Fantasia Hotel De Luxe Kusadasi
52 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not as good as expected
"Arrived back from this hotel yesterday. I can imagine that if we had gone out of high season it would have been a much better experience. As it was it was fully booked and therefore far too busy. The pool area had every spare space taken with sunbeds, so much so sometimes you had to climb over them to get past and anywhere near the pool. You also had to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve one.We ended up going to the man made beach every day which had plenty of space and you did not feel like a sardine!.
The food was ok, but glad we didnt go for two weeks. Again the restaurant got really busy and it meant practically fighting for your food. It was a very pleasant change to use the two a la carte restaurants where you had waiter service.
Overall the hotel was of good standard though not up to our 5* standard and I would recommend going out of school holidays where possible."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of August 2006
"I spent one week (August 2006) at this hotel. Overall, my girlfriend and I had a pleasant stay. I would rate this hotel as 4/5 star.
The facilities are excellent. The swimming pools were busy. The beach is man made and it's quiet nice. The sea is deep, it's like a swimming pool (because of the climbing steps), but without a shallow end. When you come on to the beach from the hotel and turn right and walk up 2 mins, you will find the shore, where it's shallow and safe for kids to play and swim. But that part of the beach has pebbles under the sea, making it hard for you to walk in.
The room was quite nice and clean. However the airconditioning was not very effective and other guests thought the same too. We just about coped with it. I asked for a double bed, but in Turkey, they regard a double bed as being two single beds pushed together. If you want a double bed, you should ask for a French bed as that's the name for it in Turkey.
The food is good. We are both vegetarians and were quite happy with the food. There is a lot of variety. You can never go hungry at this hotel.
Euros are accepted pretty much everywhere in Turkey. Sometimes you get a better rate by paying in Euros. I went to Pammukkale (Natural spring waters) & Hierapolis (Ancient ruins), Ephesus (Ancient ruins) and Adaland (Water park). I recommend all of them, although Adaland is supposedly meant to be the biggest water park in Europe. It's not that big and they will charge you extra if you want to do water rafting and see the dolphins. I booked my excursions with my rep. Their prices were competitive and similar to what the companies in town charged. Pammukkale & Hierapolis was Â£26 for both (full day), Ephesus was Â£15 (half day) and Adaland was Â£13. The price included transportation and a tour guide.
We paid approx Â£365 each and we went in August 2006. I booked my holiday with [--------------]They are a good travel agent. Don't book the holiday with lastminute, they're way too expensive. Â£365 included our flights, hotel (all inclusive) and transfers.
If you have any questions, you can email me at [email protected] uk
Thanks to the other people who have posted their reviews about this hotel and helped me to choose a fantastic hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of August 2006
Action Packed Holiday
"Just got back from a 2 weeks stay at the fantasia. Overall had a good holiday and would recommend the Fantasia. There is lots going on at the hotel in the day and their was entertainment every night. We did not see the entertainment every night but what we saw seemed to be o.k. The food was good with lots of choice although we did think that the choice went down a little in the second week as the hotel didn't seem as full. If you like to go away and have a full english every morning then this hotel isn't for you as their was no bacon in sight. The food is very turkish which we liked. The hotel staff were very friendly and nothing seemed to much trouble. The only things letting the hotel down in my opinion are the all inclusive drinks. Beer, wine and only about 4 spirits were included. I asked for a black russion and was told I would have to pay for the turkish equivilant of Tia Maria. When I have stayed all inclusive in the past all locally produced drinks were included. The rooms are also a bit dated so I would say this hotel is overall more of a 4 star than 5.
Trips- We went on a few trips which we booked in town rather than through the holiday company as this seemed a cheaper option. We went to the greek isle of samos which was a nice day out. Take you driving licence which we forget to do as it was cheap to hire a car and you would be able to see much more of this pretty island that way. Boat trip to 3 different bays was o.k and a good way to top up the tan but the bays visited were nothing special. Waterpark is worth a visit and a good fun day out. Pamukale is not worth it. It is over 500 km from kusudasi there and back. You spend much of your time on the coach and when you get their it is overcrowded and very hot. We took some good photo's but saw it as a wasted day. My partner also visted ephesus he caught the bus their and paid entry himself rather than going through an organised tour which worked out much cheaper. He was impressed but said a half day trip is enough to see what you want to see and was glad he had gone on his own rather than on a trip."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of August 2006
Highly recommended Fantasia Experience
"2 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, 4 restaurants including 2 x a la carte, helpful and friendly staff and a fantastic entertainments team ensured this was one of the best holidays we've had in a long while.
