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Gloria Serenity Resort
Ranked #8 of 94 Hotels in Belek
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We are frequent travellers, visited lots of countries, lived in really good hotels. But this one is the only one which is really worth going and many times. There is nothing there what can make you even slightly worried. Have to recognise that this is the only place which i did not want to leave. When i am asked about my plans on vacation, i have no doubt to say - Gloria Serenity, of course.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We just returned from Gloria Serenity where we stayed with a large group. The hotel is beautiful with rooms of different types and plenty of things to do. The beach and and the resort is a beautiful place with plenty to offer for families and couples.
The bartenders do not know how to mix drinks though, they mix for russians who only want a little taste with their alcohol. All drinks taste horrible unless you ask for very little alcohol! There are 13 restaurants there but they're really hard to use. The hotel doesn't want you to, they want you to use the main restaurant so they will claim restaurants are full when in fact at least a third of the places will always be vacant. Also, they do not like parties, neither in rooms nor at the bars and will evict people from rooms with no notice, late in the evening for just a little noise. They will also close bars and restaurants that are supposed to be open 24h. On the day of departure be prepared not to get any food anywhere as places will be closed around check out times. The spa is outrageously priced, so be prepared. Using the saunas is free though.
Recommended for families and couples.

Room Tip: Try to have a room not close to the road leading in to the resort.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank SigrunG
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

One of the best hotels we have stayed at. Make sure you go for all inclusive option.The staff are very friendly, and try to make sure that the guests have a good time.We stayed in March and the weather was pleasent, but cool at night.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank sanlorenzo33
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

The hotel is a 25 minute taxi ride from Antalya and is situated a few kilometres east of Belek. Once in the resort there is no need to leave the hotel grounds - everything is provided to a very high standard. The staff are very attentive, highly trained and cope admirably with the most demanding of guests. The rooms are well equipped with a fully stocked mini-bar, shower, Jacuzzi bath and lounge area. Like many hotels a little more thought could be applied to power socket location in relation to mirrors. These days a mirror is essential for drying and straightening hair - why put the sockets too far away from them? No big deal but I suggest you take a 2m European extension lead. The literature refers to three a la carte restaurants but there are now four for evening dining. There are two others for lunch which are both excellent.

One small note of caution. The UK tour operator we booked through mentioned in their literature that this hotel is ideal for couples but it appears that the Eastern European operators think differently and there were many young families with under school age children particularly at breakfast and on the beach. This did not spoil our experience but it could affect some - see Christopher1947624's recent review. The children can be avoided by choosing sun loungers near the pool in front of A block but I sympathise with those who feel that it's the children (and parents) that should be better behaved. If you want an exclusively couples hotel then this is not for you.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view room preferably on the 3rd or 4th floor.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

serenity was a really good hotel & resort,food was excellent lots of choice for everyone,the staff were very helpful & friendly,you didnt have to wait long to get served the resort is in beautiful condition very clean & well maintained,all in all an excellent holiday resort

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank chris g
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This was our second visit to this hotel, last time being three years ago. Everything was the same except they now have a new gym and another entertainment complex called G Venture.

We stayed here from the 8th September for 10 days. We stayed in a garden view room in block A overlooking the pool on the first floor. Room was clean, nice comfy bed, kettle with tea, coffee etc, flat screen tv, plenty of hangers and storage space, safe, mini bar, sofa and coffee table. The bathroom had a Jacuzzi bath tub, walk in shower (very powerful) one sink, and toilet. The toiletries were very good and had a lovely smell. Nail files, cotton buds etc were also supplied. Slippers, robes and weighing scales also in the bathroom. The hair dryer is only a hose type and no good for thick or long hair, so take your own girls. Balcony had table, two chairs and clothes line. The mini bar had beer, soft drinks, water, juice and a miniature bottle of Raki, Gin and Vodka. Also there were snacks including Pringles, Cheese sticks, Muffin and Toblerones. These were refilled daily and were all free. No Iron or Ironing board in the room, but there is a cleaning and pressing service for a small charge if required. We paid 7euros for a pair of jeans to be washed and pressed. These were returned back to our room within a few hours.

