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Sealife Family Resort
Ranked #20 of 230 Hotels in Antalya
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic hotel and food, just needed to be in different area”
Reviewed September 16, 2010

The hotel is gorgeous marble floors, exquisite furnishing and lighting and exceptionally clean. The cleaners come in the room everyday and provide clean towels, bedding and a couple of bottles of water in fridge. there is a hairdryer in bathroom, little bottles of shampoo and conditioner, cotton buds, shower cap, soap, sewing kit and shoe horn. we stayed in a family room which also inc double bedroom, two singles and 2 chairs and tv which could access a couple of english channels. There is also very good air conditioning which only comes on when your in room though as you have to insert door key for lights,electric, fridge and aircon to work. We paid extra for a balcony so was disappointed when we had a view of the carpark and sat right above the hotels generator. We arrived in the middle of Turkeys christmas (which apparently happens 10 days sooner every year) and for first two days concluded that this was the reason for the lack of entertainment but there was 2 shows for the whole week which we missed as they had done by 10pm when we returned from Kalichi. This is the main town and is about an hour walk away but about 15 mins in a cab but will cost approx £10 each way. You can catch a bus near hotel and then catch a tram up to the top (which will cost less) walking down though the narrow streets which are lined with shops plenty of clothes, shoes, bags souveniers etc but do barter as they start prices extremely high. The harbour is at the bottom full of boats waiting for you to haggle the price of a boat trip out, the price of drinks in harbour are extremely expensive so check prices first. We went on trips through rep scuba diving and to turkish bath which worked out cheaper than one in hotel but they do offer longer massages and facemask for more money. There is also a market a short bus ride away (festival bazzaar) all under cover because the largest market in turkey trip offered through rep is 2 hour bus ride away. These are all worth noting as there is nothing to do around the hotel, there is a couple of local shops thats about it. Another tip keep your shoes on when visiting the beach as there is no sand just pebbles/shingles. Hotel also provide towels for pool side and beach, sunbeds are provided for free in section 17 of beack for hotel uses but you have to pay for bar. also all inclusive in hotel doesnt include all sprits as they have 3 separate tiers at extra cost. Food was lovely, lots of choice and al e carte restaurants can be booked once each one per week. Had a lovely holiday despite lack of entertainment, not many english guests in hotel seemingly more favoured by russians, middle east and germans whichg is fine apart from their inability to queue. There is spa, gym, hairdressers and doctors in hotel that you can access some at a cost though. Would definately return to turkey but not to same area because of lack of entertainment and local amenities although plenty to do if you willing to travel and despite this we both agreed we would of stayed longer.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Esfahan, Iran
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

I would certainly recommend this hotel. My family and I had great time there. It’s friendly staff make you feel at home. I would like to name some of them and appreciate all their kindness: Sevda (working in reception) with her nice smile and good English, was always helpful. She is brilliant! Mustafa in reception was also friendly and very cute. Umit KOG, the guy who is working in the bar, was very polite, hard working and sweet. At last but not least the guys who working in the restaurant: Murat Ozturk, Yusuf Toprah, Turgut and Gulsoy Yalcin made our holiday even happier, everything we needed was quickly provided, fantastic lovely people. I will come back to this hotel for my next trip.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

I went with my partner on 1st September for a 1 week all inclusive trip. Long review, but worth reading!

Sea Life resort and spa is marketed as a 5*, I can confirm that it doesn’t come close to some of the 5* hotels I've stayed in recently (Montreal, London, Birmingham). However it is still relatively good value for money, after all you do get what you pay for. My only major criticisms of the hotel are that we were somewhat misled through our tour operator "on the beach". Specifically, you do not get free drinks at the beach bar (you get free sun loungers and umbrellas), this was a little disappointing.

Cuisines:

We were looking forward to sampling some of the restaurants on offer, but while we were there, only the Italian was available and YOU HAVE TO BOOK 24 hours in advance from 10:00 A.M the day before you want to eat there. The Mediterranean, The Rooftop, The Sushi and the Chinese were not open or available during our stay, which we found extremely annoying. However after sampling the Italian, we were quite surprised how poor the food was, no taste and it could have easily come from a microwave! It’s not all doom and gloom though, as the main buffet restaurant was okay, if somewhat repetitive, but they did have a large choice. Just be warned, if you like traditional English Tea, it’s a palaver to get it! On a plus side, coffee, cookies and other items were available from the snack bar area during the morning and mid-afternoon at certain times, which if you have kids would be great. One word of warning, the Russians and Eastern Europeans who we met at this hotel (you can’t miss them in the restaurant, taking entire desert trays!) are rude, greedy and have a hilarious superiority complex.

