Thursday, 19 January 2012

Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa - Sarigerme, Turkey

Award winning resort the Hilton Dalaman situated in the south west of Turkey is the perfect location for a family holiday. Ideal for half term holidays, Turkey's long summers mean that even in the October half term, temperatures are warm enough to sunbathe.
Spacious rooms and modern decor with a host of recreational activities, this resort certainly has it all.
The all-inclusive resort offers a wide variety of cuisines in it's buffet restaurant as well as a few a la carte restaurants which have to be booked in advance and some at an extra cost. Venti - the Italian restaurant by the poolside serves up freshly stone baked pizzas all afternoon, a real treat for adults and children.

One of the most attractive features of this resort is the proximity to the beach - it's a beach resort, so minutes away from your room. The all-inclusive option is excellent. All the bars and cafes offer a wide variety of drinks as part of the all-inclusive option, better than a lot of other all-inclusive hotels. As Sarigerme is a sleepy town isolated from towns around it, the resort actually offers enough activites to keep you from going out. The Citrus Bar on the poolside is a funky cafe to chill out at and the Piano Bar an excellent little bar with a pianist entertaining you throughout the evening. As well as this Bar Street arranges discos/karaokes/shows etc. for those guests who prefer a noisier evening.

Children are well looked after as the kids club is well facilitated with a lovely playground and many activities to keep children busy, as well as a daily evening disco and cinema session. The children's pool also have their own water slide but are only switched on 4 hours in the day, 10-12 and 2-4.
The outdoor pools of which there are many to choose from are large and clean, but unfortunately not heated. Even though we braved it for the sake of the water slides, the temperature is not comfortable from September to May. During the peak summer months, the water would be warm. However there is a fantastic indoor pool with a sauna and steam room, where we spent a lot of time.

And last but not least, the Dahlia Spa which offers phenomenal  treatments at phenomenal prices! However the Hammam (Turkish bath) treatment was worth every penny, and something really unique you cannot find in the UK.

The only down side to the Hilton Dalaman are the extortionate prices for extras like Wifi, spa treatments, water sports etc. Because so many things are all-inclusive, the things that aren't are highly priced. Haggling is essential.
View from our balcony
The great thing about this resort is its surrounding natural beauty. Set in the mountains, by the sea, the views are breathtaking. Even at full occupancy, you can still experience the tranquility and serenity of this resort.


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