Not wanting to write a review before wanting to keep my Island secret... I felt if too many people knew about Sovalye it would be spoilt.... We have been travelling to Ece for many years. Often spending a month on the Island.
Our first visit was a two-centre break and we only had a week at this delightful hotel… We felt it wasn’t long enough…. So the following year we booked again for three weeks… then returned in late September for a month.
At this time the apartments were self-catering but you could always ask for an evening meal to be cooked for you… nothing was ever too much trouble for Handan and her staff. We have always found them to be extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating…
We used the water taxi most days as we enjoy walking…There are lots of interesting walks from Fethiye taking best part of the day. We usually caught the first early boat and returned on the 6.30pm shuttle… exhausted but pleased to be back on our Island.
The Island is pedestrianised and takes 40 minutes or so to walk around. It is quiet even though there is many other homes built on it. You hardly ever-meet large crowds, and everyone seems to respect each other’s space. On Sovalye you have the best of all worlds… quiet relaxing days when you want to chill out, and yet you have the main land only 20mins away for much more activity. You can use the canoes, which are always a challenge, and if used to sailing on the sea, lasers are available on signing a disclaimer. Sovalye can be seen from the main land but it doesn’t look like an Island until you approach it. A well kept secret.
Ece Boutique Hotel on Sovalye is situated in a pretty location and has pleasant views across the bay towards Fethiye and out to Red Island. When Fethiye gets too hot the Island offers a wonderful retreat always being cooler with refreshing winds.
In 2005 Handan & Erdogan decided for all sorts of reasons to change the apartments to a Boutique Hotel… It was a real adventure for them with many difficulties to overcome. When we visited May 2006 we were so pleased for them… as their dreams seemed to be coming a reality. They started the season extremely tired after all the construction work and as always eager to please…. There were, as always with all building work some things that could only be fixed after the start date. Not to mention ill health and staffing problems… (I know this shouldn’t be the guests problem, but Handan & staff always listen to guests and do everything in their power to make them happy.
Efe is a wonderful dog and family pet… He isn’t allowed just to roam freely…. The hosts are aware that not all guests like dogs…. and always ask before letting him out. At meal times he is never allowed around the guests. Erdogan usually takes Efe for a walk most evenings after he has returned from hospital or even late at night.
The litter mentioned mostly washes over from the mainland…. And tourists are as much to blame for not taking their litter home and disposing of it properly. The Islanders and many of us love their Island the way it is and they also have to adhere to local government rules… so it is not a pretty Island but a wonderful haven with views to die for.
The new apartments are wonderful… simply decorated with local furnishings and much more spacious than when it was self-catering. Having stayed in other accommodation in Fethiye, Ece certainly is 5star….
Prices may be on the high side compared to the mainland but no one insists you eat on the Island… and as before Handan will do anything to accommodate any reasonable request. (Diets always catered for if known). As there are no shops on the Island one has to realise that the transport of fresh food daily does add to the price… and again all we are asked to do is say what we would like by 14.00 so that the staff can fetch and carry in time for the evening meal.
This year we were at Ece again in May/June and certainly enjoyed our short time there…. It is still a wonderful retreat… especially for those who want to get away from the crowds and the noise. Our only sadness is that we have to wait until next year before we can enjoy Ece and all it has to offer.
- Also Known As:
- Ece Boutique Fethiye