The apartment is located in a peaceful area of Side. The complex of apartments are just two stories in height so the population density is quite low. This means the shared swimming pool is always free and the place is nice and quiet.
There is security/caretaker staff available but they didn't speak English. German is more widely understood than English which few people speak in this area.
You can have groceries delivered from the local store provided the order is for a minimum of 20 Lira. The alternative is to walk to the store which is approx. 12 minutes away.
There was a free local bus service into Side which departed at 10.00 and 11.00 and the last return from Side was at 18.00. We found the timetable rather limiting so used the taxi service instead. The drive itself to Side beach is only approx. 10 minutes. It wasn't practical for us to walk to the beach as the route includes unsurfaced roads, steep inclines and the temperature can reach 40C by mid-afternoon (August). If you want to explore the area then I would recommend you hire an electric scooter if you don't have any children with you.
Another travel option which we used was to get the Shanty restaurant to collect us from the apartment. They will send a taxi to you and bring you back. We only used this service once as our preference was to walk around and select a restaurant when we get there.
The people are really friendly and helpful. We would recommend the West beach which has beautiful sand and a shallow sea and there are no strong currents so its safe for children.
This apartment was fantastic, very modern, clean and great facilities, all mod cons, including WIFI. The whole complex was kept immaculate. The complex is slightly away from main Side but the local beach bus comes daily to collect you and drop you off and most restaurants will also come and collect you, so we didn't find this a problem at all. I would thoroughly recommend this apartment. There was an indoor and outdoor pool and a small gym. Security are on site all the time and it was very safe and secure. Will definitely be back without a doubt.