We Loved It!!!
We have just returned from a one week stay at Club Tarhan Didim.
After booking the hotel, we read the review on here and lets say we were slightly put off!!! But when we arrived at the hotel...................................it was lovely! Even better than the pics from the brochures!!
We had a nice room, which was convieniently located near the pool, the kids club and a small playground. That made the kids (6 and 3) happy!
The staff were very friendly, and did go out of their way to help. The room was cleaned daily, and some times they left fresh flowers on the beds!! Over all the hotel was very clean.
Now on to the food!! This could have been better!! It was nice, but I think if they maybe added a kids menu!! But, still there was the snack bar, where they had pizzas and chips! I personally like to go abroad and try the local food!!
We went half board, which recommend, as we went out during the day, and loved the turkish donner kebabs.
Never did anyone stop us for bring our drinks in to the hotel. They didn't have anyone standing at the enterance.
A Fantastic Hotel and a Wonderful Holiday
I have just returned back from two weeks at the Club Tarhan Hotel in Didim and I loved it. I went in a group of twelve people: the youngest person being eight years old and the oldest person being 79 years old, so a pretty diverse age range, and we all had a fantastic time there.
We arrived at 7 in the morning and our first impressions were pretty good. Check-in was relatively easy and the only issue was that our rooms were in block F, which was at the far end of the hotel. However, our rooms were clean and spacious and very impressive. The view from our balcony could have been better, as we faced the apartments opposite the hotel, but they still weren't bad. The only issue I had with the rooms was that we found a lizard in our sink twice in one day, which was disgusting and we had to replace our toothbrushes with new ones, because we were so scared that the lizard had touched it. However, the bathroom was also very clean and the maids were very friendly and helpful. The TV worked quite well in our room and the channels were quite diverse, i.e. they had a BBC world channel, French and Turkish channels, as well as a Club Tarhan channel, which was very entertaining and the music was good.
The food was very unimpressive and this is my biggest complaint about this hotel. Breakfast was probably the best meal there, as they had quite a wide range of food to choose from, ranging from cereal to fresh rolls to omelettes. However, the food at lunch and at dinner (we stayed all-inclusive) was boring and repetitive. The best meal I had one night was veggie soup and bread, as most days all I would eat for lunch and dinner is bread, and there is very little choice for vegetarians regarding hot meals. However, there was a restaurant which was open from 12.30 to 4.30 which offered pizza, spaghetti and sometimes fries, which we used to visit after lunch, because we were usually still starving. Also, ice-cream and cakes were served from 5-6 daily at the sea bar, but the queues were long and the cakes were nothing special. The waiters in all the restaurants were very friendly and helpful, especially Servet and Selcuk in the main restaurant.
Another complaint is that the drinks were not provided for after 11 pm and ridiculous prices were charged for all drinks, including soft drinks, which were 4 liras each (around 2 quid) and they even took the water dispenser away so you had to ask if you wanted water after 11, which you might have had to pay for as well, but I’m not sure, because I never asked. However, the entire bar staff were very friendly and we had no problems with them at all.
Unfortunately, we did have some problems with reception. On one of our first days there they had only left us with two bath towels (there were three of us staying in the room) so after waiting 45 minutes for a towel to be delivered to our room, I went down to reception and had to beg for a towel, as they refused to give us another one after phoning them for another one, which was, quite frankly, ridiculous. But I only had a problem with one member of reception, as the rest were formidable.
The main pool, the one without the slide, was fantastic and the music kept you entertained all day. However, it was a struggle trying to get sunbeds, so i would advise getting up at 7 in the morning to reserve them. The beach was less impressive, as i found it dirty compared to other beaches I’ve seen, like in Lindos, Greece, where I used to spend the day at the beach, because I loved it so much. I would advise taking your own beach towel, even though you receive a towel card allowing you to borrow a towel from the hotel daily, as this is a lot of effort.
