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Best resorts in Turkey for families: top family-friendly hotels according to parents

If long sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters and kid-friendly hotels sound tempting – add Turkey to your holiday destination list. Unsure where to make your base? Here are the family hotels in Turkey that Mumsnetters love.

By Jenny Elliott | Last updated Nov 24, 2021

Family resorts in Turkey

Turkey has long been a favourite with families looking for a sunshine-drenched holiday without the hefty price tag of many European destinations. And it’s undoubtedly true that the Turkish Riviera offers plenty of bang for your buck - with hotels brimming with waterslides, private beaches and well-run kids’ clubs. Heck, some even have funfairs and theme parks!

The difficulty can be knowing where in this vast country to stay. That’s why we’ve consulted the ever-knowledgeable Mumsnet forums to select the best family hotels in Turkey, whatever your budget or needs. 

1. Best overall family hotel in Turkey: Royal Wings Hotel Antalya

Royal Wings Hotel

Royal Wings Hotel Antalya, 5* all-inclusive | Check availability

Stroll through the palm-fringed gardens of this five-star all-inclusive hotel, and you’ll soon reach a sandy beach and deep blue Mediterranean waters. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the vast swimming pools and waterpark, featuring nine (count ‘em) waterslides. 

Not that the entertainment stops there. Younger guests will love the mini funfair and kids’ club. Parents, on the other hand, may prefer the fitness classes and spa. The Royal Wings’ rooms check all the family-friendly boxes too: the modern standards include a double and single bed, whereas the family duplex suites allow everyone to spread out. 

There are no long, tedious transfers as you’re less than ten miles from Antalya International Airport. This good-value hotel is also a stone’s throw from popular Lara Beach.  

What Mumsnet users say:

“So good we went back again! Excellent food and all-inclusive. Lovely winding swimming pool through the resort, a small funfair and a small splash park with slides.” - DollyDaydreamss

Min price per night: £132

2. Best all-inclusive family hotel in Turkey: Xanadu Resort Hotel

Xanadu Resort Hotel

Xanadu Resort Hotel Belek, 5* all-inclusive | Check availability

Xanadu Resort Hotel is a great all-inclusive choice for families who fancy plenty of activities but also want the chance to kick back in beautiful surroundings. 

The hotel’s main pillar-framed pool is something of a showstopper. That said, kids will undoubtedly make a beeline to the aquapark. Well, at least when they’re not busy at the private beach, kids’ club, mini funfair, playground or bowling alley.

In fact, with an array of restaurants onsite, as well as a spa and access to an 18-hole golf course, you may opt to stay cocooned in your 5-star holiday bubble. If you are feeling adventurous, though, you’re on the doorstep of the coastal town of Belek and a 30-minute drive from the ancient city of Perge. 

What Mumsnet users say:

“Hotel Xanadu in Belek Turkey is a good, hassle-free option. It's all-inclusive and has everything you need. They do a kids’ buffet, and the adult version would satisfy even the fussy eaters. Good value for money.” - KateFletch

Min price per night: £152

3. Best budget family hotel in Turkey: Bitez Yali Han Hotel

Bitez Yali Han Hotel - Best Family Hotels in Turkey

Bitez Yali Han Hotel, 2* half-board | Check availability

This family-owned hotel promises lazy, sun-kissed days by the Aegean Sea. Follow a hearty buffet breakfast by wandering the few steps to Bitez’s picture-postcard beach. The calm, clean water here is ideal for little ones – just be sure to pack beach shoes as the sand can be gravelly underfoot. Alternatively, pull up a sun lounger while the kids splash about in the good-sized pool. 

The 16 spotless rooms offer unfussy comfort, and each comes with a balcony or terrace to relax on once the children have gone to bed. This tranquil base is within easy reach of the many attractions of lively Bodrum. 

Min price per night: £66

4. Best five-star family hotel in Turkey: Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa

Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa - Best Family Hotels in Turkey

Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa, 5* all-inclusive | Check availability

This all-inclusive, five-star resort on Turkey’s ‘Turquoise Coast’ excels at spoiling its guests. Not only are there ten pools – including a waterpark – but the expansive grounds include a gym, tennis courts and a private beach.

 Children aged 4–11 can have a blast trampolining or creating artistic masterpieces in the kid’s club. Meanwhile, parents can slink off to the 6,000 square metre spa and wellness centre. Gather together for mealtimes, where the kid’s buffet should cater for even the pickiest eater. 

The family rooms and villas come with pillow menus and soundproofing to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

What Mumsnet users say: 

“We love the Dalaman region. We stayed at a Hilton resort near Dalaman airport, which was one of the best all-inclusive resorts we have ever stayed in. So many pools, nice beach and great food and entertainment.” - Girlmum2020

Min price per night: £154

5. Best family hotel in Turkey with a waterpark: The Land Of Legends Kingdom Hotel

Land of Legends

The Land Of Legends Kingdom Hotel, 5* all-inclusive | Check availability

Want a family hotel with wow factor? While staying at this five-star property in Belek, you’ll get free access to the largest aquapark in Turkey, with its 40 slides and wave pool. What’s more, adrenaline seekers can check out the rides in the Land Of Legends Kingdom theme park, including the 62-metre-high Hypercoaster. 