Rooms:

The rooms were quite nice (even if the air con acted more like a fan) very clean and the cleaning staff we spoke to were all rather friendly. You get a fridge but have to pay 28 Lira for the safe. Sat TV does have some English channels, but mostly Turkish or Russian. Beds are comfortable; shower and bathroom were both very good, no complaints!

Spa:

The hotels Spa was quite good, with a decent Turkish bath and sauna and steam room, with a nice pool. However no Jacuzzi, which we thought there would be and the Spa staff seem a little too keen to sell you extras.

Beach:

The Beach was quite large and is just a few metres from the hotel. There are level crossings so it should be quite safe to cross over the dual carriageway, but be prepared to wear beach shoes/sandals/flip flops as the stones and pebbles can be very uncomfortable, they were especially painful for my partner’s feet. You get free sun loungers and umbrellas and these were always available. you also have (at extra cost) various water sports including Jet skiing, Parasailing, Banana boats, Peddalos, Water Skiing, Speed boat hire all available next to beach bar. Going rate for these was 30 euros (or approx. 50-55 Lira) for 10 minutes on the Jet Ski, so it isn’t the cheapest, but there is lots of choice.

Entertainment:

In a word, disappointing. I really was looking forward to a Traditional Turkish night but alas, this wasn’t to be. What we did get was kid’s entertainment from 8/9 ish till 10/11 and it seemed to same (painful) animation routine and music used... sure it’s great for kids, but not our bag. They did have a Miss Sea Life competition which was quite amusing, and this signified the best the Hotel had to offer during our stay, which was unfortunate.

Other Amenities:

• Shisha Pipe outside every night, however, it’s not free (15 Lira a pipe)
• TV Room, which never seemed to be on
• Kids Play Area (inside)
• Shop
• Doctors Office (9-5 hours and you need to have your insurance docs if you want to use him)
• Free Wi fi in the Lobby, but not in the room which was disappointing.

This is my 3rd trip to Turkey, and I have had experience of going to some really nice places before.

Overall, Sea Life Resort and Spa in Antalya is quite good, just don’t expect to get everything you think you are. I would like to add that the old town is really really nice, with some great bars with vista views. The mountains in the back drop look amazing. Just be warned, never except anything free from the locals, they always seem to try and get money out of you!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 10, 2010

Sealife is a very clean resort and generally the staff are quite nice, however, they did not offer all that was sold to us through our travel agent On The Beach.

They said they have 5 restaurants but this is not really true. You can only book one restaurant during your staff and most weren't open. The one italian restaurant that we went to, rushed our meal, it was terrible quality and tasted like microwave meals. The buffet restaurant, however, was quite good, with good quality food and selection, but a little bland at times.

The daily entertainment was pretty bad. The only good show provided was the Miss Sealife. The Russian guests where horrendous (we know this is not the hotels fault), who were extremely greedy at the buffet and just plain rude.

Pools were nice and clean and so was all the other areas in the hotel. You never had to wait for a drink and the barstaff where pleasant. The beach was OK, but large pebble beach which you needs shoes on at all times. You DO NOT get free drinks at the beach bar, unlike what we were led to believe when we bought the package. The Spa staff were pushing for you to buy treatments and made you feel guilty if you didn't. Shesha guys were fun (which you also have to pay for - at London prices)

We give this a 3.5 star. I would recommend this hotel for the price and what it offers just beware that it is not all it advertises itself as.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

