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Alba Royal Hotel
Ranked #2 of 40 Hotels in Colakli
Certificate of Excellence
westmidlands
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The best yet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2011

We stayed her last year sep 2011 it was gr8t and we have booked to go next year 2012 in june and can not wait.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

We had such a great time here the staff were brill so good the pizza at the pool bar was great the beds at the beach was great too can't wait to go back you will not go wrong at this hotel!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2011

Just got back from two fantastic weeks at the Alba Royal hotel.....This was our second year at the hotel,as the first time we only went for one week. we arrived in a thunder storm that lasted until the next day but it did not spoil the start of our holiday as the weather was sunny and warm.we booked a superior room which is large and spacious and very clean.
fridge restocked every day and towels and bed linen changed as and when you want it done.
the whole hotel is clean and well kept every staff member is freindly and helpful.
Animation team at this hotel are amazing they work long hours and are always happy and a real pleasure .the food is really good but a bit boring after two weeks but nice.
the most of waiters are very good as some of the bar staff.
the pool is spotless and checked 3 times a day and cleaned every day.
If you want to book any trips i would suggest asking people who have been or trip advise them.
we went on a couple of trips but two to avoid is the gulet and mediterainian cruises they are both the same and very boring and a waste of money.
when you go shopping always barter and dont be afraid to say no and walk away you will get a bargian or two.
we have booked the last two weeks in september 20012 woo hoo

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lucifers-daughter
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2011

When I look at a hotel prior to booking, I always study the reviews on TA & ask myself 2 questions-
What are the amenities like (ie rooms,food,a la carte restaurants,beach, pool ,trips etc ) ?
What are the staff like ( ie waiters/ waitresses,barmen/women, chambermaids & Animation Team etc )
I always believe that it is a combination of the 2 that can make or break your holiday . I have yet to find the perfect hotel as Im sure it doesnt exist in everyones eyes but this one comes pretty close !
From the moment you drive up to the entrance & see the sign 'Adults Only 14+' you know you are onto a winner ! It is the little touches that make this one so special such as free Ice Creams & Cornettos available all day, Bathrobes in all the rooms,Chocolate cake,pancakes & coffee round the pool in the afternoon,an intimate meal on the beach & wine etc in your room for anniversaries , real bacon for breakfast- I could go on & on !
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Most of the wonderful things I was going to say about the Alba Royal have already been covered many times so instead here are a few tips that may help you if you are lucky enough to stay here -
1. From what I have seen the layout of the standard & seaview rooms is very much the same.I would however recommend paying the extra & getting a seaview room as the views of the pool , beach & mountains in the distance are stunning as well as the sunsets.We originally had a standard room which overlooked the Alba Queen & if you stood on the balcony you picked up the noise from their AirCon Unit on the roof .We were then offered a garden view room (same price ) which overlooks the mini zoo at the Alba Resort & I guess would be noisy in the early morning. The upgrade to a seaview room cost us 10 euros per night or £168 if you pay Thomas Cooks when you book your holiday.
2.The 3 a la carte restaurants are all situated in the same place ( partly outdoors ) and are all open 2 nights per week each. The food in all 3 is delicious - Turkish, Fish & Cuban ( try the lamb main & flambeed bananas for a sweet ) but be warned that the portions are huge ! You can book them all once a week and up to a week ahead at the Customer Services desk. Surprisingly I didnt have to queue to book any restaurant & many guests dont use them as the food is so good in the buffet anyway !
3.The Thomas Cook Hammam deal is £25 per person & we usually do this where ever we go on our first day so our skin feels smooth & soft before we start sunbathing in earnest ! You are normally in a group & the whole experience isnt very personalised.However this time we tried the hotel Hammam which was 30 euros each & we were treated by a couple of girls from Bali who really knew their stuff ! It was definately worth paying the little extra for the experience.
4. If , like me, you are into jogging then the beach here is perfect. You can walk,jog, run etc for miles in either direction along the golden sand- wonderful ! It is especially peaceful early in the morning before the holidaymakers get onto their sunbeds.
5. Talking of sunbeds - we never had trouble getting one whenever we wanted to as there are loads around the pool & on the beach. Both the chambermaids & the lifeguard/poolman clean all the sunbeds & the area around every day without fail as we watched them ! The large umbrellas round the pool are difficult to put up but the poolman will do it for you if you require ( they do cover 4 sunbeds though which could annoy your neighbours who want to be in the sun !
6. In addition there are plenty of lilos about , which have been left by previous guests . However you can buy one for 6 euros at the hotel shop or a woggle for 2 euros. Be warned that the pool is 1.4 metres all round so if you are short like us you may have difficulty joining in the Aqua Aerobics in the morning !
Returning to my original 2 questions I can honestly say that this hotel answers a positive yes to both.We have been abroad many times & particularly to Turkey of late. This is the best hotel we have ever stayed at bar none ! The All Inclusive facilities it offers are superb from the vast selection of food in the buffet restaurant to the lovely rooms ,gardens & grounds which are spotlessly clean. In addition the staff are all so friendly & nothing is too much trouble for them ! Even the hotel Manager , who we spoke to when upgrading, was so helpful whenever we saw him.
As the hotel is Adults Only the majority of guests were couples like ourselves & of those I would say that about 25/30 % were British. Hence we ended up chatting to many other couples from the U.K who like ourselves loved the hotel.We made many lovely friends whilst we were there & hope to meet up with some of them again next year ( Tony & Sylvia, Richard & Julie,Wayne & Peggy , the Mackem Gang etc )
However what puts this hotel up to its number one spot in our estimation is - youve guessed it, the Animation Team ! From the moment they appear at 10am wandering round the pool saying 'Good Morning' to us all until midnight on some days they are busy organising games, dancing ,yoga etc or rehearing for the shows. They never pressurise you into joining in but I went along most days for the laughs !Then come the evening its 'Showtime ' in which they really excel. Okey they are only miming to the music but considering none of them are English they all do really well & their dancing is superb ( well done to the professional dancers ) . A special mention also for the guy who does the scenery & the lady who makes all the clothes ( the Abba costumes in Mamma Mia were amazing ). All the shows were excellent but Mamma Mia deserved the standing ovation we gave the cast at the end. Where the Animation Team really deserve special praise though is that they all have time for the guests & can often be seen chatting to us all round the pool or at the bar before or after the shows or the games .They all work their socks off but special praise to Hugo,,Zalina , Azida, Nikolai & of course our favourite - the amazing Mr Bean, what a genuinely nice guy ! They even found time to look us out &say goodbye individually on our last day ,which was a lovely touch & something they didnt have to do .
As expected then ,we have rebooked for the last 2 weeks in September next year,which is a first for us, but be warned! We know of several other couples who have done or will be booking as well for the same period so my advice is if youre thinking of going to the Alba Royal - BOOK IT NOW - you wont be disapointed ! If you have any queries let me know.

