Fantastic Pasha's Princess Hotel
We have just returned from Pasha's Princess Hotel in Camyuva in Turkey, Still on a high, absolutely FANTASTIC. All the staff were so friendly, nothing was too much trouble for them, they made lots of effort in the Dining area each night changing colour themes & uniforms to match. Food was excellant plenty of choice (especially as the hotel is fairly small) drinks were acceptable for A/I. Although the bar closes at 11.00 pm, but just around the corner are a couple of bars which are very good & very friendly, they play music & stop open untill 4.00am.Ok for all ages, they make everyone so welcome.
The rooms are lovely, quiet large nice carpet on the floor so dont get any noice from people walking about.
We asked for extra pillows, they were there in 2 minutes. Fridge in all rooms stocked with soft drinks & water replenished every time you open a bottle, all this is free.
They all make you feel very welcome, probably more suited to more mature people or people who like a quiete area, flowers sprinkled on the bed & rose left in room when leaving, very sad to leave & would definately go again HIGHLY RECOMENDED to all.
Hi we have just returned from Pashas Princess and have never written a review before although well traveled.
What an experience all I had read in reviews and more. Stands far above the average in attending to detail from the time you arrive till you leave. Staff fantastic nothing to much trouble. Read all the other reviews on this site they are true We will go back in September. Best for couples not for older kids. More Brits need to find this hotel as it has so many of the things we cant find anymore. Attention to detail and people.
My only complaint with the holiday Thomas Cook .There courier at the hotel great. But as far as an airline is concerned ! Plane flight attendands (trolly dollys) seats food all crap. Not to mention people skills "nil point"
The hotel made up for all the problems.
I could write much much more but its all been said and true.
Thanks to all at Pashas Princess its great to feel people care and make you have not just a great holiday but a wonderful experience.
Love the beach and mountain setting
We stayed at Pasha's Princess the last 2 weeks of June and had a really enjoyable holiday. The staff were amazingly helpful and couldn't do enough for us. Food is very good although not to the "cuisine" standard we had anticipated as the well known Turkish chef apparently left the hotel in 2007. Returning tourists staying with us told us it was not to the usual standard. Having said that we could not really complain and the kitchen staff worked really hard to please. Don't let these food comments put you off, we would just like you to have a lower expectation than we did and you won't be dissapointed. The rooms are a good size and we had a room overlooking the road and the lovely mountains. You can't obtain this lovely mountain view if you take a pool view room, although there is some road noise. Pool view rooms will get some noise from the DJ/entertainer and some kitchen/dining noise as summer eating is on the outside terrace which we loved. (Not in an air-conditioned dining room as it the case with so many all-inclusive hotels). The hotel is surrounded by other hotels and there is a hotel built between Pasha's Princess and their private part of the beach. The walk to the beach is just a few minutes and we found the beach area to be more peaceful and with more of a breeze as the temperature reached 40oC. The beach restaurant/bar was a lovely place to eat lunch and take a drink during the day. The pool music can be a little loud at times during the day but we successfully requested it to be turned down "regularly". The pool area is a little tight and we were not permitted to put sunbeds on the grass area. Reservation of sunbeds is not permitted and we managed to find sunbeds if we decided to go by the pool in the mornings without a problem. The hotel guests were mainly from Germany, the UK and some Turkish families. During the evenings most of the surrounding hotels play extremly loud music and have an irritating DJ shouting over the microphone which we would have preferred not to have experienced. The next door hotel has an aerobics class around 11.30a.m. and there is loud music and shouting over the microphone for about an hour. Beware of the boat trips from Kemer also as some of those tended to also play loud music. Kemer is just 10 minutes on the local dolmus bus and we visited Antalya also by local dolmus but had to change to get to the old city but well worth it. This took us approx. 1.5 hrs. Kaleci, the old city, is hidden between the highly built up areas you pass when travelling from the airport and has lovely narrow streets which lead down to the beautiful harbour. If you change buses at MIGROS shopping centre near the Hillside Su hotel there is a lovely air-conditioned shopping centre similar to those we have in the UK with non-tourists shops.
All in all we had a lovely holiday and would return to the Pasha's Princess if the surrounding area had music played at a lower level in the evenings. Turkey is a beautiful country and the reason many tourist visit is for the nature and beauty. Tourist industry, please don't spoil it with this dreadful "volume" of music. Lowering the decibels would be more than acceptable. We hope you enjoy Pasha's Princess if you decide to visit.
Plucky Pasha Provides Plenty
We have just returned from a week at the Pasha Princess at Camyuva, we booked this as it was only a small hotel primarily geared to adults and we were very pleased with it. Not having been to Turkey before we were not sure how it would feel; we need not have worried.
