Check in at Reception was quick, no standing around waiting, as staff provided you with seating in the Lobby area whilst they arranged room keys, towel keys and information guides. The bellboys meanwhile took care of your luggage as soon as the coach arrived, delivering it to your room. The Lobby area is large with a big gazebo in the centre and glass lifts running up either side, Gee loved this feature and could quite happily have spent part of the day going up and down.
There are different rooms available at Aska Lara Resort & Spa, all offering luxury facilities. Our room was on the 7th floor with views over the pool, towards the sea in the background. I cannot fault the room we were provided. In the room was a large king size bed, a good size sofa bed, TV (with limited English channels, drink making facilities, fridge (stocked daily with drinks and beer), good storage space and wardrobes which contained the safe. The bathroom was well equipped with toiletries, a large walk in rainfall shower, toilet, slippers, robes and good quality towels. The added touch of fresh flowers was really nice. We loved how comfortable it was and especially liked the dressing area which was off the main room.
The hotel pool is a lot quieter than the water park and can make a refreshing change. Ice creams are available daily from the ice cream hut in the middle, these are named ice creams which we all enjoyed.
We travelled on an all inclusive basis and ate at nearly all of the available restaurants. In a morning we ate mainly in the Anka restaurant which is situated in the main hotel and is self service. The Anka restaurant provided a huge selection of good quality food which is freshly prepared, I must say Gee was in her element with the desserts, they looked too good to eat, alongside a huge variety of hot and colds meals. Tip: If you walk straight through the restaurant and go outside there is an extra cook station where you can have an omelette/meat cooked to your liking. Also in the main hotel is the Brasserie which is lovely for coffee and cake and the Aska Chef snack restaurant which is by the pool, table service is provided at the snack restaurant.
A la Carte
For an addition cost (6 euros per adult) you can eat at one of the 4 A La Carte restaurants. Mozaik (Turkish), La Perla (Italian), Mandarin (oriental) and Missina (Fish). We ate at the Turkish, Italian and mandarin restaurants where the food was really delicious as you can see from the photographs. The A la Carte restaurants can be booked through guest services in the lobby.
Wet n Wild Water Park
A child's dream with waterslides, pools, waterpark, zip line, kids club and daily entertainment. The Water Park is a 5 minute walk from the hotel or can be reached by the shuttle buses provided, this never proved a problem for us and we never waited more than 5 minutes for a shuttle. Gee went to Kids Club a couple of times and was taken on payable trips horse riding and on the banana boats. Gee also did a free scuba diving lesson whilst in the Wet n Wild park. There are two restaurants/snack bars on site which offer limited food choice but this is good quality. Evening entertainment is at Wet n Wild and I must say the magician's show was amazing, Gee also loved the performing dogs.
At the end of the Wet N Wild Park is the private beach. For us, this was a life saver after spending a few days in Wet n Wild, it was nice to enjoy some quiet time away from all the activity. Sunbeds are plentiful and the beach and sea are beautiful, warning please ensure you wear shoes to walk down to the sea, the sand is very hot. Also on the beach are Cabanas which you can hire at around 50 euros for the day. The Cabanas have butler service and throughout the day you are provided with a hamper of drinks, pastries and melon, I would definitely recommend hiring a Cabana at least once on your stay. Also at the beach is a pier with sunbeds and whilst we did not use this, the beds looked extremely comfortable.
All the staff that I came in to contact with were polite, helpful and prepared to go that extra mile to help ensure we had a fabulous holiday. Gee lost her much loved cuddly spotty dog whilst we were there and she was devastated, I visited guest relations and within 1 hour they had found the cuddly in the water park and brought it back to the hotel. This was such a huge relief and I could not thank the staff enough. The room cleaners did an amazing job everyday ensuring the rooms were spotless and although some had limited English, I could always make my thoughts known.
We had an amazing two weeks at Aska Lara Resort & Spa and will definitely be visiting again in the future. Thank you to everyone for helping us to make fabulous memories.