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“favorite place for holiday! and one of the bests!!!! some of 2006 and july 2008” 5 of 5 stars
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Oludeniz, Turkey
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2 reviews
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“favorite place for holiday! and one of the bests!!!! some of 2006 and july 2008”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

I've been in Oludeniz twice.
my first trip was in 2006, and it wasn't planned. i was traveling with my friend and we even didn't know about this place at all.
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a little bit off-topic or how i got to destination.
we came here buy bus from istanbul. i have to say, that buses in Turkey are pretty well for such long distances, i liked my night journey very much! the bus is air-conditioned, they suggest you something to drink and even biscuits. there is a stop.. but we take a night root, so, you may not need to go out. the way.. it's something amazing! i didn't sleep and was shocked by the landscapes wich i view through the window.. the mountains.. my passion. and so many stars!!! They were brighter than usually.. it was fantastic!
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the first impression from Oludeniz: it's Eden!!! the beautiful place!!! the colors were so different and bright and beautiful coast.. also MOUNTAINS! i was crazy about this view!!! and that time i fell in love with this area... I was looking at mountains and my heart was sinking.. the were so huge.. the feeling of majesty – what I can say!!!

and i always want to return here...

the water is so clean! i loved waves, they made water crystal! and if you want fun, then go to jump in these waves!
but if you want to swim, there is a lagoon there... it is incredibly nice and protected from wind.. you can have a day of relax...

islands tour is for active people! you'll discover a lot of lovely views.. my camera.. it was working almost all the time, i couldnt stopping!!! you also can see the ruins of the ancient town at saint-nicholas island...

My second visit.. i've just come back from Oludeniz!
it was a 4-day trip.. so little!!! but i enjoyed much!
this time i tried paragliding. from the edge opens a spectacular view!!!!!!! i was falling apart.. i was flying over one of the most beautiful places!!!! and i will remember it.

i have to say, that paragliding is something different. once you tried it, you'll start to wish trying it again and again! you think it will be frightful but then you discover, that not!!! it isn't!!!!
but the fabulous landscapes you survey.. it is always with you!
dont forget your camera with you! it is safe..

every night i was listening the song of the sea...
i liked oludeniz because you can go at the coast at night and you may not afraid of bothering by others... people come there to listen waves or just to talk.. if i'd go with someone i love.. i'd take him there... :)

and what about trips and excursions: there are a lot of them and many places "must seen". Want to go to Dalyan and Tlos, Saklikent... want to discover new places there... and lycian road - one day i'll try it too!
it was a pity that my holiday was too short!

i want to have an opportunity to come here oftener. it's a dream!

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Barnsley
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“Olu Deniz / Karbel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2008

We arrived back from Olu Deniz last week after our first holiday in Turkey, we were very pleased and every thing people said on Tripadvisor was correct.
Two places we would recommend are paragliding with IKARUS as they were very professional and went from the top mountain.
Next was the LALEZAR restaurant.The food was exellent and cooked to perfection,check the picture of the breakfast and that is exactly what it is like on your plate.
It is situated next to Bloody Gorgeous Tours.
We shall be back to Olu Deniz again and hope all other newcomers like it as well.

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Portsmouth
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“best rsort in Turkey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2007

I have been to Turkey eight times in total and visited different parts of the country, which have all been very enjoyable experiences for different reasons, but Olu deniz has got to be the best.
We went for the first time in September 2007 after going to Alanya the previous two years. We were a bit concerned that the resort would be too quiet having visited Marmaris and Bodrum before but can say it was a welcome relief to find somewhere that had everything you needed in a holiday without being over commercialised.
The Akdeniz hotel was 100metres from the beach which was perfect for taking advantage of the best beach in Turkey. The only downside was the shingle it hurts! but when you finally get in the water its like getting in to a warm bath. The beds and umbrellas can be quite expensive at 5 lira each a day which soon adds to the cost of the holiday.
There was plenty of restaurants to choose from including Italian, Traditional Turkish and Chinese and we did not have a bad meal in any of them. The best however was the 5* Belcegiz hotel which served Thai, Indian and Italian menus and was very reasonable. The Chocolate Souffle is to die for! If you are just looking for a snack the buzz bar has a kebab kiosk where a chicken doner will set you back £1.80.
I think the best thing about the resort are the people, they are so friendly and you don't get pestered as much as you do in other places. Each evening we would walk along the main strip say hello to the locals who all remember your name and finally end up in the Tequila Bar. The staff are all mad but very entertaining, the music is great and would definately recommend this as an ideal place to try a cold Efes.
All in all the place is clean, everything is within walking distance it can be quiet or hectic as you want. There are plenty of day trips for non beach enthusiasts (the paragliding is a must for thrill seekers) Fethiye and Hisaronu can be reached by dolmus for about 50p and basically we can't wait to go back again.

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“Love it, keep coming back!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2007

I Love Olu Deniz!!!

We have been many time and will return next September. Myself, partner Stu, and step son Tom have been going since Tom was 6 and now he is he is coming 14.

We had a couple of years out to see if anywhere else could match e. g Egypt, Majorca, Corfu, Side in Turkey but to no avail.

The resort is beautiful, the people are friendly and there is so much to do!! the trips are brilliant (Mud baths at Dalyan, boat trips e.g)

The Hotels are good to we have stayed from 2* to 4* All Inc and always had a good time.

So much choice for food from cheap to expensive there own beer Efes is fine to drink as is their spirits (just be careful they tend to overfill!!!)

