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Tropicana didim beach good luck
If you like playing Russia roulette with three bullets in the chamber, this is the hotel for you. location is great, service okay, food is cafertia style ( nothing special) an dthe rooms range from disgusrting to okay. The room depends on which one you get. Our friends had an okay one but we had one where you could not even have a shower at times and could not flush the loo duriong peak periods. There are a lot better hotels/accomodation available. Good luck if you use this one!!!!!
Didim's Best Hotel with pool in Turkey
Owned by a Turkish couple. small hotel ,clean rooms,restaurant,bar,pool,close to altinkum beach.price is not expensive
8 pounds B+B low season 10 pounds high season. pool,bar,restaurant
such a shame
I have recently just visted didim beach hotel in Turkey and may i say i was rather dissapointed with the hotel. I visited the hotel two years ago and it was excellnt, hence the reason i returned. The entertainment was fantastic with turkish nights that were incredible to watch, compared to the one performed this year by the hotels entertainment crew ( not the same atmosphere ). The food this time was horrendous however was layed out in a beautiful way. We had chicken one night and whilst my husband was given a lump of skin i was given a lump of bone. The hotel however is in a beautiful location with a magnificent private beach and a immaculate pool. It was very relaxing and the atmosphere was good, we made several British freinds and every body was helpful and freindly.The food was a huge let down in comparison to the dishes served last year. me and my husband ate out most nights and bought our own drink as the beer was watered down and was sereved in tiny childrens plastic cups so had been drank in a second. The coke was also bottled, flat and cheap. I was unimpressed by the managers lack of cooperation especially when we noticed a light fitting had fallen off the pool side and had sunk to the bottom of the pool, leaving the cables exposed to a pool full of water and 50+ people! However the hotel and rooms were 5*, the food definately wasnt and its a shame to see such a magnificent hotel drastically go down hill!
On arrival, this hotel looks very nice. A lovley reception area with leather seats and polished tiled floors. The reception staff will make you feel very welcome and after filling in a card and recieving your key, your luggage will be taken to your room by one of the porters. The rooms are quite nice, very clean and brightly decorated with all that you will need for your stay here. BUT THAT'S WHERE IT ENDS!!! The food is discusting with hardly any variety. The salads were warmer than the hot dishes and there was nothing to please the childrens pallets. There's not much chance of you having to nurse a bad head the following morning either (unless you have fallen and cracked your head open by the pool area) as the beer is watered down. You are served your beer in a pathetic tiny plastic cup which holds less than half a pint, which is gone in a mouthful (if your me) hence spending your entire evening at the bar waiting for a top up. Our group were ordering about 6 at a time. (what you have to do to get a pint ehh!!) My advice would be eat and drink out, or simply DON'T STAY THERE!!!!!!!!
DO NOT GO DO NOT GO UNLESS YOU ARE STUPID!
Just cut it short was a 2 week holiday but only stayed there 1 week on the second day my son, got on the slide as you are supposed to go down the slide 1 by 1. It doesnt happen my son went down he is 9 then followed a 14year old, his foot banged into my sons mouth, ripped his gum open, his 2 front teeth was pushed up through to his gum he lost 2 halfs of his front teeth plus1 had to have stitches etc... the slides arent manned by anybody no life guard, yet my son was the second child it also happened to another boy 1 hour previous, the pool area is a accident waiting to happen, far too slippy, you see people walking around on crutches, broken arms etc.... the food is ok you can put up with it although not a good selection for children, the water bottle machines they have in and out of the dining room area is warm water, we flew home today 15th august only because my sons teeth were getting loose and we knew that our travel insurance would pay the cost. we were lucky to get a flight we couldnt go direct to manchester we flew to doncaster, but we feel so relieved to be home. On the third night of our holiday we found out a girl had been raped at the back of our hotel which leads to the beach, as its all inclusive and you do not have to wear wrist bands its a free for all anyone can walk from the beach up to the hotel, and to top it all some guests told us that on there first week a paedophile was chasing boys round the stairs inside the hotel. if you have booked this hotel cancel it or have a heartbreaking holiday/broken bones believe me someone in your party will be taking a trip to the hospital.dont go dont go dont go thats all we can say.!
Bird poo every where.
I stayed at this hotel with my famliy myself husband and 5 kids we did enjoy are stay but we didnt like the food and the drinks are watered down but what was a pain was the birds there was lots of them that pooed every where we also went with my husband brother wife and 2 kids and they love the food so its really is what u like all in all we had a great time.
Do NOT go here!!!
