To be frank we were not expecting that much as we only paid less than £500 for a week all inclusive. Reading some of the reviews made us even more apprehensive, but to our surprise, we had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
We were booked in speedily on arrival and our bags quickly taken to our room – which was overlooking the sea as promised.
The hotel was spotlessly clean, our room cleaned and made up every day and staff, even if their English was not exactly fluent, were polite, helpful and friendly.
The other guests were predominately Russian with a sprinkling of Dutch and .Turkish families. If you like people watching, this is the place for you. I thought us Brits had a problem with binge drinking, but we are amateurs compared to the Russians many of wham started on vodka shots at 0900.
The food was pretty much traditional Turkish/eastern European, very strong on salads, olives, dips; a great variety of breads, fruit, fish (which was delicious) grilled meats and chicken. If your culinary tastes revolve around full English breakfasts, roast meat and two veg and fish and chips it may not be to your taste, but if you like eating in Greek or Turkish restaurants you’ll enjoy it.
The facilities were perfectly adequate. A shingle, but very clean beach, plenty of sunbeds, lots of sitting areas, an outdoor pool, a small (but heated) indoor pool, a small gym, a sauna and a steam room.
As for the drinks, the local red and white wine was surprisingly good as was the local Efes beer. Locally produced spirits were included in the price and the couple of occasions we had a G+T or a V+T, they seemed OK. Avoid asking for imported drinks though as they will set you back around 8 Euros.
The evening entertainment was to be frank a bit naff and geared towards Russians and Turks, but as this is pretty low down on our list of holiday priorities, was no big deal.
Outside, the hotel backed on to the mountains and the scenery was spectacular with some lovely walks, particularly up to a national park.
One tip, everything in the hotel and the local shops was priced in Euros and not Turkish Lira. The cynic in me thinks that this forces visitors into doing a double exchange rate calculation thereby increasing the money making opportunoities for local traders. So if you do go, change the bulk of your spending money into Euro and only take a small amount of local currency for tips.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yelken Blue Life Spa & Wellness Hotel is a five star hotel with an all inclusive concept and is located directly on the beach with sea and forest view rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yelken Blue Life Spa And Wellness Hotel
- Yelken Blue Life Spa & Wellness Hotel Beldibi, Antalya Province, Turkey