SALMAKIS The next year the hotel was promised to be rated 5 star. Easy to get to Bodrum center by small boat, takes less than 5 min. Gumbet is nearby as well.
SALMAKIS The next year the hotel was promised to be rated 5 star. Easy to get to Bodrum center by small boat, takes less than 5 min. Gumbet is nearby as well.
Salmakis is a package holiday kind of a place so I'd thought I'd give a capsule review of it as I spent two weeks there.
First the good. The hotel is clean, interesting architecturally, the buffet breakfast is pretty good, the beach is reasonable with decent sunbeds and amazingly clear water. If you go deluxe you get a well furnished room with carpet and balcony but the basic rooms look pretty spartan with a tiled floor and balcony cum entrance which could jut straight onto a path.
The Salmakis is handily situated midway between Gumbet and Bodrum meaning both resorts are open to you. It's even possible to walk into Gumbet over the hill in ten minutes or so, but the taxi is only a few euros. To get to Bodrum the best way is to catch the ferry boats which run every ten minutes and are equally cheap.
The bad is that the hotel would fail miserably on EU building safety codes. While it is architecturally interesting, there are too many uneven surfaces to trip and fall on, too many sharp hard things to smash your head on if you're not careful (e.g. marble light fittings sticking out of the wall) and inadequate signposting. And if you're disabled then forget it as the place has no lifts and plenty of stairs. The place is an absolute maze and I can well imagine people becoming hopelessly lost in a fire.
Also, the hotel has a petty streak running through it. No outside food or drink is allowed on hotel grounds at all - perhaps they think this will increase minibar / restaurant sales but it had the opposite effect for me since I was determined to beat the system. Also, you must rent safety deposit keys and even the mats for the sunbeds. It just strikes me as pettiness which sours an otherwise reasonable stay. Perhaps this is common to all package hotels so take this as non-exclusive behaviour for the region.
So all in all, it's a fairly good package holiday hotel. Location wise I don't think you could do much better unless you really want to confine yourself to Gumbet or Bodrum for the most part.
The Salmakis hotel is large, spacious and has an incredible view over the bay. There are two pools, a jacuzzi, steam room, turkish bath, small man made beach, a pool bar, a reception bar, a hairdressers, massage facilities and a restaurant with tables out on a very large patio. There are marble floors and the reception area is very tastefully decorated. The room we were in was clean with a fridge, TV and air conditioning. We had requested a sea view but didn't get it. Our terrace was surrounded by flowering plants which was nice. view would The staff were great especially the dining room staff who had been working split shift seven days a week all season. The food was excellent the first week but declined slightly the second week. The hotel has many stairs and we got into quite good shape while we were there but the hotel would be no good for anyone with mobility problems. Although on the outskirts of Bodrum city towards Gumbet, it was only a 15 minute walk into town and there was a regular water taxi from the beach. The dolmus stopped right near the entrance so getting around was easy.
On the negative side, the bar prices were high - eg: small beer in hotel 5 lira. Large beer elsewhere 2 - 3 Lira. A small bottle of water was 2.50 at the hotel and 50 kouros at the corner shop. Needless to say not too many were drinking at the hotel bar.
The other negative was the scrub and massage. My husband and I went together and the bloke that was doing the massage had hands that went places they shouldn't which was very uncomfortable. I would recommend that if anyone wants a massage and scrub they go to the one in town near the bus station as it seems to be the safest. I have since read a number of complaints about the massages from other hotels.
There was no entertainment at the hotel while we were there possibly because it was the last two weeks of the season.
For the view and the location I would recommend the hotel but we will probably stay somewhere smaller ourselves next time. Brilliant views, lovely staff and good beach for swimming - it is fairly shallow for about 50 feet out.
The Castle defending Bodrum stands on a small peninsular between Salmakis Bay and Kumbahce Bay. An open air theatre and also the home of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Well worth a visit for those into history and marine artifacts, Castles and great views over Bodrum. Nice place to visit during the afternoon heat, to cool down.
Bodrum / Gumbet are filled with hateful tourist restaurants that tout Mexican dishes amongst every other kind of cuisine. Unfortunately they're all equally awful and not worth the time of day.
