Hotel Zeytinada is set on a very busy road....but don't let that put you off! Once inside, you really cannot hear the road at all. It is made up of a number of very attractive stone clad appartments and family suites, all set around a beautiful pool. There are plenty of sunloungers with parasols and complimentary towels.The whole complex is beautifully landscaped and full of lovely plants and flowering shrubs. The Dolmas bus picks up opposite the hotel and runs every 15 minutes like clockwork and only costs the equivalent of a £1.00 to go into Bodrum.
All of the rooms have balconies and although there were only 2 of us, we decided to go for a suite rather than just a room as it has a separate sitting room which was really nice. The room was decorated in a very tasteful and contemporary style with a comfortable bed and a lovely bathroom with a huge double shower and great water pressure. The WIFI connection was pretty good although a bit inconsistent at times. The air-conditioning was lovely and a real life-saver at times!
The staff are very friendly and helpful and can't do enough for you. They seem to work tirelessly to ensure that everything is as clean, tidy and relaxing as possible. English is not widely spoken although this wasn't a big problem and generally you could make yourself understood.
Opposite there is a really great supermarket, where we made regular trips to top up on wine and beer for the room ;0), and five minutes walk down the road you are in to Torba which is a lovely and very laid back little fishing village which has a long narrow strip of beach with plenty of sunloungers and parasols which are owned by the local cafes, bars and restaurants. You can either hire them for the day (for about £5.00) or buy food and drink to the equivalent. A word of warning....the beach and the sea bed are covered in very sharp stones which are virtually impossible to walk on with bare feet so get yourself some jelly shoes or swimming shoes because the water is lovely.
There have been some negative reports about the Voyage hotel but we didn't think it particularly encroached on Torba and there are plenty of water sport activities you can pay for with the Voyage. Personally, I wouldn't bother with the "private" beach that the hotel buses you to....you have to wait to be picked up, it drives you to the other end of Torba which means a long walk back to the hotel if you want to go back. Go and enjoy the friendly local bars and cafes!! We really liked Torba beach...it's peaceful and the views are stunning and it's only a short walk back to the supermarket, cash point and hotel.
We went right at the beginning of August and although it was hot, there always seemed to be a breeze and some evening there was quite a strong warm wind, but it was very nice. The hotel seems to attract a lot of families with younger children and babies....this wasn't a particular problem for us but the children do stay up very late and tend to run around the tables in the evening which can be a little bit annoying at times...there tends to be a lot of large inflatables in the main pool also which can restrict swimming but these were just minor irritations. There were mainly Turkish and Dutch people holidaying, a few French and even fewer English but personally, we didn't mind.
The breakfast and evening meal were open buffets. There was plenty of choice and on the whole, the food was of a good standard. Chicken, beef, lamb and fish were all served at some point, some evenings they did barbequed meat and there were plenty of salads but the hot vegetables were bit disappointing, over-cooked and soggy. Always plenty of cheeses and fruit and deserts and omelettes on offer every morning, cooked to order. A tip.....don't leave going to dinner too late as although they serve it until 10:00 pm, you tend to get left with the dregs!!! There are a few cats that hang around the tables but as a cat-lover, I didn't mind at all!
The Spa looked lovely but we didn't bother with it. In Torba, there is a great little excursion booking agent called "Danny", who we organised all our trips with....a lovely, honest and very funny man who like all Turks, works long hours and very hard. We did Ephesus (great), Kos day trip (don't bother....you will spend hours queueing at passport control both sides and Kos Town really is aimed at the 18-25 age group!), boat trip round an island (great) and got a free turkish bath thrown in at a Hammam in Gumbet (now that is quite an experience!!). We went to Bodrum a couple of times which is a really great city full of charm and colour.
Through chatting to local people, we soon realised that although the cost of living is low, the average wage in Turkey is really small and the tourist season is relatively short,so dig deep and tip whenever you can as they will really appreciate it. We met some really lovely Turkish people working in the bars and cafes and overall, I would say that the Turkish are really friendly people.
This was our first trip to Turkey and we will definitely go back. It has a lovely climate, beautiful scenery, low cost of living and the Turkish people do all they can to make you feel as welcome as possible.
Go for a suite if you can, it's worth paying a little extra for a lot more room.
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