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Sundance Resort

TripAdvisor Review
Turkey, Europe
Turgutreis

Enjoy the Aegean on your doorstep at Sundance Resort Hotel (previously the Aegean Dream Hotel), with direct beach access to a sandy beach. Located in the smaller resort of Turgutreis, the hotel is a short bus ride from the vibrant town of Bodrum, with its whitewashed houses, trendy boutiques, Turkish bazaar and historic castle. With proximity to both beach and town, holidaymakers can enjoy the charming mix of the historical, cosmopolitan and traditional elements of this region.

With three swimming pools available, guests can choose between the indoor pool, which is open year-round, and the outdoor pools, open in summer only. The hotel also provides a wealth of activities in its all-inclusive package, including evening shows, a spa centre, an indoor fitness centre and selected free water sports. There's fun for adults and children alike, with a children's pool and children's games on offer.

Turkey's fresh produce is on display in the hotel's on-site restaurants. Offering breakfast and lunch buffets, dinner, and afternoon and evening snacks, guests can have their fill after a full day's activities. In addition to meals enjoyed in the main Islands Restaurant, guests can dine at each of the 3 à la carte restaurants once per stay. Finish off the day with a drink at the poolside bar, open air 'Starlight Bar' or lobby bar.

Accommodation at the Sundance Resort:

In addition to beautiful beach vistas on the hotel grounds, enjoy a sea or garden view from the balcony of your room. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a private en-suite bathroom, mini bar (subject to chaneg/availability), satellite TV and safety box.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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Facilities

  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • 2 restaurants
  • 3 bars
  • Spa Centre with sauna and Turkish bath (Hammam)*
  • Beach towels & beds & umbrellas
  • Fitness Centre*
  • Watersports*
  • Evening shows
  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee

Room Types

Twin Inland Room
WiFi
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Single Inland Room
WiFi
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Twin Seaview Room
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The Local Area

Enjoy the Aegean on your doorstep at Sundance Resort Hotel (previously the Aegean Dream Hotel), with direct beach access to a sandy beach. Located in the smaller resort of Turgutreis, the hotel is a short bus ride from the vibrant town of Bodrum, with its whitewashed houses, trendy boutiques, Turkish bazaar and historic castle. With proximity to both beach and town, holidaymakers can enjoy the charming mix of the historical, cosmopolitan and traditional elements of this region.

Trip Advisor Reviews

TripAdvisor Review

Absolutely filthy

Review by neetyN Sunderland, United Kingdom

Visited Sept 2020 but date wouldn’t allow me to go back that far. Booked sea view rooms , our friends sea view room next door to us had a shared balcony with another room - strangers. Ours stunk of sewers...

They moved us to a standard room with a really horrible view . The hotel was filthy, really filthy. Mid pandemic there were no extra measures never mind standard measures of cleanliness. The glasses we were served drinks in were absolutely disgusting. The chefs dropped food on the floor & picked it up to put it straight back on the plates. This was standard. I really can’t emphasise how filthy this hotel was. Jet 2 rep had a lot on as govt decided to change the rules & we had to leave days early. She informed us that our complaint wasn’t her priority as she had a lot to do regarding guests leaving. We complained several times, filled in paperwork while in resort, followed up when we got home but were told that the hotel gave us & our friends a room with a balcony to share. They didn’t even check to see that our rooms weren’t sharing a balcony & I gave them room numbers. They said the hotel is standard & they were happy the hotel was as expected! I have lots of photos of the filth which I provided to Jet2 along with videos but they’re happy this satisfies their star system.

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Great time at Sundance

Review by Eric W Winston Salem, North Carolina

My wife and I stayed at Sundance from 9/16-9/23/2021 and had a really good time. We arrived early in the morning (6:00 am) and couldn't check in until a 11:00. It wasn't a problem since we had breakfast and rested...

