Aquafantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA

Address: Pamucak, Selcuk, Selcuk, Izmir, 35340, Turkey | 4 star resort
 
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This 4 star resort, located on Pamucak, Selcuk, Selcuk, is near Ancient City of Ephesus, Ephesus Theatre, Curetes Street, and Arcadian Way.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsAquafantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA Selcuk

      Reviewed by mcekirge

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      Reviewed Aug 7, 2014
      by (1 review) , Turkey Flag of Turkey

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      Historical Traveler Reviews Aquafantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA Selcuk

      Not my cup of apple tea

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      Hi all,

      Have to inform you all especially people who have stayed in 5star resorts before ,Aqua Fantasy is not a 5 star resort by no means.

      I would give it 2 maybe 3 would be pushing it.

      Food is pig swill if they would eat it.breakfast is good but thats about it oh yeah pitza is also nice on the barfood at

      lunch time.

      The resort it's self is nice and has all facilities for kids fab but they forgot one thing.they have family rooms beside the disco that goes on till 2am .WHAT WHERE THEY THINKING. i AM PISSED OFF.i WAS 20 WEEKS PREGNANT AND GOT NO SLEEP .

      I asked to be moved and refused .Sorry but Aqua Fantasy does not get my vote and will never return.

      I ended up in the hospital due to there bad food and i was not the only one .Kiddies where in hospital for days not mine but other peoples .

      There was alot of footbal shirts been worn which i found very distasteful.you wear football shirts when at a game right???

      I was not the only one with this view believe me i have already complainted to the tour operater and will not be returning and strongly advise anyone paying alot of money to go to this resort to think again

      go to Pegasus World in Side that is Fab That is 5 star

      Good luck to all

      Loved Every Bit Of It.

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      Best hotel ever. Fell in love with the people, the food, the pools.

      The waterpark is fantastic, easy access and great for kids.

      I loved the entertainment and animation activities. Spent a lot of time playing darts and water polo!

      LOVE the staff there, they are so friendly and fun.

      The food is good. Has special kiddie food and then turkish food for you to try out too.

      Wednesday night is Turkish night which is awesome. Everyone wears red and white and the food is all turkish and the show is Turkish folklore.

      The best night was the beach Party. Everyones on the beach around the bonfire dancing. Great atmosphere.

      Really hope i can go back next year. It is the best hotel EVER.

      It was ok but Noisy and a rubbish deal for so called all inclusive

      from

      Myself the hubby and 3 kids aged 15, 12 and 6 went for a two week all inclusive.

      We ended up arriving at 6am after a vile 2 hour bus ride with no water and winging kids, when we arrived there was a tray of dried up meat rolls but nothing to drink.

      We went to our rooms which were good and clean.

      The hotel is large but the food hall where you eat is not large it needs to be 3x the size to accomodate comftabley you get pushed around in the queues generally by the Dutch and the hot food wasn't that hot, and often the chicken was pink and several times I sent it back.

      The all inclusive is more like full board no ice cream nothing to eat between 10am and 12 noon, 2pm and 5pm then nothing after they stop serving dinner and when you have got 3 kids always hungry you don't expect to have to pay for extra food in the very expensive hotel shop when you have booked all in !!!!! BEWARE.

      tHE KIDS CLUB WAS FOR THE DUTCH SO THAT WAS NO GOOD. Although I was told by first choice it was for all kids.

      The beech activities are extra and again expensive.

      On all the hotel was clean the food ok, the staff helpfull, but it felt like being at a posh holiday camp not a 4* hotel.

      I needed a holiday to get over this one.

      We certainly won't go back it cost us the same as it did to have a 2wk hol in Florida the Year before and thats where we will be going nxt time not The Aqua Fantasy

      Had a fab time!!

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      We have just returned from the Aqua Fantasy and had a fantastic holiday, rooms were clean, we did wake up one morning to a few ants in the room but as soon as we informed reception they sorted it and were very helpful the only downside was we found the tiles very slippery if they were wet so our little one had a couple of bumps on the head after getting out the bath, but that is all i can think that was bad, the cleaner was excellent, they all work so hard out there and have always got a smile for you.

