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Alba Royal Hotel
5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Tilkiler Mevkii Erhan Demir Bulvari PK 6, Colakli, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Colakli
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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“Could have stayed another week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

I will try and be as honest as I can re this review, The Alba Royal is up there with the best hotel my wife and I have been too.

My wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport before we left as we got a deal on parking, only issue is the distance from hotel to carpark otherwise we felt refreshed when we got to terminal 2 in the morning, issue- not enough information re check in procedure for those who have checked in online. We were half way down the queue when we saw the notice to queue at different desk.. So if you have checked in online you do not have to stand in the massive queue with the 50-60 golfers, no offence golfers.
Also make sure you are not too heavy with cases as they will charge you. We had booked extra legroom, this was great except that our seats were next to the toilets going and coming back so there were always people milling about near us, still worth it just to be able to stretch out.
When we landed we quickly got our bags and made our way to bus and waited, and waited until we found out that another airline had landed and due to mix up with baggage we waited an hour, finally the rep arrived on bus and we got on our way, no reason given by rep, no welcome to Turkey no apology. This was the only negative of the holiday.

Hotel--- Met by reception staff and porters who quickly sat us down, took our passports, gave us a cold drink and cakes, filled in some paperwork then took us to our rooms, showed us how to work the safe and where everything was in the room, excellent service

We had a superior room, massive balcony, kingsize bed, mini bar- 2 beers, 2 cokes, 2 spring water, 2 sparkling water, 2 Sprite , packet of nuts and chocolate bar, refilled every day.
Bathroom- not the biggest but ample, whirlpool bath and shower, soap dispenser on wall in bath, soaps, cloth, scrubber, puma stone all provided, hairdryer on wall although not the most powerful. Ladies take your own shampoo and conditioner as not supplied or you can buy from the wee shop on level -1, not too expensive.

Food-- excellent choice in main Buffet restuarant, both breakfast and dinner served in main and lunch served in Taurus Restuarant on level -2. There are 3 A la Carte , Fish, Cuban and Turkish. We tried them all and the Cuban is by far the best, Turkish next and then fish.
Pool bar serves food from 10am till 6pm although when we arrived it was 5.50pm and hungry and they were closing but still made the effort and made us food as main buffet does not open until 7pm, again excellent service.
Beach bar is open 10am til 6pm and although not on the beach it is 5 minute walk,
Pool bar and Beach bar serve slightly different menus.
There are hot and cold drinks machines on the beach which is a great idea and very handy.

Beach is lovely and clean ans plenty of beds. Water is great and there are watersports if you want to try.

If you are sitting at pool bar you get real glass for your drinks or Large hard plastic if you are away from bar at pool, very sensible.

The wee guy who cleans the pool area is brilliant, he works all day to keep area clean and will go and get you a brolly if you ask him.
All the staff are very friendly

Drinks-- Tuborg Lager, own brand vodka and other spirits, White and red wine are great
You can also get champagne (turkish if you want) free at bar.

Breakfast- plenty of choices, chef will cook you omlette, fried eggs, always scrambled eggs, or healthy option if you prefer.
You will never go hungry in this hotel.

Animation team- Hugo, Kemal Mehmet, Nicoli, Ali and the bossman, What can I say. They keep you entertained from 10am until night time, Darts, shooting, yoga, strechting, dance lessons, cocktail games- frisby and golf.
Night shows included comedy, Grease, Belly dancing, Hugo and his fire breathing, nail board and broken glass show, AMAZING.
All inside as ampitheatre was closed as still early in season.
Live music 3 nights a week, male and female who were very good and had everyone up dancing.

Excursion- we went to John Denver at Correct Riesson, out of hotel turn left, left at taxi rank and it is the first one on right hand side of road across from Amazon waterpark, he has a big picture of Troy on wall, tell him you want Scottish prices, haha, he is very good.
Get the Hamman, very cheap but brilliant, bus picks you at hotel and you get pampered for nearly 3 hours. You can get extras, like mud pack and medical massage but the basic one is great. IT is much cheaper than hotel.
We also went on the boat trip but it was mad, They take you out to sea then up a fresh water river to an island that is littered with crap, you then have lunch, chicken or fish then further up this manky river to then get a bus to Mananvget market. We stayed on the boat as had enough of buses. The people who went said they had to wait almost an hour for bus to bring them back. It is a long day and bus goes round various hotels dropping people off so its late when you get back.

The Germans-- Yes there are plenty of other nations there, Germans, Dutch, Belgians, Swedes, Russians, Turkish. Most of the people we met were great, good fun and polite, this includes all the above. There are some who are not polite but this happens no matter were you go. The Germans expect a high quality in a hotel so if they are in same hotel as you, then you know it's good.
Sunbeds- if your not fast your last, we brits queue for our food and in shops, we also think that we can just walk down and get the same sunbed everyday, not here. As the hotel got busier second week we had to get down bit earlier to get beds we wanted, its just the way it is.

