This is the first review I've ever written (yep, the wrapper is now off!) so if it's a bit clumsy, (and wordy) I'll apologise in advance.
We stayed at the Aqua Fantasy Hotel & Spa resort from 30 June for two weeks and I have to say we had the greatest family holiday we've every had. (The reason I was compelled to write this review).
I really can't praise this resort too highly.
We've never stayed anywhere abroad that's been so clean - I read one review where the person was complaining that there are too many cleaners....er.... what!?!?
The cleaners do an incredible job, their hard work allowed our children to pretty much run around for two weeks without the need for shoes (which our 5 year old girl loved!) and not only that, they keep creepie crawlies away because there's nothing to attract them... too many cleaners my eye! I really don't understand the mentality of some reviewers.
Next there'll be complaints about too much beer available on the all inclusive package!
I have to admit, with all-inclusive, you often run the gauntlet a bit with quality versus availability but again Aqua Fantasy delivered with a staggering amount of fresh food every day - fresh kebabs and noodles every lunchtime were a huge hit, fresh omelettes / pancakes / crepes every morning and any number of pastries, with fresh meat / fish / pasta every night... I could go on!
This is one place where you definitely won't go hungry - the kitchen / catering staff do an incredible job.
Ice cream is only available as part of the all-inclusive package for 2 hours a day and while I originally thought we would miss this compared to previous years in Spain etc, we found that the ice-cream was of infinitely better quality from other resorts (not the potted, half melted, mush you often get but real Carte D'or ice-cream...yummy) and because you can pretty much eat from the moment you get up to the time you go to sleep, we really didn't miss the normal deluge of ice-cream that comes with being on an all-inclusive holiday!
The reduced availability meant it actually became a treat to look forward to (as it would be at home) which I found I preferred and I have to say, neither of our kids (8 and 5) complained - they genuinely didn't miss it and grew to look forward to the treat.
The rooms in the hotel were nothing short of excellent (we had a standard family room) which was faultless - the air-con was an absolute godsend and again it was FREE - I had expected and was completely prepared to pay for this luxury. A nice touch was a 2L bottle of water every day in the room - very handy for night-time etc.
There was a mini-bar in the room and although we didn't raid it, the prices were no more expensive than the bar would have been, had we had to pay.
Our room had two flat screen HD TV's in it (one in each bedroom, which is standard for the hotel) and many of the channels provide English as an option (with some fiddling and a little guess-work!) - I got to watch Turbo one evening... (clearly it's the simple things...!)
The Aquapark is awesome!!! Some of the people on Trip-Advisor go on about it being small with huge queues - but compared to what?!?! In the two weeks we were there, the queues sometimes looked long but they are all fast moving and not only that - where do you ever go nowadays where you don't have to queue? This isn't the 1950's.
We booked our holiday through First Choice and found them to be excellent. Admittedly we didn't have any major issues but the one we did have was sorted immediately and with no fuss whatsoever. There was a mix-up with the transfers where we paid for a taxi (2 hours from Bodrum each way!) and when we got there, there was no transfer booked at all - either to the hotel or back to the airport at the end of the holiday. Danielle (the rep at the airport) had us in a taxi within 5 minutes of being presented with the problem and likewise, Pippa at the resort had a taxi waiting to take us back to the airport at the end of the holiday. (Unfortunately, this arrived on the right day - a week later would have been ideal!).
The childrens' entertainment was excellent throughout the holiday with three separate kids clubs (morning, afternoon and evening) and then the entertainment / animation / mini-disco at night.
Our kids only went to the Kids Club a couple of days because there was so much other stuff to do in the complex.
The notable highlight of the entertainment was the 'Smurfs' family animation show - it was outstanding and thoroughly enjoyed by the whole audience. The entertainment team work incredibly hard and how they remember all the kids names is just witchcraft as far as I'm concerned!
First choice offer a selection of excursions leaving directly from the hotel and we went on the Family Cruise - this was incredibly enjoyable and was a really relaxed day - it served as a great change of scenery for us all. On this cruise, both our son and daughter fell in love with Shannon the First Choice rep who went on the cruise with us! They are hoping she is there when they go back next year!!
One thing we did like was that there was a 'swap-box' in the First Choice office - which allowed people to leave and make use of all kinds of weird and wonderful stuff. A simple thing, but a really good idea.
I could go on, but if I write much more, I'll probably get a nose bleed!
This hotel and resort is as the title of this review suggests, worth every single penny you will spend on it and the testament to that is the number of people who go back to it more than once.
We will certainly be back and I for one can't wait.
- 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