We have just returned from a fortnight at Topkopi Palace. 2nd - 17th Aug. 2011. We had a brilliant time. We had been warned that it wasn't the UK version of 5* Accommodation. We had a duplex family room which was very spacious and clean, even if the decor was starting to get tired. The food hall was very busy, but as long as one person sat at the table it was ok. I wouldn't recommend it for vegetarians! We booked a couple of nights at one of the a la carte restaurants which was really easy to do, and the food was gorgeous. Yes, there were a lot of Russians but this didn't cause a problem at all - we ended up learning to speak a bit of Russian which was great. The pools were lovely and the slides were brilliant for the kids (boys 6yrs & 8yrs). We also used the next door hotel (The Kremlin Palace) which was slightly quieter around the pool - you could find a sun lounger no problem there.
The boys had amazing experiences and during the second week spent time in the kids club - they had a great time. The kids club manager was very safety conscious which impressed me - so I felt confident leaving the children with them.
Even though the hotel was full, apart from meal times it didn't seem crowded at all as there was plenty of space on site. The beach was lovely, a lovely jetty to relax on at night.
Family entertainment at night was good. The 'mini disco' each night was great - the boys are still doing the dances at home now. This was followed by a show - mainly dance/ music based or circus style. All very good.
I would highly recommend the hotel. Staff very friendly and accommodating. However it is quicker for a male to get served at the bar than a female. We went during Ramadan but this didn't affect our holiday at all, however some of the staff may have been more tired than usual - but they kept smiling.
I must admit before we went out I read some of the reviews and was a bit dubious, but we had a great time, which is why I am writing this to reassure others.
If you are looking for a great family holiday with pools / beach. Then you certainly won't be disappointed. I would definitely return in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- While travelling back in time to the past in the middle of historical textures, are you among those that wonder what it would mean to live inside one of the unique architectural structures? You can be sure that WOW TOPKAPI PALACE, which has been built based on the TOPKAPI PALACE in Istanbul will provide these experiences for you. Be prepared to be treated like the sultans in an 85.000 m2 area within the Kundu Village of Antalya... From the moment you open the doors of TOPKAPI PALACE, you will stay at the harem, you will dine at the Palace Kitchens and Hagia Irini, cool off at the Fountain of Ahmet the Third at Sultan Ahmet Square, sip your wine at the Judicial Tower, and taste starch pudding with rose water at the Mecidiye Mansion! Our resort is 20 km from Antalya Airport and 17 km from the center of Lara - Antalya Free Services Welcome cocktail, food & local and standard imported drinks, mini bar, safety deposit box (in rooms), fitness center, Turkish Bath, sauna, squash, pugy club (mini club), internet cafe, daytime sporting activities & night time shows, 30 minute group tennis lessons, tennis rackets, catamaran, windurfing and sailing (all require certificates), canoing, first trial dive at the swimming pool, towels, sombreros and chaise longues, hammocks and cushions, wireless internet access from the lobby and the rooms. Services Subject to a Fee: Room service (24 hours), special wine menus at the A la carte restaurants, premium alcoholic drinks, energy drinks, La Nazır Restaurant(cover fee), Mangal Park Restaurant(cover fee), La Gondola Restaurant(cover fee), doctor, nurse, massage, beauty center, hairdresser, tennis school, tennis courts lighting, mini football and basketball pitches lighting, sailing school, diving school, laundrette & dry cleaning (ironing),high speed wireless internet access from the lobby and the rooms. babysitter, telephone & fax, motorised water sports, the pavillions (specially equipped private relaxation areas on the beach), bowling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Topkapi Palace
- Wonder World
- Topkapi Palace Antalya