Just back from a great time at this great hotel. Arranged for private hotel pick up as hadnt visited turkey before and wanted to err on safe side. All arranged and waiting for us. A lovely 16 seater for the 5 of us, including car seat for our 2 year old and bottles of water. On arrival at the hotel we were met by 2-3 different people who escorted us to the impressive lobby and got us drinks while also informing us that the buffet restaurant was closing shortly, advising us to get the kids some food before coming back to check in, which i thought a sensible touch. We had a family suite in the main building. Was a great room . We put our 3 kids in the sofa beds , and we slept up the spiral staircase in the bedroom (maybe if you had really small children this staircase would not be advisable). There were plenty of toiletries, and a well stocked free minibar that was restocked daily . The hotel itself was well set out and for a large complex, nothing seemed more than a short stroll away unlike some resorts which seem to be a hike to the other side. For the kids it was great. The swim area for small children had a canopy above it protecting them from the sun, with a play area next to it.
The kids club itself was opposite, with lots of activities all day and lots of staff. The only shame was it started from 4 years old, but our 2 year old was welcome to stay and play if we were with her. We rarely use kids clubs as we like to spend our time on hols with our children and the head of the club approached us one evening asking if they were doing anything wrong as she noticed we didnt use it that often! She also dealt with 3 horror children, who had been allowed to run wild by their parents (attacking other kids and even other parents!!!!) throughout the day and evening by escorting them out of the club back to their parents upon complaints from other parents and having seen it for herself.
The slide pool was great fun and well used too, and the beach a decent alternative.
The best of the lot was the evening entertainment. For once the hotel took a different approach. Instead of having daytime staff that put on tacky evening shows, they employed acrobats and dancers that also had the skills to run daytime activities. That led for some terrific entertainment provided by the staff and external sources whilst ensuring daytimes were fun too.
The buffet restaurant included was ok, a lot of eastern european food which isnt to everyones tatse but it was fine.
For a supplement ( a whopping 5 euros per adult), you could use the 7 a la carte restaurants. This provided terrific variety but the food was only what id call decent quality, nothing extraordinary. Well worth going to though. The Mexican and the BBQ were our favourites.
Overall a fantastic time and we would definately return (something we have never previously done)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Calista is named after a Goddess in Mythology, a young woman of rare beauty. She becomes so obsessed with her beauty that she would risk everything, in order to eternalize it. Then Calista dedicates herself to goodness by combining this physical beauty with the beauty of her soul. After a while, her soul becomes too beautiful to remain mortal. She becomes a Goddess. The name Calista signifies the Goddess of Rare Beauty from that moment on she reflects the pure Beauty. Calista: Perfect Beauty! The Goddess of Beauty! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calista Luxury Hotel Belek
- Hotel Calista Luxury