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disappointing Grida Village, Belek
Arrived at complex to a not very warm welcome, initial problems with accomodation. Rooms were not clean, dirty bathrooms and a chamber maid service that needs vast improvement as the floor was not cleaned throughout the 14 day stay. A La Carte restaurants always fully booked and it became a tiresome job marching around the self serve buffet each evening to find a variation of the previous evenings menu whilst some visitors find just edible acceptable when booking a holiday boasting 5 star status the food is an important factor to be taken into account. The complex itself was pretty and the pool area was very good for children and hit the right buttons with my 4 year old son. The room temperatures were unacceptable reaching over 85 degrees, it is accepted that the room is just a base, but you do have to spend time sleeping here and in these temperatures it was impossible. Coupled with the fact that whilst you were sleeping it was blowing out hot air it was poor.
There were a number of ailments and reoccuring illnesses whilst at this complex, including ear infections caught from the pools and urine infections, in addition to a number of stomach cramps and upsets which seemed more serious than the usual deli belly we have all come to expect at some time on holiday.
If you want to pay 5 star prices but receive a not so impressive 3 star then this is the ideal holiday complex for you. The whole experience at this complex has made me rethink visiting Turkey in the future.
We loved it so much, we were sad to come home!
Ive Just returned from Grida Village. Altogether there was 10 of us. It was all wife and there kids! Children aged five and two 12 year olds with us. We also had 3 teenangers with us aged all 15 and they did not get bored altall has the slides and animation team entertained them.
Room was very clean. Food was very nice and lots of choice! Downside is we found it very hard to get in the chinese, greek, italiaian etc even tho we rang at 8 this is probly because it was peak season. Service was very good!
Overall hotel was excellent and reconmend it to anyone. We hope to return in the future!
Also does anyone know what the club song is 2007? as my daughter is desperately trying to download it!
Went to the Grida Village in May for 2 weeks with my husband and 3 year old son and had an amazing holiday. The hotel entertainment team and the Thomas Cook Entertainment Team made the holiday very special for my family. The Grida Staff work so hard and are always smiling. The restaurants are really good with a wide selection and there are also several A La Carte restaurants so you dont get too bored with food. The Town of Belek is a 10 -15 mins walk or you can get on tractor traylor for 1 lira . Belek has a selection of shops and a market every week, enough choice for a little wander round but for the serious shopper there is Kadyrie near by but you need a taxi. I have showed my photos and vidoes to firends and family and 2 families have already booked for next year, hope to join them.
We have just returned back from a weeks holiday at the Grida Village. What an amazing hotel. We could not fault this place in any way.
The food was fantastic they have a buffet restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they also have about 7 al acarte restaurants which you have to pre-book the day before, these include Greek, French, Chinese, Italian, Turkish and a fish restaurant which is at the end of the jetty on the beach. I personally recommend the Italian (Superb). They also between 4pm and 5.30pm have tea and cakes in the Zomm Bar, and later supper at 11.30pm if your still hungry.
Very generous with the drinks also, there are a number of bars which serve alcohol and soft drinks from 10am including a beach bar, pool bar, and many more.
The pool area also fab it has an aqua park pool, adult pool and another big pool for sports. Just need more Brits to find this place as lots of Russians.
Fantastic - Lets book again
This is our second visit to Grida and loved it again. We stayed for 1 week last year and was so fantastic that we booked for 2 weeks for April 2007.
We usually like to visit different places, but was so taken in with Grida Village, that had to go again!
It is a fab place to relax and enjoy your holiday or get involved in the fun and games. You don't get pestered to do anything if you just want to "chill".
In 2006 we went as a couple and in 2007 we took my step daughter (aged 8yrs) and it suited us for both styles of holiday.
There is so much for the kids to do - kids club is fantastic.
Grida is very clean and well looked after, the staff are really friendly, the food is excellent and the choice of food is amazing.
There is nothing to fault about this place - we just love everything about it.
The weather was perfect in April/May as it was not too hot - about 85.
Both years we upgraded our room to the superior - first year we were lucky and got a free upgrade, but the second year we paid extra to the hotel when we got there (much cheaper this way) to upgrade - it was worth every penny. The superior rooms are larger and have a fabulous location and great balcony.
We have tried several different lines of enquiry to book the best deal. It is still cheaper to book the package holiday rather than booking the flights separately and the accommodation directly with the hotel.
For currency, it is best to take euros. Everything is priced in euros and saves having to convert pounds to euros and then to turkish lira.
We also indulged in the spa - my husband highly recommends the shave and we both had a turkish bath with a full body massage. You need to have this done at the begining of your holiday because it does tend to take off some of your tan (that you have worked so hard to get!!)
If you are thinking about visiting then you will be sure to have a wonderful holiday.
To the person moaning about the air con, try leaving your room and getting some fresh air lol.
Firstly I want to say we have been to the Antalya region before so we kinda knew what to expect and this year we took my partners mother and eldest son (18 years) and they loved it.
We cant really moan about anything, we had a slight problem with our room on arrival but that was sorted within the hour and ok the rooms are not really massive but how many hours do you spend in the room? or if you really want a big room all you have to do is moan all day (like the russians) but I would rather spend all day by the pool or beach.
A lot of praise must go to the TC pair (Cloe and Danielle) for there task of keep us happy even though us brits were the minority lol also a big shout out the Grida Village animation team (Mr Johnson (legend) Semi or is alfie (cant think of his name) the darts man.
Also the german darts team (at least we beat you at something ;-) ).
The food fine was as we expected not aimed at us brits but who cares really it was edible lol.
The hotel pools where fantastic, couldnt get the youngest out of the pool to put sun cream on :-( the best thing about the pool was the waterslides YAY the pools and the slides always had a lifeguard on duty which impressed us all unlike other hotels we have been too.
