Stayed in this hotel at Easter 2014 and only now found time to write a review. Thanks to toady and others on here for the wealth of tips and advice in choosing what is quite a pricey holiday. As other reviewers have said, it is fabulous. The whole place has a feel of luxury. It is well-designed and well-maintained, they seem to have an army of staff who work hard to keep the standard high. To highlight the things that stood out for us:
Quality of the food and beverages offered, especially the delicious freshly grilled meats and fish and fresh salad ingredients in the buffet restaurant, not to mention the desserts, patisserie and chocolaterie. Very drinkable Chilean and Italian red, white and rose in the AI, the most pleasant wine we've ever had in AI as usually it's undrinkable. Good selection of quality spirits and digestifs in the AI. The Turkish breakfast (reservation required but no supplement) was nice for a change from the buffet. The steakhouse (reservation required, 30 euro pp supplement) was great although the wine list was pricey. The sushi was the only food that was disappointing. We didn't try the other a la cartes for dinner as other guests advised they were nothing special and we enjoyed the buffet. There are also a variety of dining options for lunch, so you don't have to eat 3 meals a day in the main buffet restaurant. Another plus is the layout of the buffet restaurant is in separate areas and therefore doesn't feel like you are in a vast room for hundreds of people. Good service from the waiting staff who we found to be efficient, professional and friendly.
Quality of the facilities for families: e.g. kiddy-height tables and chairs next to adult chairs in the main restaurant so families can eat together, as well as a separate eating area with the buffet laid out on a little train and TV screens for families who prefer that option for a relaxed dinner. 3 different children's pools with slides for little kids and an aqua-park for the older ones. Even the quality of the food, service and toilet/changing facilities at the aqua-park is good. Pirate ship playground on the (very clean and sandy) beach. Another playground next to the Terrace Family Block as well as a small park with model dinosaurs. The kids' club facilities looked fantastic (although we didn't use it as we only had a week and we wanted to spend it together). Enormous 2-bedroomed family rooms in the Terrace Block with the largest and most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, very nice bathrooms (no bath), plenty of wardrobe space and a minibar included in the AI.
Wonderful spa, sauna and hamam area. I had a fantastic Turkish bath treatment which was very relaxing and a good massage.
Live music, e.g. a violin and cello duo in the late afternoon, a pianist in the early evening, and live bands later on. There is something special about live music.
Weather in April was good, we were in the heated outdoor pools every day except one day when it rained (there is a heated indoor pool as well). The two heated outdoor pools were warm-ish, that is if you are 4 years old and constantly moving. The huge main pool was freezing, as was (unfortunately) the kids' pool at the aqua-park and both pools at the Terrace Block. Fellow guests were mostly Belgian, Dutch, French, English, German and some Russians towards the end. No problems, everyone was quiet and well-behaved, including the (many) children: more Ralph Lauren-wearing cherubs than rowdy screaming monsters. Guest Relations were helpful especially Bianca and An (who also speaks Dutch and French). Although I chose Belek because we could do some excursions in the area, in fact we did not leave the hotel complex for the week. I did have a tour of the Voyage Belek and while it seemed nice enough and I could see that a week there could be very pleasant, it is not in the same class. Little things like the "family" restaurant not being as nice as the over-18s restaurant at the VB would seriously annoy me. I've worked and paid for my holiday, I teach my children to behave in a restaurant, and I don't want to compromise on luxury on this type of holiday. Now that we've found the Maxx, I don't have to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Embrace the universal elements! Maxx Royal guests are presented with a matchless experience of the “Maxx Inclusive” concept with immaculate dishes and select upper class drinks. Unique dining options and artistic dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, spacious suites starting from 80 m2 and tailor-made services for comfort, Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort introduces the Mediterranean’s captivating beauty to exclusive services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maxx Royal Belek Golf Hotel Belek
- Maxx Royal Belek Golf And Spa