We stayed here for 5 nights with 2 families with in total three young children (1, 3 &4).
Our first impression was good. The resort looked nice and well maintained and we got our rooms very quickly and the reception was friendly and relaxed. The rooms were nothing fancy, but certainly adequate and clean. Showers were very good (strong water flow and easy to get the right temperature) .Our friends did ask for a room change the next day because of noise from the evening entertainment and got a room on the other side of the building without any problem. So, if you don’t like disco music get a room on the outer side of the resort.
You do only get one room key with which you also switch the power on. This is probably to limit the use of airco’s when people are out, but is quite annoying when you need power for a babyphone when the kids are sleeping and you are at the bar. However, you do get a second room key when you ask at the reception.
The swimming pools at the resort (aquapark is separate) are good, but the slides are only turned on around 10-ish in the morning. And this is of course quite annoying when your children are ready to go swimming at 7 in the morning.
Beach area is quite nice and very quiet during the day.
There is a small gym, but that is a total disgrace. A lot of the equipment is in a very poor state up to the point that it can become dangerous. Seat of the home trainer was loose, footpads of the cross trainer were broken etc.
There are two main restaurants at the resort which serve buffet style food. We mostly used the restaurant in the older part of the resort as it was closer to our rooms, but also less crowded. The food generally looked nice and they take some effort to present it nicely (carved watermelons for example), however, the food itself was rather average, with tastes rather bland and lots of things hopelessly overcooked. The variety seemed great at first but I was glad I only stayed for 5 nights as it already started to get a bit boring after a day or three. Although nobody got any stomach problems and there was always staff busy with cleaning in the restaurants, I had my doubts about hygiene, as there were quite some flies and a lot of food is uncovered and can stand for quite some time. Also some people allowed their children to get their own food, which they grabbed with their hands instead of the cutlery. Also the seats in the restaurant are dangerous, as the veneer of the seats is starting to peel off and is very sharp.
There are also a few ‘a la carte’ restaurants on the resort. You get to use them for free once during your stay. However this ‘a la carte’ is a bit of a farce as the choice is extremely limited (but perhaps this is only the free ‘a la carte’). The atmosphere in the ‘a la carte restaurants is a lot more relaxed than in the big eat factories, so it was a welcome change. You have to book a table way in advance or the ‘a la carte’ restaurants will be fully booked.
The aqua park is quite spectacular. However, it is a major let down that it isn’t inclusive. It isn’t a long walk back to the resort, but with a bunch of kids who want to keep swimming it feels like Napoleons retreat from Moscow. Also the aquapark only opens at 10.30 in the morning which like already mentioned above is not very practical when your kids are up and running very early in the morning. The aquapark opening hours just totally did not match with the rhythm of our children and the lunch hours of the restaurant.
Keep in mind that there is a minimum height requirement (1.20m) for a lot of slides. And this requirement is totally ridiculous for a most of them. On most slides I would have comfortable taken my 4 year old. Normally I would not complain about a park caring about safety but this is over the top. Fortunately for us the kids part of the aquapark kept our children entertained enough for a couple of days, but 7-8 year olds, who can still be below 1.20m, will be bored out of their skulls if they won’t be allowed to ride the big slides.
To sum it up, we had a nice stay, and it certainly isn’t a bad place, but there were just too many small things that should be better.
TIP, if you go, bring INSECT REPELLENT as there are a lot of hungry mosquitoes…..and worse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aqua Fantasy Hotel and outstanding Water Park located at Izmir’s famous Ephesus Beach. Aqua Fantay’s guests are just miles away from some of the worlds most historical places such as the legendary city of Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House, Artemis Temple and Şirince Village. Aqua Fantasy is just 5 km (3 miles) from Ephesus, 8 km (5 miles) to the famous holiday town of Kusadası, 8 km (5 miles) to the city of Selcuk and 55 km (34 miles) to Izmir International Airport.Whether preferring lively water activities and fun slides, Aqua Fantasy is the perfect retreat for water lovers. The quiet surroundings, comfortable accommodation, wonderful views and great beachfront location make this a perfect family escape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquafantasy Aquapark Hotel And Spa
- Aqua Fantasy Hotel Aquapark
- Aqua Fantasy Selcuk
- Aqua Fantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA Turkey/Izmir Province