The sky outside is looking rather grey, so I thought I would journey back to the blue skies we have had the honour to visit this summer. First stop is the Bellis Deluxe Hotel in Belek, Turkey. We visited Turkey at the end of May. The circumstances surrounding this holiday were very difficult. Initially our brief 4 night stay in Turkey was supposed to be just Keith & I, for his friend’s birthday. After the death of my grandfather a couple of weeks before, Little J joined us and we booked a hotel further down the beach. We were determined to make the most of it.
Neither Keith or I had visited Turkey before. Neither of us knew how to speak any Turkish. Neither of us knew what to expect.
Our welcome at the Bellis Deluxe couldn’t have been warmer. The receptionist spoke very clear English and she invited us to eat in the main restaurant before it closed. There was so much food to chose from. The food was mainly to suit the vast amount of Russian and German guests in the hotel; however, there was no shortage of food to suit all diets and taste buds.
We only saw one other British family during our stay. It really didn’t matter. Even the young children Little J’s age could talk basic English and communicate with us – puts us to shame!
The grounds at Bellis Duluxe are vast. However, there was one favourite place and for fours days, we barely moved from it!
Switched on from 10am to 12pm then again from 2pm to 6pm, the waterslides, waterfalls and cannons on the ship were too much fun to miss.
The abundance of sunbeds around the pool gave parents a welcome break.
And little ones some shade a respite when they had been running around for hours on end.
I wondered how many times little J could go down the same slide.
Under protest, we did manage to lure Little J away from the pool for lunch. The taverna bar overlooking the sea was great for a snack lunch. There was always a large selection of salad, with daily meat options and the obligatory chips! The view was fabulous.
The beach itself is protected by security guards, which meant we were not accosted every five minutes by someone trying to sell us something or give us a massage. The sand was super hot though!
When the sun went down, the hotel lit up, creating a wonderful atmosphere.
The numerous bars served cocktails and local spirits, beer, wine, soft drinks – the language everyone uses is English. Amazing!
There was plenty of entertainment in the evenings. We opted for a quiet drink in the bar, as by then end of the day, Little J was exhausted.
As you can see…
The hotel has it’s own mini zoo located at the front of the hotel.
The animals look well looked after and are under plenty of shade. Little J loved seeing all the animals.
The facilities at Bellis Deluxe are vast. In our short stay, we didn’t use 10% of them. There are tennis courts, football pitches, golf, children’s clubs, several restaurants, a gym and daily activities by the pool. With these facilities, you could honestly be anywhere in the world. The difference would be the price you pay for them. Our hotel room on an all-inclusive basis was £120 per night!!! You would have a hard job beating it really.
We did have a lovely time despite everything and came back to England feeling refreshed.