Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 visit to 3 of the à la carte restaurants per stay.
Unlimited local and selected imported alcoholic, non-alcoholic and hot drinks including beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks by the glass. Minibar with 2 soft drinks and a bottle of water
Ice-cream 16.00 - 18.00. Turkish pancakes 13.30-17.00.
Your kids won't know what to do first. Waterslides, a monster-sized lagoon pool and enough room to have a splash about in the sun. There are also sunbeds and parasols around, so you can keep an eye on them and see their smiles.
Me and my husband have just returned from a weeks holiday at La Blanche.
I must say I did read reviews on trip advisor prior to going and was somewhat worried that it would not meet our expectations. However, we needn't have worried.
We did have a slight hiccup when we arrived early in the morning and was shown to our room. The bell boy opened the door and it was a twin room. We had paid extra for a double. So he rang reception for us. However by this point he had left us and we had to find our own way back to reception and carry our cases which was fine but when we were given a new room we had to go searching round the hotel for it ourselves. There was no one to take us there. Once we found the room we were pleased with it. Then as inexperienced travellers we didn't know how to work the air conditioning so we slept all night feeling hot and uncomfortable. The next day we realised we needed to close the balcony door in order for the air conditioning to work.
Other reviews have mentioned the food and I was worried about it but we found there was a good selection and variety at each meal. I was surprised that no one was there to take your room number and show you to a table. But overall we couldn't complain about what we ate.
We did go on the boat trip. We arranged it with Billi the boat man rather than through our rep. Be careful...drinks are not included with billi's price and are quite expensive on the boat. We enjoyed the day but if you wish to sun bathe on the top deck make sure you get up there quickly and put your towels down as people will get stroppy if you take 'their spot'. Other than this is was a lovely day and swimming in the sea was amazing.
We both had a Turkish bath at the spa which was lovely. I recommend you do this at the beginning of the holiday and later I had an aroma therapy massage and my husband had the medical massage to help with a previous injury. We both felt a whole lot better and relaxed after.
I must mention the animation team. They are all a great bunch of people and so friendly. The shows in the evening were quite good sometimes a little cheesy but I guess I expected that to a degree. They work so hard throughout the day then put on a show on the evening. Just wanted to say thank you to Yuri on the team also for showing genuine interest in us both when he came round to talk to us. There are plenty of activities they can involve you in throughout the day also if you need a break from all the sun bathing.
The pool was beautiful and a good size. We weren't fighting for sun beds but I think that must be the time of year we went. Our room was also nice but you definitely need a room above ground floor. I also found rooms could have done with a little updating and a proper good scrub. The grout in our bathroom was dirty and the sealing around the bath was mouldy. Other than this the rooms were very tidy.
Thank you also to zeki the barman in the B bar. He really made it a laugh of an evening.
All in all we had a lovely holiday but I agree with a lot of the comments on here that it isn't really 5 star standard. More 4...but I can definitely say me and my husband will be returning and are already thinking of re booking for next year. More
Ellice M, Chatham, United Kingdom
Just a few Niggles otherwise Very Good
This is the second time we have been to La Blanche in the last three years. I wrote about our experiences at that time. We went away this year on 15/09/14 and returned 29/09/14. Our room was ground floor and a good size but on reflection would chose a sea view room on the top floor just for the view. The room overlooked the huge pool which was always spotless and surrounded by loungers, I found these very difficult to sit on as they were extremely low and I have bad knees and hips, a mattress would have been great. The sun umbrellas were showing there age as many had rotten fabric which needed renewing. The snack bar was excellent supplying great food. The beach is manmade and a great job has been done producing a lovely sandy beach. This is where the animation shows are in the evening, again very good so are there antics during the day.
The Main Restaurant.
The area is clean with good service from the staff. Always something to eat and of good quality.
