The hotel is located in a small seaside resort a little too far from Antalya. It is frequented by a mostly young clientele who will not linger around the hotel for long but will usually head to the pebble beach for its water sports.
The Zena Resort Hotel is located on the west coast of Antalya (34 mi from its centre and 40 mi from the airport), in the village of Çamyuva (4 mi after Kemer). Allow at least an hour and a half to get to Antalya, on account of the tortuous hillside roads which are particularly awkward to navigate.
A new Turkish law regarding the banning of smoking in public places from 19 May 2008 does not seem to have reached the hotel, as it seems possible to light up in the lobby. However this does not unduly disturb the clients or the staff, though this might not last long.
The clientele is of varied age and origin; if there are some families, they are outnumbered by young couples and groups of friends. Russians are here in large numbers but also Germans, Israelis and French.
The hotel was built in 2004, and there is not much to say regarding the property or the wear and tear of the equipment. However, you could hardly say that the building is welcoming. The lobby is big and easily accessible; access to the rooms is quick. The floor below is occupied by a rudimentary gym and a modest spa. The restaurant resembles a canteen; careful as when it is very busy, the availability of tables (which are insufficiently spaced out) is such that losing your place to someone else is a strong risk.
All the activities can be found outside after having crossed the road. The amphitheatre has a different show every night. For thos who would like to experience some local entertainment, two evenings break up the week (the Turkish themed night and the gala). The miniclub is basic but good, the lawns and slides making up a playground.
In general, there are two types of room available at the Zena Resort: the standard (323 sq ft, three people) and the family room (592 sq ft, six people). Most of the rooms overlook the swimming pool and the neighbouring hotels; you cannot really talk about a sea view as it is past the road, the entertainment areas, etc. Inside, the decoration and furnishings provide a pleasant surprise, the style is retro-modern (1970s), the armchairs are orange and go well with the stripey bed sheets and tall, cylindrical lamps. This gives a vivacious atmosphere. The bathroom offers a few hospitality products, a hair-dryer, etc. The usual equipment really, including a television, telephone, a safe (for a fee), central air conditioning and a minibar restocked with water daily.
The 'all-inclusive' package is mandatory at the Zena Resort. You can therefore eat whenever you are hungry, at the Papaya. It is the main restaurant where local and international cuisine is served. If guests wish to change from the 'canteen' a table at the à la carte restaurant, the Peruna, which varies its meals, can always be booked: Italian, fish, 'Far East' and Turkish. In house drinks, whether alcoholic or not, are free, though this is not the case with fresh fruit juice and you are not allowed to bring your own drinks. Outside of meal times, if you are feeling peckish you can go to the pâtisserie corner (which serves ice cream from 4:00 to 5:00pm and then tea time from 5:00 to 6:00pm) or to the snack bar (open from midday to 4:00pm and from midnight to 1:00am). Six bars complete the hotel's facilities (you have to pay for the disco and the pub).
To get to the beach you must exit the hotel, cross a little road and go past the playground. You then arrive at the not very big (75m long), unsupervised pebble beach. The facilities are standard (sun loungers and parasols). The water is clear and you can dive into it from the jetty. The snack bar is situated just in front, near the sports fields and the amphitheatre. With regards to sports, a beach volleyball court has been created and a private club offers water activities for a fee. That's just about it.