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Hotel Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa Hotel 5 star
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Sarigerme Tourism Center, PO11, Sarigerme Dalaman, Turkey -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa is a large, five-star all-inclusive offering on the coast in Sarigerme, and tucked away from the tourist centres of Marmaris or Fethiye. It is also one of the most convenient resorts to Dalaman airport. You could easily be kept busy here but should you wish to venture out and explore the nightlife of Marmaris for example, you'll need wheels. Don't miss out on the spa, one of the loveliest we saw in the region.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa is located in Sarigerme, where the Dalaman River meets the Aegean Sea. A quick drive from Dalaman Airport, the hotel is very handy for early flight departures, etc. The better-known tourist spots such as Marmaris and Fethiye are at least an hour away.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    Accommodation at the Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa is pleasant, comfortable and calm. Standard rooms are the same size as deluxe rooms, if not slightly larger due to the absence of direct access to one of the outdoor pools. For this reason alone we recommend a deluxe room - no need to trail through the corridors and lobby to go for a dip!

    Standard rooms vary in size between 26m and 40m while deluxe rooms come in at 34m. They feature the same dcor, that is, a tasteful, contemporary style that combines pale mocha and soft aqua shades (from the cushions to the curtains and the bathroom tiles) with teak furnishings. With king-size beds and soft linens, the room provides a good night's sleep as there is also little noise. There's a mounted flat screen television and large furnished balcony while the spacious bathroom features a window that overlooks the bedroom. The toilet is separate from the sink and vanity area which is again separate from the large bathtub and shower. We also found it very useful to have an iron and ironing board in the rooms, saving frantic calls to housekeeping.

    The Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa also boasts 12 junior suites; situated on various corners of the building they boast great views over the Dalaman River, the sea and pool areas. They feature two separate rooms, a Jacuzzi in the bathroom, spacious balcony and kitchenette.

    Overview 8.95 /10

    The resort features a very modern entrance; its curved roof and spacious lobby were designed by a celebrated local architect. Contemporary furnishings and unique light fittings (birds in flight suspended from the ceiling) combined with an orchard of (fake) orange trees are a different approach from your run-of-the-mill beach resort. You'll probably be overwhelmed with the 'new' smell of the hotel as it was built in 2009 - the new kid on the block. It features 410 rooms but set out across four floors only, so with at least 100 rooms per floor, it can be a long walk from your room to the lobby or other areas of the hotel.

    On the lower ground floor of the main building guests will find a handful of boutiques as well as most of the restaurants and 'bar street,' an all-in-one cluster of the resort's drinking spots. The resort boasts spacious grounds and while they are awash in flowers and some greenery, there is little by way of natural shade. From outside we can appreciate the low-rise buildings that allow for glimpses of the mountainous landscape.

    There really is something for everyone. Besides two heated indoor pools, there are several other outdoor pools including one measuring 8000m which meanders across the lawns, and another with waterslides. A host of sun loungers are neatly arranged beneath parasols and sail shades. A wooden bridge links two of the pools and a large whirlpool bath sits at the centre of another, rendered semi-private thanks to a gazebo-like structure draped with white curtains. There are a number of shallow areas for the kids, as well as poolside wooden deck areas and grassy patches. There are no tall palm trees though, so make sure you've got your sunscreen and parasol if you can't stand the heat. Various snack bars are adjacent to the pool area, as is the resort amphitheatre, used for evening entertainment. There's a great mini club only a few steps away, with a large play park, bright activities area and kids' wading pool with own waterslide.

    Sporty types will have no trouble keeping in shape here. There are six tennis courts available for use, but guests may also play a game of squash, ping pong or football by the beach. There is also a daily activity program that features walking, mountain biking, morning gym, beach volleyball, water polo, water basketball or even Oriental and Latin dance classes. The enormous 24-hour fitness room overlooks the gardens and is equipped with flat screen televisions and many modern machines. Nearby is the wonderful spa facility with a range of pleasantly decorated treatment rooms and relaxation areas; the Cleopatra room, perfect for couples, contains two massage beds, Jacuzzi, bathroom with rain shower and a sauna with a floor to ceiling window. A long and narrow indoor pool is set off by the exquisite tile detail in it and on the walls. The spa's highlight however is the Turkish bath decorated in traditional Ottoman style, and the beautiful statues and pearly mosaics that we admire before entering. There are open areas as well as more intimate alcoves; however there is also a 'VIP' Turkish bath that can be privatised.

    Food and drink 9.70 /10

    Just as you won't get bored here, you certainly won't go hungry either, with seven restaurants at guests' disposal, plus the various snack bars. Dining at the main restaurant is included in the meal plan however the remaining restaurants incur a 'cover charge' of 10 Euros (except the Tao Far East Restaurant which requires a payment of 15 Euros and Finesse which is la carte). The other restaurants are Greek, Italian, Turkish, fish and fine dining so there is something for all tastes if the buffet selection gets a bit repetitive.

    Like the rest of the hotel, the restaurants are stylishly decorated (leather lounges, chandeliers, banquette seating) and each has its own colour theme (green for Italian, red and black for the Far East, purple for fine dining...). Most restaurants also have both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Guests eating at Finesse Restaurant (fine dining) will experience tailor made meals - just order what you wish to eat the same morning. Vela (fish restaurant) is located on the riverside in something that resembles a sailing boat, with a splendid roof deck for alfresco dining.

    Meanwhile, the main restaurant is a huge room with several buffet stations and chefs that cook in front of you. There is always a large variety at all meals and the quality of the food, for an 'all-inclusive' resort is very good. We recommend eating outdoors on the terrace dotted with palms and bougainvillea.

    The bars are found in one area known as 'bar street,' where guests can choose from a wine bar with carved wooden ceilings, the whiskey bar featuring ornate chandeliers and a curved marble bar, the Oyster and Champagne Bar, a Greek 'tavern,' and even a disco with sunken floor, mirrored walls and huge glitter ball. The only shame is that all of these are indoors...

    Beach 7.20 /10

    While the beach is nothing extraordinary to look at, the beach is quiet and calm thanks to the resort's secluded location. It is also protected as sea turtles use it as a nesting ground. The sand is far from being fine and golden (this is normal in this region of Turkey), but there are wooden deck walkways for ease of access, plenty of sun loungers and straw parasols as well as lifeguard supervision between 9:00am and 7:00pm. A snack hut is on hand for beachside 'gozleme' (stuffed savoury pancake, a local specialty). Water sports are available but cost extra.

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    To know

    There are plans to open a golf course sometime in 2012.
    The resort is open between April and November.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, basketball, golf, mountain bike, dance, archery, squash, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The range of restaurants
    • The wide range of facilities
    • The comfortable rooms
    • The spa
    • 15 minute drive to the airport

    disadvantages

    • Some rooms can be quite a walk from the lobby and other common areas
    • Far from the sights of Marmaris or Fethiye

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score -/10