My initial reaction to The Fantasia was that it isn't quite a 5 star hotel as the room decor is quite outdated and the placement of some oudoor extractor units meant our room was quite noisy with the french doors open. We actually asked to be moved because of this and, like everything during our stay, this was no problem. The rooms have everything you need including hairdryer, TV, mini bar, safe etc. Twin beds are fairly standard and the room is cleaned every day unless you pop the do not disturb sign outside.
As with all Turkish hotels, it's best to buy bottled water - even to clean your teeth. We did hear some horror stories from guests staying in other hotels.
The food is plentiful with breakfast served 6.30 - 10, lunch from either of 2 x restaurants from 12.30 - 2.30 and a series of snacks, cakes, Turkish pancakes, ice creams and fruit served until 5.30. For hungry guests, dinner is only a 2 hour wait and, with 24 hour notice, you can eat at either of the A La Carte restaurants which serve International or Turkish cuisine. The main restaurant serves the usual selection of salads, choice of 6 hot courses, Turkish pizza, a speciality dish which is served outside and is easily missed along with a whole host of desserts which are beautifully displayed.
If you are staying on an all inclusive basis, the drinks are local spirits, beers and wines and although a gin and tonic is drinkable, it's not the same as a Gordons although all drinks are included between 10am and midnight during your stay.
The pool area is beautiful with palms, fabulous views acorss the Aegean, plenty of sun loungers with free towels provided. 2 bars mean drinks are never far away. Music is played throughout the day at the top pool along with various entertainment - see below. Further down is a man made 'beach'. It doesn't walk into the sea but has plenty of loungers, parasols and sand. You can go scuba diving, banana boating, parasailing etc at an extra cost from here.
Fantasia has an Animation Team which is possibly the highlight of the hotels facilities. Although we didn't have children, we would recommend the kids club entertainment as the lady who took the kids at regular intervals was amazing and the children adored her. There is family entertainment at various times throughout the day althouygh some of it is steered more towards the adults with water polo, beach volleyball, petangue etc. For the younger guests, there is a trip out to Kusadasi on Tuesdays and Saturdays and you can have a blast dancing til dawn at a foam party - hilarious! Every night from 9.30 there is a mini disco for the kids followed by a family show for 45 minutes which varies during the week but is quite enjoyable regardless of age.
What was outstanding was the Animation Teams energy, friendliness and charisma. All shows were announced in 6 languages and it was the teams humour, help with local knowledge and warmth that made our stay even more enjoyable.
Overall, we booked only a few days before our holiday and believe Fantasia to be on of the best value holidays we've had. Combined with the friendliness of the local people, some great trips and a relaxing week, we would recommend this hotel to anyone. There are closer hotels to the airport (we flew in to Bodrum which meant a 90 minute transfer) we would be surprised if there are any hotels which can deliver to a high standard for any age group.
Hope you like some of the pictures. More can be foudn on the Fantasias own website:
We'd also like to thank this web site for previous reviews whcih helped to give us a more informed choice."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of August 2006
"This is a superb hotel.
The entrance and reception area is huge and outstanding with lovely ornamental features and a twin marble staircase leading down to the Bar Lounge which is furnished with large very comfy suites. There are internet facilities and a small exchange library at the rear of the staircase (not many books in English â Iâve left mine).
The rooms are cleaned daily, sheets and towels changed daily and there is a supply of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower/bath gel. Hairdryer in the bathroom. Air con worked very well and is free.
There is a bar/fridge in the room, we did not use the items in it as the prices are quite pricey, but we used the fridge for our own drinks.
You pay a deposit for your room safe but unlike all other hotels we have stayed at you actually get it refunded when checking out (keep your receipt for this). This is a great idea which more hotels should adopt.