WIFI-- The hotel has wifi- sometimes, we were on the same floor as reception and could get it certain times of the day on laptop, it just depends. There are Computers you can use in the hotel so not a real issue

Hairdresser- the hairdresser in the hotel is excellent, very reasonable and friendly. He has a female who works with him who does the nails and stuff and a young apprentice.
The turkish shave gents is a must plus get a hair cut. its great. Ladies he is also very good with cut, blow dry etc.

Most of the prices are in Euros, because of the large German contingent. We took Turkish lira and sometimes found it difficult to get change. If you take lira do not get anything bigger than a 20 as when we gave 50 note we were getting change in mixed lira and euros, or take euros or english money as they will not accept any scottish currency.

No scottish football is shown, they will tell you in the bars outside hotel that they will get it for you but after 3 beers they will tell that they can't get game. They have all the English premiership games, German, Dutch, Even lower league english but no SPL. And remember people, Turkey is the fake capitol of the world, everything is fake, they will tell you it's real, much cheapness, but it's fake, some very good fakes I may add. BARTER BARTER BARTER.
Overall--- briliant hotel, fantastic staff and service, great food, had a brillaint holiday and will be going back next year but slightly later in month.

Waiters-- Halil, Beyram, Kerim, Mezut, Cengiz, you are all a credit to the hotel, it was a pleasure, your attention to detail and service was exceptional..

TIPS--- Tip the waiters early on, not right away as that is silly, but you will know who deserves it and the ones I have named above were well deserving.
We tipped the girl who cleaned our room twice, once 1st week and then day before we left, also make sure it the regular maid.

A special thank you to the female Thomas Cook rep in hotel ( sorry forgot your name ) I had ordered flowers for my wife as it was her birthday just before we left. The hotel had not ordered them but the rep came into work early and went and got them herself and delivered them to our room. Excellent service.

It was my birthday when we were there and the A la carte we went to put on a fine show with decorated table, excellent service, birthday cake that my wife had requested, all free of charge, plus the whole restuarant sang happy birthday to me, which was great.

A big thank you the the Alba Family for a fantastic holiday

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

Spent a week from 8 may to 15 may and not a thing to complain about apart from the thunderstorms and that was something nobody could control. First time all inclusive and only booked a week but next time it would definately be two weeks. Mainly german people but everyone was friendly to us. Food was delicious and plenty of choice. Loads to do so did not bother going far apart from the Thomas Cook trip to a show one evening which was worth every penny. Did not like the thomas cook trip to the turkish bath as the young guys were a little too personal ! Preferred the spa in the hotel and had a few massages. Did a good deal too with the manager at the spa.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

10th - 17th May. Fantastic hotel. Unfortunately it poured down for the first couple of days! Spent a day in the Spa/ indoor pool which was lovely but we were glad when the sun finally got its proverbial hat on!! The sea is much warmer than the pool and close enough to walk straight back to your hotel sun lounger to dry out, so get yourself down for a dip!
Best points ...no kids!! and the Thomas cook trip to Turkish baths! best money Ive ever spent, ( £25 ish.)
Worst points... air con not switched on because " too early in season" we had no option but to leave our patio door wide open, and at the mercy of the mosquitos! Unfortunately our room was located above a small zoo which is situated in the hotel grounds next door. Monkeys made so much noise! ..however , we did get a little repreive from them at 5am when the Prayer call came over the tannoy!!
Loads of options for eating and drinking at any time of the day. The beach bar is especially nice and very relaxing. Met some lovely people of all ages who made the holiday complete. Although I would deffo go back I would have to leave it untill mid season when the air con is in use!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

We enjoyed our holiday in every way. Our room was very spacious with a lovely sea view and balcony. All the staff were friendly and helpful, made us feel very welcome especially Sunny and his team in the spa. The massages and Turkish bath were very good value. We needed a hard earned rest n that is exactly what we received.
The food and service in the restaurant was excellent .
The evenings in the hotel were very entertaining,especially the Bulgarian husband and wife duo, the lady did a very good Tina Turner, and it was different watching the Germans dancing.
The only fault I have is that there is not much to do in Colak i. It is not a fishing harbour like Fethye and we went early season. We did get the dolbus into Side, and we aso walked there on the beach one day. Would definately return but can only go late or early seaon as we don;t like too much heat

