One only needs to walk a half mile on the beach in either direction to realize that The Dome is one of the nicer hotels on the strip around Belek. Here are my impressions after a four night stay in August of 2012.
The pool and property overall. It's huge and you will usually will find yourself with your own space in a huge section of the pool. You need to claim a lounge chair early as most people claim their spot before breakfast, leaving little available after 10am. The property in general is big with the hotel set back from the beach. There are wide open spaces everywhere so you never feel like you're crowded in a cattle call like some of the other all-inclusive type resorts.
For Families. They have a nice kids club, two kids pools (one with a small slide). A small bouncy house. Kids drinks are easy to come by -- shakes, juices, etc.
The spa. Just great. Lovely and new. Turkish bath, three saunas and a steam room. Most of it is complimentary. Locker room has everything. Funny thing is most people don't use it so it's nearly empty. Fitness room is ok.
The Ultra All-Inclusive. A great deal if you're up for a boozing vacation. There are several places to get free alcohol and most of it is included -- even the mini-bar in the rooms. A few things are not included but for the most part you can drink to your heart's content and drink high quality stuff. The food is average (more on that later) but abundant.
The food. If you do the all-inclusive it's a pretty typical buffet situation. They do have a la carte restaurants but they're really not restaurants, just themed places from the same kitchen open a couple of days a week each. The breakfast buffet does have a great selection of baked goods and fresh carrot and orange juice good. Some decent salads at lunch. The do loosely themed nights at the buffet but it's hard to tell the difference between "Mediterranean" and "Caribbean" night. "barbeque" night left a bit to be desired and did "Tex-Mex". Unfortunately, they don't do typical Turkish food as a matter of course at the buffet. You have to wait for "Turkish" night and we missed it. Service at the buffet is hit or miss. One option is to eat the all-inclusive snacks in the main bar instead of the buffet. They have burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Some of it decent some of it not so good but it's nice that they offer it.
The rooms. A sea-view room is a must but even then the rooms are just ok, nothing special. The wireless is free but it's spotty and annoyingly you keep needing to log-in, multiple times a day.
The service overall. I was disappointed that we couldn't arrange a side trip to Perge or Myrna. They only have one third party operator and if they don't want to go you don't go. For whatever reason there were no trips available on a Saturday. Anyway, we decided to take an evening in Antalya which was great. But the resort has a flimsy relationship with the taxis for a round trip -- you never know for sure what to pay. Also, our driver was in cahoots with a jewelry store where he dropped us off and picked us up. It was nice to have a meeting spot but they kept us waiting in the jewelry store for 30 minutes before the driver showed up. Clearly a scam and not surprising in Turkey (they were nice at the store but still felt pressure to buy) but that shouldn't happen though a company like Kempinski. Some of the reception people were great and helpful while others were not so great or nice. Small things like housekeeping not replacing glasses in the room, no facial tissues in the room, housekeeping taking change off the desk (Hello? People usually tip at the end of the trip). These were small but again the shouldn't happen at Kempinski. But generally speaking the servers and staff were nice and professional and willing to help. Just not exceptional overall like other Kempinski properties -- some rough patches.
The Beach. Like all other resorts on the strip, The Dome has its own little slice of beach. The good thing is it's far less crowded than other resorts but it's still just ok with plastic lounge chairs and very little to offer in terms of activities. Beverage service at the beach was decent.
Sterility. The lobby is huge but it's a ghost town. Nothing happening. Some of it was just dark and shut down. The furnishings are ok but boring. I want to feel like I'm in Turkey. Too many neutral colors. Plus the Muzak in the lobby and lobby bar MUST GO. It gives it a really sterile feel.
Overall, we enjoyed our four nights at The Dome. It was relaxing and we didn't have any real problems with anybody. I felt that it was a decent value for the all-inclusive, not a great value but I didn't feel ripped -off. I think any more than five or six nights would be too many. I would have gotten bored with the property and the food. Had they offered more accessible side trips (Perge is quite close) or an easier way to get to and from Antalya, it would make staying there longer more enjoyable. As others have said, it's not quite up to snuff with what you expect from Kempinski but my complaints are not significant enough not to recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kempinski Hotel The Dome Belek, situated on an area of approximately 40,000 m², serves as a boutique hotel between the Taurus mountains and the beauty of the Mediterranean beaches. Kempinski Hotel The Dome also boasts Antalya's largest and most comprehensive spa and Thalasso salon, adding an aesthetic of dynamic, healthy living and a new meaning of peace. The compound also has two of the best and the most difficult golf courses, the PGA Sultan and The Pasha. Kempinski Hotel The Dome features 139 Rooms, one Presidential Suite, 17 Suites, 16 Royal Villas and 2 Presidential Villas by the lake, offering a total capacity of 400 beds. With its Seljuk-style architecture, The Dome offers luxury and wellness treatments within the 3,600 m² spa and Thalasso salon, one of Turkey's largest and most luxurious spas. Kempinski Hotel The Dome offers outstanding examples of Turkish, Italian and Asian cuisine with Lale Dining Room, Cilantro Italian Ristorante, Trader's Spice and Palm Pavilion Bar & Grill. Kempinski Hotel The Dome has a total of five meeting rooms, 74 m², 106 m² and 56 m² in size, as well as a ballroom of 573 m² for larger events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Belek
- Kempinski Hotel The Dome Belek, Turkey - Antalya Province