We could not fault the food; there was always plenty to eat with a good selection. You can eat at various times at various places within the hotel eg. Breakfast 0730-1000 Lunch 12.00 til 14.00 then snacks coffee cakes ice cream in the afternoon around the pool restaurant. Evening meal 19.30 til 21.30 and finally a late supper in the main dining room 23.30 til 00.30. Omelettes and fried eggs are cooked just outside the main restaurant as are some dishes in the evening always worth a check.
The Bars Drinks coffee etc
served in the Lounge, Restaurant and the Pool Bars. The drinks are fine, if you find them a bit weak, simply ask for extra vodka or what ever and add it, and of course the Efes beer (Lager) is really nice even if you donât normally drink beer. There are the named drinks Smirnoff, Whisky etc but they have to be paid for â we never needed to buy a drink. The bar staff were mostly very young but all were very pleasant and although they work long hours, they were always attentive and helpful.
The evening entertainment is done by the large pool and the animation team were the best we have seen in Turkey so far, thatâs not to say they were perfect but we did have a few laughs and they did bring in acts some nights which was a nice change, they do work very hard for their money. There is the usual day time activities water polo, volleyball etc if you want to get involved. We didnât have children with us but the childrenâs club looked great, and all the kids seemed well catered for and appeared very fond of the organiser, who always had a smile.
There is a disco in the hotel, starts at midnight, hard to find though, itâs through the corner door next to the photographers. Itâs not up to much though, dancing on a carpet and you have to pay for your drinks after midnight. No one stops you bring your drink up from the Lounge to the Disco.
As the hotel is out of the town there is not much for the young crowd to do but the entertainment team take everyone on a bus at midnight one night a week and they do a bar crawl and I think they go to a foam party on a Saturday â donât take your best dress I have heard. The only thing one thing we did not like was everything ending at midnight, so stock up on the drinks in the last 30 minutes and chill, there is nothing else to do but laze on the comfy sofas or you can go for the late supper.
We spent a couple of nights in town which was fine. Went to Bar St worth a visit but definitely for the young generation however there is a nice Bar/Restaurant half way up Bar St where you can either sit on the ground floor or up stairs whether eating or just having a beer and where you can people watch in comfort. Pop round in the day time and have a snack or beer and you can see their menu â They will offer to pick you up from the Hotel if you are having an evening meal with them (and include - a free beer each, starter, dessert and coffee all for the price of the main meal which is cheap anyway. Ok so you are all inclusive but it is nice to eat out at least one night for a change.
The Hotel Pools
The pools were nice and well laid out, games etc were held at the big pool, we mostly used the quiet pool, we never had a problem getting a sun bed, even at lunchtimes, and no problem with towels either. There is also a fairly large indoor pool The man made beach area was very quiet but not much good for kids as you have to go down a slippery ladder to get into the water but it is ok for adults who want a swim in the sea. You can also walk out on the long jetty where there are some large bean bags to lie on (take a towel)
The Market near Fantasia
There is a small market with a variety of stalls in walking distance about 300 mtrs from the Hotel. If you go out the front gate turn to your right, get off the road as soon as you can and walk up the cobbled road that runs parallel to the main road. This market is nice and quiet, little or no hassle, but donât expect to knock the stallholders down in price by as much as in town however their prices are more reasonable than many in town. Go up and have a look around before you go in to town and you can always go back later. We found them to be nice people and bought a few things there. If you didnât try clothing on at the market and subsequently found an item too small etc when you were back at the Hotel there was no problem exchanging it and we found the quality of their goods ok
Shops in Town
Absolutely loads of them
There is a small Jeweller a Boutique and gift shop in Hotel foyer. I bought a couple if nice decent quality items at a reasonable price from the Boutique. Outside the hotel front gate and just to the right is a small shop where you can buy soft drinks sweets etc (bottles of coke are cheaper than in UK)
Transport to town is very easy by dolmus bus which you get by crossing the road outside the hotel entrance, take care, it's a dual carriageway. Stay on the bus til it arrives at its last stop (the mini bus station ) â keeping to the left walk down the straight road (dual carriageway) till you come to a junction. If you cross over this will take you to lots of shops etc. if you turn right it will take you to more shops, Bank, and also the seafront. You need to go back to the mini bus stn to catch the bus back to the Fantasia. They call it the Long Beach bus but the destinations are written on it and there is always a bus controller there that keeps you right. This last bus is at midnight after that it has to be Taxi which is obviously not as cheap as the buses but still a lot cheaper than a UK Taxi after midnight, best to arrange a price before you leave, you can bargain with the taxi drivers to a certain extent. There is a taxi stance outside the hotel entrance. Day time cab cost to or from town cost around Â£5 after midnight it was about Â£7.
