Take a look at the best luxury hotels in Side.
The 359-room Aydinbey King’s Palace Spa & Resort is an upscale all-inclusive with an excellent sandy beach and good food. There is always something going on here, thanks to daily entertainment for all ages, a water park with three slides, a large family pool, and a fun kids’ club with indoor and outdoor activities. Those seeking a quiet spot can find some peace around the Relax Pool or at the spa, which offers a wide array of massages, and free access to a hammam, a sauna, a steam room, and a whirlpool. While clean and well equipped with minibars (replenished daily free of charge), LCD TVs, and electric kettles, rooms are a little bland and lack Wi-Fi. Similarly priced Crystal Palace Luxury Resort & Spa has more elegant rooms, but food gets better reviews at the King’s Palace.
The 259-room Commodore Elite Suites & Spa is an upscale adult-only resort located on a sandy beach a short drive from the historic city of Side. The vibe at this all-inclusive is quiet and relaxing, with just a few fitness classes in the morning, and professional shows in the evening. Rooms are spacious and contemporary, with free Wi-Fi, free minibars (replenished daily) and LCD TVs. All have balconies -- most with at least partial sea views -- but open bathrooms may make some guests uncomfortable. The buffet spread is smaller than at similarly priced hotels, but food is tasty and of good quality, and there are two a la cartes and two snack bars for those seeking more choice. Couples looking for something a little livelier may want to compare rates at the Turquoise Resort Hotel & Spa.
The 351-room Barut Hemera is an upscale all-inclusive located right on a long beach about a half-hour walk from Side’s historic center. Though it is not as new as some of its neighbors, the resort features all the basics for a fun, relaxing vacation, including several pools, entertainment for adults and children, a lovely spa, and good food. The all-inclusive package is on par with those of more luxurious properties -- it covers all premium drinks, as well as unlimited meals at the a la carte restaurants, free use of the spa facilities (massages available for a fee), and free daily restocking of minibars. Rooms are simple but well-equipped, with comfortable beds, furnished balconies, and extras such as pillow menus, robes, and slippers. Couples may prefer the quieter Turquoise Resort Hotel & Spa.
The 429-room Ali Bey Resort Sorgun is one of the most luxurious all-inclusive properties in the area. Its rooms are gorgeous, with elegant Ottoman design, marble bathrooms with jetted tubs and all-natural Pure Herbs toiletries, and high-end touches such as free wine and snacks in the minibar, turndown service with chocolates, and pillow menus. Its water park is one of the best around, with plenty of slides for all ages, a pool with music and activities, a kiddy pool, and a quieter family pool. There is an additional adult-only pool set in the woods. Food is excellent in the a la carte restaurants, but while the buffet offers a huge quality spread, it varies little, and some find it repetitive after a few days. The large spa offers indoor and outdoor massages, and the gym is renowned for its fitness programs.
The 514-room Crystal Sunrise Queen Luxury Resort & Spa is an upscale all-inclusive located on a long beach a short drive from Side. The resort offers a wide range of amenities for families -- several pools, a small water park, and a kids’ club -- but there are also adult-only areas for those seeking some peace and quiet. The spa is pleasant and relaxing, with indoor and outdoor massage rooms, and a free-to-use area with a hammam, sauna, and steam room. Food generally gets good reviews, and the four themed a la carte eateries offer additional variety. Rooms are a tad worn but comfortable, and feature free Wi-Fi, minibars (replenished daily), flat-screen TVs, and balconies, most of which offer at least side sea views. Travelers seeking something livelier may prefer the similarly priced Aydinbey King’s Palace Spa & Resort.
The upscale Sentido Perissia certainly doesn’t lack options for entertainment, dining, or wellness. The all-inclusive beachfront property counts eight restaurants (with ingredients sourced from its own farm), four bars, four pools, dedicated activities for children, a Turkish hammam and spa, water sports, and evening discos among its many amenities. The family-friendly vibe and clean facilities make this a solid choice for those who seek a full resort experience. The rooms are well-appointed and often attached to balconies, but some of the bathrooms are small for families. All-day pool music and crowds can make for constant noise and long lines at the buffets. For an all-inclusive, adult-only hotel, check rates at the beachfront Barut Andiz.
Everything at the luxury Royal Dragon Hotel screams "mega all-inclusive resort." Its themed Asian-inspired design is impressive, it has one of the largest water parks in the region, and the all-inclusive package offers 24-hour food and drinks. The hotel’s 564 rooms are spacious and upscale, with striking Asian-inspired decor, free Wi-Fi, free minibars with beer (replenished daily free of charge), and electric kettles. Few have full sea views, but all feature furnished balconies wth pool or garden views. The hotel's many restaurants and snack bars offer a variety of world cuisines and small bites, but some guests complain that quality is just average. The hotel is mostly geared toward German families and can get busy, but the Royal Dragon is one of the best picks in Side for those seeking a bustling all-inclusive property.
The 486-room Turquoise Resort Hotel & Spa is a mellow luxury all-inclusive with beautiful, serene grounds, an active entertainment team, and an excellent beach. The atmosphere around the main pool is lively during the day, with music and activities, but those seeking a quieter spot can relax by the adult-only pool or at the beach, complete with two long piers and a bar. Candles and Buddha statues decorate the spa, which offers a wide array of massages and treatments, as well as free access to a hammam, a sauna, and a relaxation room. The main restaurant serves a great spread, but a la cartes get mixed reviews, and the booking system can be annoying to some. Rooms are clean, with big French beds, flat-screen TVs, and minibars (restocked daily free of charge). Lake House units offer access to a private pool shared with a few other rooms, and a private restaurant. The hotel is popular with couples, but there is also a great kids’ club with a water park.
The 509-room Crystal Palace Luxury Resort & Spa is an upscale all-inclusive property with large pools and an active entertainment program. It offers direct access to a great, sandy beach with loungers and a snack bar serving a small buffet and afternoon sweets. There are a fitness center, tennis courts, and mini-golf, but the highlight here is the spa, which offers a long list of body treatments and free access to a hammam, sauna, and snow, salt, and steam rooms. Food at the main restaurant is good but can get repetitive after a few days, and the a la carte eateries get mixed reviews. Rooms are clean and appealing, with classic Ottoman-inspired decor, balconies, minibars (replenished daily), free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. In this price range, sister property Crystal Tat Beach Golf Resort & Spa has a mellower vibe.
The 688-room Club Hotel Turan Prince World is a family-friendly all-inclusive with a lively atmosphere, good food, and a sandy beach with lots of loungers and a pier. The large water park is a definite highlight, but there are also a mini zoo, a kids’ club, and several other pools to keep children busy. The spa offers a wide array of treatments and massages in a soothing space with lots of stone and wood accents, and all guests get free access to a hammam and a sauna. Rooms are clean and have flat-screen TVs, free minibars, and balconies, but Club Rooms are small and generic, with no Wi-Fi or electric kettles, and plain decor. Select Rooms are elegant and stylish, and provide private access to a shared pool and an a la carte restaurant. The Evren Beach Resort Hotel & Spa is another family-friendly option worth considering.