This is the 2nd Gloria resort that we've stayed at in the Belek area. The Verde is certainly more intimate since it was that much smaller than the Golf, and is probably better geared towards families since night-time entertainment is done and dusted by midnight (unless you take the complementary shuttle to Club Insomnia). However, the live music at the Neptuno Bar (or on the pier) are great for parents. That said, if you want to stay up and have a nightcap, then the main bar is open 24/7.
To get to the beach and pool areas, you meander through beautiful gardens that support huge trees and lime groves. Nothing ever seemed busy or noisy, so there's opportunities for relaxation aplenty. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of activities going on - Tai Chi, yoga, water gym, water polo, archery (to name but a few) - but nothing is pushed on you. The balance of opportunity against relaxation is pretty much perfect. Motorized watersports are available on the Verde’s beach and are not cheap, but are well managed and safe. The pools were great from the perspectives of supporting the hotel’s client base by providing enough room splashing around (in the large infinity pool), an area for young children (in a separate pool), cordoned-off region of the main pool for active swimming and another area for pool-based activities. It was also great to see lifeguards on duty given that other 5* hotels seems to forego this service. The pier, with its loungers and parasols, is also fantastic for picking up a great tan!
On an all-inclusive deal, the food is fantastic. Drinks are international brands and food quality exceptional in all the restaurants. The two a la carte restaurants - no additional costs, just a booking required -provide waiter service for French and Asian cuisine. The lunch time grills/bars cook to order… fresh fish, steak, kebabs, pasta and pizza. Yumm!
The staff are well trained, greet you with a smile and are very accommodating. To give you some idea, we arrived at 11pm, were checked in efficiently and then provided with a cooked meal or access to room service. It was a pleasure to be addressed as Mr. X at reception on the morning after our arrival. Attention appears to have been paid to every detail. Interestingly, there is a degree of continuity offered by a successful animation team given that these members of staff are, by and large, retained over multiple years.
We stayed in a family suite which could possibly have benefitted from a second bathroom and a better view, but at the end of the day the room had good air-conditioning, was clean and had adequate space and storage. A complimentary, daily-stocked minibar was great!
Would I change anything? Yes, but this is being really pernickety and only goes to the hotel’s infrastructure around the pool areas. At the moment, for seeming reasons of providing a non-slip surface, the pool surroundings are tiled with a composite concrete pebble-dash. The black stones get very hot and you really need to make sure you have a pair of flip flops to save burning your soles and not feeling that you’re constantly subjected to a foot massage. If this pebble-dash was replaced by a roughened stone, such as granite, then I think that the pools would be very close to being perfect. The second thing is that the sun-loungers (whilst being plentiful) could have been more comfortable and could have benefitted from some form of matting. Complimentary beach towels are appreciated and of a good standard, but a bit of additional padding would have made reading the holiday novel just that bit more enjoyable.
Glorious Gloria! You deserve a 5* review. I'm pretty certain that we'll be back in the not too distant future. Well done to the management, staff and entertainment/animation teams for ensuring a great holiday!
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