Well this is going to be long but honest review. I have just returned form the Seal Light hotel for 2 weeks and I must admit I have to agree with one reviewer who called it soulless Sea light. On the surface the hotel is really really nice all very clean as well but my it’s boring and very unorganised for a middle aged couple.
Anyway the rooms are carpeted with massive but hard beds and good but quite noisy air con. There is a nice bathroom with over shower bath however the water was often cols at 6.30 (rush hour) and once went off mid soap !!! There is a powerful hair dryer. Mini Bar (soft drink and water only) big wardrobes but as always not may hangers for two. The walls are very thin and I hope your more luck than us as there was a large snoring man next door and he may well have been sleeping in the same room for the noise he made most nights. God help you if there is a baby next door. Overall the rooms are quite nice (had a standard sea view at the back of the hotel) did ask for upgrade to better room but didn’t get one
The pool is nice not deep tho and there is a sea water pool there next to the main one burrr. Tho nice it would have been better if maybe one pool was away from the main area as there was little in the way of a quiet relaxing corner anywhere near a pool. There was quite loud varied music all day and the bar serves drinks and snax 11-5pm. There is a Jacuzzi attached to the main pool but this is COLD water. I don’t have any complaints about the pool. There are a few pool games but they are very poorly advertised there did not seem to be enough information in or about the hotel or the facilities it offered. There was no welcome pack in the room only a sheet with bar/food opening times. I note one reviewer said the animation kept asking to play games but this was low key when we went maybe they need a happy medium. Don’t buy anything from the shop papers are £5 each!! Deodorant £5 we thought it was in lira but all prices are euro ouch go to town to but anything like that.
Restaurants hummm the supposedly Al a carte ones to be fair where quite nice for AI but the drinks service was slow in coming in all and they only seemed to fill glassed once then you had to keep asking. The Chinese was good as was the Turkish and Fish, the Italian was poor I my opinion and the steak offered was a small bit of chewy Veal. There is a lot of veal on the menus. One thing in the special restaurants it kept you away from the Russians, don’t think they get enough to waste there. The portions where quite large and there was a number of courses in all of them. They over look the sea and you can watch the unset. One word of warning go for later sitting as it’s to hot and you will get sweaty at the 7pm ones (by the way you will need to tell then a time otherwise you WLLL be put on the 7pm one). You need to book the restaurants at the reservations desk under the main clock in the lobby one restaurant per stay not one per week as we thought. To be fair tho the man did say he would let us dine in the Turkish on our last night at no extra charge that was nice. The main restaurant was not to my liking at all and geared towards the Russians a lot of rice veal and fish. The salad was fresh and although a wide choice of things most of it was bland or just looked that awful you won’t want to try it. Like Sprout salad!! You won’t starve and you will find something but as it’s a big hotel the food is recycled into other stuff very regular and towards the end of the week it’s quite bad with little to choose from. Like I said you won’t starve but who wants to scrabble about for something edible. Maybe I am fussy, There is a BBQ outside but all it does is grilled fish , Turkey or Chicken don’t forget after 2 weeks this will get boring every lunch and dinner time. Breakfast was the worst for me cold hard beans, hard boiled eggs (very hard) sloppy undercooked scrambles or snotty fried (think upset tummy) there was fruit, yogurt meat cheese (flavourless) and bread though, again no variation. The plus point there was an omelette man but you have to queue and a pancake point if you like that sort of thing. One lady has said you can get fresh juice and smoothies yes you can but its NOT all Inc you have to pay £3.50 yes £3.50 a glass to me that’s not good. All they had at supper time was pasta or soup that was it. Lucky I am not a midnight snack went a few times soup was ok but I feel there could have been a few butties or something. Also this is the only hotel I have been to that doesn’t give you nibbles with your drinks ie popcorn or nuts or crisps.
The pizza at the snack bar was the best thing we ate and I am not a massive fan. I think if you go to a hotel in a different country they should have at least one Turkish place to eat or have special dishes on maybe koftas or something more traditional. There was nothing traditional Apart from the flat breads (yummy) and the Turkish restaurant.
The drinks are varied in quality and alcohol the cocktails where a let down as no fresh juice is used only concentrates. The beer Tuborg was very weak good job because I think the amount the Ruskies drank they would have been legless by dinner time. The vodka was ok a little rough so was the wine but all drinkable. There where various bars but I didn’t feel there was enough for the number of people. The pool bar had a singer on each evening there where three singers that rotate during each week but all the songs where similar and all sang in broken English. To be fair one lad wasn’t bad but the others quite poor. The Lighthouse was ok but lacked any atmosphere in the evenings but it did seem to attract us brits all 10 of us ha ha . There was a so called cocktail bar upstairs but every time we went there wasn’t a person in site only a lonely bar tender. The beach bar closed at 5 because it turns into the fish restaurant. There was also the lobby bar with a piano player for an hour early evening this had no atmosphere and it’s where the 24hr all inclusive takes place. HUmmm they turn off the air con at 12 so it’s mad hot and there is no music at all so it’s not really the type of place you can have a laugh it was like a morgue until about 2am when everyone from the clubs and other bars in ladies beach came in. This was quite a good laugh. There was a club on site that played very loud music with the DJ also doubling up as the barman. It also stank like a bad drain and only had 4 people in. The animation did the same show each week so we know what was coming and it was pretty bad really. A little dancing one professional Turkish show. The rest was Mr & Mrs Sea light and Miss Sealing competition all the other nationalities (apart from Brits and the French) seemed to lap it up though. I did not feel there was enough at night times.
