Ozalp is one of the original holiday complexes in Dalyan and offers reliable, comfortable accommodation. The owner Faruk has been in the holiday business for years and he knows what he's doing. His apartments were built before the recent boom in villa construction and so are unusually spacious. We were expecting a one-bed apartment and ended up in a two-bed villa with two shower rooms, four balconies and an enormous lounge-kitchen. There are expensive private villas in Dalyan which offer less space.
In keeping with many Turkish holiday apartments, Ozalp's aren't luxurious - the shower rooms are basic, the kitchens lack luxuries like toasters and coffee makers, and there are never enough sockets - but they offer perfectly adequate accommodation that ticks all the boxes for your holiday needs: we had plenty of storage, hot water (they turned the heater on when there wasn't enough sun to power the solar heating), comfy beds and adequate kitchen essentials for preparing breakfast and lunch.
Despite our best intentions, we didn't do much self-catering. There's a brilliant bakery just over the road that tempts with hot bread, pancakes and borek, while there are still plenty of good cheap eateries in Dalyan as long as you don't require white tableclothes and a wine list. And this year Ozalp has been serving up excellent food cooked by an obliging expert chef, Saban.
Ozalp has two key assets: its location and its staff. Although it's only 5 minutes from the centre of Dalyan, it retains a village atmosphere. There are chickens and kittens roaming around the site, Faruk's wife grows her pumpkins in the garden by the bar and you only have to turn a corner to be greeted by open fields and glorious mountain views.
Ozalp's other USP is its staff. They are perennially friendly and welcoming and ready to help. I very much doubt if there are many resorts in the UK where you would pile out of your taxi on arrival and be greeted with kisses and glasses of tea. Basri and Musa are doing a great job running the bar, while Zeki on reception is a gem, letting me use his Hotmail to send some emails when I had problems with the in-house wireless connection. The cleaning staff are ready and willing to change towels and empty bins; I actually had to tell them not to worry about changing sheets and towels on one occasion as we didn't need new ones. When we went away for a few days, reserving the apartment in our absence, it was spick and span on our return, and we were practically the last guests of the season.
I don't doubt we'll be back in Dalyan again next year and we wouldn't consider staying anywhere other than Ozalp.
We were very happy with our apartment overlooking one of the pools but in summer it might be quieter...
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