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Let me tell you all about my favorite stay in Antalya, especially if you have kids.
I know how hard it can be to travel with kids especially internationally.
Somehow having to make sure everyone is happy and taken care of in a foreign language. It is a full-time job in and of itself.
Having 4 children myself, and living in Istanbul, Turkey, I have become a bit of an expert.
As you get ready for your trip to Turkey with your family, let me tell you about this amazing resort in Antalya where we stayed.
You’re going to absolutely love it…and so will your kids!
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Haydarpasha Palace – the best Family Resort (all-inclusive) in Antalya
Once you’ve done the traditional Istanbul-based sightseeing with your kids (and you absolutely should take your kids to those sites), I recommend you take a week and enjoy some real rest and relaxation as a family in Antalya.
After all the walking, navigating big crowds, and public transit, put your feet up, poolside, and let someone else do the meal planning and the activity coordinating.
Antalya is warm and sunny most of the year, and it sits along the gorgeous, turquoise Mediterranean Sea.
Pro tip: Antalya is incredibly hot and humid in the summer. Make sure you drink plenty of water while you’re there.
It boasts lots of all-inclusive hotels, and many of them are great places for families to rest and relax and enjoy some time together because they’re designed with kids in mind!
If you can swing it, I even recommend booking this part of your trip with another family because if your kids are anything like mine, more friends means less fighting — win-win!
What makes the Haydarpasha All Inclusive Family Hotel in Antalya so great?
There are so many reasons but here are 5 that make this a fantastic destination for families:
1. Family-style suites that give kids and parents separate spaces
One of the most difficult things about traveling with kids is just finding an appropriate place to stay.
Putting everyone in one room often means no one is sleeping well, and that’s no way to vacation.
Check out the accommodations at Hydarpasha Palace that offer kids their own bedroom, their own bathroom, and a door that opens up to mom and dad’s space!
These suites are secure, private, clean, and perfect for families.
2. Kid-friendly food at all times
There are specified meal times for eating in the main dining area, and the gorgeous array of food choices can almost be overwhelming.
There are hot foods (like kebabs and pide), cold foods (like Turkish mezes), fresh fruit and salad options, fish, pasta, stews, and so many desserts it was hard to know what to try first!
Also available are kid-friendly choices like plain pasta and sauce, chicken nuggets, fruit, French fries, grilled cheese, etc, alongside the more sophisticated options for mom and dad (or kids with a more adventurous palette).
But even if you’re traveling with a picky eater who’s off his or her schedule, or if you want to avoid the crowd at the main dining area, things like fruit, salad, burgers, and pizza are available at many of the other cafes and restaurants on-site, all day long.
There’s even an ice cream bar.
Boom, everyone’s happy.
3. Supervised activities/babysitting
One magical thing about traveling with kids in Turkey is how much Turks really love children. They genuinely want your kids to be happy all the time.
So they offer activities in the kids’ area by the splash pad, and you can drop off your precious little dumplings at specified times of the day and let them play games and make crafts with the trained (and English-speaking) staff there.
Meanwhile, you and your partner can enjoy the adults-only swimming pool, visit the coffee shop, or take a peaceful walk on the gorgeous Mediterranean beach, all without leaving the hotel grounds.
4. Floatie-friendly pools and water slides
The pool is massive, with plenty of room for everyone, and the staff is perfectly happy for your little ones to float on and enjoy whatever rainbow-colored inflatable mythical creature he or she currently prefers.
Bring the diving rings, the water guns, all of it — just be sure to throw a spare in your suitcase, as the toys and floaties available in the on-site shops can be a tad pricey.
There is water-based fun for all ages, from the toddler-friendly splash pad to a water-bouncy mountain to massive slides that even mom and dad might like to go down a few times.
5. Special drinks
I hesitate to include this as an “attraction,” but my kids are still talking about the “kids’ cocktails” that were offered at the poolside bar (in plastic, pool-safe cups, of course).
The special drinks had different names, like Mickey Mouse and Cinderella, and were various mixes of Sprite, fruit juice, and flavored syrups.
Our kids felt so, so special, floating in their colorful inner tubes, sipping their kids-only drinks, soaking up the sun, and it just reminded me how truly family friendly these kinds of special places in Turkey are.
Those details matter, and they mattered a lot to my kids.
There are many all-inclusive hotels in Antalya, and the details of their accommodations will vary of course, but our experience was at the Haydarpasha Palace.
So if you want to enjoy a week on the Mediterranean coast, soaking up the sunshine and sipping Mickey Mouses along with your kiddos, book your stay there — and see if you can get some friends to come with you!
A word of warning:
As beautiful and relaxing as these all-inclusive places can be, there are a few things that could cause some stress.
1. Packed House
If you come during peak summer months, be prepared for the place to be full. It doesn’t mean you can’t find a quiet spot, but it might mean that your pool chair is in the second row.
2. Different Cultures
Europeans and Russians especially enjoy Turkey as a vacation destination, with good reason, but you should be prepared to encounter families who vacation differently than you — like, in a Speedo… letting naked toddlers splash in the baby pool… or waiting in line “differently” than you do.
This is another reason to plan your trip with a family friend — so you can laugh about these cultural differences together!
Either way, put on your Patient Pants and don’t let it get under your skin.
3. Get the best rooms
I recommend asking for a room on the outside wall of the U-shaped hotel.
The inside wall will offer a better view of the pool, of course, but the nighttime entertainment (which is sort of night-club-ish) can be very loud, so kids will likely sleep better further away from all that.
For travel details, talk with the hotel!
They’re very helpful, and they’ll often arrange transport to and from the airport to make life even easier for you.
If you prefer to rent a car for extra travel, DiscoverCars is my favorite for car rentals.
All-inclusive resorts are definitely a great option if you’re looking for a hotel that everyone in your family can enjoy…especially if you go to one like Haydarpasha Palace.
With its indoor and outdoor pools, play area, kids’ club, and water park, you are all sure to find fun in the sun. (The outdoor pools are seasonal so make sure you check if you’re going off-season).
While it doesn’t have a private beach area, there is an underground tunnel to grant safe beach access.
This family resort hotel is sure to please you as it ticks all the boxes. Your kids will be happy which means you’ll be happy.
Before you come check out a few things you should know before you visit and the
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Turkey vacation basics
When I plan a trip these are the websites I use. Hope they help you plan your next adventure as well!
VISAS: You can use the free e-visa portal here but for a few extra dollars you can use iVisa and someone else will handle any issues that may come up.
E-SIM: When I traveled to SE Asia I discovered e-sims and I’m never going back. Airalo has been easy and cheap!
TRAVEL INSURANCE: I use TravelInsurance.com for my trips abroad.
CAR RENTAL: I have loved working with Discover Cars when I rent cars in country.
ACCOMMODATION: Find the best Turkey hotel deals on Booking.com.
CITY TOURS & DAY TRIPS: You can browse GetYourGuide’s website to find just the tour you’re looking for!