This smart hotel fronts its own beach, and comes with five à la carte restaurants and a great pools scene.
The dining choice here is vast – as well as a buffet there are five à la cartes, including a poolside steak place. Talking of pools, the collection features one that’s just for adults, and another with slides for everyone.
This hotel has a tucked-away feel to it, with a private, course-sand beach on one side and a pine forest on the other. It’s not far to Side, though – a 10-minute bus ride will do it, or a leisurely walk along the beach if you prefer.
These light and contemporary double rooms are located in the garden building and come with 1 extra bed in the bedroom. Outside there’s a balcony for that extra bit of space outside. Plus there’s a satellite TV, Wi-Fi*, air-conditioning and minibar. Just so you know, time restrictions may apply to the air-conditioning.
These bright deluxe double rooms are bright and spacious and located in the main building. There’s 1 extra bed in the bedroom. You’ll find a balcony outside which is ideal for that bit of extra space. And there’s air-conditioning, minibar, satellite TV and Wi-Fi* too. Just so you know, time restrictions may apply to the air-conditioning.
My wife and I spent 10 days here in October and were most impressed. Being greeted with a drink and cold hand towel was most welcome. We had intended to upgrade to a sea view room and it was well worth the extra.
Without exception all the staff were polite and helpful throughout the complex and restaurants. My special thanks to Adem in the Pool bar, he was so thoughtful and efficient.
The food was excellent, the best we have had at an a/I hotel. Always something lovely to eat and absolutely spoilt for choice. We went to four out of five a la carte restaurants and were treated royally with lovely food.
I think it only fair to point out that if you have mobility problems the hotel is vast and there are loads of rooms in the gardens but lengthy walks there. We upgraded to our luxury sea view room and the receptionist found us a room by the lift and the restaurants were by the same lift a floor or so down. Our room overlooked the large patio/bar/entertainment area and when there was music at night we just shut the balcony doors and it became a mere background. Not a problem at all.
My wife and I are just the wrong side of seventy and thoroughly enjoyed just chilling,eating and drinking.
The whole place is spotlessly clean at all times and it is great to see staff really proud of their work.
We would encourage anyone to visit and enjoy this lovely hotel.More
Great Week in Side, Turkey
Lovely all-inclusive week in this hotel. Our room was large and very comfortable. Choice of food on offer was excellent. There were plenty of sunbeds around an excellent pool which was big enough to swim in or just have a fun splash around. The beach was good but a little rocky but a very short walk away the beach loses the rocks and is beautifully sandy and safe.
The staff were top grade and the waiters and waitresses serving the drinks and food could not be faulted. The entertainment staff were also excellent with such energy and enthusiasm.The town of Side is well worth a visit with its fantastic Roman Ruins, Turkish shops and cafe. I would definitely go back.More
Ron D, Bristol, United Kingdom
Great food, service, entertainment, accommodation etc.
