We booked with a German travel agent for this resort incl flights. It's the first time that we do an all-inclusive resort, but we thought for only 4 nights it was worth the risk to get away from the gray winter. Was it? YES! Great value: 2 pax, AMS-Antalya-AMS flight with taxi transfers, resort + all meals and local drinks and alcohol. 808 euro
Resort: Busy. Average age was 65 and most stay 2-4 weeks. It's not a place for young folks but we were a couple and enjoyed the facilities.
Rooms: Nice decor, but not 5 star standard. They stock the frigo daily with juice and water. Small flat screen tv with emphasis on German and Turkish stations. Note: German is the preferred language and most of the staff are fairly fluent. English is not spoken much.
Free wifi is available in the lobby and bar area (first floor) but not really in the rooms. Regardless it is very slow. We did not need a/c and the temperature was perfect this time of year. Robes are provided and a safe.
Food: Plentiful, diverse, huge amount of choice, very tasty. Buffet style for breakfast, lunch and dinner with additional smaller versions offered: late breakfast, afternoon pastries, midnight soup/snacks. Plenty of salads and vegetables and hot meat entrees (excl pork) and bread selection. We loved the Turkish ice cream (caramel) that was served in the evening buffet.
There are two main bars that serve drinks (free of charge) from about 10am to midnight. They have a nice choice of cocktails, wine and beer (although the local alcohol isn't all that great, you eventually get used to it). We asked for turkish coffee instead of the machine (instant?) coffee. They were always very accommodating and service throughout the premises was top notch. We were very impressed by the staff.
You can book in advance one of the full service restaurant, first come basis with very limited seating. They serve a prix fixe menu which is nice but honestly we preferred the buffet options. Considering the complexity of pre-booking, it's not really worth the effort.
They also serve drinks at the beach/snack bar with lounge chairs in the sand next to the ocean. The 2 pools were always busy when the sun was out but the beach area was quiet.
There is also entertainment (animation is the term that they use) who organize activities and perform in the evening. You don't need to leave the resort, with all the options. But there are bus excursions you can pay additionally to join.
The resort is about 7 km from the center of Side town.It's a nice walk on the beach taking about 1.5 hrs. We walked there and took a dolmus (shared) bus back for 1.5 euro/3 lira. It stops running at 6-ish so plan your trip accordingly.
We then wandered leisurely around the area of the amphitheater and arrived at the Apollo at sunset. The town seemed a bit void of people in this low season which was nice. There is no entrance fee for what we saw. Highly recommended. Esp getting some fitness after all the food at the resort.
We went to the resort's independently run Spa. There are a few fitness machines, sauna (steam and dry) and the Hamam. Men and women are together. There is a small changing area. The massage and Turkish exfoliation treatment were offered (rather hard sell tactics though) for 50 euro which we found too expensive. I got a 1 hour massage just 5 mins away in the shopping bazaar for 55 lira which was simple and okay. Not worth the effort though, but my husband did get a great haircut at one of the barbershops there for 12 lira.
Tip: Everyone seems to quote euros and even price things in euros. We went to an ATM at the Antalya airport thinking that we would get a better rate to pay in lira, but it wasn't worth the effort. Unless you are staying a few weeks and traveling around a lot independently, just bring euros. They even give back change in euro!
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