From the moment you arrive you know you have come to a luxurious and truly opulent hotel. The rooms were discreetly designed and very comfortable, with an enormous bathroom and fab power shower. The pool is enormous and beautifully designed. It was truly an experience to stay here. The staff were very professional, helpful and friendly. The main restaurant, Bosphorous where the excellent and extensive buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served was busy, yet the waiters/Managers took time to chat and recognise guests and handle special requests. It is a little remote and may not suit those keen to use this as a base to explore the local area. The Concierge suggested a couple of trip options, but understandably they were with chauffeur driven cars to reflect the clientele. We took a bus to Antalya (about an hour away) at a ridiculously cheap fare, which was half the fun of the adventure. But there seemed little else to do and nothing in the local vicinity. But the hotel complex is such that it is great for relaxing in and, as such, a perfect place to retreat and unwind. It is so large that it is easy to still be discovering new areas in the first few days. Must do's include sundowners at the Beach Bar or on the Terrace off the lobby overlooking the pool and towards the Maiden Tower and a trip on the Gondola.... (and the open air spa looked lovely - although I did not try it). There is a light show every evening too which was quite enjoyable although a little more emphasis on the beauty of the fountains to music vs laser show might create more impact. I would certainly recommend it to those seeking a place in which to relax and still have top quality service in a truly fabulous hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the verdant, green shores of Antalya, beautifully positioned to overlook Turkey's Mediterranean coast, a palatial hotel was built in the spirit of the grand Ottoman Sultans. Crafted for the contemporary international elite, the luxurious Mardan Palace in Lara is a chic resort which redefines the standards of Turkish hospitality. Through its innovative design features, extensive facilities and unparalleled service, it's the new luxury playground for the jet set to explore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mardan Palace Hotel Antalya
- Mardan Palace Antalya