We're still at the hotel when I write this and from the start I'll say our stay hasn't been perfect. It has been pretty close though. With just a few changes this place could be amazing.
Situated about 1/2 a mile from the beach, in a small village resort, nestled at the bottom of a small mountain/large hill, hotel turquoise is in an excellent location. Whilst the nearby beach is OK, you really want to catch the bus to seahorse beach.
The hotel and facilities:
The lobby is small but well presented with an internet room, baggage storage, and seating around a little fountain (a sweet little dolphin fountain which is the hotels emblem).
The grounds are impeccably well kept, the public amenities such as toilets and pools are very clean and tidy. The rooms are small but the maid keeps them very clean changing towels and sheets daily.
The main buffet restaurant is set in a semi open pavilion with a bar, and with large fans to keep the occupants cool. It's a lovely place to eat in the evening or at night mainly because of the gorgeous grounds with blossom pouring out of the creeping plants and trees. It's nice to see then growing things like pomegranate and limes for their bars and restaurants.
There is also an al a-carte restaurant which can be booked. Our deal means we can eat there once night per week but we've enjoyed the food and freedom to eat what ever we want so much in the buffet restaurant we haven't bothered.
The pool is rather chilly but very busy and there are never enough beds to go around. It's the usual situation were you get your towels down early for the best spots as the sun doesn't reach some areas around the pool. This is probably due to the low sun, in full summer I suspect it would be different. My tip for the perfect spot is by the steps but to either side away from the water polo nets; the games usually get quite boisterous and the ball ends up hitting folks behind the net.
There is also a lawn between the pool and the pavilion which has a few sun beds, they really could do with more but in guessing this is most likely down to storage.
On Wednesday night it's Turkish night. They put tables and chairs out on the lawn and a dance floor for entertainment in the centre. Food is prepared on burners to one side. This was even nicer than eating in the pavilion, though it does mean the smokers have their smoky entrees and deserts and kindly share it with everyone but that's hardly the fault of the hotel.
The hotel also has a small shop which mainly sells toiletries, kids toys, English papers and snacks.
There's also a hairdresser/barber and a Turkish bath and massage parlour.
This is where the hotel looses stars for me. The live entertainment is a little odd and lacklustre. But I'm really not sure why. There are 3 staff running the entertainment; one very nice young lady who entertains the kids (they adore her and follow her around everywhere).
Ronaldo who runs pool games, air rifles shooing, darts, bingo etc.
Ali organises and takes part in the evening entertainment. This guy is great, very friendly and please tell me you don't think he looks like John Travolta one minute and Ben Stiller the next.
It's not that the acts aren't entertaining, it's more they don't last very long (around 30 mins), and they start at 10pm which I think is pretty late. I think they just need a couple acts per night and earlier which would really make a difference. Some live music and or karaoke wouldn't go far amiss either. The entertainment staff all work hard though, they can't be accused of not trying.
There's also a mini disco for the kids but it's at 9.30 at night, but I guess given that most if the folks just keep the kids up as late as they are it doesn't really matter.
They also have pool tables, mini golf, darts, ping pong tables, tennis courts, and a kiddies play area. So plenty to keep you occupied.
This is were hotel Turquoise excels. The buffet; It's all fresh with lots of Turkish food to try, not keen? Then they always have an alternative which will suit many picky eaters.
Breakfast is dominated by freshly cooked omelettes which are amazing, and freshly cooked pancakes (the thin ones we like in the UK).
Several times we've seen the chefs cooking food such as chicken in black bean (which is very very nice), egg noodles in a kind of chow mein sauce, and cooked Sunday lunches.
On Turkish night the food steps up a gear, cooked on the burners on the lawn. Their BBQ chicken was to die for.
They always have sweet deserts on the buffet, though they're all normally exceptionally sweet, I wasn't keen.
During the day you can get burgers, panini's, and chips from the snack bar next to the pool bar. It's not amazing but it's just ok. Also you can get as much ice cream as you like on all inclusive, and it's walls too.
Drinks such as beer, wine, soft drinks, and basic spirits are all part of the inclusive deals, though cocktails and less run if the mill drinks will be added to your room bill.
A bit of a mixed bag here. The guys working reception are warm and welcoming, though their English is a little limited (better than my Turkish though), however the female staff are a little cold. Maybe it's just they're trying to understand our accents but they rarely raise a smile like the guys.
Away from reception the staff in the restaurant are again a mixed bag. Some are pretty sullen and abrupt, others are delightful, warm and friendly. Watch out for the small sweet waitress, her English isn't great but she's exceptionally nice.
Same goes for the guys on the burners and at the bar, some seem grumpy and others quick to smile. This is where the hotel could improve, the staff work long hours and work hard but some communicate far better without a word said, just with a smile.
The maids are lovely.
Some grumpy staff.
Pool is cold.
Need more sun beds.
Beds in the room are as hard as hell.
Attic rooms are very dark avoid!
Entertainment needs to be earlier and last longer.
Wifi was weak, you really needed to be in reception to get internet.
None of the above really spoiled our holiday, but fixing them would mean an even better stay in the future (which we're planning).
I fully recommend this hotel, it's very clean and well equipped. Families and couples alike will enjoy their stay here.
Make sure you visit seahorse beach and the blue lagoon (same place), to feed the crazy fish. The shuttle bus is free.
- Also Known As:
- Turquoise Hotel Oludeniz
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