More about Litera Relax Resort Gumbet
just back from the litera relax gumbet, 40 min transfer from bodrum, room small but everything seemed new, offered aircon for £25 but having read other reviews decided to try the switch it on yourself for free option worked a treat. food fresh and varied we realy enjoyed it, drinks on the weak side,wine was quite good and strong and as you helped yourself to this and didnt have to queue for it i stuck to this, staff great, public areas clean, pools clean,sun beds always got them but we do get up early anyway, by 10 o clockish i would say they had all gone, quite a lot of steps at the hotel and both pools quite deep all in all after reading some reviews i wasnt looking forward to this holiday, but i must say for the money we paid we had a realy good holiday,
value for what we paid
Having just returned from holiday with my friend thought I should give you my views on the hotel and resort. I always read trip advisor before I go any were and always go with a open mind not every one likes the same things
We booked our holiday to The Litera Deluxe, Icemeler (formally The Abacus Complex) through Gold Trail Holidays, . We paid £260 each for all Inclusive week. We did not get a meal on the flight. But we don’t usually if we have to pay extra Boots meal deals are good enough for us. After some searching read the review so was a bit wary .
When we arrived at the hotel we had to pay for air con £25 (worth it )plus £15 for safe deposit box we had read we had to also give £30 deposit for room which we got back when we checked out, they said they had stopped doing this. we found we were across road in the Litera relax hotel. Room very compact (small) but did not matter was not planning to live in room. Second night did get a visitor (cockroach ) rep said that was unusual and did not see any more rest of holiday. Lovely young lad took our case across and carried them up stairs for us (had to tip him) My friend and I are both in our early fifty’s and quite fit. we would have struggled to carry our cases up the steps to the hotel . We did have to come over to the Deluxe for our meals and entertainment.
Entertainment not that good consisted of bingo most night , one night there were some dancers on when they finished we had to tip them. You could not get a sun bed or get in the pool at the Deluxe lot quieter over at the relax.
We booked some trips through the rep, a trip to Dalayan to the mud baths which we really enjoyed (tipped bus driver and guide )we also booked to go to Turkish baths, we had been the year before in Alanya and thought it was great, No nothing like it, we were taken from our hotel on a bus to another hotel in Marmaris. Young lad that did the massage looked like he did not want to be there and made it quite clear he was glad when it was over. We found out that the guy who owned the baths also owned the one in the Deluxe hotel so why the rep did not tell us to go there I don’t know. The rep did say it was £8 which we thought was fine, we only wanted the scrub part. But then they start pushing the extra’s like photo’s drinks face packs massages( plus driver of bus and staff wanted a tip)
The All Inclusive drinks at the hotel did not taste like alcohol as I know it. Ok after second one soft drinks were fine
The food was eatable and you could find some thing to fill up on did see a lot of people making chip butties. I found the soup was nice , lovely salad bar and desserts. Most night some form of chicken or fish ,pasta or rice. so would not starve
Icemeler itself is lovely felt quite safe walking round the streets at night. It is a very pretty place with lots of flowers around, the beach is more shingle than sand, you cannot walk on it barefoot. .
For a cheap holiday it was great for what we paid I would have been really upset if we had paid any more. Its is rated 5 Sun with gold trail not 5* this hotel is not 5* more like 3*. If you are going take plenty of small change for tips seems like you have to tip every one
you get what you pay for...bargain!
Quick summary we have never taken a holiday like this before so went into it with no expectations but with plenty of preconceptions so this review is a balanced and fair report on what you would expect to find taking a trip to the Litera Relax Gumbet.
(usually go on adventure holidays see map)
The following review is compared against a 3* UK hotel as a control:
This was booked very last minute though expedia/Gold trail as an all inclusive.
good close to beach, bars, resturants etc. Good view from balcony.
Clean tidy, good pools.
Rooms had no windows just a sliding door which made them airless and stuffy.
AIRCON controller costs £25 - which is really annoying and for me a total rip off as in a country where the mean temperature was above 35oC this should be a given!!
Very friendly staff (locals), reps a pain in the arse unless you want to play bingo, darts, follow the leader leader leder follow the bloody leader....
