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Today was the national election for President of Turkey. Voting was really important to our guide, Rudi. He was passionate about voting for the opposition candidate. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an absentee ballot in Turkey. We were only 2 hours from his home town and there were things to do in-between. So we decided that it made sense to go with him to the voting location and then visit some ruins and ...
... our meal,steak,green beans,cauliflower,mushrooms and lovely potatoes followed by rice pudding,lovely! Most of bike now packed and ready to roll. We went to the paradise for our last evening meal and Jimmy came and sat with us for a while bringing with him a couple of Jamisons,it was very nice and we feel sad about going,but the time is right for Pastures new. ...
... off we go tomorrow (can't wait to get back on the bike) to Fethiye to meet up with a former work colleague of Brian's Eric and his wife and friends, also, hopefully 2 Korean girls we met up with in Cappadocia. Our 2 weeks at the Sato Hotel have been wonderful, we met Boran, Zeynep and Batuhan last year when we stayed over for 3 nights and definitely wanted to come again this year. We will be very sad to leave them ...
Another 5 hours of driving brought us to the Turkish coast and the city of Anatolya. We had to go over the Taurus Mountain range, which looks surprisingly similar to heading to Squaw - lots of rocks and fir trees. The only difference was that every now and then we would see tents with herders and their goats. Other than that, the highway was quite well built and maintained.
Anatolya is a tourist city ...
... were so good we made better time than we thought and we were in Side for 4 -30 pm,310 miles in 6 hours. When we arrived at the town outskirts,we came to a road block with Police manning it. We were waved to a Stop and basically told we could not go any further, "Leave the bike and walk to the hotel." I think,"I do not understand." Is needed here. Switching the engine off,and causing instant gridlock,is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paloma Grida Village & Spa Belek
Quite Simply the best holiday i have ever ever been ,on everything under one roof!!! i recommend this holiday to anyone!!! full of excitment,and with amazing facilities!! its a must !! rooms are so clean , and cleaned every single day , so they stay fresh and tidy !!! swimming pools, are always clean , and are around a safe enviromnent!!! all the staff are really friendly and speak perfect english!!! drinks and food where top class!!! They treat u like royalty !!!! and for the markets outside the complex justa short taxi jourey away!! are magic , u can pick up so many lil bargains!!! i am now going here once a year !! i loved it and i hope u do to!!!!! Truley magical!!!10/10
Ok but certainly not that good!
Stayed here for 2 weeks (normally we go 3 weeks) and we were actually really glad to leave here! Built as a "village", but a real touristic one. The food was ok but we had seen it after 3 days, it was the same for 2 weeks - something we had not experienced in a 5* resort in Turkey before. The a la carte restaurant were not good either but still a welcome alternative for the buffets. We were in the "pool villa" which looks great but the shower did not work so we had to use the shower in the bath tub. Everytime we used the bath, the water came out underneath so the floor was soking! This problem could not be solved, like a lot of other "problems". So, the champagne was ok but we have never been in such a "bad" (I know it is not that bad) hotel in Turkey!
Best holiday ever!
Grida Village is one of the best hotels i have ever seen! It was amaing! There was so much to do and it was great for teenagers, there was a teenagers club everyday that offered lots of things to do like go into Belek or even just take them to the beach for a shot on the banana boats! The food was amazing, there was so much to choose from and at nite they had live music. One band was particularly good and always got the crowd up dancing. I would definetly go back if i got the chance!
Grida village is a fantastic hotel. The food is of a very high standard and the al la carte meals superb. For the family the entertainment is first class the animation team work incredibly hard. The kids club is a god send for both children and parents. The staff in the club are very entusiastic about their work and my daughter and her new found friends loved it every day and coud not wait for 10 am each day. As for cleanliness you will not find a better hotel, the staff are all friendly and nothing is too much of a problem to them.
We had 2 adults 2 teenagers and and 8 year old on holiday an there was plenty for us all to do. Unfortunately the days just drift on by and before we knew it the 2 weeks had gone. We have met some wonderful people and have some truly tremendous memories of our time in Grida. We have all agreed we would love to and will definately visit them again. The Turkish are really nice people especially with children. Many thanks to you all at Grida.
You must try swimming with the Dolphins in Alanya it's incredible.
What a place!!
this holiday resort is one of the best I have ever visited!! there is so much to do to keep both adults and children occupied, you find the days going by so quickly!! The food is of a very very high quality, with there being not only the main resturant but also 5 A la carte restaurants as well, including Fish on the pier (beautiful setting), french, italian, chinese and greek! All of the service was also top rating, the waiters, barstaff and the cleaners etc were all so friendly and helpful!
