Designed for 3 to 11 year olds, Thomson Kids’ Club offers 2 hours of activities, 5 or 6 days a week. And that includes at least 3 evenings. It’s split into sections, with Tots for 3 to 5 year olds, Team for 6 to 8s, and Tribe for 9 to 11s. Best of all, most kids’ clubs activities are completely free. And outside of peak season, there are parent and toddler sessions 3 days a week, too. For your peace of mind, all Thomson Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times.
These stylish, contemporary twin rooms with a limited sea view can sleep up to three. They come with twin or double beds, a fold-up bed for a child up to 12 years and room service for an extra charge. Cots are available on request.
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I'm really not sure how this place has gotten such high ratings. I haven't been to any other resorts in Antalya. Maybe the standards are really low. But compared to other places I've been in other sides of the world this place was a huge disappointment. Most of the staff (not everyone) were extremely rude. Unfortunately I had a really bad experience with one of the entertainment staff. He was extremely rude and unprofessional. And when I brought up the incident with the Hotel manager all they basically said was that they trust their employees!! I understand service industry is difficult. But they didn't understand one simple rule. That they were the host and we were their guests. We were paying for our stay at the hotel and it was expected of them to give us service. I wasn't expecting anything out of the ordinary but when I'm asking for something nicely I don't expect service with an attitude in return. And one more thing. One of their "entertainment" programs was so sexist and disgusting that I couldn't even believe my eyes. It was called "Miss Liberty Lara" and it was filled with sexist and disgusting jokes to a point that one of the contestants actually left the stage. It was shameful. Overall a disappointing experience.More
Excellent holiday - will be returning
Ok, I have tried to be as concise as possible, and this balanced review should tell you everything you need to know...
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We were greeted upon arrival with 'champagne' in the contemporary lobby which included touched like glass lifts. The champagne was actually cider but it was a nice touch. We were given our room key within seconds and the bellboy brought up our bags promptly - all very swift and easy.
We contacted the hotel in advance to ask if we could have a room near the back of the hotel to overlook the sea after reading negative comments about a lot of rooms overlooking maintenance areas. Unfortunately, our room happened to be one of these rooms, yet it would be unfair persecute the hotel for this since they did inform us that these rooms are subject to availability. Nevertheless, we went back down to reception to see if we could change; we were allocated a new room in seconds - with a much better view overlooking the tennis and football areas with the sea in the background. The rooms are very contemporary with blue mood lighting in the ceiling and TV's in the mirrors, and whether you'd like housekeeping to enter your room is controlled by an electronic pad next to your bed. We had a 'Large Room', with a double bed, a single bed, and a bed-come-sofa, which suited us as a family of four. Our room was small with us struggling to fit all of our clothes in the storage space provided, and at times we felt it became a little claustrophobic, but we learned to live with this and it didn't detract from our holiday experience in the slightest. But to our discovery, the rooms walls are paper thin. Consequently, we could next-doors TV bellowing through the wall, as I'm sure they could hear ours as they knocked on the wall on one occasion. This meant that we had to constantly be cautious about how loud we were talking and what volume we had the TV on - this was a problem.
Every day, our wonderful housekeeper 'SIDIKA' tidied and cleaned our rooms and always left a beautiful creation of some sort on our bed. We can't thank her enough - it was great coming back to a spotless room.
The main pool is large and clinically clean. The surrounding area was also clean - maybe a bit of updating wouldn't go a miss? The slides, open four hours each day, were excellent. The wifi around the pool was poor -- it was much better in the rooms and on the beach.
This hotel being on the beach is one of the greatest positives. The beach is clean and we loved spending our days down there. Make sure you were footwear though as the sand is searing hot - the weather was touching 40 degrees Celsius most days. Sea is warm and clean. Lots of water sports available at a cost.
Cabanas are a must. Mustafa and his team bring you everything you need and it was just a really relaxing day with picturesque views. The kids were jumping in to the sea. It was certainly one of the best days of the holiday.
In the main restaurant, the food felt repetitive, albeit great quality. There was always something to eat for everyone including stir-fry made to order. The a-la-carte restaurants certainly beat the main restaurant though. We visited the Far East, Turkish, Italian and Fish Restaurants during our stay and they were exceptional.
The hard-working staff make this hotel what it is. Every one of them is always trying their best to make your holiday as good as it can be. However, those in particular who made our holiday so special, and deserve a mention, were:
-CAGLA in the Elite Bar was always on hand with a great attitude to take orders and make sure we never had an empty glass. 'HAYRIYE' was also great on that front.
-OSMAN and MEHMET ALI were loyal and great waiters at all times
and finally MUSTAFA and his team.
The entertainment staff were great, especially the host, and Pikachu deserves a mention too. The entertainment shows were hit and miss: The Michael Jackson Tribute, Ballroom Dancing and Mongolian Acrobats were all thrilling. However, things like 'Comedy Night' where stereotypical traits of different nationalities were displayed, were a big flop, resulting in over half of the audience (on this night in particular) leaving. The Four Seasons party though, was magnificent.
