More about Letoonia Golf Resort
Excellent hotel in lovely grounds
Stayed at the Letoonia 7th to 14th October 2007 . On arrival at Antalya airport you have to pay £10 for a visa. They will not accept local currency - Sterling, Euros or credit card. Hotel is approx 40 mins drive from airport. Complex is large, check in was easy and our room a 'bungalow' was spacious. Storage space was limited but adequate. There was air conditioning, a fridge and safe. The bed was two very large single beds pushed together to make a very large King sized bed.The food is plentiful, large choice of hot and cold and I believe enough to suit every palate.Like the drinks it is available 24 hours a day with limited room service between midnight and 7. There are plenty of facilities for all the family and entertainment every night in the outdoor theatre. The hotel is one of several dotted along this part of the coast and is a little way out of Belek itself, however there is a regular tractor bus that takes you the 15 minute drive into what they call the City and which cost 1 YTR each way. The area seemed reluctant to take the local currency prefering instead euros.The hotel was probably 95% Russian holidaymakers with just a dozen or so English but this did not seem to be a problem.
All in all a very enjoyable stay and certainly value for money. I would say that this is 4 star accomodation
Close but no cigar
We stayed at the Letoonia for one week from 6th July to 13th July. The gardens and grounds are truly amazing and extremely well kept with plenty of places to lounge in the sun or shade. There were never any problems getting sunbeds although admittedly we did get up early to 'bag' one in a reasonable position. Best kept secret though is the river which separates the resort from the beach; there was always a breeze here even on the hottest day ( and it WAS very hot while we were there) and at night it was very romantic with the bridge being lit up and a starlit sky to gaze at as we walked the promenade.
Staff are very friendly and in the main helpful, although some could do with improving their English. Rooms are spacious but a bit lacking in storage. Cleaning of the room by the maid was average despite attempts to encourage her with a few tips.
There was plenty of food and lots of variety and you can book the 3 a la carte restaurants but you need to be quick. We did it the night we got there and still only just managed to get in on the last three nights. However, it was worth it because the food was very good. As far as the buffet is concerned our only gripe would be that some of the hot food was at best luke warm and on a couple of occasions actually cold.
Entertainment is good if a litle strange in taste probably because this hotel is more geared to Russians and Germans than English but all in all a very enjoyable stay.
Why no cigar? Well there were some issues around the edges. We had 3 faults with our room which were all attended to promptly but might have been better if they hadn't occurred at all and service was occasionally lacking probably through language rather than design eg no bell boy to take our luggage when we were leaving despite 2 requests and 40 minutes waiting.
Excellent value for money
We have just returned from 2 weeks in this resort. The overall comment I would have is the exceptional cleanliness of this resort - they are cleaning morning noon and night! tThe rooms are basic but more than adequate although wardrobe space is limited. Clothes wise, anything goes - but I would suggest taking only really light weight clothing, as most people wore shorts at night and just swimming costumes during the day! Food is plentiful and served 24 hours a day. The drinks are free flowing with plenty available for the children. I went with 3 teenagers and my mum and we had a lovely time. The bungalow rooms give you controllable air conditioning - which you need. The annimation team provide all the entertainment and work incredibly hard encouraging everyone to get involved in the numerous activities. The Africana Disco was a big hit with my children who were older, but they had plenty of activities for younger children too. There are a lot of Russians here, but there was no trouble and the resort has a very safe feeling. In fact it was the influx of the Brits towards the end of the holiday that saw a deterioration in behaviour. My children managed to make loads of friends from all countries and we had a lovely sending off by a load of them. Towels on chairs really mean that they are reserved, but so long as that is observed, there are no problems.
Belek town is NOT a cheap option, and be careful not to get ripped off like my children did at the market. The airport on the return trip in Antayla is a complete rip off and be very careful how they charge you in the duty free - they get you with the exchange rates. The Burger King in the airport wanted to charge £12.00 per meal! So either take a sandwich or eat before you get there.
The weather is deceptively hot, so be careful to avoid sunburn - there were a couple of horrendous burns. If you manage to book the A la Carte restuarants, they are worth the wait. However, all the food is good and they did not keep anything hanging around. One tip is to get down early - dinner starts are 7.30 and you need to be there on time to be able to ensure that you get a good table and that you have a plentiful choice, the Russians take and waste a huge amount of food which we found staggering. However, all tastes are catered for with a excellent selection of salads as well as hot food, pizza and grill. There are two themed evenings a week, and look out for the presentation Baked Alaska which is really something to see.
We had a really lovely time here, it is a very relaxing holiday and the children and I would definitely go back.
A lovely, clean resort
Stayed here for 2 weeks in July, it was clean, well kept, food was great and the pools and beach were lovely.
If you like to go out and about it is quite remote and we didnt like Belek but you can do a taxi tour, we had a taxi at our disposal all day for 65 euros. We visited an ampitheatre, a mosque, waterfalls and had several hours to go round the bazzars!
