We went here as a family of 4 in July. The kids had a blast. The hotel it's self is set on very large grounds but is easy to find your way about. All the grounds,pools,reception areas are kept very clean and tidy at all times. We visited the hotel beach only twice in the time we were there as the sand was just to hot to walk over,scalded ur feet. Plenty of sunbeds to go around tho and the beach pavillions you can hire look lovely. My partner and daughter went on the jet ski, para sailing and diving and said it was great. My only problem was the hotel was a bit far out,no shops near by to walk to,you have to get a bus or a taxi which we did often as the hotel shop is ridiculously expensive!! Equivalent of £5 for a tub of Pringles?!£30 for sun cream?! So make sure u stock up on essentials before u go like googles,inflatables etc.
Rooms- very clean and tidy,cleaners in every day with fresh towels etc. has everything you need,enough space for family of four.tv has only one english channel but that's not what u go on holiday for. We had room 5432 which was on the walk way thu to the kremlin (which u can also use,but is about 90% Russians and topkapi pools etc much better) music at the kremlin pool is blaring dance music from 8am until midnight. With patio doors shut we cold still here it but didn't keep us awake at nights etc. but I think if we had the rooms round the corner that faced onto the kremlin,I would have asked to be moved. Also if u want to keep your room on until 6pm,they charge u 48 euro per adult and 24 per child for that extra 6hrs!!!! So do this before u go as its cheaper.
Pools- we spent most of our time at the wave pool,as u could watch the kids without worrying they could disappear somewhere else and it was great to lie in the shallow part between sunbathing as the weather was in the 40s when we were there. All the pools were great and kept clean and the water park is great. Closed between 12 and 2 which didn't bother us,and there is also a kids pool wi smaller slides for the young ones. It wasn't till a few days not out holiday we found the relaxation pool,it's away from the other pools up next to reception and also near it,is the ice cream/cake shop.
Food- although all the food in the main restaurant is good, it was the same for breakfast,lunch and dinner for nearly the whole 2 weeks we were there. Catered more for the Russians I would say. We didn't really have a problem with them while here but they do not like to stand in a queue. Easily sorted by just pointing them tote back of the line and not letting them push in. Breakfast was really toast,cereal or fruit for the British. Lunch and dinner were the same, salads,bread,chicken dishes with rice And outside were pasta,southern fried chicken,stir fry station and the Turkish pizza station (which were very good) its was just all too much the same. The snack bar on the beach does burgers and hot dogs which were ok,nothing special. And we tried all the al a carte restaurants, Mexican and international being the best. Really did not like the BBQ and the Turkish was soooo slow at service.
Tips- do not get the wifi for ur room,when it does work,it is too slow to actually do anything.
Also at night times,there is a lot of Mosquitos about. I woke up one morning with about 40 and 50 bites on my legs and feet,so take a lot of repellent.
Camel ride-get a price before the fling u all on it. 3 of us were on it for less then 5mins,up and down a path and they tried to charge us 140 lira?!
After reading previous reviews before I went I was a bit worried but we honestly had a brilliant time as did our kids of 3 and 9 and we would definitely go back.
- 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