Fun at Pine Bay
The hotel itself seemed very clean, the staff were friendly, the scenery was amazing, however the rest was average. The room we were given was a hotel room (as opposed to the cheaper bungalow!?) with a mini bar, which turned out to be a mini-fridge which was filled up every day with two bottles of water and two small glass bottles of coke. Where was the bottle opener!? Had to use the shower facilities to open the bottle top! Our television was basic, it consisted of around 30 channels, 2 of which were English - BBC World News and CNN. The rest were of course Turkish, with a few German channels. There were one or two kids channels but nothing really to get into if you were waiting before a trip or an event at the hotel. The view out of our terrace consisted of a large wall covered in ivy. I guess we drew the short straw, as the view on the other side of the hotel would have been gorgeous. The hotel is located right on the edge of a cliff. Beneath the cliff is the sea and you are treated to lovely sunsets every evening. We took advantage of the photographers on site, who took some lovely photos. You don't have to pay for this service, but if you want the prints later, they can be very expensive, but you'd expect that. Because the hotel is quite high up and the hotel has it's own private beach, there's a long walk down. This can get tiring if you're older or find it hard work walking up steep heels on the way back. I must say the quality of the swimming pools were excellent. The staff around the pools were good and there was no problem getting a sun-lounger. The entertainment was limited. Every night there would be a show on at the amphi-theatre. The animation team, who you will get to know if you stay at Pine Bay, provide all of the entertainment. Although they can be funny and get people in the mood for activities, they're not the best entertainers when it comes to presenting a show. They can be quite pushy too, so if you don't want to join in with the pool games, water polo or darts - pretend you are asleep or something as they'll try their best to get you to play. We joined in in a few of the activities but they can get quite tedious after a while, they're more aimed at kids 8-13. The food can get very samey after the first few nights. For the less adventurous there is always chips, spaghetti and Neapolitan sauce. Otherwise there's lots of salad, cheese, fish and the bread is gorgeous! They have a whole counter of bread and you can pick and choose as you wish. There are also some local delights which you cant try. Lamb kofta, baklava, moussaka etc. The desserts are extremely well presented and you'd be mad not to try a few. The staff around the restaurants were a little grumpy, maybe because they always seemed to be there! You ask for a vodka and coke and they fill half your glass up with vodka, then the rest coke. The beer was decent, apparently Tuborg is locally brewed and it was nice. If you go with a travel agent then your rep will look after you and recommend trips to go on. We went to the local market and jewellery shop. It was a good day out. Also the dolmas was a good way of getting round. You just walk to the hotel entrance and wait for it. They usually come every 20 mins. It's extremely cheap to get around. Overall we had a very pleasant stay, the temperate when we arrived on 30 May was around 35º and it stayed the same for the whole week we were there. Apparently it's due to get warmer, so now would be a good time to go! Despite the minor issues that I've explained, the weather and surroundings make up for this and we had a great stay.
loved the pine bay
me my husband and 2 children daughter 16yrs and son 5yrs went for two weeks. We have been all inclusive for the past 10 years at various locations throughtout europe, although this was our 2nd trip to turkey it was our first all inclusive in turkey. The hotel is stunning and facilities were some of the best we have experienced. We found the staff in the hotel welcoming and friendly, I have learned through experience that a please, thank you and a smile gets you the same in return. There was a lot of french at the the hotel but we found the majority of them to be friendly, germans were arrogant and most refused to queue for anything but a tut and staff requesting that they wait seem to do the trick. The food was well presented and tasty and my family were never stuck for anything to eat if you want british food stay in britain. The resort is set on a hill but the website and brochure do forewarn of you of this. The entertainment team worked very hard and there shows were good they do put a lot of hard work into them and do there best. The only criticism I would have is the bungalow rooms we had two that were in need of refurbishment the bathroom tiles were mouldy and did need replaced but the rooms were cleaned daily and had shutters on the windows so we didnt get woken up early with the sun , we didnt spend a lot of time in rooms prefering to make use of the pools ,beach and aquapark . The tv only had 3 english channels but we dont go on holiday to sit and watch tv anyway. Go into town and visit the market and try albertos for a meal they will pick you up and return you to resort if you book a table. Looking forward to returning next year with friends.
Great Holiday at Pine Bay
I stayed at this resort from 01-07 July 2008 I was a party of 5 consisting of 4 adults and 1 child aged 12.
On arrival at 05:00hrs in the morning,reception was efficient and we were allocated Bungalows, although I had requested 2 Bungalows adjacent The reception said that due to being very busy this was not possible.
The Bungalows were 107 and 326 both very clean and appeared to have been refurbished 107 was better due to larger balcony.