Our room had a nice view and could see the ocean and the mountains. I suggest you ask for a room away from the pool if you want peace and quiet at night. The room was clean and functional and was maintained daily. We even received a complimentary fruit platter with a small bottle of wine....nice touch! We slept with sliding door open since the weather was really nice at night... keep in mind that Turkey is a Muslim country and they're morning, afternoon and evening prayers over loud speakers. If you're a light sleeper, keep the doors closed in the morning:-) It was generally quiet at night after the night time entertainment shows, we only heard the occasional cat fight. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had great service from the dining room staff. They smiled and got us everything we needed from the food, silverware and drinks. We never felt pressured to tip them...though we did tip Beesheb ( spelling) because he really took care of us and spent time helping us with the Turkish language. On that topic, I would suggest you take some time to learn a few phrases like hello, good bye, thank you...etc. I got the impression they appreciated the effort. We also got excellent service from the bar staff near the pool. Orhan was especially attentive and friendly and made sure to always say hello whenever he saw us. He took good care of my wife and I during our whole stay. Job well done Orhan! The food at every meal fantastic...seriously! We ate at the main dining room area that was near the pool that provided a buffet style menu. All meats from chicken, beef were prepared with the right amount of seasoning..a variety of fish was also served at every meal ( the sea bass was especially tasty). They had a large variety of fresh salads, fruits and vegetables to choose from...all were fresh and very good! A special thanks goes out to the pastry chef for all the lovely desserts...we had Baklava every night. During our desserts my wife loved the Baklava more than me:-) We also had a few meals at the bar which was also very good. The menu was smaller (pizzas, burgers, wraps..etc) but was equally as good. We spent most of our time on the beach. The weather was really nice during our whole stay. The first few days and our last day spent was a little on the windy side but still plenty warm. The sea was very clear ( and could even see small fish) and cool. Once you jumped in the water it was fantastic. The first few feet of the beach and the sea bottom was overall rocky. If you have some water shoes..bring them. It really wasn't that bad once you got used to it. We made a few trips to Turgeties for some shopping which was only a 15 minute walk from the Sundance...the walk was along the beach line so we could always see the ocean and the other hotels in the area. If we have one negative about the trip is seeing a lot of trash during our walks and excursions during our stay. It did take away from the overall experience and that is the only reason I'm giving a 4 star rating. OK...back to our trip. The shops had everything you wanted from shirts, dresses, tourist stuff and for my wife... handbags/purses. My wife got 2 Louis Vutons, one Michael Kors, one Guci and one bag with a face of cat on it. We'll get the cats later on... If you go shopping, keep in mind that all prices are negoitable. Its perfectly ok to offer a lower price...if its reasonable they will take it. We also went on a boat trip for 1/2 the day ( Captain Jacks). It was overall a good experience where went to different locations to swim. A basic lunch was provided during the trip but you had to pay for beer, chips and soda if you wanted them. The crew was friendly. Make sure you go during a calm day. One of the highlights of our trip was the cats. Each hotel seem to have their own cats that would come out during meals. On a side note, cats seemed to have a elevated status in Turkey ( and other Muslim countries as well). It's ok to feed them. We especially bonded with some kittens that were located at the One More Day Hotel just a five minute walk from the Sundance. In fact, after every meal, we would walk down and give the kittens a few pieces of meat. It was a highlight of the day:-) At night Sundance would have various activities by the pool starting with a few kids songs then progressing into live bands and other friendly activities. We found the music during the day to be pleasant while at night it was louder and more dance oriented. The animation team was excellent! They did a lot of the morning and afternoon activities such as yoga and water aerobics. The guys also did a fire show during one of the night sessions. They did a great job on connecting with people and getting them more involved on their trip...if they wanted. Nice job fellas! Finally, the unique aspect to a place like this is the amount of people from different cultures and countries. We counted up to 12 different languages that were spoken. We also had many interactions with them....we met Katriana from France on our boat trip, a local named Farook which worked at the One More Day Hotel that we spoke to every day, we played table tennis with a lady from Turkey, came across a couple of ladies from Ireland on a walk and a baby name Lanka from Serbia. It goes to show you that we have much more in common than we have differences. This is a trip that we created a lot of great memories with very few bad experiences and will probably go back again in the future. Here's a tip....if you're an American, you'll need a visa to enter Turkey...make sure you get the visa online. I made the mistake of waiting to get it in Turkey. Since we arrived in the early morning the visa station was closed and we had to wait 60 minutes for him to arrive. Normally, this would be a problem but we were part of a tour and they had to wait for me to get it. Oh well, another learning experience with international travel

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They don't give a sh*t!

Asked at the check-in for a quiet room, so we can relax and get some sleep in the evening/morning because we needed that. They told us that "the room will be good". It turned out that we got a room right over the pool/animation area which is extremely loud until 24 o'clock. We closed the balcony doors, but they aren't soundproof at all. In the morning, about 5 o'clock we got woken up by a couple next door which was getting really loud and annoying for about half an hour...