Housekeeping was generally good and in the mornings. We had a couple of days where toiletries were not refilled properly and also the bed never looked made properly as if the quilt had just been thrown back on bed. The cushions and throw were never put back on the bed after the day of arrival. However this wasn't a problem just something we noticed.

If you book a room and want a sunny balcony do not book Block A garden view as you do not get the sun at all, you need to book a sea view room on the other side.

There is a spa and gym but we never used either so cannot comment on them. Gym machinery looked new and quite a good selection.

There was free wifi in your room and all over the hotel, even on the beach ! Good connections as well.

Most of the reception and guest relations staff speak very good English and were polite and helpful.

The main bar is in the lobby called the Ella Fitzgerald Bar. Lots of nice chairs and sofas or you can sit up at the bar. Good selection of branded drinks, sparkling wine and biggest selection of cocktails I have ever seen on the All Inclusive list. There is also a list that you have to pay for and it is very expensive. The Turkish wine that they serve in all the bars and restaurants was very good and a huge choice, so don't waste your money buying from the other list. All mixers were branded names and in bottles none of this tap rubbish. There is an outside terrace to this bar with comfy rattan furniture however it is very dark out there and would be a good idea if they put some fairy lights or something in the trees to lighten it up a bit. A few evenings they have live music playing there.

The main restaurant, always had plenty of tables including a large outside eating area. Each section of the restaurant is decorated differently so you feel like you are in a different place all the time. Breakfast is self service or you can order from a menu for things like Omelettes, Poached eggs and Eggs benedict. These are cooked for you and brought to your table by the waiters. Huge selection at breakfast of pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurts, fried eggs, breads and cheeses. Tea isn't great so take a few tea bags from home and just ask for boiling water. The coffee is good and you can also ask for lattes, cappuccinos etc. This restaurant is open for lunch but we never went there. Evening meals are very good but we only went twice as went to the other restaurants. If you sit outside to eat it is quite a walk back into the restaurant to get your food. They do serve main courses from outside but no starters or desserts. It would be good if they could put just a few starters and desserts outside to save the walk. Also the outside area is very dark and could be lit a bit more so you could see what your eating.

There are four evening A La Carte restaurants. These have to be booked with guest relations two days before. The French restaurant its virtually impossible to get into as it is so popular. We did manage to get into it but heard many people saying they couldn't. The food and service was outstanding and definitely our favourite. The Asian was our next favourite and on both occasions we sat outside and had excellent meals. The Agean was enjoyable and you never had a problem getting a table there. The fish restaurant was outside by the river and was very good as well. However the second visit wasn't so good as it was very windy that evening. Perhaps blinds could be fitted for when the weather turns. One problem in the A La Carte restaurants were the amount of children running about and watching I Pads whilst their parents were eating. Perhaps they could only be allowed in the early sittings as it was quite annoying to go to dinner at 8.30pm for a relaxing meal and have to listen to I Pads playing children's films at top volume. This happened on more than one occasion and not what you want to be hearing ! We also went to the French restaurant at the Gloria Verde Hotel . This would normally be charged at 50% but it was our wedding anniversary and the French restaurant was closed at the Serenity on that day so the hotel booked us in at their sister hotel free of charge. The food was excellent and well worth a visit if you cannot get into the Serenity's French restaurant. They made us feel very special the table was decorated and a bottle of Pink Champagne on ice.

Lunch time A La Carte's consisted of an Italian and a steak house. The Italian food was again very good. Be prepared to wait for a table though as it gets very busy. The service here is very hit and miss. You can wait a long time for drinks as the waiters seem to forget to collect them from the bar and they also have a habit of serving your main meal while you are still either eating your starter or still waiting for it. We were in no rush so not a major problem just a bit annoying. The steak house (don't know why its called a steak house as they only serve one steak) has a varied menu and all very good. Again can get very busy so had to wait at the bar a couple of times for a table. But worth the wait. It would be good if both of these restaurants could be extended so more tables could be fitted in. Staff were all very good in both.

