We returned 2 days ago from a week's vacation at the Paloma Renaissance. Our first time to Turkey so first time at the hotel. We had done a fair bit of research before booking as we wanted a week of relaxing sun and beach at a good quality hotel that truly catered for adults rather than kids and families. This hotel not only lived up to our expectations, but exceeded them.
We have done 5 star hotels for package holidays in Egypt, Canaries, Cyprus and Portugal, all of which were very good. But surprisingly, the Paloma topped them all. The place is very spacious and the grounds are vast, colourful and exquisitely maintained with three restaurants set among the gardens, the best of which is Saffron which is great for lunch. The private beach is sandy with sand imported by the hotel and it is cleaned daily with not a hint of litter, ever! They have their own lifeguard on duty and their own watersports centre but they don't ever come round hassling guests to take part.
We had never done all inclusive before and we wondered if the qualty or choice of food would be compromised. It isn't! The choices are vast and change somewhat from day to day, with everything constantly replenished and kept tidy. And there are several restaurants to choose from, including seafood, Mexican and Chinese which all make a pleasant change from the regular buffet style dining. You can dine inside or out.
Local brand beers and spirits are served as a default but if you want a more established brand you just ask!
Here All Inclusive means exactly that. The only exception being some premium brand drinks and oddly, a token 10 euros a head at the Mexican and Chinese. No charge for beach towels (and you can change them as often as you wish), no charge for the gym, or minibar items.
There are 3 pools including a 'quiet' one which was actually almost too quiet...No hassle ever finding sun loungers either in the gardens among the palm trees or on the beach.
And if you're wondering, yes the sea was comfortably warm to swim in, even this early on in the season.
It seems everyone at the hotel is on the same All Inclusive deal so no 'apartheid' or wearing of wristbands such as unhapppy Thomas Cook guests at other hotels told us about on the flight home. And unlimited supplies of bottled water.
We took a bus to Kemer one evening which made a change but wasn't thrilling, beyond people watching, walking past yet more t-shirt shops and others selling fake designer handbags and watches. And the restaurant that was recommended, La Luna, was actually very poor. So after that it was a delight to dine back at the hotel.
One of the big things that helps this hotel surpass any other we've stayed at is the customer service. Truly, you just get the impression that the staff simply want to help - from the very helpful and sociable concierge, the reception staff, the waitstaff, barstaff ....even the beach towel guy!
Yes, the hotel was probably at it's grandest architecturally some 15 or 20 years ago with wide open marble spaces on the interior and heavy marble fittings in the bathrooms, but it is so spotlessly clean EVERYWHERE and so well maintaned that it was easy to disregard it not being the most contemporary decor.
The room was a very good size with a sitting area as you enter, beyond which were the bedroom and bathroom and a small balcony outside. It's very quiet. We never heard doors shutting, people walking up and down corridors or evidence of life in the rooms either side!
I could go on singing the praises of the hotel but I figure you should see for yourself.
We made friends with one family who were on their second visit and a couple on their fourth!
Lastly, Stephanie, our rep, arranged for a rental car one day (£38 for car and all insurances) and we headed SW down the coast exploring the ancient ruins of Phaselis, Olimpos, and onto Demre was one of the highlights of the trip and the coast road is varied and often very beautiful. It all helped us see the real Turkey beyond the resort.
Would we go back? If it's for a week of sun, sea and chilling then with no hesitation, YES!
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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