We were hooked from the first review we saw, which read "if you're looking for nightlife, don't come here". As we were desperate for a quiet, relaxing holiday, it sounded ideal to us and we booked. We arrived back this morning after a fortnight there, and had to post straightaway to say what a fabulous time we had.
The location: This is NOT in Marmaris (thankfully!), but about 25/30 km from Marmaris and 4/5 miles outside Turunc. The location can be summed up in one word - stunning! The hotel is set in a secluded bay surrounded by mountains. The bay is about 2 miles across, and there are three hotels (that we could see) around the bay. Both sides of the hotel gave a view to the sea and mountains, which made sitting on the generous balcony an absolute pleasure. As the hotel is remote, as a bonus there are no beach vendors or locals trying to get you to buy things, absolutely no hassle at all.
The beach/ocean: There is a wooden jetty going out 30 foot from the shingle beach (private), from which you can jump or dive into the crystal clear ocean. The water is perfectly clear and we had high hopes for good snorkeling, but although there are plenty of fish in and around the beach, there's not much variety to make snorkeling worthwhile. We went the last two weeks of June, and the water was a refreshing 20-21C. If you didn't fancy the beach, there is a lovely pool, which by mid-afternoon was probably 25-28C and absolutely lovely. There are plenty of loungers, both pool side and on the beach, and no additional costs.
The hotel: The Verano is a small family run hotel. This basically translates as yes, the rooms are getting a little tired, and yes, the bar and restaurant may not be as varied as some all-inclusives. But it also means that the staff are friendly, polite and keen to help. We didn't have any problems with rooms not getting cleaned etc that other people have mentioned. Personally I think how you find the hotel and staff will depend on how you approach it. If you go expecting 5 star luxury when you've paid budget prices, then I'm sure you'll find something to moan about. If however you go with the attitude that it's a cheap and cheerful break, and you get what you pay for, then like us, you'll have a great time. And have to agree with Lauren W - the new Manager Ozzie is fantastic.
The food: Breakfast is mainly continental, with fresh bread, cheese, cold meat and salads. There was always also a cereal for the kids or those who didn't want to eat the Turkish way. Have to say the olives, jam and honey were to die for. Lunch and dinner both followed the same format - one Turkish meat/fish dish, veg dish, pasta/rice/potato dish, soup and a wide variety of salads. Desserts were mainly watermelon, a local custard dish or honeyed biscuits. If you're there for one week, you'll get a good variety. If you're there for two weeks, you'll begin to notice some repetition in the food. But it was all fresh, filling and tasty. If you're the type to want chips, pizza and burgers when you're away, you won't like it. But then if you're that type, I'd suggest you go to Marmaris and stay in one of the more "English" resorts, and leave places like the Verano to those who want a taste of the Turkish life.
- You will need plenty of insect/mosquito repellent. Although this a no/low risk malaria zone (so no need to take malaria tablets), the insect life is varied, large and seems to love biting Europeans.
- Air conditioning is not normally covered as standard in Turkish hotels. The cost at the Verano was £3 a night, and personally, we thought well worth it.
- Be careful with your transfer. Nearly everyone we spoke to had had problems with their transfer, from having to change multiple times (remember, the location is remote and about 175 km from the airport), to being charged extra either though they had prebooked and pre-paid. We had no problems with the transfer on arrival (A2B Transfers) and got straight to the hotel. On the way out, we were told we had to make our own way to Turunc and we would be picked up there. We asked the hotel to take us into Turunc, which they willingly did. When we reached the drop off point, the hotel staff phoned the transfer company to check everything was still on time, and thank God they did, as it turned out our mini-bus was running late. The hotel ended up running us to Marmaris to meet the minibus there. (Good example of the service level from the hotel - Marmaris is a good 40 minute journey, but the second the hotel staff fund out our booked transfer was running late, they just piled our bags back into the car and drove us to Marmaris without any complaint or even asking for money.)
Overall: Stunning location. Decent but budget hotel, with friendly staff. Excellent value for money.
Would we go back? Yes, yes, yes, yes and absolutely, yes! We're already planning dates for next year and can't wait:-)
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