Fantastic all-inclusive holiday!
We stayed at the Royal Dragon for 10 nights in May 2012 and absolutely loved it. The accommodation and grounds were well maintained and immaculate. The food was varied and of good quality; I'm a vegetarian and our 4 year old can be a fussy eater, but we always found something to suit us all. On some all-inclusive holidays it can become a bit monotonous eating in the same restaurant three times a day, but that's not the case on this holiday. We often had the late breakfast in the bistro; less choice than the main restaurant (still plenty to choose from though) and more relaxed. We didn't eat in the restaurant at lunchtimes; we used the snack bars around the pool, the Turkish tent, the beach restaurant (our favourite!) and the water park cafe. The early dinner for youngsters is great; a mini-buffet with everything you need in a small area before the main dining room opens. The restaurant is busy in the evening and the choice can be a bit overwhelming; you can get sandwiches and cake in the coffee shop if you fancy a change. We ate in the Turkish and the Italian a la carte restaurants twice (you get one visit per week), but apart from being quieter and having waiter service I don't think the food was much different or any better than in the main restaurant. Anyway, enough about food! The pool is great, and the kids loved the water park and the funfair, we couldn't believe that absolutely everything was all-inclusive, we expected a catch somewhere but there wasn't. We only discovered the spa on the last day - again, no charge unless you want a treatment. I had a facial and massage which was on special offer, nice way to end the holiday. The entertainment team were good, the right balance of letting you get involved if you want without putting you under any pressure. Some of the shows were better than others; Michael Jackson and the magic show definitely worth a watch. The only slightly negative things were the stretch of beach at the back of the hotel is ok but not the nicest beach, there are probably better ones a bus ride away. We usually spend little time in the resort when we're on holiday as we like getting out sightseeing, but we didn't do that this holiday - mostly because there is so much to do in the hotel that you don't feel the need, but when we did go off the complex the surrounding area is quite run down and when we went into Side to visit the harbour we got so much hassle from restaurant and bar staff stopping us every minute, it got a bit annoying. British guests are in the minority, but we didn't mind that, the kids still made plenty of friends. There were no English TV channels (except the news) so the kids were watching cartoons in German! No tea / coffee in rooms which is a shame, but plenty of soft drinks and beers provided in the mini-bar. We found the majority of staff helpful and pleasant, and they left a cake in our room on my birthday which was a nice touch. Overall, a fabulous holiday, great value for money, wish we'd booked for two weeks! We'll definitely go back.
October 16, 2012
hotel very clean and spacious. cant fault it. breakfast 7-10 in the main room, but if you want a lie in you can go to a smaller breakfast room on another floor which is served 10-11. from midday you can sit iut by the pool bars where you have kebab & salad bar, fresh fruit bar and a chicken bar ! cakes are served from 4 every afternoon then main dinner served from 7-9. there is a patisserie where you can hve a sandwich and a cake abd another food restaurant open at midnight until 7 a.m.
so food on tap but you are not allwed to taje it to your room, but we did as one of us was ill ffor a day. you can get drinks from any bar all day, again you are asked not to take to your room, but nobody says anything when you hapead straight from the bar to the lift.
there are two lots of shops within walking distance outsude of the hotel, but all you can buy are t shirts and habdbags. a lovely hotel and look out for the cleaner man outside the loos by the bar in the lobby he was so happy all the time, we gave him a nice tip at the end if the week, we called him hey hey hey !!!!!
April 22, 2014
Great hol at side turkey
Fab hotel not one complaint
Food staff position cleanliness decor drinks all excellent
Second to none
Loved it booking again for next year
February 17, 2014
Excellent little break
Arrived at hotel late evening greeted by reception and bellboy who after filling in a short form and bar man getting us a drink showed us up to our room, wish didn't have the best view but was only here for a week so didn't complain as rooms are immaculate minibar restocked daily and clean bedding everyday. We then went down for tea unbelievable the amount of food, choice even a diet area the kids even have their own restaurant with mini table and chairs. You get waited on for drinks the staff work so hard and they really do earn their tip. Cannot fault a thing the entertainment staff are fab really took a like to Charlie chaplain fantastic really would advice anyone to go to this hotel I am really fussy about cleanliness and this is a 5***** hotel without a doubt I did go in January so as to weather it's the same level of service in peak I wouldn't know but I would be very surprised if not hoping to return next year with the kids this time if price is right x
February 4, 2014
Enjoyable holiday for mature couple!
Bargain out of season holiday!!friendly staff! Very willing helpfull pleasant. Went in January was not expecting the sun!!!!we had 4 days sun 3 days rain. Lots to do in hotel. Spa was excellent ..lots to join in if you wanted to. 24 hour bar. We made new friends. Lots of places to sit if wanting piece and quiet. Beautifull large indoor pool . Room spacious.bath . TV bar. Balcony sofa table.as much to drink as you wanted. Own shops in hotel.
January 27, 2014
This is holiday, no troubles everything perfect
The only complaint if have is that , uhh, mmm. I believe this hotel is my reference for next holidays, that will be difficult to even....
December 28, 2013
Great family holiday
We went back to the Royal Dragon for the third successive year and had a great time. Very good hotel and catered well for families and children. We had a great time and would definitely go back again.
September 3, 2013
Absolutely Fantastic holiday
We just came back from The Royal Dragon Resort where we stayed for 5 nights and had a brilliant time. The hotel is massive and even though there were alot of people staying at the resort (according to the staff), we never felt crowded and were always able to find an empty deck chair, seat/table at the restuarants, never had to wait for food/drinks/service, everything was perfect!
We stayed at the resort from 2 May to 7 May 2013 and believe that is the perfect time to visit. The temperatures averaged between 32oC to 39.5oC and the cost of certain things (ie like the professional photo package, gift shop etc) were still at low season prices. Apparently a week later and the summer prices kick in.
The amount and quality of the food and drinks at the resort was outstanding. We have stayed in many hotels in countries all over the world yet we have never seen an all-inclusive package that is as comprehensive as this one. The Thomas Cook reps at both the transport service and at the resort were very helpful and friendly. Have highly recommended this hotel to all our friends and one has already booked a trip there. Fantastic holiday.
May 9, 2013