Hello, we are a family from Belgrade, Serbia – this was our third holiday in Turkey and we stayed in AI hotels in Egypt as well. We choose to visit Delphine Botanik hotel with our 2 year old baby boy because it seemed very rich in vegetation that should provide enough cover from the sun.
Botanik is located some 1,5hrs bus ride from airport in Antalya. When you reach hotel you first arrive at the reception building and you are welcomed with champagne and delicious cookies. Then you head to your room and suddenly find yourself in a vibrant and pleasant jungle of various trees, bushes, lianas and cactuses. Their gardening staff really knows their business and Botanik garden totally justifies their “world of paradise” title.
Hotel has a huge territory – there are several separate building where you room can be located named after flowers or trees. There are so many hotel amenities that is hard to recount them all. Just discovering what hotel has to offer and looking into every every nook and cranny is an adventure.
There are 3 main pools – main and 2 relax pools as well as several smaller “jacuzzi” pools. Then there’s 3 more kids pool with slides. Main pool is the centre of animation & music while relaxation pools are without the music & animation (very important if your child is to sleep beside the pool). There are 5+ aqua park rides you can take. Hotel has a fun fair with various attractions like fair wheels, viking boat, car and train rides and more. There are 6 bars scattered all across the hotel territory. You can eat & drink at the bars (various alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails, ice cream, cakes., various dishes,... don’t miss out on great cappuccino with whipped cream and cacao). At the seaside you can relax in nice huts with baldachins. Beach is made up of pebbles and you can enter sea via the dock if you don’t like large pebbles.
In some AI hotels bar staff is always behind the bar and there’s a lot of self service. In Botanik waiters will approach you if you sit in the bar and ask for your order. I really liked that as it adds more of personal touch. One of bars is a Vitamin bar where you can drink freshly squeezed fruit juices and milkshakes (and yes – they are in AI). Staff is really pleasant and even our son sometimes dripping ice cream everywhere and abusing the watercolor didn’t take away their smile.
Botanik’s AI concept was the best we experienced so far – besides tipping staff there’s almost no way to spend your money in the hotel. AI covers everything you need – a la carte restaurants, mini bar, wireless internet (lobby and around some pools, I hope Botanik would extend it to cover more of hotel territory). Well - in the reception building there’s a small shopping mall which isn’t covered by AI which I guess is fair deal :)
Most numerous guests were Russians, Germans and Turks. But unlike in other hotels no nation really dominates the hotel which is a good thing. Around the hotel on a flat screens you will see guests by country statistics and we counted more than 15 nations.
Food is great – we liked the grilled fish very much (especially whitening whale), fantastic chocolate souffle served by the restaurants chief chef in person and great baklava cakes. It’s funny that most people will stand in line for chicken wings and french fries when all other delicates are lying around. If you decide to visit Botanik I urge you to try out various Turkish dishes as well :) If you have a kid there’s a part of the restaurant with playground for children. We always dined there because when your child is finished eating you can relax and have your meal at peace while he plays with other kids. One more plus is that hotel provides mixers for making baby food and various plainly cooked dishes.
In a la carte restaurants food is even better and make sure you reserve at least two days in advance because especially on weekend a la carte restaurants can be full. Fish and Turkish a la carte restaurants were our favorite.
After the dinner kids can enjoy benefits of the Mini Disco. Later in the evening you will be entertained in Grand Arena or besides main pool by a variety of shows.
We gave the highest rating to Botanik because we had a wonderful holiday and would definitely come again.
- Also Known As:
- Botanik Hotel Okurcalar
- Botanik Hotel
- Delphin Botanik Hotel Turkey/Okurcalar - Antalya Province
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