After last year's holiday spent in Club Megasaray, we decided to try another hotel in the same area (Belek). After some documentation and reading booking.com and tripadvisor reviews, we have decided to go to Gural Premier Belek and we weren't wrong.
We are going to definitely come back next year, and you will see why if you keep reading.
I'll start with the rooms.
The renovated room was stylish, extremely clean, carefully lightened, and the bathroom even had a jacuzzi. We were happy to get a ground floor room facing north, so we barely used air conditioning.
We personally prefer village-like with buildings spread through green areas to big, sumptuous building, and this one is exactly fit to our taste: cute, chic villas, nice green areas, very convenient walking alleys where you shouldn't be surprised if you encounter cats, hedgehogs or turtles.
There are 3 restaurants. The main one serves a big variety of food. To be honest, among all hotels we've been and were all-inclusive, this one had the best one - both in variety and in quality.
The beach restaurant has a gorgeous view, especially in the evening (and if you're lucky enough to catch the moon over the sea, then it's sublime). However, there are not so many choices as in the main restaurant, but still.
The aqua-park restaurant is opened only during lunch (and late lunch) and is fast-food-like, but it also has property cooked food and salads (in several occasions though I have noticed that they re-used the remaining food from the night before). Nonetheless, if you plan to stay all day long outside, then this restaurant is more than sufficient.
The drinks in the restaurants and bars are pretty satisfactory (I personally enjoy drinking local brands of beer and wine).
The beach is pleasantly wide and the sand is finer and cleaner (though it can be better) than on other Belek beaches (I compare it to the beach of the hotel we've been last year, Club Megasaray). They don't have a pontoon, which is a pity. However, they have a floating platform, which is quite nice to swim to. Be aware however of the floating buoys, as one man got an ugly cut on his leg when swimming close to them.
The pools & aqua-park:
We did not use the pools, but we've been faithful to the aqua-park. Each day we stayed in the morning on the beach, and just before noon we moved to the aqua-park until the evening. Travelling with our little kid, I must say that this was absolutely perfect, because we got the chance of staying the entire day outside, having the opportunity to sleep at the shade of the pine trees.
The aqua-park itself is absolutely great. There are 3 pools for kids, each one for a different age-groups, with various slides and activities. There is one big whirlpool that is pretty interesting and then there are the slides. 8 exciting slides (usable with rubber mats or with inflatable rings) provide endless fun.
Did I mention that they also have a mini-club over there?
The entertainment team and activities:
What we liked was that the entertainment was focused more towards kids and families. The evening shows were professionally prepared and superbly executed. I would like to mention the Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King musicals. Then there was an evening totally dedicated to kids, like a fair with lots of activities and funny moments.
There was a good amount and variety of day activities, pretty attractive and nice.
The mini-club has plenty of activities, but the playgrounds don't offer as many choices as in Club Megasaray for example. Nonetheless, my kid seemed to be happy with this one as well.
We did not use the spa. My wife asked for some cosmetic treatments, but the people over there were unable to find the list of they're offering, concluding that one of their guys who was marketing the spa on the beach might have took it. They did not seem very professional at first sight.
The staff is extremely kind and helpful. They are always smiling and willing to help. I found it intriguing (knowing the Turkish culture and having the previous years experience) that there was no tip box throughout the hotel.
Another intriguing thing is that some of the employees are Russian, especially at the reception and entertainment team.
Speaking of which, most of the guests are Russian, followed by German or German-speaking. Yes, we met also Turkish, British, Dutch, Polish, Romanian people, but they were the minority.
What we did not like:
There was no a-la-carte restaurant and I think sometimes is nice to vary a bit.
The beach chaise-longues are not arranged in the morning, so you have to pull them by yourself.
The food at the aqua-park restaurant was sometimes reused from one evening before.
The spa staff did not seem professional.
However, the minuses were well taken over by the positive points, and as it seemed a more family-oriented hotel than others we've been before, I'm pretty sure that it's going to be our choice for next year's seaside summer holidays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gural Premier Belek, 1 km away from Belek village and 40 km from Antalya, is located along the beautiful coast-line of Belek, surrounded by pine forest and deep blue sea. The Resort has a unique location, which is 3 km away from best golf lessons of Europe, Ancient Roman Cities Perge, Side, and Ancient Amphi Theatre Aspendos where international organizations are still held. Transportation to surrounding areas can be done via buses* or taxis*. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gural Premier Belek Hotel Belek
- Gural Premier Belek Turkey - Antalya Province