LOCATION: approx. 26 km from the centre of BODRUM, approx. 5 km from the centre of Yalikavak; approx. 50 km from the airport Bodrum-Milas; bus stop for local minibuses near the hotel (Yalikavak, Bodrum, Turgutreis).
BEACH: private, sand and shingle, approx. 600 m from the hotel - transport approx. every hour (09.00-19.00), free sunbeds, umbrellas and towels; hotel bar covered by all inclusive programme - drinks and snacks during the day.
HOTEL: four-star, good class, built in 2002, renovated in 2012, 157 rooms, 3 buildings, 3 and 5 floors, 2 elevators, lobby, 24h reception, main restaurant - buffet meals, highchairs for children available; lobby bar, pool bar, snack bar, terrace bar, beach bar, disco-bar, TV room, corner with water-pipe, mini-market; conference room, free wireless Internet in the lobby; extra charges: hairdresser, childcare, laundry; credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard.
ROOM:standard: 2-person (1 or 2 extra beds available), nicely furnished, approx. 20-24 m2, individually controlled air-conditioning, bathroom (shower, wc; hairdryer), satellite TV, telephone, fridge, safety deposit box; free cot for children up to 2 years old; balcony (table and chairs).
SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT: swimming pool with slide, free-form, sweet water, approx. 300 m2, depth 1.4-1.8 m, swimming pools, free-form, sweet water, approx. 100 m2, depth 1.4-1.7 m, paddling pool for children, sweet water, depth 0.4 m, umbrellas, sunbeds and towels available by the pool free of charge; tennis court, volleyball, basketball, darts; playground for children, mini-club, disco, daytime and evening animations; extra charges: equipment rental, snooker, SPA centre: free: sauna, Turkish bath; payable: face and body treatments, massages.
ALL INCLUSIVE: buffet breakfast (7.30--10.00), buffet lunch (12.30-14.00), buffet dinner (19.30-21.30) in the main restaurant; snacks (15.00-17.00), coffee, tea and biscuit (17.00-18.00); unlimited soft drinks and local alcoholic drinks in indicated bar (10.00-24.00); wearing all inclusive bands is required.
CONTACT: 0090/2523887040, www.crystalbodrum.com
Times of serving meals and the functioning of certain hotel infrastructure elements may be subject to minor changes due to the season, weather conditions, Guests' requests or force majeure, which the hotel management will not have an influence on.
Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.
Visas: required; tourist visa is valid 90 days for a period of 180 days (the visa entitles to cross the border repeatedly): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey has introduced for the tourist season 2014 a so-called "transitional period", which will make it possible to obtain a visa on existing conditions e.g. at the airport in Turkey upon arrival. The fee for issuing a visa at the airport in Turkey will amount to respectively 30 USD / 25 EUR / 20 GBP per person. From 10.04.2014 an electronic system for applying for a visa to Turkey will also be available. A visa for tourist purposes will be possible to obtain through the system E-visa (https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/) or in diplomatic posts of the Republic of Turkey. Details are available at the following link:
The fee for a visa issued by electronic means amounts to 20 USD per person.
Local time: GMT+2
Language: Turkish; communication in English is also possible, more and more frequently in Polish.
Currency: 1 Turkish lira; 1 EUR = 2.4 lira.
Tips: the rule applies that you give as much as you can afford. Earnings in Turkey are low and tips are often a great financial help. It is a custom to tip drivers on local trips and waiters - approx. 5-10%.
Flight duration: Poland – Bodrum – Milas: approx. 2 h 45 min.
Transport: all destinations have excellent transport from the centre of Bodrum. Dolmus, local mini-buses traveling to the north. Then you can travel around in taxis. Return during the night from Bodrum to Bitez is approx. 10 EUR, to Torba – approx. 12 EUR, to Turgutreis and Yalikavak – approx. 20 EUR. Price of fare should be established before the ride.
Prices: Bodrum is the most popular entertainment centre in the region, it isn't one of the inexpensive places. The price of beer in a pub is approx. 2.5 EUR, an alcoholic drink - 8 EUR. Often in pubs where live music is played, entry is free, but the first drink, regardless of what you order, will cost approx. 8 EUR. So we don't recommend ordering mineral water. Aside from two discos in the centre, entry to others is free. These two are Halikarnas, where the price depends on the day of the week and season, and Disco Katamaran, where you pay approx. 15 EUR for entry.
All Inclusive: in Turkey All Inclusive offers usually cover only meals and local drinks in limited hours, usually from 10.00 to 23.00. Any extra benefits like sports, safety deposit boxes, massages, saunas, and even the mini-bar are additionally payable. It is worth knowing that aside from imported drinks, freshly squeezed juices and Turkish coffee are also additionally payable.
