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The Unsinkable Hotel!
Titanic Resort and Hotel (Antalya, Turkey)
Member Name: Lbird99
Titanic Resort and Hotel (Antalya, Turkey)
Advantages: Spotless, lots to do, lovely staff
Arrival and check in
We were the first drop off as the hotel is one of the first along the strip of hotels in Lara Beach. The transfer was only about 20 minutes which was great having just spent 4 hours on the plane with a 4 year old! On arrival our cases were loaded onto a hotel trolley ready to be taken up to our room. The check in staff were really friendly, and were very apologetic that our room was not yet ready. They directed us to the lobby bar just around the corner from the desk, and gave Little Man some sweets and told us that they would collect us in a few minutes, which was fine with us as it gave us time to have a cold drink and use the facilities. We only had about a 15 minute wait before we were escorted to the lifts and up to our room.
Our room was on the 4th floor, not too far from the lift which was great as it meant Little Man didn't get tired out walking from the room to the lift with his crutches. In the Room was a large double bed and a single put me up bed. The beds were quite hard but not uncomfortable. There was a decent sized TV, although the only English channels were the news channel and the film Titanic, being played on a loop 24 hours a day! We don't go on holiday to watch TV so wasn't bothered about this but I did hear some moaning around the pool. There is a large wardrobe with lots of hanging and shelf space. There was also a safe which was included, and a large fridge containing Coke, Fruit Juice, Water and Beer which was refilled every day. The bathroom was large, with a good selection of toiletries (including cotton buds which I always forget!), and the bath had an inbuilt shower. We had a large balcony with a great view over the gardens, pool and partial sea views which was lovely.
There was one main buffet restaurant which was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was quite large and there was also seating outside so although it was busy it never felt too packed. Breakfast is always my least favourite meal on holiday, but they had an abundance of pastries and breads that you could watch them baking which were gorgeous. There was no bacon due to it being a Muslim country although they did have a type of sausage. There were many different types of eggs and freshly made omelettes and pancakes which were lovely. Dinner was my favourite meal - there were lots of freshly made kebabs and steaks which are nothing like the kebabs here. It is all lean meat, either grilled or spit roasted. I would go back just to get some more of their chicken doner! There was lots of show cooking, with casseroles and fish dishes. The dessert bar was fabulous, with lots of little pastries , big gateau's and mousses. The baklava was divine! Lunch was a slightly scaled back version of dinner. There was also a kid's buffet which had a selection of chips, pastas as well as the meats with less seasoning which Little Man loved. There were also children's plates and smaller knives and forks and an abundance of highchairs. There was also an ice cream stand in the main restaurant serving cones with up to 6 different flavours of ice cream.
There were two snack bars open by the beach if you did not want to go to the main restaurant for lunch. One was the Olga which served Turkish pastries which we did not try, and the Grill which served amazing spit roast chicken, and crispy chicken strips. In the afternoon there was a cafe in the lobby which served sandwiches, cakes and coffees which was lovely. There is also a Turkish and Italian a la carte restaurant which cost 10 euro per person, but we did not try these either as I didn't see why we should pay extra when we were perfectly happy with the food provided.
There were 5 main pools (I think) dotted about outside - A freeform one, a proper lane pool, a heart shaped one at the front of the boat, the water park and the kids pool. There were lots of sun beds dotted around them with fixed parasols so there was a lot of shade available. The kids pool seemed to be the busiest but we managed to get a sun bed whenever we wanted one near the shallow part of the kid's pool, and there were always beds available around the complex. Little man used to paddle in the shallow water and I would swim in the heart shaped pool. The pool water was cold at first but was a welcome respite from the sun. The water park has a good selection of straight and curvy slides which you rode with a ring or mat, and there was a big boat in the kiddie pool with various slides which were a bit too advanced for Little Man, but there was also a toddler slide which he loved.
Each hotel had its own private area on Lara Beach. There were probably about 100 sun beds with mattresses under large fixed shades. We tended to spend the afternoon at the beach as it was always pretty quiet down there. The sand was a little grainy but fine for building sandcastles with, so Little man loved it. The sea was really warm and once you got past the tide where the sand was being churned it was really clean. There are lots of activities going on down at the beach - volleyball, pedaloes , parasailing and various games. We didn't partake in anything but had great fun watching! There is a nice bar at the beach, which was the only place that seemed to serve draught drinks, rather than bottled with ice, so it was the best place to get a cold drink. There was a decked pier with lots of beanbag chairs, which was lovely but always very busy!
Entertainment and Bar
There were lots of evening activities at the hotel, but unfortunately it didn't get started until about 9 which was too late for Little Man. A lot of the evening shows were Titanic based including the Mr Leonardo show, and Titanic the Musical! They also have a fireworks display once a week, which we enjoyed from our balcony, and we also sat out there and listened to some of the musical acts and they all seemed to be a decent standard.
We tended to sit in the Lobby Bar and chill out after dinner and let Little Man walk around with his crutches. The bar has waiter service, but I often went up to the bar where the lovely barmen made me a different cocktail every night! The alcohol is mostly domestic brands however the Malibu is the real deal! You can get the proper brands for a few Euro extra if you want to, but I didn't see the point. All the soft drinks were branded which was mainly what I was drinking anyway. The only downside is Diet coke was the only diet drink available but that is the same as pretty much anywhere.
Things to Do
As well as lots of activities going on in the pool and beach area there was a bowling alley, internet are, pool tables, arcade machines, kids club and playground. We didn't use any of these apart from a quick trip to the playground, but they all looked pretty standard.
There are a few shops on site at the hotel, but the prices are pretty high due to the rents charged by the hotel. There is a gift shop, several clothes shops, a photo studio, and opticians. There is a block of shops just to the right as you come out of the hotel. There are wild animals (dogs, cats, giant Turkeys!) wandering about, and Little Man liked feeding the ducks when we went for supplies. There is a little petrol station with a supermarket which is less than half the price of the hotel. You can get gift boxes of Turkish delight - I recommend the Methe and Lemon ones and I don't like Turkish delight - for 5 Lira (about £2). There is also gift shops and a very helpful pharmacist down there as well. We didn't venture any further afield than this as we just wanted to chill out in the sunshine at the hotel.
This was the first holiday which we took Little Man's wheelchair so we were a bit worried about getting around. The hotel is totally wheelchair friendly with lots of lifts and ramp access. There are accessible rooms available if you require them but we don't need one yet. There are tables at the front of the restaurant reserved for wheelchair users, and they do seem to enforce this as we had a staff member rush over when we put our stuff on a table one night as he hadn't seen the wheelchair as it is smaller than an adult one. He was mortified, but it wasn't a problem for us - we were impressed that he checked. The staff at the hotel bent over backwards to offer assistance and made a fuss of Little Man wherever we went!
We loved our week at the Titanic hotel and I wouldn't hesitate to go back although there are some other hotels on the Lara Beach strip I would love to try first. I had heard that the staff could be miserable but this was definitely not our experience. There are lots of nationalities at the hotel, and they were mostly lovely especially the Turkish and the German guests who would come up and ask about my boy and talk to him - he had a fan club wherever he went! The hotel is spotless and I could not fault the facilities in any way. It was a great place just to go and relax and we came home feeling like we had had a break! Sorry it's been a bit of an epic - if you want to know more please feel free to send me a message.
Summary: A great location for Families and Couples
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