Home And Away Guide: Antalya & Belek, Turkey

Turkey has a long coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, dotted with historic communities, stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches. Cities like Antalya are popular with domestic and foreign tourists alike. Crowds flock to these destinations to experience Turkish hospitality and enjoy modern aspects of a country that one would never expect to find, like excellent nightlife and resort culture. It is also a major hub of yearly events and sporting competitions. Belek near Antalya province is the best resort town in Turkey. It has become popular because of the large sandy beaches located on its territory.

The town is a place with highly developed tourist infrastructure. Belek attracts not only fans of beach holidays, but also fans of eco-tourism. Beautiful Kursunlu Waterfall is considered the main symbol of Belek.  New hotels open in Belek every year; the majority of resorts are modern and equipped with SPA centers and many entertaining facilities. The Dome Kempinski is located directly on the beach. Beautifully appointed guest accommodations, generous public areas and lavish health and wellness facilities, all coupled with exclusive 5 star services, and positions the property apart from all other contenders in the region. Hotel guests can enjoy the privilege of priority access to one of Europe's finest Golf Clubs, the Antalya Golf Club.

The Pasha and Sultan courses have been designed by European Golf Design under the leadership of Senior Tour professional David Jones. It also features a vast 2123 m² outdoor swimming pool with connecting lagoons and a beautiful sandy beach meeting the Mediterranean Sea.  The hotel’s architecture reflects the Seljuk style and has 157 rooms and eighteen private villas. The Dome offers a wide array of casual & formal dining options. The main restaurant "Lale" has a lavish breakfast buffet and theme buffet nightly offering Turkish specialities and international cuisine. The vast majority of nightclubs and bars are located in Belek hotels. Every evening in high season theme parties, discos and shows for tourists are organised. . In some clubs music doesn’t stop until dawn. In bars guests will be delighted by the large choice of exotic drinks and cocktails on offer. Just 30 minutes from Antalya and its international airport.

The Dome Kempinski "Platinum Golf Package" offers an unforgettable golf week including seven nights' accommodation, welcome drink, per person including buffet breakfast & dinner at "Lale" Restaurant. Also included are five green fees per person. One special golfer sport massage per person. Complimentary round-trip Airport transfer plus free internet access and complimentary daily newspaper. Prices from: 182.00 EUR applicable for max. 2 Adults and valid for min. 7 nights reservations till 01.12.2017. www.kempinski.com The Turkish coastline in all its diversity has something to offer everyone. To charter a private yacht either as an alternative or in addition to your hotel stay offers the ultimate vacation as you cruise along the beautiful coast while exploring the many coves.

Built in 2004 the Northern Ireland owned "Faustina" provides luxury, comfort and living space. The finest wood has been used both to build the hull and to make the interiors. All cabins have an en-suite toilet and shower. In each cabin, portholes let in fresh sea breeze and air-conditioning systems ensure cool nights in warmer months of the season. www.faustina.com.tr  Turkish Airlines operate twice daily services to Istanbul from Dublin with numerous onward daily connections to Antalya. For best fares visit here.

Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio.

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