We found ourselves in Hisaronu at the height of the season (August 07) with no accommodation after a shambolic mix up over direct bookings at another hotel! (They shall remain nameless at this stage!) We are a mixed age group of 8 people -from children to the middle aged and we literally ended up on the streets with no place to stay! As we had booked independently we had no rep to help!
We sat miserable and ever so upset in "Fatma's" cafe where Fatma and her wonderful husband fed and watered us and generally looked after us - even offering for us to stay with them!
Well, after a fair bit of searching, Fatma and her husband emptied the days fruit and veg from their van and piled us all in and took us to the Pinara! (This act of pure kindness will stay with us all forever!) Fatma's is situated at the top of the village of Hisaronu as you head towards Ovacik and is opposite the Han hotel - you are assured of the most amazing welcome here and the most perfect food imaginable!
Well, what can we say about the Pinara?
"Perfect" - sums it up!
Deniz, the manager, ensured that we were all accommodated in fabulous 2 and 3 bedroomed apartments. Our 3 bedroomed apartment had 3 en-suite bathrooms and 4 balconies that you could actually sit out on!!! Our 2 bedroom apartment had the most fabulous terrace! These apartments are only just over a year old and are well equipped, beautifully furnished and are so perfectly situated - just a very short stroll to the village main street and yet so perfectly peaceful!
The pool is huge and the grounds are so beautiful - thanks mainly to the amazing groundsman - Apo.
The bar staff, Izzet and Tuna are just perfect gentlemen - nothing was too much trouble.
Lila the cook is a genius and provided us with a fantastic array of perfect Turkish and British food!
The reception staff - Gorkem and Emine and the fantastic security guard were always around whenever we needed them and again - nothing was too much trouble.
Two delightful cleaning ladies - Sefagul and Ipek ensured our apartments were cleaned - (As these are apartments, however, this is not a daily occurrence as it is in hotels, however, we only had to ask and clean towels and bedding etc would speedily appear with a smile!)
What could have been an absolute disaster of a holiday was turned around into an amazing holiday experience which showed in its true fullness the warmth and kindness of the amazing Turkish people that we are truly honoured to have met.
Inci and Ilhan - your hotel is a credit to you and your amazing staff.
We will be back next year!
The Evans, Ashton, Williams and Saye Families from Wales.
(Maggi, Annie, Pauline, Robert, Steven, Megan, Alison and Georgia)
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