If you want a GOOD mexican, try Amigos. This is situated just outside of the main strip in Gumbet and serves just Mexican food. And delicious it is too. I had cheese tortillas for starters and beef burritos and it was simply the best meal I had on holiday. It was cooked to perfection and came with the most delicious soft tortilla wraps I have had anywhere bar none.
It was just a shame that it slightly off the beaten track, because I suspect many people never even knew it was there. If you're in Gumbet or staying in the Salmakis, Mavi or other hotels on the peninsular of Bodrum, it is well worth seeking out. Beef burritos. Perfectly cooked parcels of beef, smothered with sauce and accompanied with salad and green rice. Delicious.
I was very pleased to spend a week at The Salmakis Resort & Spa from 12-19 May 2008. The resort is beautifully located with a spectacular view of Bodrum Bay. It is difficult for me to understand how this hotel could have had some bad ratings. However we were there at the beginning of the season and our room were rated partial sea view - we actually had a fantastic view of Bodrum Bay. We stayed in room 729, which was excellent.
The food was buffet style and changed every day - it was very tasty. One evening we arrived for dinner quite late, but a request to provie addional food met with an immediate repsonse. There is an outside omlet bar for breakfast and a barbecue item at dinner time. Drinks are expensive, particularly wine (and you can’t bring in your own). A 1.5 litre of water was 3.75 TLR and the cheapest bottle of wine worked out (with automatic tip) to 73 TLR. Having said that the management are aware of the high prices and hopefully they will come down.
As the hotel is located on a hillside there are a lot of steps down to the restaurant and the beach (seven levels from Reception - there are rooms on higher floors than that). There are elevators but they do not serve all levels. If you have trouble walking or with a lot of stairs this is NOT the hotel for you. Saying this I have two total knee replacements and managed well (I found the exercise to be very good).
You can use much of the Spa in the hotel for free including the jacuzzi, sauna, pool and Turkish Baths (but no service of course).
Drinks and snacks are available in a small convenience store at the top of the hill just past the taxi rank - the prices are very good and the staff are very friendly. Ice creams are cheaper here than anywhere else.
Booking excursions. There are several good excursions including Ephesus, Dalyan (for mud baths), cruising, Turkish baths etc. As usual don’t book through your tour rep as they overcharge by at least 40%. I booked trips using Toby of Exen Travel [--] in Gumbet (opposite the Green Parrot restaurant) a 12 minute walk from the Salmakis and was very pleased. Pick up and return to the hotel is included. Whatever you do book a trip to the Turkish Baths for the full treatment including the half hour oil massage - only 9 GBP - fantastic value for money.
The Market - unless you are buying clothes stay away from here - you get much better bargains in the stores (after a little haggling).
Turkey generally: amazing value for money, good roads, spotlessly clean everywhere, friendly people, feeling of absolutely safety everywhere, no beggars, good food, great toilets (better than anywhere except perhaps Spain). My first visit I will be going again - everyone makes you feel really welcome in Turkey.
Don’t forget to tip for good service - people in Turkey are not paid a lot and one or two TLR or USD with be received with thanks.
Stayed at Salmakis, Bodrum for 8 days and loved everything about it.
Food was extraordinary, beach was lovely and next to the hotel, staff was just great, every single one of them was a person to rembember. (Ilhan, Nasrin, Yasin and many others, thank you!)
Many thanks to breakfast cook Recep, whom my children still talk about and his great scrambled eggs :)!
The only complaint I would have is the decoration (or lack of) in the rooms, as they are too simple, and furniture has seen better days. I did not appreciate old bathroom either.
Also, it would be nice to provide a drying rack for clothes, since balconies are so spacious.
Overall, this hotel is 10 minutes (by foot) from city center, and features great views, beautiful beach, great pool and really, really good food.
We would return to this hotel tomorrow, if we could :)
My wife and I stayed at the Salmakis Beach Resort and Spa from July 27th - 29th. Our first impression was what an amazingly beautiful hotel it was. The place is stunning, with a beautiful bay window overlooking the Ocean as you arrive.