I would advise taking the Dolmus, which stops outside and opposite the hotel depending on where you want to go, rather then taking a taxi to visit certain places, as it is more convenient and cheaper. It cost 1 lira to visit the market down the road from the hotel and around 1.25 liras to visit Didim and Altinkum, which are definitely places worth visiting. The market has cheap designer clothes, towels and jewellery.
Didim is about 15 minutes away from the hotel and has an HSBC bank and a supermarket called MM Migros, as well as a Carrefour further along the road on the way to Altinkum. However, Altinkum is 25 minutes by Dolmus from the hotel and is preferable if you want to buy reasonably priced fake designer clothes, handbags and watches by Gucci, Christian Dior, Prada, Versace, Chanel and even Ed Hardy, as there is not a lot much else to see in Didim. Also, there is a beautiful beach in Altinkum, which is actually known for its beaches, and a wonderful nightlife, as it was packed when we visited it one night. You can also visit the Apollo temple and statues of Medusa, which is 10 minutes away from the hotel by Dolmus and is definitely worth seeing.
We also went on a day trip to Bodrum, renting a mini-bus, and it is such a fantastic city. The shops are wonderful; although it does get frustrating when you are pestered by all the shop owners. Again you can find loads of designer stuff here, which is reasonably priced. Another must-see is the harbour, which is stunning. Also, the castle is worth seeing, especially when seen from one of the most breathtaking beaches I have ever seen next to the castle, as it makes Bodrum look really majestic. I didn’t pay to enter the castle and nor did we visit the mausoleum, which is actually one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It took about an hour and a half to get there and back, but it is definitely a must-see place.
Also, we visited a place called Soke, but there really isn’t much too see there and it cost ten liras there and back, so I wouldn’t really advise going there.
There were a couple of shops down the road from the hotel, which are worth seeing, but the hotel has just as good shops, although they are a bit pricier than these ones. We were told that you weren’t allowed to bring food or drink into the hotel, but we were never stopped or searched. Make sure you don’t leave Turkey without buying some Turkish Delight though.
The animation staff were fantastic. They were really friendly people, even though the majority of them didn’t speak much English. Activities started at 10:00 in the morning and ranged from beach volleyball to ‘aqua gym.’ At 12:00 they would all gather around the main pool, where they would have an event either in the pool or by the pool. Then, after the pool game they would get everyone to do the ‘Club Tarhan Animation Team 2007 Club Dance’, which was sooooooo much fun and everyone loved doing it. It was a really great way of making everyone laugh and bringing everyone together. At 2:30 the Animation Team would come back from lunch to start the activities again. These ranged from water polo to shuffleboard and darts, as well as aqua gym and beach volleyball again. Then, at about 5.00 the activities stopped for the day.
In the evening, they would have a mini-disco for kids at 9:15 for about half an hour in the amphitheatre, which my cousin took part in (he’s 8). After the mini-disco, it was ‘Showtime.’ They had a range of shows: Monday - Guest Show, Tues. - Funny Playback, Wed. – Miss/Mr. Tarhan, Thurs. - Leather Show & Bingo, Fri. – Comedy Show, Sat. – Turkish Night and Sun. – Hit Parade/Dance Competition. The Hit Parade was the best show, as they played a selection of songs and invited everyone on stage to dance. However, we never saw the dance competition. Some of the shows were a bit tedious, but some were hilarious, so these are definitely worth seeing, especially as they would do the club dance after every show which was a great way to end the night, unless you went to the main disco, which started at around 11:30ish. The first time we went there were only around 12 people, including the three of us and the animation team, but a couple of days later it was packed, although you do get some irritating people there so be warned.
We got on well with the Animation Staff, especially Murat, Doruk, Erkan, Caign, Joseph, Roxy and Inci, as well as a few others whose names we didn’t know.
I only played tennis once or twice in the morning, but the net wasn't set up on one occasion, which made it difficult to play. However, the hotel did provide us with two rackets and a couple of tennis balls and there's a beautiful view of the ocean from the tennis court.