It was clean, comfy beds, TV.
Now if you read the other reviews you'll notice this is the main criticism is the food....
Here goes big rant......!
this is a very multicultural hotel destination 30% Turkish (good sign...?) 30% Dutch (good not german....can I say that?) 30% Brits (mainly irish, scots while we were there). Assuming that this was a ususal mix then the catering reflected this.
i.e. if your idea of an exotica meal is taking your six kids to KFC on a friday evening then your going to struggle. This isn't Benidorm home from home chips n beans wiv a loverly sausage of a mornin. In fact do us all a favour a go to blackpool for the week where you'll blend in a little better and not shame the rest of us!
To give you an idea the breakfast is continental - salads/cheeses, cold meats, fruit, cereal, boiled eggs, toast/jams, tea coffee, pancakes and omlettes cooked to demand on some days.
Salads, soup/bread, hot dishes like rice/chips/potatoes with meat types dishes (lamb meat balls, mince stuffed aubergines etc), hot veggie options. Plenty of choice.
Same as lunch but with extras on the BBQ like fish, kebabs, deep fried veggies, pancakes, fruit fritters etc all cooked to demand fresh.
Can you get chicken nuggets for the kids....no.
Chips every day.....no.
Baked beans from a tin....no, cooked with fresh ingedients so tastes a little different to normal...terrible I know.
Drinks - not a huge selection usual fruit sqaush, local spirits and beers. Mineral water coke, sprite and fanta, Tea's/coffee and wines.
But reading the other reviews the food complaints were from people paying £250 for a week all inclusive what did they expect???
8/10 - (compared to a mid range 3* UK hotel)
Last rant - someone moaned on another review about the steps up to the bar etc ARRRGGHHH for gods sake it was about 20 steps max and hardly constituted a graded hike. The flipping hotels on a hill what were they going to do provide a stanner lift for unfit people!!!!!
The way to look at this holiday is if you get it for under £400 all inclusive its a bargain. Thats what self catering would cost on its own so view this as self catering with free food when you want it!
The alternative is self catering which is tricky in Gumbet as the local supemarkets are getting very greedy so its not a cheap destination and to eat out 3x a day would cost £20 per head without drinks (UK prices in bars unless you hunt out the deals) ouch!!!!
Quick transfer from Bodrum AP
Turkish now understanding how to rip you off on prices (pizza and chips x2 in the airport on the way home £18!!!) . It ill cost same as Spain so as long a you know before you go SC is gonna cost you!
Aircon controller costs
Poor entertainment laid on by Reps although it doesn't pretend to be great.
All said it was a cheap hols with great weather so if you don't delude yoursedlf that you going to the Hilton you have a great time.
Better than expected.
Goldtrail Travel never again
I'm going to try and write a fair review so here goes,
Our holiday was booked with GOLDTRAIL TRAVEL 17th to 23rd July ex Glasgow and the problems start before you leave the U.K.
Flight out of Glasgow which was supposed to be around 8.45 pm was delayed 2hrs which meant we would arrive in resort around 3 a.m with a 1 hour transfer so bed by 4 a.m. but it didn't happen.
On no account go to Bodrum or Gumbet via Izmir as the transfer is 3hrs but you are not told this when you book. You are told it is a 1 hr transfer.
When the rep tells you 4 hours plus on the bus, everyone let's out a sigh of disbelief. The fact of the matter is that the rep. who was an english guy with blonde hair and a hair band insists on a 30 minute stop at a service station / joke of a cafe half way there and you are kept there for at least 30 minutes so that you can be ripped off for cheese or salami baguettes or cheeseburgers at £3 a hit which cost about 30p to make - they are not good , together with juice and crisps at £1.50 and on no account would anyone who was not being given a backhander advocate this stop and it's length. The story is it is a comfort stop and you have to wait for the other bus - why? as they both have reps and are going to different hotels. In my view it is to prolong the stop to give you plenty of time to spend money.
