We arrived at our hotel at about 9.20pm and after registering at reception shown into the restaurant where the chefs had prepared a late meal for us. After dinner we checked into our Pool/Seaview room on the 4th floor. The next morning we where able to take in the excellent views from our room. The room was quite well furnished with ample storage space for our stay and also a pleasant seating area for relaxing. The room also had a complimentary mini-bar which contained bottled water and soft drinks and was replenished daily.
Prior to travelling we had emailed the hotel requesting a Pool/Seaview room on either the 4th/5th floors.
Breakfast is served in the main resaurant between 7am - 10am with a late breakfast available between 10am-11am in the beach snack bar. Lunch is served in either the main restaurant or the beach snack bar. We preferred to eat in the main restaurant as we found birds or flies on the tables regularly in the beach snack bar. We saw three birds tucking into a guests meal when he went back to the lunch bar for something else. Dinner in the main restaurantis in two sittings at either 6pm-7.30pm and 8pm-9pm and your preferred time is requested upon checking into the hotel. There is no check upon entering the restaurant and no set tables for your meal and so your preferred time is not strictly enforced.The choice of food is quite substantial although several dishes do reappear on a regular basis. There are three A La carte restaurants serving Italian, Ottoman, and Asian dishes. Reservations for these must be made with Rida,the Guest Relations Manager. He can regularly be found around the hotel talking to guests. A visit to these restaurants is an experience not to be missed and do form part of you All Inclusive stay.
The evening entertainment is held in the main bar lounge and what we saw of it we found to be quite good. The hotel also has an Irish bar although minus any Irish Stout.
There are many sports facilities available with tennis and golf being the main ones and are both chargeable. There are regular tournaments held so it would be worthwhile checking the availability before making your booking.
There is nowhere to walk after dinner soyou are generally confined to the hotel.
There is both a bus stop and taxi rank at the end of the drive to the hotel. Buses run into the nearby town of Kadriye every 30mins and the fare is just 2 TLR each way. Taxis can take you into Belek a little further away. A local market is held in Kadriye each Tuesday and is quite popular.
We travelled to Turkey with Thomson Holidays and found several interesting excursions available from our resort hotel. The 1/2 day trip to Side is one not to be missed as is the interesting trip to Perge and Aspendos. The shopping trip to Antalya was one we would not recommend. The trip included a visit to a Jewellery Outlet and a hard sell by the assistants. The assistant never leaves your side throughout constantly trying to sell extremely expensive jewellery. Only when she finally gets the message that you are not prepared to spend £000`s are you shown through to the next section of less expensive gifts and the cafe when you are finally left to browse on your own. We did want to take the " From Sea to Sky" trip but unfortunately this was cancelled by the tour company the day before.
Before our holiday Thomsons recommended taking Turkish Lira which on return cost us quite a lot on the buy-back rate. We actually should have taken Euros where any left over could have been used on our next European holiday. We found that every shop, restaurant, cafe we visited quoted prices in Euros first and foremost and only accepted Turkish lira when asked. If we had known this beforehand we could have saved ourselves the money lost on the buy-back rate.
The main building of the neighbouring Club Hotel Riu Kay has been demolished and they are building a new Riu Palace hotel in its place which is due to be opened in July 2013. The area is well screened off and we did not experience any inconvenience at all from this.
The hotels main asset is undoubtedly its staff who are totally customer orientated. With the exception of the odd person we found every member of staff to be extremely helpful and very friendly.
Our only slight negative being the heat in the bedroom. Even in November with the aircon on throughout the night it was extremely warm. The aircon was not powerful enough to bring the temperature in the room down to a comfortable level. We did enjoy watching some of the tennis matches taking place in the tournament and following the results of some of the players.
The hotel is ideal for either a relaxing or sporting holiday although we did find our 1 week stay to be long enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The peaceful property in the heart of Belek, the most popular holiday paradise of Antalya, Hotel Riu Kaya Belek, is also tailored for the families with children. Having been totally renovated in 2006, Hotel Riu Kaya Belek is elegant, comfortable and exquisite, and will be known of its highest standards of hospitality in future just as it is known today.Starting in the year 2010, in the frame of the franchise agreement made with Riu group, it gives service under the brand Hotel Riu Kaya Belek. Hotel RIU Kaya Belek was awarded with the "Certificate of Environment-Friendly Accommodation Facility", also known as the 'Green Star' by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for its respect and awareness towards nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belek Kaya Hotel
- Kaya Hotel Belek
- Hotel Riu Kaya Belek Turkey - Antalya Province