To be honest we didn't know what to expect, the journey from the airport to the hotel was over 2 hours long, driving further and further way from other hotels and beaches we could see. The location of the hotel was not what we expected and we felt slightly disappointed. It was not overlooking the beach, like the pictures on the internet.
However, the staff were very pleasant and helpful. We were told the hotel had only opened 10 days ago, hence the lack of greenery outside. We were given a room on the 9th floor, which overlooked what looked like a rubbish tip. However, we requested another room with a better view and was quickly given a room on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool area, sea and a view of Alanya town. The view was amazing at night. We arrived in time to have dinner and found there was a good selection of hot and cold food to choose from and could order any drink you want. The waiters were very friendly and made you feel welcome, even though some of their English was limited. Breakfast and lunch was very much the same, lots of variety. There was food available throughout the day, however dinner finished at 9.30 with the exception of those who were booked in late. We could not fault the food and the chef and cooks were very friendly.
On the same floor as the pool area is the spa section, which is pretty amazing as well as a small gym, with a hairdressers and doctors.
The private beach can be accessed by using the outside lift to the street where you walk down a small road to an underpass, where the beach has a beach bar and loads of loungers.
We were approached by Rafi, a member of the entertainment team who invited us to go a night club. A group of us from the hotel met in the lobby and took a coach to Summer Garden, an exclusive hotel with an outside disco with sharks in fish tanks. It was incredible, definitely a great experience, people of all age group were there. We had a great time and meet some really nice people. The drinks started from about 23 Turkish Lira. A real must and we are in our late 40s. There was another bar called the Robin Hood, which I heard from another couple staying at the hotel was great as well.
There are many shops and bazaars to go to; Konakli (very far) every Wednesday, Tosmur every Thursday and every Friday at the Alanya Centrum called the Cuma. The no. 1 bus to Kleopatra takes you right there.
The Tosmur market is the nearest one to the hotel. Whilst you're there look for Denis Collection near Eczane Chemist a family business run by a young man nicked name Dr Jeans. Lovely family.
in the same area is Din Bolig Alanya (real estate business) run by Metin and Cengiz. Who showed us around some of the properties they had on offer in the Alanya area. I would like to thank them for showing us around Alanya and taking us to a fish restaurant called Mercan for my birthday and the beautiful flowers they gave me. I was spoilt rotten. See you next year.
Incidentally on my birthday Diamond Resort delivered a basket of fruits and a bottle of wine to our room, which was very thoughtful.
We went on one the excursions to Green Canyon, what an experience. Please note if you do go wear something light with a hat or scarf and flat shoes and the option of swimwear. As the sun is very intense. The Canyon was breathtaking and very green, you can fish, swim and go out in the speed boat on the green lake. The journey was done in an open jeep, be warned you may get very wet during the trip there and back. This is all filmed and you can purchase the DVD of the trip and have the DVD by the end of the day. Well worth it. A birthday I won't forget.
Please note that they also accept the Euro, which I found interesting as Turkey is not in the EU.
Finally I'd like to thank Cenap, Jayni and Hassan for being very helpful, especially on our last day at the Diamond Hill Resort Hotel. A memorable holiday. I thoroughly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Diamond Hill Resort established in the Tosmur District of Alanya will assure you a fascinating holiday . Diamond Hill Resort is 125 km from Antalya Airport and 35 km from Gazipasa Airport . By car our hotel is only 10 minutes from the harbour area and city centre of Alanya , which is well-known for its colorful nightlife and shopping facilities . For all those who prefer the tranquility and the nature , the transportation to the Dim Creek Region and its surroundings takes just 15 minutes . Our private beach is easily accessible via an underpass . Restful Leisure , Entertainment and Romance Located in Alanya which is one of the most attractive blue coves of Mediterranean shores , Diamond Hill Resort will provide you an unforgettable holiday . ... more less
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