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A Review Of The Voyage Belek Golf & Spa Hotel, Turkey

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It can be tricky finding guaranteed hot weather in Europe over the Easter break.  Michele lucked out recently with April temperatures of 29 degrees in Belek, a resort town on the Turkish riviera.  She shares her review of the family-tastic Voyage Belek Golf Resort & Spa (picture waterslides and a fun fair!).

Who went? 

Two families including 2 x two and a half year olds and a 5 month old

How did you book the trip? 

We found the hotel online, but booked through a travel agent. It was a Thomas Cook all inclusive package deal, with flights.  The price included all flights, transfers and all-inclusive at the resort.

Did you have to organize visa in advance?

Yes – an online visa, was very simple and quick to do.

How was the flight? Any tips?

We flew out from Stansted – overall we were really impressed and there were no problems at the airport. We also used the Stansted car drop off service which was excellent.

We flew on Thomas Cook’s airline – the plane was quite small and the toilet was the smallest airplane toilet I have ever seen. Luckily we didn’t need to do any nappy changes on the flight, otherwise this would have been quite challenging, particularly with a toddler. We had to pay extra to get food on the flight, which we booked in advance. It was ok – the toddlers weren’t overly impressed with theirs though – snacks were needed.

The flight was also longer than we realized – 4.5hrs so a few things were needed, including the ipad, to keep the toddlers entertained.

How far was the hotel from the airport?

It took about an hour to get to the hotel – but this included several stops as we were on a group transfer coach as part of the package.

What did you think of the hotel?

Overall the hotel was great and we would recommend it for families. It was incredibly well equipped for children and babies, with pretty much everything you could think of or need being available to you.

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How was your room? What baby/kid amenities had been provided?

Both families booked a family room which was in an annex building, so not part of the main building. The room set up was slightly strange – as soon as you walked in you entered the second bedroom – it was actually the lounge area where the sofa had been made up to a double bed.

secondroom

You then walked past the bathroom into a second bedroom, which was the main bedroom, with a balcony. Ours had a lovely view over the garden pool. The mini bar was stocked and replenished daily with no additional charge and there were tea/ coffee making facilities. Ultimately it had everything we needed, but there wasn’t a separate ‘lounge’/ living area which was the only slight disappointment.

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Every baby/ child amenity you could possibly think of was available – we specifically asked for a bed guard and a potty and the other family also asked for a bottle warmer, which were all provided.

The only real problem was that there was only one plug socket in the second room, which was where one of the TVs was already plugged in. We wanted to plug in a night light and a baby monitor so needed additional sockets –however on enquiring, the hotel did provide a multi socket extension lead which solved the problem.

How were the facilities?

main pool

The facilities, particularly for kids, were excellent. There were several pools: the main pool itself was great for the toddlers as it had shallow areas around the pool, which was perfect for them to splash around in. There was a good atmosphere with entertainment and activities, plus a waiter service to your sun loungers (on roller blades) for drinks. Towels for the pool and beach were provided.

The kids’ pool was also great with several slides and things for them to climb on, although it was incredibly cold, and seemed colder than the other pools for some reason.

Behind the kids pool was the water park, mainly made up with slides for adults and older kids, but one slide was much slower and loved by my two year old (sat on his dad’s lap of course!).

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The Garden Pool was heated so warmer than the others and another great place to take the kids and enjoy a swim.

gardenpool

In addition to the pools, there was a children’s fun fair, which the kids absolutely loved and which opened for a few hours during the day and evening.

funfair

There was also a great soft play area, a large penned in and shaded sand pit area on the beach, full of toys and slides and a great place to keep the kids entertained out of the sun, and crazy golf (again loved by the two year olds!).

minigolf

There was another kids section with different play areas and another playground area but we didn’t use this – it was used as a main base for the kids club but anyone could use the facilities.

There were several changing huts dotted around the resort, which included changing areas and feeding chairs – everything was always very safe and clean. Swim nappies were even provided by the pools, again free of charge.

There was an entertainment ‘ampitheatre’ which provided evening entertainment such as dance and magic shows but these were generally from about 9/9.30pm onwards. There was a mini disco for the kids but that was really the only evening entertainment specifically for them.

