The Amara Dolce Vita is rather like Las Vegas. Or Disneyland. It is a themed hotel complex, where every building has a particular architectural style and decor. For example the Venezia, the reception building, adorned with a square tower, does indeed look like a Venetian palace. The inside of the reception hall is impressive, with a glazed entrance façade and soaring ceiling from which a gigantic chandelier hangs. The floors are marble and a "Venus de Milo" replica is positioned against one wall. Guests are welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and small pieces of turkish delight sprinkled with coconut powder. The rooms are reached via a panoramic lift.
The basement houses the main restaurant, a luxurious spa, a fitness room and vitamin bar, and a big indoor swimming pool (at least 82 ft). In addition, amongst other things there is a complete shopping arcade (jewellers, hairdresser, florist, clothes shops, etc.), a gaming room and pub (Irish of course!).
The other residential buildings also have their own distinct style. Istanbul Street has a little alleyway running down its length, and its façades are an earth colour. Nestling further up in the immense park is a spa offering massages in wooden cabins. A mini zoo and a little ranch where four thoroughbreds patiently await their mounts are perched on a hill further on. Back down on ground level, beyond the sports ground with its eleven tennis courts, is an especially well-equipped and well-run mini-club.
However, that is not all; apart from the outdoor swimming pools (including one salt-water pool), there is a water park with six slides, a 2000-seat conference hall, and a theatre, where different events are presented every evening (guest appearances, "Miss" and "Mister" Amara Dolce Vita competitions, and professional shows: kung-fu, acrobatics, etc.).
It is obviously no easy task to describe a site so vast both in terms of its size (over 400 acres) and the number of activities on offer. Just remember that the Amara Dolce Vita is full of surprises, especially in terms of places where you can escape the crowds and their accompanying hubbub. It is above all a concept not necessarily to the taste of those who favour simplicity, privacy or authenticity.