This hotel only catered for Thomas Cook (from the UK), the flights all seemed to be night or at odd times which were a little concerning, and the journey from the airport whilst not arduous is nearer one and a half hours than the one hour stated in the guide book. The flight was ok, but it would be nice to have complimentary water, the bags and buses were there straight away and waiting.
Location was very good, comprising rooms in a three storey L shaped block (distinctive pink and white painted timber cladding not like any other hotel in area can see it from the sea), there was virtually no steps from the front of the hotel to the beach so it was very disabled friendly, and had two lifts, we have never been nearer to the shops!!! Buses stop outside but we never bothered to go to Kemer.
Our room was one of the outside facing ones and initially I felt slightly disappointed, however we soon realized that you actually see more on this side, the balcony looks over the road and onto the mountains, yes a little traffic noise but nothing to worry about or keep you awake, there are speed bumps to slow it down a bit and all sorts of things to watch out of the window, including the sun slipping below the Taurus mountains in the evening. The room was fine, the shower very efficient, the mini bar and TV, yes it is true they have carpets in the room and in corridors to stop the noise of high heels when people pace around in the middle of the night in the room above as they always do. Wife said there were not any drawers but there was enough space to lay things out. Indeed the room was made up every day with new sheets and patterns were made with the pillows etc. Water and soft drinks got changed when finished, and the safe was good and included in room rates, but the fridge was not that cold - which we reported but was never fixed or changed.
This hotel is the only one in the resort with guests other than Russians; the mix was 30% British, 30% German and 30% Turkish (though some of these could be from Germany). I have to say all mixed very well, there were always enough sun beds (changed to modern ones while we were there), both by the pool or on the beach. But DON’T move them onto the grass by the Pool!!!
Outside the hotel they take mainly dollars from the Russians, but also take Euros and Lira, Euros were more expected and often we had to wait to get change, but don’t forget the exchange rate has changed since some of the earlier reviews which suggest you take Euros, yes the Turks would prefer them, but Lira was probably the best for us.
Yes the staff are very motivated, it all runs like clockwork while you just lounge around and when the time comes someone rings a bell just like at primary school, the food is very good with soup, salad, main and sweet courses with all the trimmings and with different table cloths and, dress from the staff. The waiters are constantly clearing up and sometimes they are just a little too quick in taking things away, but this is part of the culture of good service, however don’t be expected to be served drinks, they are there but you have to go to the bar or kitchen Servery.
Breakfast is served for a long period plus the last hour for continental. Only problem is arriving later, just because it says dinner/lunches finishes at 21.00, that means they start clearing away not the last time to go in. Only leave it at most an hour later from the start or you will miss out, shame as they spend hours preparing the food and decorating the tables etc then dead on the time it gets cleared away like clockwork. Staff do not speak very much English but are very friendly; they do know all the English football teams.
The air-conditioning; in a nutshell it blows around air which is marginally cooler that outside air, but you do NOT have control of it, the hotel puts it on at certain times of the day when you are going back to the room, you will not get anywhere in trying to get it increased, if you like a rest after lunch in your air-conditioned room you will not get it!!
The Thomas Cook representative here was very good, trips seemed reasonably priced, but you are at the end of the pick up. All they push is the last day cruise (not in brochure), if you have a night flight you have to get out of your room at midday, it was £30 to keep it on until 21.00 but £34 for the boat trip and then on to a hotel (a “simple” hotel in Thomas Cooks words) in Antalya where you get all meals but pay for drinks, this was very good as was the trip to Perge (Roman city remains - I saw a Woodchat Shrike !!!), Aspendos (theatre - ladies look out for the centurion who will pose for a photograph with you.) Kursunlu (waterfall - look for the terrapins in the lake).
I was surprised by the animation team, this is only a small hotel and it was ok there are four, lead by someone who looks like the son of “Roy Chubby Brown”, the water aerobics after breakfast was very sedate, the music never really interfered. Evening entertainment what you would expect, enjoyed seeing the Turks dance to modern versions of their folk songs - the guests that is. There is traditional dancing once a week on Tuesday which as our start/finish day, we missed it both times.
The beach, was part pebbles and shingle but the parasols are big and there are enough of them all in walking distance from the hotel, either side of a green carpet in case you get lost, it is easy to get to from the hotel but some people did need help, cut through the Neptune arcade and Marbles bar. The beach bar works very well, less people here so more personal service, they come on to the beach with cool towels and fruit after lunch, and it has different food to the main bar.
The special tables on the first and last night were a great idea.
Don’t be late for meals.