-Area around the amphitheatre is an eye sore including the huts that are very rarely used/sat, and the shallow pool that they stand in. Perhaps this could be developed into something more useful and aesthetically appealing?
-Some areas have become dire over time and are in need of refurbishment. These areas include the Select Bar and The main dining area.
-Carpet is filthy outside the rooms - maybe this could be rectified?
-The Sunset Bar stands in the main pool meaning there is a dark, shadowed area beneath. Perhaps a swim-up-to bar would be a great addition here?
I could go on, but ultimately this is a great hotel, and it looks like we will be returning next year. A lot of reviews claim that this hotel isn't 5*, and in a few aspects it isn't (eg. the champagne not being champagne) but in many it is (eg. staff and service). However, this was the best hotel we have stayed in by far and would highly recommend it. We spoke to a few guest who had stayed in the larger hotels on the strip, and they said that the '5* experience' actually detracted from their stay (eg - dress code rules too strict / guests snobbish) This is why Liberty is a great holiday choice - you get an excellent experience and can relax and enjoy it simultaneously.More
Kieran B, England, United Kingdom
Excellent, Excellent and Excellent!!!!
A lovely family holiday in this extra special hotel. Food, drink, Pool, Pier and staff all amazing. This hotel has something special about it.
Special mention to some special staff Fatih and all the guest relations team. Mustafa on the pier and Umit F&B manager. We will be back again and again and again!More
MichelleEvans07, Crawley, United Kingdom
Average hotel and service - didn't rate it as 5* We wouldn't go back.
We have just returned from this hotel after spending 11 nights here. Having stayed in another 5* hotel on the Lara Beach strip it was very obvious as soon as we arrived that this was not a 5* hotel, it was a 4* at the most. We were a a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) and couldn't find the wow factor that made us think that this hotel was amazing and hence warranted the label of 5*. Having stayed in a competitor hotel (which I won't name but if you want to know what it is please message me) it was clear that the staff response, facilities, service etc in this hotel were of a lower standard. On arriving at the hotel we were met with a glass of fizz which was a lovely gesture, but it was cider and not champage/cava or prosecco. This was the standard fizz/sparkling wine that was available throughout the holiday, there was no other option for fizz and it's been a long time since we drank cider. When we asked the bar for prosecco this is what they offered the guests and assured us that this was prosecco which was completely wrong. The facilities in general were tired. Some areas were poorly maintained, e.g. the sun loungers were dirty with food spilt over them and plasters stuck to them (which frankly made me want to vomit!), the cabinet which housed the cakes etc for the 3-5pm cake and coffee session was cracked and fixed with tape. The sofas etc in the lobby were water stained from spillages and guests sitting on them with their wet costumes, which was off-putting to say the least when you wanted to sit on them. The air conditioning in the lobby was also minimal so you did feel very hot sitting there on an evening. The pizza tent (Yoruk tent) and other areas were very untidy with food lying around, and air conditioning there is non existent so be prepared to sweat lots whilst queuing for your pizza as they were very popular (and also very tasty!).
Our room was on the 4th floor and was quite spacious but so noisy. We were woken practically every night by other guests, especially one night when after 11 pm parents had left their bedroom door open so that they could chat and their kids could run up and down the corridor. Both my children were asleep (as they can't stay up late every night being 7 and 11) and these children woke them up. I had to get up and complain to the parents and ask them to put their kids in their room.
The room housekeeping was good with very decorative towels etc shaped into various animals. We asked for the sink plug mechanism to be fixed on day 1 and it never was so we could never use it. The mini bar was included in the package and was well stocked with water, soft drinks and beer.
As a family of 4, three of us came down with sore stomachs, which really affected my son aged 7 who we were up 2 nights in a row with a fever and vomiting. We ended up getting medication from a local pharmacy (of which there are absolutely loads of on this strip thankfully) to help him.
On the 2nd night there we attended a 4 seasons party, which was a DJ, lighting and dance music, but it was held on grass which meant that I got bitten twice by insects. This led to my bites getting infected and a trip to the pharmacy for antibiotics (oral and topical gel) plus some antihistamines and stomach protectant medication. Not a great start to the holiday as my foot was swollen and I had to rest it for a few days out of the sun. So if you do go to this hotel, try to wear boots if you attend an event on the grass! On talking to other guests, I wasn't the only person who received bites that night.
So all in all the positive aspects were the entertainment staff and generally the hotel was okay. If this was a first time visit to Lara Beach and all inclusive hotel we probably would have been impressed (which may explain some of the very positive feedback on this hotel) but as it wasn't, we had definitely been spoilt having experienced the wow factor which comes with an immaculate hotel (the other one we had visited), amazing food and staff and a service that makes you not want or need for anything at all, which all makes for a fantastic holiday.
