Two families of 7 people, we have just spent 2 weeks at this lovely hotel.
On our arrival, we unfortunately didn't get our requests of 2 rooms together, and couldn't have been further away from each other, but this didn't turn out to be a major issue. The room was clean, functional, with excellent air con and a drain odour in the bathroom was dealt with quickly. We were slightly disappointed with the small bed in the room for our daughter, but she soon got used to it, and as very little time is spent in the room, on reflection, again is not an issue.
The pool area can be quite noisy during pool games, but the entertainment team never pressure you into taking part, and we spent hours relaxing under the shade of the orange trees which was far cooler in the 45c + heat every day than being under a parasol.
One of the nicest aspects of the hotel is that there is plenty of outdoor seating for the restaurant. This makes a pleasant atmosphere without the canteen feel you find in some AI hotels, and more evenings than not, there would be some outdoor cooking such as pasta, kebabs and fish being served.The food was very enjoyable and we could always find something tasty each meal, mostly the wonderful selection of salad. Whereas pervious reviews say that the food is aimed towards the Russians, I think it was more turkish cuisine!!
The service of the staff in this hotel was by far the best we have experienced from previous holidays. Yes, I think there is a strong managerial influence across the food and bar services, but no one seemed unhappy and we were always greeted with a smile and friendly chat. As always, the staff were grateful to be treated with the respect of a please and Thankyou which didn't seem to happen too often with some nationalities!
In the surrounding area, it is a 30 min walk thru the shopping area to get to moonlight beach. This isn't the hotel beach, but a fine sandy, stunning cove which was the highlight of our holiday. The water is crystal clear and we used the sunbeds owned by dakapo beach bar. As long as you buy any drinks or food from the bar, which is superb waiter service, then you/ they are happy and you will be well looked after. They also run a free shuttle 24 hours and we were collected and returned to our hotel to save the walk in the heat.
We chose to book a boat trip through one of the excursion companies in the town which was excellent value at £10 per person including transfers from the hotel,a substantial lunch and hours out at sea with several stop off points for swimming in stunning clear water. Yes, you do buy your drinks, but these were no more expensive than anywhere else.
My tip would be to take lira with you rather than euros. Even if the item is priced in euro, just ask for the lira price, and with the poor euro exchange rate for us at the moment, it often worked at financially better with lira.
All in all, a fantastic, memorable holiday and would recommend this area and hotel to anyone. It was certainly good value for money, and will hopefully one day return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Garden Resort Bergamot Hotel is located at Kemer, one of the most beautiful areas of the Antalya region. Kemer, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, is in walking distance. To the centre of Antalya it is about 40 km and 55 km to Antalya Airport. The hotel building with its little towers and terraces reminds of the architecture of the Ottoman Empire and the setting amidst a former orange grove provides a feeling of nature and peace. We are an All-Inclusive Family Hotel. ... more less
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