If you want to go outside the resort, Belek is the nearest place. With markets on every saturday, there is a chance to get some great bits such as handbags or t-shirts etc. You can walk to Belek in about 10-15 minutes, but then a tractor comes every half an hour, for 75 cents each (aboout 30p) or a taxi is also outside the hotel for about 2 lihra (about a pound).
The animation team worked flat out every day to entertain people, with them doing all sorts of sports throughout the day such as water polo, pool games, football, mini golf, latin classes etc, and in the evening they had shows which were really funny! They are two week shows, so they swop them over every two weeks, meaning you don't see the same show twice. For the kids, they have a club for them, where they can play all day under the care of about 5 excellent, friendly animators. They paint, bake cookies, go in the pool etc, and in the evening there is a disco for them at 9pm with the old fave songs such as "head shoulders knees and toes."
For adults, as well as the shows at 9:30pm, there is also the pool bar entertainment, with live bands playing some great songs. There is also the disco which starts at 11, which is great fun. The room it is in is fairly big, and is glow in the dark which is quite funny.
As well as having 3 main pools and two kiddies pools, there is also a health resort which has an indoor pool and 3 jacuzzi's. This pool we found was a lot cooler then the outdoor ones, so was good to use during the day if you're too hot. The health centre is in the "village," a lovely spanish themed walkway with beautiful scenery, and shops, plus a zomm bar, which was lovely.
In short, the place is fantastic quality, and I can't wait to go again!
Enjoyed it a lot
We stayed at Grida village with some twenty family members (ages range 1 to 70 years old). As we have already been to Xanadu and Hillside resorts before, we can fairly say that Grida village is a very good resort. The place is very pleasant, in a spanish village style. You have to be aware that there are no lifts, so if you carry small children or strollers - insist on a ground floor room. Other than that - it is very children friendly (highchairs in all restaurants, paddling pool, etc.). Service is friendly, but still - this is Turkey, so not always English speaking and not always very efficient.
It is a real ultra all inclusive with large buffet at morning, lunch and dinner, and with snacks, ice creams and drinks at certain locations all day long. There are also dinner only restaurants where you may reserve sits, but these were of some disappointment: not because of the food, which is of good quality, but because waiting time between the courses was unreaonably long.
The pools are lovely, but the water was too cold for most of us in September (not for the children!) .There are only two water slides, which is not much.
We had a spacious triple (double bed, extra bed and baby cot). A family with three children had taken a family room which was even larger (actually consisted of two rooms).
All in all - a wonderful vacation.
Very pleased with Grida
We were very impressed with the hotel. It is laid out like a Spanish village with little houses each containing 4 separate rooms . 3 excellent large swimming pools plus a paddling pool for children, also beach. Large central buffet style self service restaurant for the 3 main meals ( Desserts brilliant),allinclusivebut 5 smaller waiter service a la carte restaurants for dinner each providing different types of cuisine (very good quality) . Organised entertainment during the day if you are tired of lying around the pool. Children are well looked after. Stage entertainment every night . Disco. Bar with live music. Staff helpful and friendly and do a good job. Big mix of nationalities, Russians and Germans probably the 2 biggest groups but plenty of British.
Is isolated but easy to get to the local town Belek (20 minutes walk or taxi) and excursions easy to arrange. For younger families and anyone who likes to have children around which we do even though we are in our sixties. Definitely good value for money ,all inclusive.
I have just arrived home a fantastic holiday at the Grida Village and couldn't wait to tell everyone about it. I went with 8 other members of my family ages ranging from 10 to 63 and there was something for everyone, lots of daytime and evening activities with live music in the outside street bar area evey night from 10:00pm. This holiday complex is well suited for all, with quiter and relaxing areas around the complex and pools, if that's what you're looking for. The 3 freeform pools and toddler pool are the cleanest I have ever seen with 3 new slides (the brochure pictures need updating) with pool attendants in one of the pools. complimentary poolside towels were changed whenever we asked and there were more than enough sun beds around the pools with brand new cushions delivered whilst I was there.
The staff and animation team couldn't have been more helpful or friendly, and there were cleaners constantly working throughout the day in all areas, even the poolside toilets smelt of perfume !!!
