We stayed at the Paloma as 2 families, with children aged 8, 4, 2 and 1. We had a lovely time at the Paloma but there are still some faults which I think the resort management need to improve on. Sorry for long review too but lots to write about !
Beautifully laid out, peaceful and clean, not too big either, all pools in close proximity to each other and the beach is literally a 1 minute stroll down a walk way. Watersport available on the beach too, free use of pedelo and cannoo's for Paloma guests.
These were fab, very clean, water lovely and warm, perfect for the little ones especially. The Entertainment team did their stuff around the first main large pool you come to then there's another one further away which doesn’t have any music playing etc…….The music and games are on between 10am and 12.30pm then again at 2pm til 5pm so you do get times during the day when there isnt music on around the main pool.
We did have issues whilst we were there with pools being shut due to people pooing in the pool - they were shut for 24hrs at a time which I did think was a little excessive but my main concern here was there were loads of people allowing their young, clearly un-potty-trained children in the pools with no nappies on - your just asking for trouble here - I think there should be a rule that young children who don’t wear swim nappies shouldn’t be allowed in as pools closing for 24 hrs at a time is a pain, especially when it’s the waterslide pool I mean that’s one of the main attractions for everyone ! Talking of the slides these were great and safe - on from 10am - 12pm then 2pm - 5pm - lifeguards always on duty - our kids loved them ! 1 little niggle though, flooring around all pools very slippery so be ware !
Like lots of people on here we did have issues with our room. We booked a standard room and the other family we travelled with booked a superior. We were first given a room in house 24. This room was dark, dingy, had a tiny balcony and had ants in the bathroom. The next day I complained and asked to be moved and we were given a lovely room in House 16 - this room was decorated exactly like the superior rooms so cream neutral colours, bright, airy, a balcony big enough for 2-3 people to go out on at one time and was just 100 times better than the other room - this room was also still a standard so they have obviously refurbished some of the standard rooms but not others. The superior rooms are all in house 19 which has views of the sea and pools - the only difference from these rooms to the 2nd room we were given was that the bathroom had a separate shower cubical, and if anything our balcony was actually bigger so main tip here is ask for a room in HOUSE 16 !! Our room was also plenty big enough for the 4 of us with lots of wardrobe space, a tv, free safe etc……more english tv channels needed though - we ended up watching scooby doo in German the whole time !!
This was fine for us, our kids loved the mini disco which is on daily at 8.30 and the shows that follow were as I expect in hotels abroad - tacky but watchable - nothing out of this world but the kids seemed glued to some of them ! One night they did the mini disco down at the beach club - it was called the four seasons party and after the mini disco it turned into a rave !! Green laser lights and hard dance music then along came the foam and water !! The kids absolutely loved it - bit strange for us adults all being there with prams and young children in hand but it was a good night.
Plenty of variety at breakfast lunch and dinner - food was fresh, could see lots of food being cooked in front of you at the outside food station, we never got bored. We ate in the Chinese, Seasons intl restaurant and Safran turkish restaurant - all really nice not sure why they charge you extra for the chinese though as it wasn’t out of this world and if anything the non-paying restaurants were better. Safran has the best location right by the beach - we ate here most lunchtimes too - still buffet style just on a smaller scale but again the location much nicer than the main restaurant - saying that the outside seating area in main restaurant does have lovely views of sea and pools too but on a much larger scale so doesn’t seem to relaxing as Safran
There are 2 on site one run by Thomas Cook and the other by the hotel, both are housed next to each other within the play park which again is fab for the kids, ours were in there for hrs most days playing on the swings, slides and the merri-go-rounds that go on at different times during the day. Our kids used the TC kids club on a few occasions and always said they had a good time - they also do evening activities which are at extra cost but if you wanted a kid free evening these are perfect !! The hotel kids club seemed to be used by the other nationalities which were staying at the hotel but we took our kids in there one day and they loved it, made cookies and necklaces !
Overall we had a fab holiday but the room situation did put a downer on our first couple of days - Having read all the reviews before and after our hols this is obviously a major problem which is sad because the resort itself has so much to offer but horrible damp smelling tiny rooms would ruin anyones holiday. Also not that it bothered us too much but the English are definitely the minority here and we did find that not a lot of the staff spoke english that well at all which did get annoying when trying to order dinners and drinks etc…..For what we paid we did think it was good value for money but if we had not been able to move to the much nicer room this would not be the case.
- Also Known As:
- Paloma Grida Village And Spa
- Paloma Grida Village Hotel
- Paloma Grida Village Belek
- Grida Village
- Paloma Grida Village Hotel Belek
- Grida Village Belek
- Paloma Grida Village & Spa Belek, Turkey - Antalya Province
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paloma Grida Village & Spa is in the middle of a natural wonder with over 100 bird species. Village owns sandy beach and palm shaded romantic gardens and offers spacious accommodations with balcony, five a la carte, one buffet service (total seven restaurants) and four bars that cater every taste and four outdoor, one heated indoor (total 5) swimming pools including water park and separate kids pool. Live music, live shows and disco club available for evening entertainment. ... more less
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