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Reviewed 12 September 2010

We had a great holiday at the Majesty Tuana Park in August this year. Food is supurb, the pool is huge and never crowded except for a short time in the afternoon when pool matches took place (these were great fun to watch). The beach is fairly pebbly but there is a jetty to swim off, which is great. The park is kept scrupulously clean and tidy. We didn't use the entertainment much but what we saw was good. Great having all-inclusive, we could just help ourselves to whatever we wanted. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank AnneByrne
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

We’re a couple, both 30, Guardian-reader types (so you know what kind of angle we’re coming from!), who’ve just got back from a week Tuana. We’ve done all-inclusive before and know what we’re getting – the entertainment is always a bit, ahem, embarrassing and you don’t really get any culture of any kind on site, but we want a week of lying like starfish in the sun, of a glass of wine or a beer (free!) whenever we want them and no hassle about which restaurant to choose, but still with good food and lots of choice. Tuana achieved this for us in spades – it was lovely, and start to finish not a moment of stress or hassle or unpleasantness. Here’s everything you might need to know (and a lot, lot more…!).

Check in (in wee small hours) was prompt and polite. Our room was large and had a bath as well as a shower, and plenty of little freebies - shampoo, nail files, combs, etc, and three huge squeezy bottles of shower gel/hand wash - you don't need to take any. Beds were comfy, air con free and efficient. There was a small balcony and a mini bar stocked with water and beer. The shower was powerful and we always had hot water.

There is a children’s' pool and a large general pool which always seemed spotless and was never crowded - the bigger pool's majority is 2.2m deep, which is deep, and suited us as it kept the kids out of that bit and was quiet for floating about! There are three slides (in their own pool), for big kids like us. There is a pool bar so you can sit in the water and have a drink. There is no need to bring beach towels – they run an efficient system where you are given a towel card and exchange it for your towels. You hand these in when they are dirty (every day if you want) before 7pm, and then use your returned cards to get fresh ones when they arrive in the morning.

The site is large with well-tended grounds. There is a gym (with running machines, weights machines, free weights, steppers etc. A little tatty but air conditioned and opened 9am - 8pm) and water aerobics, yoga and aerobics daily for those who want to keep the belly at bay. There is a daily program of free air-rifle shooting, archery, boules, football, etc, and a little ‘newspaper’ is available at breakfast each day to tell you what’s on. There is a small 'zoo', with guinea pigs, rabbits and birds. The hotel is directly on its own beach (pebbly - bring jelly shoes or enter via the jetty). There are pedalos and canoes to use for free – you just ask. The jetty was lovely, with sunbeds and ladders into the sea and a diving board, and at night lit up beautifully for a quiet place away from the entertainment.

There are various bars - Poseidon, by the beach, which was always quiet; the bar in the snack bar, which was also quiet, except when sport was on! The pool bar (the above water bit!), a bar in the restaurant and one in reception. We never queued for more than 1 minute for a drink, and everything is all inclusive - all spirits, pre mixed ‘sex on the beach’ and pina colada, wine, beer, etc. The waiters are a little standoffish, but will make cocktails if you can tell them what’s in them. There was no cut off point - you can drink all the way through the night if you want! Efes, Becks and Fosters are available to self pour (brilliant!) and in the restaurant at dinner there is a big fridge of wine (white, rose, red) and you just help yourself to a glass or a bottle. There is a small outdoor disco too, which was good after a few drinks!

The restaurant: breakfast is omelettes or fried eggs, cooked to order, frankfurters, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, etc, pastries, loads of fresh and tinned fruit, yoghurts and the Turkish staples - hard boiled eggs, white cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, salads etc. There is even a 'diet buffet', so I was able to have reduced fat cheese with tomatoes and cucumber and cherries with 0% fat yoghurt. Hooray!

Lunch and dinner involved more different salads than I have ever seen in my life, rotated each night, plus about four hot meat mains such as chicken and vegetable in sauces, and (which I can't recommend enough) lamb with pureed aubergine and a white sauce, plus a selection of pastas, rices, potatoes, etc. There are always chips, and pide (Turkish pizza, yum), plus a man indoors cooking a meat on the grill every night - chicken, fish, steak or (most often) liver! Outdoors are things being cooked through the evening, different each nights - donner or chicken kebabs, little lamb burgers, whole spit roast chickens, burgers etc. There is also a huge array of different puddings and cakes. The food was good, not spectacular, but nice, and the salads were fabulous. If you are unadventurous (we saw one English couple milling about with chips and burgers and saying 'Well, we did better than last night.' Arg!) then of course you'll find it difficult, as you would anywhere - that's no hotel's fault. If you are willing to try (and there was nothing very scary) then it's great - a big choice, very fresh. My picky-ish boyfriend managed to eat like a king every night!