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

Stayed with wife and 2 friends from 10-17 may 2011.Georgeous loc on the seafront,clean,with v/good variety of buffet and al la carte food choices.Room ok,hard beds,no air con as centrally operated & told it was too early in season although temp was in the high 20s.Most bar staff expected tips,heard one say to our group thanks for nothing(we had tipped though) all staff spoke to us in german first as mainly a german resort hotel no problem though.There is a dress code in all restaurants but was not enforced at all, complained to the thomas cook rep,would be nice to find out from other travellers if that has improved.One german wore the same sleevess T,shirt for 2 breakfasts and evening meal(he was not alone in not wearing clothes fit for this 5star rated hotel), Iam not a snob but this area could be better. Do Not Book The organised rep trip to Side market and river cruise as Thomas Cook guests we got the oldest and worst looking black metal hulled Gulet ever, everyone of the 40 english travellers were appalled,but were told this boat does the same as all the others,maybe, but it was not as described in the brochure.Complained to the rep who would make enquiries!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

we had a brilliant time in alba royal hotel. excellent and definitly 5 stars. its very good value for the money. from the moment we arrived we were impressed about the cleanliness of the hotel, the very friendly service, the beautiful rooms and and and. rose pedals in the bath and sink. red silky duvet, lovely towels, dressing gown. the food is amazing, the choice and quality excellent. breakfast bufett from 7am, lunch, dinner and midnight bufett. u also have the choice of 3 a la carte restaurants and 2 beach bars who serve food. delicious cakes, desserts, cocktails, alcoholic drinks all in the inclusive price. the waiters very friendly and helpful, und they dont expect tips. the in and out door pool area beautiful and extremly clean. the cleaners constantly clean. the spa is lovely, with turkish bath and many treatments available. the hotel has a hair salon, again very friendly staff. the animation team is full of energy and funny and very good in their job.
the shows are great. we made great friends with the animation team, Hugo is a star, he is a genuine nice guy. he even came on his day off to wave us off when our holiday sadly finished. we cant wait to come again very soon. this hotel is amazing. people who are not happy in this hotel and still complaining, must be something wrong with them.
also the watersport team is great, many activities available, like paragliding, jet ski and boat trips, diving and so on. this is of course not included in the price, but not too expensive and if u go with few people its cheaper. we miss the hotela and all the nice people working there, WE WILL BE BACK!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

A very warm welcome on arrival. The rooms were spacious and clean - the maid changed the towels daily and bed linen once during our 7 night stay. There are 3 a la carte restaurants - didn't visit any as the main restaurant was more than adequate with dishes from chips to frogs legs! The salad selection was huge and at breakfast you could choose omelette, fried eggs etc which were cooked in front of you as well as selections from salad and cold meat to pancakes, fresh bread, toast etc.Also fresh oranges and a juicer to make your own juice.
The hotel is situated a few metres from the beach which is private for the hotel and very clean. There is a small drinks bar on the beach which you help yourself to. You can change your beach towels (provided) daily at the spa centre. There are also chargeable watersports on the beach.
The staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful , with most speaking very good English! Some people have reported that they are over friendly but this is just Turkish people in general.
There are 2 main streets of shops in Colakli. There is one directly down the road from the hotel but the better (and cheaper) one is a a left turn by the entrance to the Alba Queen and a 10 / 15 minute walk along the road. The shopkeepers there seemed more friendly and open to bartering - usually accepting less than half their original price!
There is a bus stop just down from the Alba Queen too - 3 Lira into Side and 3 Lira into Managavat (huge market on Monday and Thursday! - do it yourself and don't bother with the trips!).They also accept Euros and Dollars.
The hotel has disabled access in the form of ramps and lifts but if you have impaired mobility the beach access and also buses would be difficult. Although it is flat to the bus stop the buses are high up to get on. The beach is down a slope and people with walking sticks seemed to find this quite difficult.
We had a fantastic time on a quiet family holiday. The entertainment was ok with shows most nights or bingo They finished by 10 o'clock but was early in the season.This was great for us as we wanted to be out and about during the day. There was also a disco later.
There is a range of daytime activities from rifle shooting, darts, boules, volley ball etc and the animation team are quite enthusiastic.
Side is a very nice town - be prepared to walk into the actual town as the bus stops at the bus station. Very historical but also nice shops and a harbour. If you visit don't miss the far left side over the ruins of the temple of Apollo - some cheaper shops and restaraunts are that side and it's quite hidden!
Managavat has a fantastic market but also looks a nice town in its own right.
I would highly recommend this hotel and am hoping to return soon.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tilkiler Mevkii Erhan Demir Bulvari PK 6, Colakli, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Colakli
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Colakli
#1 Spa Hotel in Colakli
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Colakli
#2 Luxury Hotel in Colakli
#2 Family Hotel in Colakli
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Hotel Class:5 star — Alba Royal Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 224
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