Firstly, we had a great holiday. Went with my partner and his two kids and there was so much for them to do during the day.
The main pool is very loud but really good fun. The entertainment staff dance around every day and got my partners son involved in the pool games. He also took part in archery, shooting and volleyball. The waterpark is also really good and the kids spent at least a couple of hours a day there.
We stayed in a duplex apartment which was great space wise but badly in need of refurbishment. However, the maids kept the rooms very clean so can't really complain.
We ate in the Thomas Cook restaurant twice because we chanced upon it. Would not recommend this. Service was very poor so we ate our meal without drinks. Also, you do not get nearly as much choice as in the main restaurant. The main buffet restaurant has a great stir fry grill area.
We ate in the Italian restaurant (really nice), the Sultan (lovely snacks at lunchtime,just ok for dinner) and the BBQ which was really nice and had great service. The marine restaurant is the snack bar during the day. Food very poor. Service was also really bad which put us off trying it in the evening. We also had a couple of snacks from a tented area which were really unusual but really nice. I had some sort of spicy spinach and beef wrap. lovely.
Overall, the service was a bit hit and miss. The bar staff during the day around the pool areas were actually pretty unpleasant. The cocktails are ok during the day but at night they don't make anything up fresh at the outside bar and its all syrups with some vodka thrown in. Not great. The best place for cocktails is the piano bar upstairs from reception. Great service in there and really nice, friendly waiters. If you can put up with the old man on the piano playing really bad Russian songs then give it a go (kids found it funny).
Best service we had was on our last night in the buffet restaurant....very attentive waiter kept topping our glasses up and getting the kids drinks.
All four of us booked in for a Turkish bath - my partner and I also had coffee peel and extra massage. The Turkish bath was an experience but would not recommend anything else. I had a very painful massage despite telling the man that I wanted something very light and relaxing. He left me relaxing in the room but returned with another man from reception and put on all the lights. They were very intimidating and told me I had very serious problems and needed to book up for another 5 sessions otherwise I would not be able to walk!!! (I have since seen a physio for another issue and have no serious back problems). We didn't use the spa again until the last day....showers before the airport. The spa is very outdated and not very clean either.
The Russians.....well they didn't bother us too much. The greed in the restaurant was pretty awful but there was plenty food so no big deal. A few queue jumpers but just tell them where to go and they move on. I was more bothered by the English woman who blatantly tried to steal the kids lilo. Note that lilo's are 22 euro in the shop....take one with you if you have it. Also, try not to forget hats and bikinis. The hotel boutique offers Russian clothes and hats circa 1988 and plenty of overpriced fakes.
Overall we had a great holiday (it is what you make it) but would probably not return to Topkapi.
- 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