Just returned from a family holiday at Club Paradiso and we all had a great time. English people are definitely in the minority, as far as I know we were the only English family staying there at the time and staff are surprised when you tell them you are English, but we did not find this a problem at all. All staff speak English and all the entertainment both during the day around the pool and in the evening at the ampitheatre is in English.
We had a 2 bedroomed family room, which was lovely and huge. 1 bedroom with double bed, 1 bedroom with twin beds, bathroom with walk in shower, sitting room with sofa, dining table, tv and chairs, kitchenette included in sitting room and 2 separate balconies accessed from both sitting room and 2 bedrooms. Everything very clean and room cleaned every day. Fridge filled with bottled water daily. Our 1 complaint about the room was that the air con wasn't up to scratch and that is the only grumble we had about this holiday. It was more a fan and only in the sitting room which made it too hot to sleep in the bedroom at night at times, even with window open. The air con did not cool down even the sitting room to an acceptable level and really needs improving.
We thought the entertainment was very good and enjoyable and the entertainment staff obviously work very hard. Moulin rouge show was very good, although unusually the staff mime to the film track so you are actually hearing Ewan McGregor etc., but we still found it enjoyable to watch.
Pools are very nice, the main paul next to the restaurant has pool games and music playing, my husband took part in the spoon diving game, which was fun. Also have pool volleyball, darts, aerobics etc. during the day. We were in block b which has a quieter pool just behind it which was also very nice. One word of warning, if you do not get up early to secure sunbeds in the quieter pool then you are unlikely to get one, it was a case of "if you can't beat them join them" and we ended up reserving with towels or we would not have ended up with a sunbed. This is not so much a problem at the main pool as the staff remove towels that have been put on beds to reserve them.
The drinks quality was very good, the cocktails were very strong, although the children's drink of choice, the cinderelle cocktail was different every time they had it.
We were very impressed with all the food, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Always a huge variety and different every day. Always at least 2 dishes being freshly cooked in front of you at dinner. There are themed nights at dinner such as Turkish, fish and Italian. We ate at the fish restaurant which was also very nice, you have to reserve a table the day (morning) before you eat there and pay a returnable 10 euro deposit. You need to get up early though as people start reserving tables from 7 in the morning. You get a selection of starters laid out on the table when you arrive and then choose your main and dessert from the menu, we can recommend both the trout and the bream. The service is good with glasses refilled every time they are empty. We booked the bbq restaurant for our last day but unfortunatley did not have time to eat there before we had to leave for the airport, but it is the same as the fish restaurant, selection of starters when you arrive and then you go and pick the bbq food as it is cooked. It is very popular and we heard a man complaining at reception that he had tried to book it 6 times, but if he had asked (as we did) reception would have told him that people start booking at 7 am and if he had come down at this time he would have secured a table.
We did not try the disco as we had children with us, but it seemed quite popular and I think opened at 11 and went on until 2 or 3. On Fridays there is a party on the beach thrown by the entertainment staff which looked very good. Unfortunately we didn't get to go to it as we arrived early hours of Saturday morning and left the next Friday evening. It is 6 euros a ticket and drinks are 1 euro each but they have shows, fireworks, fireshows, water shows and lots more. We would have done it if we were able.
We went into Alanya centre once, it is 1 euro or 2 TL each way on the bus. I must say we found the shopkeepers to be very pushy, much more so than they were when we went to Olu Deniz and the man in one of the perfume shops got quite nasty when we didn't want to buy anything. The further you walk up away from the sea front the cheaper things get and the less pushy people become so we did most of our shopping up there. You still have to haggle for everything though!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, except maybe those with walking difficulties as there are lots of steps to go up and down. I wouldn't let the fact that not many English people visit here put you off as people were very friendly and we did not encounter any rudeness of animosity whilst we were there. We booked through Holidaygems and got a very good deal. All in all a fantastic holiday.
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