Our check-out was a hassle. We were told before leaving the UK that there were strict regulations on luggage when leaving Turkey, so we asked reception whether we could weigh our luggage, but they told us that it was not fair on the porter to make him work so hard. Therefore, we couldn’t weigh them and stressed about them the whole day until we got to the airport. Also, there were around 100 people leaving the day we left so reception was packed. We had a mini-bus pick us from the airport and drop us off at the hotel when we arrived in Turkey, which also took us back from the hotel to the airport when we were leaving, which was definitely well worth it, especially as there were 12 of us.
I’ve stayed in better hotels but also ones which were worse and overall, all of us had a fantastic and relaxing holiday at the Club Tarhan Hotel and would go back if the food improved.
i thought it was brilliant
me and my sister came to club tarhan at the first week of july. we thought it was brilliant we had a blast!!. the beach was exellent, the pool and the slide was awesome. the people that worked there were really nice to us, and made sure that we was enjoying ourselves witch we was. the best resrant i liked there was the sunset restrant cause it had a fantastic view of the sea and it was english food! i did really like alakart restrant in the morning because i loved having the omlettes.ha!! i did like the turkish night. i loved the disco that started at 11.30pm i could dance all night. ha! i really did enjoy it there and i would deffently come back there next year with my sister! thank you so much for our stay! justine and jessica xxx
Don't touch the place - will ruin your holiday!!!!
Would certiainly not go back!!
5 star all inclusive was a joke - knew it would be slightly less quality than 5* being in turkey but not a 2-3 Star.
Food was awful, only catered for the french and foreign - tended to see the same food over again. Why advertise in Britian if they don't cater for us. Loads of people got ill including our party of 4 and it was just not on, people even went home early. (Bad
stomach bugs and ear-ache).
No rep present to complain to and when you tried to speak with reception staff - they ignored you and didn't want to know! We had spoke to numerous people while on holiday and everyone was in the same boat! Take your money and they couldn't care less - attitude from reception staff and waiters totally stank!!!
Plastic cups for all your drinks (alcoholic or soft drinks) - nightmare and only got served 2 per person.
The Hotel was very clean and the maids were brilliant! Things could of been much nicer though!
Don't change your money in the reception - charge you 5lira commission and were 2.30 to the pound. In Altinkum it is commission free and 2.53 to the pound! Even tried to lie to me one day - saying the exchange rate had just changed dramatically and when I challenged that they got very @rsey!
Food in the restuarants in Altinkum were all really good - that was our sanity!
Altinkum - 4km away. Hmm try 30 mins on the dolmus bus aka vengabus!
Please don't book up guys - put your money elsewhere. You will be very very disappointed!!!!!
This Made Me Want To Move To Turkey!
We had a ball here, would recommend it to anyone! We are going back in October to the same hotel, wouldn't want to go anywhere else! The waiters and staff are so kind and helpful so don't diss them! The rooms are an average size although could be doing a little bit bigger and get the maids to give us more than 2 towels when there are 4 of us! The disco was ammense wish we had discovered it earlier in the week would have went to it every night, only managed 2 nights =( The pool bar and lobby were very nice places to sit at night and during the day to relax and have a drink =) Wouldn't recommend the pool bar for people who don't like loud disco music as there is a hot Dj who plays good music, however could be doing with some more english music than the same ones over & over again!
W3 SHALL B3 BACK!=D
Very good hotel - worh visiting
This is a very good hotel, possibly 4 star. Weather in july / august extremely hot but there are plenty of places get in the shade.
Complex - excellent
Day time entertainment team - very good, always tried.
Night entertainment - poor, but this seems to be the norm in turkey, hotel needs to invest in bringing some decent acts to the hotel.
Staff - extremely friendly, waiters brilliant, cleaners excellent, mini bar staff - leave a lot to be desired, seemed to get a lot of drinks purchased WRONG
Food - OK, always something to choose from, maybe not as much choice has other hotels i have stopped in turkey, but could not complain. Breakfast were especially good, really good choice, lunch - plenty of varied salads, dinner - usually good.
