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Gloria Serenity Resort
Ranked #6 of 87 Hotels in Belek
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“The perfect group golfing holiday venue”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Take 20 golfers, all seasoned travellers with Algarve, Spain, Italy, France etc in their golfing CV. Fly them to Antalya and drive them just down the road to the Gloria Serenity resort at Belek. On the plane, listen to the speculation of the "Wonder how sorted they are in Turkey?" and "What does all-inclusive really mean?" variety.

Now watch their mouths hanging open at the sheer quality of facilities, service and value-for-money.

First things first - we are going back to Turkey which, believe me, is really giving the Algarve a run for its money. Climate? Perfect - hot and sunny for the week we were there. Courses? Five-star - and 14 within a 15-minute bus ride of the hotel (we played 4 different courses and five times in all).

Value for money? We paid just over £1,000 for our all-inclusive golf trip to Belek. We still cannot work out how they make a profit. Apart from the top quality golf, we drank a lot of beer plus the major gin, vodka, whiskey etc. brands as if they were going out of fashion. We dined in Italian, Aegean, and Asian restaurants as well as the main hotel restaurant and the separate barbecue area (entrecote steaks, grilled sea bream etc). Food excellent. We did not dine in the French Michelin-starred restaurant as it was an additional cost.

The campus? Just amazing. My guess is about 300 acres (NOT including the golf courses) with facilities of the very best standard - beach bars, swimming pools that wind around the villas, shaded lounge areas with waiter service, facilities that stretch actually further than the eye can see. One evening some colleagues went down to the vast amphitheatre to watch a ballet (Helen of Troy or some such). Those of an artistic bent were amazed at the quality of the performance and the staging - "As good as you will see at the Royal Opera House", said one.

At breakfast, the food hall is crammed with every conceivable type of food, catering for an international clientele. OK, the bacon was not the best but eggs were cooked on the spot and there were new delights to be found on every table. One morning we gorged on fresh honeycomb.

Running through all of this like a thread of gold is a superb service featuring young Turkish men and women who are a delight to talk to and cannot do enough to make your stay comfortable. On the day we arrived they asked us to sit in the spectacular reception area while they ferried unending glasses of beer to us before asking if it was OK if they upgraded us from rooms in the hotel to villas next to the pool.

The villas were superb. I had a large bedroom with a beautifully-appointed bathroom that included its own jacuzzi bath (as well as a shower). Outside, by the pool, in our own secluded villa area, was another, bigger, jacuzzi where we wallowed after our post-golf swim.

The courses are very like the Algarve, tightish in some places but with some wonderful holes and spectacular carries over water to island greens etc. Hugely enjoyable. All with great post-golf bars and facilities.

My extras bill after a week of wonderful golf, dining and drinking was about 40 euros. Our only complaint was that there were not enough buggies to go round during the busy periods on the courses and occasionally we had to use powered trolleys.

Hard to fault this holiday. This part of Turkey is beautiful and you find yourself often playing a shot to a green with a snow-capped mountain as a backdrop. Five-star hotel. Great value for money. Great golf.

Room Tip: Think about upgrading to one of the villas about a 3-minute walk from main Reception.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here a couple of years ago and were blown away by the hotel, it's staff, everything. This time we have noticed some deterioration.

First it must be said that the facilities are still excellent. Our room is top notch. All inclusive food and drink is very good quality. And staff work extremely hard and are very polite and nothing is too much trouble.

We have had a few pretty minor issues with the hotel that are easily cured...

Our room was not fully cleaned when we arrived. The toilet was dirty. After the first room clean we were left without towels and had to ring for some. Next day mini bar was left unreplenished. Next day no cups. Next day no towels again. Today no cups/tea/coffee.
Small daily irritations but accumulating into a bit of a recurring nuisance. Better supervision of housekeeping staff would cure this niggle.

The biggest problem we've found this year are the type of guests that infest this hotel now. The place is overrun with 'Russian' families comprising 50 year old 6'5" Phil Mitchell lookalikes with shaven heads and huge beer bellies accompanied by 22 year old trophy girlfriends/wives and a gaggle of unruly children. I'm no xenophobe and have no issue with 'Russians' per se but these people act like British caravan dwelling lottery winners. Every mealtime resembles a mafia convention with adjacent heads of families noisily glad handing each other, while trophy girlfriends are passed around various laps. Chain smoking some hideous weed that clogs the atmosphere these people have no regard for other diners and treat the staff like dogs.

