The second hotel on our beautiful trip to Bodrum, Turkey in May 2021 was Rixos Premium Bodrum. Why by chance? Because we were already there in 2017, and have not planned to return there yet. And then suddenly I watched a live report from the hotel, and realized that I had to go back to see all the changes in the hotel thanks to the recent reconstruction 🙂
In this part of my review, I will talk about the changes in the hotel in 2021 compared to 2017, in the second part I will focus on what should be improved in the hotel and give my recommendations.
In 2017 it was not a particularly remarkable hotel, rather old, and with not very tasty food, then in 2021 we saw a trendy and very soulful hotel. A lot has changed, except for the rooms (they plan to update it later).
The first impression is a completely new hotel lobby, which used to resemble a mixture of a sanatorium and a fun art museum 🙂
Now it is an eco-minimalist space: few colors, lots of natural materials.
There are now assistants who accompany your vacation even before check-in at the hotel, and accompany you during check-in. I especially thank them for the successful completion of the quest: find a remedy for mosquitoes in the evening, otherwise the guests will be eaten alive 🙂 And also for their attention and care, so very sincere that I always appreciate it.
The rooms have remained the same, only the bath line has been updated. In 2017, we booked a room with a sea view,
and in 2021 year we took a room with a garden view, however, we had a surprise and we saw the sea from the balcony.
Interestingly, the hotel removed problem rooms from sale – rooms with a view to nowhere, with a bad location, etc. Now, even when booking the cheapest room, you will live in a normal conditions.
What we liked the most about the hotel was the new swimming pool – an absolute place of relaxation and enjoyment. It is now very cozy and beautiful there, it is impossible to leave 🙂 And most importantly, the service is simply wonderful. Special thanks go to the hotel employee who looks after you all day there. Here’s a look at how it was in 2017 and
how it is now in 2021. A huge difference.
And it is also worth remembering the wonderful new pool bar, where in the shade of coniferous trees you can enjoy cocktails and other drinks.
The main restaurant with a terrace is still located near the pool, but now it is very cozy and pretty.
Well, most importantly, the food is good and they try very hard. The choice of food is good, but there are questions (I’ll talk about this in the second part).
We saw huge changes on the beach. The beach simply cannot be recognized. In 2017, we saw a very cramped, narrow and awful beach.
In 2021, it was significantly expanded, the bar is near and now you are being served all day: with drinks, towels, and help with an umbrella. Great service and very nice staff working here.
The pier is in place, but it is now an adults-only area.
Our favorite restaurant PEOPLE’S has finally appeared near the beach. This is the place where you can have a snack almost around the day. Such a very cozy and lovely place, and most importantly, the sea views are excellent 🙂
There is a new toilet nearby that deserves a special mention 🙂 This is a very cute and stylish place, clean and pleasant 🙂
Not far from the beach, in the shade of coniferous trees, they made a playground for sports activities (yoga and many other things take place here, which you will learn about from the daily schedule), as well as another one for a good fitness. Here they poured white sand, made dumbbells and barbells from wood, it turned out to be such a very interesting place where you even want to go in for sports 🙂
Well, about our beloved thing in the hotel. The hotel’s SPA has also been completely redesigned, leaving only the hamam and the recreation area near it from the old one. There is a sauna and steam room. And more news from here. Now at the exit from the SPA (towards the sea, not the main hotel building) there is a new, almost outdoor pool. With us, it was just being put into operation, and therefore we could not enjoy it, but we made photos for you.
A separate VIP beach with its own restaurant and service has been made for the guests living in villas.
Construction was underway on the island, and it was not possible to walk there, but there will still be Maldivian houses for everyone.
A new kids club has been built – RIXY CLUB with its own building and a pool with slides.
New a la carte restaurants have appeared (Italian, fish, Asian).
In the main building of the hotel there is a bar with the main magician of the hotel – a great specialist in interesting cocktails.
And there is also a pastry shop where you can also have a good time.
The main territory of the hotel near the buildings with rooms has remained the same: many stairs, hills, greenery and pine trees. For lovers of walks, there is everything what you need. But at the same time, you can always ask to pick you up from your room and take you to your room, if necessary.
And still there are many olive trees on the site – the pride of the hotel, which look even prettier with the background of lawns 🙂