However, looks were definitely deceiving as it applied to Salmakis. We arrived during a major heat wave that had hit Turkey, and it was probably in the low 40's during the two days that we were in Bodrum. When we arrived in our hotel room, the room was stifling hot and the air conditioner wasn't working. We complained several times during the course of our two night stay and the problem was never addressed. During two of our calls, we were treated as if we had done something wrong, and were told to stop calling. We ended up spending both nights lying backwards on the bed in hopes of catching some sort of breeze out of the AC unit in case it ever started working properly. We actually found that even in 40+ degree heat, it was cooler outside than in - to the point that we were sticking our heads in the mini fridge just to cool down.
Our other requests at reception had all been met with a common answer - "No". Do you have a shuttle bus into town? No. Do you have internet access? No. Can you fix our bloody air conditioner? No.
At the end of our stay, we filled out Salmakis friendly comment card documenting all of the problems we had, and outlining how rude the staff had been. We're still waiting for a response that will probably never come. This resort is clearly being operated by people who know nothing of hospitality and figure that if they can fill the hotel with people that can pay, that's as far as it needs to go. My wife and I both agreed wholeheartedly that this was by far the worst hotel we stayed at in Turkey. I would not recommend the Salmakis to anyone who wants a comfortable stay during their time in Bodrum. With so many other hotels and resorts to choose from, why choose one that doesn't value its clientele?
I booked the holiday for the two of us through Hayes Travel who in turn booked through XL Holidays who subcontracted out the holiday to Kosamar Holidays based in Turkey. This of course made any issues difficult to deal with prior to the holiday starting as neither Hayes or XL wanted to discuss the fact that we had read some bad reports of the Salmakis Hotel & Spa on Trip Advisor. They kept referring us to each others company.
We arrived at 2:00am after a long afternoons travel the previous day only to find that the beds not only lacked pillows but there was a large part of the room without furniture which we rightly assumed should have contained some easy chairs and a coffee table. The pillows turned up straight away but the other furniture took 4 days (after many visits to reception and finally a sharp word from our rep). When the chairs did arrive one of them had dried cats poo on the underside of the cushion. However we realised complaining was futile. The TV remote didn’t work rendering the TV all but useless but that wasn’t a high priority on our holiday.
The room itself was not like any I had seen on any website. It was starkly decorated with white floor tiles, very basic wardrobes and two very hard beds, (it was like sleeping on a breezeblock and resting your head on a house brick). Cleanliness and room services were very inconsistent.
Their seems to be two standards of accommodation at the Salmakis, the Hotel rooms you see on all of the publicity (which is where I assumed we would have been staying) and the Resort rooms which are not to be found anywhere online or any brochure. Check this one out before you book, there is a great difference in standard and comfort.
During our welcome meeting (which was delayed due to the rep being informed by the hotel reception staff that no-one was waiting), we booked to go on a package of extra excursions with our rep. A Turkish bath (which was moderately OK, we paid an extra £50:00 for an oil based massage); a boat trip (which we both refused to go on as it appeared overcrowded, very loud with club music beating from the speakers and more worryingly a lack of sufficient lifesaving equipment). Finally in the package we purchased a shopping excursion which amongst other places took us to a local shop (described as a bazaar) selling Turkish delight, Viagra honey - oh how we laughed!!!!! and allegedly fake accessories), and finally the Bodrum Gold centre which reminded us of a poor Elizabeth Dukes jewellery counter at Argos.
The history commentary on our tour given by our rep taught us that Bodrum was made popular by a gay singer called Musti (that shut them up!!) and the social observation informed us that unlike the UK, Turkish children are safe from paedophiles, a comment we both found deeply insulting. The rep was to be fair very helpful and obliging. However he, and it seems the whole of Bodrum have obviously decided where its market lay, hence he was forced to sell mediocre excursions albeit for a reasonable cost.
The Salmakis hotel drinks were very expensive as is most of Bodrum. There are a few reasonable places to eat and drink in the town but you must go off the beaten track to find it, like most tourist centres I suppose. We had a half board deal for the holiday, the breakfasts and dinners were good value if you remembered you were in Turkey and not a major EC country and compared it with what you could find in the local restaurants.
