Lying on the south-west Mediterranean coastline of Turkey in the heart of the Turkish Riviera, the Antalya region is famed for its excellent resort hotels. Originally settles in the first century BC, the city has a fascinating and varied history and in the present day, is one of the largest cities in Turkey. The old part contains numerous historically-important buildings and Antalya is also known for its attractive harbour and amazing waterfalls. The area is famed for its superb climate and excellent beaches.
The historical centre of Antalya is called Kaleiçi. The name effectively translates as ‘inside the castle’, which refers to the walls surrounding the old city. Here you will find the harbour, which dates back to Roman times, together with many other beautifully-preserved monuments and buildings. There are a number of minarets worthy of a visit and good museums and mosques. A tour of the walls brings you to Hadrian’s Gate and the Clock Tower and Hıdırlık Tower are also within the walls. Although Antalya is considered the prime holiday resort in Turkey, the majority of the hotels offer all-inclusive packages, and as a result the actual old city can be surprisingly tranquil. To the north of the city, the nature park encompasses over 400 acres with a zoo. Getting around is easy and there are very good (and cheap) bus services throughout the area.
Antalya region hotels
Crystal Aura Beach. To the south of Antalya a few minutes’ walk from the town of Kemer, the Aura beach is an extensive, five-star luxury holiday village. Laid out over a large area, this family-friendly resort revolves around its blue-flagged beach. There is a choice of accommodation, including family rooms, and extensive facilities.
Crystal Paraiso Verde Resort and Spa. Approximately 40 kilometres along the cost to the east of Antalya city, the five-star Paraiso is set within its own attractive gardens and is the perfect getaway for adults and families alike. Accommodation is excellent and the range of facilities is second to none, with everything from a golf course and basketball court, to a full spa with solarium and even its own cinema.
Delphin Palace Hotel. With architecture, design and furnishing in a traditional Turkish style, this expansive five-star luxury hotel is bound to make an impression. On the Lara beach close to Antalya, the Delphin palace is equipped to very high standards with extremely extensive facilities for guests making it the perfect choice for couples and families alike.
Fame Residence Lara and Spa. Right on Lara beach in Antalya, Fame Residence is a five-star hotel with an amazing range of facilities. Accommodation is comfortably and pleasantly furnished and decorated, but with a choice of restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor pools, and aqua park, amphitheatre, games room, hair salon, spa centre with Jacuzzi, live entertainment, private beach and much, much more, you are unlikely to spend much time in your room!