Five exciting things Andiamo Amigos did in Kemer Turkey

Our summer 2020 holiday we found ourselves exploring Kemer, Turkey as travelling options were limited.  It was was my first visit to Turkey as Chris has been to before but not to this area.  I’d only ever transited through Istanbul airport so that doesn’t count. 

Hotel Barut Kemer
Hotel Barut Kemer

How did we get to Turkey and who did we book with?

We booked our holiday through TUI and flew on TUI airlines from Manchester direct to Antalya.   The flight was approx 3hrs 45 mins and it was  a really nice flight. 

On board flight services 

There were drinks and snacks to buy and full entertainment including movies, radio, sports and news channels to watch.  Remember to take your own earphones to plug in so you don’t have to buy any. 

All in all it was a really pleasant flight and it did what it said on the tin.

We’ve arrived at Antalya!

At Antalya airport it was easy to find the Tui area and there were plenty of staff around to make sure you got to the correct bus stand and the bus that would take you to your hotel.  The journey was only about 30 mins or so the bus was air conditioned and the journey was good.   

Where did we stay in Kemer?

Our hotel was the Barut Kemer and we had booked an all inclusive package.  

The hotel had loads of facilities including: 
  • 5 pools including a baby pool & and indoors pool
  • Pool side and Beach side loungers as well as a pontoon that stretched right out to the sea
  • A main buffet style restaurant and 5 other a la carte restaurants to choose from as well as 2 snack bar restaurant by the pool area.
  • Full entertainment team offering a variety of entertainment including aqua aerobics, rifle shooting, boules, crazy golf, yoga, pilates and evening shows
  • A shop which sold toiletries, snacks and gifts
  • A hairdresser & barber
  • A Spa
  • A gym
  • 3 bars including a poolside bar 
  • Watersports (additional costs)
  • TUI rep to book trips with and answer any resort questions
  • Games room with bowling, pool and arcade games
  • Clothes, leather, jewellery and fur shop.

 

The hotel rooms 

The rooms were bright an airy with good bathrooms and comfortable beds.  They were serviced daily and had a mini bar that was restocked regularly.  There was a safe in the room and a television as well as a large balcony area with seating and drying rack for wet bathing suits and towels.  The hotel had different sizes of rooms available from single, double, family and deluxe.  Something for everyone. 

The staff 

The hotel staff from the bar staff, to the restaurant staff and the entertainments team were brilliant and really made you feel special.  Nothing was too much trouble and they’d try and accommodate any reasonable request. 

All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone.  Fantastic experience.

Kemer
Parasailing at Kemer

5 things we tried and loved in and around Kemer

 1 – Gorluk Canyon

This trip is a must for any adrenalin junkie as at the canyon there’s zip lining, canyoning and other activities to try.  Click here to find out more about our experience there. 

2 – A visit to Phaselis

Just down the coast from Kemer is this little town on the Lycian Way filled with ancient Roman buildings and cool clear water to swim in.  A really fantastic site with loads to see.  Click here for more information about our trip there.

3 – A trip up the cable car to mount Olympos

If you like spectacular views and have a head for heights then this trip is for you.  Take the cable car up to the top of Mount Olympus and the views will take your breath away.  For some stunning pictures and more info click here.

4 – A visit to the village of Olimpos

Like Phaselis this is a village, down the coast where you can walk amongst the historical ruins and chill on the beach, so relaxing and really easy to get to.  Click this link for our tale of our visit here. 

5 – Parasailing trip from the hotel

Every day we’d see the boats leave the Watersport centre in front of the hotel on the beach and unwind their sails and couples would fly across the sky and we wanted to do that too.   It cost around €80 per couple for the boat trip and parasail and then we paid an additional €30 for our pictures.  I’m so glad we did it, it was a fantastic experience. 

Phaselis
The ancient amphitheatre at Phaselis

Booking resources for your trip

Flights

You can compare cheap flights on the Expedia platform or here on the Aviasales website.  Both will give you a good idea of how much its going to cost you to get to your chosen destination.

Accommodation

We have always tended to use Booking.com having said that if your on a tight budget another good site to try as a comparison is Hostelworld, If your looking to compare different sites you can do that on Hotellook, we tend to look on here first to make sure we are getting the best deal.

Tours & Tickets

You can book your visits as you go at the entrance to your chosen attraction or site.  Or you could use the following links to book in advance or just to find out what your choices are in the area. GetYourGuide and Tiqets are our go to choices you could try Viator to see how they compare.

For a full list check out our resources page. Don’t forget always shop around to find the best deal for you. What works for us should be good for you but it’s always reassuring to check.

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