We found Breakfast the best meal of the day with hot and cold food. Omelettes ,Pancakes.and fried eggs. This is where my major criticism comes, there was a chef cooking fried eggs and he managed to break 70% of the yolks and expecting you to eat these. These eggs were thrown on a plate to keep warm and he managed to break the rest. Please teach this person how to cook a fried egg.It is the customers privilege to break the yolk on his egg not to be given SLOP. The restaurant was a bit dated but fine for most people. English people complained about Hot Food well if they put the covers back on the food there wish would be fulfilled. No Bacon what do you expect in a Muslim country. The kitchen staff had to provide meals to suite up to 65 different countries and I thought they did a great job.
Excellent quick and efficient service with a smile infact all hotel personal a great happy bunch.
I would like to pick out the lady and gentle man at Guest Services a credit to your hotel nothing was too much trouble
This was the only speciality restaurant we visited, the food was excellent better than two years ago.
We found no difference in prices between the shops and market , jewellery prices cheaper than two years ago.
Bodrum Airport Departure
Arrivals was great out of the airport and on the busses in 45 min
Departure 30 people waiting 45 mins for baggage line to start no air con. No food as cafe only opened when flight was leaving at 2.00pm absolutely useless not to mention the high prices being charged, It would have been nice if THOMSON reps had mentioned these prices in the resorts so we could have done something about it
Would I go back to La Blanche again YES it still ranks as one of the best Hotels I have been to in Turkey. Yes it needs some renovation but you are treated well with a very good selection of spirits FREE.More
Very tiered hotel that's ratings should be investigated
We arrived at around midnight and was given keys to our room, and was told our cases will follow with the porter, we walked around for 20 minuets and could not find the room so eventually we found the porter he showed us to our room and as we walked in all we could smell was damp and smoke, the room was like nothing we have ever stayed in before so run down and smelly, we said we could not stay in this room and was offered another room , this was not smelly but damp and by this time it was 1.45 am , they said they could not offer another room until people have checked out in the morning, the next day i checked with our rep and she told me it would be two more days until we can move, this finally happened three days into a seven day holiday, the room was a bit better but to say the hotel is 4 star plus is a joke, we have traveled to turkey around 15 times over the last 8 years and this has got to be bottom of our list, the food is very poor quality, the staff are very abrupt, most unlike what we have experienced in the past, and the rooms are dismal, please don't be fooled by the pictures in the brochure showing you see views on all of the rooms this is not correct and only a hand full will have this type of view, the views outside the hotel is fantastic and that is the only this about this hotel i can recommend you see, for the money we paid for this hotel we could have gone 5 star in Belek for the same if not less , this is not a 4 star plus hotel, 3 stars would be kind, so please before you book this hotel look at my review and take on all I have told you, as I don't like the fact that we all pay good money thinking we are getting what we see in the brochure and you defiantly wont,just to add the pool side is so crammed in you cant move once you take you bed If you can get one.I can recommend lots of hotels in Turkey that is 5 stars so please don't book this hotel if you like rest comfort good food and service, if your not interested in any of this then you will be fine.More
allanuknewnton, malmesbury town
Me and my party 3 adults and one child went to La Banche Hotel, well what can i say the staff around the resort are ever so friendly, always either cleaning, serving, gardening or having an convocation with you! The animation team are the best we've ever had so so so nice! They made our holiday that much more special! Thankyou for being a part of our holiday! The animation team would always be around trying to get you involved with some activities during the day one way or another! And you couldn't fault them at all!
As for the food during the day all was good besides a slight let down with the evening meal, as I am British some of the food didn't appeal to me and as its like an international hotel you can't fault that! Lunch time snacks around the pool were ever so nice you would see my daughter going up there 5 or so times a day she loved it that much aha! Recommend trying everything there! Furthermore i would like to say how nice breakfast was, with a selection of pasterys and salad and freshly cooked food ect you couldn't fault it! As for the layout of the main restaurant it was nice and spread out, just i felt it was slightly similar to a canteen layout but overall was still lovely and comfortable! Now onto the A'la Cartes we only went to two of them in which were the Chinese and the Turkish, the chinese was ever so lovely freshly cooked and just superb, with a variety to chose from! However the Turkish one you didn't get given an menu, although the food was beautiful, some people may not like what is given? Although as me and my family aren't fussy eaters didn't effect us at all!
