‚Äú City: Bodrum / Country: Turkey / Country Region: √Ąg√§is / World Region: Asia ‚Äě
I throughly enjoyed my stay at the Baia Bodrum 28/6/12 -5/7/12, The hotel was very clean and the staff were always friendly and accomodating. The room was always cleaned to high standard and the mini bar is free and replenished everyday. At one point in the holiday my shower stopped working and within minutes a repair man was there and it was working again. The bar had an excellent choice of drinks with cocktails well made including pina colada's and the usual suspects. The entertainment was very good also. The food in the main restuarent was well varied and to a good standard for all the meals of the day, the childrens pool also had a good tasty food and pizza's to order.
The pool were lovely just the right depth and it wasnt hard to find a deckchair, also it wasnt over run with children if you are looking for a quiter holiday as most were in the kids pool. I really enjoyed the games around the pool such as Aqua Aereobics, Water Polo, Darts etc. The bar at the pool was always staffed during the day and early evening with an assortment of drinks and icecream. Down on the jetty i had no trouble getting a deck chair either, the sea has fish which are lovely to look at, also my partner brought his fishing rod and was allowed to fish of the jetty at quiter times. The indoor pool area was also very clean the jacuzzi in there was very refreshing.
A short walk from the hotel are a cluster of restaurants and stalls which are worth a look also for the smokers, there is shop that sells cigarettes too. We caught a bus run by the hotel into Bodrum even though the hotel is 23km from Bodrum it was a good journey we went to the market which wasnt my cup of tea for clothes however they did have some interesting stalls a lot of the clothes are copys such as Bench, Armani, Lacoste etc. There is also wifi in the hotel which is best received in the lobby/bar however there is a business center where there computers connected to the internet.
The spa in the hotel was fantastic a man tries to get you the best deal in the haggle if you can. I had a turkish bath facemask and a full body massage over 2 hours for 125TL well worth the money.
Overall i really enjoyed my holiday and would go back at a blink of an eyelid. Highly Recommended.
I fell in love with what I was told was a sapphire and diamond bracelet. It cost me ¬£500. We had been home 6 weeks when 1 of the stones fell out. They refused to honour the guarantee which would have meant sending it back for repair. Instead they sent a replacement stone. A jeweller in the UK said it was sapphire and cubic zirconia and worth about half what I paid. Since then either the catch failed one something else broke so I have lost the bracelet. It was fastened properly but at some point it fell off. So now I' m having to claim on my house insurance and will lose ¬£200 in the excess. The gold centre is lovely to look round and they explain how jewellery is made really well but take my advice and go elsewhere to buy. There are many honest jewellers who will do you a far better deal.
I was in the Bodrum Gold Center last Tuesday.We had been in a few days before,when a friend bought an Omega Constellation watch valued at ¬£3,600.He really wanted the De Ville model,they told him they could not get before he went home,he was quoted ¬£1,800-¬£1,900 for this model.They then said they could get it in for Saturday for me.We went there on Saturday to be told the price was ¬£6,600 and with discounts and vat backit came down to ¬£4,600.When I pointed out the vast price difference,and that the previous quote was for¬£1,800-¬£1,900.They went away and came back with the higher fiquer.They could not understand that they tried to rip me off and they could keep the watch.BEWARE they are overpriced.
I went to Bodrum for a week with my mum, so just us girlys and found it is a place you love some night and hate on other nights! We went during the summer holidays so it was pretty busy with plenty of tourist around. We booked for two people in a 3* hotel for ¬£350 each including breakfast and airport transfers.
I found Bodrum centre easy to walk around, althoguh we did get pestered alot with comments like "oo pretty ladies, good discount"! we just smiled and kept walking which seemed to do the trick. I found this is normaly for all of Turkey and is just a bit of harmless fun trying to entrance you into their restaurant, shop or trip centre. I found all the turkish people very friendly and helpful throughout my trip!
A trip to the market is a must for plenty of bargins and a shopping trip you wont forget in a hurry! here again you were often pestered bu simply walk away if your not interested and they normally start to pester some one else! This is hard work but the shopping is so cheap its a wonder they make any profet, hense the need to pestering people for custom! There were lots and lots of 'fakes' like nike and Radley, i find they were all ok quality although be careful with named tops as somethimes they shrink quickly! Also there is a lot of spices and fruit teas available for sale, these are loveley and i stocked yp for myself as well as for gifts.
