We’ve now stayed twice at the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort. We returned again because our children simply loved the resort. Between the Carpi Kids Club & the gorgeous Spa, the Hilton is great for children and adults alike. Scroll down to find out more>
10 family friendly features of the Hilton Dalaman Resort:
1. The Carpi Kids Club:
Not all Kids Clubs are the same. The Hilton’s CARPI kids club is a gem, particularly for younger children. It is open all year round, with an indoor area for colder months, typically end of October to beginning of April. And a purpose built outdoor/indoor space open during warmer months.
The outdoor space has been cleverly designed, so the kids are under shade. There are outdoor activities including basketball, trampoline, splash party & arts. There is an indoor space with huge railway play set for Thomas fans, a dedicated soft play area for 0-3 years old & a games room with a PS4 for older kids 9-11 years old. There is also a nap room for babies including a food preparation area with steriliser, blender & microwave.
The best part of the Kids Club was not all this amazing space for the kids, it was the dedicated staff, under the professional supervision of Fatma . This is what makes the Hilton stand apart, in my view. The only downside was that we couldn’t leave our 3 year old there to play, since the Kids Club only takes the ages 4 -11 years old. The twins loved it & probably enjoyed not being bugged by their toddler brother!
The Heated Pools:
Whilst the main pools were too cold during February & April when we went, there were heated options. In April the Kids Splash pool & the water slides were heated.
There is a large heated indoor pool with a heated pool for toddlers too. There is also a wonderful steam room & sauna which is available to use at no extra cost.
Unlike other resorts I have read about, this hotel was quite all right whether you wanted to wear a bikini, a burkini or something somewhere in between. Swim on !
The Spa at the Hilton Dalaman
The Size of the Resort:
What I loved & hated most, was the sheer size of the resort. I loved it because the kids had loads of space to run around with out falling into a swimming pool. I hated it because we ended up having to lug our swim stuff around, since it was a trek from one place to another. That said it was very buggy friendly. Mostly, I think I used all the walking around as an excuse to eat more of the delicious buffet. I suspect this is something I am going to regret when I get on the scales !
The Kids Buffet:
There is a dedicated area in the restaurant for kids, with plastic plates, a special buffet of rice, kebabs, nuggets, chips, salad items & deserts (although not available for breakfast), cartons of UHT milk & flavoured milk & fresh juice on tap.
For babies, there is a steriliser, blender & microwave as well as jars of baby food & yogurts. They also have a special seating area for the kids. Which is great except you end up sitting with them because you can’t find any table nearby when the restaurant is busy. What would make it better, would be an improvement in the table service in this area, put on more staff & perhaps have some sort of activities available.
Family Rooms at the Hilton Dalaman
We had a two interconnecting rooms. The experience of getting these rooms is worth mention. Turns out that the hotel has two types of connecting rooms, internal & external. The external ones really are not ideal for families with young children, since the doors are heavy & the kids will struggle to open them. I would not have heard them if they cried at night.
Once we were given the external doors, I complained to the hotel which arranged for us to have the internal connecting doors. Do make a note of this on your booking notes.
The rooms were nice & spacious. The bathrooms had a walk in rainfall shower as well as a bathtub. There is a kettle in the room as well as mugs, with tea bags, coffee & creamer. The TV has a few English channels but for some reason the TV in the kids room had different channels to ours’. That was a mystery that was never solved.
6. The Water Slides: Many resorts do have water slides but they tend to the fast & scary type ones. Hilton Dalaman also has these types of water slides, heated during seasonally as well. However, they also have 3 cute water slides great for toddlers too. Mine loved the ‘rainbow’ slide.
Evening Entertainment at the Hilton Dalaman
Every evening the Kids Club had a disco at the Bar Street Bar. We ventured to have a look but our kids never liked the place. We would just take a stroll around the hotel grounds in the evening.
They also have a ‘cinema’ showing late night at 9.15pm, which is basically a TV showing of a movie in the indoor kids club area. Because we would be so exhausted by the evening, we would tend to go back to the room and relax.
Baby Changing facilities are available near restaurants & in the Kids Club. There are also shower facilities & toilets dotted near the pool areas, perfect if you want to get showered and straight onto the next activity. Instead of tramping back to your room, which might be a fair walk away.
The Carpi Farm
This was more of a petting zoo with a play area. This was right towards the entrance of the hotel, about 10 min walk from the main lobby. It closes at lunch time, so do find out if it is open before heading off in that direction.
They have peacocks, goats & a variety of birds in caged pens. They also have information about the animals, so it can be a nice learning activity. The Kids Club do take the kids down there on some days.
During our more recent February half term trip, we made a little picnic and took it down to the farm area. They have some picnic tables and a nice play area the children enjoyed. There is a toilet and hand washing facilities there too.
Hilton Dalaman is only 20 mins from the Airport
Unlike other resorts, the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort is only a short distance from the airport. Which is great when you are travelling with young kids, who are tired from the 4.5 hour flight.
It is also well designed to cater for those with reduced mobility. The main restaurant has a reserved seating for less mobile guest and the indoor pool had a hoist for guests who required this assistance.
On our last February half term trip, we took my father with us. He loved the place. It really is a great hotel for any age.
How to get a Good Deal for the Hilton Dalaman Resort
If I got a great deal for the Hilton Dalaman like I did this time, then perhaps. I would certainly recommend it for families who are considering going All Inclusive. But do shop around if you are planning to go. I literally found over £2000 difference in price when I was shopping around for this holiday. Get in touch for the best deals or why not join our Facebook Group, the Family Holidays Club.
My latest money saving hack involved waking at 5am in the morning, booking flights wth Easyjet on release day. Find out more on this post>
The other hack which worked was booking via the mobile Hilton Honours app. For some reason this worked out £500 cheaper than other websites or even Hilton’s website. Strange but true.
p.s. We have not been paid by Hilton for this post, nor did we have a free stay. We just like sharing useful information for families like ours !
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