I have just returned from my stay at the Cornelia - 3 nights for pleasure and 3 for work. For the all inclusive nightly rate that I paid, I thought it was good value for money - however, I believe this was a discounted rate due to the conference I was attending and to be fair, I wouldn't have paid any more.
Hotel - the set up is very impressive with a vast array of bars, restaurants, pools, sunbathing areas and a large stretch of beach. There is also an amphitheatre, nightclub, water park, mini golf and what looked like a huge children's play area.
Accommodation - gorgeous room with sea-view and balcony overlooking the complex. Free mini bar, safe, room service and beach towels! It had everything you could need, including the prettiest and most comprehensive set of toiletries I've ever seen!
Food - for all-inclusive, head to the huge Diamond buffet restaurant or the poolside Dome bar. You must pay a supplement for the rest of the restaurants. I have never in my life seen so much choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus ice cream, a midnight buffet, Turkish pastries mid-morning in the lobby, it was just endless! The food was plentiful, well stocked and of a good standard but it was still mass produced, buffet fare so I couldn't call the quality excellent.
Drink - I was very impressed with the service. I was constantly offered drinks and refills, something that I thought would not be as readily available, considering it was all-inclusive and they weren't making any extra money out of me! The range too was excellent and a lot of branded spirits and good quality cocktails were included.
Service - there were SO many staff at the resort, it was incredible! My only criticism was the poor level of English they all spoke. Now I know this is Turkey and why SHOULD they speak English but this was a tourist resort on a massive scale with global appeal and realistically, a good grasp of the universal language should be a must.
Facilities - I didn't use either of them but I heard good comments about the huge spa on-site and the golfing facilities. There are several small shops in the resort - a poorly stocked, slightly sad looking general store plus very expensive handbag, jewellery, clothing and sunglasses outlets.
Currency - I took £100 worth of Turkish lira to cover taxis to and from the airport plus any incidentals. Randomly, I was quoted a price in Euros at the airport taxi rank and even the shops at the hotel wanted Euros. Plus the cost of the visa at the airport (total con, made me very annoyed) is supposed to be paid in pounds, Euros or US dollars!! So my advice would be not to bother with lira!
All in all, a very impressive resort and for those looking for sun, good service and an all-inclusive holiday on a massive scale, you can't go far wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cornelia Diamond is a 5 Star luxury Golf & Spa Resort based on 200.000 sqm of land. The hotel has a wide selection of different types and styles of rooms, villas and suites. The resort boasts a 250 sqm private beach and 8 pools including indoor, aquapark and childrens pool and jacuzzis. With a total of 10 restaurants (8 a la carte) the cuisine ranges from traditional Turkish to Far East and has 10 bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort And Spa
- Cornelia Diamond Golf Hotel Belek
- Cornelia Diamond Hotel
- Cornelia Diamond Resort All Inclusive