The bus from Pamukkale dropped off us right at Atilla's gate (top tip from Mehmet - your onsite travel and tour organiser extraordinaire) just as the sun was dropping, and we strolled in with perfect timing for dinner. There are picnic benches everywhere, with everyone eating together, so meal times can be as communal an affair as you like. Dinner's mainly veggie and oh-so-good, never a scrap left on our plates! Atilla's always at hand if you need anything, but never in an intrusive way - he's usually holding forth behind 'Bar 81' or setting off fireworks round the pool. Aah the pool! Absolutely divine, lovely clean water and really deep, Aphrodite-esque statue with water pouring from her clam shell, looking over you with the sometimes deafing sound of the ciccadas - views over toward Selcuck with the castle standing proudly like a crown to the town below. Its a lovely little place, market on Saturday, buses or the local dolmuses to just about everywhere. New friends just did a day trip to Pamukkale (white travertine pools and Hieropolis with Cleopatra's Antique pool at the top today - all sorted out by Mehmet (Sea Spirit Travel) right here on site for less than you could do it for yourself (how does he do that?? Oh and an aside on that note - Mehmet's tours are just that, tours to what you want to see without any detours to carpet shops, friends' restaurants or wine tastings - refreshingly straightforward...)
So back to Atilla's - dinners over and the evening's filled with my being soundly beaten at pool by Mick (aged 9), table tennis by my son kai (13) and backgammon by my wife Justine (21!!). I commiserate with another Efes beer and rejoin the conversations - really lovely to meet so many new, varied and interesting folk, everyone with the same relaxed approach to life that Atilla seems to embody.
I had expected Atilla's to be full of solely 20-something backpackers, but whilst they're defintely part of the mix, they're by no means the majority. We stayed 5 nights and could easily have stayed 5 more.
We started off in a bungalow with a fan (35TL/adult incl breakfast and dinner) and then upgraded to a room with ensuite and aircon (40TL/adult incl breakfast and dinner plus 7TL/room for aircon).
Just down the road toward Kasudasi (over developed beach resort - yuk!) are two waterparks, Adaland and Aqua Fantasy. Kai and I weighed up everyone's advice and read as many online reviews and blogs as possible, and ended up going to Adaland on the basis of more fast rides. We weren't disappointed! Whilst the park feels a little old, the adrenaline coursing through my veins felt brand new! Total winner! Hardly anyone seems to find the Olympic pool right up at the top of the site (next to the rafting) so that can be an oasis of calm. I'm told that Aqua Fantasy is better suited to younger kids and a nicer environment if you're there to hang out rather than ride the slides...
Beachwise, I only made it to one - Klaros. 4TL each to enter, which contributes toward the showers, changing huts. toliets. rafts. cafe etc. We caught the dolmus from Selcuk (2.50 TL) which turned off heading north up the coast, just above Pamucack, and arrived at 5.30 after the heat of the day had dissipated a little. The beach was quiet - just a few Turkish families enjoying barbeques and diving from the two rafts - lovely!
Ok I'm rambling now - lets wrap it up... Atilla's is a winner for everyone. It's run by lovely people, it's guests are lovely people, the food is lovely, the rooms are lovely - all in all, just lovely!!! Thoroughly recommend it to everyone...
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