Anyway onto the first stop at Gulluck. Do not stay here! The resort is a bulding site and I really felt sorry for the couple who were dropped there. Apparently they were onto the phone to the rep at Gumbet before we even arrived, to be told they'd have to take it up with the office when it opened at nine.
Finally we come to the Relax resort in Gumbet 8 a.m. When we checked in their was a woman shouting the odds about how they were all checked into the one room. The room we got was a bit smelly but at least there was a double bed and from all accounts we were very lucky. Apparently few rooms have this and are very small. Very few balconies and your patio doors if you're lucky enough to have them lead onto resort paths - this is a first not to have any kind of private area outside - some rooms do have balconies however. We were told some roooms are right under the bar which thumps out music till 1 am and others are in very dark areas with no windows and stink so bad that even when you get the room changed you can't get the smell out of your gear. We were also told some people had chosen to sleep in the lobby in order to get their rooms changed - overbooking seemed to be a real problem too.
The pool area is ok but the two kids pools are Jaccuzzi size. Shallow ends are very deep and the entertainment is held around a pool which is about ten feet deep - watch your kids carefully at night ! In general the place is kept clean and the Head cleaner looks after you if you bung him a few Lira. Believe me we were so glad of the two extra pillows we got because of the sore necks we had from the two flat lifeless pillows in our room not to mention a well hammered mattress.
All Inclusive Food
Breakfast is ok but one morning there was no cereal. Boiled eggs , sometimes fried eggs, bread, cheese, melon, boiled frankfurters and occasionally a type of scrambled eggs.
Lunch very little for the kids again - mainly salads cold meat and cheese.
Dinner is mainly salads with four hot dishes, usually stew, pasta, vegetables, chips maybe stewed chicked. Sometimes a special dish such as BBQ Halibut or Chicken Kebab on two nights but nothing special for the other five days . For " A La Carte " ( 1 Night Only ) it is a set menu and we got Shami Kebabs not too bad and the staff do try !.
Daytime snacks - flat bread with a vegetable filling, no hot dogs, no chips, no kebabs, no pancakes - no ice cream
Drinks - poor lager, surgical vodka, Gin , Brandy , coke , sprite, fanta - no diet coke - four fruit juices from time to time and 3 - 5 Lira for an ice lolly @ £1.50 +.
Only two drinks at a time at night so you've got to queue again and again as the glasses are very small. 5 Lira about £ 2.30 for drinks thereafter and the cocktails are [--].
In general there was allways something to eat and drink but your all inclusive kids are not all inclusive and their top hate about the resort was the food.
YOU DECIDE !
Bodrum / Gumbet
Great shops - you must barter make sure leather is real leather and brands are not fake. Very good couple of souveneir / belt bag shops to left as you enter the Bazaar in Bodrum. Drinks at British prices some very good Kebab shops but don't pay more than 5 Lira - some try to charge ten. Daytime is families night time is party crew. The resorts are 24 / 7 and if you go down to the the taxi stance below the Hotel at the beach you get a wee bus every ten minutes to Bodrum 24 / 7 for 2 Lira - £1 each. Taxis are £6.
Drinks - British prices
Clubs - Halikarnos is apparently bouncing but jam packed so's you can't move, £25 to get in and at least £7 for drinks many folk left early and the hotel rep's wind the young un's up to go obviously to get free entry themselves.
Bodrum / Gumbet is the Wild West of resorts - it is [--] bonkers glad we were out of the way at night and only there for 7 nights.
Boat trips - very good but watch out for the " Free drinks " NOT which cost us £25 quid. Felt sorry for 2 Polish families they got stung for £40 each - ouch.
Turgetreis market is an experience but be very wary and barter in the Bodrum shops before going. Expect a stop at the gold centre and take your credit card, they sponsor the coach trips.
In general I never understood the expression rob you blind, but they'll have your eye out if you let them.
Turkish / Kurdish folk - some were very genuine some expected tips for being cheeky enough to ask? They insisted in lifting and kissing young Blonde girls and there was even a 15 year old girl who didn't want to go out some nights because of the hassle she was getting.
We paid £250 each for a week at the Litera Relax All Inclusive so can't complain, some paid £400 - £600. It's Spanish 2 star at a push. If you've got kids expect them to eat little except bread - no ch & tom pizza's, no Chicken nuggets - very little to please them.
