We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Alba Royal and I can honestly say we have never enjoyed a holiday as much. It was just fabulous and we cannot fault the hotel in any way.
On arrival we were greeted with a drink while the reception processed our information and allocated rooms. The bell boy was delighted with a 50p tip for carrying our cases to our room and the room itself, although not the biggest we have seen, was perfectly formed and adequate. (We didn't spend much time in there!)
The pool area was lovely and spotless. It was cleaned at least 3 times every day! There were the usual 'bag a sun bed' shenanigans, which is common in most hotels, but generally there were enough good quality sun beds for all.
The dining areas were large and air conditioned. Food was fantastic and the choice was magnificent. Desserts were a work of art (see picture) and the service was unbelievably good. If you sat in roughly the same area each day, the waiters remembered what you wanted and greeted you with a smile. The a la carte restaurants were astounding - you could have 3 different themes every week - Cuban, Turkish and Fish. Again, the service was immaculate.
All of the bars were excellent and we particularly liked the food and snacks at the Pool bar and the Beach bar. If you learned a few words in Turkish and used them at the various bars, the waiters couldn't do enough for you!
The beach area was superb - drinks machines, plenty of sun beds, shade, volleyball area and water sports about 100 metres away. The sea was very, very warm and we spent many an hour splashing about in the waves with rubber rings etc. One day at 10am it reached 42 degrees!
The entertainment team were just fabulous! They started at 10am and usually finished about midnight. They were energetic, happy and smiley, bouncy, encouraging and chatty. It may be wrong to single out anyone, but Mr. Bean, Zalina and Oxana were so friendly. Oxana is the most happy and smiley person we have ever met and we did enjoy the aquarobics sessions. Zalina was just Zalina! Crazy in a lovely way - she knew how to 'work' an audience. Beany was just so funny ..... All of them had their individual talents and they all came together in the evening performances which were just fantastic. The dancing and choreography was truly professional - I haven't seen any better in the 'West End'. Even I (not a great fan of musicals) was impressed. The beach party was amazing - came away feeling 21 again, but was exhausted.
I cannot stress enough how great ALL the staff were. I left the hotel having made a lot of good friends and with a feeling of WOW! Make no mistake, We'll be back .....
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- Only 14+ Adult Only Hotel in Antalya ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alba Royal Resort All Inclusive
- Alba Royal Hotel Turkey/Colakli