We chose the Fantasia based on Trip Advisor reviews and our experience was even better than we anticipated. We spent a week there at the end of the May. It was our first experience of an all-inclusive resort and it was hugely positive. We went for a break and a rest and we got that in spades. I felt I was wrapped in a bubble for a week and taken care of. I didn’t want to leave!
We loved the little things: bottles of water available from the fridge at the pool throughout the day, the lovely fluffy towels for the sun beds, beds always available, the wonderful relaxing coffee shop with its choice of teas, coffees and tempting pastries, relaxing with a G&T in the late afternoon at the pool bar, the picnics in the garden, relaxing in our lovely, peaceful well air-conditioned room overlooking the garden. I could go on.
Kathleen C's review on 25 June 2013 provides a wonderful factual description of the Fantasia and if you thinking about going I would recommend reading her review for accurate information.
We found the staff wonderful. However they are efficient rather than friendly. The reception staff are second to none, amazingly helpful and professional. I think the staff are very well trained and are closely supervised; the hotel seems to be aiming for 'professional' service. If you have been to Turkey before, like we were, the service in this hotel is different, as normally the Turkish staff are hugely friendly and hospitable. Here the staff are more 'European'.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food. There was a huge selection and given the many nationalities staying in the hotel, I think it must be difficult to have menus that cater to everyone’s taste. Sometimes there seemed to be slightly strange things available like one morning there was steamed brocolli at breakfast! However, we loved the huge choice and the added 'surprise' elements at some meals such as a chocolate fountain one morning at breakfast. There was a chef making sushi at lunch another day. When we left we missed the wonderful fresh healthy food choices in the Fantasia.
While this is a big hotel we were surprised at how peaceful it felt and how relaxing it was for us. One thing I noticed was that there were no signs up all over the place telling you what to do which struck me as being very respectful to guests. We stayed in a Ritz Carlton in Naples in Florida about 10 years ago. The Fantasia does not have the slickness, exclusivity and air of uber luxury of the Ritz but I found myself thinking many times that the Fantasia reminded me of my experience of that hotel.
The area just outside the hotel gates has shops, bars and restaurants but it is very touristy and doesn’t feel like authentic Turkey. We got the Dolmus outside the hotel gates and went to Kemer. Again it felt very touristy but it was nice to experience the Dolmus and to see Kemer. The same Dolmus also went to Antalya, so next time we will spend a day in Antalya.
No matter how wonderful the place, there are the little niggles. For us it was the €12 a day Wi-Fi costs. Also the beach is more gravel than sand and the beach beds are a little too close together. There were very few English channels on TV. But these are very minor niggles. The Fantasia does what it says on the tin, it provides a wonderful, relaxing beach holiday. We plan on returning for our next holiday and intend staying a bit longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fantasia Hotel De Luxe has everything you need for a great holiday. With a calm and pleasant atmosphere, the hotel is ideal for relaxation. Located in Kemer region, Camyuva, near to ancient cities of Phaselis and Olympos, it features elegant decor and indoor palm trees. Boasting a long pebble and sand beach, Fantasia Hotel De Luxe offers luxurious and spacious rooms and a freeform outdoor swimming pool overlooking turquois Mediterranean from one side and gorgeous Tauros mountains from another side. Fantasia Hotel De Luxe offers a range of dining options, including rich open buffet, a la carte restaurants, snack bars, as well as leisure activities for adults and children. Guests can choose between various spa facilities, including an indoor pool, traditional hammam and sauna. It also offers a wide variety of health and beauty treatments. During the stay all guests will experience friendly service and hospitable atmosphere of Fantasia Hotel De Luxe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fantasia Hotel Camyuva