Our 2 teenager,aged 16 and 17 loved it.
There are alot of Russian and German guests and they can be quite greedy with food and some have a lack of manners and need to learn the art of queuing, this did not really bother us, it just highlighted how well mannered we are and that was noticed and appreciated by staff. Would go back again - free toiletries in the bathroom, free slippers.........what luxury!!!
Lovely but sunbeds a nightmare!!!!!!!!!
We stayed at this hotel from the 24th July for 2 weeks. The first week was wonderful, no problems getting sunbeds or parasols, food was great no real rush in the restaurants. The 2nd week was another matter. The Hotel says it operates a policy where no towels are to be left on the sunbeds before 8.30am otherwise they are removed, this caused chaos when it was enforced! People would place their towels then go off to breakfast, the pool supervisor would then randomly remove some of them! we then came along at 8.30-8.45am found "empty" sunbeds and would "bag" them with our towels and go to breakfast. The two evolving scenarios were either you returned from breakfast to find the previous occupants on your towels or if you stayed on your sunbed they returned to find you on their beds!! Either way a confontation would ensue. This happened to us 4 times! and the only way to beat this was for my Husband and Father to get to the pool at 7.45am and take it in turns to go into breakfast before myself, my kids and my mother came down, which resulted in us not sharing a single breakfast together for the last week! Regardless of this I would say if you came to this hotel out of peak time, you would have a great time. The Animation team work their socks of day and night!
very nice holiday
We stayed here at the start of august for two weeks. apart from the hour and a half delay on the flight out we had a fairly pleasant journey to the hotel and first impressions we good. that was of course until we started the checking in process. it was 6am and there were seven or eigth families checking in. my wife went in to get in the queue whilst i sorted the cases. we were second in the queue and were hoping to get to the room fairly quickly. however part of the check-in process is to have your passports photocopied they went off and copied them and brought my families and another families back together. i asked for our passports so we could head to the room and was given two instead of three. my passport was given to another family whom had already departed for their room. the reality here was that the receptionist was trying to deal with too many people at once. the result was that i had to wait for everyone to be checked in so that the receptionist could find out where my passport had gone. this i thought was not a great start.
after getting a couple of hours sleep we went down for late breakfast which was plentiful. there was an array of fruit,savouries and cereals. i've never been a fan of breakfast but my wife and son enjoyed the breakfast.
even though we were late down we did manage to get towels and beds however, i would suggest that you get your towels out early as most beds are gone by half eight and i never saw the rules being enforced about towels on the beds before 8:30 would be removed. we did see though a couple of comical arguments about beds and towels but luckily did not come up against any problems ourselves.
the pools are very clean and my son spent 90% of his time in them which gave us plenty of relaxation time.
we could not fault the food in any of the restaurants and the ala carte restaurant are ver good especially the asian. i would suggest you book early as they seemed to get snapped up quickly, especially if you are only there for one week. as with many all-inclusive hotels the food can seem repetitive but there was plenty on offer so you could have something different every lunch and dinner. during the daytime the beach bar serves burgers,chips, jacket potatoes so it a bit more snacky. overall we were very pleased with food and certainly did not go hungry.
the hotel itself was very clean and the air conditioning in our room was ample to allow you to get a decent nights sleep. the beds were comfortable enough and there was a good shower. there is not much in the way of english tv channels, only bbc world and cnn however, if you are a football fan then you can get premier league games on channel 32 which is turkish FOX channel. it is obviously in turkish but football is football.
the animation team were great fun and were always busy and how they manage to get any time for themselves i do wonder. the shows were mostly pretty good and the odd one exceptional.
my main gripe with the hotel was the russians. this is obviously not the hotels fault but unfortunately the other guests do form part of the holiday. they seemed to be quite rude, did not know how to queue, very greedy and wasteful and very competitive and argumentative when it cam to games. fortunately we did not let this ruin our holiday and there were more english people around in the second week, so if you are going very soon you may find more english.
if you like to go out and about then belek has the odd bar and plenty of shops which are all very much the same. there is a bazaar on a saturday which is probably better value for money. we did not really venture any further so cannot really comment. this is though not the type of resort where you can walk along the front in the evening and find a bar or restarurant.
overall we had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and would
definately go back if it was not for the russians.
Don't believe the rave reviews
My parents and i stayed here for two weeks in AUG. Well the hotel classes itself as 5 star. Thomas cook as 4 star plus. We have stayed in hotels that have better facilities, better food and far clearer that are 3 star. Don't believe the hype about this hotel.