      Pools were great, didn't have any trouble getting a sunbed, there were always some somewhere.

      I was pleasantly surprised about the food i thought there was always something different and the kids liked it and great desserts!! We had no upset tummy's at all. The restaurant can get quite busy but we just ate later in the evening when it had quietened down or we were patient!

      I have only done all inclusive once before and yes that did include the ice cream, minibar and it did go on later than 11pm, but i knew this about Aqua fantasy when i booked so we didn't have a problem with it, if you want 24 hour all inclusive then find a hotel that does it.

      Waterpark was great, we went there most days about 4.30pm it seemed to be quieter then and somebody said it was becuase the coaches had left then.

      The beach isn't golden sand. more like a dark mud colour, but they were always trying to clean it and we still went there and the kids still had fun, go there at the sunset it's fantastic, we had some great photos taken there by the photographer, you don't have to buy them but they are definately worth taking a look at, we did and bought 15, they were good value!

      I had a turkish bath which i would recommend especially in the first couple of days great start for your tan. I also had a facial and aromatherapy massage, all highly recommended if you want to be pampered. The girl at reception of the spa was great. Met some friends who used the gym and they said it was fine they also dined in the Italian restaurant which cost 5trl each and they said the food was lovely there, great value.

      We ate at Planet Yucca one night and if you ask your rep they get the restaurant to pick you up and they bring you back to the hotel after, all included in the meal price, but we did have to wait nearly an hour to get the taxi back which was a pain because they told us 10 minutes and we had young kids that were very tired but food was fantastic, just ask for yor taxi in plenty of time!

      Splash cards i thought were a great idea, only used it for ice creams and my turkish bath etc, but better than having to carry cash around with you.

      Overall had a fantastic holiday didn't want to come home and would definately go back there.

      Great people good food

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      Having just come home from the aqua fantasy i find reading other reviews strange , We have nothing but good reports to give. I went with my three teenage girls and my partner, on entering the hotel we were impressed with the cleanliness of the foyer/reception, throughout the entire two weeks we were amazed at how hard the staff worked , continually cleaning even washing the forecourt outside everyday.

      Our room overlooked the pool which was a bonus as we had a garden view on our booking form, from there we had great views and could see the comings and goings of staff and guests , the pool outside our room was cleaned everynight . Our room itself was spotless, we had a minibar and i agree that you have to pay extra for any items you take from there but if you care to go in to selcuk or kusadasi just buy a 5 litre bottle of water( so cheap) and decant it into smaller bottles to keep in your minibar fridge.

      We were adopted by our waiter , who made our stay both amusing and enjoyable, he went out of his way to ensure we were treated well.

      On day three our fridge blew and we informed reception. it was sorted right away

      The water park was a bonus so close to our rooms, you get given a splash card on arrival which you use like a credit card in the aqua parkfor drinks or food in there, . we didnt use ours as it was only a few minutes back to the hotel if we wanted any drinks or food. we could leave the teenagers to their own devices and go off site for various outings, knowing that the lifeguards and staff in the park were spot on with safety , unlike Adaland where i have been told they do not adhere to safety rules very well. The girls made friends from England , as well as Dutch , there were more Dutch than German when we went, when we left a lot of English had arrived in fact they out numbered the Dutch.

      The food in the restaurant was both hot and looked the part , they catered for everytype of person ,we have no complaint for the food , i cant understand people coming abroad and expecting full english breakfast when they have booked all inclusive, there are snack meals available if you do not want to eat in the restaurant at lunch time all free, including chips burgers pizza's, which alot of the teenagers around the caribbean bar used . the children even have their own small tables and chairs in a seperate dining area if they were in the kids club . they entertained the children non stop and the staff were all very caring towards young children.

      There are three other restaurants which you can eat at , though they do charge for this .its more like a night out if you like , you get great personal service and they charge 5 turkish lira, upwards which really is a small amount depending on which restaurant you choose. We never ate there ourselves but friends we met did and said it was exellent.

