We have holidayed in Turkey at least twice a year for the last 5 years, staying in some really upmarket resorts, Calista (Belek) Rixos (Bodrum) and other quality hotels in Side (Sorgun area) and our previous experiences have been very enjoyable and a real bargain. However, we couldn't seem to get the same value this year (we always leave it until a month before we go) as much as we trawled various websites. We did eventually find the Mirage Park and thought it looked nicely laid out, had individual restaurants, close to the beach and 5 stars on it's hotel exterior.
I have to admit once we had booked and done a bit more delving I was hesitant - in fact I thought we had possibly made a big mistake the more I read! With trepidation, we flew out recently and arrived in Turkey to the resort and found it clouded over (one of the previous comments had been regarding the afternoon build up of cloud). We checked in and were swiftly taken to our rooms by a very friendly guy on reception. Hotel lobby very welcoming, not too imposing, first impressions we're going to be ok! We unpacked quickly, noting that we had both a side sea view and mountain backdrop - very mature well laid out gardens, no road noise.
Rooms were fine, yes they are not five star but they were clean, bright and definitely unique with the rattan furniture. TV's are the portable type not flat screen but hey we're on holiday, who needs a HD ready tv. Little tweaks like new phone handsets and maybe just slightly update the rooms.
Bathrooms have toiletries, shower caps and the plumbing worked more than adequately
So far so good.!
If I have one comment to make about the approach to the bedrooms, the carpet is self coloured green and a lot of guests have shown a marked lack of respect given the spills we saw - this is not the fault of the staff. Could the middle section be replaced with patterned carpet to camoflage these spills?
We dined in the main (very busy) dining area for the first evening (you have to book the day before you want your reservation with the Guest Relations personnel who are between 10 - 11 up in the Piano Bar for the individual restaurants. The Piano Bar wasn't functioning whilst we were there, we know not why, it was a lovely setting, indoors and outdoors seating areas but no drinks and certainly no-one tinkling the ivories. We also ate in this area for most of our breakfasts/lunches - other areas to eat are the Aqua Bar and the Beer Garden. At night the pool bar serves as three individual restaurants, Turkish one side at the front with Italian and Latin American on two alternate sides. Very attentive staff, lovely food, nice to be waited on, chef even catered for one of us who is a very fussy vegetarian. Another bar houses the Fish Restaurant. All menus pre-planned - no service charge, just very hardworking staff who love the Brits for their manners, nothing was too much trouble for them. One small pet hate, the majority of the guests enjoyed smoking outdoors, in the restaurants etc, this was a little offputting if you were adjacent trying to eat.
Beach and pool, collect your towels on your way walking through the gardens through a lovely cafe bar (Mia Casa) which also houses a few small shops and the inevitable photographer. You would have to get up early to get good beds on the beach, we learnt it was better to stay on the quiet pool side area. Even here just two minutes walk to the beach, lovely setting.
I've rambled a bit in this appraisal - we had a lovely holiday, the four of us met some lovely people from Yorkshire, Louise and Charlotte and generally had a lovely very relaxing time in the resort.
Highlights - the staff were lovely, Louise , Charlotte the other few brits and ourselves all had a very enjoyable holiday - do try the individual restaurants and also the patio area near the waterfall outside the general melee of the dining area. Recommend the red wine, the white would definitely be an acquired taste.
A special highlight was the Turkish night which is Thursday - they bring Turkey to you in the form of a mini bazaar, camel rides for the children, Turkish dancing all this preceded by a gala style lavish speciality meal in the main dining room - a real treat.
The sun shone on our holiday, we did have a couple of afternoon cloudy bits but it didnt spoil a very enjoyable time. Weather yesterday 31 degrees in the Mirage - returned to 7 degrees today!!!
- Also Known As:
- Majesty Resort Mirage Park Hotel Goynuk
- Majesty Resort Mirage Park Hotel
- Mirage Park Hotel
- Mirage Park Goynuk
- Majesty Resort Mirage Park Antalya Province, Turkey - Goynuk
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The queen of Göynük is a pearl in Göynük where nature offers its all beauties at the point that pine trees stretching from Taurus Mountains reach the sea through orange tree gardens. Combining mountains and sea with its plain and elegant style, this stylish hotel is the correct destination for a peaceful vacation for you and your family with its 522 rooms featuring forest and sea view with the comfort of your home, restaurants that turn dining into a joy with Turkish and world cuisines and “Ultra All Inclusive” concept that has no boundaries. ... more less
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