The Paloma Grida Village Hotel is a large all-inclusive complex situated just 35 minutes from Antalya airport. It is on a strip of dark sand beach along with several other large hotel complexes and just an easy 15 minute walk to the town of Belek.
Overall layout: The complex has a large stone tower entrance leading to the reception area which is part of a quaint cobbled street which has an array of small outlets and includes the Zomm Bar, which is open late and has live musicians playing during the evening. The far end of the street is the amphitheatre which hosts all the evening entertainment, restaurants and further on to the pool areas and beach. The accommodation is arranged around the outside of the complex.
Rooms: We experienced a family room having a king size bed, a single bed and a folding camp bed (for under 10’s). The main bed had a very comfortable mattress. A small balcony for just one chair and en-suite bathroom with shower, bath and hairdryer. The rooms are two storeys and quaintly situated amongst well-maintained gardens and water gardens. A mini fridge is stocked by the maids with non alcoholic drinks and you could bring cartons of juice or bottled water from the restaurants to keep in the fridges. Air conditioning OK but needed to be on low all night and was a little noisy as would be expected. As other reviews mention, don't accept a room in the cobbled street near the Zomm Bar due to late night noise.
Restaurants: By far the best restaurant I have visited on a holiday with an enormous range of different foods. You will not go hungry. The operation is meticulous and the standard of preparation fantastic. Service is slow but catering for such a large amount of customers is bound to be tricky. The main restaurant is open for each sitting whereas the garden/beach-side snack restaurant still has plenty to satisfy you. Drinks bars are situated around the complex. Being all inclusive, there’s nothing to pay for unless you requested a ‘branded’ drink. The local brews were adequate although I would question the strength of some of the spirits …. Speciality restaurants are included in the complex; Chinese, French (best), Italian, Turkish and Fish. These are bookable by phone at 9am every morning on a first come, first served basis …. and yes, there is a fight to get a reservation. One relief is that you are not given ridiculous wristbands to wear at this hotel which is a bonus.
Pools: 2 large pools, one quiet, the other with usual entertainment/music from animation team. Waterslide pool with four slides which were great for kids, not too challenging. Lifeguard always on duty at this pool. Sun loungers were a problem. I thought German’s were the worst for reserving sun beds at 5am but the Russians seemed to knock them for six. You’ll have to do it otherwise you’ll be laying on the grass or the beach. I did give my thoughts to the management team on leaving suggesting ALL towels be removed at 9am so everyone had a fair chance. All pools (apart from one toddler pool) had water depth at 1.4 metres which could be an issue for some small children. I would have liked to see one shallower pool for non-swimmers.
Kids club: Two clubs situated side by side. The Thomas Cook club for the Brits and the hotel run Polly club for everyone. Needless to say, ours went to the Thomas Cook club and the three girls running it were great, kids loved them. Various times of operation and some evening clubs for a few pennies.
Entertainment: Held in the amphitheatre and the shows were the best I have encountered at a holiday destination. No reps productions but real professional productions including Lion King, Chinese Circus, Martial arts performance, Music from the musicals, Mamma Mia, to name but a few.
Other facilities: Mini golf at the front of the hotel wasn't well maintained but OK for a hit amongst the cool trees. Mini fairground rides for the tots, café and Shisha pipe outlet for the grown ups, indoor pool/spa/treatments. Free Wi-Fi around the complex, code from reception. Photo booth and on-site photographers to take your family poses. Reasonable prices, we paid £16 for three 10” x 8” photos, a great family reminder.
Weather: HOT. Avoid July-September if you don’t like the heat. I can tolerate some heat but even in July, I was melting some nights.
Guests: 60% Russians; 20% Germans, 15% English and 5% others. Russians are the most obnoxious, loud, rude and pushy nationality by far.
Overall: Great value for money, great food, great surrounding and a decent mattress. Thoroughly enjoyed. Our holiday was booked with Thomas Cook and for the 10 night stay in July, with daytime flights, we paid £2200 for a family of four which I was very pleased with.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paloma Grida Village & Spa is in the middle of a natural wonder with over 100 bird species. Village owns sandy beach and palm shaded romantic gardens and offers spacious accommodations with balcony, five a la carte, one buffet service (total seven restaurants) and four bars that cater every taste and four outdoor, one heated indoor (total 5) swimming pools including water park and separate kids pool. Live music, live shows and disco club available for evening entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paloma Grida Village And Spa
- Paloma Grida Village Belek
- Paloma Grida Village Hotel Belek
- Grida Village Belek
- Paloma Grida Resort & Spa Belek, Turkey - Antalya Province