I got back last night from a 10 day holiday here with my wife and 13 year old daughter.
As with any holiday there were plus and minus points and i will try to cover them all here.
This is a fantastic hotel, far and beyond anything i have stayed in before and well worth its 5* rating. It oozes sheer quality and no expense spared at every sight. The architectural structure is magnificent and it is very well presented both inside and out. The hotel is kept absolutely spotlessly clean by the army of cleaners and staff, constantly walking round, and i mean all day and all night, even beach cleaners day and night. There was never a thing out of place, and if there was any litter anywhere it wasnt there for long.
The rooms are spacious and again of great quality, and again kept spotlessly clean.
I never met a member of staff that wasnt helpfull or friendly, a couple wore a grumpy expression but so do some of us at times.
The food was of excellent quality and absolutely loads of it. you can never go hungry here as there are so many snack bars, doing different things at each one, i especially liked the calf meat wraps at the pool bar, but there was something different at each one.
The whole hotel is mahoosive and easy to get lost in inititially but with a bar and a snack area at every turn you cant go far wrong.
There is the "Pino" club for yougsters with an area for very young with safe slides etc and a good sixed pool with 8 water slides and a lazy river. this is a bit of a walk to the top are of the site, but there is a golf caddy shuttle every 5 minutes so you dont have to walk. i would say this pool is aimed at 5 - 10 year olds and it serves them well but i only went once to see what it was like and my daughter only went twice, but i think was probably a bit young for her.
The hotel, as all the others in the strip do, had its own private beach which was clean and tidy, with its own pier and 3 floating islands to swim to. The water is murky at the edge but lovely 12 feet in. There are a lot of pebbles on the edge of the water line but not on the sea and not all over the very hot sand.
There was a botanic(quiet) relaxation pool, a main pool , a smaller pool, the Pino club pool and plenty of sunbeds round each one. we never put our towels down early as we didnt need to . Also plenty of sunbeds on the beach too.
There is a tractor and trailer transfer directly outside the hotel gate to Belek town centre every half hour. We went to the market on saturday, then a walk round town, but be prepared to be ushered into every shop/market stall, if you show an interest at all in what they are selling. make sure you haggle though in the market and the town, at least half the price the tell you. They dont put prices on anything at all so that you have to ask, but we always got at least 50% off.
The entertainment programme , all day is first class, not your normal teenagers trying to entertain, but proper bar games pool games and proper shows, beach parties light show parties and are fantastic. i wont comment on the kids clubs as my daughter didnt use them, but they did involve the kids in the evening shows which was great.
Really struggling here as it was on the whole fantastic. if anything the only thing i can knock it on is that anything extra you want to buy in the complex is extortionate and they wont budge on prices. Photos taken of you, are vey good and proffessional looking but 8 euros each. Shisha pipes are 25 dollars. Spaand turkish bath is very good but 55 euros each. Pavillion (own private sun hut with butler service) in 65 dollars for the day i think, although we "won" ours in an entertainment competions (Mr and mrs style thing).
Everyone on her talking about rude russians. I had heard about it bit never experience it myself. They dont do queueing particularily well and like to stare at you as they walk past and they never smile, especially the blokes but dont let them intimidate you, that is just how they are, so dont take it personally.
A La Carte restaurants. First choice/Thompsons brochure says you get one visit a week included free. You dont. ! You wont. The rep (Lisa) is uninterested at best at all times and wont sort it out for you. What they dont tell you is that you only have to pay a surcharge which is £6 per person. Its unbelieveable value for 7 courses of sit down food. we went to the italian as we not keen on fish. You choose from a varied menu. The portions arent massive but the food and the ambiance is great.
The Thomas cook rep is a lot more helpful than our own rep was.
Tipping, You dont need to. its not in our culture, but it is the russians culture and that is why they do it. You have paid enough for your holiday and i believe service is included. having said that , we tipped in the a la carte as it was excellent, and i tipped 2 waiters. If you like a particular bar, or a particular waiter and you tip him, you will never need to queue at the bar again, as they watch you drinking and bring you another when your nearly finished. We only tipped 5 euros a time to the waiters and 10 euros per family in the a la carte and they dont make a big deal of it, just take it and thank you.
I think that is it, all in all a fantastic hotel with something for everyone young and old sporty and laid back.We met and stayed with daily 3 families from Liverpool, that we got on with, and for me that is what holidays are about, exploring the culture, having a good time and making new friends. If you go with eyes open and know what to expect then you wont be dissapointed, i promise. Dont forget a holiday is what you make it too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maritim Pine Beach Resort is a golf heaven, surrounded with pine forest and orange trees. The whole beauty of nature can be experienced here. Turtles, squirrels and many birds of different species live in this heaven.Maritim Pine Beach Resort Belek was created with German love to detail and Turkish hospitality for unforgettable holidays for families, couples, golfers, friends, colleagues, with one word for everyone.Everything started with Pine Beach Club. Afterwards Maritim Pine Beach Resort was built. Then we decided to emerge the two to provide really something whole and special, in order our guests could enjoy all the best. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritim Pine Beach Hotel Belek
- Maritim Pine Beach Belek
- Maritim Pine Beach Resort Belek, Turkey - Antalya Province