Back home yesterday, having had a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday at this wonderful hotel.
My husband and I stayed for one week in a very spacious Garden room.
This was our 8th visit to Turkey and we were excited to be going to a different area - Belek.
We arrived at 12.30 am, checked in quickly and headed straight to the late buffet situated at the 24 hour Daphne bar - There is a small selection of food available - we had some soup and then headed to our room, where our cases were waiting for us.
Our room was situated a short walk behind the main hotel. Lovely room, which had a large flat screen TV, a balcony with chairs and a table, a fridge which was well stocked with coke, fanta, sprite, cartons of peach and strawberry juices, bottled effes beer and water. The only thing we didn't like about the room were the beds. We had two single beds, which we pushed together, but they were very low and very hard. Unfortunately, we didn't sleep well in them, but we did manage an afternoon nap on the loungers at the beach. Who wants to sleep much on holiday anyway? The maid did put a large fitted sheet on the beds, which we thought was nice. Lovely clean towels everyday, as you would expect.
We would never book a swim-up room. The apartments are in very close proximity to one another and the entire area is surrounded by lots of large trees - most of the rooms wouldn't get a lot of sun. In our opinion, not worth paying a lot extra for this!
Food was plentiful - so many choices!
On our first morning, we had breakfast in the main restaurant - The Cornelius restaurant, situated in the main part of the hotel, on the second floor. There was a fantastic choice - eggs all different ways, salad bar, lovely breads, fruit and turkish delight. Even smoked salmon and smoked fish! On further investigation, we noticed that the Hedera restaurant - an A La Carte in the evening, served breakfast too. We ended up having breakfast there from then on - The restaurant is situated amongst the swim up rooms and was only a stone's throw from our room. My husband had bacon and fried egg every day! Yum!
Lunch was thoroughly enjoyed every day at the Daphne bar. Salad and fruit were self service. There were also two different choices of soup available. The actual menu was fabulous. We had the best pizza that we have ever had in Turkey! And when I say pizza, it wasn't just a few slices, but an entire pizza! We also had cheeseburgers, spag bol, and my husband had a steak! Service was fabulous!
Other alternatives to lunch would be the main restaurant. There was a takeaway section, for I suppose, late lunches - Baked potatoes were available from 4.30pm - We were always too full to try them! There are also soft drinks, ice cream and golzeme stations next to the baked potato stand. This area is situated near the towel hut!
Evening meal - You had the choice of eating in the main buffet restaurant or dining at one of the A La Cartes - Think there was a choice of five. We ate one night, at the Tai Pen - Oriental Absolutely fantastic food and service! All A La Cartes charge 10 Euros per person - worth every penny!
We ate in the main restaurant every other night and thoroughly enjoyed the food available. Lots of salad, two soups every night, roast chicken one night - served as a "carvery". The meat casseroles were very tender and super yummy! Think it was veal. Desserts were terrific! There was a small chocolate fountain :))) Ice cream, yummy baklava and lots more.
We also enjoyed coffee and cake at the patisserie, situated indoors, next to the lobby bar. Lovely choices - Yum Yum!
24 hour room service is available, free of charge! Alcoholic drinks, served to your room are charged. We never had room service - never needed it!
Loved the red wine, rose wine and champagne. Although Bacardi, our tipple, should have been available at all of the bars, some bars gave us Havana Club, until a small tip had been given. A minor niggle! Another drink was being lined up before you had finished the first one - fantastic! Mojitos were fab!
When we ordered a coffee, from the lobby bar, it was served with a miniture meringue and a small almond biscuit - A lovely touch :)
A small note - there were no tea/coffee making facilities in our room - didn't really bother us!
My husband tried the fresh juice at the Citrus Bar - Carrot, grapefruit and orange were to name but a few of the juices available.
We didn't have much contact with the Animation team. They only put on one show - Moulin Rouge - quite good. Other shows were brought in - Russian children's circus, Kenyan acrobats and on the last night, Sat - which is always Turkey night - a fantastic show - traditional turkish dancing - worth going to!
There was live music most nights at the Daphne bar after the show. We enjoyed one band in particular, who played really modern music and the female singer was fabulous!
We were only in the disco once - didn't have much of an atmosphere, as there were only 4 of us in there! Animation seemed to do themed nights in there - Horror Disco for example. They were dressed up - some of them were really quite scary - They were dressing up the guests as they went in too! Didn't go as my other half isn't too keen on dancing - I love dancing though!
I didn't do any of the daytime activities. Boccia was played every day near the beach bar and there was a game of bingo every day at 5pm at Daphne bar. Lots of daytime entertainment if you wanted to join in. My husband did play beach volleyball, which he thorougly enjoyed as the sand was lovely and smooth and he didn't get the usual cuts on his feet.
We didn't actually sit at the pool. There were plenty of available sun loungers and lots of umbrellas. Not many people swimming in the pools - too cold, even althought it was 37 most days. There was a heated indoor pool, if you wanted to swim.
The beach was our favourite place to be - lots and lots of loungers available at the beach either side of the volleyball court - A canopy covered the lounders, instead of umberellas - We sat as close to the waterfront as we could and enjoyed a lovely sea breeze most days. Have got the best tan I've had in a long time :) It was lovely swimming in the sea - There were lots of tiny, black fish as you go in - They don't do you any harm!
There was also a pier with sun loungers and a canopy that stretched the full length. There was a lovely breeze there - Loungers were very popular on it, so we didn't manage to lie there.
All in all, we found the staff to be very good. They were always pleasant. A little slow, compared to other hotels we have stayed in. We got to know a few of them, as much as we could, as English wasn't very well spoken. But then my Turkish isn't that great either - I do try!
When we ate in the main restaurant on an evening, we usually sat in the same area. One night, one of the waiters, said to my husband as we went in " I've got a table reserved for you" - He had indeed - Two glasses of red wine, water and a nice spot, one of our usual tables all set up for us - Lovely :) I think his name was Selim :)
Guest relations staff were lovely too - Derya in particular - was lovely talking to her - Her English was fab.
The gardens/grounds were immaculate and very colourful. The gardeners were always busy watering or cutting something. Very impressed.
There is a spa and a gym. My husband used the gym most days and said it's the best gym that he has used in Turkey. He was impressed! We didn't use the spa.
There are two large tv's situated near the lobby bar - A lot of guests gathered there on one particular night when the football was on.
We spoke to a lot of the guests who were there golfing - most of them said that because the courses weren't marshalled, then it was taking ten minutes per shot! They weren't very impressed. Most courses charge at least 100 pounds per round. Some groups only played nine holes, because it was so hot!
Free wi-fi available. We didn't take our laptop. The hotel charges 5 Euros per hour for internet access, using one of their computers. We didn't bother.
This hotel is definitely one of our favourite hotels in Turkey and we will be back :))
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.