Don't go there, we went to the Sea Life Resort, it was half an hour away from the town, nothing around when you arrived at the hotel, it was on a busy main road, which was noisy 24 hours a day. The beach which you could use the sunbeds free of charge was accross this busy road and was no. 17 which wasn't the one directly in front of the hotel, so don't get confused there. The drinks on the beach had to be paid for. The beach itself was not sand it was pebble. The hotel itself was nice, clean, rooms were small and basic, this was advertised as a 5 star hotel it was more like a 2 star from our previous experience in Turkey, which we have always enjoyed. The food was poor quality, same every day and cold, the "restaurant" was like a school canteen. The "All inclusive package on the alcoholic drinks side was an absolute joke... there was lager, wine, vodka & gin included, (this i hasten to add was very weak and very poor quality)even these drinks they ran out of everyday, just the fact really that they couldn't be bothered to go for anymore to where they stored it, because it was so weak people were drinking more to get anywhere near having a good drink, everything else had to be paid for, or u could upgrade for 20 pounds per night and have other drinks which were available!!! The list is endless. Just don't go...... it is not for the British this hotel, there were very few of us there, it was full of Russian's (ignorant) and Turkish, and that is what they catered for.
The entertainment was ok but finished at 10.30 every evening, they made you move from your chairs then so the sunbeds could be set out for the next day's sunbathing. There were only 2 bars in the hotel, the pool bar and the lobby bar. There were only 2 restaurants, the Leaves restaurant (school canteen) or the A la Carte, which we could not get booked into as there were no spaces available when we went to book, this in itself was all false advertising as they listed on the website when we booked quite a number of other bars and restaurants. The cafe's around the hotel were ok, but very expensive. We went for a kebab... turned out to cost us 85 lira, we had mixed meat, bread, salad, rice, chips, and a drink each! we were starving so had to have something as the food in the hotel was totally uninviting after a few days. The area around the pool was not tidied or cleaned regularly and there were no bins around for people to put there rubbish.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2010

FIRST OF ALL, I LOVED this hotel! The service, the food, the enviroment was so good! all the employees was very VERY nice. we were 4 girls between the age of 16 and 19, we also traveled with our families, 3 families.

trust me, the hotel was very clean, very local, the food was SO DAMN good! and we met allot of people down there. even cute guyes! three of them came from france, havent heard of them yet........
anyways, the disco at the hotel wasnt that good....but thats not the employees fault, thats "OUR" fault.....if we want it to be cool, we must make it cool.


AT the end, i didnt want to go home....two reasons, ITS COLD in Norway, and two.....i hate flights!!!!!!!:(

if you think its not many photos here, go to my blog and see our pictures that we took over there!

http://halalaamini.blogg.no/1281042080_tyrkiaantalya_dag_1.html

AND

http://halalaamini.blogg.no/1281131182_tyrkiaantalya_del_2.html

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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london
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

On the whole hotel pretty clean,rooms very small after complaining at reception they did give us a better room. Restaurant dated looked quite grubby and old, some of the crockery had big chipsout of them and the food was limited and repetative. No lifeguards or pool attendants to be seen, all surfaces and stairs around pool slippery and extremly dangerous. No cleaning evident around the sunbeds in the week that we stayed there and the slide needed a government health warning !! three of the people out of our party hurt themselves and again no attendant to be seen!! Entertainment could be improved and the childrens entertainment never started until between 21.00 and 21.30 far too late for the small kids who would have enjoyed it . Gymnasium was also dated and limited, it also had a leak coming through the roof. Also why is it that the Russians were given All inclusive red bands that entitle them to free drinks until 03.00 and us English had blue bands and could only get inclusive drinks till midnight !!!!. Lastly avoid the a la carte restaurants we tried the meditrannean which consisted of dry chicken strips, dishwater soup and the main course which was calamari .... 3rings of it to be precise. All in all not great experience than god we only went for a week.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Sealife Family Resort
Address: Konyaalti Sahil Seridi, Antalya 07070, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Antalya
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Antalya
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Antalya
#15 Spa Hotel in Antalya
#20 Luxury Hotel in Antalya
#23 Family Hotel in Antalya
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Hotel Class:5 star — Sealife Family Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the seafront near Antalya, the Sealife is an all-inclusive hotel in Turkey within easy reach of the Olympos National Park and many of the fascinating Greco-Roman cities which once dominated this part of the world, such as Perge. Minibuses to Antalya and Kemer depart from outside the hotel every 15 minutes, allowing you to pop into town or get to the airport with ease. The beach in front of the hotel has been awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of its cleanliness too. ... more   less 
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