Cesars Palms is actually not a self-contained hotel but a separately standing building belonging to the Cesars Resort Hotel Complex. The complex is situated in Kumköy village of Manavgat Region in the province of Antalya, Republic of Turkey. The region is agricultural, there is no industry except for food processing, so the ecological conditions are very good. The air here as well as the Mediterranean sea shore is clean, so it's a perfect beach resort location.
The hotel has seen better days: the furnishings are pompous and of good quality, however in obvious need for partial renovation - e.g. the shower handle in our room was ragged, and the minibar door handle was actually... rusty. The room's furniture was a bit scuffed, and the TV set was a plain old 14" CRT. The cable provided 7 German TV channels, BBC World Service, 3 Russian TV channels, 1 Montenegrin and about 7 local (Turkish) ones. Just in case - we've got what is called a Standard Double room. May be more expensive apartments are kept in better condition, can't say anything about that. However the public closets' mirrors have their inner foil (amalgam) partially worn and some liquid soap dispensers were broken and were not replaced during our stay (10 days).
The sanitary condition of the hotel and our room in particular however was perfect, no complaints could be made about housekeeping whatsoever.
We've paid for Ultra All inclusive service so the safe box, mini bar and full board (buffet service) / drinks were at our disposal free of extra charge. The buffet service cuisine misses most of marine delicacies except for fish, so - although this is strange for a hotel situated at the marine coast - don't expect to see mussels, oysters, shrimp and crab dishes in your daily ration. However salads, meat and vegetarian dishes, spicy soups as well as desserts, are in abundance. The waiters are also a drawback of this hotel - they are - mostly - forgetful and unattentive.
The hotel's lobby has a nice bar and a free Wi-Fi internet access. The reception staff was very friendly.
The hotel has got its own wellness centre with a turkish bath, a hair studio, a gym, and there is also a tennis court. There are 3 open swimming pools - for small children, younger teenagers and for older folks. There's also a closed swimming pool inside the hotel.
The beach is well equipped with sun loungers and tents, a water sports facility (parasailing, etc.). The shore is sandy and if you swim a little further there are some cays with a lot of sea life (huge crabs, small calamaries, differrent fish, shellfish and jellyfish), so don't forget to take your swimming mask with you.
Bear in mind though that Kumkoy village is noisy at night and discos stop working only at around 01:00 AM. The mullah from the local mosque will also most likely somewhat spoil your morning dreams with his loudspeaker-amplified prayers.
Also, I don't recommend shopping here - although the village is actually composed of small shops, you'll have to haggle over the price a lot to just make it decent. For all your shopping needs I recommend you take a dolmush (small bus) to the town of Manavgat and ask the driver to stop at Antalya Cd. (street) near the smaller of two Migros stores, you should start walking from there and go forward in the direction of dolmush's route, towards the river, over the bridge and further. There are many shops in that area, with decent prices and lots of merchandise. Also there are a lot of banks and ATMs in that part of the town. I recommend installing Google Maps application onto your GPS-equipped communicator, it helps a lot in orientation in Manavgat.
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