We have just returned from the Alba resort (11 August), a family of 2 adults and a 6 year old child. We spent 12 glorious nights at the resort and have to say it was one of the nicest places we have ever visited, cetainly the best in eurpoe. It was our first holiday to Turkey and I was extremely dubious to say the least however now I would return to Turkey any time, infact I am in the process of trying to book this hotel for next year if only the reservation system online would give me some prices!!! (please!) By far the trump card for this hotel is their Animation team who work day and night to make your holiday special, they are funny and attentive without being pushy which is an extremely hard thing to do! A special mention goes to Kamill and Joseph (get well soon Joseph!) who were the funnies double act since morcombe and wise! I can honestly say I have not laughed so much in years. The team put in so much effort and the shows they perform are not your usual low rate shows they are actually so proffesional and the dancing and choriograpy were amazing. The beach party was amazing and like nothing I had ever seen before and the sheer effort and organisation that went into everything they did really showed!
The pool area was amazing and always clean, yes there were a couple of loose tiles but one evening whilst walking back from dinner we saw some unruly teenagers that I am ashamed to say were English actualy pulling up the tiles and vandalising the pool, their parents should be ashamed and this is NOT the hotels fault, the very next morning we saw someone from the hotel maintainance snorkiling in the pool trying to fix the vandalism and to be honest what was the alternative, to drain and close the pool would have caused the guests more inconvenience. There were a few children with ear infections, my son included but most people who travel abroad in the very hot months of july and august will be fully aware that the heat in a pools can cause chmicals to be less effective, my advise would be to have your children use earplugs as soon as they arrive at the hotel to aliviate this problem.
Temperatures were in the 40's whilst we were there but air conditioning in the room and main areas was great. The food was brilliant, always 4 types of meat on at evening meal and more food than I could ever list on here. Food at the beach bar was amazing and the view whilst eating your lunch was great. Pool snack bar as ok try the turkish flatbreads they are yummy!! Breakfast was obviously not your full English but keep in mind you are in a Muslim country and sausages were a no no, we did however have bacon a couple of times which was nice! We tried the Italian food and service amazing however they had a problem with the air conditioning this particualr evening and it was a little too hot up there for us!
My only small critisism of this brilliant hotel is that a couple of the barstaff let it down, the waiters in the resteraunt were excellent however a couple of the male barstaff who flitted between the pool bar and lobby bar in the evenings were less than pleasant and I beleive that they need to address this as they appeared to be a weak link in a very strong team.On reflection we should have mentioned this but did not want to complain as we were having an amazing time!
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- Also Known As:
- Alba Resort Colakli
- Alba Hotel Colakli
- Alba Resort Hotel Turkey/Colakli