Recently returned from one weeks stay at the Susesi (2nd to 9th Oct). This was not a destination out of choice, but chosen for us due to my husbands work and "having" to attend for a conference, which was in the adjoining onsite conference centre. His work commitment was for 3 days and with the flight options from Newcastle it was so much easier to book a package with Thomsons, facilitate hubby's work and then allow us time together in the Turkish winter sun......and what a fabulous surprise this was!
Before we jetted off we did the Google thing and looked up the hotel and read previous reviews. Some of the reviews are quite mixed and in comparison to the hotels own website, it left us rather indifferent. The pictures looked good, and since we were getting away from the ever increasing autumnal British weather to an all inclusive resort averaging 30 degrees in October, hey who can complain!
Now we have been I can't believe anyone has anything negative to say about the Susesi. It was great and we are even thinking about going back next year with the kids. At the end of the day this is Turkey and surprise surprise the majority of the staff were Turkish too (shock horror). Yes we experienced the odd lost in translation incident, but this is an all inclusive resort and should this happen the staff are happy to change, say a mistaken drinks order. I think people need to acknowledge there is 5 star in a European holiday destination and then there is 5 star in a branded international hotel where money is no object. For a holiday destination this hotel has all the amenities, the all inclusive options is great, the standard rooms are of a good size, and for a one or two week get away for either a couple or family holiday, this resort I feel has it covered.
On arrival our check-in was swift, the male receptionist was Turkish but his English was very good and there were no problems. We didn't expect to be met with a fanfare or drinks reception, so the polite and professional greeting was just perfect and the luggage porter immediately took our bags and off to the room it was. We had a standard room with a view over the terrace rooms and lakeside villas. Wow these look fabulous and should we return we will try and book. Out of the two of us I love the sunshine, but hubby does everything he can to stay in the shade! The terrace rooms or lake villas would be perfect, as you have easy access from your room directly onto your private terraces, private sunbeds and the snake like swimming pool. We did enquire about upgrading to a terrace room but this would be at a cost of 500euros per night!
During our week we didn't leave the resort. Partly because of hubby's attendance at conference, but mainly because there was no reason. For a weeks getaway to relax in the sunshine, get the old Kindle out and enjoy having dinner cooked for you every night and then finish off with the odd cocktail or two, there was no need. Yes we could have been more active, yes Belek centre is about a mile away, but what's the point booking all inclusive and not enjoying it to the full.
Susesi is immaculate, it hits the nail on the head re choices of food and fun, the service was very attentive (sometimes a little too quick at dinner when your plate is swiftly taken away before you can blink), and the pools/beach/private pier all make this a great option for either a family holiday or romantic getaway. The choices at dinner, especially the deserts, were great and every night they had a theme with the chefs out on the floor cooking the specialities for you as ordered. This was in addition to the massive buffet choices too. You need to be quite disciplined really unless you want to go home like a sumo!
Before Easter this year we didn't really have any great urge to put Turkey on our "to do" list. However, having visited Dalaman back in Easter and now Belek in October I think we have been converted. I think you still have to choose your hotel carefully and as the saying goes "you get what you pay for". In summary thoroughly enjoyable and we will definitely be returning with the troops. Thank you Susesi.
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- Also Known As:
- Susesi De Luxe Hotel Belek
- Susesi De Luxe Resort And Spa
- Susesi Luxury Resort Belek, Turkey - Antalya Province