by Amanda Norcross
Intrigued by the name of this hotel? Us too. The TUI MAGIC LIFE Waterworld is a beachfront, water park resort in Belek, Turkey. The water park has 11 pools and seven waterslides! In addition to the beach, water park and pools, families will find fantastic kids’ programming, with kids’ clubs for ages 3 to 6 (MAGIC Mini Club); 7 to 12 (MAGIC Kids Club); and 13 to 16 (Teens Time). There are lots of amenities for infants, too, including a Baby Corner with a microwave, bottle warmer, and kettle in Magico, one of the onsite restaurants.
Other offerings at this resort include a fitness center and fitness classes, bicycling, live entertainment, tennis, water sports, and onsite dining. Accommodations include family rooms for two adults and two children. Suites can also accommodate families of four.
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- Beachfront resort
- All-inclusive rates
- Kids' programming
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
I hear this is coming off Tui’s rosta next year, so review probably irrelevant, however, with four teenage boys to keep amused I looked for somewhere with plenty to do. You could not get bored at this resort - there is noisy and quiet places in equal measure. Something for everyone.
Food - good. Don’t expect chicken nuggets, pizza and spaghetti bolognese every night - you have to be a little adventurous.
Speciality restaurants are very good - but book in advance through the app. There’s crepes, chips and ice cream available by the pool and fruit and ‘adult snacks’ up at the beach bar during the day. Basta pasta is the lunchtime go to - Spag Bol to your table in 5 mins so the kids can get their fix!
Watersports - there if you want it and can be bothered to queue. Need to get down there at 9am if you want to waterski. The list gets full very quickly and they often shut down at lunchtime because the water gets choppy. Banana boat was good fun but quick - they had a lot of people to try and please! there’s also catamarans/canoes etc ....
Entertainment - plenty enough. If you get bored, it’s you - not them.
Culturally - mostly Germans, Belek is their Majorca, but still plenty of English too. Don’t see what the problem is personally - everyone was chatty and pleasant (and for the most part spoke English!)
Rooms - nothing like the pictures and definitely not 4* !! BUT they are clean, air conditioned and have everything you need, and if something is missing, ring reception - they go out of their way to help.
All inclusive drinks are fine. Local lager is good, they are quite strict on age - there is a large teenage contingent here (16+) that all meet up in the evening and find a way to get their all inclusive share - usually ending up at the ‘disco’ from 12-2 and then the all night Wunder Bar until morning feasting on the soup and bread that is left out. They are harmless and don’t cause any trouble - my kids met loads of other teenagers and had a great time. Don’t expect to see them back at the room before 4am or out of bed before lunchtime!
Expect it to be hot. It’s Turkey! It was 33-38 whilst we were here and tiring, but an afternoon nap sorts that out.
TUI rep ‘Bob’ deserves a special mention. One of our suitcases never turned up, we didn’t get the adjoining rooms we asked for - he went out of his way to sort it. Located an iron, took my son to the barbers in Belek and organised a table at a steak restaurant for our last night (much cheaper and better than the Steakhouse in the hotel which is a bit of a rip off). Nothing was too much trouble -
All in all, great resort with a lot going for it. It’s a shame it will be dropping off the TUI rosta as I would have booked again - for families with teens it’s a good compromise!
Ideal resort for a family with children of mixed ages. Lots to do with pools slides and the warm sea very close by. If you are looking for a sun bed there are plenty, lots of shade if you want to keep out of the sun. Well kept grounds with lots of lush gardens with little water features. Fantastic range of quality food catering for all tastes. Extremely clean, helpful staff. Cannot fault a wonderful family holiday. Plenty of evening activities, the highlight for the children was the beach party, disco, foam, smoke, fireworks, etc. Then the next day you would not have known it had been there. Happy children = happy adults????.