Bodrum purports to be the hottest place in Turkey however having returned after 15 years the only difference I noticed were the higher prices (apparently brought about by the high taxation of alcohol by the new traditional Turkish government). The Hotel staff were mixed, the restaurant and bar staff were very attentive, friendly and chatty, but the majority of reception staff were downright rude and dismissive in their manner. The managers made no attempt to interact with the punters either! As one member of staff suggested to us “there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians”.
The general pool area was spacious and clean however I think it would be a tight fit in the high season.
After some exploration we found a nice quiet cove and beach about 10 minutes walk from the hotel between Bodrum and Gumbet on a rocky peninsula. If you can see over the inordinate amounts of litter and rubbish swept up on the shore it is truly great. We spent many days lying in the relaxing atmosphere of a sandy cove. The land is private and somewhat fenced off, but with some perseverance there is some interesting wildlife and sights to be found along the shores.
So without ranting any further here are a few thoughts after discussions with other holidaymakers we met:
Before booking a room at the Salmakis and any extra excursions;
1.Check what style of room you will have at the hotel and don’t take a room if you don’t like it, once in it is difficult to change.
2.When booking a boat trip, ask how many people will be on the trip and of course the size of the boat. Check what food is on offer and if they are covered by insurances.
3.When booking the holiday check what exactly is included in the price of the holiday in terms of health club, meals and drinks.
1.Dolmus buses (cheap quick rides to and from town).
2.Small quiet coves around Bodrum and Gumbet.
3.The food at the hotel (on most nights).
4.The swimming pool and facilities, it was one of the few places that didn’t blast out load music.
5.The lively traditional Turkish seaside town centre of Bodrum – avoid Gumbet at all costs.
6.The fantastic weather.
7. The view from our room.
8.Initial price of the holiday – yes you really do get what you pay for – honest!
PS we did complete a guest questionnaire but as no-one saw us out of the hotel when we left we decided it would have only gone in the bin anyway!!
We were travelling with a 10 month old baby, and stayed in the Salmakis Resort (not the Hotel part), since we thought that this would be more suitable for people with kids. These are our complaints:
When we arrived after a long day of travelling with a baby, we were told that they do not have a reservation for us (this is after I phoned the previous day to confirm our reservation and date of arrival and everything was ok). We argued with them for about an hour, after which they got the manager who miraculously "found" the reservation on the computer. When we got to our room, it was absolutely filthy - the bed was full of sand, the floor was dirty, the glasses weren’t cleaned, the "minibar" was a rusty old fridge with damaged cans of fizzy drinks. There were no cold water coming from the taps, the toilet didn’t flush properly. When we made the reservation we also booked a cot for our baby, but this wasn't provided when we got to the room. We phoned reception to ask for it - after waiting for 5.5 hours, it finally arrived - without a matress!! This was at 23h00 at night and our child was screaming for her bed by now. We were forced to make a makeshift mattress out of our own 2 pillows and a folded blanket - which meant we didn't have any pillows to sleep on ourselves. We asked for extra pillows the next day, but only got it 4 days into our stay. There were no baby food for sale at the resort, and nothing suitable on the menu, which she could eat. When we asked where we could find babyfood, they told us that "ready made baby food" is not for sale in Turkey. So my child (having no teeth) had to have yoghurt for breakfast, yoghurt for lunch and yoghurt for dinner for the 9 days that we stayed. We asked to have a kettle in the room, so we could boil water to make formula milk (which we brought with us), but were told that this is not possible. We therefore had to buy extra water to do this, in addition to our own drinking water – about 8l in total per day. The air conditioner in the room leaked on top of our bed where the pillows were supposed to be. So we had to turn it off at night when it was very hot and uncomfortable. We also thought that it was really expensive in the resort. A 2l bottle of drinking water is equivalent to €2, a glass of beer was about €4. The waiters were generally friendly, but there were about 5 waiters, and the dining room caters for more than 300 people at a time, which effectively meant that you ended up getting the drinks you ordered 20 minutes after you finished your meal. There are also vast areas of the resort which looks as if it's been unused for a while, and is generally falling into disrepair - such as a huge TV room, and a massive meeting / conference area - the windows and doors are wide open and are not locked up at night, so the whole place is full of dust and sand and leaves blowing in the breeze. In terms of pool side music they only have 2 CD's - the one has Turkish type of rock music and the other one elevator Celine Dion music. It drives you mental after day 3. Normally we are easy going travellers, but this place just felt like a total rip-off, money grabbing scheme!