The best place to change money is down town where there are a number of currency exchange shops. English pounds is the best currency to take to Turkey and change it to Lira as and when you need to (donât take Scottish notes as you probably wont get them changed). You will need a few Lira or Euros for transport/coffee on the first day. You will get prices in Lira or Euro from all shops, markets, taxis, buses etc.
If you are thinking about getting new glasses in Kus I can recommend Lara Optic, The proprietor Nigel is very helpful. Unlike the UK, Opticians in Turkey are not allowed to conduct eye tests and you have to go to a specialist this costs around Â£25 for a test and prescription however the Optician will take you there. My advice is to take an up to date prescription with you from the UK alternatively Lara Optik can copy the prescription from your current specs at no extra cost. My husband has just had his third pair from Nigel. I paid Â£160 just for lenses for my old specks in Britain in March and I got lenses and designer frames from Lara Optic for Â£100. There is a very nice selection of genuine designer frames at varied prices. Lara Optic is on the main road across from the waterfront not far from the big hand statue. PS there is also a Bank a couple of doors away.
If you are interested in buying a nice and genuine quality piece of jewellery I highly recommend Jasmine jewellers ask for David (wears glasses and is a good friend of Nigel from Lara Optik) I find David fair with his prices and his unusual designs are of exceptional quality. It is easier to find Lara Optik than the Jasmine jewellers (who also sell leather items) even though both are in walking distance from each other. Rough direction from where you get off the bus at the mini bus stn- walk down the dual carriage way til you get to the junction then cross the road but instead of continuing into the shopping area turn right and follow the pavament to the left of the dual road passing a small park area til you get to where the road splits just take a left turn and Jasmine is round the corner on the left. If you are at the Optician just ask Nigel for directions.
The Airport WARNING
Turkey must have the most expensive airport shops anywhere (only the duty free is ok). Buy your soft drinks crisps sweets etc from the small shop outside the hotel before you depart for the return flight. A tube of Pringle crisps in the Airport will set you back Â£4 and everything else is similarly priced at around 3 times more expensive even the coffee A large pkt of Turkish delight is around Â£1 in the town supermarkets but nearly Â£6 in the Airport â youâve been warned stock up before you get on the return bus.
We had a great holiday all round and would recommend the ***** Fantasia hotel, it is the best one we have stayed at in Turkey so far and would happily stay there again.
Hope the above is helpful and hope you too have a nice holiday if going to Kusadasi."
- Travel date: Thu 6th of July 2006
Excellent value for money!
