Land of Legends in Belek
In the last 20 years, Turkey has climbed the ladder of the tourism and travel industries to become one of the top visited countries in the world. They have done this in a variety of ways, and theme parks have also played their part. However, regarding excellence, the Land of Legends Theme park in Belek, Antalya could probably be one of the best, even rivalling its counterparts in America.
Consisting of a hotel, water park and shopping avenue, Land of Legends acts like a mini city within itself and considering the vast range of experiences on offer, anyone visiting, whether for the day or holiday, will be hard pressed to complain of boredom.
Naturally being a theme park, much of the emphasis is on the family friendly experience including the dolphin exhibits, and marine mammals show. Highlights, however, include the shark, tiger, and Humboldt penguin exhibits, but anyone over the age of 10 can also walk 4 metres underwater for 30 minutes, with professional divers, to feed tropical fish and take photos of the memorable experience.
Otherwise, the water park features rides such as the Wave Pool, Voyager, and Rafting Rapids. The shopping avenue also includes many brand names for adults, who want to break off from the splashing water of the theme park.
A Hotel with Unique Rooms to Stay In
The hotel section of the theme park is expertly designed to offer unique accommodation worth talking about. Standard features throughout the rooms include a balcony, working desk, minibar, safety deposit box, air conditioning, carpeted floor, tea and coffee facilities, walk-in rainfall shower, and high-speed Wi-Fi.
However, it is the décor and design of the rooms that really vamp up the overnight experience. The 38-square metre, cartoon style deluxe room for families with kids comes with HD LCD TV and a PlayStation 4. The elegant, spacious interconnecting rooms are for larger families who also want space, particularly if they have teenagers. Otherwise, older children will also like the upgraded version of the Junior Suite or family suite, that also have walk in wardrobes and espresso machine.
One of the cosiest rooms is the 108 square metres Grand Suite, for those who like the feeling of being at home. The 30-square metre terrace with dining table and sitting lounge is ample, but if the outdoor space is not enough, then the 130-square metre Terrace Suite steps up to the mark with its stunning view over the theme park.
Otherwise, the prize room is the great 283-square meters luxurious Kingdom Suite with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 sitting room, private Jacuzzi, kitchen, and tailor-made services.
Restaurants & Bars
Bon appetite is the tagline for the restaurants and bars districts in the hotel that uniquely includes Lebanese, and pizza specialities. The star, however, is Nemo’s Restaurant & Lounge, themed on the seaworthy journey of 20,000 leagues under the sea. Offering Eurasian cuisine as well as a sushi bar, the restaurant, situated under an aquarium, allows you to view the marine life as you eat, adding to the atmosphere of Jules Vern’s story.
Franco Dragone: The Creative Master of Entertainment
Land of Legends Theme Park has really pulled out all the stop by employing Franco Dragone as their artistic creator. He made his name in the 1980s by inventing a new form of artistic creation combined from the four elements of life, dance, music and technology. His ground-breaking concept of art entirely changed the face of entertainment in Las Vegas, and his trade mark of translating human dreams and emotions into moving art secured his place as one of the best artistic directors in the world.
Evening Entertainment for the Family and Adults
Performance art comes to Antalya with the evening show of daring acrobats and contemporary artists putting on shows such as the Flying Bikes and Globe of Speed. Their technical team promises the best in effects to boost the performance to another level, but if you want something lower key, the Love Legends of Anatolia show blends contemporary dance with culture and traditions of Turkey including folklore dances and songs as well as ballet performances.
To spectacularly mark the end of another day in the Land of Legends Theme Park, the canal boat parade, holds the gate closing ceremony every evening at 11 p.m. Featuring legendary characters in oversize fairy-tale musical instruments, all the stops have been pulled out in costumes and lights to ensure a memorable end to the day.
The Castle and Observation Platforms
Every theme park needs a local landmark to make it stand out from the rest, and in the Land of Legends, an 111-meter castle stands proudly as the figurehead building. Including two observation platforms, at 42 and 65 metres high, it does not only give a spectacular view but also uniquely has become the favoured spot for family photographs.
But it doesn’t stop there!
Land of Legends Theme Park focuses on being innovators in the hospitality trade and plans include kicking up the adrenaline factor by installing a rollercoaster ride, as well as a programme dedicated to animal conservation and eco-friendly systems, a rarity in Turkey. Indeed, not settling for their title as one of the best parks in Turkey, Land of Legends looks set to take on the world and become the king of theme parks across the globe.