Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Family Holiday at Aska Lara Resort & Spa, Turkey

In August we set off on our annual holiday abroad to the Aska Lara Resort & Spa in Turkey, which is situated at Lara Beach.  The journey from the airport in Antalya takes around 30 minutes and the flight from Manchester took around 4 hours 30mins, so there are no long transfers once you arrive.



Check Inn
Check in at Reception was quick, no standing around waiting, as staff provided you with seating in the Lobby area whilst they arranged room keys, towel keys and information guides.  The bellboys meanwhile took care of your luggage as soon as the coach arrived, delivering it to your room.  The Lobby area is large with a big gazebo in the centre and glass lifts running up either side, Gee loved this feature and could quite happily have spent part of the day going up and down.





Rooms
There are different rooms available at Aska Lara Resort & Spa, all offering luxury facilities.  Our room was on the 7th floor with views over the pool, towards the sea in the background.  I cannot fault the room we were provided.  In the room was a large king size bed, a good size sofa bed, TV (with limited English channels, drink making facilities, fridge (stocked daily with drinks and beer), good storage space and wardrobes which contained the safe.  The bathroom was well equipped with toiletries, a large walk in rainfall shower, toilet, slippers, robes and good quality towels.  The added touch of fresh flowers was really nice. We loved how comfortable it was and especially liked the dressing area which was off the main room.




Hotel Pool
The hotel pool is a lot quieter than the water park and can make a refreshing change.  Ice creams are available daily from the ice cream hut in the middle, these are named ice creams which we all enjoyed.


Restaurants
We travelled on an all inclusive basis and ate at nearly all of the available restaurants.  In a morning we ate mainly in the Anka restaurant which is situated in the main hotel and is self service.  The Anka restaurant provided a huge selection of good quality food which is freshly prepared, I must say Gee was in her element with the desserts, they looked too good to eat, alongside a huge variety of hot and colds meals.  Tip: If you walk straight through the restaurant and go outside there is an extra cook station where you can have an omelette/meat cooked to your liking.  Also in the main hotel is the Brasserie which is lovely for coffee and cake and the Aska Chef snack restaurant which is by the pool, table service is provided at the snack restaurant.




A la Carte
For an addition cost (6 euros per adult) you can eat at one of the 4 A La Carte restaurants.  Mozaik (Turkish), La Perla (Italian), Mandarin (oriental) and Missina (Fish).  We ate at the Turkish, Italian and mandarin restaurants where the food was really delicious as you can see from the photographs.  The A la Carte restaurants can be booked through guest services in the lobby.




Wet n Wild Water Park
A child's dream with waterslides, pools, waterpark, zip line, kids club and daily entertainment.  The Water Park is a 5 minute walk from the hotel or can be reached by the shuttle buses provided, this never proved a problem for us and we never waited more than 5 minutes for a shuttle.  Gee went to Kids Club a couple of times and was taken on payable trips horse riding and on the banana boats.  Gee also did a free scuba diving lesson whilst in the Wet n Wild park.  There are two restaurants/snack bars on site which offer limited food choice but this is good quality.  Evening entertainment is at Wet n Wild and I must say the magician's show was amazing, Gee also loved the performing dogs.




Beach
At the end of the Wet N Wild Park is the private beach.  For us, this was a life saver after spending a few days in Wet n Wild, it was nice to enjoy some quiet time away from all the activity.  Sunbeds are plentiful and the beach and sea are beautiful, warning please ensure you wear shoes to walk down to the sea, the sand is very hot.  Also on the beach are Cabanas which you can hire at around 50 euros for the day.  The Cabanas have butler service and throughout the day you are provided with a hamper of drinks, pastries and melon, I would definitely recommend hiring a Cabana at least once on your stay.  Also at the beach is a pier with sunbeds and whilst we did not use this, the beds looked extremely comfortable.




Staff
All the staff that I came in to contact with were polite, helpful and prepared to go that extra mile to help ensure we had a fabulous holiday.  Gee lost her much loved cuddly spotty dog whilst we were there and she was devastated,  I visited guest relations and within 1 hour they had found the cuddly in the water park and brought it back to the hotel.  This was such a huge relief and I could not thank the staff enough.  The room cleaners did an amazing job everyday ensuring the rooms were spotless and although some had limited English, I could always make my thoughts known.

We had an amazing two weeks at Aska Lara Resort & Spa and will definitely be visiting again in the future.  Thank you to everyone for helping us to make fabulous memories.



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34 comments:

  1. It sounds amazing, glad you had a good time! I've only ever heard good things about Turkey, I'd love to visit there one day! x

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    1. It really is lovely Sarah, so much to see and do or just relax x

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  2. Wow what an amazing place, the pool looks so relaxing and it seems like there's so much to do x

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    1. There is plenty for everyone Rhian, relax or be active x

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  3. Well you most definitely had an amazing time it seems and I am impressed with how much there is to do x

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  4. I absolutely LOVE travelling to Turkey on holiday and this hotel looks incredible!! xxx

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    1. Me too Laura, everyone is so friendly x

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  5. What a beautiful place with gorgeous view and delicious food! Perfect for the whole family! :)
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  6. Not only is there a private beach but the food also looks amazing! I would love to go there.

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    1. The food was just perfect Ana, so much choice x

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  7. Gosh there was so much to do at this resort. How fun! It's nice that there were some great restaurant options.

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    1. I agree Liz, it is great to have a choice of restaurants to eat at. x

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  8. Wow! They really set you and your family up nicely! I want to go there now! It looks like tons of fun!

    xoxo, Candice
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    1. It is Candice, such wonderful welcoming staff too x

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  9. Dear Cathy, Thank you very much for this lovely review. I enjoyed reading every word... It was a genuine pleasure to welcome you and your family. We are looking forward for your next visit. Greetings from sunny Antalya to you and all your family!

    Aska Lara Resort Team

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    1. We cannot wait to revisit in the future, possibly in the New Year. Thank you to everyone for making this such a memorable holiday x

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  10. Wow what a place, it looks like you had the best time!

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  11. Looks lovely sis, We are thinking about going to Turkey at half term! I need a holiday xx

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    1. It is beautiful Sis and so relaxing. It will also be relatively warm still in October x

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  12. It looks beautiful, it's been a few years since we went to Turkey, but would love to go again.

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  13. NO that looks amazing, the rooms look great the pool and beach too. I need to look into this place further I think.

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  14. This looks lovely but being honest after suffering such bad food poisoning in Eygpt, I have just avoid these kinds of places. Although this does look amazing.

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  15. It looks and sounds as though you had a fantastic time. Ive never really had Turkey listed as somewhere I have wanted to visit, well from my top 10 places I want to see that is.

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  16. What a great holiday!! The cabanas look amazing- totally my kinda thing!

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  17. Oh my gosh this looks like an insane holiday!!!!! Even better that it's the sort of thing you can enjoy with your family too.

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  18. It's good to know there are still some good places to go on a holiday to in Turkey.

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  19. The Aska Lara Resort Spa looks like a perfect place for family getaway. The place and the food look homey.

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  21. the pictures look absolutely amazing! never thought of Turkey as a holiday destination since we come from Barcelona and we can enjoy nice things back home but it could definitely be a great place to put on our wishlist for the next holidays. :)
    #theplaceswewillgolinky

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