Having just returned from the Gloria Verde resort, I wanted to give a review as I didn’t think the hotel quite lived up to the reviews already posted on this website. The hotel itself is nice, the décor is maybe a little outdated for my taste but the rooms are clean and finished to a reasonably high standard.
The pool area is very nice, no issues getting sun loungers at any time of the day and no need to get up early to reserve!! There is plenty to do for children which meant the hotel had more families than we had hoped (so good and bad there, depending on your point of view!) The beach was a bit of a disappointment, only a small stretch (although private to the hotel) with lots of sun loungers, meant it felt cramped and not that picturesque. Additionally as you get to the sea, the beach turned from sand to pebbles which made it uncomfortable to walk. There was however a pier, which meant you could bypass the stones and get straight into the sea from there (although the sea was deep at this point).
The food on the whole was good, plenty of choice (although it was a bit repetitive). This was our first experience of staying half board, and based on this experience we probably wouldn’t do it again. Although both breakfast and dinner were buffet service, drinks were waiter service and the service could be very slow (especially at breakfast where you could finish eating before anyone came to offer you tea/coffee/juice – we normally had to go and seek someone after about 20mins).
There are three al la carte restaurants; a French restaurant, a Far East restaurant and a fish restaurant. You can eat at each of these once during your stay as part of the half board price. We were not quite convinced of the authenticity of the themes of these restaurants, but on the whole the food was good (although not amazing). However the wine list for these restaurants was ridiculously expensive, starting at €32 for the cheapest bottle of wine, the next was €40 and it carried on rising rapidly up to €180+!! You were looking at paying at least €55 for any wine made outside Turkey!
Lunch was a disappointment (I’m sure it would have been better if you were all inclusive), there was very little choice as there is little option but to eat at one of the two bars/pubs in the hotel as Belek is a 15-20min tractor ride away (the tourist bus!) and again food and drinks were expensive. As a warning, everything in the hotel and Belek was priced in Euros so it was just as expensive as any other European resort, if not more so - €2 for an ice cream in Belek!
Finally there was a lot of entertainment at the hotel, e.g. shows in the evenings, activities during the day. This was somewhat necessary as there was so little to do outside the hotel and Belek did not appear to be a particularly interesting place to spend time, but it gave the holiday a bit of a Butlins feel to it.
Overall, we had a nice time lazing by the pool, reading books, but didn’t really get a feel of Turkey as a country as the resort is so man made, so wouldn’t recommend Belek as a resort unless you want a golfing holiday!
Belek as a resort
Butlins like feel of the activities
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- Also Known As:
- Gloria Verde Hotel Belek
- Gloria Verde Belek
- Gloria Verde Resort Belek, Turkey - Antalya Province