We just returned from Palmiye after a fantastic time. We did not know what to expect as this was the first time we visited one of the Club Med resorts... and what a great surprise! Even though the weather was a bit windy one day, the sunshine on the other days totally made up for it.
We stayed at the hotel and were impressed by its cleanliness, the service, and above it all, the staff. Abdel (the Chef de Village) and his staff of GOs make you feel like you're part of a big family, always with a smile on their faces.
The food... what can I say about the food apart that it is fantastic. Yes, it is an all inclusive resort and you expect all the food you can eat, but you have different "specialties" each day of the week, which makes it even more enjoyable. And, if one day you feel like having a different type of food, you can always go to the Topkapi restaurant, where you have a different type of atmosphere, with beautiful surroundings and a fantastic menu.
The room... we stated on the 4th floor of the hotel in one of the rooms with a sea view. It was clean, tidy and even though it was not enormous, you don't feel claustrophobic. The only downside is that if you are very tired and want to go to sleep early, you will hear all the noises from the people downstairs or the music from the beachside bars/club. However, I have to admit that this was not a big problem.
The activities... There's always something for everybody! Sailing, archery, running, aquaerobics, aerobics, tennis. Whatever your activity, there is something you can do and the GOs are always willing to teach/help.
The GOs... the element that makes all the other points so enjoyable are the GOs. Always with a smile, always helping you to try something new! I had never sailed by myself but with the expert teachings from Roberto and Marco and the help of Ahmet, I was able to give it a go... what an experience! On the Archery range, Clement and Sukru were always willing to give you pointers and allow you to have a great time. If you felt like not leaving the pool (heated!) and were willing to try Aquaerobics, Youri (the head of sports) was always ready to give you workout that would leave you ready to hit the lounge chairs and take a long nap. Last but not least, Laurent and the reception staff, you definitely made our stay more enjoyable as whatever question we had, they were always ready to answer it.
As many other reviews point out, it's a French company and the vast majority of the guests are French, but also the vast majority of the GOs speak English or another language, so, if your French is like mine, you don't feel isolated or are left with a "What?" face because there is always someone who will do the explanation/translation in English.
Overall, GREAT! We would definitely go back! We are Club Med converts!
Punta Cana... here we go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Turkey, Palmiye nestles alongside an extensive beach between the wild peaks of the Taurus range and a warm sea of sparkling blue. Bungalows shelter beneath a pine grove and the hotel looks out onto the Mediterranean : two complementary atmospheres for this great family Club Med Village, home to a vast array of sports on land and sea, with something for all ages. A dreamlike place to unwind and put yourself in the expert hands of our Club Med Spa staff. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Med Palmiye Hotel Kemer
- Club Med Kemer
- Kemer Club Med