It was so loud as if they were right with us in the room, because our two rooms were seperated with a door right next to our beds. The beds were also two singles instead of one double and the mattresses were hard as a brick. In the morning we begged them to give us a quiet room, but they said "there is no room left, come back tomorrow morning". The Hotel was about 70% full so we don't know why there were no rooms left. The next evening with the annoying neighbors and loud music went by, no sleep at all again... and again we begged them for another room and they told us again "there is no other room free, maybe tomorrow". In the meantime we heard from other guests similar stories, but the Reception didn't give a sh*t about their guests. We ended up staying 12 nights in the same room and didn't enjoy our vacation as we hoped for in a so called "5 star hotel"..very bad experience. Overall very dirty and neglected rooms - 2 stars maybe Staff in the Lobby and Lobbybar - very rude and condesending Staff in the main restaurunt - very friendly, helpfull and always smiling, but some of them were asking for tips and touching their phones and than grabbing food with the bare hand and putting it on your plate. Food was good and great variety. Animationteam is very good during the daytime, but they can't pull a better review for this hotel. The beachfront was the best in the area. Would not recommend!

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Bad

Really bad, Rooms were dirty, food was cold and actually disgusting. I don't even want to talk about the workers!! So rude and disrespectful, i never saw them smile! Btw the alcohol was litterally hand sanitazer, ugh nasty. Don't go.

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3.5 - While there is room for improvement, it was still a lovely stay.

Review by jaytclarke Phuket, Thailand

My husband and I did 10 days, 9 nights here from July 5-14. I was somewhat skeptical when I first read some of the reviews on here declaring that it was definitely not a 5 star hotel, and while I see why they may have made those comments (a bit on that in a moment), I don't think it took much away from the overall experience.

As you can see in the pic I've attached, there were a few areas that clearly needed to be maintained in the resort...

It wasn't uncommon to see a fading sign, chipped paint, and some rust in some parts. This contributed to it looking slightly run down here and there. However, they were usually in places that weren't often frequented, so it honestly didn't bother us too much. The rooms, dining and snack areas, beach and pool were all very clean and frequently tended to. We particularly liked our room (606) since the quieter pool was right at our doorstep, and was one of the rooms closer to the beach and main pool. Note: make sure whatever room you book isn't too close to the main pool, as they've music blaring from there till the wee hours of the morning. We could hear it from where we were, but it wasn't loud enough to bother us.

Being all inclusive, you've access to their extensive options served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not to mention, they've an afternoon and midnight snack time for you to grab some grub outside the main meals at no additional cost. The bar is also open throughout the day to make sure your thirst is always quenched and you're kept boozy if that's what you want! There is also a pool table for you to entertain yourself just behind the bar area.

On top of that, they've in-resort activities for you to join in throughout the day. During my stay, we participated in yoga, water aerobics, and water polo. I also saw some of the guests dance alongside of what they called the animation team, who were responsible for organising these activities. At night, they also have live music for you to enjoy over a drink by the pool.

Alternatively, if you want a day out, you've the option to book a boat trip with Jolly Turs that will bring you swimming to spots such as Meteror Beach, Camel Beach, Wishing Cave, Akyarlar, and a spot they call Aquarium. Depending on who you ask, it's 130 - 150 TL a person for the day. The first guy quoted us 150 TL, and the next time we enquired, another offered it at 130 TL. There is also a tour agency just in front of the hotel called Turgutreis Tours for you to have a look at.

For those of you looking to book water sports, there's a place at your left when you exit towards the beach. We only enquired for the parasailing (700 TL for 2), but they've jet skiing and more to offer as well.

For the most part, the service was exceptional. The staff at Sundance are very quick to respond and extremely friendly, especially the guys at the bar. I do think some of the ladies serving the buffet could be a bit more welcoming, however, as they often looked very bored to be there, and to tend to you.

Another comment I have to add in regards to the buffet is how you're not allowed to get the food by yourself and must have it served to you by the attending staff. While I understand they've done this for their COVID measures, I do not understand how they can have multiple sections without staff and not expect the guest to start piling the food on their plates by themselves. This was often the case in morning. You would see lines of people waiting to be served food, but no one there to hand it to you. In these instances, I've seen staff at other sections with no one there stand and just watch. They would only intervene and start tutting once someone took it upon themselves. If they don't want this to happen, they need to make sure that someone is always there.

In regards to the buffet, we most enjoyed when they prepared an entire section of seafood. However, this only happened once the entire time we were there. I'd highly recommend that they make this happen more often, since it was such a hit. The prawns, for instance, finished within the hour.

Another thing to note would be the reservation of sunbeds. The resort has a sign for guests not to do it, but unsurprisingly, they do and there's no one to regulate it. I've seen many guests throw their towels and other belongings over the chairs and not return for hours, especially on the beach. During our stay, we've seen the beach fully 'booked' before 7 am. If we weren't out as much as we were, this would have bothered us a lot more but it definitely isn't fair. Expect to wake up a lot earlier to grab a spot.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay. Despite the areas of improvement, we liked our room, the food, the organised activities, pool and beach, and how the majority of the staff were very friendly and responsive.

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