The village had 6 various A'La Carte resaurants that could be pre booked, including a fish one situated outside on the pier, the main restauraunt always had lots to offer and the carved melons & other fruit & veg displays all added to the pleasure.
There is a wonderful spar area with a modern well kept gym, sauna, and indoor pool area where you can indulge in relaxing massages.
The childrens mini club had lots of activities going on including some water sports, the children even had there own sized tables & chairs and restaurant area to use if you wanted. one evening all of the children in the hotel were used in the evening show which went down really well.
Belek town is only about a 10 minute walk away, you could use the tractor trailor, which runs every 20 mins or a taxi which are very reasonable. There is a very good market in Belek every Tuesday & Saturday where you can try your skills at bartering and get some great bargins.
There are many historical sights within a half hour drive, the best being Perge, Aspendos and Side which also has a lovely beach,restaurants port and of course shops.
We all enjoyed this holiday at the Grida Village so much we really want to go back next year.
A splendid holiday
I've stayed in several 4* hotels but this has to be one of the best, I've always been put off the idea of all inclusive holidays but this really changed my mind, the food (there should be something to suit most palattes) and the quality of the staff at the grida village amongst other things make it outstanding. Initially the large number of germans at the resort was a little daunting, or perhaps it was more so the fact of the second language not automatically being English but German, though after the initial surprise, it was actually nice to go somewhere and not be swamped with Brits and also Germans know what good quality is and can happily coexist in big numbers together. There is very much a family atmosphere here which is really pleasant much for children to do here, a good entertainment programme(though I'm 21 and went here with my mom), the village is very much self contained with belek a short walk down the road which has some local amenities, though it is purely a small tourist enclave, but antalya, alanya and side are not too far away, you can also go for some walks in the nature reserve which is just on your doorstep. The room which we stayed in was standard, and was very clean and of a good standard. Within the grounds of the village there are 4 swimming pools, all relatively shallow, water slides in one of the pools, there are water sports offered on the beach which is a short walk down a path from the pools, there is also mini golf, a gym, an indoor swimming pool, several bars and various other facilities. Overall i was incredibly impressed with my holiday here, have just returned and although the weather wasn't particularly good due to the time of year, I still had a great time.
Not all bad, but disappointing for the amount of money spent
Our first impression as soon as we got to the Grida Village was bad. The room we were given was on the ground floor and stank of smoke. They were nice when we complained and offered us a nonsmoking room on the third floor (no elevators anywhere). Some rooms have sea views, but they wouldn't give us one. The room was small with red carpeting (yuck). They gave us a single room for the four of us with on big bed and two small couch-like beds. It worked out b/c our kids are still small, but it wasn't as nice as other resorts we'd been to that give more space to families of four, since we are paying for it, after all. My husband was ready to take the first flight back, but then we thought we should give the place a chance.
We walked through the artificial village that is part of the resort which was nicely done. There's a cafe in the village where you can have late breakfast until 11am which was convenient, as opposed to walking all the way down to the main dining area.
The beach was perhaps the biggest let down of all. The lounge chairs were cramped together under a shaded area, and there was never an available spot even if you wanted one. The sand was full of cigarette butts, and the water was an awful color, and dirty besides. We saw the most disghusting things floating around in that water. As much as I love to swim in the sea, I couldn't bring myself to do so.
We spent the whole week on the grass areas near the pool. There were lots of lounge chairs around the pools, but never enough. For some reason, we always ended up on the grass with our towels and no chairs. The towels are provided free of charge.
The most fun we had was using the slides by the smaller pool. The big pool was overheated and not clean. the smaller pool wasn't much better, but it was still a lot of fun for our kids (then ages 2 and 5) to use the slides, which is what we did all day! We noticed though, that the surrounding hotels had many more slides around their pools. Our kids were still little so Grida's facilities were okay. For older kids, it would be nicer to check out some of the aqua parks in the neighboring structures.
The animation was pretty good. They had a team putting on shows every evening and entertaining people during the day. They were fine, considering most of the guests were Russian, and communication was not easy. Service in general was very good and the staff very enthusiastic and friendly.
We really enjoyed lunch time at the little restaurant right on the beach. They make wonderful cheese pidas fresh out of the oven and provide a great salad bar. With an ice cold beer it was great. The resort really was all inclusive, so everything was free of charge which was nice.
The dining area was also very nice and we always ate really well.
In short, the best thing about the place was the food. We ended up enjoying the pool because of the slides, but it wouldn't justify going back by any means. There are much nicer beaches in Turkey. The beach in and around Grida is awful.