The children obviously wouldn't touch half the food and I had to allow them to eat chips the whole time or they would've starved.
3) The entertainment, what can I say. I seriously am shocked that there are English people describing it as 'entertaining'. It was like watching re-runs of The Benny Hill Show, at every opportunity the men were stripping off to show they were wearing ladies underwear, HA HA HA. We had to go twice to make sure we weren't making it up and hoped that it would be better second time around NO. Am not a prude at all but be warned some of the show is not appropriate for young children.
4) The staff, well I have never been made to feel so inferior in my life. Most of the staff spoke a small amount of English, while fluent in German and Russian. I had lost count during the two weeks of how many times I was ignored!!! Those that spoke English were I will say very charming and helpful.
5) Going into Side was not a great success either. So desperate were we for food that did not contain the same bland dressing we headed into town by taxi, a warning, if you do the same to pre arrange your fee (which we did) but specify if you are paying in Lira or Euro (I recommend taking Euro). Once in the town, you are shouted at and abused if you do not buy from their shops, I know this happens in a lot of places but this really was quite offensive. The temple in the city and the amphitheatre were stunning and worth the visit but it was such a shame to put up with the rest of the hassle.
6) The waiters, such a nightmare. Hello pretty lady blah blah, this was said to any female breathing of any age. It does become very frustrating.
There were some good points to the hotel.
1) Our bungalow was very charming. It was cleaned daily and always gave us a giggle the way our pyjamas were folded - shaped into bows. I know one couple that stayed had their sheets shaped into swans (personally I thought that was scary.
2) The various pools were always very clean (although freezing), We lived by the quiet pool, especially as there was a bar in the middle.
3) The aqua park was fantastic for the kids and we hardly ever saw them.
4) The beach is also fabulous, the water was so warm and clear and a delight to swim in.
5) The boreks were one of the best things there - Meat pancakes.
6) The weather was absolutely fantastic, after two weeks we all had a great tan, but we missed home far too much.
Everybody has to make his or her own minds up but me personally, I would never go back to Turkey (was my second experience) and I most certainly would NOT stay at the Sunrise Hotel.
Excellent value for money
The hotel was really clean and the entertainment was one of the best I had seen. There was lots to do for adults and children. The pools were clean and one even had a water park on them. Kept my six year ole very happy for hours on end while i got on with relaxing. The only draw back was that they didnt seem to cater for children in the resaurant, there only seemed to be chips, I thought an hotel that was aimed for familys could have had a childrens section, with nuggets, sausage burgersetc. The food for adults though was second to none. would deffinatly go back next year if they could garunteee a childrens menu.
HATED THE SUNRISE HOLIDAY VILLAGE
This hotel is catered for the Russians.The English are treat appauling by hotel staff and management.The food is disgusting and often cold as you have to queue for different dishes.Russians and other nationalities get priority over the British. Definately would not go back.
Loved the hotel
Very nice hotel, the food was quite german but you get a full range of all choices of food, it is a very posh hotel and the staff are great, if you go please take a present for the rep sarah sayer, she was the best rep ever (jar of coffee or mayo) u have to take a present or you will feel stupid. you will have a great time at this hotel, very big and clean hotel, we would go back. This hotel is for all ages and if you have chrildren then book in advance for the kids clubs creche or you may not get a place for your children. The kids reps are very good with the chrildren and have very safe toys, mostly little tykes. Have a great holiday. a four star holiday
I will go again
I went to this hotel in the Summer of 2003 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The entertainment was good the variety of activities very good (activities constantly going on, boules, archery, football, darts, swimming, table tennis and many more). The room was clean and comfortable and the staff friendly. The choice of food has to be seen to be believed and very nice (a variety of breads, soup, jacket potatoes, salads, casseroles, vegetables,pastas, rices, chips, fish and meats barbecued and freshly made pizza type breads, a dozen or so desserts and more). The complex is picturesque and the two pools well maintained and it has its own private beach. I intend to return next year. Great for couples and families.
Phew, dont listen to reviews!
It was after the holiday was booked that I looked on the net for visitor's reviews and wished I hadnt.
All I can say is that I think I went to a different hotel to them!! The food was good quality, plentiful and full of variety, I for one enjoyed it, and wasnt bored. The hotel it's could not have been better, the rooms spacious, clean, bedding changed daily, the pools clean and the staff pleasant and eager to please. I could have happily spent my time in the hotel, or wandering across the bridge to the beach without ever having to leave the grounds of the complex. This was my first experience of all inclusive and I'm now converted and would love to go back to this hotel later in the year
Relax and enjoy your holiday - I did