English Goldtrail rep with ginger / blonde hair and hairband was 15 mins late for pick - up so at least 30 mins late departing by time bags were packed. Traffick in Bodrum and two pick - ups held us up more. To our disbelief the Rep insisted on the 20 min stop at the petrol station / joke cafe and the further wait for the other bus - WHY? ( they have their own rep ). So we were there for 40 mins while the Turkish owners rubbed their hands and gathered round the till smiling after everyone had spent about a tenner - AGAIN!.
The folk who were pissed on the flight over and pissed at the pool every day much to the scorn and disgust of most holidaymakers and were branded " The Shameless Family " got pissed at the stop and had to force 2 Pee stops more as a result. One guy was swearing like a trooper on the bus and a Glasgow lad with two kids had to tell him to stop - the same member of the " Shameless Family " had lost his wallet on the flight into Turkey because he was so drunk, what a plonker.
The same Glasgow guy who asked the Shameless one to stop swearing as we were now 1 hr 40 mins late for check in asked the tour rep for a complaint form and was refused . The Rep i.e the Strawberry Blonde guy with the hair band then proceeded to disclose his private conversation with the guy on the P.A. system and defended the " Comfort " stop by inferring he was doing everyone a favour by letting us get RIPPED OFF FOR HALF OF WHAT WE WOULD AT THE AIRPORT even though there was a MacDonalds 20 mins further on and a few service stations with free loo's - needless to say his speech was clapped by " The Shameless Family " and a few friends - about eight folk on a 60 seater. Checked in 1 hr 40 mins late at the airport at Izmir after a 4+ hour transfer, had to rush a quick Burger King which was very expensive. Rushed through security, no chance to go to duty free, rushed to the toilet and everyone just made the plane on time.
Oh incidentally one of " The Shameless " got arrested by Glasgow Security for being so drunk she went round the baggage carousel. She wasn't a spring chicken either.
Izmir - Bodrum / gumbet - NEVER AGAIN !
GOLDTRAIL TRAVEL - NEVER AGAIN !
Good value for your money.
Smooth transfer to the hotel.
Friendly and helpful staff. Clean rooms, good food and entertainment. I really cannot complain about this hotel except to say that it is definately not for anyone with a walking disability due to all the steps. However, there are consessions made for disabled people on arrival if rooms on the reception floor are available. Aircon is a must and you pay about +-£25 per week plus about £10 for a safe. We had no complaints about the food. Rooms were cleaned every day, and there is a hairdryer in the bathroom.
Overall, you get what you pay for and this hotel really caters for your every need. Our stay was out of season, so the hotel will probably be a lot busier from July onwards.
Great holiday and we will most certainly return next year and have recommended to family and friends.
have just had two weeks at this hotel and it was brilliant. room was cleaned every day the staff were very friendy and helpful the two pools were nice and clean. we ate well and had no complaint about the food some people moaned about food but if you are going to turkey you should expect turkish food. we had entertainment every night and there was activaties throughout the day if you wanted to join in. i would advise not going on the ephusus, pamukale 2 day trip as we done it and spent most of the 2 days on coach being taken to varius shops and factories. ephusus and pamakale are well worth seeing but it would probably be better to hire a taxi for the day. overall it was a great holiday and i would definatly go back.
