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“tremendous views, but spartan rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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Viverde Hotel Loryma
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kaygiseki Cad. 92, Sok. 1-15, Turunc 48700 , Turkey   |  
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Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Turunc
Pittsburgh
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“tremendous views, but spartan rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2009

Let me start with the positive: 1) the views are spectacular, probably the best I have ever seen, and I have been to Rio, Spain, Riviera, western US, etc. 2) Bar perched on the edge of the cliff is one of the best places I have been. Cool bartender, cool music, starry nights. Will always have memories of sitting in hammocks sipping wine, listening to Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" with a thousand foot drop below us and shooting stars in front of us. 3) Pool of absolutely clear, chlorine-free water (freshly cycled so always clean) is one of the best swimming experiences I have had.

Now the negatives: our room was, to say the least, spartan. This may be part of the appeal for some people, feeling they have gone to the end of the earth. We called the bar "the bar at the end of the world." Sheets were coarse and rough, something like towels in a military barracks. Beds were single mattresses and hard. Screens on windows had holes, so we had various creepy crawlies in the room all week-- spiders, mosquitoes, other odd bugs, so two or three nights I woke up with welts from bug bites all over me. I started to get afraid to go to sleep. Water in the showers is so hard that it is basically salt water. Maybe some people like this but my hair was like straw after a week, and skin felt crusted in salt. Dishes we washed all had salt flavor. Walls were paper thin so we heard all kinds of noise from neighboring rooms (and I assume they heard us). Pieces fell off the faucet from time to time, leading to a flood one day. Windows had no springs so were like guillotines that could slice down on you. One screen entirely popped off and stayed unrepaired. None of the rooms appears to have the great view you can see from the pool and bar: they all seem to have big bushes in front of them that obscure the view. So... if all of this is not a problem, go for the views. We felt it was like camping. For a few days it is great but after a while you just feel campy and dirty.

Staff was generally helpful and friendly but English ability was spotty and one German staff woman was fairly grumpy.

Breakfast is not free- costs around $10 and does not include orange juice-- instead they have "Tang" (created in the factories of Dupont chemical company). So much for natural nutrition! Flies circle all over the breakfast buffet.

Ride from the nearest airport is 2 hours including the last half hour over cliffside rutted roads. Our bus broke down on one steep hill. Dizziest roads I have ever been on, (including all of above mentioned places) but plus side is drivers do drive carefully.

Downside of terrific views is you cannot walk to the ocean, but there is a regular shuttle down to the seaside.

Overall-- this is NOT a luxury hotel. It is one step up from camping, in one of the most spectacular areas of nature in the world.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2009

I stayed at the Loryma at the start of the Turkish holiday season with my husband and his mother and brother and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We were really exhausted on the night we got there though as the transfer from Dalaman airport had taken nearly two hours and by the time we reached the hotel, at the dead of night, it felt more like we'd been on a long-haul flight. We were starving when we got there as there had been nowhere to buy any food at the airport. The staff had left us a little basket though filled with a few slices of bread, some eggs, butter, jam, honey, coffee and tea bags and there was some milk and orange juice in the fridge but nothing nearly enough to feed four very hungry adults.
Anyway, the view on waking up the next morning more than compensated for the lack of food. Being on a hillside , the hotel has some most spectacular views of the village down by the harbour, which is called Turunc. The hotel itself is quite amazing. The staff are friendly, although we did encounter a couple of not-very-bright, slightly grumpy receptionists during our stay. The facilities are quite good and they have two swimming pools, one outdoor and one indoor. It's worth noting though that the indoor pool wasn't heated, which was a problem because inside was very cool and if you want to use the outdoor pool, you have to do so early because staff start stacking away all deckchair mattresses once the sun hits the back of the mountain. There's also a gym, which my husband and myself used once but the equipment was ancient and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Food was a bit of an issue since we were there for two weeks and found the prices very steep. We ate at the hotel a few times but then decided on a little variety and tried some of the restaurants in Turunc. We shouldn't have bothered as the prices were ridiculous and the food was pretty much the same everywhere we went (except for Friar Tuck's which makes the best beef and grilled onions sandwich I've ever tasted, and cheap at that). Any attempt from restaurants at producing some local dishes was very half-hearted and you would easily find better and cheaper Turkish food in London than in Turunc. The atmosphere was lovely though and the local people very eager to help.
If you want more than just to relax by the pool out of your holiday, there's loads to do. There's a shuttle service from the hotel to the village if you don't fancy walking and from there you can either catch a boat or the dolmus (local bus service) to Icmeler or Marmaris and do a bit of shopping, visit the castle(which is really tiny but quite picturesque) or just laze down by the beach (the one in Turunc isn't particularly pretty). We also booked quite a few trips and activities and for most of them, you're picked up and chauffeured from the hotel. We went on the Turkish night which was brilliant. The food was just about OK but they weren't in any way skimpy about the drinks and the show was fabulous. There was a lot of folkloric dancing, belly dancing and even a few fire eaters and fire jugglers at the end of the night. We also tried the safari tour which was ruined by the fact that it poured constantly the whole day. And I do mean that it POURED! But we were told that they don't get freak weather like that very often. We went on the Caunos and Dalyan tour where you get to take a mud bath (don't forget your flip-flops, it can get very slippery, I should know, I fell twice!) and the Turkish bath experience, where you lie down on a large slab of burning marble and are scrubbed, foamed, rubbed and washed very thoroughly. For an additional fee (which is nominal by London standards), you also get to spend a few minutes in the jacuzzi before you're massaged all over by expert hands.
We also went on the Ephesus tour, which must have been the highlight of the holiday. Do remember to wear something loose and light though and pack extra sunscreen, an extra bottle of water and a large-brimmed hat as it can be a long walk and it gets extremely hot. Vendors aren't allowed within the ruins of the city, so no drinks, food or hats once you're in and it would be hard for an ambulance to make its way through, so do everything you can to avoid fainting! Same goes if you decide to get the ferry to Rhodes island for a day trip. And don't forget your passport either!
My advice to anyone staying at Loryma would be to book all of the tours with the hotel. We thought we were being clever by shopping around and saving a few pounds here and there but we later understood the slight difference in price. For tours not booked with the hotel, you are picked up a lot earlier as the driver has to pick up tourists from other hotels as well. And the same thing goes for the drop-off in the evening. And since some of the tours can be very tiring and you are picked up early (as early as 06:00 for some trips), you'll wish you'd just payed a little bit more and got to spend that extra hour in bed.
The hotel also offers activities that you won't find elsewhere. We tried the half-day canoeing with their friendly and professional sports team, which was great fun but hard work. They also do mountain-biking, kayaking, walks, wall-climbing and for those with guts, canyoning.
However, if you are travelling with kids, it can be hard to find them something to do. There are a couple of waterparks in Marmaris and we tried the one up the hill (I can't remember its name) and it was quite fun but be prepared for extortionate prices. For an adult, it's nearly as expensive as a day pass to Disneyland.
So if you want to holiday somewhere relaxed without being cut off from the rest of the world, Loryma ticks all the right boxes. You won't come across the hordes of embarassing British tourists that you'll find boozing in the centre of Marmaris in the heat of summer. All in all, it's a great place to stay, the accommodation is a bargain for what you get but then could very easily spend just as much on food as you do on accommodation.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2009