Room Tip: Choose a Seaview room which is worth the extras for the views !
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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12 Thank terrytherunner
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Weymouth United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2011

We always said we would never return to a hotel however good, but last year we had such a good time and met so many people that we decided to give it another whirl. WOW it was all amazing and even better in our eyes, we reunited with many people of various nationalities and the staff from last year greeted us like long lost friends. The hotel has kept up its high standards of cleanliness both inside and out, the food remained a very high standard in all outlets and this years extras- pancakes around the pool, real bacon at breakfast and a huge array of ices were a bonus for us. The animation team were exceptional and they always made us feel very special. They all work so hard that it is unfair to favour any of them, but on this occasion I will- Nicolae you made me feel like the Lady you called me and I cant believe I really did enjoy the darts. We were there when the thunderstorm came and the rain lashed down but the animation team made light of it all we danced laughed and Hugo's taxi umbrella was hilarious. Will we go back next year? Definately no we said as it could never be that good again- But today we have been to Thomas Cooks and got the 2012 book so I guess the Alba will be seeing us again hopefully

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Pat4Cliff
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

We arrived at the Alba Royal on 13/9 at 3.00 pm,, for two weeks. Our initial opinion of the hotel was very impressive, after being greeted by a reception team, who were both friendly and efficient. After the formalities, we were shown to our superior room on the same floor as the reception, which overlooked the pool and the sea. The room was both spacious, and immaculate, with a large bathroom, complete with whirlpool bath, with overhead power shower, and hairdryer. There was a fridge, which contained a variety of soft drinks, replaced daily, and a digital safe.Dressing gowns and slippers were also provided. the bed linen and towels were replaced daily, and free beach towels were also provided, The room was kept to a very high standard by the maid. All areas of the hotel were kept immaculately clean, including all the restaurants, and pool areas. The quality of the food was first class, with plenty of choice, including three a la carte, which you can visit twice each during the two week stay. The drinks choice was excellent, and available all day, and until early morning. They even provided free ice creams at the pool bar, or ice lollies. The bar staff, and restaurant staff were both very friendly, and a high quality of service, with nothing being too much trouble. We were even given a romantic meal for two, to celebrate our wedding anniversay, as a surprise, under the stars, complete with unlimited champagne, also a large hamper of fruit in our room, and a bottle of wine. Last, but certainly not least, is the animation team, who were fantastic. They soon learned our names, and although we did not take up most of the day time activities, they always came over, just to talk. The evening entertainment shows, in the out door theater were quite simply the best we have seen anywhere in the world, and believe me, we have seen many! Every show was to an excellent standard, particularly the dancing in the shows of Ma Ma Mia, and Greece. We love you all, especially Oxana, Mikki, Hugo, and of course the very funny Mr Bean. Thanks for making our holiday such a joy. It is no wonder that many of the guests that we met, were returning for the third or fourth time. A truly enjoyable holiday, even with the weather alwaiys over 40degs, and on one day over 50degs! well that's what we go there for, isn't it?

Room Tip: Book a superior room.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank popitom2
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dorset
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19 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

My goodness what an absolute gem. From the booking in process to booking out absolutely fantastic. Probably one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. The food and drink was top notch, wine was very drinkable and even sparkly wine was on the menu. Everything was spotlessly clean, animation team very very friendly and never too pushy to get you to do things, if you said no they did not push it. We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary whilst there and we had a very special evening, 5 course meal, in the beach bar along with 2 other couples, and a menu with our names on, very thoughtful. The staff were very attentive, although if I do have a gripe, they did like the Germans more than us brits probably because we did not tip each time we got a drink. Weather lovely although we did have a cracker of a thunderstorm and lightening show that went on for quite some time. Have already booked for next year, but going in June this time, Cant wait.

Room Tip: We had a disabled room on the ground floor although we are very fit 50 sometings!!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank lovejogging
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Property: Alba Royal Hotel
Address: Tilkiler Mevkii Erhan Demir Bulvari PK 6, Colakli, Manavgat, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Colakli
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Colakli
#1 Romantic Hotel in Colakli
#2 Family Hotel in Colakli
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Colakli
#2 Luxury Hotel in Colakli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Alba Royal Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 224
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