As for the pool side area, always kept clean always saw workers, coming over to clean up and dispose of the litter or waste left by the visitors. The pool itself was so nice, always kept at a warm temperature so no need to feel your going to enter a pool of ice as in some hotels! The poolside is ever so pretty and decorative!
As for all the bars, all the people who in which worked behind the bars were ever so friendly! Had a wide selection of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages to chose from!
The beach on the otherhand was really nice and all, just a down side the location of the hotel doesn't really have any sandy beaches, although the hotels beach is private and that side is good, once you enter the water its rather stoney but still can't fault it. In addition if you look into the water i can guarantee you shall see little fish, don't be harmed they won't hurt you! Along one of the piers they have cushions which they leave for you to either sun bathe on or just relax on! Also as for the whole getting sunbeds waking up early crisis, there's none of that really as long as your up by say 10 and laying out towels then it shouldn't be a problem for looking for a sun bed.
The location of the hotel is beautiful and perfect for getting a photoshoot done! I recommend getting a photo shoot with the staff inside the hotel as its beautiful backgrounds and at a fair price!
The views of the location in particular areas are second to none having a sea view! For finding shops or bars nearby its about a 10 or 15 minute walk so no bother to us as its nice to see the views! The shops nearby are pretty much alongside where the market lays! I recommend going to the market getting your fake goods and go from 2pm on wards as its not so busy and they give you a better deal! I would say barter for at least 30% off the original price in some circumstances we even got 50% + off beginning offer!
The hotel also offers many trips, which you'd probably think you could get cheaper else where, but with some of the trips as such as the trip where you fly to instanbul and get a tour around the city its a bargain! The sights throughout instalbul are beyond beautiful and so many sights to see and look at! Alongside paying extra to go on the river boat cruise allowing yourself to see the bridge which separates Europe and Asian. Not everyone can say they've seen that!
So as far as location perfect!
Now as far as the rooms go they have the best facilities out of any hotel ive been to or looked at! We were in a family room which was so spacious had double of everything like tv's mini fridges, wardrobes ect! And they even give you two showers and a bath! Best accommodation i've had! Alongside all that we had an magnificent sea view! So can not fault the rooms at all! And are cleaned everyday!
Now finally onto the entertainment, it's the type of shows you either love and find hilarious or you hate it as for me personally i loved it, it was ever so silly when the animation did there shows but its all part of your holiday and got the majority of people laughing and thats what you want! As for the live shows they were incredible so much talent within them and can't fault that either!
Now for the after entertainment bit, everyone tends to leave entertainment as soon as its finished to get to the beach bar enabling themselves a seat and table at the beach bar for in which tended to be a night of either just relaxing to music, karaoke, bingo or just dancing or quizes which tended to get alot of people up on there feet and ti was magnificent!
Overall had a great family holiday, in which i would recommend although would just push it that little bit better if food was more international with say different countries food in separate areas so people can either try normal things or new things! Thats just a possible suggestion but as like i said were not fussy eaters it didn't bother me what so ever, although i heard the odd couple complaining here and there.
Would visit again!More
Lucy_M2705, United Kingdom
Not 5 star
Just got back from a wee at la Blanche. On first arriving, the hotel was definitely not a 5 star establishment and should not be advertised as such. The outdoor pool space was very cramped with sunbeds all spaced very close together with huge amounts of shade. The food was also not upto scratch. Bread, pancakes etc were often stale and had to be very careful choosing a fresh piece. God knows how long they are left out for between meal sittings. Not a huge variety of food either. All in all it was an average holiday but we were expecting 5 star luxury which we did not receive.More
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