Stayed here for one week over the Easter holidays and wasn’t disappointed. We booked the all inclusive holiday plus transfers through Easyjet holidays and got a real bargain considering the hotel is worthy of 5 stars. The tour operator in Turkey is Regal Tours and they are the ones who provide the hotel transfers to and from Bodrum, which took around 2 hours factoring in a 10 minute rest break and stops at other travellers’ hotels. The Regal Tours’ Rep also meets you at the hotel to go through the excursions that they offer – more on this later.
The hotel itself is very grand with marble-esque and chandeliers adorning the lobby and reception area. There’s plenty of plush seating in the lobby as well as the bar area. The facilities in the hotel include: main restaurant, 2 x a la carte restaurants open in high season, a main bar with outside seating, a disco bar with different entertainment every night; 2 poolside bars, an entertainment theatre, again open in high season; a man-made beach, 2 outdoor pools and 1 indoor heated pool, shops selling jewellery, tourist tat, postcards, stamps, clothes, bikinis, flip flops, toiletries etc; a hairdressers, gym and the spa. There are also numerous activities around the clock such as Zumba, water polo, table tennis etc.
The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. For us, particular praise must go to the bar staff for making delicious cocktails and the attentive waiters at dinner. The animation team could be described as friendly, persuasive and resilient. If you’re here to take part in all the activities then you’ll love them, but if you’re here for a quiet relaxing time, then the persistent pestering to join them can become irritating. Special mention must go to Jasmine who gets first place in the annoying category; for our first 3 days she hounded us around 3-4 times a day and even pulled up a chair and joined us during our dinner trying to get us to go to the disco later. I thought this was extremely rude and she needs to learn boundaries and take ‘no’ for an answer. I think she finally got the message after 4 days and that being said; the other staff were nowhere near annoying as she.
Like the activities, food was round the clock pretty much. We arrived at the hotel at 11:40pm and were relieved to learn that the restaurant was open until 12:30am. There’s breakfast, lunch, cakes and ice-cream, Turkish pizza and snacks, then dinner. We found the food delicious and there was something for everyone, although I do think that Vegetarians would struggle somewhat. Other people have complained that the food is the same every day – well yes, in some ways it was, if you ate EVERYTHING on offer every day. But I had something different every day and let’s be honest, how much variety do you have with your meals when you’re at home? Personally, I have 2 pieces of toast for breakfast pretty much every day – no variety there! As we were all inclusive we had drinks for free too. The local beer, Efes, is very nice and the red wine is comparable to Italian wine. We also enjoyed their White Russian cocktails and their non-alcoholic Pink Lady cocktails.
Around the pool area they provide you with towels and you drop them back in the cart when you’re done with them. As we were there in April, the pool was never crowded and there were plenty of loungers for everyone. Part of the pool is a kids pool, so kids can play safely and have lots of fun, although one senior lady didn’t like the joy and laughter of the kids playing and actually went right up to this little lad’s face and started shouting at him in German and wagging her finger in his face – he looked so frightened and started to cry. Within easy reach of the pool side are toilets, showers, changing rooms and obviously the pool side bar.
The rooms are lovely and very spacious. They are mainly twin rooms, so you may need to push the beds together if you prefer. Most of the rooms have a sea view. Within the rooms you have: a hairdryer, fridge with minibar (not included in all inclusive), wardrobe with 8 hangers, TV showing some English, Italian, French and German shows, Room service is available, AC, tea & coffee facilities, a balcony with 2 chairs and a table and 3 drying prongs to dry wet swimwear (brings pegs). The safe needs a key from reception and I think there may be a deposit needed for it. Wi-Fi for the week was available for 70TLR. The beds were very comfy and there were no sleep issues aside from call to prayer every morning around 6:15ish, but this didn’t bother me at all. The bathroom was a good size with a bath and shower and the water pressure was good with plenty of hot water. Toiletries of shampoo, soap and a shower cap were provided. Bottled water was also provided daily.
When our Regal Tours’ rep arrived we booked a full day trip to Ephesus including lunch which cost £45 – this was absolutely amazing and our tour guide Ramason was fab, but they take you to an awful leather fashion show and you have no time to look at the market stalls, so perhaps you could tell them that you don’t want to buy very expensive leather jackets but would prefer more time at the sites and/or at the market stalls. We also booked a boat trip for £20 and we booked a Hamam (Turkish bath) at our hotel for £15. The Hamam was in The Spa of the hotel and was absolutely amazing! The staff are very lovely and professional at what they do. I felt so relaxed after the massage and my skin was so soft and glowing from the Hamam – I highly recommend doing this. We also used the sauna at the hotel, which is a bit small and I didn’t really like the fact that other guests were naked (it was a mixed sauna) but that could just be me being prudish. Had I known that it was a mixed sauna, I would have been more prepared for the sights! Make sure you bring a towel from your room to use in the sauna.
The location of the hotel is pretty far out of Kusadasi centre, but to be honest, you don’t need to leave the hotel for anything. If you do need things and don’t want to use the hotel shops, there is a shop and café at the security gate of the hotel where items are much cheaper. There was also a taxi service available there. The bus stop to Kusadasi is just across the road, although the road is a very fast busy road, so be careful crossing. The bus is convenient, cheap, frequent, quick and very accommodating – no problems using it.
All in all, we had a fantastic and pleasurable stay. I’ve stayed in a 5 star hotel in Miami, and this was much, much nicer and a lot cheaper. I would definitely come back and stay here again. I simply cannot fault it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fantasia Hotel De Luxe has everything you need for amazing holiday. Located in unique place of Aegean Region, Kusadasi, hotel is surrounded by the ancient cities of Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and the House of Virgin Mary. It features sophisticated and elegant design and offers modern and spacious rooms. Fantasia Hotel Deluxe Kemer offers a range of dining options, including rich open buffet, a la carte restaurants and snack bars. Guests can taste the unique flavors of the Turkish and International cuisines in the main restaurant Nostalgia, while a la carte restaurants will offer dinner with the best features of Mediterian and Aegean menu. Guests can choose between various leisure activities for adults and children. Fantasia Hotel De Luxe also offers a wide variety of spa facilities, including an indoor pool, traditional hamam, sauna, health and beauty treatments. During the stay guests will experience the highest standards of service and hospitable atmosphere of Fantasia Hotel De Luxe Kusadasi. ... more less
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