you get what you pay for
This was a very last minute holiday for us, we booked on the saturday pm and left sunday am. The first room we were shown had not been cleaned and was very near main pool and bar and I told the boy carrying our cases that we would not be happy. He dissapeared, came back with more keys and showed us a much nicer room. At first we thought the food was ok but as the week progressed you come to realise that you are fed up with salads and very scarce very cheap cuts of meat. We had barbecued chicken wings one night which were lovely when you got to the meat. A very nice english family we spoke to said thier kids just would not eat anything from the hotel and the mother took them out every day for breakfast and the whole family ate out every night. The pool area was nice, we preferred to stay around the smaller pool and the guy in the cafe was lovely. Our room was cleaned daily and on the whole the hotel was nice. The entertainment was awful and the dj`s taste in music was not to meet all tastes. The friday night turkish night was something i had looked forwrd to, the piece of RAW chicken was enough to have ruined that. The head chef shrugged his shoulders when I showed him my plate. Next morning the rep was not too happy when i demanded to see the manager, I got to see him and an apology from the chef, but really I would be very careful about eating in this hotel. My husband ended up with a tummy bug for 2 days and another couple on our flight had the same. The rep an irish girl was very keen not to upset the hotel staff and made every excuse for them even that it was normal practice to mix seperately cooked chicken in the same container, which was how I got the raw piece. Do not book a boat trip with the rep, it costs £20 each and the same trip costs about £5 on the beach. The resort was not to our liking the beach being a bit dirty and the water not clear. The atm`s are the best bet for getting value for the pound. Everyone is on the make, do not forget that, they are not doing anyone but themselves any favours. I cant wait to get back to a nice clean and friendly greek island. No more turkey for us.
best holiday ever
I enjoyed myself so much more than expected!
The hotel had the most hard wrorking staff i have ever come across. Im in the hotel business im englad an the staff surtainly could teach us a thing or to about service. They all work long hours and still manage to smile all the time and be friendly.
They all have acceptional english and really try hard to make your stay as comportable and enjoyable as possibe.
im 19 and went with my mum and auntie so they wasn't up for goin to the clubs but the staff are great they take you in a dolmus keep you all together all night so you dont get lost then at the end of the night they bring you all back to the hotel and make sure you get in ok.
The buffet was different every day there is also chefs cooking as you order outside so the food is fresh.
the pools were all clean and a good size.
The entertainment is furally enjoyable from the pool side dances, games and entertainers from out side the hotel that come in an do all kinds of things such as belly dancing, turkish night, bingo and break dancers that i have to say were amazing.
the boat trip is a must do as the veiws are gorgeous and they take you to lovley places. you can even ride a camal.
I will be going back to this place again!
Good budget holiday
This hotel has obviously been recently renovated and is lovely. The pools are clean, and so are the rooms. Ours was cleaned every day. Unfortunately we had problems with the rooms. The first room we were in stank of sewage and was underground. We complained to the rep who was more than useless, so had to ask reception staff purselves. We were quite polite abpout it and subsequently got free a/c, security box and on the 3rd day were moved to a great room. It didnt have a balcony but had a view of the bay. This room was very spacious and kept to a hogh standard. It was beautiful, and more importantly didn't smell.
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Although the manager left the bar under staffed, so there were large queues at night. They also had a rule that you were not allowed more than two drinks at one time
The food was good, but was not my taste as the Turkish like a lot of fish dishes. But I loved the pancakes for breakfast!! The a la carte dinner was excellent, and I would have ate there every night if the food was like that.
I do not know if I would go back. But if I had been in my second room from the start I'd go back right now. But I did get the holiday for a bargain so I can't complain. It was definitely worth what we paid.
Much better than expected - give it a try!
Arrived at reception at 5:45 in the morning and queued for half an hour at reception to get booked in by only one guy working there, then stood for another half an hour for the one bell boy to show us to our room - there were about 50 people looking into their rooms! Couldn't wait any longer so just found it ourselves eventually - they're all numbered and signposted anyway!
Room was lovely - clean, modern and with beautiful view of bay. No balcony but no matter! Was about a third of the way down the steps and on top floor. Excellent power shower. Air con was 30 euros but really needed it - 47 degrees outside and 32 at night!! no key for deposit box so just held on to our money tightly! no clean towels for week but room cleaned nearly everyday and once tipped, the maid spread nice flowers about the place.
Big pool area very busy - never went near it - preferred the wee pool at the bottom and the beach too - even though they were a bit of a hike! a pool bar and snack bar were down there too so most preferred to stay there rather than trek up for lunch. access was down black metal steps via garden/terrace where entertainment was held
Breakfast was a bit boring but the chef outside did pancakes, omlettes and fried eggs on rotation so they were always nice with bread and jam. Lunch and dinner consisted of some sort of rice, potatoes, meat, chicken and veg, with all the usual breads, salads, cheeses and sauces. Chef outside did loadsa different things at dinner - french fried onions, fish, kebab and small burger type things. We only seen chips once at lunch, but as you could always get them at the snack bars during the day, and we liked a range of foods, we never worried about it. Desert saw a range of syrupy bun things, cake, chocolate fudge cake, profiteroles, melon and custard.
