I visited the Riu Kaya Belek between the 28th June and 5th July with 1 friend. We arrived late in the night and had a quick check in. We dropped our cases to our room, which was a great size. The all inclusive is 24 hours, so we managed to have some food when we arrived - even though it was only a cheese roll!! We found the beds extremely comfy and had a great nights sleep.
The swimming pool is very large and we didn't struggle to get a sun lounger, however we did get to the pool around 9:30am, i think any later than this and it would have been difficult to get a bed. The animation staff kept us amused all day, especially Hasan (Blackberry) and Ibrahim. Ibrahim came and spoke to us within 10 minutes of starting work and made us feel so welcome. We didn't get greatly involved in activities throughout the day, but they would always ask without being pushy. Evening entertainment was hit or miss. Ibrahim had said that week it was quiter than normal with english tourists, therefore whenever there was any audience participation entertainment the english was kept to a minimum. We would often leave these shows halfway through as it was impossible to understand what they were laughing about - everything was spoken in turkish or russian. However when it came to the shows with no talking, i.e. the MTV Video Music Awards (which was a dance show), this was very good. Yes they (try and) mime to the words, but the dancing was great.
The food was really good, a real variety. yes they serve broccoli at breakfast, there was enough variety for this not to bother me! Lunch we ate at the pool/beach bar, which was pretty much the same choice everyday. however if you mix it up it was fine. Dinner again was a large variety, and i am a very fussy eater, yet i always found something to eat.
we ate at the a la carte Italian one night. we were not overly impressed to be honest. the service was fairly slow, your food is brought out on a trolley with everyone elses so it doesn't make you feel anymore special!
Evenings are quiet, the hotel is not in walking distance to anywhere. so you would need to get a taxi or the dolmus, alterantively if you are happy to spend your nights in the bar with the odd bit of entertainment this hotel is fantastc for that. the waiters are very attentive and will keep your glasses topped up without you having to move a muscle!
the building work next door caused us no problems and neither did the building work opposite to our room. there is a hotel which is still surrounded by cranes, it is not that close and you could only hear noise if sat on the balcony, which for us was not that often.
whilst staying at the hotel, i had an allergic reaction (to which i still am not 100% what to!). it occurred during the night, and reception were great in calling a doctor for me. it resulted in spending a day and a half in hospital nearby. when returning to the hotel, the staff couldn't have been more caring. Thomson were great also during this time.
overall i would really recommend this hotel. If you are english, be prepared that there are not many english tourists here and the russians are slightly rude! during our week there were a lot of turkish tourists and they could not have been nicer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The peaceful property in the heart of Belek, the most popular holiday paradise of Antalya, Hotel Kaya Belek, is also tailored for the families with children. Having been totally renovated in 2006, Hotel Kaya Belek is elegant, comfortable and exquisite, and will be known of its highest standards of hospitality in future just as it is known today. Hotel Kaya Belek was awarded with the "Certificate of Environment-Friendly Accommodation Facility", also known as the 'Green Star' by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for its respect and awareness towards nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belek Kaya Hotel
- Kaya Hotel Belek