I have been very satisfied by my vacation in Iberostar Bellis in Belek in June. We were 4 adults and 4 children aged 3 to 6. The resort is located about 40 minutes bus drive from the airport on the sea side surrounded by a forest and neighboring 5* resorts. Frankly, I did not leave the resort once during the week as it was not necessary.
The reception was welcoming and our request to receive two apartments close to each other was duly acknowledged from the beginning. However, there was a blunder and the reception tried to give us some rooms of a lower quality than we have paid, we of course refused and were offered the right rooms. We made a bit of a fuss about that too, so the reception was kind enough to guarantee us a free upgrade from the second day. They were expecting a tip, but some of us were a bit unhappy of all the trouble, so we haven't given any.
Junior suites and suites are nice, they are not real suites of course, just larger rooms, but after all were not priced as real suites, so happy about that too.
It takes less than five minutes from the hotel to the beach and the pools are even closer. Plenty of swimming pools (3+1 for small children) and quite a nice beach with sand (mostly). Since it was early season, I did not get the feeling that the hotel was full, however finding a nice sunbed on the beach required the 7am morning "reserved with my towel" routine. I know it's nasty but you can't avoid it. However, the late risers can be happy about the fact that they could find a couple of sunbeds on the beach or around the swimming pools even at 9:30 am. Around noon and in the afternoon, there were more sunbeds available everywhere, so the hotel gets a good rating at this key item.
Service was good throughout the hotel, sometimes outstanding (cleaning lady, one of the thematic restaurants), sometimes slightly below par (main restaurant at rush hour). Since there is nowhere to go outside, the resort has a shopping and services area which is pretty expensive. I suggest to avoid it unless you are going for a splurge. The photographers and the spa ladies were annoying but bearable.
Free wireless internet is a must for me and the hotel had it. A plus for that one.
Food was very good and diverse. Definitely better than my previous all-inclusive experiences. Various stands and bars are open during lunch time, so you can get your hot dog or doner-kebab, or grill with salad close to the pools. Also there is an area with picnic tables. For the dinner, 5 thematic restaurants open, you need to pre-reserve and pre-order the dishes in the morning, the best one is by far the fish restaurant, the Turkish one is popular but a bit overrated.
If there's something I liked the least, it was the children animation team, it was below what I've seen in my previous two vacations in Turkey and Greece and if the kids had a lot of fun, it was mostly because of their own enthusiasm. The mini-disco is actually a repetitive animation show and the kids are not left on the stage (except for 5 minutes at the end). So they are left standing crowded around the scene, looking at the show and not dancing so much. Also the animation team is too focused on the Russian kids at the expense of pretty much everyone else (more about the nationality of tourists in the next paragraph). I cannot comment on the adult animation efforts, I only stayed at one evening show which was good and did not participate into any of the daytime animation events.
Antalya is for Russians what Spain is for Brits, so I was expecting to see a lot of them everywhere. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that only about 50% of the tourists were Russian speakers and even so, not all of the them were Russians, many were Kazahs. The rest of the crowd was very diverse, French, Brits, Nordic countries, Dutch, German speaking countries, Romanians. Less than 25% were older people, more than 50% were family groups with children of various ages.
The weather in early June was great, sunny with 30-32 C, the sea was warm, all in all the best summer vacation with kids so far and a great price (I've got all the early booking discounts there were). I would gladly return next year to this hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Bellis Hotel Belek
- Iberostar Bellis Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting on Belek Beach on Turkey's southern coast, the Iberostar Bellis Hotel is an unrivalled seaside resort. Our 5-star hotel, featuring opulent spa, fine dining, and action-packed sports, has undergone complete renovations from 2007 through 2011. The perfect balance of Belek luxury and family fun, the Iberostar Bellis will be the Mediterranean vacation of your dreams, filled with all of the comforts to please every type of guest. ... more less
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