Rixos Premium Belek is a luxury family-friendly beachside resort on Turkey's Mediterranean coastline. It has a private beach that stretches for 700m and many activities to keep you entertained on your holiday. The hotel sits within lawned gardens and is surrounded by countryside. With parts of complex refurbished in 2016, it features a mix of interior styles with French and Turkish influences. It even has its own lake that you can dine beside, and a French-style boulevard with shops and a patisserie. The outdoor pool area sits beside the sand on the beachfront and includes a shallow pool for kids. There are also two heated indoor pools, one of which is for kids. Elsewhere on the complex, there's a Turkish-style spa with multiple saunas, steam rooms and Turkish baths. You can also get a massage and a range of beauty and body treatments here. For an active holiday, you can take part in basketball, boules, tennis, football, beach volleyball and water-based activities. There are also fitness classes and a gym to help you stay in shape during your holiday. The hotel provides entertainment 3 or 4 times per week. This usually includes evening shows during the summer and live music during the winter.
For another option to keep the kids entertained, Rixos Premium Belek runs a shuttle service to the local water park. The town of Belek is 5km from the hotel and has a tree-lined promenade and lots of cafes and shops. There's also a busy bazaar at the weekend where you can look for bargains. You could also venture out of Belek and take a day trip to the old city of Antalya, which is 45km from the hotel. Here, you can wander around the city's many shops, bazaars and restaurants.
The hotel has over five dining options for you to choose from. The buffet restaurant offers international cuisine, while its a la carte restaurants serve Italian, Turkish, seafood and steak dishes. There are also several bars here, including an Irish bar, an adult-only lounge and a nightclub with an outdoor area.
The hotel runs a kids' club that usually includes a disco, painting, games in the field and PlayStation. There's also a playroom and a playground.
Rixos Premium Belek is made up of rooms and villas, which feature a modern aesthetic with a warm colour palette. Some rooms have a private pool.
Distance to city centre 5km
Distance to beach 0.35km
Distance to airport 27.3km
Address: +902427102000, Ileribasy Mevkii Belek Belek, 116, Antalya, Turkey
Belek, Antalya, Turkey
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Very clean rooms, good food, plenty of options. beach and pool facilities are very good. SPA zone is very nice, but fitness corner is rather small for this huge hotel. In general it is better to avoid high season. 7 tennis courts, but no good balls. The hotel needs to replace them regularly, it costs nothing but adds a lot of pleasure.
I had a pleasant stay at Rixos Premium Göcek a few months ago which made me inclined to try another Rixos brand hotel, but this time in low season. I originally booked Rixos Beldibi but the hotel decided to close at the last minute due to lack of guests caused by the covid lockdown in Turkey. They graciously agreed to move my reservation to Rixos Premium Belek instead, where we ended up having a nice quiet time during our stay. The property is enormous so I would stay there again in the winter when it’s not crowded, but for the summer I think this property is more suitable for a family vacation with young children rather than for couples.
The hotel has 700 rooms and with low occupancy they had ample choice of what suite to give us. They were smart by assigning a suite on the top floor at the end of the hallway in one wing of the hotel, so that we would be more quiet with no traffic outside our room in the hallway. I would say having Accor Diamond status at this property was valuable due to the room assignment.
The hotel was last renovated in 2013 I believe, so the room was not old but also not the most modern either. The main issue was that they do not have traditional temperature controls like in most hotels. In the summer they set the air to cooling only and in the winter it’s heating only. The problem is that even by turning off the ventilation our room was too hot, so we had to sleep with the patio door open during the night. Otherwise the hardware was fine, it was a proper suite with the living room separate from the bedroom and the patio was on the entire length, accessible from both the living room and the bedroom, and had sea views when looking on the right side of the room. Unfortunately there was no convenient extra half bathroom and the design of the bathroom was a bit odd with a very low counter near the sink, but on the positive side there was a stand-alone shower separate from the bathtub. I was pleased to see that bathroom amenities were Aromatherapy rather than cheap generic stuff.
Overall I found the quality of the food to be quite good for an all-inclusive resort. The buffet had a huge selection on par with the size of the hotel, despite low occupancy. There were lots of separate rooms in the Turquoise restaurant to accommodate many guests and in low season plus covid, it ended up being perfect for us because it was social distancing at its finest. The restaurant had a dining room for adults only which was very quiet with nobody sitting anywhere near us at any time we were there. I would also note that all food stations were staff-service rather than self-serve due to covid.
For dinner the buffet was always available of course but in addition they also had on alternating days an Italian restaurant and a Turkish restaurant, both a la carte with full service. The menu was good quality although the main issue was that portion sizes were on the small side particularly the Italian restaurant which made it look more like French dining rather than a generous Italian feast. The two a la carte restaurants were quite popular and required reservations but they could not be booked before 9am of each day. Early during our stay we had no problem securing a table but in the last couple days of our stay the hotel was a bit busier possibly due to the approaching Christmas holiday and one day when I called to book a table at 11am I was told it was already full. Part of the problem is that they have removed some tables from the room due to covid to avoid guests being too close to each other, and the other issue is that seating outside was not available as it was a bit too cool in the evening which took away space that would otherwise be available in the summer.
For lunch the Italian restaurant was available with a simpler a la carte menu than dinner, for people less interested in the buffet. Every time we went there around noon we were almost alone and some of the few guests generally preferred to eat outside unlike for dinner.
The Rixos bar was enormous like many other venues in the hotel and was hardly occupied with the numerous staff just waiting for guests to visit for a drink. The cocktail menu was extensive and the drinks were well prepared.
Overall service in the hotel was very good, including the pre-arrival e-mail exchange as noted above but also service during the stay, in fact it was noticeably better than service during our stay at Rixos Premium Göcek back in July. Perhaps it’s not a fair comparison because in Göcek the hotel was very busy in high season with staff having a higher level of stress while in Belek in such a huge property there were lots of staff available for a small number of guests. That said, some properties currently drastically cut staff count and service suffers; it was not the case at Rixos Belek. During dinner there was occasionally a manager making the rounds to each table to ensure guests had a fine stay and asking for feedback. Also a couple of times we received a call to our room with staff asking if we needed anything so they were clearly proactive rather than reactive in service delivery. They also encouraged guests to contact them via Whatsapp for any requests we may have, and they also directed us to the Rixos app which we could install on our electronic devices which also allowed them to contact guests during their stay. Bottom line it’s clear they wanted to stay in touch with guests and offered multiple ways to do so.
Overall Rixos Premium Belek is a nice hotel and we had a lovely stay in the winter. I suspect the hotel could get quite hectic in the summer however, so for a couple travelling alone I would probably pick Rixos Premium Göcek again (adults-only hotel). But for the winter Göcek is no longer all-inclusive unlike Belek, and crowding is not a problem in Belek during the winter so I believe in low season Belek is an excellent choice and I would return.
+ Especially loved sports facilities with greatest instructors (Adel - yoga/pilates/meditation/martial arts - a real experienced professional, and Alexandra - functional training/jumping fitness - very positive and energetic).
+ Nice variety of food for breakfast and dinner, heated swimming pool, clean beach, beautiful location, clean spacious rooms, great music at the beach club during the day.