To begin with our room was described as seaview, our room faced out onto the outside bar area which is next to the road, the sea being to the right and scarcely in view at all.
The room itself was small but appeared clean and the towels and bedding were so.
The bathroom was cramped, bath/shower not suitable for individuals with mobility problems and was not properly cleaned!
Due to the hour of arrival we did sleep the first night however our room was close to the on-site nightclub which was open until around 2am, on a couple of occasions we went down to have a look at the place and found it empty but still staffed and music blasting!? Not surprising since they charge for drinks in there!
Our first breakfast sitting was like bedlam! There were many tables piled with dirty plates and cups and staff rushing around asking patrons to lift their plates to put tables runners underneath whilst other diners were stood looking around for clean tables and cutlery. Basic disorganisation and lack of good management!
Credit to the chefs, breakfast had freshly made omlettes and fried and boiled eggs. No museli or other healthy cereals. They had yogurts and cheeses and sauted sausages, not to my taste but a selection nonetheless. Lunch and dinner sittings had plenty of fresh salad, olives, cheeses and cold meats. There were next to no meat dishes, one meat dish per day at best and you wouldnt believe the indignity some people displayed in their desperation and greed!!! On one occasion a server was put to a meat dish to obviously, serve out one portion per person, only to find people reaching behind him spooning it onto their plates whilst the queue of people in front of him looked on in disbelief and this poor chef looked totally speechless! The pide breads were beautiful, as were the pea and chickpea casseroles left out in clay pots, bizarrely, little attention was payed to these but at least we didnt have to fight to get to them.
The front of house staff were exceptionally rude, there was one gentleman, young fellow who was not but i cannot recall his name. The others just didnt have a clue what they were doing, they spoke good english but treated us with obvious distain, Kupra particularly. She even went so far as to raise her voice to my travel companion when she asked if her beach towel had been handed into reception as it had fallen from the balcony..."i told you it is in your room!" ...arms outstretched, tutting and shrugging her shoulders. The towel was not in our room and was in fact later found in the hotel laundry.
Staff in the dining area were friendly but i did take offense when after asking our names and where we were from one of them asked if we wanted to meet him on the beach when he finished work at midnight. My friend and i are mid twenties and this guy looked mid to late thirties. I just found it extremely rude and totally inappropriate!
The hotel is on the outskirts of Antalya, about 20 mins bus ride to Antalya old town and the marina, which is beautiful, but means you're quite far out and the surrounding area appears to be residential apartments rather than an established tourist area.
The travel rep (who was not directly related to the hotel) tried to rob us blind when we asked if he could help us get transport to a cable water ski park in Tasigil. He had the audacity to add 20 euros per person to the days riding price, plus tried to charge us 90 euros for the shuttle there and back. What he didnt realise was that i had already spoken to the manager of Hip-notics (the cable ski) so i knew the price already and so given the reps dishonesty we got the bus. No. 49 to the motorway (4TL for the both of us), then the Manavgat Side service coach to Tasigil (15TL) for the both of us. Hip-notics picked us up from the bus stop, took us back there after a days riding and the buses were the same price back to the hotel. It took about 1hr 35 mins there, 2hours back due to traffic. Sorted. And highly recommended as a day out!! The staff at Hip-notics were helpful, polite and not sleezy in the slightest which was refreshing given the hassel we got on the beach, in Antalya town and even as i mentioned in the hotel.
The animation team staff were friendly but the entertainment at night was abismal, very childish.
The spa treatments were pricey! We did manage to chip him down a bit and to be honest the massage i had was great, the indian head massage my friend had reportedly not so good. The staff from the spa were out around the pool every day looking for business, we tried to explain that their prices were more expensive than what i pay in an Elemis salon in England but they kept banging on about the hotel being 5 star and just didnt seem to grasp that if the treatments were cheaper they would get more business and generate more income!?
All in all i would not recommend this place. It looks nice granted but theres alot more to a good hotel than plush furnishings in the reception area. It is nowhere near a five star, not even by Turkey's standards. Im sure if you want a week away in a hot climate with a nice breeze and are happy to tolerate the aforementioned then fine, but make sure you get it at a cheap price. I wont be going back there and i wouldnt recommend it. The highlights of our holiday were 1) going to Hip-notics cable ski, 2) meeting a lovely couple the day before we left (who incidentally didnt rate the place either) and 3) going home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the seafront near Antalya, the Sealife is an all-inclusive hotel in Turkey within easy reach of the Olympos National Park and many of the fascinating Greco-Roman cities which once dominated this part of the world, such as Perge. Minibuses to Antalya and Kemer depart from outside the hotel every 15 minutes, allowing you to pop into town or get to the airport with ease. The beach in front of the hotel has been awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of its cleanliness too. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sealife Family Hotel Antalya
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