Arrived mid afternoon after quite an uncomfortable airport transfer of one and a half hours on a coach lacking air conditioning.Never mind, everything just got better from then on. Check in was extremely smooth, we were given a drink and our cases were labelled with our room numbers. We were given directions to our rooms which we found easily. Suitcases were brought within minutes. Rooms were better than I expected, I thought a good size and clean, our room had obviously been freshly painted.
The views from reception, the panoramic lift and the pool area are gorgeous,you can watch the yachts going by in the bay or watch the watersports.
Food everywhere is excellent quality and always fresh. Main buffet restaurant always had show cooking whichconsisted of things like beef wellington, stir frys,fish baked in salt,whole roast chickens etc. Huge range of ...
salads and always a good selection of hot dishes including a grill outside which had either chicken,liver,steak,meatballs or turkey. We used both the Italian restaurant and the Turkish, both of which were excellent,the food in the Italian I would say was the best but Turkish was also good with a very friendly/cheeky atmosphere.Read More
Pool area was very nice with a choice of two bars, the windmill or the pool bar. Again stunning views from the windmill bar and nice and cool in there.
There was the usual darts, water polo.pool games etc and the obligatory club dance but the entertainers weren\'t pushy at all. There was also either bingo or a quiz at the pool bar every afternoon. Entertainment team were good and I felt went above and beyond because they even organized a trip to Bodrum to a club which our Daughter and her friend went on. Also on a couple of occassions they went out in Gumbet with the entertainers,this was on the hotel bus. I believe a good time was had by all.
Service is excellent particularly in the restaurants,I have to mention Ali in the main buffet restaurant, your glass is never empty,you never have to search for a table, he even provided me with a chair for my handbag!
Another mention must go to Faruk in the windmill bar,one of the quickest,hardest working and most genuine people you would ever meet. Amazing how he remembers everyones drink from one night to the next!
Evening shows were better than any I have seen in Turkey, I think mainly because they had several live bands and you were encouraged to have a dance. The shows in the amphitheatre were more geared towards children with the exception or the Mr and Mrs WOW shows which were quite funny.
All in all, I would say this is one of the best holidays we have had and I would not hesitate to return. I think this hotel was excellent value for money,everything was great quality and all the staff right through the hotel were very proffessional at all times. The beach area was o.k, sand was coarse. Plenty of watersports on offer,canoes were free and my daughter and her friend went on those several times,there was never a wait for anything.
One last thing to mention,the dreaded sunbed situation,well there wasn\'t one! first week we could get one anytime of the day, second week was school holidays so you needed to be at the pool for about 8.30 to get four together but 8.30 in my view is fine.
Went out several times on the dolmus, Bodrum has a lovely harbour and it\'s a nice walk around the streets. Market was very claustrophobic and we only stayed about half an hour.I wasn\'t impressed with Gumbet but it was a pleasant stroll down the beach some afternoons for a change of scenery. When you say you are staying at the Wow, all the restaurant staff say the same thing,\"that\'s the best hotel in Gumbet\" so they don\'t bother persuading you to eat in their restaurant, because why would you when you have everything youcould possibly want at the WOW.
Tour Operator: Thomas Cook