Rooms: I and my boyfriend stayed in the room with a limited sea view (you had to go to the balcony to see sea) in the main building. For a couple, it was a perfect choice of a room. The swim-up suites are out of the main building in a few minute walking distance. We haven't visited them but I enjoyed living in the main building where all facilities were nearby.
The room was cosy with a double-bed, a sofa, a small table, a chair, TV with different choice of channels (mainly Turkish, German, and Russian, though), a fridge which was everyday filled in by non-alcohol drinks (water, Cola, juices, non-alcoholic beers, etc.) as a part of all inclusive.
Cleaning was ok.
A tip for you: If you need an extra pillow (or some other size of a pillow - I had a problem that mine was too high), just ask a chambermaid. She promptly brought a new smaller one and then I slept very well.
Restaurants (food): There are several restaurants. Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main restaurant in the main building. We appreciated a possibility of late breakfast served between 10am and 11am (the same choice as during normal breakfast between 7am and 10am, but you eat in a side dining room because the main dining hall is getting ready for lunch). But even if you do not manage late breakfast, you don't stay hungry. You can order room-service (24 hours, included in all inclusive) or visit patisserie in the lobby with various cakes, cookies, coffee/tea. Lunch (buffet) is served 12:30-2:30pm in the main restaurant, or 12am-4pm in outdoor Daphne bar (a choice from menu - pizza, pasta, steaks, kebab, etc.). At the outdoor pool area, you can also get ice-cream, hot-dogs, baked potatoes, etc. during the day.
Dinner (buffet) is served between 7pm and 9:30pm in the main building and long trousers are required for men. People nicely dress up for the evening.
Another possibility for dinner is to book one of 5 á la carté restaurants. You can choose between international (restaurant Florian), Turkish, Mediterranean, Thai, or French cuisine. Florian and Turkish are free of charge - you book a table a day earlier between 6pm and 8pm and go the other day. The other three (Mediterranean, Thai, French) are charged by 10 EUR / per visit. I have read about these á la carté restaurants in reviews before we left to Turkey, and did not understand why people go to á la carté restaurants when they have a possibility to choose from buffet and make (combine) their dish as they want. But then we tried and understood! At the end of our stay, we decided to go to Florian (international cuisine) and I must say it was the best evening of our vacation. The food was just superb! Romantic and calm atmosphere, candles, live music, few people (but all tables full), no rush. We just regretted we did not try á la carté earlier within our stay. I strongly recommend you to visit á la carté and make your own experience. A tip for you: Book á la carté just after 6pm when booking starts. We tried before 8pm and all places were booked.
Buffet in main restaurant serves various and delicious food. Actually, you need to lift up about 28 dish-covers to see a whole offer :) plus there are many plates with side-dishes, starters bar, salad bar, dessert bar, etc. Everyone can find what she/he wants - the only problem is to choose because you just cannot eat all you would like to :)
Drinks: Drinks are not restricted on domestic production as we experienced in Greece. You can get CocaCola, but also Ballantine's, Famous Grouse or other types of Scottish or Canadian (no Irish, though) whiskey (all in all inclusive). I did not like cocktails (like Tequila Sunrise, Mojito, etc.). They did not taste since they were made from some cheap ingredients. Tequila Sunrise was green... Havana+Cola and Gin+Tonic were so-so. However, non-mixed alcohol drinks were good, beer was ok and wine tasty. We liked also Turkish tea.
A tip for you: When you are thirsty, ask for a bottle of water at whatever bar. A waiter gives it to you any time during the day/night (bar Harmonia was open 24 hours, in summer season a pool bar Daphne is open 24 hours).
Pools and beach: Outdoor pool was cold (in October), sea also. Only limited area was open for swimmers in sea which slightly disappointed us. Plenty of sunbeds and beach umbrellas available, never had problems to find a free one. Beach towels can be changed as often as you wish.
Pool area and beach was clean and kept clean by everyday maintenance. We liked grass area between pool area and sea, but it was closed for few days due to grass maintenance (as we were told yearly procedure at the end of season).
Indoor pool was warmer, jazucci super.
Weather: We spent in Belek the second half of October. The first week felt cold - it was around 26°C during days on sun with chilly wind (we saw a snow-covered mountain from the beach), one rainy day. The second week was warmer, over 30°C on sun during day, at 6pm (sunset) around 23°C, in nights 16-17°C.
Animation activities: Variety of animation activities offered daily - water gymnastic, boccia, beach volleyball, table tennis, darts, rifle shooting, shuffle board, belly dancing, etc. Even men got attracted by those activities (especially darts and rifle shooting).
Every afternoon Bingo! :) (We won a bottle of wine and a Cornelia cup.)
Animation team was Turkish-Ukrainian, but most of them spoke English, German, Russian and were very friendly.
Evening shows: Every evening there is a show. In summer time, in amphitheatre outside. In cold weather (as we had) in conference centre connected to the main building.
We saw few dancing shows (Latino-American, Salsa Dance and Break Dance), Moscow children circus, China circus, Kenyan acrobats, musicals by animation team (Greace, Moulin Rouge), etc. After each show, there was live music in the lobby. We enjoyed our evenings there very much.
Other facilities: Since the weather was not so warm the first week of our stay, we used sauna and steam sauna few times, was good, although I did not like it was shared - men/women together, and there could be more beds in a resting room. Spa offered massages but they were extremely expensive. One might also try Turkish bath, but we haven't done it, so cannot comment on that.
Bowling is charged 5 EUR/person/game.
A tip for you: If you want to bring some Turkish delights with you home, do not buy them at the airport, but ask at Guest Relations and buy fresh delights in the hotel. My friends back at home loved it.
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