The turnover in the restaurant is high, and the waiters do not have time to re-lay the table. We did as others were doing – set up a table all nicely with wine, side plates, napkins and cutlery. This stops your table being taken (not that there is any shortage!) whilst you are getting your meal. This didn’t bother us at all!

There are three a la carte restaurants - we tried only the Turkish (there’s also fish and Italian). It was fab. It was lovely to get away from the throng for a night and be served at the table - we had all sorts of dips with bread, and a big lamb meatball for starters, then a plate of chicken and lamb kebabs with rice and bread and a Turkish baklava type pudding (there's no choice - you get to see the menu when you book so you can decide if it's for you, and the menu is the same for the week). The meal was lovely - we were astonished by people sending stuff back picked over. Why go, if you are scared of something as crazy as a meatball or a chicken kebab?! You seemed to be able to go as often as you liked to the a la cartes - you book at guest relations between 10am and 12pm the day before.

A mention here of two things you really ought to do while you are there - go to The Spa and (if you are a man) have a shave. The Spa is beautifully done out, with muslin-curtained massage pagodas outside, and a Jacuzzi, etc. There are a huge number of different treatments. We went for the best deal - for £20 you get a Turkish bath, where you are splashed with hot water in a big marble sauna, then exfoliated and massaged with foam. Then you get a very thorough half hour full body massage (ladies, take note - the masseurs, male or female, will take off your bikini top to do your back, and then flip you over, topless, to do your stomach! It was a bit of a shock the first time! They don't go near your breasts, but they are exposed. I presume you can ask for this not to be the case. I only wish I had known so I wasn't so panicked the first time!). Then you are led to lie down again, with a cup of tea. What most people didn't seem to realise was you could use the steam room, sauna and plunge pool (brrr!) for free after this lot. It was fabulous, and only £20! Our return flight was 3.55 am, and we had to vacate our room (or pay) by 12pm (standard procedure). The arrangement is that you can use The Spa to shower and change before your flight (well, before 8pm), so we booked in at 6pm for the Turkish bath and massage, played in the steam rooms, then used the showers etc and dressed for dinner. It was ideal – we were relaxed and clean before our flight. A note on late checkouts - you need to vacate by 12pm, or can pay £25 to keep the room until 4.30pm. This wasn't much use to us, leaving at 1am, and they would have quoted us for a 1am checkout, but we didn't want to waste the money, and were glad we didn't. There is a left luggage area in reception but it seemed to be left open all the time (there are some small – hand luggage sized - lockers but they were all in use when we were there). We changed at The Spa, had dinner and drinks and when we got worn out we went to reception (as others did) and lay on their very very comfy sofas and napped until the coach came!

The men's shave is brilliant - my boyfriend did it last time when we were in Turkey and wishes he could get this service here. You get a wet shave, with a cut throat razor (and a beard trim and very precise shave round the goatee if you have one, as my boyfriend does), side burns and back of the neck trimmed, threading round the eyebrows, nose and ear hairs trimmed and then flapped at with a lit taper (it's brilliant for getting rid of the little hairs, don't panic!) and then a head and face massage. All this for just £7, and whilst you could likely get a cheaper and more authentic experience in Fethiye itself, my boyfriend felt it was a quality service.

I've just thought to mention money. We took (unsurprisingly) Turkish Lira. You don't need to! Everything is priced in pounds, Euros and Russian dollars (the guests are English, German, Russian and Turkish, with a few Dutch). In fact, when we said we had Lira, most had to convert the £ prices to Lira on a calculator! I asked the German lady who ran the jewellery shop - she says they prefer the stability of pounds and Euros over their changeable lira, even out in the 'real world'- she has to pay her rent in Euros!

