Review: Gloria Golf and Spa Resort, Turkey

As promised in my previous post of my favourite Family Resorts, here is my review of our time spent at the wonderful Gloria Resort in Turkey. It is a holiday destination that I would highly recommend!

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There was so much to do here, more than I have ever encountered at a family resort and the days were packed with kids activities from the moment we woke until we all crashed at the end of the day.

Starting with the rooms, we had a family suite which annoyingly I didn’t get a single photo of! But, it consisted of a master bedroom with lounge area opening to the balcony and a second room with twin beds for the girls. It was heaven having the separate room and Scarlett was most excited to have her own en suite!

The buffets in the main restaurants weren’t huge but what was offered was very good and aside from breakfast, were different everyday. There was a small kids selection and even purees for babies.

This brilliant little splash pool actually had sand on the ground which took some getting used to but the kids loved digging it and making soggy castles!

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Not the most successful sand castles!

Another shallow pool perfect for toddlers!

Another shallow pool perfect for toddlers!

There were plenty of deep pools for real swimming!

There were plenty of deep pools for real swimming!

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We are ice cream connoisseurs in this family and can feedback the chocolate ice cream was goooooood….

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They also did great pizzas and pasta at the ‘Gloria Pub’ nearest the pools. (One to check out!)

After lunch, it was straight off to the water park!

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At only 20 months Savannah loved going down the big slides on our laps – but these little toddler slides were great for when we needed a break!

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Despite us being at the resort during the school holidays and it clearly being very busy, there wasn’t a single queue for the slides, you could always get a group of beds together and it never felt over crowded.

The evenings were either spent at the main restaurant where they would open up an outside bbq for you to order your food and have it bought to the table (as well as being able to use the buffet), or trying out one of the many a la carte restaurants on the resort.

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Dining Al Fresco!

We only tried the Seafood and the International restaurants which were both good, but we soon realised that having 4 children and only 3 iPads (pah) – the buffet option was least stressful!

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After dinner – the entertainment begins in an impressive outdoor arena with cinema seating. A children’s show would start every night at 8.30 (everything from the Smurfs to Madagascar) followed by an organised disco with dancers for the kids to get on stage and have a dance. There was usually an adults show on after this, but we rarely made them as all of us were ready for bed by this point!

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Spot me and Grandma!

Often before bed, we would have a quick play / cool down in the air conditioned soft-play (just to make sure the kids were reeeaaally tired!) which also had a miniature outdoors village to keep their little imaginations active before finally hitting the sack and doing it all again!

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We did go to the private beach but didn’t spend much time there as it was just too hot, but the kids (and Paul) really enjoyed the trampolines! There was a selection of watersports that weren’t included but were averagely priced compared to others we have seen and it had beautiful pontoons with luxury sun loungers for those without small children to enjoy.

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You can see why you wouldn’t attempt this with a 1 and 3 yr old!

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Crab watching!

This resort makes for a pretty full on week, jam packed with activities to keep the kids entertained 24/7, but fear not – there is a luxury spa for the parents and the Prestige Pedicure is definitely a treatment to check out, I’ve never had one like it!

We didn’t take advantage of the kids clubs but reading the activities it is definitely something we would have done had the girls been older. There is so much more to do at this resort from world class golf to children’s pony rides it’s hard to fit it all in one blog post! Basically if you have kids that need constant entertainment – this is the resort for you.

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Alex and the gang doing a treasure hunt for the kids and teaching them a dance routine!

Fireworks at the beach party!

Fireworks at the beach party!

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Even the swish beach party had a children's entertainer so all the kids were raving with their balloons!

Even the swish beach party had a children’s entertainer so all the kids were raving with their balloons whilst the adults sipped their cocktails!

 

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The bridge to the beach

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Savannah in her new skirt from Box Upon A Time

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We found Travel Republic and EasyJet had the best deals on when we were booking so it’s definitely worth shopping around. I’d also check directly with the Gloria Resort for any special offers they may have.

 

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