When shopping make your you bargin for the price, normaly you pay about 60% of the displayed price, this is part fo the fun so enjoy standing you ground and saying its too expensive!
There are also plenty of tours and trip cheaply available to book whilst in Bodrum. We booked a boat trip for about ¬£15 whilst there with a local company and had the most amazing day! This included a trip to some great areas for snorkling as well as a lovely BBQ.
Another trip we did was a couple of hours at the 'baths'. This was a unique experience although a little intimedating as it was in a back street and there were only us two girls. i'd recommend booking these with another person and not alone! usualy hotels have one within the hotel, a little more expensive, but with hindsight i would have paid to feel safer lol!
There are plenty of trip which are best booked when you arrive as they are cheaper!
We spent alot of our time at the beach in our hotel which was very peaceful and clean, with lots of fish swimming about! The weather was wonderful and we had great fun topping up our tans!
There was a huge range of restaurants and cafes to choose from and we ate some where different nearly every night, sampling a wide range of foods, from traditional Turkish to itallian and greek! all yummy and cheaper than the restaurant in the hotle.
The only downside was the rubbish airport, where everything is realy expensive and through the customs shops they people try to tell you that you are allowed twice as many cigs/alcohol than you are actually allowed - very sneaky!
I have to totally agree that Bodrum Gold Centre are a rip off. I knew the price of a Tag Heuer watch and they said because of tax free and their offers it would be ¬£300 less but they didnt have one in only another one which is a better watch and just at good a deal only ¬£160.00 more. I found out when I got home that the watch I bought wasnt a better watch its actually ¬£200 less here and they charged me more than the one I knew and not only that I could have got it ¬£100 cheaper here on any internet site in the uk. After exchange rates and then having to claim tax back at the airport its not worth buying from them
Bodrum City Tour/Shopping Tour - Bodrum Gold Centre
I visited the Bodrum area in July of this year. One of the many trips offered through the hotels in the Bodrum area including Turgutries, Yalikavak and Gumusluk is a tour of Bodrum - this may be advertised as a city tour or a shopping tour This tour may include a visit to the Bodrum Gold Centre. Beware!
The following was my own fault for impulse buying but thought it worthwhile to highlight this in the hope that others don't make the same mistake. Ensure you know the value of the article and, what you can purchase it for elsewhere, before buying it from the Bodrum Gold Centre. The reductions sound very attractive, as well as no tax. My experience cost me over ¬£100 due to the purchase being vastly over priced.
The Bodrum Gold Centre appears a very credible and professional business selling gold and jewellery, which I guess, can cost thousands but watch out for those smaller items such as the one which I purchased. As I say, my own fault. The salesmen latch on to you as soon as you have had an introduction talk. My experience is as follows: -
I was keen to buy a reputable watch and purchased one having been taken in by the very sleek surroundings. I paid 669.76 Turkish Lire using my debit card. With the exchange rate being set at 2.30 to the GB pound this watch cost me ¬£290.
I was clearly of the opinion, formed from the assurances of the salesman that:-
* The price was an excellent discount price
* This would be tax free
* The watch was a new model
I have discovered that this watch was massively overpriced proportionately to what it can be purchased for elsewhere. The salesman - god bless his commission and my cash - in my opinion represented this as quite a bargain/reduced price. I have paid about ¬£130 MORE for this watch than what I can buy it for which is ¬£165 through the internetnet. In addition I believe it to be an older model - no big deal here but verbally sold as a new model. Probably no one else as daft as me out there but watch the Bodrum Gold Centre anyway - I would certainly not give it the time or money next visit!
