Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection 5*, Turkey, Side. Reviews

The Turkish hotel “Acanthus & Cennet Collection” 5* became the first in the Barut Hotels chain, founded in 1971. Half a century ago, the hotel in Side was a small complex of 36 rooms on the Mediterranean coast. Now it is a premium resort surrounded by a well-kept garden and includes 260 comfortable rooms of various categories, restaurants, spa and wellness centers.

Location and how to get there

The hotel complex is located in the south-west of Turkey on the territory of the Side resort, part of Antalya province. Manavgat is located nearby. The coordinates of the hotel are 36°46’54” s. w., 31°23’17” v. d. The Acanthus & Cennet Resort Complex is 60 km from Antalya International Airport.

Tourists arriving on vacation can get to the hotel using the following options:

  • To order a transfer, the fare starts from € 60. The car can be equipped with a child safety seat, drinking water.
  • Rent a car with a driver at the taxi stand located near the arrival area. The fare is indicated in the price list, which is located on the information stand of the parking lot, the initial fare is 40 €.
  • From the airport, take bus No. 600 to Antalya Central Bus Station. Flights are operated 2-3 times an hour from 6 to 23 hours, 3 flights are operated at night. You can leave the bus station in the direction of Manavgat. It is necessary to get off at the Side bus stop and transfer to the dolmush going to the hotel. A bus stop is 500 metres from the hotel. The fare will be about 9 €, the journey will take at least 3 hours.

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You can rent a car at the airport to explore the surrounding area. Daily rent costs from 36 €.

Types and facilities of the rooms

In 1971, the hotel had a 4-storey Cennet building, in 1987 a 4-storey Acanthus building was added. The buildings are equipped with elevators. In 2016, a complete renovation of the rooms and public areas was carried out.

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The territory of the Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection hotel. Photo.

Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection 5* has 260 rooms and can accommodate over 520 guests at the same time. The hotel is distinguished by the stylish design of the rooms, which combine traditional Turkish motifs and elegant modernity. The floors are covered with parquet or laminate, the walls are finished with tinted brick and wooden panels.

The large windows overlook the Mediterranean Sea or the garden, and there is access to a balcony or terrace with outdoor furniture. The walls are decorated with drawings of fish and seashells, and bright textile rugs on the floor. The lighting in the rooms is regulated with the help of lamps and blackout curtains.

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The rooms are equipped for a comfortable stay: there are comfortable beds with bedside tables, a chest of drawers, a work desk with a mirror and an armchair, a spacious wardrobe.

The rooms have:

  • TV;
  • telephone;
  • safe deposit;
  • conditioner;
  • a kettle and a mini coffee maker.

It offers a minibar, tea set and Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are equipped with showers, bathrobes and slippers are offered, and there is a hairdryer.

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Types of rooms at the Acanthus & Cennet Barut Hotel:

Category Number of rooms Area, sq. m Number of guests Description
Superior 176 34 3 The room has a double bed or 2 single beds, an additional place is a sofa or a folding chair.
Deluxe 27 39 3 The balcony and windows offer sea views. The room has a double bed, an additional sofa.
Swim up 15 44 3 The rooms are located on the 1st floor, with a terrace with access to a private pool. The room has 2 single or double beds and a sofa.
Family 14 43 4 It consists of 2 bedrooms separated by a door. It is equipped with a double bed and 2 single beds, a folding armchair.
Suite 360° 2 130 2 The room consists of 1 room with a round bed and a dressing room. There is a Jacuzzi and a relaxation area on the spacious terrace.
Suite Grand 6 95 5 It consists of 2 rooms with a door, each with a double bed, and there is also a pull–out sofa. The rooms have access to 2 separate terraces with relaxation areas, one with a Jacuzzi.
Suite Penthouse 20 67 3 There is 1 room with a double bed and a sofa, on the spacious terrace there is a relaxation area and a Jacuzzi.

The Suite rooms are located on 4 floors of the buildings. There are 2 Superior rooms for people whose physical abilities are limited.

