We stayed at the Kempinski for 3 weeks during the month of July. We stayed half-board which meant we had breakfasts and dinners.
Breakfasts: The breakfast was absolutely superb, it consisted of a buffet style self service with all fresh breads, pastries, jams, meats, cheeses, fruits, juices and the chef will also cook you pancakes, french toast etc..etc... so all in all breakfast was faultless. Dinners in the evening are also very good, however...it gets very samey. Each night they have a themed buffet such as Indian/Chinese, Mexican etc..etc..Since we were there 3 weeks the whole dinner experience became very boring, for those staying a week it wouldnt be a problem. There are lots of flies in the canteen and in or around the food. The drinks prices are a complete rip off. 6euros for a usual bottle of water, 5 euros for a small glass of beer but you can get an excellent bottle of wine for around 50/60euros. You can also take lunch in a poolside restaurant if you are willing to shell out 15euros for a tuna sandwich, We couldnt complain about the quality, but didnt see any value for money.
We had mixed feelings about the staff. At first the reception were friendly and greeted us with a smile, but after a week we felt like they didnt really want to help us with anything. It all became quite false/sarcastic when they did greet us. I think it was due to the fact we were possibly the youngest people staying at the time. We were staying in room 360 and had a great view (sea, mountain and courtyard view) after a week and a half we recieved a phonecall asking if we would move because some 'regular' guests were coming and always have room 360. They said they would upgrade us to a seaview room....they didnt even give us a free bottle of wine to show some gratitude for pulling them out of a tricky situation. The room they moved us too wasnt ready, had a seaview but the balcony was covered in a concrete arch so your view was restricted. The dinner staff were attentive and always quick to take away dirty plates and re-fill your drinks. The poolside barmen were very friendly and always tried to make a conversation. So all i all we were pleased with the staff with the exception of reception.
Not many of the staff speak English, we found ourselves trying to remember German as most of the waiters spoke either German and some form of Russian.
I cant fault the rooms at all, lots of space, convenient, good air conditioning system and free WIFI internet (rather slow though) were pretty good. Bathroom was gorgeous with lots of toiletries and nice dressing gowns. The bed was comfortable but the pillows were too hard but there is an options to choose 4 different types of pillows which we did. There is an inroom laundry service which is more expensive than buying new clothes. You can get breakfast in bed service which represents no value for money at all.
BEACH,POOL AND SURROUNDING AREAS
The best parts of the hotel. You get the exclusivity of a private beach which is almost empty all the time. Very-very clean if you compare it with the other hotel beaches along the shore line. It is never a problem getting loungers and there are always towels avaliable. The swimming pool is beautifully designed and huge. Again it is never a problem to get loungers. The surrounding nature is very well taken care of and makes the heat more bearable.
There is an on site gym which is excellent, and there is always a fitness coach in the gym to help you train if need be. There are also health spas, hairdressers etc..etc...but we didnt use them. Also an onsite doctor which is excellent in case of emergency.
There are both positive and negative aspects to this. Firstly, the positive: the location is perfect because of the sea on your doorstep. The negative: the hotel is situated away from civilization. There are no shops, bars, restaurants anywhere near! The hotel next door called Sirena has a shop where you can buy suncreams for 30-90 euros and chocolate bars for 4 euros, need I go on.......
You can get a bus to the nearest village Kadryie(?) which was a horrible experience. It is a very dirty and unpleasant place to go to. There is a market there every Tuesday which is not worth paying a visit. You can also get a bus to Antalya every morning at 10am which is better but still horrible. You can do some sightseeing and shopping there. On the way to Antalya there is a shopping center called Deepo which is probably the best bet to shop. Alternatively you can hire a car at the hotel but again be prepared to pay.
The hotel is worthy of its 5 star status. There were a few small problems though. The biggest being not allowed to bring your own food/drink from outside the hotel as the charge you for this. And there is not much choice of entertainment in and around the hotel at night. I doubt we would stay at Kempinski again if the location is like this for every hotel, because it is very boring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kempinski Hotel The Dome Belek, situated on an area of approximately 40,000 m², serves as a boutique hotel between the Taurus mountains and the beauty of the Mediterranean beaches. Kempinski Hotel The Dome also boasts Antalya's largest and most comprehensive spa and Thalasso salon, adding an aesthetic of dynamic, healthy living and a new meaning of peace. The compound also has two of the best and the most difficult golf courses, the Sultan and the Pasha. Kempinski Hotel The Dome features 146 Rooms, one Presidential Suite, 17 Suites, 16 Royal Villas and 2 Presidential Villas by the lake, offering a total capacity of 400 beds. With its Seljuk-style architecture, The Dome offers luxury and wellness treatments within the 3,600 m² spa and Thalasso salon, one of Turkey's largest and most luxurious spas. Kempinski Hotel The Dome offers outstanding examples of Turkish, Italian and Asian cuisine with Selcuk's, Lale Dining Room, Cilantro Italian Ristorante, Trader's Spice, Palm Pavilion Bar & Grill and Mez Zeh Lounge Restaurants. Kempinski Hotel The Dome has a total of five meeting rooms, 74 m², 106 m² and 56 m² in size, as well as a ballroom of 573 m² for larger events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Belek