The drinks are in small glasses but i guess there's less waste. We didn't really like the alcohol - bought a few bottles at duty free and bottles of coke and water in the mini-market next door to the hotel (very cheap) and kept them in the fridge in the room so we were sorted.
DON'T book any trips through the rep or hotel - total rip off!! For 2 turkish baths with massages at the hotel - they were charging us 70 euros. We walked down the hill into Gumbet and booked with Indiana Travel Agency along the street and got a FREE turkish bath with a boat trip - which only cost us 10 euros each! boat trip left Bitez harbour around 10:30 and back by 5pm. visited aquarium bay, benija bay, camel beach and rabbit beach. transfers, lunch, apple and turkish tea, and biscuits were included in the price. very windy though but brilliant trip. turkish bath people will try to sell you massages and face masks when you get there - try to say no but we had a back and leg massage each for 23 euros which ain't too bad.
tip boxes are everywhere - make sure and have plenty of change! Gumbet was quite lively. we usually walked down and took dolmus back for between £1 and 2.50 euros for 2 people. we walked along beach - Alora bar did lovely cocktails and plenty of english brands - expensive but hung out in the hammocks and squishy cushions while people watching! had the steak set meals in Smileys near bar street one nite - 2 garlic bread, 2 turkish ottoman (cheese spring roll thing with spicy dip), 1 fillet, 1 sirloin, with baked potato, chips, rice and salad and bottle of white wine and glass of efes beer all for £20! waiters were mental and performed rite in front of you, jumping over chairs, singing and dancing. hilarious nite's craic, totally recommend.
did bar crawl too - shakers, central bar and x bar were all good - just watch your drinks!
Bodrum is worth a visit too - 20mins on dolmus. we went into the castle for 10 lira each and spent hours there looking round. very interesting and great views, and had cheap lunch there too - 8 lira for mixed pizza which was yum!
Entertainment at hotel was a bit woeful - apparently there was darts and dances during the day but never went near it. at night, it ranged from turkish dancers, fire night, mr and miss gumbet beach and bingo night (5 lira each) which were good fun but guy that did it was a bit annoying and dj seemed to play the same music in the same order every night.
Overall, nice hotel if you get it cheap enough. Sounds like there are some dodgy rooms about though! Food and drink were fine and we never went hungry - in fact, put on weight, lol! Good position of hotel at top of hill - lovely views of bay. Good walk to Gumbet and dolmus always stop outside. As said before, the holiday is what you make of it. We went with bad expectations but these were definitley exceeded.
DC3 Pacoz Bay, Bodrum, C47, LTAC 096
Bob and Rob at the Marina
Castle from the beach
How far does my lira go?
I have a few questions as I've never been to Turkey before! We go on Saturday 2nd to Gumbet and there seem to be loads of Lira to the pound! How much is a beer, a coke etc? I've no idea what 5 lira will buy? Are we safe walking about at night? Are there quiet places as well as banging nightlife if we want a change? Thanks all!
RE: How far does my lira go?
The current rate of exchange is about 2.75 YTL to the pound.
A large beer will cost between 2.5 YTL and 3.5 YTL depending on where you buy it. Cans of Coca Cola will also cost about the same.
The easiest thing to do is the forget the conversion rate and treat YTLs as £s. ie if you wouldn't be happy paying £10 for something in the UK, then 10 YTL is probably also too expensive.
When looking for good restaurants, eat the ones that have got Turkish customers. They are usually better quality and resonably priced.
Despite the recent problems reported in the press, you will be perfectly safe here. Thefts, muggings, rapes etc are almost unknown but just take the usual precautions that you would at home. However, beware that the same scams are in operation regarding credit cards as in the rest of the world.
Have a great holiday.