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Aqua Fantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Ranked #4 of 32 Hotels in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence
Finland
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“Top resort far from the city”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Just returned from our 1-week holiday at Aqua Fantasy.

Our arrival at the hotel wasn't excellent because bellboys just left our luggage (room number labelled!) unattended outside for about one hour. We found them exactly at the same spot where they had been unloaded from the bus. Luckily all bags were still there.

The rooms were located facing towards the silent pool. The location was great because music was usually played at overly large volume ("this goes to 11!") at the amphitheatre and the pearl bar. This corner was silent but still very short walk to the lobby bar and the restaurants. Housekeeping was not that good, they just did the basics, nothing more. Also reduced the number of towels at the middle of our visit for some reason. Got them back the next day when asked, though.

Two main restaurants were good, just try to find a table at the terrace because noise inside is quite disturbing (caused by music and talking). I've been in much larger dining halls with some glass walls installed in proper places that kill the most of the ambient noise (or maybe they had better wine ;) Just find an outdoor table, it's much more comfortable at the terrace! Baby chair cleaning was not done well, there was a lot of dirt in our "clean chairs" several times.

There's basically no drink service at the buffet restaurants. On the first night we tried to order drinks from the waiter but after some time noticed that everybody was fetching their own drinks from the bars. Outnumbered waiters had their hands full cleaning up the tables. This was different compared to our last two TUI AI resort experiences. Still not problem after you get the idea.

Pools were excellent. Water quality was measured frequently and we saw the main pool being closed early on one afternoon for cleaning, probably due to some accident.

AI drink list was quite short, just local drinks. Beer was probably somehow low on alcohol (local brand "Marmara 34") but good for warm environment like this where you need to drink a lot. Most cocktails were extra and overpriced, "Today's special: Tequila sunrise 20 TL!" (about 9 eur). Didn't order any. Btw, plastic drink and beer cups didn't seem to be washed properly, I noticed bartenders just to flush them under running water. Got the confirmation about this when I ordered plain soda water one evening and the cup was very filthy and smelled awful. Resort of this level should definitely have proper cup washing machines on each bar or atleast use warm water and fairy.

Aqua park was excellent! Very clean and well maintained. Lifeguards were strict but very friendly. All food and drinks at the aquapark are extra but you can use the hotel guest entrance to get back to the hotel area which is just 50m away from nearest pool bar and snack bar.

There's two shopping streets at the resort, you can get the basic souvenirs there. The fixed prices seemed to be 1.5 - 2 times the prices you need to pay at Selcuk or Kusadasi, but still acceptable. If you need to do shopping, take a dolmus to Selcuk (3 TL) or Kusadasi (4 TL) weekly markets. Ask the proper weekdays from the guides or from the reception girls.

Activities and evening entertainment were usually good. If the amphitheatre show isn't good on some evening, no problem - just walk to the beach bar or pearl bar.

The bottom line: There's some flaws to be fixed but Aqua Fantasy is still an excellent resort and we had an entertaining holiday!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing towards the silent pool. No kids allowed at that pool, but families can have g...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

After a six and half hour delay,we arrived at six in the morning.Myself,wife,brother-in-law and nephew,were made to feel welcome straight away by the barman,Anil in the lounge bar. On our first full day my nephew unfortunately had an accident,falling in the Ampitheatre. The staff and hotel doctor were fantastic..
After a trip to Kusadasi hospital (which is the cleanest ive ever seen),we were ready to start our holiday. We were situated near the pearl bar,which suited us because we were near the pearl bar ,beach and Fontana pool,despite the strange smells.
Breakfast was ok,quite repetative,but enough selection.Snacks bars were excelllent.Pizzas burgers fried chicken and Turkish Kebabs. I found evening meals to be quite good but also found the food in the restaurant near the main pool to be better than the oasis one for some reason.
Drinks were ok,beer was quite watered down but we stuck to the rum which was excellent..you were never short of a drink...
The beach bar was fantastic,especially at sun set..We would go down every night just to watch it..plenty to do on the beach,watersports,jet skis pedalos banana boats etc as well as volleyball and polo darts by the pools..
The evening entertainment was ok..Kids shows followed by another show at the ampitheatre although Jazzy B got quite annoying,plugging his CD etc..then most bars had different things going on..theres even an Irish pub!!
All in all,a top hotel.