Room rates

The Turkish hotel adheres to a dynamic pricing policy, so the price of rooms varies depending on the season. The high season on the Mediterranean coast is traditionally considered June-August. The highest prices are set during this period.

The hotel also accepts 2 types of tariffs: non-refundable in case of cancellation of the room reservation and refundable.

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When staying in a Superior room, a day of rest in May for 2 adults costs € 610 (with a non-refundable rate) and € 680 (with a refundable rate). The Deluxe room costs € 725 and € 808, respectively, Swim up – € 855 and € 950, Penthouse Suite – € 855 and € 945. Staying in a Family room will cost from 1000 €. Suite 360° costs at different rates of 1250-1616 €, Suite Grand — 1765-1960 €.

Rules and procedures of accommodation

The Turkish hotel has standard accommodation rules. Check-in starts at 2 p.m., guests must leave before noon. Smoking is prohibited in the rooms. Pets are not allowed.

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The hotel welcomes guests with children of all ages. The minimum age for independent settlement is 18 years, the adult category includes guests from 12 years old. When visiting restaurants, you must adhere to the dress code.


Acanthus & Cennet Collection 5*, part of the Barut Hotels chain, is known for its high-quality service aimed at creating a comfortable environment for guests. The rooms are cleaned daily, and bed linen and towels are replaced every other day.

Among the services provided free of charge:

  • mini bar;
  • safe deposit;
  • bathrobe and slippers;
  • pillow menu;
  • steam room, sauna and hammam;
  • towels and sun beds by the pool and on the beach;
  • mini club;
  • animation;
  • Wi-Fi;
  • gym;
  • sports grounds;
  • tennis court;
  • yoga equipment.

Guests can use a temporary room free of charge for late check-out or early check-in. Room service and phone calls are charged.

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An additional fee is required for the following services:

  • calling a doctor or a babysitter;
  • photographer;
  • transfer;
  • dry cleaning and laundry;
  • car rental;
  • Spa treatments;
  • massage;
  • water sports.

For those staying in the Suite rooms, privileges are provided – room preparation for rest, an expanded range of mini-bars and a fruit basket during the stay.

Guests can also use the ironing service for evening dresses, once they will be offered to do a spa procedure. The hotel has a conference room equipped with high-tech equipment. The hall is designed for 450 guests.

The concept of nutrition

The hotel welcomes guests according to the “Ultra all inclusive” system. The main Palmiye restaurant has 2 halls: the indoor one has a view of the sea, and the outdoor terrace has a view of the pools. Meals are served according to the buffet system, there is a vegan and gluten-free menu. Each dinner has a thematic significance, the flavor of different cuisines of the world is emphasized by the appropriate music.

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Palmiye Restaurant is open according to the following schedule:

  • Breakfast is served from 7 a.m.;
  • Brunch lasts until 10.30 am.;
  • lunch starts at 12.30 pm and lasts 2 hours.;
  • from 19 p.m. – dinner time.

The schedule varies in summer and winter. In summer, an alternative to the Palmiye restaurant is the Maison Plage restaurant located near the pool, which serves breakfast (from 8 a.m.), lunch (from 12 p.m.) and dinner (from 19 to 23 p.m.).

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Advance booking is required for free access to a’la carte restaurants, where dinner starts at 7 p.m. Safran restaurant serves dishes prepared according to recipes of the peoples of the world. Lavanta Restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine. A pastry shop is open in Lavanta, where guests can enjoy drinks, ice cream and cakes from 10 a.m.

The Roka restaurant, which is located on the seashore and is open only in summer, serves seafood, and you can also get breakfast (from 8.30 a.m.) and sushi (from 13 to 15 p.m.) at Roka. There are 3 bars on site, with an assortment of more than 150 types of drinks, snacks and snacks. The lobby bar serves around the clock, from 10 a.m. the pool bar and the Maison Plage restaurant start working.