We stayed with our teenage daughter in one of the two bedroom garden villas for a week at the end of October 2015 (got home just yesterday!). The villa bedrooms were both en-suite, and were kept spotlessly clean. We had not previously stayed at an all inclusive resort, and were slightly concerned that the food may be mediocre and would not have sufficient choice. However, the hotel had themed evenings such as fish, Italian, Mexican, etc, and there was always a wide choice of not only the 'theme' of the evening, but lots of other types of food too. In fact, we chose not to book into the hotels other a la carte restaurants as we found the buffet food delicious. The hotel was busy when we arrived (half term week), but many of the hotels and businesses close for the winter at the end of October/beginning of November, so by the time we left on Nov 1 the hotel was very quiet and I believe it closes next weekend. Something to think about as I would not have liked to be there this week as everything was being down-scaled. In fact, we were asked to move to another villa in a different block half way through the holiday as they wanted to close that block for the winter. Although a small inconvenience, they made up the new room with beautiful decorations and flowers, an left wine glasses and a large bottle of red wine in the room for us which was a nice touch. I had read previously that the majority of guests were Russian, German and Dutch. That was certainly the case for the latter two nationalities, but it would seem that the number of Russian visitors has decreased significantly this year. In any event, there was no problem with communication, with staff speaking enough basic English for us to get what we needed. We had considered other hotels in Side, so decided to visit the other side of the bay to see if we had made the right choice. Although those hotels were all also beach-side, and looked fabulous hotels, the amount of space they had on the beach was tiny (rows of sun beds all packed closely together), and guests had to wear wrist bands to identify where they were staying. Not something I would have liked. In contrast, the beach area around the Turquoise was not crowded at all and we enjoyed the walk along the sand. Although this is considered a 5* hotel in Turkey and is comparable to others here, I would just mention to anyone who has visited 5* hotels in other parts of the world, that the standards of workmanship in Turkey are not quiet the same, so you may find a few things that could have been more professionally finished. Also spa and gym area were very small. I would say 5* here are more in line with 4* as a general guide. This is a great hotel in a nice area. All staff were friendly, helpful and professional, and we will certainly consider another stay here in the future.More
JeBow, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Great Place, Nice Staff, on the whole.
My wife and I booked this hotel only two days before departure, with Thomson, at a good price in a DeLuxe room which is a part of the main building, unlike the Standard rooms which are a short walk away. We travelled mid October for two weeks.
The hotel is very satisfactory and we have decided to return next year assuming we can get a good price and hopefully NOT with Thomson. (Reason later).
The food in this resort was excellent, there was so much choice at the buffet for every meal and also the snack bar for lunch. We did not feel the need to go to the A la Carte restaurants because of the varied choice. The meals are cooked outside as well as the hot food indoors in the buffet, too many choices to list here but the BBQ'd pepper steak, grilled salmon, and spiced Turkish food is worth a mention.
The drinks served in the Reception bar were served with a smile by Kerum and Tugba, even when rushed off their feet. Many drinks like "Baileys" gin, rum and even Red Label whisky were available aswell as a number of cocktails, even some kids ones, which proved popular with the touches Kerum gave to them.
The facilities are superb, the deluxe room we had was on the left side of the building, (when looking to the sea ), the first room we had was on the right which we didn't like as the balcony was over the kitchens, resulting in the cooking smells you would expect from a large kitchen. The gym and spa were of above average standard for this type of hotel, there were a number of occasions when young 6 - 8 year olds would come in and get on the machines with no shoes, or parental supervision. I felt the management had to assume a responsibility to the safety of these individuals and insist with large signage and patrols to ensure they were not allowed in; the sign outside just said no one under 12.
The entertainment staff always have the rough end of the stick trying to please all the people all of the time, which is always difficult. The incoming shows were brilliant to mediocre. The shows in the theatre were worth seeing.
The high winds and storm that ravaged the coast for 5 days was not the fault of the hotel, the staff tried to do the best they could in repairing the two jetties, the pool took some time to get cleaned but was done eventually. No criticism could be put to the hotel for the acts of nature.
We arrived at Antalya airport with only Turkish reps directing you, not much idea about anything it is fair to say, no English reps were to be seen, our bus journey to the hotel was accompanied by the recorded message in several languages, again no rep on board Lucia the Thomson rep for the hotel did come in almost every day to deal with issues but she did give me the impression she was new on the job. On leaving, Lucia saw us from the hotel, but then again no rep on the bus, arrival at the airport meant everyone had to find the right gate to pass through check-in and customs. I had booked on-line and had picked seats for both outward and homeward journeys. Once checked in I was stopped at the boarding gate with the operator telling me there was no seat for me as someone had already boarded with my seat numbers, we were left at the boarding gate until everyone had boarded, as a result the plane was delayed for about 25 minutes whilst they found a seat for us both. Another gentleman who was also shifted told me he had been bumped off the plane the day before and was put up in a hotel overnight. TIP even if you have booked your seat online double check with Thomson....if you can get through to them.
That said; I will go to this hotel again and that is what this review should be about.More