There was a spa and an indoor pool we never used it as it was very expensive i.e. Turkish bath £10 in town £30.00 in hotel! Be aware you will have to be out of your room at 12.0 on your last day its 30 euro per person to keep the room and you can only have it until 4pm. We opted out of keeping the room as we where told by a fellow traveller we could use the showers in the spa and the lockers so again we asked reception who either pretended no to understand or just couldn’t be bothers explaining to us. Eventually we went to the spa where a nice lady gave us locker keys for our passports etc and we had showers etc we just used our pool towels to dry off all was fine then.
We never saw the rep as all he seemed interested in was flogging trips don’t go with your rep (they just book in town and keep the difference) book on ladies beach there are 4 trip points we booked with sun tours I think and it was £20 for half day Ephesus (u must go its fab) but we did feel very rushed the reason! We where taken to a very very expensive leather outlet without our knowledge not pleased. Even if I wanted to buy I didn’t have money or card and the prices where just daft £1000 euros etc. So I would go to the English lady further down the beach she has blond hair and she should tell you if there are any hidden trips or not. We also booked Samos this was £30 each not worth it there isn’t a lot there but it was nice to be on the boat (pick up at 7.15 ouch) better to go on a gullet full day for £12 inc food and soft drinks. Ladies beach is a short Dolmus ride away its 3 lira for two people there is a place called the Old house right at the end of the seafront (its only a small sea front ) that does Chicken and home made chips for £3.30 ! And beer is only £1.50 per big bottle effes larger food is honest and good. The further down the beach the more expensive it is. There is also a Greek restaurant the tout OZ is nice and we had an ace meal of the best lamb chops I have ever had and it was only £10 for two of us with a few drinks free fruit and free bread. It’s the only one Greek so just look for the signs. Kuasdassi town is a bit further on with lots of bars and shops and a marina it’s a cracking place to go day or early evening you must go and if you like to shop it’s great. You will have to haggle but some places are fixed cost. There was no where near the hassle we had five years ago as there are laws to stop those hassling customers to go into bars and shops much better just a little hassle. We had a nice meal there to just look for cheaper places full of locals you won’t go wrong. You will find English food but its not made very well,
The clientele in the hotel had a lot to be desired a lot of new money from Belarus and Minsk I have never met such an awful bunch. They just wasted lots of food and ate with the manners of a demented pig that hadn’t been fed in 10 weeks harsh yes but there are so many with nothing I just cant justify wasting so much when just outside the hotel people lived in poverty (just look down the rd you will see what I mean) They did like vodka and beer at 10 am tho ! And I thought brits had a bad larger lout image nope we have nothing on these guys. They also let the kids run wild and there were a lot of them about. Quiet relax round the pool no chance.
The hotel and resort is good however if I went back I doubt I would go AI as it was cheap enough to eat and drink as long as you steer clear of imported stuff. If you had a group of you or went to this hotel with kids then it would be fine as you can make your own entertainment. As couple maybe a week would have been better for us and if I am honest I didn’t like the hotels clientele (I aint posh either) I found the food odd and a bit cold at times the beer low quality and the entertainment boring. One thing that was bad was the lack of information and the organisation of things if this hotel wants more brits they need to be more geared up then they are give information and have more going on to suit our taste.
Nothing to do with the hotel but the flights with Thomas cook where awful especially on the way back. The food portions where very small and not value for money, the plane was filthy. They had the cheek to sell earphones for a movie screen that was green! And quite far from where we where sitting. I asked for water never arrives. Asked for a pen to fill in their questionnaire never got it and I asked for ice never got that either. The prices for drinks took the Mick and overall it was rubbish. I have flown many times with Thomas Cook and they have never been great but at least the planes are normally clan and the food not bad me thinks things are going downhill. Take your own food from the airport and your own soft drinks.
On The plus side of the holiday it was mad hot the pool was clean plenty of beds nr the beach, nice views and sunsets, nice Al a Carte and overall nice staff (note they where nicer a few days before we left). Nice rooms. decent resort even though you have to travel (there is nothing outside the hotel for a 20min walk in 100 degrees that’s a long walk) I wouldn’t go back personally but it was for a week and you don’t want to be bothered with any entertainment then give it a go. Just not my cup of tea I am afraid too soulless and lacking that sparkle, it could be so much more.
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