We had a multi-nation family reunion at Porto Bello, all-inclusive, recently - late Spring 2013. Our group included elderly people and very young children. We had an excellent, almost perfect stay at Porto Bello. Here are some of the highlights:
1) Food. There is a A LOT of variety at the buffet. While it's not available 24 hours a day, every few hours, the eatery opens and could satisfy picky eaters in our group. At lunch and dinner, there is a always rice, fries, spaghetti/bolognese in addition to a variety of meats, vegetables, salads, yogurts, cheeses, fruits, and desserts. Breakfast is very complete with a variety of breads, jams, cheeses, egg dishes, sausages, pancakes/crepes, hot and cold cereals, fruits, compotes, yogurts, etc. The variety seems to increase on the weekends. Don't miss the flatbreads which are served on the exterior of the dining room where there is a clay or brick oven.
In addition, there is always a "diet" area in the buffet which serves boiled meats and veggies, and light yogurts, cheeses, jams, etc.
In addition to the breakfast/lunch/dinner buffet, there is a constant availability of other foods and refreshments:
-Coffee, tea, juices, sodas, bottled water, wines, beer, liquors available at the bar. Note that fresh juices and imported alcohol are not included in your package price.
-Watermelon was served poolside in the afternoons
-the outdoor Mangal restaurant had some (limited) options for days when we had missed lunch such as pizza, burger, etc. The picky eaters liked the buffet better.
-All you can eat ice cream and slushies were available every afternoon at the beach.
-Tea, coffee, and an all you can eat pastry buffet was available every afternoon 4:30-5:30 in the "Sailors bar" opposite the dining room.
-If you miss dinner, they serve a smaller version of dinner from 11-11:30 pm in the dining room.
2) Beach. Konyaalti is pebble beach, and therefore not a sand beach. I thought this would be a problem, but it wasn't. Due to the nature of our group, the time spent at the beach mostly included hanging out at the beach bar having ice cream, or taking pictures at the sea, or taking brief walks on the pebbles. There are lounge chairs available in the part of the beach owned or used by Porto Bello. Note that there is an underground pathway from the pool to the beach. Don't walk across the road unnecessarily.
3) Pool & gym. The pool is great. There is a separate baby pool which we made good use of. The towel service is a little unnecessarily convoluted. The front desk will guide you. I wanted to use the gym, but it's in the basement with no windows so that turned me off.
4) Guest Relations. The guest relations manager Derya is one of the few staff members who really speaks English well. Consult with her for questions like where to go shopping and sightseeing.
5) Entertainment & activities. The "Animation Team" is group of hard-working young people who work long hours to help guests have fun. "Mini-Disco" for children is a fun activity that happens every evening around 8:45 or so. Even the 1-year-old in our group got to participate and enjoy it.
Every evening around 9:30 there is a show - from comedy and music to folklore and dance. It's enjoyable - especially if the nature of your group makes it hard to go out to clubs and restaurants. The adult disco in the basement is a snooze. Perhaps Porto Bello could do something to help that improve.
1) Porto Bello should install coin-operated laundry machines. Families with young children will have a hard time and will spend a lot of time handwashing baby clothes which are not worth giving to the expensive laundry service. (note: i don't expect that many hotels in Turkey would have such a service. This is a very North American thing)
2) Porto Bello needs more staff with foreign language skills (again, this seems to be a general problem in Turkey, not specific to this hotel). English is an international language and if you're catering to tourists, communicating with them easily is going to make things easier on everyone.
A few staff members are particularly rude - and the language problem compounds the issue, but that is normal in any large establishment and does not seem to be the norm.
3) Orientation. There are many activities, events, places, and things to know about as a Porto Bello guest. However, guests should be given a brief tour when they arrive. The paper that is thrown at you does a poor job of explaining everything and it takes a day or two to get oriented to all the options. Since you're paying for it, it would be helpful to be able to use everything from the beginning of your stay.
4) Serve coffee and tea in the dining room during lunch and dinner. There is a coffee and tea machine in the dining room which is packed up after breakfast. If you want a cup of tea or coffee with your dessert at lunch or dinner, you are required to go to the bar and return with it. It doesn't make sense. If you have young children or disabled people in your group, this is particularly burdensome and doesn't make any sense.
5) Serve pide bread at lunch and dinner. Why only breakfast?
I would definitely stay at Porto Bello again and recommend it to anyone traveling with family, elderly, or young children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Porto Bello Hotel is located at the Konyaalti Beach which is one of the longest stretch of beaches in the Mediterranean region,at the skirts of the "Beydaglari" Mountains, and only 8 km. away from the city center, a very popular area of Antalya. The comfortable rooms that are decorated with utmost care have both Sea and Mountain View. There are 8 Senior Suites, 28 Junior Suites, 28 Family rooms, 3 Handicapped rooms and 279 Standard rooms totaling up to 346 rooms. There are two pools, indoor and outdoor. The indoor pool is heated; the outdoor pool is 1500 sqm, and the indoor pool is 100 sqm. The Chaise Lounges, umbrellas and towels are free of charge. In the Children's Club, special programs are provided for children between the ages of 05 - 12. The beach has pebbly characteristics, and is connected to the hotel by a special tube passageway. The beach is 150 m long and 50 m wide. Palm Restaurant (main), A'la Carte Restauranta, Beach Bar, Sailor Bar, Cafe Porto, Vitamin Bar and Disco. Live music, 2 illuminated Tennis Courts, Beach Volleyball, Table Tennis are available. A unique experience to relax and regerate... The Porto Bello Spa Center welcomes you with variety of relaxing and revitalizing treatments, such as aqua gym, hydrotherapy, balneo, peeling, skin care and local slimming, sauna, massage and Turkish bath... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Bello Hotel Resort And Spa
- Porto Bello Hotel Antalya
- Porto Bello Antalya
- Porto Bello Turkey