Not having been on a holiday abroad in 9 years (and the last was to get married!) I decided that enough was enough and I had to do something other than visiting Looe in Cornwall every year – not that Looe isn’t beautiful! I don’t know why we chose Turkey let alone Bodrum in particular, but after visiting a few Turkish tourist web sites and Lastminute.com, we both decided this was the place to go. Bodrum is situated on a peninsular at the bottom left of the Turkish mainland and is extremely close to the island of Kos. The original name for the town was Halicarnassus which was founded in the 11 Century (bc) by the Greeks, the word bodrum actually means dungeon or underground vault in Turkish and this probably derives from the castle or the Mausoleum nearby. We went in late May, which turned out to be one of the hottest weeks of the year averaging about 29 degrees (or 84 in old money) during the mid-day sun, phew! After a hellish night flight with Air2000 and paying a 10 pound visa fee each all I needed to do is crash out, we didn’t know what Hotel we were staying in but it turned out to be absolutely lovely, very clean, very spacious but no air conditioning and it was situated about 400 yards from the bay! I woke up and viewed our surroundings, lovely whitewashed – flat roofed buildings, clean streets and wonderful people who always seemed to be smiling (mind you, I would if I lived there!) Off to visit the beachfront I thought, well, this is why you should always read those guides before you start travelling, there wasn’t any. We only had to walk about a mile before we found any at Gumbet, which is nice, but 2 hours was enough. We ventured up Dr Alim Bey Caddesi (which is mostly full of restaurants) taking in the view to Kos and the huge castle situated smack bang in the middle of the bay. We got about 10 foot before the touts found us, with no tan whatsoever we were easily
picked out! However, it was our first day and we stopped and talked to about 10, that was enough. It was time for food and beer so we sat on a very quiet bench right at the end of the road – coming back was a lot easier. The next day after a very cheap night out (about 15 quid for 2 pizzas and 4 pints of beer each) we wanted to visit the castle ‘The Castle of St. Peter’ it’s open Mon.-Fri 9am – 11.30 and 1pm – 4.30pm. It’s absolutely huge, unsurprisingly as they had been building it for over 100 years, it has such an eclectic feel, we spent all afternoon in this wonderfully gorgeous place taking about 2 reels worth of photos too. That evening we took a stroll along the Neyzen Teufik Caddesi which is partly bazaars and partly drinking establishments, we stayed here until 4am, the small shops are all family owned and have beautiful trinkets, but the best buy is silver, I bought a necklace for 65 pounds which in this country would be nearer 120. There is everything to buy from leather goods to carpets, Turkish teas (yummy) to spices galore, but I would suggest you take your credit card with you! We even found a ‘Rock pub’! At 50p a pint, we stayed there all night. (and the night after, and the blah, blah!) The following day we visited the Mausoleum which was a little disappointing, because us brits have brought most of it back to the British Museum, shame really, I would have loved to see it in situ. The rest of the week was spent walking around the town during the days and drinking copious amounts of cheap beer at night, not forgetting to see a belly dancer. (although this was a little tacky) I bought a wonderful hand-woven, natural dye rug for 45 quid; this would have cost me 150 in England….. The people there are helpful, kind, always smiling and very good with the English language, I had a little phrase book, but one Turkish fella said to not both
er trying if you can’t pronounce properly, as the older folks don’t like it. I can’t miss out telling you of the largest Nightclub in Europe ‘Halikarnas’ or ‘Halitosis’ as we nick-named it which can hold up to 2000 dancers and plays dance music until the early hours, this wasn’t for me but the younger people seemed to be enjoying themselves. (That makes me sound soooo old!) I didn’t have a problem in wearing shorts and a T-shirt during the day, however, I would suggest that ladies try wearing loose trousers or a long skirt at night, well, they only stopped the women wearing veils around 1934! To be honest, a week there is enough, if we had more money (or if I hadn’t spent it all in the first 2 days) we would have visited Dalyan which has 40c mud pools and Pamukkale which has a natural thermal spa in beautiful pools in rock formations. But the one area we didn’t manage to see and wish we had seen was Ephesus; this city was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with its beautifully carved facades. Bargain at 180 quid each for a 1 week stay from Bristol airport? – Yes it was, and we will be going back again, well as long as my credit card company lets me! Louise - "is anybody still here?" Reply - "There ain't nobody here but us chickens!"
