We have travelled often with Neilson & Mark Warner so this was something new to us.
The formula is definitely different. Club Med seems to be based on tasters of lots of different things whilst Neilson and Mark Warner are more sailing/tennis/golf focused.
Overall we had a great time. The grounds are gorgeous and there are even two pools to choose from, depending on whether you want something more sedate or noisier, with activities going on.
Food: The food was excellent and the gala night was just amazing. There's more choice of food that at most Neilson or Mark Warner resorts, but you do have to queue more as well. My 6 year old particularly enjoyed the afternoon pancakes. Having fully inclusive drinks was a bonus too - nice not to have to think about how much you're spending!
Actvities: The tennis was good with four courts to play on. Waterskiing was on a first come first served basis, no prebooking, so this tended to mean lots of queing unless you arrived at the crack of dawn. Also there was no instruction/advice as the boat drivers spoke only Turkish. This was a shame as at Neilson resorts we have found the tips from the speedboat crew really useful. The boats were fine for us and there's a decent sailing area. The down side is that they limit you to just half an hour ( or was it 45 mins) so you don't really get enough time out. Also there aren't many boats and they are available only between specific times for adults. If you're a sailing enthusiast this is definitely not as good as Neilson or Mark Warner. The circus high wire was fun to try - certainly something different, but it terrified me so much that one attempt sufficed!
Childcare: There were very few english speaking children the week we were there (during the school term in June) so our son didn't really settle into the club. I'm sure it would have been different had there been other kids to play with.
Entertainment: The evening entertainment was a highlight. There was a proper outdoor stage and seating . First was the children's show - just perfect for the little ones. Snookie was the star, ensuring that all the little ones danced and had fun. The adult show was superb - there were some very talented performers.
Staff: Most of the staff were super friendly and helpful. A big thank you to Ben & Benjamin from childcare, also Frederic from tennis, the Italian mafia, Yimtu, Roberto & David, also Snookie, Morgane & Samantha. Unfortunately there were also a couple who were not really up to the mark - Karine was very abrupt and Rosa's information tended to be incorrect!
Transfer: The journey there was a nightmare as we were put on the wrong coach and had to wait for ages at the airport for other flights from France. The return was fine.
Accommodation : We had a comfortable room in the grounds. It was a little cramped for 3 but fine for a week. It was very clean and we loved the towel decorations left by the chambermaid.
One more tip - beware of leaving anything behind in resort as they insist on sending it back to you by courier. In my case they ignored my requests to send a bikini back by normal post and it cost more than it was worth to get it back!
So overall I would say that Club Med is best for entertainment & food.
Neilson & Mark Warner are best for sailing, waterskiing & childcare.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Turkey, Palmiye nestles alongside an extensive beach between the wild peaks of the Taurus range and a warm sea of sparkling blue. Bungalows shelter beneath a pine grove and the hotel looks out onto the Mediterranean : two complementary atmospheres for this great family Club Med Village, home to a vast array of sports on land and sea, with something for all ages. A dreamlike place to unwind and put yourself in the expert hands of our Club Med Spa staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Palmiye Hotel Kemer
- Club Med Kemer
- Kemer Club Med