Drinks - OK but painful having to drink out of small plastic cups, would be worth investing in some decent bigger cups then the bar staff would not be rushed off their feet as much due to guests having to keep refilling what seemed like an egg cup size.
Always closed up right on time - wanted guests to buy their drinks which were very pricey.
Pools - very good, seemed very clean.
Beach - excellent
Overall this is a very good hotel and i would not hesitate to go back.
Needs new management!
Definitely NOT 5 Star!! The resort itself was lovley. It has plenty of room for everyone round the pools and on the beach. We went for the 'all inclusive' package, but what we received was far from what you would expect. Children were being refused having water bottles filled up and were instead given one small plastic cup. With the heat over there at the moment you wouldn't expect to have something as important as water being limited!!! Not all drinks were part of the all inclusive deal - other resorts you can have cocktails, not in this one!! You have to show your room key and then it is all added up at the end of your holiday when you are charged for it all!!
The food in the restaurant was RANK! If you are in the least bit fussy about your food, please go somewhere else. The 'Snack bar' only ever served up various pizza slices, spaghetti with sauce or chips. What happened to having a choice??? There is nothing else within walking distance of the resort apart from two little shops at the end of the road. People were even being stopped taking food into the complex!! With the very limited variety on offer, you do need something else to eat!
The entertainment was non existant. The school plays at Christmas were better rehersed and put together than what they have in this resort. They were even asking some of the young girls who were there on holiday to stay and work for them. Just shows that they cannot hold onto staff for very long! One evening was supposed to be a comedy sketch. One scene involved one bloke grabbing the girls by the face and pushing them back, then putting a toy pistol into someone elses mouth! This is NOT the sort of thing I want my six year old to be watching!!!
I had been warned from another family about keeping receipts from the bar etc. because it has been known that they will try to over charge you on booking out. I am glad I took their advice, as this is exactly what they tried to do to me!! They argued over it for about 25 minutes. I stood my ground and did not pay for what someone else had put onto my room number. The items they had put on were from the restaurant. You have to pay 4 Lira for a glass of fresh orange juice! Again, what happened to ALL INCLUSIVE????
I would not recommend this resort to anyone. If you are still able to cancel and go somewhere else, please take my advice and do it!!
Could try harder
Unfortunately I read the Tarhan reviews AFTER my booking.
Firstly, Altinkum will only really appeal to any traveller who doesn't mind the stereotypical 'Costa Del Sol' style resort.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the hotel caters mainly for French tourists and the hotel food reflects that although there IS plenty of choice.
The pools are good but beware of VERY slippery pool sides (you'll also have to get up early to get any chance of a sun lounger and parasol!!)
Rooms are clean but somewhat cramped with little storage area.
Staff are friendly but English is limited (including reception)
Day entertainment - good, evening entertainment - poor.
Do not be tempted to take up half board as drinks are VERY expensive and we felt somewhat as second class citizens.
Overall opinion is that I would return to Turkey but not to this hotel or resort
Much better than reviews suggested
I reavd the reviews of this resort after booking which gave us some big concerns, so much so that we were not looking forward to it. We returned this morning and I felt that I had to add my comments to try and allay others fears.
It certainly did have a lot of french in the hotel, but also Turkish, English and Scottish.
I have to say that we were more than pleasantly surprised. Some of the comments are justified - very slippy pool sides, surprisingly there were few falls, and difficult to get sunbeds if up late - but thats nothing new in holiday resorts.
The food was as you would expect abroad - aried and continental, but there was always something that suited. Not for the average british taste but why go abroad if all you want is chicken nuggets and chips.
We had 2 fussy youngish girls with us (12 and 10) and they had sufficient choice, albeit they went for the plain options. They were able to have the pizza, pasta, garlic bread and chips at the snack bar in the afternoon. We all suffered from a day of upset stomachs but I think this was down to the change in diet and drink rather than poorly cooked food.
It maybe wasn't our total understanding of all inclusive as you did have to pay after 11 for any drinks. The small glasses at the pool bar were a pain, and only getting 2 drinks per customer (unless you were French!) was annoying, but we just took the large plastic glasses and topped them up.
