The Vera Club TMT is one of the big players on the all-inclusive scene in Bodrum; from the security at the hotel entrance (where you need to flash the hotel wrist band to enter) to the hordes of staff milling around, it is a well-oiled machine indeed. A huge property, a guest could easily feel lost at the resort due to its 'village within a village' atmosphere. With so many on-site activities on offer there is almost little reason to leave. But this would be a shame because the resort's great location means it is only several minutes walk to downtown Bodrum.
About half a mile from Bodrum town centre, the hotel is 20 miles from the Milas-Bodrum international airport. It is also waterfront, with views of the Bodrum castle.
The Vera Club TMT hotel is open from mid April until the end of October on an all inclusive basis only and attracts a primarily British clientele.
Guests enter the hotel via a huge well-lit lobby tastefully decorated with flowers and art objects. Built in 1975, this hotel of 374 rooms is one of the oldest in the area and therefore very well known by the locals. Hotel staff are efficient, well presented and speak a good level of English. Through pleasant and perfectly manicured garden landscapes, wide tiled paths take the guest through the various areas of the hotel. With a real family feel, the hotel boasts four outdoor pools, a health and wellbeing centre (Turkish bath, massage, fitness etc), kids clubs, playgrounds, an internet café, a games/TV room, numerous sporting terrains, water sports and various restaurants and snack bars. An all day animation program keeps the guests, especially the younger ones, entertained. Music blasts from the speakers set up by the pool (even at 10:00am) and there does tend to be many children, so if you want total relaxation you might not find it here. There is a separate section of hotel rooms dedicated to family rooms accessible by an overpass but the common areas are shared by all guests.
Standard rooms are about 22m² and each features either a balcony or terrace. Simple, clean and decorated in inoffensive shades of beige, brown and green they have all the usual facilities although the bathrooms are quite small. Family rooms are much larger at 38m² with two bedrooms in addition to a sitting room. Otherwise, the hotel also has a handful of suites and disabled access rooms to its name. While not luxurious, the rooms are bright and more than comfortable for a few days or so.
The main restaurant with its high ceilings and wooden beams is spacious and welcoming with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to ensure that even at busy meal times, everyone can find a table. Nestled amongst the trees, it features a huge central buffet where guests may help themselves to the breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack services. It is much more pleasant to dine outdoors on the terrace awash with lush plants and climbing vines, and enjoy its romantic Mediterranean feel. The buffet selection is large and varied to suit all tastes. It was refreshing to see a large range of tempting Turkish desserts on offer. 'Turkish Night' is every Friday.
There are also two à la carte restaurants (fish and Italian) open in the high season where guests may dine once per stay free of charge. The various cafés and bars spread throughout the resort grounds ensure that guests will never go hungry or thirsty. From 'ice cream hour' to 'snack hour' and 'coffee and cake hour' there's always something available outside of the regular dining times.
The hotel's private beach is one of its plus points as it looks directly over the beautiful bay of Bodrum and boasts prime views of St Peter's castle. However there is no sandy beach as such, just a huge private deck with two platforms that extend out to sea. A host of water sports are at the hotel's doorstep (non-motorised sports are free of charge) and there is also a waterfront open air disco for those balmy nights.
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