If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I booked an incredibly last-minute holiday. Usually I’m very much a forward planner but that didn’t happen this time, I really needed a break I haven’t been on holiday for two years and after everything I’ve been through I just needed to get away. I booked the holiday on Sunday 24thJune and we flew out on Wednesday 27thJune so as you can imagine I was running around like a crazy person to get things bought, packed and sorted.
This was my first holiday as a mummy and as much as I was excited I was equally nervous travelling with 22-month-old. I wanted this holiday to be really special so I did go a bit all out on the hotel. We went to Antalya (Turkey) for 7 days, I booked the holiday package through Thomas Cook as they had the best deal and an additional £100 off for holidays to Turkey. I also took my mum along as a I was a little nervous just travelling alone with Leila, my mum and I haven’t been on holiday together for 18 years! I originally was looking at hotels in Lara Beach purely because the transfer time from the airport was only 20 minutes but they were extortionately priced. So I opted for the next best neighbouring town called Belek which was 40 minutes from the airport.
We stayed at The Sherwood Dreams which was a 4* hotel (5* in my opinion) and the facilities were absolutely amazing. I opted for a 24 hour all-Inclusive holiday purely because I wanted a really chilled out week away where I had everything within the hotel and wouldn’t have to venture out. However, just outside the hotel there was a little market and Belek City Centre was a 30 minute taxi ride away.
The room we had was a family room with a side-seafront view and my god the view was stunning. Even though we were facing the pools we once the balcony doors were closed it was sound proof and we couldn’t hear a thing. The room had a single bed, a double bed and a travel cot. There was centrally controlled air conditioning, LCD TV, tea and coffee making families, in-room minibar which is restocked daily with soft drinks and water, a hairdryer, shower room and a great size balcony. The hotel has only been open for 8 months so everything was incredibly new and super clean it was definitely a good choice and perfect for couples as well as families with children.
There were equally a great range of pools and waterslides which I should add were amazing, I definitely relived my childhood on them. There were also pools just for toddlers (80cm deep) which was great for Leila. Previously when I’ve been away on holiday there tends to be wars over sun lounges or people save them from a ridiculous time in the morning. There was no such madness at the hotel, there were amples of lounges no matter what time people were coming to the pool or the beach for that matter.
Food and Amenities
The food, drink and snack selections were incredible, there was so much choice it was unreal. There was also a designated children’s section at meal times with specific foods for children and their very own seating areas. The food displays were also stunning, clearly a lot of time and effort goes into preparing such an array of food and desserts. The beauty of going all inclusive is there is no restriction to how much you can eat. Throughout the day there were snack bars situated near the pools which served burgers, pizzas etc and also waffle and ice cream huts. There were also two à la carte restaurants; an International and an Italian. We could choose to eat at one during the course of our stay, we opted for Italian.
Although the food was lovely I didn’t really enjoy the meat selections and I did find it really bland, I think being Indian I’ve grown up eating spicy food but apart from those tiny gripes it was fab.
The hotel had entertainment throughout the day as well as the evening and my god it was amazing! There was also a kids club who put on exclusive entertainment for the children each evening. Whilst in the Amphitheater there were themed nights from Turkish dancers to HipHop nights. Whilst we were there they also had a Sherwood Dreams Garden Party for the children with a variety of bouncy castles, magicians, acrobats followed by a BBQ. It was amazing and so well organised.
The hotel is on a sea front location which allows easy access to the private beach there were plenty of water sports to take part in (if you’re into that) but I opted to use the beach as a place to simply relax and enjoy the view.
The hotel also had a variety of different shops which sold souvenirs, handbags, beach essentials, toiletries etc. There was also a fair called ‘Dreamland‘ which was open each evening but unfortunately only three of the rides were working whilst we were there. I would have loved to take Leila on the Ferris Wheel but it was out of order.
There’s also a games room, gym, sauna and Spa which can be used whenever you want. The Spa has a Turkish Bath which you also don’t need to pay additionally for however if you want additional treatments they’re not inclusive.
The WiFi at Sherwood Dreams was amazing, you could access the WiFi everywhere on the resort including poolsides and the beach! Usually when I’ve been away on holiday WiFi has always been restricted to the Lobby area. I should also mention that all the staff at the hotel are incredibly friendly and helpful, nothing was ever too much for them.
So there you have it guys my first holiday with Leila and it was by far one the best holiday I’ve ever been on. I would definitely recommend this hotel especially to those of you who have children, you’ll have an amazing time. I think the holiday blues have lasted so long because it was such a fab holiday! On a side note since I’ve been back I’ve had a few people message me on social media asking if I can do a blog post with some ‘Travel Tips’ it’s on my list of blog posts to write so stay tuned for that one.
Have you been to Turkey? What hotel would you recommend?