Bed rooms- clean tidy but with ONE VERY BIG PROBLEM. If you are booking this room and needing extra beds be warned. The first extra bed is a camp bed, metal framed and mine was very sqeaky it woke everyone up every time i moved in the night and very hard. Matresses were very poor. Springs stabbing you through the night and the filth on the 4 different matress i asked for would make your stomach churn. One covered in blood stains, another looked like someone had wiped their bottom on it. The house keeping and hotel staff in general, including the rep didn't do anything to resolve the situation. The bedrooms in the bungalow - really 2 or 3 storey building do have an interjoining door, which at night was bad as the noise came through. Russians don't seem to care.
The hotel has two reception. The second has a bar and interent access. I'm sure that at the star of the season the chairs and sofas are clear but the main problem was that people would come and sit in wet swim suits on the chairs and this left them exceedingly dirty and even in the evening very wet.
The spa was fine we had a trukish bath. However i didn't really think it was professional when the guy my mum was having the treatment with asked if he could massage me instead half wat through- creepy!
The grounds were very pleasant and very well kept the gardens were always busy tidying or watering. I'm sure the rat down near the stream was a one off!
There were lots of cats as in many holdiay complexes. However, i did feel that the hotel should be responsible for their care. They looked like they needed a worm tablet and a good tiny of whiskers. Parents were letting the kids pick them up which some of the cats allowed but others scratched as the kids wouldn't let them down. Don't get me wrong i have 2 cats myself but the hotel should take care of them and keep them in good health.
Food- buffett had a range of salads- veg,rice, pasta which was good as there was little in the way of meat unless you're a fan of liver like the 98% of Russians that stayed there. Oh of course there was the Russian stew corncern if you would like a meat or veg glup in the 38 degree temps of Aug.
Ala Carte - Very difficult to book epescially for those of an English nationality. Customer Relations has 1 rule for Russians and 1 rule for the Brits. Turkish definetly the best. We weren't really looking forwaard to it but yum! The lamb shanks were great!
Asain was in and out in 25 minutes. We were made to order our main whilst eating our half cold soup and my mum had her salad taken away whilst she was mid-mouthful. You had to laugh or you'd cry.
Sea food a little better but the selection was so small and again the rushed you through your meal.
The Buffet did have two theme nights a week. 1 turkish and 1 fish. The fish was very poor consisting of fried trout and shrimp yes you guessed it stew!!
Pools -What saved our holiday were the little and very quiet garden pools over by the bungalows. They had lots of shade and a good depth for adults and chldren whereas the big pool one is very deep .
Beach disappointing i was expecting clear blue waters and didnt get it. The beach was stoney down by the shore and had quite a steep shoreline to get into the water. Careful with kids if you have them.
Evening enterainment- oh my. We stayed 10 minutes on 1 evening and watched to men in drag with squeakers in their mouths pretending to chat eachother up and go on a date. Pityful really.
BIGGEST WARNING. - as i have already said Russian take up about 98% of the guest. The rest a mixture of polite, friendly, well mannered, none food hogging French speaking and Germans. We saw 4 brit families in 2 weeks. The Russians were rude- pushing in knocking you out the way, expecting and getting served first at bar. They were so so wasteful, taking huge pile of food on several plates, eating half and wastinghte rest. Poor hygiene and discpline of their children. I watched in horror as one Russian man allowed his at least 5 year old son to wee in the corner of the veranda of the buffet. As a teacher i was proud of our Brit kids. However we did enjoy the sights of the Russians dress of an evening which did make up for the poor entertainment.
We were told that the Antalya region was becoming a real hotspot for Russian so if you want a holiday free from them don't go here. Belek had the usual designer knock off market on saturdays but really not worth visiting.
On the whole the garden pool saved our holdiay, food was very average, sun hot and ok for a week not 2. If you are wanting to book here be warned it is not what people say.
Not a 5*
I think it used to be a 5* 10 years ago, but now all facilities have deteriorated and worn out. Especially the rooms and inside of the buildings.
Food was good at lunch and dinner, but breakfasts were robbish.
Wine is very vinigary and diluted (drink spirits instead, but ask for a double measure).
So-called pure orange juice is a squash with bits.
We booked all a la carte restaurants, but as soon as we tried the first (fish one), we decided not to go to the others.
good swimming pools, kids area, beach
In general, Belek is specially built. One hotel next to another one.
so so dissapointed
We stayed here between 30 aug and 6 sept 07 and was expecting a 5 star experience, it felt more like a 2 star experience the place is dated and in serious need of refurbishment, you might aswell have gone to moscow on your hols as 99 % of the place was full of Russians, everybody spoke Russian even the staff are all russian. The food was the same thing every night and didnt look appetising one bit. 2 of my family plus several other guests that I spoke with had stomach trouble some cases worse than others but several guests did not leave their rooms for 2 or 3 days. The furniture in the rooms were dated and the bedsheets were not changed everyday. The cuttlery and dinner plates were not clean and we always had to ask for clean ones. Everything about this place felt like third class. I was looking forward to this break so much and im not really that fussy I just expect to get what I paid for as it wasnt cheap. I seriously would not reccomend this place to any1.