My wife and I are just back from a weeks stay at the Royal Alba and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
On arrival we were checked in very quickly, and were offered some excellent macaroons which were available all day at reception. The friendly porter delivered our bags deliver to our room (3233). The room itself was very nice, decent sized, but not quite 5*. It had 2 single beds and a nice balcony which looked over main road, and there were 2 beach towels waiting on the bed for us. The flat screen tv was ok but it only had a few English speaking channels. The shower was also good but it was in the bath, and in the wardrobe there was a free to use safety deposit box. The room also had excellent (and quiet) air con.
The hotel itself was absolutely spotless, with well maintained grounds, lots of shops including a shop that sold lilos for 6 euros, snacks, papers, postcards etc. In the main hotel there is several bars, a hairdressers which did an excellent Turkish shave for only 10 TL (about £3.50), along with a tea room, a games room including an indoor bowling alley (though you had to pay for this), and a spa including an indoor pool. The outdoor pool was beautiful and it's temperature was perfect. There was a problem getting sun loungers especially if you like a lie in like we do on holiday, so most days we had to go down the beach initially and come back to the pool in the afternoon to get a sunbed. There was room for more sunbeds in the grounds so the management could quickly fix this.
The pool and beach bars were always excellently served, with lovely food. The pool bar also had a selection of ice creams, pancakes and waffles available until 5pm.
The buffet restaurant was excellent, with lots of variety to suit everyone, and during our week stay we tried 2 of the 3 a la carte restaurants - the Turkish and the Cuban - and would recommend both.
Do NOT book any excursions with Thomas Cook though! We did white water rafting which was a great day.....it was 20 euros from a shop 100 yards from the hotel, whilst Thomas Cook wanted £45 for it!
The entertainment however was not great, though to be fair we only watched half of one show as it was so amateurish we found it funny. However all in all an excellent hotel, and one for a quiet holiday where you want to relax!
Peter & Ria (Manchester)
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- Also Known As:
- Alba Royal Resort All Inclusive
- Alba Royal Hotel Turkey/Colakli, Antalya Province