Drink plenty of water take small plastic bottles that fit under drinking bottles
Go on final day cruise, BUT upgrade to a 5 star hotel in Antalya for the last night fantastic
Go shopping outside 22.00 - 0.00 cool and no hassle - you may even get offered apple tea
No map of Camyuva
Bar should stay open until at least 11.30
Can someone organize a trip to the funicular on the mountain behind
Wonderful caring hotel staff.
I have just returned from this wonderful hotel and just had to reinforce the excellent reviews it receives. I travelled with my daughter aged 13 for a weeks sun and relaxation. We arrived at the hotel at 4.00am and the staff had made us a snack as they thought we may be hungry. Our room was spotless and a good size we asked for a pool view which was excellent. The room was cleaned every day with lovely touches like rose petals on your bed, we asked for extra pillows and 2 minutes later they arrived. The reception staff were always smiling and greeted you,quickly knowing which was your room key without having to ask. The meals were varied and each night has a different theme with the staff dressing to match the theme. There was something for everyone even a picky 13 year old ate well. The dining areas are lovely and the staff attentive, if they see you've dropped your serviette they have appeared with another before you've had chance to pick the old one up! The beach area and bar were by far the best on the beach very clean and tidy. The pool was beautiful with beach towels and water inflatables provided. Thankfully there wasn't a great deal of sunbed saving as the sign by the pool said that this was not allowed. We always got sunbeds and that was about 10.00am. The staff come round with cold towels, fresh fruit, ice creams and drinks during the afternoon both by the pool and the beach. The animation could have been better, the animation team which consisted of one chap trying to get people to join in and the security guard who always seemed to get roped into appearing in silly shows, did their best. The hotel consisted of a mix of English and German guests who mixed well, with the hotel being small it had a very friendly atmosphere. I already know that I will definitely go back to this hotel, the staff are outstanding everyone from the security guard to the room maids, the food and the facilities are also excellent. This hotel appears in the Thomas Cook brochure as an adults appeal and I can see why, although my daughter loved it there were very few children and a week for her was enough, especially as there was no english tv channels except BBC world news. The resort is very quiet too, although we passed through Kemer on our way and this looked bustling and was only a short distance away.
great hotel, fantastic staff
i went for a weeks holiday with a friend to relax and recharge my batteries. that is what i got
we arrived in the middle of the night and they had by mistake only made up one bed(we didn't want to share) they quickly put that right and made up the other bed in the room.
rooms are lovely are light, always cleaned and the fridge re stocked with water and soft drinks.
fantastic showers very warm and large.
breakfast was lovely, pancakes, eggs,fresh fruit,toast(getting them to make fried bread was fun!))
dinner was ok, lots of choice but i'm fussy and only eat what i know!
staff were always friendly and helpful.
swimming pool was great, loads of sunbeds could always get one.
only downside was bar closes at 11pm, should be open a little bit longer.but a great bar open all night just a few minutes walk into the square.
this hotel is best for people wanting a quite relexing holiday not for people with children.
would go back sometime with my hubby
A nice quiet resort
Hi to Denis & Carol who we met recently at our stay at Pascha`s Princess. Overall the hotel was above average, we arrived late at night (11-30 ) but the staff gave us a plate of food which wasn`t very nice (I`m a fussy eater BTW) and I managed to get 2 beers from the waitress before the other waiter said NO to any more.
Room 208 was excellent and overlooked the pool, large and everything working as it should, shower was really powerful.
Bath towels and Beach towels were provided. Breakfast had a good selection and I chose the healthier options. Never had lunch in the hotel as about 1/2 mile away the hotel had a Beach Bar/Restaurant which was very good. It was nice to stay on the beach as there were large square parasols, sunbeds and mattresses included in the price. The room safe was also included (elsewhere I`ve had to pay for a safe on an All-Inclusive). Dinner in the evening was nice and the second night we were on the Welcome table with Denis, Carol and a german couple who were nice even though we had a big language barrier. Each night was a different theme and I must say the hotel made the effort with different tablecloths, staff in different clothes etc
The "Show Cooking" did look a bit dangerous at times when the wok was full of flaming brandy but no-one got burnt, the beef stir fry was delicious and there was always somethink I liked.
The staff at the beach bar and the animation team were excellent and good fun. To sum up it was an above average holiday and I would stay here again maybe in 5 or so years time. A week is long enough here as there isn`t much to do outside the hotel as most of the hotels on this stretch of beach are all All-Inclusive. We had a young couple staying and they looked bored, I think Beldebi Beach nearer to Antalaya (which was buzzing with disco music blaring and green lasers in the sky when we dropped a couple off coming from the airport) would have been a better location for them. Very good value for money, lovely rooms.