"Went with my wife and two young adult offspring, aged 21 and 19. Boy and Girl. The hotel is very nice and I would say talking from experience the rating would stand between 4 star and 5 in some areas. Fantastic reception area with a couple of shops for those last minute purchases. The staff are attentive and friendly. Overall their English is fine and the people that matter speak and understand you very well. There were a lot of Belgium and dutch people there at our time so the staff have to learn a little of their language too. We had two rooms which were decorated to the same level. These could use an update as far as decor and design are concerned. The big downside was that the essential air con was not at all adequate! I relayed this to the right people and they seem to choose not to understand what I was going on about. It can only get hotter as July and August come so if your going soon I hope they fixed the problem for you. The air con problem was the same through-out the hotel and not just our two rooms. The food in the hotel was in abundance. We went all inc. and found the usual buffet hot and cold meals excellent, with lots of choice at brekky, lunch and dinner. During the day around the pool there are set times for extra treats like ice cream, Turkish sandwiches (sweet or savoury pancakes) pizza and even baked spuds! It goes without saying that the booze flows all day too. Aviod anything that is not local as this will be charged to your room. The staff will advise you of this before hand. If you want good service then tip the bar staff at the beginning of your stay, you may have to treat a few different people as the staff rotate during the day, plus there are various bars, but its worth it. The same goes for the towel guy. If you want a bed reserved and want to get ahead of the crowd then he will place a towel on your desired spot for you. Tips appreciated are approx 10 turkish lira or 5 -10 euros depending how much attention you require. A must at this hotel is to take a turkish bath/massage. Do this at the beginning of your stay and book it through the guy who comes round beside the pool. It costs no extra and the guy earns a buck too. Girls must be aware that though the massage is gentle and you keep on you swim suit on there are occasions when the male massuos (?) will undo straps and lower pants down to your cleavage to gain access to your body for the full effect. So if you have any inhibitions then this may not be for you. Remember these guys do this allday long so whilst they are quite used to you, you may not be used to them! This apart, I would recommend it to anyone, your tan will be better and your skin will feel rejuvenated and you will start your holiday relaxed. Even our kids loved it!
The pool is great, the temperature is just right, it is big enough to accomodate everyone and keeps the smaller kids away from the adults in the form of a 2.5m depth at one end. You can have peace at one end or music at the other. If you want total peace then place yourself on the manmade beach down below the sea front which is still private. There are also jettys with bean bags laid down for the chillouts who don't mind no shade. The Aegean is beautifully refreshing too.
During the day the 'animation team' will keep you occupied with the usual games and frolics. If you want to be left alone then they will soon get the hint if you keep saying no. We joined in most of the games and really enjoyed ourselves.
If you want to go into town then cross the road and take a local mini bus. This will cost you 1.50 lira and will take you to the centre (or centrum) in about 10 minutes.
If you want to go to one of the nearby water parks then book it in town, the price is fixed at 20 euros if my memory is correct. They will tell you that the bus will pick you up at the reception of your hotel but it probably won't so wait by the roadside. There are 2 water parks Adaland and Aquapark. Adaland is a Turkish designed park and has the best rides but you will have had enough by about lunch time. Also take good care of yourselves as there are the odd broken tiles around wait for you to catch your foot on. There are a few more health and safety issues too. Beware.
Aquapark is an american designed park with a hotel attached so it is busy and more family based.
Overall this is a great place to spend your holiday and if we were the types to go back to places then we would certainly chose this one!"
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
exellent all inclusive go back any time
"well best hotel ive every stayed in when we pulled up outside i knew we had a good hotel..been going to turkey for past 9 years found this hotel hard to beat found the rooms very tip top .exellent kids club rep went with a shy 9 year old club rep madesure she had fun came around the pool 3 times a day looking for all the kids to get them out of the sun..food was exellent every evening barbeque was on steak,fish chicken ect plus hot buffet food also you could book into the 2 restaurant in hotel exellent ...food was avaliable allday long snackbars offering turkish pizzas ,jacket potatoes,pancakes,also slushpuppies .icecream was 2 hours everyday, exellent pools very clean hotel met lots of english when staying here.never had trouble finding sunbed towels were provided everyday for around the pool..everyone was helpful couldnot do enough for you ..read a complaint on this page abought food well i find this very hard to belive people are always quick to blame food when they have a tummy upset its very easy to get upset if your drinking to much beer or fizzy drinks allday..plus the hot weather doesnt help...as for the food your in turkey, meatballs ,meze ,proper turkish food not the prossed food you get at home if you want steak and chips i sugest you stay at home and book your self into butlins!!!!! if i could take this hotel to another part of turkey i would..ideal for families do not book this hotel if you dont like kids its a family hotel...theres even midnight snacks soup.chips..... once entering this hotel its very classy spotlessly clean so book this hotel and dont be put off....believe me you wont be disapointed... remember to bring a empty suitcase plenty to buy...you do not need to bring lira here ive been using english money here for 9 years every thing is written up in english pounds....so much better to use your own money ......."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of April 2006
"Stayed in August 05 great hotel in my opinion, The
pools are big and never crowded, enough sunbeds to go
round, rooms were spacious with good views all round.
