My wife and I stayed here in the last week of July and had a fantastic time.
The hotel is very opulent with majority of the decor gold painted. The lobby is very grand with some lovely chandeliers.
We felt that this hotel is still in it's teething stages as the reception staff were inexperienced and all hanging around with not much to do.
e.g. I asked one of the concierge where the monkey club was and he didn't have a clue - he told me to go and ask the bell boy!
We had a Superior Room in the Anatolian wing which was lovely and clean but a bit dark although 4 lightbulbs in the room were out which were finally replenished on our 4th day! But that didn't spoil our holiday and the view over the pool was great.
Minibar was so so - only alcohol in the mini bar is 2 beers and I was expecting a few miniatures.
Restaurants are satisfactory. The main buffet restaurant is called the Bosphorous and this had a variety of food, mainly Turkish, Russian, Chinese and Azjerbaijan but this was the same everyday of the week.
We also ate in the Thai restaurant which was an extra if you were not staying over a weeks holiday but was fantastic and empty.
I get the feeling that majority of the guests have paid for an All Inclusive therefore do not wish to pay extra for the other restaurants which is fair enough. I can see all these additional restaurants becoming part of the All Inclusive in the future as they were empty every night of the week!
The pool is the biggest I've ever seen and the staff are extremely helpful and are very quick to get you a drink.
The Beach is very private and has a deck called the Scorpion Deck. We were here during the days as they play some decent party music and you get the breeze which you welcome in 40degrees. 2 guys called Atilla and Eren who work at the Scorpion Deck Bar are very friendly and chatty.
The Gym and Spa are great too and very well equipped. Spa is pretty dear though. The wife paid 300 Turkish Liras (over £100) for a neck massage.
The Evening entertainment is okay. Laser lights are enjoyable but boring after you've seen them once. Tent bar is really cool and the drinks are pretty strong!
Monkey Club was a fantastic club with some exceptional decor - velvet seats and brass swings off the ceilings. Only thing was that at one point it was only my wife and I in the club so it is very very quiet in the there. This will be because the drinks in there are not part of the All Inclusive. So you're looking at 35 Turkish Liras for a Vodka and Coke.
All in all I'm very glad I tried this hotel and it stands head and shoulders above the others in the resort.
The question is would I stay there again and the answer is yes.
- 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