Entertainment and recreation

There is a private beach on the Mediterranean coast next to the buildings. Sunshades are installed on 160 m of the sandy strip, and guests receive sun beds and towels free of charge.

According to the reviews of vacationers, there is no shortage of sun loungers. There is a special recreation area for adults. A gentle entrance leads from the beach to the sea, there is a pontoon. Vacationers are offered water activities for an additional fee, there is a free volleyball court.

For adults

“Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection” 5* is known for its unobtrusive light animation.

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Sports activities are offered during the day, including:

  • water polo and gymnastics;
  • step aerobics;
  • morning exercises;
  • darts;
  • Bocce.

Those who wish can spend time in the gym or go on a walking trail, play ping pong or tennis. In the evenings, Turkish and foreign creative groups, acrobats and musicians perform in the amphitheater. The entertainment program ends with a disco.

In winter, the hotel has a Club Vitality concept, which offers relaxing activities:

  • master classes;
  • thematic film screenings;
  • dancing lessons and Internet proficiency;
  • dance evenings;
  • karaoke;
  • sports competitions.

The spa has various types of sauna complexes and a 140 m2 indoor heated swimming pool with relaxation areas. Vacationers will be offered massages, including ayurvedic and sports, stone therapy and grooming treatments. Package programs include peeling, grooming and massage.

An outdoor swimming pool with an area of about 1000 m2 is made near the residential buildings. The pool is surrounded by palm trees and recreation areas arranged under them. For the guests of the Swim up rooms there is a separate swimming pool.

For children

For families with children under 3 years old, Acanthus & Cennet Barut has prepared the concept of Bary Star, which provides children with comfort. You can get a cot, a baby monitor, a bathtub and a potty in the room. Baby cosmetics, a feeding chair and wet wipes are provided.

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A mini club is open for children aged 4-12, where animators organize games and exciting activities. The mini club has a room where creative workshops are held, a room for sleeping and a cinema. Convenient and safe play locations have been prepared for children on the street. In summer, the mini club is open from 10 a.m. to 23 p.m., in winter until 5:30 p.m.

There is a children’s outdoor pool with an area of 16 m2 on site. In winter, children go swimming in the indoor heated pool.

Other infrastructure

The territory of Acanthus & Cennet Barut starts from the main promenade of Side and occupies 24 thousand square meters. m. It is separated from the promenade by green spaces and a lawn. There are private recreation areas in the garden – gazebos, they can be rented for a fee. The gazebos provide individual service: serving drinks, lunch and towels. The gazebos are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are designed for 5 guests.

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You can rent a car at the hotel, shops, souvenir kiosks, a beauty salon and a hairdresser are on site. The photo studio organizes a photo shoot.

Attractions nearby

The Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection is located on the promenade boulevard passing through Side. There are shops and restaurants on the boulevard, and a grocery market is located nearby. The Old Town and the promenade are 1.5 km from the hotel.


The embankment stretches through the coastal neighborhoods of Side for 3.5 km. Restaurants, cafes with national cuisine and souvenir shops are open along the walking area.

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From the embankment, you can go down to the free sandy beaches or book a boat trip on a yacht or boat. On the beaches, tourists can enjoy entertainment: jet ski, banana, parachute, fishing.

Archaeological Museum

A museum has been opened in the Old Town near the embankment, which contains archaeological finds testifying to the ancient past of Side, because the city traces its history back to the VII century BC. The museum occupies 3 halls in the building of the former Roman baths, part of the exposition is located in the open air.

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The museum’s collection includes:

  • sculptures;
  • tombstone decorations and sarcophagi;
  • coins;
  • architectural decorative elements;
  • amphorae.

The museum is open daily from 8.30 am, the entrance fee is 3 €.

Temple of Apollo

In the II century BC, a temple dedicated to the god of the Sun and the arts, Apollo, was built on the seashore. 1200 years later, a strong earthquake destroyed the iconic building, and 5 Corinthian white marble columns with a height of 9 m have survived to this day. In the evenings, the temple complex is beautifully illuminated. You can explore the attraction at any time for free.

