So, I should preface this review with two things - one, we normally do smaller boutique hotels and half board; and two, it was technically out of season when we visited. Ours was one of 4 hotels that were open in this stretch of 86!!!!
We went for a last minute relaxing, switch off somewhere hot in early November. After looking at several reviews we chose the Renaissance based on the reviews, facilities available and style of hotel.
We felt that we did get value for money in terms of the quality of hotel and the facilities it had on offer. It did feel a little like we could be anywhere in the world as it was smart and well looked after. Carpets throughout and we did have a great junior suite with lovely large balcony - although have to say the location of the suites above the outdoor bar and entertainment lounge were not ideal for a quiet, early night if you wanted one.
Room - Suite had great balcony with view of the bar terrace and trees to the beach, higher up and we would have seen more of the sea I'm sure. The mountains behind are also lovely. The mini-bar was soft drinks only for free (as winter!) and we didn't always get fresh water or replacement crockery but we did have a kettle. Also as 'winter' Air-conditioning switched off so when 25 degrees outside the room was a little stuffy and with no breeze leaving the balcony door open didn't help. Our room was always tidy and clean and fresh towels regularly and we had a complimentary turndown service which was nice. Shower was excellent and a line to dry clothes over the bath.
Dining - so out of the many restaurants the resort boasts only the buffet and 2 of the a la carte were open (one of which 'Lotus' charges an extra 10Euros each which I'm not sure is worth it although food is good). Desserts in both this and Seasons are delicious but menu not extensive so you'll have tried all the dishes with 2 visits. Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner was well supplied, a very wide selection of fabulous salads, meat and fish, fresh bread, eggs made to order you could always find something to eat whatever your taste. A fresh honeycomb at breakfast was a nice touch. Coffee pretty appalling except at breakfast! BEWARE - booking a la carte has to be done the day before you want to eat and if you're off on a day trip you won't be able to as can only do between 9-3pm!! Speak nicely to reception or Guest Relations (if they're there!) and they might book in for you.
Facilities - as it was off season the outdoor pool was only open for a day when we arrived before the rain came and they closed and drained it. The day we left half the beach was closed, the jettys had been taken in and all the water sports ceased. The bar was open as long as people were there. There was table tennis, badminton, tennis, basketball and what looked to be a good kids play area too. The indoor pool looked good but we only used the turkish bath and a sauna (one sauna was broken). There are some shops but quite expensive. The gym was well equipped and we used on several occasions and there appeared to be a number of classes as well including Zumba. There's also a pool/board game and internet games room.
Spa - we treated ourselves to a Turkish Bath peel and scrub and massage in the Harmonia Spa which was excellent. The staff very, very helpful and very skilled and the steam and Saunas down there also fabulous. I could easily visit that as a Spa in itself.
Staff - generally the staff were amenable and friendly, but we would normally expect a little more engagement from them - it could just have been that it was the end of the season and they were a little tired, but not many appeared to actually be enjoying their job. I think Mustafa of the entertainment team and a few of his gym colleagues and one or two at the bar were happy working but on the whole a little non-plussed.
Location - there is very little else to visit within walking distance unless the other hotels let you in during the season, a few cafes but not many and quite a few shops; but bear in mind off season a high portion of these are understandably closed. However, the bus to Goynuk and Kemer very accessible and cheap. Kemer is a nice town with a bit more things to do and of course you have the choice of trips that your tour operator might suggest. We did Perge and Aspendos which was fantastic although I would have liked more time to explore them. Heard the skyride cable car was good from others and be prepared for a long coach ride for the St Nicholas visit. We didn't visit Antalya but did also hear good things about that and the old town.
Overall - we did have a lovely, restful holiday which was what we wanted, we ate and drank well. We were entertained if we wanted it could entertain ourselves too. The weather was largely great for the time of year and we would go back off season again for a chillout all-inclusive option.
Hope this is helpful for people.
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Antalya Beach Hotel Beldibi
- Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort And Spa
- Renaissance Beldibi
- Beldibi Renaissance
- Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort & Spa Antalya Province/Beldibi, Turkey