We took our main annual family holiday at the Ali Bey Resort (mum, Dad & 5 year old son) and were worried that we'd be the only English people there and our son wouldn't be catered for at the kids club. Well we were 9 tenths wrong!
So first , the good points - What a welcome! iced hand towels and a refreshing fruit punch when we checked in. Taken by golf buggy to our room, which contained the biggest and most comfortable bed ever. Reasonably stocked mini-bar (re-freshed daily) and a high-end bathroom with whirlpool bath.
The whole resort is beautifully maintained and spotlessly clean. The Aquapark is great for kids and families – our 5 year old still needs arm-bands but could be left quite happily to play with minimal supervision. And he LOVED the big water slides (for which we did add the arm-bands). The main pool is quiet and spacious. We never had to worry about getting sun loungers, waiters come round for drinks orders and in the afternoon iced towels are delivered. The main buffet was beyond fabulous. The food was really a high point of the whole trip with enormous choice at every meal and really something for everyone. For an all inclusive the wine is really not bad (house red was a Syrah and the white a Semillon). Plenty of room in the bar for evening drinks and the evening entertainment was a lot of fun – professional dancers delivering great shows. The spa is also fabulous. The Turkish Hammam bath is definitely recommended! Staff are wonderful – special mention to Hassan (x2) and Imbra in the main restaurant.
Slightly more negative points – the English are not well represented at this resort so the language at the kids club is not English, although most staff speak it well (special mention to Suleyman). Our son did a few morning sessions at the kids club and did enjoy it. When we went, the resort was not full and some sessions at the kids club only had 6 kids to it was all pretty laid back but if the resort gets busier (as it surely will) they will really need to address the security. Being the only English family in a quiet-ish resort it was easy for them to remember us but there really aren’t any security measures in place – we gave this feedback direct to the hotel so maybe they’ll address it. Also, when we were there they were showing a video every afternoon, which we felt was a bit lazy as it obviously excludes kids who don’t speak the language of the film.
That said, all of us, including our son, had the most amazing holiday ever. This is a beautiful resort with amazing facilities and some great staff providing excellent service. Some reviews have said that noise comes from the hotel next door? Never heard a thing and slept brilliantly in our enormous bed every night! Yes, the majority of hotel guests are German or Eastern European but don’t not go because you’ll be in a minority – it’s a great place and we would definitely go again.
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