      We found that we never heard any noise after the show time had ended . there is cabaret most night and the dancers are exellent. after 11pm there is a disco right at the end of the resort, by the beach area. so you do not here the noise at all. well we didnt ,. the only noise we had was from a hotel down the beach .The beach is not golden sand , it is dark and a bit like dried mud but it was ok.we spent most of our time in the pool which you needed because of the heat, was very hot when we were there in the 40's they were trying very hard daily to remove seaweed that drifts in to the shore . i think in a few years they will have mastered that baring in mind this is a fairly new hotel and resort . The new hotel is being built next door and it's construction didnt bother us . though maybe if your rooms are that side it would .

      There are many trips you could go on from the hotel but we found it cheaper to go into Kusadasi and find our own . sometimes half the price that the hotel reps offer.

      All in all we had a great holiday and as far as going all inclusive again we would be hard pushed to find the quality and standards we had at this resort hotel.

      Had a great time

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      Went to Aquafantasy in July temp was about 40 degrees.

      Hotel room was spotless and cleaned every day, although sometimes not until late in the afternoon. Staff were very friendly and would go out of their way to help.

      The entertainment was good with quite a few different shows on. On the Turkish night the restraunt had turkish food and they also had a market by the pool.

      Waterpark was brilliant spent alot of time there with the kids. Park can get busy so might have to wait for rubber rings but q's never too long. The busiest time is early afternoon when the tour bus's from town arrive.

      The beach was nice, the sunsets were amazing. You can arrange to get photos taken there at sunset just talk to the photographers when you see them around. The sea is quite shallow great for paddling in.

      One thing to watch for is the price in the shops at the hotel is quoted in euros then converted to pounds/lira. We suspected that when they changed the price to lira they bumped up the price a little but could not prove anything.

      The food could be a bit dodgy there were four of us and we all came down with gasteronteritis and we saw some other guests looking ill as well. There is a doctor on sight though who will treat you quickly if anything does happen.

      Overall great holiday and would love to go back

      Not really ALL inclusive

      from

      Pools: excellent (2 large outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool on Hotel grounds), however there were not enough sunbeds to please all guests. We went to the aquapark which had also sunbeds but then you don't have the drinks and food which were only free on Hotel grounds. You had to walk 5 minutes to the Hotel but were not allowed to take drinks or food back to aquapark.

      Hotel: (we were in the main building) perfect except for the smelly (oil like) Airconditioning but maybe this was only a temporary issue. Sometimes we turned the airo off and opened the window because it was better to have a higher temperature than to sleep in the smelly air.

      Waterpark: excellent

      Food: good choice, there was always enough, but expect to see 60-70% of the same every day.

      Ice cream: only available in the afternoon for 30 minutes or so. You get only a ridiculous small amount (volume of a small spoon) of Ice cream and only for kids, this was very disappointing.

      Drinks: the all inclusive stops at 23:00 hours, most people with young kids will go to sleep then so they don't have a problem with that. When you have some older kids and you want to enjoy at the Beach bar or in the Disco (opens at 23:00 hours) you have to pay for your drinks. Before 23:00 hours, most drinks (including alcohol+coctails) are served in soft plastic (throw away) cups. In the morning they had fresh orange juice, but guess: not inclusive, you had to pay for it.

      Minibar: not inclusive (we had other all inclusive holidays which included the minibar)

      Water: near the pools there are some water dispensers, you can take your water there (fill a bottle) to use for toothbrush. Make sure you 'hide' your water or any other consumptions when going to the waterpark, otherwise you are not allowed to get in.

      Entertainment:

      Very good, however some of the entertainment 'guys' were a unable to keep one's hands to oneself and became over-familiar.

      Sanitary conditions:

      Generally looked okay, however we saw one of the restaurants servants cleaning a spoon on his pants and putting it back on a table waiting for new guests. Further a lot of people (including my wife) had stomach problems and a few people had an ear infection from diving in the water.

      Others:

      The jaccuzzi in the main building was not reallly warm water. The main building had nice and big Turkish bad (most people couldnt find it ;-) Just go to the SPA , left , left and go through the TWO wooden doors!