We are a family with three children, one aged 14, one aged 10, one aged 6, they were bored as there isn't very much to entertain them. The kids club is situated in a very small room with no open windows or air conditioning there are no activites just playing in the room, if they want to play pool it costs five pounds for half an hour, and the entertainment is none existant apart from a mini disco which you have to share with cockroaches and flying insects!! Ice-cream is served for one hour during the afternoon, the queue gets so long it takes almost one hour to get it. The food is terrible for the children no choice or variety unless you enjoy salads for lunch and tea. We had to eat out. The pool area is very dangerous as the surfaces surrrounding it are very slippy. while we were there we lost count of the amount of people with broken bones and stitches, because of this we had to be constantly watching the children and reminding them to be careful, not much lounging in the sun for us! The slides by the pool were not supervised and accidents there were waiting to happen as people would come down too close together. There would also be very large men using them, if you didn't get out of the way quick enough they would land on top of you. We needed a holiday after being here for two weeks!!
"Didim Beach Hotel Altinkum"
This is a great place to stay, it's classed as a 5 star but should only be given a 4 star but after saying that I found it absolutely perfect. I checked the web before booking the hotel and found a lot of people were giving negative reviews about the hotel but after arriving here I found nothing wrong with the place except one thing, the pool. The water aspect of the pool is very good with a large area for adults and a small area (seperated by a wooden bridge) for the kids. It was getting out of the pool that was the problem, it was not non slip and I saw that many people falling over, it would have been comical had it not been for the injuries incurred. The management were asked many times about rectifying the problem and they have assured us it will be done before the 2008 season begings. It is an all inclusive hotel and you certainly get value for money, you can eat and drink until you drop and the desserts are to die for, if your trying to diet then forget it. One thing though, the Turkish do not eat piping hot food so you will have to get used to everything on the self serve buffet style being warm. The rooms were spacious enough with all you could expect from a modern hotel. As it is an all inclusive everyone gets an arm band and you have to show this to the bar staff to get a drink, they have a new rule now of one drink per arm band, this is ok if, like me, you are single but if dad goes to the bar and orders drinks for the family it will mean lots of trips. The views are wonderful and it's a great place to use as a base or for just lying there and soaking up the sun. When I was there in May it was 40c. Altinkum town is a 10 to 15 minute walk away or 1 lira on the bus which stops directly outside the hotel.
Altinkum is a nice little seaside town, it has a multitude of hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Dress code is non-existant so no worries about having to go back to your hotel to get changed for an evening meal. Virtually everything is on or next to the beach so you get lovely views of the sea and the boats coming and going full of tourists doing the mant different and very cheap boat trips. Safety is paramount on the trips so don;t be surprised if while out at sea the police board the vessel you are on and do a safety check. As for the police they are everywhere, not because their is any trouble but to stop it just in case. Their is always plenty of room on the beach for you to sunbathe or the kids to play football, that is until the weekend, then the Turkish come in from all over and it gets crowded. I went into a lot of the hotels in Altinkum town just to see what they were like and I have to say that they were very basic, it made me very pleased that I stayed at the Didim Beach Hotel.
Didim and Altinkum are next to each other, they are so close you don't know you have gone from one to the other. Altinkum is the Beach side of town and Didim is the Business side, it is also were most of the locals live and shop. Their is a Market ( Saturdays only ) which you have to go to even if it is only to buy something you do not want but the traders are not in your face as they cater mainly for the locals doing their Saturday shopping. There are plenty of mosques to see if you like that sort of thing. The Temple of Apollo is another must see and is a short bus ride away. Bus prices are very cheap and I never paid more than 1 Lira ( 40p ) where ever I went. If your doing self catering then Didim is where all the supermarkets are and a lot of the food packaging is now written in English and Turkish. If you want to buy clothing their is an abundance of fake stuff, just one word of caution, try on before you buy as they have no idea of sizes.
Didim and Turkey...
Didim or Altinkum, Altin=Gold kum=sand put the two together and you get Goldensand, which is exactly what you get in Altinkum, is a small resort on the Aegean coast, in an area called Didyma, between Kusadasi and Bodrum. To get there you fly into either Izmir or Bodrum/Milas airports, followed by a two and a half or one and half hour transfer respectively. Most airlines now fly to Bodrum from the UK and most other European countries. Travellers from outside will Europe usually fly into Istanbul and then transfer to Bodrum. When you arrive in Didim you will first of all pass through Yeni Hisar / Yenee Heesar(New Castle), then it's a two mile drive down a straight road to the resort. Buildings are springing up along this road all the time, and there are now 3 supermarkets on this road. About half way down on the right, you will see the local 'drive safely sign', this comprises of a wrecked car on top of a pole.