Here are some of hotels that are offered in tourist agencies here:
Which one to choose?
I returned from Bodrum 3 weeks ago.I stayed at Isis hotel...and I was soooooooooo satisfied!!!!!!!Can't think of a minor complainment!
Ok, thanks a lot for your recomendation, i'll see if somebody from here offer Isis hotel.
Take care and best wishes
isis is better than u ve been offered.But especiall stay out of tenedos..
hi again,,,,could anyone tell me hows salmakis hotel ist good or not,,,,many thanks,,,
can you tell the adress of the hotel and can you tell what kind of attractions you are interested in i can give you advice about fethiye marmaris alanya kemer etc
It is totally different. It has it's own character, ambience. It's really hilly, houses like mountain tops, most places, expect narrow, winding roads. You could rent a car, but I prefer not to drive. Bodrum downtown is nice, but Bodrum is Bodrum with the little villages/ towns around it.You must take the mini busses and travel.Houses are all white with blue window frames...lots of people flood from Istanbul and other big cities of Turkey into Bodrum. It's a thing to have house in Bodrum. It's a life style for some. Many people now permanently live in Bodrum. People friedly as usual. Expect extreme at heat at times. Sea is the big thing again, you can have daily(YOU MUST DO AT LEAST ONE)excursions on sea on one of those Bodrum yatches called GULET. Or you can do the blue voyage for a few days. But that could be expensive unless you find a good connection and compare prices. Great fish and restaurants.Specially GUMUSLUK famous for it and not to mention the bars/discos/alcohol consumption to the top! All sorts of accomodation. If you are interested 4 or 5 star book before you leave your country probably will be cheaper...
This is a copy paste answer I gave to someone, this advise from a 15 years of Bodrum visitor and a house owner. Enjoy!
I remembered the hotel, it is in a private bay near the city. the bay is lovely and the hotel has a nearly private beach. bodrum is famous with its nightlife. try bodrum city centre and Gümbet also which is near Bardakçı bay(the new name of Salmakis bay). You can dance till the morning light and there are windmills at the top of the mountain of the bay where people wait for the daylight.
it is a brill,ant otel i recommend you
I got stuck with only 2 choices (for a friend's family vacation) which I gather are 2 of the best:
Kempinski - 1st choice but havin 2nd thought as it is secluded alone far away from the bustling centrum and:
Marmara - in centrum but far away from the beach
Others in consideration are : WOW resort (along the beach but looks like 4-star and mixed reviews?), Fuga Fun Times (with beach but a bit far from centrum too? Is it a luxury resort?), Moevenpick (new, again, also far from the beach).
I have gone through all the list at TA. Any other 5-star-luxury hotels / resorts near the centrum and the beach that I missed on the list? Would appreciate suggestions and first-hand info. Thanks...
unfortunately there are not really any 5-stars hotels in Bodrum which are located close to Center AND on the beach. However, last year, after searching reviews, pics and comparing for a while, I choosed Salmakis Beach Spa resort. It turned out to be (I believe) the best option that is available in this category... (i.e. close to center and is on the beach) It is about 15 mins walk from the center (which is perfect cause you are still in secluded oasis and the same time within the reach to the "happening places" ) And, also, the hotel is situated on a private beach, wich is rarity in Central Bodrum. I hope it will help.
I am staying there again this year in June.
ps. also, you may choose to stay in Turkbuku, which is a very high end area on the other side of Bodrum peninsula. Lots of turkish famous artists and singers are living/vacationing there. but beware, you probably are going to be only "non turk" there :) check my Bodrum page.
Olya...thanks for the recommendation, I was actually considering it, though it's a 4-star I think, but it was in a really great location. Huge thanks!
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