Monday, 18 July 2011
Venturing out in the heat
From there it was just a 5 minute journey to the hotel.
It's not bad as hotels go. It's one of the older ones and could do with a bit of updating in places, but with package deals being so cheap these days, I can't imagine how the owners would actually make much profit at all, let alone have any spare cash for improvements.
Which brings me to the subject of all-inclusive package holidays. I don't like them and I wish Turkey hadn't jumped on the "all-inclusive" bandwagon a few years ago. Because guests have all their meals and drinks included in their holiday price, most of them rarely leave the hotel. This has had a devastating effect on local businesses. It's also a great shame that those people who wish to confine themselves to their hotel for the duration of their holiday, miss out on seeing this beautiful country and what it has to offer.
And the all-inclusive hotels have become very competitive, slashing their prices to attract more customers.
My brother and sister-in-law decided last week to book a week's holiday in Bodrum at the end of September. I hadn't mentioned the name of Mr A's hotel, and when my brother emailed me to confirm his booking, by sheer coincidence it turned out to be Mr A's hotel!
So this was one of the reasons for my visiting yesterday, so that I could take some photos and give my brother a bit more information about the hotel.
I talked to a few guests yesterday to get their opinions. Most agreed that even though the hotel is rated 4 star, it doesn't compare with 4 star in England for example. However, they did say that when you start to break down the costs of flight, room, all meals, drinks and entertainment, it was exceptionally good value for money.
Then of course we have the "professional complainers", and unfortunately I got stuck with one for half an hour. She was the most miserable woman imaginable. She moaned about absolutely everything. I did point out that you get what you pay for, and in this case you get an awful lot for your money. She wasn't convinced, and even when I suggested that if she wanted 5 star luxury, then she would need to pay at least double, she didn't agree. It's impossible to reason with people like this, and when Mr A approached us he could read my expression which said "please rescue me"......and he did!
I have only one regret about venturing out yesterday and that is this damned sweltering heat! It's just unbearable. When I was ready to come home just before 5pm, my dear Mr A dropped me at the bus station to pick up the Milas bus. He then went ahead on the motorbike to the top of the village road and waited to take me back to the house...just so that I woudn't have to wait in the scorching sun for the village bus. After dropping me off he returned to Bodrum...a round trip of more than 2 hours. It was a timely reminder for me that this journey for him is dangerous and tiring...and he's getting so little sleep at the moment with the excessive number of hours he is working.
And talking of sleep...none at all for me last night. My bedside fan just moves the hot air around. I moved to the sitting room and tried the sofa with the aircon on. The noise kept me awake. I tried the spare bedroom...that didn't work. So I stayed awake. I managed an hour's nap this afternoon but I'm desperately hoping for a drop in temperature tonight...but according to the forecasts there's not much chance.
....and the forecast says it's getting hotter....groan!