The negatives unfortunately outweigh the positives by far. Parents should note that the staff presence around the pools and on the site generally (outside of the restaurants and bars) is minimal, so with some absentee or otherwise occupied parents, kids wandered round unsupervised and actually were in quite dangerous predicaments at time. we had to report kids jumping of the top of the covered "cave" area as there was no one around to stop him and his mates, and I had to tell the bar that 2 children, both under 7, had been left in the pool unsupervised for nearly 2 hours Their parents couldn't be found for a substantial amount of time. I felt at times that I was babysitting other peoples kid as they couldn't be bothered to. But staff did not intervene to stop this until it was brought to their attention. As an English speaker I found it really difficult to converse with most of the staff especially when an issue needed to be addressed. The nationalities on site were mainly English and German with some others thrown in.
The indoor pool was permanently closed which was disappointing as it would have been nice for children to use it in really high temperatures. We visited the shops and were appalled to see t-shirts being sold which had horrendous wording on them, which children should not see! When I mentioned this to the shop owner and pointed out my kids beside me, he merely shrugged his shoulders. 5* hotels should not condone this sort of practice.....Make sure you bring lots of suncream as the shop onsite was selling a bottle for 30 euro!!! I told him that this was a complete rip off and he reduced it to 23 euro which is equivalent to Â£17!!!!!!
The hotel offers cabanas for rent, which include a mini bar, tv and a few other perks and these are located on a pier overlooking the sea. Having had access to free cabanas pool side and on the beach in another hotel, (used to escape the sun moreso than watching tv or drinking) we found it disappointing that these now incurred a charge.
All in all we didn't enjoy our stay and were looking forward to leaving. Had it not been for the fact that we met nice people there our holiday may have been awful, and after paying a substantial amount of money for this hotel, you don't expect to have an awful time there. We came home on a Thursday night and we all slept for 11 hours straight. It was the first decent nights sleep that we'd had in 11 days and we were really sleep deprived, not from partying but from the constant noise from our neighbours and thin hotel walls and from the illness that we had incurred.
This hotel really needs an injection of cash and time spent on maintaining and upgrading the facilities as some are okay whilst others are scruffy and dangerous. The fact that we spent most of our holiday ill from one thing or another, all happening onsite, was really grim and something I've never experienced before on holiday.
I hope that people will read this and decide themselves if they find this beneficial. I have read all the recent reviews on this hotel and I've tried to make mine as informative and balanced as possible. If you read any other reviews I've provided you will see that this is the case and I do not set out to slate hotels I've stayed in. However this hotel is expensive so potential guests need to know what they are spending their money on.More
connorb77, Halifax, United Kingdom
Good hotel but lacking 5*
On the whole we had an amazing time at the Liberty Lara hotel in Antalya however there were some aspects of it that stopped it from being a 5* hotel.
The positives being the amazing grounds of the hotel. The hotel has 3 pools one for adults one for kids and another mixed. It has various restaurants and bars dotted around so you never go hungry even in between meals. Kids are kept entertained with the mini kids staff and the adults entertained by the entertainment team. The entertainment team are one of the best I have come across they were always so friendly energetic and put on the best entertainment throughout the day till the evening. They played really good pool games through out the day and kept everyone laughing. The hotel also boasts three slides that are also very entertaining and fun. A lot of the staff were very helpful and caring towards our needs and tried to make or stay as pleasurable as possible. Especially the staff that waited for us during breakfast and lunch meals in the main restaurant in the hotel, one member of the team especially (Mehtap) she was amazing she was always very attentive to our needs when we were dining. She always had a smile on her face and was very positive through out. She was also very caring towards our 16 months old.
Some of the things that let the hotel down was the room sizes even though the hotel boasts amazing massive grounds it lacks in the rooms. Our room was a standard part sea view room but it was really small so if you have a family of 3 with a cot in the room there was not much space for luggage and to move around the room so the room felt quite claustrophobic. The hotel allows the guests to book 1 ala carte restaurant (they have 4 different ones) during their one week stay however when we went to book one there was only one day available and one restaurant only so I felt that was unfair because we had no choice in when we wanted to go and what we wanted to eat. When I spoke to other guests they were complaining that when they went to the ala cart restaurant most of the tables were empty.
On the day we arrived there was no one outside to welcome us to the hotel as you would expect with a 5* hotel we had to come of the coach and carry our suitcases inside our selves which was a bit of struggle for me and my husband as I had my 16 month old his pushchair and my husband had to bring in 2 suitcases and 2 hand luggage him self.
Another issue was that even though there was a lot of variety during meal times in the Jasmine restaurant (the main restaurant) it was the same food every day especially lunch and dinner times which got quite boring after 4 days and because they didn't have any availability for the ala carts we didn't have much choice but to eat there.
The cleanliness of the hotel was really good and the pool staff were always around cleaning up after guests. Even though the sun beds were only allowed to be reserved from 8am a lot of them were taken by guests way before 8am which made it hard for us to find sun beds. Overall the holiday was a really good one but certain features stopped it from being a 5*. More