Please note the bungalows have 2 bedrooms and there is no door to separate the bedrooms so no Privacy!.
The food at the resort was excellent but the Terrace restaurant was very busy especially at night time so go a little later ideal time about 9PM.
Lunchtimes were fine for a snack I preferred the Poolside snack bar at lunchtime.
The pools are great especially the one nearest the main building a little quieter,The indoor pool is always there and is very quiet at all times but cold.
The new water park is brilliant and never to busy and the slides were amazing ! great staff on duty kept it running efficiently and very safe.
Beach towels- the usual towels appearing as if by magic first thing in the morning saw 2 arguments over sunbeds and as a result the management placed signs stating no towels on beds before 08.00hrs, but why wait for arguments to start just ensure that any towels placed the night before are removed by staff and this will wipe out this stupid practice.
You will always get a sunbed on the beach before 10.00am without a problem.
The beach although a little rocky in places is very nice take a walk to the far end towards the Marina bar for a lovely snack and drink so peaceful.
The water sports were OK but a little pricey especially the banana boat.
My tips are
ensure you obtain a refurbished Bungalow,although I would have preferred a Hotel room as the walks to the Bungalows are very steep.
Use all the eating places on the resort for variety.
If you go to the A La Carte Panorama restaurant and choose the Mexican watch out for the chillies!.
If you want a taxi into town barter with the ones outside you will get a good price I did for a party of 5.
In conclusion an excellent Holiday,and would return but possible at a quieter time of the year.
PINEBAY HOLIDAY RESORT: 5* hotel with a 2 km coast line & private marina for a max. of 40 yachts. One of the 2 nicest hotels in our 7 nights in Turkey. The hotel has 211 rooms & we were all allotted rooms that are facing the Aegean Sea. There are 211 rooms & 300 bangalows on an area of 421,000 sq. meter. Turkish Hamman, sauna jacuzzi, heated indoor & outdoor swimming pools are available. Water-ski, ringo, surfing & parasailing are just some of the activities guests can indulge in.
i just want to say what a great time we have just had at the pine bay resort in kusadasi.
The entertainment staff were great they really made our holiday, all the staff were great especially some of the bar / waiting on staff in the restaurants.
the best by far were baris on the bar, entertainment staff bambi, mustaffa, max brillient.
service great, must have a go in the market at kusadasi it is an experience.
will be going again next year wish i could go back sooner.
we have just returned from pine bay hotel in kusadasi,it was a nightmare dont get me wrong the hotel was really nice the views were nice but if you like to make friends with people you will be dissapointed there was only 16 english people in the whole place and we were 4 of them.On reception they couldn't really understand us,we should of had a welcome meeting with a rep from MEDHOTELS,but never got one we had to ring and ask for a rep to come see us and with the language barrier it was a nightmare he said he didn't come to that hotel unless asked because he didn't have many english that go there,i wonder why,i would never book a holiday again thats anything to do with MEDHOTELS.The only person we really spoke to was ALI who worked on the FUAYE BAR he didn't speak really good english but at least we understood him.I felt sorry for my grandaughter who is 7 she had no-one to play with all week.Anyway i'll finish with saying NEVER AGAIN.
Not a 5 star hotel
We have been travelling to Kusadasi for a number of years, staying at various "all inclusive" hotels and this year we decided to treat ourselves to a 5 star experience. Our accommodation at Pine Bay was certainly not 5-star and we were disappointed by the standards of the rooms. We stayed in a Bungalow and the rooms were dismal and the bathroom full of mould. There was no bath, just a shower, so not suitable for families with very young children. The bedroom curtains were unlined so pack a sleeping mask as the rooms get light very early ! The air conditioning unit was ineffective, but luckily our Bungalow was on the front row so we benefited from a sea breeze during the night.
The hotel had opened its own Aqua Park a few weeks before we arrived which had excellent facilities and our two children (8 and 5) enjoyed very minute. The beach bar is well worth a visit with stunning views over the Aegean sea.
The food was good, but we found the main restaurant very overcrowded. The hotel ran many conferences during our stay with the delegates eating at the same restaurant as the rest of the hotel guests. Often this meant queuing for ages for food, but we opted to eat later than everyone else when the restaurant was quieter to avoid this problem. My husband had to see a doctor for a stomach upset which lasted almost a week which we have never experienced at any of the Kusadasi hotels we have stayed in over the last 5 years !
On the whole we had an enjoyable time but will not be returning to this hotel again.
Pine Bay Hotel!!
Does anyone have any info on the pine bay hotel? Or know what its liek etc.. The food, the accomodation, How to get into the resort from the hotel?
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