I went to Bodrum in 1995 with 2 friends for a girls holiday, and I have to say we loved every minute of it! Bodrum is near Kos, the Greek island. The scenery in the area surrounding Bodrum is beautiful and there are a lot of areas still untouched by tourism. The locals are hospitable, and generous to all visitors. I loved the fact that you could have a sun filled beach holiday, while still having the ability to experience a new culture. Our accomodation was basic but clean and after all we hardly spent anytime there, but we had en suite bathroom and a small kitchenette which was more than enough. We did pay a visit to the castle of St Peter in Bodrum, and we really enjoyed our day out there and I know that if I returned to Bodrum again I would spend another day there as there was a lot to see. The nightlife was just what we wanted, not too quiet but not wild like Ibiza. Saying that we were never in bed before 3am, and most of the bars were full every night and had great atmospheres. One downside was that there was not actually a beach that you could speak of, but we were lucky enough to have a small pool, however if you got more than 3 people in here it felt a bit crowded. A few people in our apartments went a Gumbet a couple of times as there was a nice beach there. We also visited the bazaar, which was really busy and the streets were very narrow so it was hot and crowded with plenty of pushing and shoving, but it was fun. Leather and jewellery seemed to be the best buys when we were there. We haggled and got some really good bargains. The food is gorgeous but also cheap, and the fish was the best we have ever tasted. An of course a trip to Turkey wothour tasting Raki would not be complete, so we were paying around ¬£4.50-¬£6 for a 3 course meal including drinks. Take a ¬£10 note for when you arrive as you need an entrance visa. Bodrum is nice, nothing extraordinary but you wil
l enjoy it nonetheless.
Of all the foreign destinations I've been, I think Bodrum has been my favourite resort in my favourite country. Bodrum is all low-rise buildings, it's heaving with great bars and restaurants, the shopping is excellent and the people are exceptionally friendly. Add to that the excellent places to visit (Ephesus is a long way but a must!), the cheap prices and the great weather...it really is paradise. The food is cheap but great quality...Turkey is self-sufficient on foodstuffs, and the lack of processed or frozen foods makes for brilliant eating-out. Haggling in the markets (and even retail outlets) takes some getting used to, but is an art well worth learning...there are some real bargains to be had. Bodrum is busy and lively, but you feel toatally safe walking its narrow streets. I'd go back tomorrow!
It is hot.It is cheap. The accomodation can vary so choose carefully, and the electricity and water can be a bit dodgy in some.To avoid Turkish Tum, be very careful what you eat, (unfortunately they use their cess pits for growing some vegetables), avoid milk and ice cream, remove the ice from drinks. Choose bottled fizzy water, as sometimes the still water is just refilled from the tap in some restaurants. It is possible to get boat trips from the harbour arranged by locals very cheaply. This makes a good day excursion to neighbouring beaches. There are lots of fake goods about (tapes, cd's, designer polo shirts etc...) but they are very cheap. There is a market which does some excellent spices. There are lots of restaurants, all inexpensive, the dearest being along the waterside. There are some good ones at the far side of Bodrum by the Marina. Bodrum has one of the best outdoor disco's the Halikarnus (hope I've spelt that right!!), Tickets are a bit expensive, but there is usually free drink thrown in. The toilets are not too good, however the ones in the Yacht club were excellent. The locals are friendly, (a bit too friendly sometimes if you happen to be young and female). English is taught in the schools, so most of the youngish Turkish can speak very good English. Bodrum hasn't got much of a beach - try Gumbet, or take a boat or taxi to a neighbouring one. Some of the hotels have good swimming pools. Can recommend Hotel Mandarin's. Dalaman airport doesn't have very good facilities if flights are delayed. Best excursion is Ephesus (if you like classical sites).
Bodrum - it has to be the place in the Med at the moment! Beer -about 50p a pint Designer gear really cheap Gold - really cheap Great weather BUT - Bodrum has no beach - no, but Gumbet has, just a short ride away by dolmus (bus). The nightlife in Bodrum is 1st class. The people are so friendly there. The food is great. Trips can be organised, but if you go with Thomson, Airtours, or who ever, don't book through them! Go out into the town and book it from the locals, you will get a much better deal, and cheap at that. A typical boat trip from Bodrum to Marmaris, which is about 8 hours on the actual boat itself, with a meal, is a bout ¬£6, YES ¬£6. The temperature is about 46 degrees aswell - the old man just got back the other day! Is is a totally different place to visit - a mixture of east and west, and they mix together so well. Everything is so cheap aswell, its unbelievable! You just have to go there - try it!
Bodrum is a town in southwestern Turkey. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Kerme on the Aegean Sea, opposite the Greek island of Cos. Bodrum is picturesquely situated before a backdrop of green hills and is now a growing tourist resort.