      Warning:

      Next to the hotel they prepared a very large area to probably build a new Hotel complex next to this resort. This could give construction noise next to the main building. So try to book with preference: main building pool side or one of the other buildings which are further away.

      Our conclusion:

      Because we booked an All-inclusive hotel we were very disappointed about the pay for Fresh orange juice and the Minibar. Also the 'ice-cream' issue was disappointing as well as that you even had to pay for water in bottles.

      So therefor we did not rate the hotel above average. When I would rate the hotel excluding the all-inclusive concept, I would rate ik above average, just because the added value of the waterpark. The rest would also be average when compared to other holidays.

      Loved the place

      from

      just returned from aqua fantasy had the best all inc holiday yet, the food was good had a kids buffet as well, the staff were very friendly, the rooms were clean, the pools were cleaned every night, it was a very clean place .The water park was fantastic my kids loved it and so did us parents. the slash card was also a good idea ,meant you didnt have to carry money about with you all the time, shop on complex very dear, nightly entertainment could of been better lot of the same, look out for marco one of entertainers does shooting and bowls lovely guy very funny. went to night club a few times it was ok seemed to play same records all the time. Overall had an excellent time would go back , if you do go take euros as every thing is marked in euros.

      Impressive Resort

      from

      Certainly the best Mediterranean vacation I've ever had. The staff was very friendly, and the management was always trying to make things better. Prior to our trip we had concerns about the hygiene issues because the hotel is in Turkey but to be honest the cleanness of the hotel was one of the best I've ever been, including many of the 5 stars I've been throughout Western Europe and the States. Especially the daily cleaning of the kitchen and dining facilities were impressive. The only problem to me was the see weeds at the beach, but again the hotel management was working hard to clean the beach from see weeds.

      And of course, the best part of the resort is its giant water park adjacent to the hotel. It's big and have variety of attractions for all age groups including my 3 year old son and me (I'm 35). I was chatting with one of he managers and learned that the park was designed by an American company and it's the largest within eastern Mediterranean region.

      In conclusion, the hotel was much better than we've expected, we were impressed by its cleanness and luxury. I'm looking forward to visit it next summer. By the way don't forget to visit the nearby ancient city of Ephesus; although it's not easy to walk around with the kids under shinny Mediterranean sun, it's worthed.

      Matt

      The good the bad and the ugly

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      fantastic hotel it only opend in may 2004, the rooms are big light and modern, air condition works well, plenty of space for your clothes and stuff. the water park the kids loved, its right on the door step so they could come and go as they liked. although we went in october and not all the slides were open at the same time due to not enough staff. the food was good for turkey hotels but by no means 5* remember you are in turkey if you want roast beef and yourkshire pud go to blackpool or benidorm.

      it was often a strugal to get served at the bar not because they were rushed off there feet they just could not be bothered, they have no idea of whos next to be served and kids had to waite forever to be served as the bar staf would serve men with beer before kids with pop. i would only give the bar staff 2*, young girls(14 upwards) got served quickly (keep an eye on them or lock them up). if you dont booz then you get small glasses of pop and in the dinning room you get it in a disposable glass. again at the poolside bar you are best starting your order with a beer even if you dont want it and stand neer the beer pump.

      the "beech is crap its like mud, the see is far from blue although you must see the sun set from the jettie

      there are plans for even moor improvements for 2005 like crazy golf go-carts but i think they need to sort out the staff first.

      take euros or pouns all the shops take them even the hotel.

      dont forget to have your photos taken by the photographer they are fantastic and can add stuff to your photo, they are very nice lads and always willing to help and talk to you.

      the animation team were not animated very poor day time activity if you like that sort of thing, the evening shows ok. but the duet in the inside bar every night had the same songsagain poor

      and this hotel is a long way from any other life. its a 10- 15 min taxi costin around 15E or a bus 20 mins for 1.25E

      im sure lots of people will love this hotel for what it has to offer but i did not due to the quality of the staff not the hotel.

      i wish the hotel good luck for the future and hope they solve there teething problems.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Aquafantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA Selcuk

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
       

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