This holiday was booked by my wife and I have to admit that I was a little sceptical as All Inclusive is not my thing - in particular I was worried about food choice and preparation and also how guests "habits" at buffets may not be the most hygienic. I need not have worried. We have just returned and all agree that we've had a great holiday and would return.
So let's start with the food bit. The choice at breakfast was huge - freshly cooked pancakes some days, waffles the next and every day fried eggs and omelettes. Plus lots of other choices of cereals, scrambled eggs meats, cheeses, cereals, fresh fruit and so on. As this is a European resort catering to European customers, no "Full English" - which suits me just fine. You could pay €2 for freshly squeezed orange juice if you wanted, but the tetra pack stuff was OK. getting a table in the morning was easy.
At lunch, again finding a table was easy, and again the choice was huge, even if some days it did seem a little like the same type of food was being served. However I would say for sure that food was never reheated, as the volumes served was so huge nothing ever stayed around long.
Dinner was a slightly different affair when it came to getting a table. I personally hated having to spend 10mins sometimes looking around the vast main restaurant, but if arriving either at 7pm or 8pm it was easier. Again choice of food in the evening was huge, and there were at least two "themed" evenings a week, Mexican, Italian for example. There was a great selection of freshly baked breads (pitta, cheese filled, meat filled), salads, dressings and oils, and main courses. My only gripe about the food side of things would be the deserts on offer, but as there was plenty of fresh fruit we were quite happy.
There were also three evening a la carte restaurants that you could book (you don't need to book on arrival, but possibly best to - we changed one date half way through our holiday no problem). The Chinese meal was OK though a bit bland, the Mediterranean one better and the Fish restaurant at the beach superb. But be warned, most of the courses (usually about 5 or 6) are fixed and it's only the main and desert that you choose. Our kids weren't too keen on the fish so we'd taken the precaution of them eating early at the kids buffet so that they wouldn't starve !!
There was also a snack bar with pizza, burgers, and chips in the afternoon, and ice creams from 4pm - 6pm.
We had a family room with two adjoining rooms in what in effect was an elongated/large hotel room, with a bathroom in the middle. Air con was Ok if a bit noisy, but the rooms were more than adequate for all the things we brought with us. We took a look at the suites whilst we were there and these rooms were bigger and had a bath and shower, and depending on how much extra they may cost would probably be worth paying for the extra space.
The customers at the hotel are mainly German/Austrian, but there were enough Brits that we came across to chat to, a few French, Dutch and so on. For me it was a positive eclectic mix, and quite honestly the people I met there were as friendly and as polite as you could hope for on holiday - much better than going to a hotel with 100% Brits in my opinion.
With regards to the staff - I have nothing but praise for them - Ok so some of them did not speak perfect Queens English - but then how many in our service industry in the UK speak one foreign language, let alone two or three as most did at the resort. Funnily enough I never had one single problem getting a gin and tonic, or rum and coke or vodka coke or even a shandy (Radler on the printed drinks list) - it's amazing what a smile, and a "please", and a "thank you" can do for you when being served. I learned one word in Turkish for "thank you" and it went a long way in getting great service. Waiters, bar staff, chefs and so on were all excellent.
The pools were great - loads of sunbeds - though us Brits are now equal to the Germans in reserving them early doors !! - and the slide pool was enough to keep our pre-teens happy.
The shuttle bus to the beach (one mile away) came every 10mins and took about 3mins to get there. There was a nice beach bar serving kebabs and freshly cooked wraps and the restaurant (which we didn't use during the day). The sand got very hot so wear shoes down to the waters edge. Plenty of privately run activities to do at the beach - paragliding, banana boats, jet ski etc..
The kids club - mine were in "Maxis" - was a bit tame and quite often mine wouldn't bother with the activities, and this would be my only complaint. If I had one issue it would be that they probably need to "upweight" the program for the older kids and teenagers. An extra table tennis table would also be handy. There is a basket ball court with badminton options and a 5 a side football pitch as well, but you'd probably need to organise this yourself, but can borrow a ball from the animation team,.
The animation team were very good, very enthusiastic and came from all parts of Europe and did translate most shows into three or four languages. The evening entertainment was a little lame but they did OK considering they are not professionals. The best night was when a Brazilian dance troupe samba'd on stage for an hour or so.
We hired a car whilst we were here for a very reasonable €35 (cash) per day and visited some local Roman sites at Perge, Aspendos and Side (about 10TL/15TL per adult, kids under 16 free). These take only TL but I did pay with a credit card at one site. Perge in particular is worth visiting.
There is a bus stop opposite the hotel to take you to Kadriye for 80cents / 2TL which is an OK place to buy stuff - make sure you barter - but Belek is a bit more upmarket.
There were plenty of cashpoints in both Kadriye and Belek which means that you would pay less for things if you pay in TL rather than Euros which most shops / cafes translated at TL2 = € so you'd be paying something like 15% more for stuff. But I would recommend you take some Euros with you as well as you may need them (e.g. car hire at hotel).
Overall - a great holiday which we all enjoyed and wouldn't hesitated to recommend to others, and a resort we would return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Ückum Tepesi district/Belek, Vera Verde Resort stands near a magnificent Pine Forest, 900 meters from the sea. With its modern architecture the hotel is built on an 18000 m2 land with an entrance building housing the front desk and a total of three blocks with 5 storeys. With a total of 315 rooms Vera Verde Resort has 177 Verde Standard rooms, 16 Verde Standard Large rooms, 80 Verde Family Rooms (with two sections separated by a door), 4 Verde Handicapped room and 38 Verde Suite Family room (2 separate rooms). Emerald Restaurant, 3 A La Carte Restaurants (Mediterranean – Ruby – Fish), Sapphire Cafe Bar, Agate Lobby Bar, Coral Pool Bar, Verde Beach Bar, special beach (sand), outdoor swimming pools, children’s pool, Pool with sleds (3 sleds), indoor pool (heated), Hair dresser, Wellness & SPA center, Turkish Bath, Sauna, Steam Room, Fitness Room, Jakuzi, massage, Basketball, Mini Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball (Complete tartan track surface) Amethyst Disco, Pinguin Mini Club, play ground, Internet hotspot, Wireless internet (Wi-Fi – all around the hotel), Bowling, Games arcade, Meeting halls, Shopping area, doctor, nurse, Photography services, Laundry and dry cleaning services, entertainment shows in amphitheatre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Febeach Resort And Spa Belek Hotel
- Febeach Hotel Belek
- Febeach Resort Belek