We were greeted upon arrival with a glass of champagne and our luggage was brought to our room shortly afterwards. In the room there was a bottle of wine and a fruit platter waiting for us. The mini bar is stocked daily with water, soft drinks and beer.
Rooms are spacious, clean and modern. The shower is great, it's a wet room (which explains why i couldn't see it on the 360degree tour on the hotel's website!). All toiletries are provided - there's Dove shower gel and shampoo in dispensers in the shower and then there's additional hotel branded soap, shower gel, bath salts, body lotion etc, PLUS toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving kit, sewing kit, shower caps, cotton wool, cotton buds, nail file, comb, you name, it's there there's even an "Emergency Kit" which contains a tampon, a panty liner and a condom! So you really only need to take your suncream and conditioner for your hair if you use it.
Hotel staff and very friendly, they love the kids. It's waiter service in the main lobby bar which means you just sit and relax whilst your drinks are brought to you. There was never a shortage of waiters to take orders and they were all polite and friendly.
Food was wonderful. The main buffet restaurant has a wide selection of foods and there's a separate children's buffet. One of the evenings was a special seafood night which was great, if you like it that is. I've never seen prawns bigger. We didn't have any problems getting into the a la cartes and ate at all the ones we wanted to - the Forest Pub, the Chinese (Tai Pen), the Turkish (Lochanta) and the mediterranean (Sapore). There were 15 of us in our group and we were booking tables of 6 no problem. The Forest Pub is the best in my personal opinion but they were all excellent. Poolside food was also excellent there was a salad buffet and spit roast chicken plus a menu to order from - i recommend the Turkish Pide - plus a selection of fruit and desserts and ice cream. Again it was waiter service. Room service was great and prompt, we used it to order milk for our son and late night snacks after a night out. The coffee shop is lovely and serves salad and cakes/pastries in the afternoon.
Entertainment was also excellent. We were there during change over to summer season so we did see an improvement in our second week when the shows moved to the outdoor theatre which is bigger but on the whole it was all great. Highly recommend watching the Moscow Kids Circus and the Chinese Acrobats, both were fantastic. There’s a mini disc every night for the kids, before the main show, where they copy routines which our kids loved. There’s the main lobby bar which is just background piano sort of music plus La Bomeme, just off the lobby which we didn’t go to but sounded lively with karaoke etc. The poolside entertainment hadn’t really got going as we were there during the changeover week but i think it’s a disco and live music and it’s a lovely setting by the pool with candle lit tables and couches. The indoor nightclub (Purple Rain) we found out is only open in the winter. The outdoor club, Salmakis, was open from 11.30pm though and was good fun on the occasions that we went.
Beach lovely and very clean, they are constantly sweeping sand of the decked walkways and emptying and cleaning the bins. There’s also a smaller snack serving Gozleme pancakes. The pool was a bit cool but i imagine in the height of summer when temperatures are higher it’s just perfect. The slides are very fast! Indoor pool also came in handy when we had a couple of days of rain.
Next to the pool area is the kids area which has shallow pools covered over for shade, plus pools with slides. The kids can draw, play games and make things and the staff are great and really make you feel special, like your kids are their favourite. There’s also a train, carousel and bumping bars, which kids can go on at ANY TIME, it was never any trouble for the staff to get the train going even for a just a couple of kids at a time. There’s also a shaded playground for the kids at the front of the hotel. There’s a room for 0-3 with lots of baby toys and mats plus a kitchen and highchairs to feed babies. There’s also an arcade, bowling alley and billiards bar inside the hotel – so you can never be bored, there’s even a library!
We took a taxi into Belek a couple of times, which cost 10euros. It’s a great little town for shopping, an abundance of leather goods – mainly bags – jewellery and clothes. The bags are very expensive but are excellent copies and still only a fraction of the RRP if you consider that some of them cost thousands. There’s a market on a Saturday which is cheaper but that’s also reflected in the quality of the goods. On the whole great though.
This really is a five star resort. It’s in a beautiful setting, staff wait on you hand and foot and are very polite, friendly and great with the kids. The ages of those in our party are 1,2,3,7,12,19, 20s, 30s, 40s,50s and 60s and everyone enjoyed it and found something to do. It’s pristine clean, the maid came every day and there is constantly someone cleaning the public toilets. Bins around the pool are emptied regularly and CLEANED so you don’t get any unpleasant smells.
I could go on more but i think i’d gone on enough. I don’t have a bad thing to say about this place and would highly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cornelia Diamond is a 5 Star luxury Golf & Spa Resort based on 200.000 sqm of land. The Hotel has a wide selection of different types and styles of rooms, villas and suites. The resort boasts a 250 sqm private beach and 8 pools including indoor, aquapark and childrens pool and jacuzzis. With a total of 10 restaurants (8 a la carte) the cuisine ranges from traditional Turkish to Far East and has 10 bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort And Spa
- Cornelia Diamond Golf Hotel Belek
- Cornelia Diamond Hotel
- Cornelia Diamond Resort All Inclusive