Beaches: the areas where Bodrum lies are of volcanic origin, so the sand is not as light here as e.g. in Antalya. Besides, due to the mountainous terrain, the beaches are limited, they are located in bays and are generally narrow, sand and shingle. Thanks to this, the water here is very clean, but there aren't any wide, sandy beaches. Generally entry to beaches is free, you only pay for sunbeds and umbrellas (approx. 1.5 EUR/person).
Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility, that if there are too few participants, a trip may be cancelled.
Only in this part of Turkey can you see hills with white houses, olive groves, older men traveling on donkeys, mountain villages, similar to Greek ones. Even the minarets towering over the mosques seem more friendly. Bodrum is a combination of Greek freedom with Turkish hospitality, which has also affected the regional cuisine. This city, with a population of 32 thousand, also has a colourful history, which you can trace with every step you take. In the antiquity, Bodrum was called Halicarnassus and this is where the Mausoleum was located, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Here Herodotus was born - the "father of history", who wrote the first history of the world. In the city centre there is the enormous St Peter's Castle, a stronghold built by the Knights (Crusaders) in the 15th century. Bodrum is also a city of entertainment and fun. In the centre there are plenty of bars, pubs and discos, where you can dance and have fun until dawn. Everyone will find something for themselves. There are jazz clubs with artists performing live, there are pubs playing only music from the 1980s, there are modern discos with laser shows, e.g. the famous Halikarnas, there are clubs where only Turkish music is played live, there is also a disco on a catamaran, which every night out sets out on a cruise around the bay and while dancing under the open sky, you can admire the beautifully illuminated city.
Transfer from the port to a catamaran takes place on motorboats, which is an added attraction. Bodrum is for everyone. Good quality hotels are situated in quiet places, in well-maintained gardens will surely foster family relaxation. For those who like to explore, there are many sights to be discovered, and in addition, wonderful trips, like Ephesus, Pamukkale and a cruise to Kos. Many fantastic places in the city centre await those who like to party.
Ephesus - the best preserved ancient city in Turkey, was an important religious centre, commercial and social development of the ancient world. Exploring the impressive remains of the city, among others, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Domitian, Celsus library, baths and the theatre. A visit to the chapel built on the foundations of the house, where according to legend, the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Price – approx. 65 EUR.
Pamukkale - a trip that combines elements of history with admiring nature. A walk among the world-unique snow-white terraces known as the cotton fortress. The beneficial effects of the water from the springs was already known in Roman times. Exploring the ancient Hierapolis with the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, nymphaeum, theatre and necropolis. Price – approx. 60 EUR.
Pirene-Milet-Didyma - exploring the ruins of ancient cities: Priene - one of the most active Ionian ports, with the theater and the ruins of the Temple of Athena; Miletus - the homeland of famous philosophers, whence came, among others, Tales - the father of mathematics, Hekataios, Anaximander; noteworthy are the theatre and baths of Faustina; Didyma with the well-preserved Temple of Apollo with impressive columns, it is also known for its beautiful beach (Altikum Beach). Price – approx. 50 EUR.
Blue Cruise - a yacht cruise lasting a few hours with stops at the most beautiful bays of the peninsula where Bodrum lies. Time to relax, swimming, sunbathing and rest after a night of partying. Price – approx. 45 EUR (includes lunch; drinks additionally payable).
Kos - a trip to the charming Greek island. Individual touring of Kos city. Price – approx. 35 EUR.
Jeep Safari - great four-wheel-drive fun in "off road" style. Be sure to bring your camera! Price – approx. 55 EUR.
Dalyan - an expedition to the Turkish Amazon with a cruise and loads of fun in mud baths. Tropical nature, stunning scenery and great fun guaranteed! Price – approx. 60 EUR.
Kalymnos - day trip to the Greek island full of charming places. The mountain summits live harmoniously side by side with the blue sea. Hydrofoil ride - cruise duration approx. 45 minutes. Approaching Kalymnos you can admire the captivating landscape already from afar. Rock walls fall steeply into the sea, hiding picturesque coves near the port of Pothia. When there you can take a short tour, find pleasant shade in the narrow streets, and eat lunch at one of the many nearby and cosy taverns. Transfer to Turgutreis port and boat ticket included in the price, touring the island at own expense. Price – approx. 49 EUR.
Rhodes - an unforgettable cruise to the largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago. Visiting the capital of the island of Rhodes, which Old City has been added to the UNESCO List. A stroll through a maze of narrow streets, among taverns, shops, churches and the famous Palace of Grand Masters. Price – approx. 55 EUR.
Diving - an opportunity to discover the beautiful underwater world of the Aegean Sea. Safe expedition both for experienced and amateur divers. Price – approx. 55 EUR.
Rafting - thrilling pontoon rafting on the Dalaman River. Price – approx. 75 EUR.
Bodrum - Panorama Citytour. Price – approx. 15 EUR.
Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.