Food was all buffet style so got a bit repetitive but
it was all fresh. the only problem is the beach that
looks real in photos but is man made and you have to
climb into the sea. All in all a great holiday location"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of February 2006
Booked again for 2006 !
"Spent 2 weeks in Fantasia in July 2005 with my 2 children and this was my first time on holiday as a single mother. The staff were excellent, as were all the facilities. The hotel is immaculately clean and you are given hotel towels for the sunloungers (of which there were plenty !). Entertainment was quite repetitive, and relied on guest participation ! There was, of course, the usual kids discos. Entertainment staff regulalry arranged nights out into Kusadasi for those who wanted a late night. Overall an excellent holiday and I have booked again for 2006 !"
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of October 2005
"we stayed in hotel fantasia and it was lovely! the food was good the staff were very friendley and the weather was lovely. I would really recomend going all inclusie as you get what you pay for. you can have ice creams, pancakes and jacket patatoes by the pool as snaks and they are lovely. I would also recomend visiting ephesus it is amazing and very intresting! i would go back there!"
- Travel date: Fri 21st of October 2005
Overall it was good but not fantastic. I would recommend it.
"We stayed at the Fantasia Deluxe 9th to 19th August 2012.
The hotel was clean and well maintained. The dÃ©cor and furniture were elegant. I found the hotel a little dark in places.
Food was plentiful throughout the day, varied and good quality.
There were activities a few times during the day, eg. water aerobics, pentanque, darts, step aerobics, volleyball and something going on in the amphitheatre every night, eg. Mr Fantastic, Best Couple, folk dancing show, animation team dancing.
We discovered a table-tennis table and pool table in the Games Room only half way through our holiday which was good for our teenage (13 and 15 daughters) but other than that there wasnât much to entertain teenage children at all except for the foam party on the beach.
There was a mini club which we didnât use but the childrensâ actvities looked like fun for the little ones. There was a playground hidden away at the side of the hotel.
The hotel had a small shopping centre with souveneirs, swimming gear, papers, crisps, chocolate, etc.
The No.6 bus goes into Kusadasi market (Wednesday fake gear â bags, tops, sunglasses, headphones) and general stuff and Friday food) and centre. You catch it at the opposite side of the road to the hotel. When you come back No. 6 again in the opposite direction. Takes about 15 minutes and costs about 80p each way.
At the market DO barter and donât be embarrassed to do so â you can usually get at least 30 to 50% off everything.
I was really pleased that sunbeds werenât all reserved at stupid oâclock! We could always find sunbeds whenever we arrived at the poolside. Not always four in a row but the odd one or two together which we were able to move around. There were blue towels given out at the pool (1 per person per day).
As I run a business and needed internet access, we booked the hotel because it had free wi-fi internet access in the lounge area which is a large, comfortable, cool area by reception. During our stay they changed it and you could only get it if you sat almost next to the router in the stiflingly hot, dark, âlibraryâ (a room where there were tables and chairs and a book exchange). You could get it in your room but only if you paid. We complained but no-one got back to us or seemed bothered.
We had a family room with 4 beds (2 adults and 2 teenagers) and there wasnât much room to manoeuvre around and very little wardrobe space. The dÃ©cor was very dull â a mushroom colour with no pictures on the walls. The bathroom was basic. Air conditioning was very good and available 24 hours.
Overall it was good but not fantastic. I would recommend it. Weâve stayed in better in Turkey (Lara Beach, Monuchus) and elsewhere.
Hope this helps.
- Travel date: Tue 28th of August 2012
I have my best memorise in fantasi hotel!
"this is the first time we have ever wrote a review after coming back from our holidays,I have pleasure in saying that this is a very good hotel,t is very clean and the hotel staff be it the reception, restaurant, bar or cleaning staff they are all very helpful and always smiling. FOOD, for an all inclusive it was very very good,The Hotel is beautiful and well situated with great views.every thing was great.we stay there for 7 days ,bau it was not enogh!
- Travel date: Thu 9th of December 2010