Ancient settlement

Side was founded in the 7th century BC, for a long time being one of the largest shopping centers on the Mediterranean Sea. Side flourished in the II century BC, and the preserved ancient buildings in the Old City date back to this period.

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One of the attractions is the market square, the Agora, which was available in every settlement. The boundaries of the square are indicated by Corinthian columns. On the square there is an ancient public toilet, which is an oval hall decorated with mosaics. In the center of the square there is a round rotunda – the remains of the temple of the goddess of fortune Tyukhe.

The entrance to the city is marked by 2-storey arched gates, on both sides of which there are fortress walls and watchtowers. Ruined basilicas, an episcopal palace, a hospital, and fortress walls have been preserved on the territory of the settlement. You can explore the ancient Side for free during the day.


Side has preserved the only amphitheater in the region, built in the II century BC. In the arena, surrounded by almost 60 rows for 16 thousand spectators, gladiatorial fights, battles with animals and theatrical performances were held. Subsequently, the arena was abandoned, and only in the XX century. the landmark was partially reconstructed.

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Now concerts are held on the stage of the ancient theater, and a panorama of the sea opens from the audience seats. You can explore the archaeological site from 8 a.m. to 19 p.m. in summer and until 5.30 p.m. in winter. The price of the entrance ticket is 4 €.

How to book a room

“Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection” 5* has set the minimum length of stay for guests: from December to April 4 days, from April to the end of November 2 days. The hotel also has 2 types of tariffs, which include the concept of “Ultra all inclusive” and taxes. The non-refundable rate implies a full prepayment, while the reservation cannot be changed. In case of cancellation of the check-in, the prepayment will not be refunded.

The refundable rate requires you to provide credit card information and authorize it when booking a room. You can cancel your reservation no later than a week before arrival, while the cost of 1 night’s stay is deducted.

To book a room, a booking form is provided on the official website of the hotel, in which you must select the arrival dates and specify the number of adult guests and children. Next, you need to enter personal data, provide bank card details and pay for the full period of stay when choosing a non-refundable tariff.

The cost of tours

Russian tour operators actively offer a popular hotel to those wishing to relax on the Mediterranean coast in Side. The Biblio Globus company organizes trips to the Barut hotel chain. Staying at the hotel for a minimum period of 2 days for 2 adults costs from 70 to 108 thousand rubles, depending on the room.

The flight is not included in this price. A tour with an Aeroflot flight will cost 155 – 191 thousand rubles. for two people. Additionally, the flight selection service (50 €) and insurance (5% of the amount) are paid at Biblio Globus.

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The Coral Travel company will offer trips to a Turkish hotel for a period of 6 days or more, the price of the package includes flight and insurance (medical and non-departure). Rest for 6 days for 2 adults will cost 211-403 thousand rubles, depending on the room.

The offer of the tour operator “TEZ Tour” allows you to choose a package that includes regular or charter flights. The tour operator has set a minimum stay at the resort of 7 days. The cost for 2 adult guests of a week’s rest varies from 232 thousand rubles to 433 thousand rubles. Payment can be made in installments.

The SaleTur agency books rooms in a Turkish hotel, the price of the package does not include flights. The minimum price for 2 people going to the Barut hotel for 4 nights is 129 thousand rubles. You will need to buy the ticket yourself. In the PAC Group company, you can purchase a tour for a period of 3 days without a flight. The price for 2 adults is 102-242 thousand rubles.


The hotel is located in the Manavgat region in Side on Ozal Street (Özal Cd.), No. 35. Phone +9 (0242) 753-19-11, call center + 9 (0242) 444-96-00. The hotel has an official website and an email address.

Acanthus & Cennet Collection 5* became the first in the Barut hotel chain, which now includes 9 high-class hotel complexes. Acanthus & Cennet is regularly ranked in the top in the ratings of Turkish hotels. The hotel is distinguished by the stylish design of rooms and public spaces, rich premium infrastructure and an individual approach to the service of each guest.

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