I suppose for the Gloria these people's money is as good as anyone's and they can't choose their guests. In most hotels around the world high prices create exclusivity and often (by accident) some classiness amongst the clientele. But these people clearly have money to burn so high prices present no barrier to staying at the GS and other guests must suffer their lack any sophistication and manners.

In case you are thinking this reviewer is an utter snob I would mention that I was born in East London and am as common as muck. I work hard to afford good holidays and enjoy the company of all nationalities around the world.

All in all the Gloria Serenity is still a great hotel. But as one staff member said to us "it's so nice to have British people staying with us - they are so charming and polite but we don't see as many as we used to". I suspect many British visitors that have been here before feel similarly to us and now choose to holiday elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Nottingham
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Gloria Serenity resort.This is a lovely hotel but it could have been anywhere in europe we felt there was not enough Turkish charm and character about the hotel.Everything is done in euros so dont take Turkish money its not worth it. We also felt in the minority as there is a huge amount of germans and Russians staying at the hotel and they cater more for there needs i.e. the Television chanels are in german we even had to watch The Masters in german!!The food is very good if you prefer a buffet,there are 3 other restaurants in the evening(which you should book on arrival as you won't get in for 2/3 days) these you can use once each during your stay,I personally prefered the Ageon Restaurant excellent food.The french restaurant is very bland more traditional food,also if you would like to sit by the window overlooking the pool you must request this when booking.
The outside pools are not heated at this time of year so only the brave venture in saying that there is a fantastic indoor pool located in the spa which offers excellent treatments even tho they are a little pricey.There is a nice beach with sunbeds but to get to the sea you have to walk across a peebled area,we prefered the beech as there was a lovely breeze.
If you can get a room in A block this is better for the afternoon sun.The rooms are very nice and well laid out extreamly comfortable.
Staff are very friendly and cant do enough for you,the hotel is kept to a very high standard absolutly spotless.
We played golf whilst there and the courses are excellent,they did take 5 hrs to get round saying that it wasnt a problem only when we ended up being a 2.We had a great holiday and would recomend this hotel.

Room Tip: Try to get A block better for the sun a must if you want a suite,also the ground floor rooms dont ha...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, England
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is simply the best hotel we have ever stayed in. Everything was 5 star all the way. Top quality food, branded drinks, excellent service and spotlessly clean. We stayed at The Voyage last year and we thought that would be hard to beat, but The Gloria Serenity does everything a little bit better.

Make no mistake we have stayed in some top quality hotels around the world and as an overall package this place is 5 star in true international standard. I know there are a lot of so called 5 star hotels in the area and it can be confusing trying to choose the right one for you.

Already looking forward to going back sometime soon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Witney, Oxfordshire
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We have just arrived back from a 4 Night Break at the Gloria Serenity and it was one of the best holiday's we have had - we will definitely be going back. We went on an All Inclusive basis and I feel that this is great value for money.

The hotel is amazing. We were greeted on arrival by lovely lady who gave us our room keys and explained about the hotel and the facilities and explained how the all inclusive worked. You could eat in all the resturants - there were no exclusions. The bar areas were lovely.

We were shown to our room - we had upgraded to a Serenity Suite which included a hot tub on the balcony and it was a lovely, clean spacious suite with large bathroom which included jacuzzi bath and seperate shower/wet room. There was a mini bar in the lounge and the bedroom which was stocked up each day with beer, spirits, soft drinks, chocolate, pringles etc. The balcony was lovely and spacious with a view across the gardens. It was a corner suite so the balcony was on 2 sides. We had a table & chairs as well as 2 sun loungers.

We only ate in the buffet restaurant as the choice was so varied and service so great and surroundings lovely (near the aquariam) that we did could not want for anything else, but the other restaurants did look lovely - albeit the menus were more limited - which was why we opted for the buffet restaurant.

There are some lovely seating areas inside and outside the hotel were the waiters/waitresses are always on hand to offer you drinks.

The beach was nice - but we were on a golfing holiday so did not really use the beach facilities.