We were a bit disappointed with the entertainment – we aren’t people who really like the noisy, crowd participation, ‘My name’s Dave and I’m from ESSEX!’ kind of crap, but still, I think I would have liked it to be better. We’ve been places before where they had outside entertainers each night – hip hop dancers, etc – but this was all done by the (very hard working) animation team. There were a couple of crowd participation nights (men vs women, King of Tuana) which I really enjoyed despite myself, but the other things were between boring and odd. The last night was a long mime involving a toy maker and his marionettes…. If you have kids, or are used to this kind of thing and know you like it, then they certainly put the work in and I imagine it’s fine. We came here knowing that this place is off the beaten track (you can’t easily go anywhere) and so it was their entertainment or ‘nothing’, but that sitting around having a quiet drink and playing cards was what we wanted, and their are plenty of quiet corners (and free bars!) in which to do that.

As commenting on the behaviour of other nationalities seems to be the done thing on here (sadly), I would like to make a couple of remarks in this vein. Firstly, the hotel seemed to have a roughly even spread of Brits, Germans, and Russians, with a few Turkish people too, and the hotel does a pretty good job to cater to all of these. Staff wear badges indicating which languages they speak and the evening shows are performed in four different languages (this can be a little laborious but is a nice touch all the same). Secondly, whilst we did see a limited numbers of incidences of behaviour which was less than desirable, these came from people of all nationalities. We had no problem with queuing or sunbeds at any point in our holiday (there are loads of sunbeds, provided you’re not too fussed about sitting right next to the pool, and we didn’t really want to anyway).

Quick word on location – It’s not really within walking distance of anything much, hence the 3 out of 5, though it is positioned right on it’s own beach. There is a dolmus service which runs from the hotel into Fethiye, though we didn’t bother. There’s a speedboat service from the jetty too.

All in all we had exactly the kind of time we wanted and expected, and came back relaxed and well fed. There are no self-catering (paying) customers to be served first, and no charging you after 11pm as lots of places do. There aren’t any tills, anywhere (except for the spa treatments and the watersports activities). That made for a really unpressured, relaxed atmosphere. It really is, as one site described it, ‘Ultra all inclusive’. We had a lovely time!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank HurrayHurrah
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Reviewed 8 September 2010

Thoroughly enjoyed, Fantastic Entertainment through out the day. Entertainment Team 2nd to none. All have lovely smiles and great personalities.Service was a little slow at the bars, but all staff were still very friendly and helpful.No problems with the room very clean and tidy,although they would not let us keep the room on at the end of the holiday,which was dissappointing. Saving the absolute best till last. The Spa, what can i say. You have to try it. Ceo did my massage and i felt absolutly amazing when i walked out that Spa.First Class. But they dont speak much English in there so make sure you ask for Karen.She was brilliant. Very professional. Karen is English & she explained everything about the Spa and the services they do. Me , my 2 boys aged 15 & 11 & my husband all had the Haman massage and thoroughly enjoyed by all. But you have to try it for yourself. Please do. This hotel is definitly one i will go back to. Will just have to sort better flight times next time.So there you go. Really wanted all you English to know how good this Hotel is. Well done to Ceo,Karen,Dorina,Mahmut,Compella Sunshine,Zaferinho,Hakan, Yasin,Memolee for making our holiday truly the best ever. Thanks guys. Get yourselves a pay rise lol xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Catherine Fletcher, Nottingham

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank NottinghamFoxy1
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

Can'f fault the grounds, rooms, reception, cleanliness etc however it is a large resort so somewhat impersonal. High standard of cleanliness, pools lovely and clean although pool bars served drinks in glasses which should be a definate no no. Food ok for mass catering. The satellite restaurants had poor reviews but we only tried the Turkish so can't really comment. Adult evening entertainment very mediocre, childrens entertainment dire due to same 20 minute tape being played nightly. All made wose by the fact that the resort was very isolated and therefore no other immediate entertainment options available. Overall good value for money but don't be fooled by the overwhelming positive comments unless this is your thing!

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Thank izzywhizz8
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

have just arrived home from this fantastic holiday the staff couldnt do enough for you, the Hotel was so clean, stayed in park one the two ladies Hatice and Servet who ran the poolside bar fantastic.
Weather extremley hot 50 degrees some days a bit hot for me ,husband and son loved it.
Food varried lots of choice.
entertainment team friendly son played football everyday, piece ad quiet for me.
Hotel transport to town good
only negative i would say is if you want to go out and about walking this is not or you.
Dont take inscet repellen from England buy the local stuff, these insects really bite
Thomas Cook Rep brilliant,
Thomas cok plane coming home delayed by 2 hrs a bit tierd looking and very cramped.
The best bit was the fab Turkish bath in the spa heaven on a plate

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank swainey
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