Room Tip: Pool view and use the restaurant at the main pool
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

hotel very clean large resort special mention for auntie sandra kids club rep exceptional woman works very hard food very repetative and everything tasted the same at the end of the two weeks all inclusive option not great ice creams only available for 2 hours a day then expensive to buy after that. and there is very little variety on the all inclusive drinks noramally on all inclusive you get the local equivalent of an imported drink not here only local cocktails very weak or gin vodka amaretto and whisky a few people here came down with dodgy tummies however we were fine family suite very spacious however club side is better than world side we went in september weather was gorgeous but lots of very very ignorant germans !!!! equals no sunbeds by the pools kusadasi itself is wonderfull but all inclusive option lets this hotel down

Room Tip: club side and oasis resturaunt much better
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

was a nice place, but a bit out of the way if your on a budget, food very nice just gets a bit boring after a while.pools were lovely beach was lovely and the water park was ok as well BUT the entertainment was very poor few of the girls were good dancers but the main host aka( jazzy b)was the worst iv every seen all they need is some 1 good who can sing and they probley could get something going but not with him around early nights im afraid. but overall i enjoyed the week ,would i go back,proberly not unless i have my family and grand kids with me but for 5 adult defo not

Room Tip: leave the booking right till the end we did and both got family rooms for the same price and use the...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We returned from here on 22 sept 2012 after a weeks holiday. We had a great time and was very impressed with the waterpark. A fantastic facility if you have kids. The hotel was generally very clean as was our room, but the room was a bit small with 4 sleeping in an area meant for only 2.
I was disappointed with the all inclusive deal. Ice creams 12,30 till 2,30 unless you want to pay and only from one location on resort (which is huge). Aquapark not all inclusive and searched on the way in to make sure you dont take any food or drinks in. not even allowed a bottle of water for the kids, it is taken off you on entry. Then to add, drinks and food in the aquapark are overpriced - i paid £4 for a can of carlsberg. Also you cant pay cash, everything goes on a room card which is setled at the end of your stay. Not much good if the kids are given money to spend.
We spent an extra £70 on ice creams, drinks and games that werent included.
I caught a dodgy stomach during the holiday which made me feel unwell for a day or so. My 12 yr old son complained of feeling sick on the way home, he got much worse following day. Doctor diagnosed gastroenteritis, most likely from the pool. He has been really ill with it. I must say the pool water didnt seem like it had much chlorine in it and other reviews suggest similar problems.
But we still enjoyed ourselves but dont consider this a 5* hotel.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

went in september for 1week, our party ranged from 2years to 63, there was plenty to do for us all, our room was spacious and spotlessly clean, the food was very nice and a large variety catering for everyone, the entertainment was very good and suited all ages, some of the pools were a little crowded but you could always go to the quieter ones, the beach wasn,t the prettiest but was ok, all in all had a fab week and would definately go back there

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

It's really nice, but: Restaurants and Bars have to improve their cleaning. Tables, chairs and most important - baby seats - they are mostly all sticky.
Besides food is ok and location is nice. Kids like the Aqua Park with all the slides.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Aqua Fantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Address: Pamucak Mevkii, Selcuk 35340, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Selcuk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Selcuk
#2 Spa Hotel in Selcuk
#3 Family Hotel in Selcuk
#6 Romantic Hotel in Selcuk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 824
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqua Fantasy Hotel and outstanding Water Park located at Izmir’s famous Ephesus Beach. Aqua Fantay’s guests are just miles away from some of the worlds most historical places such as the legendary city of Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House, Artemis Temple and Şirince Village. Aqua Fantasy is just 5 km (3 miles) from Ephesus, 8 km (5 miles) to the famous holiday town of Kusadası, 8 km (5 miles) to the city of Selcuk and 55 km (34 miles) to Izmir International Airport.Whether preferring lively water activities and fun slides, Aqua Fantasy is the perfect retreat for water lovers. The quiet surroundings, comfortable accommodation, wonderful views and great beachfront location make this a perfect family escape. ... more   less 
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