We played Golf at the Gloria New and Old Course. I play off 31 handicap and my husband plays off 6. Both courses were a good challenge for him and I found them to be OK for my level of golf although the holes on the Old Course seemed very long compared to the New Course. The courses are stunning with lovely tree lined fairways. It is "holiday golf" so you are looking at 5 hours for a round.

The free shuttle service between the hotel and Golf Course was very efficient - having to wait no more than 10 minutes or so.

In the evening we played ten pin bowling although there is a charge of 10 euro per game per person.

I cannot pick fault with the Hotel, Golf Courses, Staff.

The biggest compliment I can give the hotel is the impeccable service it's staff provided throughout the whole of our stay. In particular the Bar and Restaurant staff who were so friendly, attentive and efficient.

We definitely plan to return next year for our golf holiday. Many of the people we spoke to are returning travellers with one couple from Holland having been 17 times !! I think that speaks volumes for Belek as a destination for golf holidays and the standard of the hotels in this area which are of an extremely high standard.

Room Tip: Corner Suite - lovely and quiet, spacious Balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

How do you describe perfection? We came here 2yrs ago and were blown away by how good it is. Last year we tried out Maxx Royal which was also very good BUT when we came back this year, there was only ever one choice - Gloria Serenity Resort. Upon arrival we were offered our seaview room or if we liked a free upgrade to a poolsidevilla complete with terrace and hot tub...well it would be rude to say no wouldnt it?
Absolutely breathtaking. Three a la carte restaurants which you get to use each once in the course of the week - assuming your all inclusive and lets be honest you would be mad not to be! The food, service and attention to detain are simply second to none and this quite simply the best hotel in the whole Belek area by a country mile!
Get this hotel on your bucket list as a "must go there" - put it this way, we'll be back next year for our 3rd year...its just so good.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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St Martins, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We have just come back from an excellent 9 day winter break at the Gloria Serenity Hotel in Belek. The hotel was highly recommended but having already stayed on a number of occasions at the Xanadu Hotel (another very good hotel - see my reviews) also in this area, we didn't know what to expect. However, from the moment we arrived until the day we departed we were both made to feel very special by the staff and what the hotel had to offer. A truly 5 Star experience.
When we arrived we were greeting at the door and then met by a young lady from their customer services team who sat us down in their lobby area where we were given a glass of champagne and hot towels while she gave us details about the hotel. We were then taken to our room that definitely had the wow factor. Bedroom with separate lounging area leading onto the balcony with sea view. Bathroom having a jacuzzi bath and separate shower to die for! Bouquet of flowers and complimentary bottle wine together with fruit in the room being available on request and a well stocked mini bar topped up daily. Excellent. Although all the outside restaurants weren't open because it was out of season we had a choice of eating in the buffet area or their 3 excellent restaurants. The French restaurant, in particular, being a must try experience. Decor, food and service of a very high standard and it was no surprise to us having been told that they were hoping to receive Michelin star status later this year. We had most of our meals in the buffet area and we were never disappointed with the food, excellent service and good wine that was available. Although doing our very best to watch our waste line there was a patisserie that had cakes to die for in the lobby area every afternoon!! They have an excellent spa were I swam most afternoons followed by a relaxing sauna. They have a separate entertainment area that has table tennis and pool tables, cinema, bowling alley, night club and bar. There is also an open air theatre that seats over 1000 people. Every evening, after dinner, there was excellent live music and as many of the guests were golfers the excellent entertainment team (Ozan and Ali) also held a putting competition. We cannot speak highly enough about this hotel. The staff were friendly, extremely efficient and went out of their way to make our holiday thoroughly enjoyable. In particular, Hanim Dur, their customer services agent went out of her way to ensure that we had a great time. I casually mentioned early in our holiday that it was Mother's Day in the UK at the weekend and without us knowing she had arranged, on the day, for a large basket of flowers to be delivered to our room. What fantastic service. Everything about this hotel is 5 star and we would have no qualms about recommending it to anyone. We will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: All rooms are of a very high standard.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Gloria Serenity Resort
Address: Acisu Mevkii, Belek 07506, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Belek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Belek
#5 Spa Hotel in Belek
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Belek
#6 Luxury Hotel in Belek
#8 Business Hotel in Belek
#11 Romantic Hotel in Belek
#12 Family Hotel in Belek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Gloria Serenity Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 369
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