Summer holidays – Turkey

This year we are back in Belek, Turkey. It has come to the end of the first week and I haven’t written anything. So, what’s happened so far?

We are staying at the Paloma Grida Spa and Resort, a listed 5* resort with Thomas Cook. The hotel and grounds are well kept, the food is ok and the staff are friendly. However, trying to get in one of the Ala Carte restaurants is a feat of its own… so best option is to go to guest services and book with a human, not a machine…

When we arrived, our room was directly above Main Street (picture) on the top floor. Unbeknown to us, the bar directly below had live music at night, not good if you like an early night now and then. Consequently we asked to be moved. I take my hat of to the hotel, they moved us the next day without any issues and upgraded us.

The hotel has large grounds and two main pools, one with music and one without… there are also a few kids pools with slides and other play things. Plenty of sun beds and beach beds and shade available.

Ok, now we come to a minor or maybe major issue for adults without children. It says it’s a family friendly resort, it definitely is! There is only one area within the hotel that is child free… is called 18+ and it’s in the bottom corner by the beach… unfortunately it’s next door to the neighbouring hotel kids entertainment area. So you are drinking your cocktail as the sun goes down to tunes such as “the wheels on the bus go round and round” in Turkish and what ever other language you can think of.

So far, I believe there are more children under five than adults…

Dining can be hazardous in the main restaurant, hot food and liquids being carried around and you are playing dodgems with rug rats, parents just let them run around the restaurant. If one starts crying, it kind of sends a unanimous signal out to the rest of them to join in. I don’t think we have had a meal yet that we were able to have a peaceful conversation…

Even lunch times can be hectic, it really is difficult to find a quiet corner in the hotel without a child crying in your ear..

Tomorrow we are day tripping, off to Side and the market for the day with Thomas Cook.

I will keep you posted peps….

What makes a hotel room?

Not having stayed in a full blown 5* resort before, we were surprised at the luxuriousness of our hotel room… Its more like a stateroom compared to some of the hotels we have stayed over the years..  First impression, absolutely marvellous, Mrs W was even more excited than I was when she found the number of toiletries provided in the bathroom.

The bathroom alone was a third of the size of the whole room, walk in shower, full size bath, and to top it all, slippers and gowns… to date I have only used my tooth paste, all other toiletries provided by the Cornelia Diamond. 

The bedroom area and balcony are fantastic, the size is enormous with queen sized bed, a couch small table and chairs.  The balcony is big enough to have a party on and the view is fantastic, you are not really over looked, unless you are using binoculars, due to the shape of the hotel, but effectively everyone gets a sea view.  

We can honestly say that the room we have been provided with greatly meets all expectations of a 5* resort, along with everything the resort has provided to date. This will be a holiday to remember… 😄 
Ps. They turn down the bed at night and provide you with chocolate 😃

It’s holiday time – Belek Turkey, Cornelia Diamond Resort – Day 1

As holidays go, today although enjoyable, has been very wet from the time we stepped out of the room after donning our sun cream, sun wear and floppy hats… that was about midday.

So the enjoyable parts have been getting up for breakfast, a good gym session and Mrs W having a Hammam Turkish spa.  In true tradition to our holidays the day after arrival was wet, but we have had a good look around to get out bearings, find the a’la Carte restaurants and multitude of bars. First impressions of the hotel, absolutely fantastic. Friendly atmosphere with a mix of quiet space and people space.  The food choice is really good and plentiful, but beware, green chillies look like green beans, to the surprise of my wife… taking in a full fork full on our first night after a few beers.. if your short sighted even a little bit, take your glasses with you.

So tonight its the bar, dinner and then on to the evenings entertainment.  Below are a few shots of the hotel and views