Besides the beautiful sandy beaches, there's not a lot to see in the resort, but a couple of miles up the road, just outside Yeni Hisar is the Temple of Apollo. A one and a half hour journey takes you to Ephesus(Efes in Turkish, which is also the name of the main beer), this is a must see site, one of the ancient wonders of the world. Also about 40 minutes away are the ancient cities of Miletus and Priene. If you would like to know about more trips available email me and I will give you up to date info.
A two hour ferry ride(peak season only) takes you to the Bodrum peninsular, where you can visit the popular resort of Bodrum.
Altinkum is not a sophisticated town, so don't expect any designer shops, but there are very good fake designer clothes everywhere, and they are very cheap, usually you can buy 7-8 good quality T-shirts for about £10($15). There are a few gold shops try TMT jewellers(see Murat and tell him you read this), which are very cheap compared to the UK, but don't forget to haggle. Down one side of of Dolphin Square are small shops selling gifts and jewellery. In the Didyma shopping centre by the roundabout, there are more fake designer shops, a chemist where my friend Feridun will help with your medication, cigaretts and booze available next door from another friend Serkan. But the best exchange rate is usually found at the TMT shop at the end of Dolphin Square, next to The Swan Bar, you can also buy your clothes and jewellery here, in air conditioned comfort.
Please note there are no cash machines in the resort, the nearest are in Yeni Hisar on the main road, a five minute 20p(30c) dolmus ride away. You can not buy English cigaretts in Altinkum, but you can get a packet of Marlborough for 60p($1.10). Every saturday there's a market in Yeni Hisar, which is a 5 minute dolmus ride away from the resort centre, about 20p ($0.30) each way, where you can buy everything from t-shirts to fresh fish.
Didim - Akbük
Akbük is a nice place in Didim. The sea is very bright and because of its topographical location it is always without waves.
Front view of Didim Beach hotel
Didim High Street
What to do in Didim during July
I will be living in Didim for the month of July.
What kinds of things are there to do?
How easy is it to get around?
Re: What to do in Didim during July
Didim is so close to Selcuk and ancient city Ephesus. This region is one of the must see places in Turkey. You can have more info from my VT pages and web page www.deryapension.com
Have a nice vacation in Didim.
Can someone tell me, where should I take bus to Pamukale. Do I start from Kusadasi or Selcuk?
Also, what is the earliest and latest bus schedule that gets me to Pamukale?
Kusadasi to Pamukkale
Is it possible to do a day trip from Kusadasi to Pamukkale? I would be interested in replies to this question too, since I'm going there next month.
RE: to Pamukale
To answer the question I must know where you will be staying. If Selcuk you have the possibily by train and bus.
The main Outobus Station in Selcuk is called "Otobus Terminali" The terminal is just few meter near the Artemis staue on the main road, just againts Tourist Information Office. From there there are many buss to all directin though Turkey.There are daily buss to Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Milet, Priene ve Didim. Pamukkale is near the capital city called Denizli.
Distances from Selcuk to:
-Pamukkale (195 Km.):
Efes (3 Km.):
Meryemana (House of Virgin Mary (9 Km.): only by taxi
Kuşadası (20 Km.):
Priene (60 Km.)-Milet (80 Km.)-Didim (105 Km.):
Aphrodisias (150 Km.)
Train:Selçuk-Denizli ( 10:00 , 16:50 , 20:00 )
Have a nice trip
Pamukkale too far from Kusadasi?
So I am guessing it would take at least 4 hours from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, which probably does not make a day trip feasible for me.
RE: RE: to Pamukale
200 km are not 4 hours. bus rides 90 km/hour. This is 2.5 hours. If you go early in the morning by bus eg 7.00 in the morning you will be there at 10:00. 2-3 hours is enough for pamukkale.you can even swimm in hot water.In the afternoon you can return back.you can find every time busses. from Denizli back.
You are coming from a very far place. dont miss Pamukkale! It is unigeu place.
From Kusadasi to Pamukkale
I'm assuming that there is no direct bus from Kusadasi to Pamukkale. Please correct me if I am wrong.
So one would have to include transfer time in Selcuk if going from Kusadasi to Pamukkale as it can not be expected that a Pamukkale bus would be awaiting departure immediately after arrival in Selcuk.
RE: RE: to Pamukale
I advice you to ask the bus office desk about busses to Pamukkale. They will give you right answer. If you like you can go there. It will be your choise.
RE: to Pamukale
Exactly, thats what I want to know. If Selcuk is much convenient to everywhere.. then I will drop the idea of staying in Kusadasi. I would want to go Pamukale and take flight back the next day from Denizli to Istanbul.
buying a home in altinkum turkey
please could you let me know what it is like in altinkum and what sites i can look on to view altinkum and its beaches
RE: buying a home in altinkum turkey
I think the best way is to contact local real estate agents. Check this site: http://www.didimguide.com/altinkum_didim_real_estate_agents.html