Dining

There was also a specific kids zone area within the main restaurant. This provided additional kids food options, all set out on a very sweet ‘train buffet’ at toddler height so that they could help themselves.

kids area_dining

There were also toddler tables, chairs and cutlery set up next to adult tables so that we could all eat together easily – perfect for the two toddlers in our group to sit opposite each other. There was a TV showing kids programmes, fridges full of baby yoghurts and food, plus a sterilizer machine for bottles.

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Highchairs on wheels were available everywhere in the main restaurant as well, which meant if you wanted to, you could even wheel around your little one in the high chair whilst helping yourself to the buffet!

As it was all inclusive, there were also fridges scattered around the resort providing bottled water and soft drinks, plus there was a fruit bar by the beach which a selection of tubs of cut up fruit, perfect for the kids.

fruit bar

Was there kids club and did you use it?

There was a kids club but it was from 4 years and up so we didn’t use it – but there seemed to be several activities for them. There was also a babysitting service, but again we didn’t use this.

Was there a beach? How was it?

The resort was right on the beach – a lovely sandy beach, with its own pier, plenty of sun loungers and a nice clean and relatively warm (for April!) sea.

beach

There were lots of watersports available but we didn’t use any of them.

Did you do any trips/excursions? How did you book them? Would you recommend them?

No, we didn’t do any excursions – we didn’t need to, there were plenty of things to do to keep us all occupied on the resort. I even took the opportunity of getting a massage at the onsite spa and the other family used the gym regularly.

How was the food? Any recommendations?

The main restaurant was a buffet and seating was spread across several areas, both indoor and outdoors. The choice of food was absolutely huge – there was everything you could possibly think of – there was almost too much choice it was sometimes a little overwhelming! The food was generally very good, breakfast in particular was excellent and the bakery/ patisserie section was fantastic offering a vast range of bread, rolls, bagels, cakes and biscuits. Given the scale of the buffet, the vegetarian options were relatively limited but there was always a few choices.

In addition to the main buffet, were about seven other restaurants that you needed to pre book. On the whole, these were quite disappointing – the food was always from a set menu, and what was provided didn’t always match the menu itself. The kids menu was standard across all of these restaurants, and although offered a range of things including fish fingers, sausages and pasta, they only seemed to have chips, despite saying mash and baked potatoes were on the menu. Again, the vegetarian option was similar across each of the restaurants with very limited choice. However, we had a great experience at the Mexican restaurant, thanks to some really friendly waiters, which we all thoroughly enjoyed, and the Greek restaurant was in a lovely outdoor setting with a band.

The resort hosted a barbecue by the beach one day, with different stalls to get food from, which was also a success.

The main bar by the pool was also a great option for lunch, with a salad bar and grilled meats, pittas, pizzas, chips etc.

The only downside was that, apart from the fruit bar, there weren’t that many healthy options of snacks for the kids. We ended up taking some of the bagels/ rolls and yoghurts from breakfast and using these as snacks throughout the day, which actually worked quite well.

There were several ice cream stands around the resort, as well as an amazing ‘Gelateria’, serving ice creams and amazing cakes and biscuits –again, all free and therefore very tempting!!

How was the staff?

The staff were incredibly helpful, friendly and nice and all of them absolutely loved the kids and made a real effort to talk to and engage with them.

How was the trip overall? What tips would you give to someone booking this holiday?

Overall, the trip was fantastic and a brilliant resort to go to with young children and toddlers. The downside was that the resort itself was so big, it was actually quite tiring sometimes going back and forth and we would consider a smaller resort next time – but on the other hand the facilities available were excellent so this probably outweighs this. We also visited in April, which was a perfect time to go as the weather was great, there was a good atmosphere but we didn’t have to queue or fight for sun beds! I imagine in the peak of summer it could be incredibly busy and very very hot.

Ultimately however, we had a great experience and would recommend Voyage Belek.

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1 comment

  1. Samantha Rickelton

    Looks like a fab trip – I particularly like the train buffet 😀

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