Highlight had to of been the euro final between Germany and Spain, us english sang our hearts out for the spanish to win lol
All in all it was a fantastic holiday meeting loads of fellow brits including Darren, Charlote, George, Clare. Jacob the red army Aintree, Sarah and Sue.
PS We would deffo go back without a doubt.
Best all inclusive ever been to
We have just arrived back after having a two week break at the Grida Village. It was a fantastic place, and only 30mins from the airport. The food is great although if you eat in the main restaurant all the time you will get sick of it. There are lots of different restaurants to chose from and a variety of food, you can eat from 7am - 2am if you wanted and drink from 9am - 2am. The al acarte is great if you can get booked in ( try at 8.30am that seems to be an easier time).
You have to be up early to get a sunbed anything after 8.00am and you will be lucky. The drinks are great lots of variety as well as international brands, cocktails and if you ask for a speacial one they will make one up specially for you, you can also get champagne by the glass ( not very nice ) the wine is though. There is a waiter/waitress service so try this as sometimes it gets busy on a night, give a small tip either euro or lira and it is amazing the difference in the service, look out for mustafa he is great.
The entertainment on a night time is fantastic in the two weeks we saw every show, they are well thought of and executed, don't miss the monks! All the palomamation team are fantastic but Alpi was the best we made some good friends out there.
Most of the vistors weren't english which wasn't a problem but some of them do not like to queue, so we had a couple of harsh words to say.
The hotel was extremely clean I have never been to a hotel that is constantly striving to ensure the place is clean and safe, they have a lifeguard at every pool and you will always see the general and assistant general manager walking about and if you have any queries you can stop and have a chat.
This hotel is fantastic for families with children they have cc tv in most places this puts you mind at ease, my partner and I took our 6 year old at home he is never out of our site, but here he had that littel bit more freedom.
I have only two real issue and that is the shop on site, it is very very very expensive a lilo ( sunbed ) will cost up to 30 euros, sweets like a lolly will cost 3 euros - if you can bring a lilo with you or wait until you can get into belek.
The other is we bought the club cd (which is great) but we were told it had all the kids songs on, when we got back it didn't.
Belek itself is great for shops a little bit more expensive to places like marmaris but you can still get a good deal - we got the new holland strip for a tenner.
We didn't want to come home even after two weeks - I would love to go back it was definately one of the best holidays I have ever had.
Best family holiday for a long time
I have just returned from Grida with my wife and 2 daughters aged 5 & 7, together with my Mother.
On arrival ( 3.30 a.m) the room allocated to my Mother was small with 2 single beds pushed into a corner. I compliened later that morning when the reservation desk was opened, and she was immediately upgraded to a family room.
The buffet at breakfast and dinner times was extensive with a very wide range of food available which was difficult to choose from at times. We mainly went for lunch at the Mangal restaurant for Lunch, which had a smaller selection of salads and main courses which were mainly burgers for the kids and grilled meats which was constantly being cooked freshly by the grill chef.
Staff were friendly and very efficient (one or two slow barmen, but you work out who to go to to get served quick) The Thomas Cook entertainment team and kids club girls were also very good. A mention must go to Dominic Rosario, our Thomas Cook rep, who was always on hand with very helpful advice.
The hotel animation team work tirelessly throughout the day and night with activities and shows. The hotel mini club has mainly German & French children in it, however on the occasions that my two girls played games and danced with the group in the evenings (prior to the shows starting) they were made very welcome by the animation team who all speak fantastic English.
You needed to be in the ampitheatre early (8.00 pm at the latest) to be sure of getting a seat. Shows start at 9.30. We found that people would reserve a seat using a pair of sunglasse a, a hat, and on one occasion a beach towel! plans for a larger ampitheatre were on show together with more pool slides and restaurant refurbishments were on show in the lobby area, work on which is supposed to be starting at the end of September in readiness for the 2008 season.
We only tried 2 A La Carte restaurants, Turkish and Chinese. We found the Chinese food quite a bland attempt at oriental cooking with a very small menu to choose from.
Overall, a very good family resort to which i will certainly be returning.
Good hotel, poor location
The hotel was fine, little to complain about and much to praise such as the fantastic food and well maintained public areas and grounds.
Wild tortoises in the hotel grounds and surrounding woodland - so tortoise spotting became a daily occupation.
Belek is the pits - boring plus all the worst aspects of a tourist resort. The coastline is boring as well.
Thankfully it's easy to get to Antalya (fantastic city with awesome views) and Side and some of the other towns. As with much of Turkey, great ancient ruins. Also saw sea turtles at Side.
But shall never return to Belek - however the good the hotel is - but would happily return to the Antalya region, especially Antalya city itself.
Air Conditioning does not work anywhere in the resort
This is not a hotel. The resort is based around a town square theme and it has no indoor reception area.
We had complications with booking on arrival and kept waiting in the reception area (under the midday sun) for over an hour while the staff sorted it out.
The air conditioning does not work properly anywhere in the resort. Or room was never less than 84 degrees at anytime throughout the 2 week stay and the main restaturant was up to 90 degress some days (we took our own thermometer with us and verified this). Around 5 am each morning the air con actually pumped out hot air for an hour.....Insane. We were given numerous excuses every day but the problem was never resolved. Hotel staff are clearly tired of hearing complaints on the subject and feign indifference whenever you report it. The only place to keep cool is the back room in Zomm bar which holds about 50 people. In a resort of 1,500, this is simply not good enough.
The coollest place during the whole 2 weeks was the airport. Do not book unless you can tolerate intense heat and are happy to sweat when you sleep, eat, walk, sit, talk, practically do anything. Very disappointing.
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