Checked out from the 10-room Jade Residence this morning and thought I should post a review at the first opportunity, as a testament to my satisfaction with the place.
Room: We had 203 on the first floor. Bright and spacious with some local features. Only slight negatives were the air-con (slightly temperamental and am sure it could be easily resolved but we decided to have it off most of the time anyway...) and the water pressure in the shower could have been better.
Staff: Very personable, especially the all-male bar team. Zuhal (the manager?) was most helpful and gave truly impartial recommendations for places to eat etc. Also worth a special mention is Zac (the Gavin Henson lookalike) who's smiley 24/7, ever so courteous and speaks very good English.
Perks/Facilities: The pool, like the hotel itself, was small but very pleasant and welcome in the heat. Nice sofas/cushioned swings scattered around at one's disposal. Breakfast served till 11:30am which was perfect for late-risers like us. Complimentary and reliable Wifi throughout. Access to shops and beach was literally a stone's throw away (so yes, you would hear some noise from the clubs but hey, can't have it all now can we?).
Restaurant: Cream-coloured wooden chairs and tables, as well as comfy settees tastefully decked out on the terrace with great views of Oludeniz, particularly at sunset. Seafood Combo (never seen so much seafood on a plate for GBP15 in Europe!!!) was a highlight for me and the guys made a mean mojito! Do at least dine there once, promise me!
Admittedly, Oludeniz is not Maldives (it wouldn't be 1/5 of the cost if it were!) but for a few days of affordable R&R away from the usual suspects in the Med, it's hard to beat (especially when combined with a cultural visit to Istanbul). If you look hard enough, or know whom to ask for advice, you might just surprise yourself like we did:
- http://kizilada.com/ (A speedboat will pick you up from Fethiye and whisk you to a private island, where they serve good seafood on a wooden deck with breathtaking views. Not cheap but it's worth every penny).
- Cinbal Turkish barbecue restaurant (30 TLR by taxi each way but good fun especially if there is a group of you)
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- Also Known As:
- Jade Residence Hotel Oludeniz