Water is also restricted from this time, but was plentiful throughout the day.
The waiters were great, very friendly, especially in the restaurant. Also helped us to learn some Turkish. Slightly more reserved in the lobby bar.
Rooms were small, but they were classed as standard. We asked to upgrade but nothing was available - were advised in future to ask for a family room if booking again.
Maid service was excellent. Towels changed every day, even left the beds made with lovely decorations and flowers. Would avoid the mini bar.
Advised you could not take food into the hotel, but we took crisps and water (and a sneaky few drinks) and had no problems. The shops at the top of the road are a lot cheaper than the hotel plus as there are 2 together, you get to barter with them to get good prices.
Entertainment during the day was good, agree could have been better in the evening - the evening entertainment finished the same time as the inclusive drinks which I don't think is a coincidence. They are very time aware as it approaches 11pm, but disagree that the waiters disappeared around this time.
As to additional charges, we had no problems, but would advise paying in local currency as converting to Euros upped the price.
Downside is that the resort is about 25 mins from Altinkum, which does not suit if you want to explore the local areas. However, the dolmus runs every 5 mins from the top of the road (200 yards from the hotel) and goes till 2am. At 1.5 lira each way per person you couldn't complain.
Would recommend the Saturday market in Didim (take an extra suitcase!) and the Aqua park is also fun (don't take food or drink as it is 'forbidden' and returned on leaving the park).
Not sure would go again unless was for a relaxing break as we prefer local bars but would not discourage anyone from trying it. It was our first time all inclusive, and even with the restrictions, it was well worth the money.
Our holiday was jokeeeees
The room was quite clean but we had 2 lizards in our sink lol that gave us all a fright.
Our shower door didn't close and when someone came to fix it we had a hard time telling him what had happened because he didn't speak english.
The porters are a tad bit uselessssssssss.
Reception is eviiiiiil... trust me
You have to pay for drinks after 11pm which kind of suckedd.
The food was baaaad. Nothing for vegetarians and when we asked he gave us a evil smile and came back with unsauced pasta which needless to say it didn't eat.
The location was good we went down to Didim and Altinkum - great shoppin.
It takes a while to walk from your room to the pool and like your room to the lunch area especially wen it's hooot.
The pool rockedd.
The animation team were jokers loll tooo buff wooooooo we love u Muratt xxxxx! : D
The beach was clean and coollll...try canoeing or something its funn.
The shops at the hotel were good .
Go to Bodrum.. Medusa was a bit loong.
Disco was good great music.
We weren't given enough towels and when we asked they took about an hour to get there.
Waiters were friendly -- give them a tip. ; )
The shows in the evening were a bit boringggggg some days the only real reason we stayed half the time was cause we fancied the animation team they were awesome well sum of them were anyone.
Anywayy if your reading all these reviews before you go on holiday and thinking no way are we gonna stay here JUST GOOO its an awesome place and they're always going to be bad reviews.
OH BTW -- if you see murat say hi to him from me lol jokes : D
iT` US x
Breakdancer - Turkish Night at Characters Bar
At the beach
has any one been?
what is it like?
what is it near, if yuo could name a bar or a hotel near would be great
RE: hotel pamukkale
I havent been there yet but going in September!
But it was opposite my hotel in June!
It is just up from Dolphin Square if you just follow the road down you will find it!
On the corner at the bottom of the road there is Mercury Restaurant and they do amazing english toast, real english squared bread!!! But the service isbrilliant and they try to make everything perfect for you!
If you follow the road which is directly opposite to a kebab shop on the corner of dolphin square entrance, the road looks abit shoddy really and doesnt look like anything exciting up there but that is where Characters bar and Churchill bar are and these are brilliant bars!! lots of fun to be had in these bars for everyone! Brilliant food and cheapish drinks!
This is about 5 mins from your hotel well thats if you can find it!
We got lost 3 times!!!
Good luck, hope you enjoy yourself! And if you go before me could you let me know what the hotel is like!!