Ideal for couples who want a nice quiet place to chill out for a week with nobody pestering you on the beach trying to sell you stuff. The hotel is not in Kemer BTW but is a 15 minute dolmus ride from Kemer.The village it is in is called Camyuva.
clean and friendly
Having just returned from pashas I feel I must write my review. Carol and myself had a wonderful holiday thanks to the wonderful people we met. The hotel is always clean and the staff friendly and helpful,food plentiful and bar ok. The beach bar/snack bar super.The resort is mainly for Russians and Germans so dont expect to meet too many brits.beds plentiful at pool and on the beach(about 500mts away)There are some shops across from the hotel and a couple of bars.The beach is not the best but ok.The animation team superb but limited entertainment.we (dads army) enjoyed the football against the staff and won 7-6.many thanks to the staff and wonderful brits who made our holiday a joy.
Great Location, Wonderful hotel!!
We returned home after an amazing holiday at this lovely hotel. The staff made us feel very welcome from the start of our holiday, and it just continued!! The hotel had a lovely idea of putting 'newcomers' together for a meal on their first night. This was great for us as we made some lovely friends, which made our holiday even more enjoyable!! We even organised a trip out for the 13 of us, up into the mountains, which was very enjoyable.
We have not laughed and had so much fun for a long time! We would definitely return to this hotel. We can only agree with the reviews already written, and can highly recommend it. Hi to all those lovely people we holidayed with!!
My partner and I have just returned from this hotel and being that I have never really reviewed anything before I felt compelled to warn fellow travellers about some 'areas'
Arrival - 1 hour and 15 min trip from the airport. We arrived late about 11:30 and was given some food (which was not great).
Room - We then went to the room which was as hot as it was outside as the Air con was off. after turning it on and waiting for an hour the room just doesnt get cold. it just blows out slightly cold air and doesnt fill the room.
I went to reception and complained about this and managed to steel a hotel fan. Actually turns out it was securitys fan that they had to buy themselves! Nowhere in the area sells fans apparantly including the hotel which we found odd. Air con was checked the next day and they said it was working. Clearly the idea that because air is actually coming out of it means that it is working? to make matters worse that the little air that does come out gets turned off at 7:30pm and comes back on at 10:00pm (they are assuming that you are out in the evenings I guess) the biggest gripe that we had was that it then went off again at 5AM???? why on earth would you turn air con off when the sun is about to come up! by 6am the room is like a sauna and unsleepable. My one tip would be to maximise the air con during the night is to move the matress off the bed and place head end at the curtains covering the patio doors. this is the only place in the room that you can feel it! until 5am! I feel this hotel has just cut corners but not lining the air con to the key for the electric as all other hotels I have stayed in have. Its asful thats its centrally controlled and cannot be changed by them. I like to have a relax in the room during the day to get out of the heat bit this isnt possible.
The patio doors are very good and block out the noise from the bars and shops on the street. The cleanng of the rooms is immaculate and attention to detail is impressive.
Hotel - very small in size. Not air conned at all. They have a table tennis table and thats about it for stuff to do unless you take part in the pool activitys.i.e water polo. volleyball etc. They also have chess and backgammon boards. Pool music is very loud at times. it was so loud I could hear it over my ipod which was up full! people kept asking for it to be turned down but it kept going back up!
staff - very friendly and helpful. Although wouldnt budge about the air con being rubbish and didnt offer us any solutions.
Food - some of the best we have ever tasted. The meat was always cooked to perfection and there was loads of choice. There is a nice restaurant opposite as well if you fancy a change one night.
guests - more british then I expected after reading other reviews. I suppose it just depends who you get in your week.
pool bar - service can be very slow. If they have a trolley full of glasses to unload and a queue at the bar, be prepared to wait until every glass has been unloaded before you get a drink.
beach bar - service was excellent here and views were nice out to beach. the sofas are comfy and its very relaxed.
Beach - 5 min walk from hotel and has shingles and is a bit grubby. stayed round the pool for this reason.
area - very small with not much around. We realised after taking a trip into Kemer town center (15 mins by bus) that we would have been much better off staying there. beautiful place and loads to do.
money - we had lira and got prices converted if it was marked in euro or dollar. exchange rate is better at mo for lira so better off taking that.
Thomas cook - reps were nice but messed up with details of last day cruise. we were told to book it up to 3 days before when we tried on the 3rd day before at 16:30 (when the rep arrived at the hotel) we were told we had to do it by 12:00. we wasnt told that at the meeting and would have been difficult to book if she wasnt there!
flights - alot of reps at the airport we assume to help with language barrier; Entertainment system was broke on the plane on way home for most passengers and they didnt have any pillows (bearing in mind it was a night flight!?)