Booked with Thompson, stayed 7th August for two weeks. Booked the deluxe rooms (in the main building)
Antalya airport was surprisingly quiet when we arrived mid afternoon, straight through passport control and not having to queue for a visa was a plus ! Transfer about an hour, no rep on the coach which seems to be the norm lately.
Cold face cloth and glass of bubbly on arrival and quickly shown to our rooms. I emailed before departure and requested high floor and adjacent rooms which was what we got.
The rooms are quiet small but are clean and comfortable. If you are next to the elevator then they are even smaller. Now as for deluxe, they may be for a four star but I have stayed in better standard rooms along the coast in 5* hotels in Belek. But having said that this was considerably cheaper than other similar accommodation in the Side area. The rooms were always cleaned to a high standard, towels and bedding changed when necessary and the mini bar and tea/coffee topped up every day, never had to ask for anything.
The food was of a good standard, but as with all AI holidays it gets a bit samey after a while. We found the buffet was quieter if we went for breakfast about 8am and dinner 8pm. it could get busy and I wish people with children would realise its not a playground ! The waiters worked hard to clear dirty plates, bring drinks and reset tables in heat approaching 40 degrees. Again I emailed ahead of our arrival to request a booking in two al a carte's for my birthday and wedding anniversary, the hotel made the reservations for us. The Chinese was a nice atmosphere, a set menu with only two choices for main course, nothing like you get here but was nice to be waited on. The steak again a set menu no choices you got what you were given but again it made a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the buffet. My son ate at the Italian and he said it was by far the best of the al a carte's.
The hotel also provided a bottle of champagne for my birthday and a bottle of red wine for our anniversary which was a nice touch.
Drinks were not all premium brands but again were acceptable and the Coke/Sprite/Fanta was not the syrupy type that you often get in hotels.
Gardens were kept immaculate, as were the pool area and beach first thing every morning.
Sun beds should not be reserved here until after 9am, if you placed a towel/book and left them, they should have been removed, we did see this happen on several occasions but it was a bit hit and miss. Premium spots were taken early, but you could always get a bed and shade on the beach. The sea bed was a bit rocky in places so you needed to be careful, we had a few stubbed toes. There was always something going on around the pool, Water polo, darts, archery, volley ball, football. pool games etc.
Did not see the evening entertainment, we liked to sit at the beach bar in the evening although some of the groups sounded dire !
Side was a taxi ride away 8 Euro, they are parked just outside the hotel. A typical Turkish town for the tourists full of fake goods, nice to have a wander in the evening. We stopped off at the Kiss bar for drinks, reasonably priced and run by a lovely chap.
All in all we had a nice relaxing holiday, no complaints.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the seafront, Turquoise Hotel has a private, 200-metre-long, Blue Flag awarded and sandy-pebble beach with 2 piers. The hotel offers a large main pool, relax pool, a water park with 3 water slides, 5 pools for guests of Lake Houses, an indoor pool and spa facilities.The rooms of Turquoise Hotel include a flat-screen TV, electronic safe box, and a minibar with soft drinks and water. All rooms have a balcony. Some rooms also offer sea or pool views.Dining options include buffet and à la carte restaurants at Turquoise Hotel. Begonvil Restaurant serves daily breakfast in open buffet style and lunch for Lake Houses guests. You can enjoy light snacks for lunch. The bars offer a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.The spa centre includes a sauna and a Turkish bath for relaxation. You can also enjoy beach volley or play tennis on site.Side town centre is 3.5 km from the hotel. Antalya Airport is 65 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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