Would recommend this resort to all except 20 to 30's as its not quite wild enough for these, however Hisoranu 5 min by dolmus has plenty of nightlife also!

Olu Deniz is the best of both worlds, quiet and beautiful but fun and lively when required!

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Essex
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“Tulip Hotel and resort.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2007

First time to Olu Deniz 2007.
It is a very small, pretty resort, nestled in the space between two mountains coming down to the sea. The main town is probably less than one square kilometre in size!
The Magic Tulip hotel was small, adequate and clean. Staff very friendly. Breakfast was Turkish style - tomato, cucumber. olives, cheese, processed meat, boiled eggs. Always lots of tea,coffee and juice and fresh, crusty bread, butter and conserves.
Rooms were kept very clean and tidy. All WCs have a built-in bidet, for those who are used to them in Spain etc.!
The hotel is only 30 metres from the Main Street. and 150 from the beach.
Olu Deniz beach is nice but can be tough on the feet as the sand is coarse and stony. The sea can also be very rough.
The lagoon beach is a different matter entirely and you will find that the private beaches such as Suara and Sugar Beach.on the landward side are even better.
These private beaches will provide free transport from your hotel and back. They have beach bars and restaurants which are slightly dearer than elsewhere, but if you consider that the lagoon beach charges admission, just regard this as payment for admission and transport to their lovely, quiet, sandy beaches.

The main street of the resort can be something of a shock!
There are lots of restaurants, tour operators and shops selling fake designer goods, all vying for custom, so do not be surprised to find yourself being stopped and spoken to, or having leaflets thrust into your hand every few paces. Also some of these "promoters" think it is ok to use "wotcha mate", "och aye Jimmy" or "why aye" depending upon where they think you come from,
Some people did find this annoying, but it is not meant with any malice. After a while the proprietors recognize you and a "good evening" is usually enough. It also eases off as the restaurants fill up at night.
It is unlike anything you will ever find in Britain, where the sight of a restaurant owner desperately trying to persuade customers to use his place would cause people to avoid it like the plague!
Beware! some restaurant food is very heavily salted! Also most will offer a three or four course meal for about £10. This is good value in the UK but overpriced in Turkey! If you don't mind this, just keep an eye on your waistline! Beer is from £1.40 to £2.00 a half liter. Wine and spirits are quite expensive when compared to Spain etc Spirits may cost £4.00 or more a single measure.
Luckily, a few restaurants have come to understand the British, and you will find some nice, reasonably priced, no hassle restaurants, expecially on the main dolmus road at the right hand end of the beach.
For example, Crusoes Park did a good meal for four with drinks, desserts and coffee for between £25 and £30. It also did a very low priced set meal and soft drink option for as little as 7 lira - £2.80, and lovely large filled baguettes for £2.00.
The food and staff are exemplary. It also offers free Internet access for customers!, so you can check your emails while you wait for your meal.
There are some more places like this if you look around.
Tours- There are loads of Tour Operators in Olu Deniz offering everything from Turkish Baths to Ephesus and Pammukale trips.
The UK tour operators will tell you they are not insured. However, you will find they use Guide Tours, Seaside Tours and some other companies themselves and these seem to be quite trustworthy. We used both the Tour Company's and local tour operators and found them both of similar quality.
The Ephesus, Pammukale trips are brilliant value as they usually include about four meals!
Fethiye Market (Tuesdays) excursion from Guide Tours is very good. Book the night before for the best price! It usually includes a morning trip to the market, a bit of local sightseeing and a visit to the Ghost Village, Kaya Koy where you will eat a three course lunch in the beautiful garden of a restored Greek house and a visit to the Gold Factory. Others tours do the same, but tend to eat in more touristy places serving burgers etc.
Meal is included - price about £7.00 per person.
Paragliding! The skies above Olu Deniz are filled with paragliders from dawn to dusk! They also land along the beach front which can be a bit of a hazard. if you fancy jumping off a 6,000 foot mountain it will cost you about £45-50 to do so with a trained operator. You will see that sometimes these operators tend to scare the willies out of their passengers by narrowly missing trees and outcrops on the surrounding mountain sides!
Some persons I spoke to found these annoying and one even said they would not return due to them!
Entertainment. Most hotels and restaurants feature Turkish Nights with Belly Dancers. The Main Street restaurants have a few Karaoke bars. There is a small ten pin bowling alley along the far left end of the beach front. Camel rides can be found in the Main Street at night.
I did not see any "live" music, although some of the bigger hotels may have more entertainment available.
Overall, a beautiful place, reasonable prices if you look around.
There are some fantastic excursions to be found at very low prices, or just lay by your hotel pool or get the reception to phone Suara or Sugar Beach to collect you for a day in the beautiful calm waters of the lagoon.
Friendliness
The people in the smaller shops are genuinely friendly and will talk to you, offer you soft drinks or water and will let you try their wares, mainly Turkish Delight and Fruit Teas. This does tend to make you feel slightly obligated, though. I found that many just like to talk to improve their English. Some had lived in the UK.
Some of the restarateurs have honed "being friendly" to an art . Their friendly approach hides an ulterior motive and it can be easy to fall for their patter!
One very good point if you don't like the "up all night" partying environment, is that it does quieten down late at night, and you will not be woken up by loud music blaring out as you would in some Spanish resorts.
The resort has its good and bad points, it is not the kind of place to go if you usually stay in 4 or 5 star hotels, but if you accept and avoid the bad and appreciate the good, you will have a very enjoyable holiday.

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