Booked 1 week stay here for May 2013, the start of their 'high season' - It has come to the time of year again where we are looking to book another holiday and it reminded me that I promised I would write a great review for this place. The staff were great - really helpful from the moment we arrived, the gardens and grounds were beautiful and the food was just to our tastes.
Before we booked we read some reviews on here that slated the food but all I can say is that if you like fresh, Mediterranean/ Turkish style foods you will be happy (lots of hummus, olives and feta were instant winners for us!). To add to that, even if you don't there was always something that was perhaps more suited to the 'British palate'. People classing the food as 'strange' were perhaps not accustomed to these flavours, for example, Dill is a common herb used in Turkish cuisine and can be tasted in quite a few of their salad dishes. There was also and Italian night and other themed food nights, along with an outdoor grill one night which smelt delicious. Bearing in mind the time of year we went (when it was still reasonably quiet), the size and variety of the spread they put on was fantastic.
We also read on here that the 'all inclusive' was not 'all inclusive', for example it didn't include freshly squeezed orange juice and ice cream. While this was true after a little reading around we started to realise that this was common to a lot of 'all inclusive' resorts and it is very rare that you will find a place that is truly all inclusive in this respect. For example, resorts will advertise "5 great restaurants" but only 2 or 3 of these may be included in the all inclusive package, with perhaps one night of dining included in their more 'superior' restaurants (as was the case for Bergamot which allowed one night of their Italian/Steak restaurant). Reading around greatly increased our knowledge of what to realistically expect on an all inclusive package, and even still we were more than happy with what was provided at Bergamot. For example, they don't tell you that every morning there are dedicated omelette chefs, ready to cook you up your omelette however you like it, with/without ham/ cheese/ tomato/ onion/ peppers/ chilli peppers!!
Location wise this was ideal for us, not too far a walk from the town and you could walk to the beach if you wanted to. The hotel basically had 3 views, pool view, mountain view and carpark view. We met a couple who were staying in the latter and even then you still had good views of the hills behind and it was also probably quieter on this side, not that noise was a problem as they were very good with sticking to 'curfews' when it came to the children's entertainment etc.
Room wise, it had everything we needed and more (the room had another single bed and a childs bed/ sofa by the window). The maids were also very good.
Would also recommend the Hammam/ spa, however, if you are planning on looking nice/groomed the evening following, don't get their specialty oil massage (I can't remember the actual name) as the oil will stay in your hair for about 24 hours, despite washing numerous times in different types of shampoo! My hair did, admittedly, feel great after this!!
I would definitely go back, all in all it was a great holiday for our first experience of '5 star all inclusive'
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Garden Resort Bergamot Hotel is located at Kemer, one of the most beautiful areas of the Antalya region. Kemer, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, is in walking distance. To the centre of Antalya it is about 40 km and 55 km to Antalya Airport. The hotel building with its little towers and terraces reminds of the architecture of the Ottoman Empire and the setting amidst a former orange grove provides a feeling of nature and peace. We are an All-Inclusive Family Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Hotel Bergamot
- Garden Resort Bergamot Hotel Kemer, Turkey - Antalya Province