The resort features a very modern entrance; its curved roof and spacious lobby were designed by a celebrated local architect. Contemporary furnishings and unique light fittings (birds in flight suspended from the ceiling) combined with an orchard of (fake) orange trees are a different approach from your run-of-the-mill beach resort. You'll probably be overwhelmed with the 'new' smell of the hotel as it was built in 2009 - the new kid on the block. It features 410 rooms but set out across four floors only, so with at least 100 rooms per floor, it can be a long walk from your room to the lobby or other areas of the hotel.
On the lower ground floor of the main building guests will find a handful of boutiques as well as most of the restaurants and 'bar street,' an all-in-one cluster of the resort's drinking spots. The resort boasts spacious grounds and while they are awash in flowers and some greenery, there is little by way of natural shade. From outside we can appreciate the low-rise buildings that allow for glimpses of the mountainous landscape.
There really is something for everyone. Besides two heated indoor pools, there are several other outdoor pools including one measuring 8000m² which meanders across the lawns, and another with waterslides. A host of sun loungers are neatly arranged beneath parasols and sail shades. A wooden bridge links two of the pools and a large whirlpool bath sits at the centre of another, rendered semi-private thanks to a gazebo-like structure draped with white curtains. There are a number of shallow areas for the kids, as well as poolside wooden deck areas and grassy patches. There are no tall palm trees though, so make sure you've got your sunscreen and parasol if you can't stand the heat. Various snack bars are adjacent to the pool area, as is the resort amphitheatre, used for evening entertainment. There's a great mini club only a few steps away, with a large play park, bright activities area and kids' wading pool with own waterslide.
Sporty types will have no trouble keeping in shape here. There are six tennis courts available for use, but guests may also play a game of squash, ping pong or football by the beach. There is also a daily activity program that features walking, mountain biking, morning gym, beach volleyball, water polo, water basketball or even Oriental and Latin dance classes. The enormous 24-hour fitness room overlooks the gardens and is equipped with flat screen televisions and many modern machines. Nearby is the wonderful spa facility with a range of pleasantly decorated treatment rooms and relaxation areas; the Cleopatra room, perfect for couples, contains two massage beds, Jacuzzi, bathroom with rain shower and a sauna with a floor to ceiling window. A long and narrow indoor pool is set off by the exquisite tile detail in it and on the walls. The spa's highlight however is the Turkish bath decorated in traditional Ottoman style, and the beautiful statues and pearly mosaics that we admire before entering. There are open areas as well as more intimate alcoves; however there is also a 'VIP' Turkish bath that can be privatised.