My family and I have just returned from a very enjoyable week's stay at the asteria elite hotel. We had a private transfer from the airport which is about 45 mins especially if you get the driver we had :). Very straight forward and easy check in and as we went all inclusive we were given wrist bands to wear. I believe they offer SC, HB, FB and AI? We had requested a 2 bedroom appt as we are a family of 5 and asked for a quiet location. We were in one the villa complexes which was no more than a 30 sec walk to the main lobby. The room was absolutely lovely. Main double bedroom for me and the wife and a separate bedroom with a double for the girls and a single for my son. Both rooms had balconies and the bathroom had Bath/shower. As we were AI the mini bar was free and stocked daily with alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water and the room was cleaned daily to a very high spec.
It must've been fairly new in to the season as for the first couple of days it was relatively quiet. The food was stunning and you never went hungry. There were always hot and cold selections for all meals ie breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also served food at the pool bar and that too was fantastic. They offer a wide range of food covering everyone's taste. Drinks were good quality, I'm not a massive drinker but enjoyed the local beer and the wife was on piña coladas and baileys, kids enjoyed endless coke, water and non alcoholic cocktails - if not all inclusive, these could've been quite expensive. We also had free ice creams which came in handy with the kids. They also offered waffles, candy floss, a la carte amongst other things.
The main pool which is huge was very cold and 1.4m deep everywhere so be mindful of this with smaller kids. I enjoyed jumping in after sun bathing and we definitely had a good week in terms of weather. They also had an indoor pool which was very popular but again 1.4m throughout and minimal lifeguard supervision. Well equipped gym which I struggled to understand why people would use on holiday - perverts! The staff especially the animation team worked very hard and were always helpful should you need them. Our kids spent time with the mini club which was well run. They also did archery, beach volleyball, air rifle shooting etc - loads to do if you wanted to. The staff worked from 8am to sometimes gone midnight and still smile the next day. We found out how much they earn and it's awful but they do it and do it well. They love young white English girls and one of mine is blond and blue eyes therefore she was centre of attention which, at times, was a little off putting but I don't think there was anything sinister behind it.
Local entertainment was on most evenings as well as kids disco.
English is definitely not the first language neither is Turkish. The hotel became extremely popular with Germans which ordinarily isn't a problem but the rude ones must've arrived at asteria elite 2nd half of the week which got on my nerves slightly. German is very much the first language.
Beach wasn't great but then the pools were so never really used it. When we did walk along it seems as the resort is up and coming as there was lots of building work going on. But then again, for us it was about relaxing as a family, not saying no to kids and spending time by pool which we achieved.
There is a bazaar across the road were you can get knock off shirts clothing for about £6 a top, we used Turkish lira.
Overall, good points are food, rooms, cleanliness, staff especially animation, unlimited drinks, ice cream and food for AI, facilities.
My only gripe is with smokers (of which I'm an ex). I accept there's a big cultu across Europe but sometimes when the saturation was busy, you could sit outside to eat and people, mostly German, would start smoking next to you whilst you were still eating which got on my nerves Nd I made my feelings known to a few. Although given up, I think I've smoked at least 40 through passive smoking. You are free to kill yourselves but all I ask is to be considerate to those around you who don't want to die just yet. I also saw an English couple encouraging their son to smoke who could've been no older than 18 - why would you???
We would go back but there's not much to do outside the hotel. We fell in love with Turkey so before he head off back here, we will explore other areas first.
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- Also Known As:
- Asteria Elita Hotel Manavgat
- Asteria Elita Resort Turkey/Manavgat, Antalya Province