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Hotel Club Grand Aqua Hotel 2 star
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tilkiler mevkii colakli manavgat antalya - side Antalya-Side, Turkey -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Club Grand Aqua, as its name suggests, is noteworthy for its water-based facilities, which really are as original as they are enjoyable. The hotel itself stands on a 6,9 acre site on the seafront and consists of six buildings made up of small ochre-coloured villas, all right at the water's edge. You might even be lucky enough to have one of the rooms where you can dive straight into the swimming pool from your terrace, and as if that weren't enough, guests at the Grand Aqua also have free access to the huge water park and swimming pools of the neighbouring Grand Side club. Families will absolutely love it here!

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The club is located in the tourist resort of Colakli, about 9 mi from the ancient town of Side in the Manavgat region, and 34 mi from Antalya airport, with a transfer time of around an hour.

    Accommodation 6.45 /10

    Most of the 234 guest rooms overlook the hotel's gardens, with only 60 of them boasting a view of the sea. The rooms are spacious but the decor has been kept to a strict minimum and there is a definite lack of light. The other major disappointment comes courtesy of the very unappealing plastic faux-parquet floor, which also gives off a strong unpleasant odour. Nevertheless, all the basic amenities are provided, including a satellite television, a safe available to hire, a well-stocked mini bar complete with tea and coffee making facilities, a direct phone line and a hair dryer, and all the rooms have a balcony.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The main swimming pool covers some 2800m and spans all six accommodation blocks at the Grand Aqua, incorporating various different channels where guests can enjoy a dip in the shade. There is also a large floating bar in the middle of the water for the ultimate in relaxation. The hotel also boasts a light and airy spa where guests can relax on the beautiful panoramic terrace overlooking the sea. If you're looking for something a little more fast-paced, fear not, as the hotel also has a huge, ultra-modern gym that will have you feeling brand new in no time, as well as four very well-maintained clay tennis courts that have the feel of a professional complex about them. The Amazon Water World water park at the Grand Side hotel, meanwhile, consists of 3,7 acres of waterfalls, water-filled grottoes, wave pools and slides, all set against a preserved natural backdrop. The children will be in their element here while the grown-ups relax in luxurious wooden deck chairs, ideal for a complete change of scenery and plenty of entertainment. It is worth noting that the Grand Aqua hotel has its own wave pool that swings into action every half an hour.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The main restaurant can accommodate 600 guests and serves a varied local and international cuisine as a buffet, with a pleasant terrace overlooking the swimming pool. The Grand Aqua also has two la carte restaurants, one serving Italian specialities, the other a fish restaurant. The Italian restaurant, with its white wooden decor and breathtaking views out to sea, deserves a special mention and is the perfect venue for a romantic dinner for two. Do be aware, though, that the la carte restaurants are only open from 15th May until 15th November, so those staying here out of season will not have the pleasure of trying them.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    The hotel stands just 300m from the beach. Set amid a palm grove and very peaceful, it is composed of white sand, which is unusual (but very fortunate) for this area. Showers and cushioned deck chairs are also provided, with pretty little straw huts dotted along this 150m-or-so stretch, and those who enjoy a game of beach volleyball will be pleased to know that there are two courts here.

    To know

    The hotel has its own farm, which produces 100% of the meat consumed here, as well as the cheese and vegetables served in the restaurants. It is interesting to note that French and Dutch cheeses are also served, which is not something you find very often in Turkey! Do remember that the Grand Aqua closes from early November until 1st February.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, massage, sauna, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      football, beach volley, step, gym, dance, aqua gym, aerobics, tennis, fitness, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The water park
    • The buildings right on the water's edge
    • The restaurant services

    disadvantages

    • The access to the beach
    • The accommodation

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