There are quite a few shops in the hotel but of course very expensive so didn't bother going into any of them. There is a cake shop that is open in the afternoons with lovely mouth watering cakes but was always to full to try any.

Evening entertainment consisted of shows in the Arena, live music in the outside bar terrace or at the G Venture near the pier. We never went to the Arena as we didn't fancy anything that was on, but did go to G Venture a couple of times. One evening there was a famous Turkish singer who was very good. Most evenings we were content in propping up the bar. There is a night club but we went there once and it was empty so didn't bother again.

Towels for the beach and pools are available and you can have as many as you like and change them as many times a day as you want. The beach is made of shingle and it is quite hard getting in and out of the sea as there is a steep drop as you go in and stones, so take shoes you can wear in the water. The water however was very warm 29 degrees and clean. The last few days the sea did get quite rough and there was quite a strong undercurrent. One person had to be rescued by al life guard so be careful. Couldn't believe people were taking young children in the water with arm bands on when the sea was like this. Never had a problem getting a sunbed always plenty spare and plenty of umbrellas. The Pier had a nice bar on it and sunbeds that got taken very early in the day. However we used to go to the bar for a drink about 4.30 and enjoy the sun for an hour at the bar.

If you like shade the pool is the place for you. Hardly any spaces if you like the sun all day which is a shame, hence why we went to the beach.

We managed to keep our room on free of charge till 2pm. If you wish to keep your room on any longer they charge you a full day rate which is ridiculous. You can use the Spa showers and changing rooms to get changed free.

We will definitely be back again In a few years as value for money this hotel is great. We have stayed at quite a few hotels in Belek and this is one of our favourites.

Room Tip: sea view rooms are the only sunny rooms unless you are lucky enough to have a villa
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Serenity by name serenity is the game. If you just want a peaceful, relaxing holiday away from all the hub bubble then this is the place for you. After 10 days here we are very relaxed and sad to have to leave. We have never seen a hotel with so many places by so many pool areas you can sit read and sleep without interruption.

If you feel the need for a bit more activity then the beach is lovely and private with plenty of beds.
Also we loved ending the day at the end of the pier bar over the sea watching the sun go down with our cocktails.

We chose all inclusive and this means what it says on the tin. Even down to the mini bar in the room which is re-stocked daily.

Plenty (inclusive) places to eat including a fully stocked buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is an awkward booking system for the 4 a la carte restaurants but with the help of the excellent concierge staff (ask for Malika) you can get round it. I suspect it may be trickery in the height of the season.

All the staff are charming and smile when they greet you. Nothing is a problem.

It's a big place and needs time to get orientated (especially at night - pathways not so well lit) but that's what is so nice. You have a lot of space to yourself.

We think that kids are well looked after during the day as we hardly saw any around the pool area we sat at near our room.

Having had advice we went for a Superior Laguna Room on ground floor block A.
Loads of storage space (and plenty hangers!) large bathroom with separate shower.
Private terrace with your own lounger and right in front was a pool area. Perfect!

If you wanted to be picky it was a bit dark as the sun was on the other side but at least it was cool.
We had room 1005 so I guess an even number would be brighter and faces the sea.

The golf course is next door and has a free shuttle.
You can also use the facilities in the Golf and Verde sister hotels.

Overall we have no real complaints worth mentioning.

We would give it 10 out of 10.

1 point to note - if you like it loud and brash and busy round the pool then the G S is not for you.

Otherwise just come!

Room Tip: Go for a Superior laguna room in block A. It's nearer everything
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Murray L
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Address: Acisu Mevkii, Belek 07506, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Serik District > 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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#3 Top resorts Hotel in Belek
#7 Spa Hotel in Belek
#8 Business Hotel in Belek
#8 Luxury Hotel in Belek
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Belek
#11 Romantic Hotel in Belek
#12 Family Hotel in Belek
Price Range: $163 - $962 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Gloria Serenity Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 369
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