The interconnected rooms and suites have been designed with families in mind, and all feature an integrated PlayStation 4. There’s also a well-equipped kids’ club: ideal for parents who are keen to make the most of the award-winning spa. 

What Mumsnet users say: 

“Land of Legends in Antalya is fab for the children!” - MrsPerfect12

Min price per night: £145

6. Best family beach resort in Turkey: Liberty Hotel Lykia

Liberty Hotels Lykia - Best Family Hotels in Turkey

Liberty Hotel Lykia, 5* all-inclusive | Check availability

Liberty Hotel Lykia makes a family-friendly base in one of Turkey’s most beautiful spots. Close to Ölüdeniz, with its sheltered blue lagoon beach and lush national park, the hotel’s landscaped grounds contain freshwater pools and activities galore.

Kids will love the waterslides, splash park, playground and kids’ club. Parents, who want some well-earned downtime, can head to the adult-only pool or for a Turkish bath at the spa. Then, of course, there’s the 750-metre-long private beach where you can dip your toes in the aquamarine water. For mealtimes, choose between seven restaurants, including some good child-friendly options. 

What Mumsnet users say:

“We always go to this place at Ölüdeniz. It’s amazing and a couple of miles from the Blue Lagoon beach that is on every Turkey advert.” - Toomuchleopard

Min price per night: £157

7. Best family resort in Turkey: Ela Excellence Resort Belek

Ela Quality Resort Belek - Best Family Hotels in Turkey

Ela Excellence Resort Belek, 5* all-inclusive | Check availability

With its large family rooms, this elegant all-inclusive resort is understandably popular with Mumsnetters who love the range of activities. Not only is there a children’s pool with slides for different ages, but depending on the season, children can help pick olives in the shady groves or plant flowers in the garden. Toddlers through to primary-aged kids will also adore the miniature play world – a perfect setting for little people with big imaginations. 

If you fancy taking it easy, the resort’s seven restaurants and the pristine stretch of beach mean there’s no need to leave. However, you’re close to waterparks, ancient ruins and excellent golf courses should you get itchy feet. 

What Mumsnet users say:

“Ela Quality Resort has nice duplex two-bedroom family rooms and a decent pool complex with slides.” - Ricekrispie22

Min price per night: £180

8. Best family hotel in Turkey with teenagers: The Maxx Royal Belek

Maxx Royal BeleK Golf Resort - Best Family Hotels in Turkey

The Maxx Royal Belek, 5* all-inclusive | Check availability

This five-star resort is bound to be popular with even the hardest-to-impress teen. Days spent lounging by the seawater pool or out on the private jetty, can be broken up by a trip to the onsite waterpark. And then, of course, there are the DJing courses, laser tag games and movie nights.

The modern suites and villas provide generous space for families. The all-inclusive Italian, Turkish and seafood restaurants mean everyone will be well fed. This Belek resort isn’t an inexpensive option - but it does make a hard-to-beat base for a memorable family trip. 

What Mumsnet users say:

“The Maxx Royal Belek - absolutely fantastic 5* all-inclusive - fab food, facilities, beach, water park, games arcade, laser tag, paintballing and didn't see our eldest the majority of the time as he was doing his own things with other teenagers from around the world. It's the only hotel we keep visiting as it is so hard to beat.” - mumofthree22

Min price per night: £250

Is Turkey a good family holiday destination? 

The combination of glorious sunshine, beautiful beaches and ancient sights makes Turkey an understandably popular destination for families. 

Some excellent resorts go above and beyond in terms of kid-friendly attractions, catering for babies through to teens. What’s more, compared to many European alternatives, Turkish hotels offer good value for money.

Where in Turkey is best for a family holiday?

Families will find some of Turkey’s best beaches, attractions and hotels on the Turkish Riviera, around the southwest coast. This area includes bustling Bodrum and stretches past picturesque Ölüdeniz over to the plush resorts at Antalya and Belek.

Where is the best place for a family holiday in Turkey?

All the resort towns on the Turkish Riviera have their own distinctive charms. Arguably, Antalya and Belek have some of the best hotels for families and are well-located for the airport and day trips to archaeological sites. However, for sheer beauty, it’s hard to beat Ölüdeniz. 

Where can I get cheap flights to Turkey?

It’s a good idea to use a price comparison site, such as Kayak or Momondo. These websites will help you search travel agents as well as different airlines. Flights are often cheaper the further you book ahead. Of course, there are some last-minute but not usually in the school holidays. It’s also worth looking out for package holiday deals. 

Do I need to hire a car?

Unless you are very keen to get off the beaten track, hiring a car In Turkey isn’t usually necessary. Your hotel should be able to organise airport transfers and the occasional day trip. 

When is the best time to go to Turkey?

With long days and warm weather, spring is a great time to visit most parts of the country. The autumn months can also be surprisingly warm with temperatures ranging from 20-30 degrees celsius. If you're seeking blazing sunshine, travelling to Turkey during the school summer holidays will deliver exactly that, but plan to book well in advance to get the best deals on flights and accommodation. 

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what family hotels in Turkey were being recommended.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at what family hotels in Turkey had won accolades or been featured in ‘best choice’ lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best family hotels in Turkey at the moment.

 

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