Travelling with Thomas Cook, we were welcomed in Turkey by the rep, who said that Xanadu was great, and I have to agree, but there are some problems. We had a private transfer to the airport, which was a godsend. The welcome from the man at the reception wasn’t the friendliest we have experienced, but were given a welcome cocktail, and our bags arrived in our room minutes after we did.
We stayed in the main hotel, and despite being above the children’s club, and close proximity to the club, we found it relatively quiet (although at the time of travelling, the average age of holiday maker was around 60, so this may have something to do with this). The room was very nice, modern amenities, lovely bathroom, and the mini bar was filled daily.
I have to agree with some of the comments about the swimming pool, it certainly was NOT 27 degree, and at sometimes painful to get into! But the weather was hot enough to brave the cold waters. Travelling in October we found that there was no problem getting a sun bed after 10-11 in the morning. There is no pool service in terms of staff offering drinks, although the Xanadu bar is in close proximity to the swimming pools.
The buffet food provided excellent choice of freshly cooked meats and fish, which we found great! Some of their side dish choice we found as slightly odd, I think that a lot of the time the hotel was catering for their large amount of Russian visitors. Again I agree with some of the other reviews, in that the drink service was lacking in the buffet restaurant, when you did manage to catch the attention of a member of staff, you may have to wait until after you finish your dinner until receiving your drinks….We visited the Chinese, Italian and Mexican a la carte during our stay. We really enjoyed the food, and here the service was exceptionally. I would say that again some of the menus were a little unconventional, my Italian main consisted of Chicken and scrambled egg?? We really enjoyed the Chinese, visiting twice.
At lunch times we favoured the Xanadu bar, which served a selection of freshly prepared pizza, pastas and a selection of salad. We preferred this location for lunch, as the service was excellent. This is the location we favoured in the evening, the live music offering was fantastic and varied during our seven day stay. Again we found the staff fantastic here, always keeping an eye on our glasses and offering us refills. The problem arises, I think, with the bar staff, or lack of them. In this bar, as with all of the bars, there was only one bar man, dealing with a lot of guest’s orders. But the entertainment was so good and the waiters so attentive, that we didn’t really mind a small wait before drinks (and as premium spirits are used, this isn’t always a bad thing).
For what we paid for our week away, we found that the resort offered all we needed for a week of rest and relaxation. If you can afford it, I would recommend a visit and treatment at the spa, which was the icing on an almost perfect cake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in Belek Village nearby Antalya in Turkey. This grandly scaled property, directly on the beach, offers a High Class All Inclusive resort experience for the holiday of a lifetime. Be carried back to the times of the ancient Romans among the columned walkways, ancient-style pools and amphitheatre of the five-star resort with something for everyone - the Xanadu Resort Hotel. This very impressive resort has a grand presence with its commanding architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xanadu Hotel Belek
- Xanadu Belek
- Xanadu Resort Hotel Belek, Turkey - Antalya Province