We are a family of four (2 adults, 1 grown up child of 18, 1 child of 3.5) travelling during the Easter holiday (April 6 – 13). We wanted a holiday of total relax, luxurious setting, comfortable room, good food, and that was exactly what we had.
Rooms are incredibly clean, including the dead corners in the toilet!
We chose the standard room which has one big double bed and 1 single, as well as a setee that can be turned into a bed slightly smaller than the single. The balcony faces to next door with 20% sea view. We knew this at the time of booking and we didn’t regret not spending £160 more for a sea view! The room (on the left wing) gets the sun in the morning which gave my husband nice start for an hour or 2 in the morning. The occasional delivery in the evening never caused us any problem as the room has good sound-proof. The frig is refilled daily with more than enough beer, soft drinks, peanuts and charc bars.
TV has National Geography which is brilliant. It also has BBC news.
The toilet has toothpaste, combs, shampoo and shower gel.
This is the highlight of the holiday and the presentation, freshness, variety of the food make dinner time something to look forward to. There are snack bars, bars, smaller restaurants scattered across the hotel so within 50 metres you will have access to nice food! We have never had any stomach problems during the stay, by the way, even when I used the tap water to brush my teeth daily.
I read the reviews of some complaint that things get ‘repetitive’ after a week. Well I don’t know what these people eat at home, but we have never been short of choice! Breakfast has less offer to be fair, but we choose to skip it completely to save room for a feast at lunch time!
My little one has unlimited supply of good quality ice cream all day long ( I recommend the raspberry one), and my hubby enjoyed the beer and wine and thought the local produce are reasonable. Pop corns and candy floss in the evening was a bonus.
We went in high season (Easter bank holiday) and the rooms were full. However we have never had a problem to find a good seat with the exception of one day when there was heavy wind so outdoor seating was closed. You will need to queue for a short while during peak time for fresh cook counter such as fish and spaghetti, but why rush on holiday?
The service is top and they keep asking you if you need more and we rarely needed to ask!
The restaurant deco was expensive with good quality. What I do like is the small children play area at the corner outside, so that if you have a restless child who can’t sit till you finish your 10th course, she can go and have fun while you can keep an eye on her!
We used the a la carte once and enjoyed the eating environment (relaxed, good and quick service) but reverted back to the buffet as we loved the variety. If you are a couple, book at the a la carte to have some quietness and romantic setting to yourselves.
During the week we have seen a very good balloon show, a magician show, a children orchestra and a cabernet. I have to say the quality is very high (except the cabaret which is average, although the ladies are pleasing to the eye so I enjoyed that too).
The play group runs daily from 1000-1700 and have a wide range of activities, My daughter had a difference face painting every day, she loved the staff and the kitten (yes there are many cats at the hotel) and made friends. Her favourite is the mini disco every evening and she still remembers the German nursery rhythms! I think exposure to other languages and cultures are a great thing and part of the fun for a holiday!
Staff at the Mini Club are very attentive and loving. I can’t believe many parents just left their children (some as young as 4) with the staff (I accompanied my daughter at all times)! They are watchful when the door opened, when parents picked up their children. I felt they are in safe hands.
The fun fair opened daily between 2-4.30pm. There are 4-5 good rides and you never had to wait. As soon as one guest arrived, the staff will operate till you said ‘enough’! I agree with some reviews that safety is not the same UK standards, but as long as you keep an eye on little one, I was relaxed. The only item I avoided is the bump car as there is no seat belt and when we clashed my daughter’s head bumped onto the steering wheel.
There were a number of negative reviews about the ‘German, Russian’, ‘rudeness’, staff not speaking English. We found this completely nonsense and it made me cross once I saw how hard the staff worked and tried to cater for all nationalities! Some of us are really spoilt and I have to assume that they are not happy people at home to start with!
Nearly all staff speak good/adequate English, including the room cleaning ladies.
The first day was a little shock when a male staff all of sudden picked up my daughter when we walked past, tickling her toddler tummy and pretended to take her away from us! We were shocked by immediately recovered as the cultural difference. We didn’t mind this but I can see how other English parents may react!
We went in peak season (all rooms are full) but have never had to reserve a sun lounger. Even near lunch time, we always were able to have a nice area (including the exotic ‘pavilion’ next to the loungers’. Being in early April, the outdoor pool was a bit chill but bearable and looks clean and lovely. The water slides was open most of the day and was huge fun!
The kids outdoor pool looks so inviting but as it is purposefully build in the shade, it is too cold for my daughter. But I can see how much fun she would have in summer season.
The indoor pool has a large adult pool and a reasonably sized and shallow pool for even the youngest. At the busiest it accommodated 18 children/parents without feeling too crowded.
The beach was lovely! The sand is between fine and course, but there are so many beautiful stones/shells it was fun to be on. The jetty was stylish. We didn’t swim in the sea but enjoyed walking and ‘chasing the waves’.
I was concerned early April might be rainy. The weather forecasts showed 2-3 ‘rainy/overcast’ days. However it only rained at night and the days were beautiful and sunny for 6 days. Only 1 day it was really windy so some outdoor facilities were closed. We had a nice tan back home.
We used the hotel run bus and spent 4 hours at Antalya. The hotel runs 2 coached daily and they are PUNCTURAL so don’t be late!
Everywhere you can see the attention to details by the hotel, making facilities available for all groups.
BTW, we booked flights and hotel separately. Thomas Cook was ok and on time.
Conclusion: a genuinely luxury hotel with excellent facilities, service, entertainment, friendly staff with everything you need for a family with young children. We only stepped out of the hotel once and will go back again!
Tip: Antalya airport is a huge rip-off. A small bottle of water cost £2.5 and a carton of Pringles crisps cost £5! So pack up food or wait to be services onboard.
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- Delphin Palace Hotel - AntalyaWith a harmonious ambience, Delphin Palace Hotel provides an excellent vacation with its 8 floors, 2 king suite, 489 standart rooms, 38 family rooms, 6 handicaapped rooms and 24 exclusive rooms along with all the hotel activities.At Delphin Palace Hotel; Lobby Bar, open 24 hours, welcomes you at the first floor with some relaxing areas to spend your time while listening live music.At Delphin Palace Hotel in Antalya, you may enjoy delicious Turkish and World Cuisine. Delphino Restaurant and other 7 A’la Carte Restaurants are perfect choices for celebrations of anniversaries in the Hotel in Antalya. Furthermore, different bars and discos at the hotel are ready to entertain you and amuse you. 3 main courses are served at Delphin Palace Hotel free of charge including all the bevarages and drinks. In your free time at Delphin Palace Hotel you can play bowling or computergames in the game room of the Delphin Palace Hotel. In the daylight you can swim at Palace Pools and slide over the waterslides into the pool. Other hotel activites include animation programms organized specifically for you at night or during the day. Furthermore you may watch movies at the hotel cinema or refresh and relax at the Hotel's Spa Center.Delphin Palace Hotel rooms have FREE WiFi, air conditioning, minibar and private balcony. Some rooms have panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Guests throughout the day may enjoy water sports & games, sports activities, live music performances and other entertainments.Delphin Palace Hotel, situated in the middle of Palm Trees and colorful gardens, offer rooms with ALL INCLUSIVE concept, FREE Wi-Fi and satellite television. Green Garden and Plants surrounding the outdoor swimming pools create a spectacular atmosphere within the hotel and a great view from the room. Main restaurant, buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the Delphin Palace Hotel. The wide variety of à la carte restaurants serves traditional Turkish food and cuisine of world cuisine. Free private parking is available onsite within the hotel. ... more less
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