Booked a 2 bed apartment through CLC. We arrived early a.m. after a tortuous 2 hour journey along bumpy roads from the airport to find that another party with the same name had been given our room by mistake. The apologetic staff gave us 2 rooms for the first night which wasnt ideal but we just needed some sleep at that point. Next day they made amends by moving all our stuff to our new room where we had that fantastic view of the pretty village of Turunc and its spectacular bay, probably the prettiest I have seen in Europe.

The resort itself was spacious and the staff found extra beds for the pool when all of them were used. The food was of a high quality at lunch by the pool and also in each of the 2 retaurants in the evening; one buffet and one a la carte. the a la carte was perched on the top of the cliff with that lovely view again. Prices were reasonable for a resort of this quality. Young children are well catered for with the pool and there is a small games room but there probably isnt quite enough for young teens to do. Older teens can go the outdoor activity trips e.g. white water rafting, mountain biking, canyoning.

The rooms were clean and comfortable but not luxurious and a bit of a squash as there were 6 of us. Only the main bedroom was airconed and given that temp reached 45C it was a bit hot at night. There was only one bathroom in our appt.

The open air bar, run by Frankie, was a highlight with cushions and hammocks and a cool looking bar serving cocktails etc. You could sit and watch shooting stars at night and gaze at the milky way.The cost of everything was very reasonable compared to other european beach resorts.

Turunc itself is a real village with family run restaurants who look after their own patch of the beach and get you drinks and food all day. They each have shower facilities and do a very good job of looking after you. They are all excellent and you will have a great meal at any one of them. I was impressed by the low price at the end of a long day on the beach considering everything we had. Dont miss the multi stop all-day boat trip with lunch included. there are some beautiful unspoilt places on this piece of coastline and you get to swim and go ashore at 6 of them.

The shops and weekly market are nice with local fake stuff and merchants are prepared to haggle. A real eye opener was the fact that shop staff would let you take stuff home and then come back and pay them the next day if you had run out of cash! Imagine that in a UK seaside town.

After this trip we have decided we love this resort and especially Turkey as the turks really know how to help you have a great holiday. But we seldom go back to the same resort, so next year we are going to the new CLC Adonis near Bodrum.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire UK
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

Having read previous reviews which to be honest were negative, we were pleasantly surprised by most aspects. We stayed 10 days and booked our trip trhrough travel republic and therefore were not in the Club la Costa rooms.

The room was good, it was apparently newly refurbished to a good standard. There is an air con unit in the lounge and each bedroom, the bathroom has a jacuzzi bath with a very powerful shower. All the kitchen appliances are a good brand and almost new. The TV has only 1 english speaking channel ( Aljezzera int news) I belive that there are other english channels.

The site is very hilly and is in the 40 + degree heat, it can be hard to get around the site. The drinks on site are not expensive!! A large draught Efe's lager was less than £2 a vodka & tonic around £3.50. However, in the village, you can get the 2 drinks in any of the bars for £4 + most will arrange a free lift home for you. All the village restaurants charge roughly the same for comparative meals i.e. Fillet steak with trimmings will set you back £10. The wine seems to be acidic and is around £9 per bottle wherever you go.

Staff are great, 'Frankie' (looks like a well known jockey!) the bar man is a lovely fella and goes out of his way to welcome you. Good luck with your baby Frankie!

Restaurants
There is a fantastic fish and chip restaurant in the main street 'frier tuck' . I can tell you they are the best I ever tasted and you can have a laugh at Feyzel as he attempts different english accents. He is a great lad and a credit to Christine the english owner.

Elif Johns just of Main street is also fantastic food and John and his family are fanatstic people witrh turkish and english cuisine at very reasonable prices..... the mexican steak was brilliant.

Bar
A good one is the Habit Bar just of main street, Bulant, Halit and Atta are fantastic fella's offer a warm friendly welcome and good music.

The local people were fantastic not pushy just happy to see you and if you don't want to eat or drink they are quite happy to have a chat. All the bars are restricted in that they have to charge the same in all the bars and that they are not allowed to 'pitch' you in the street, if they get caught by the council officialswho are usually present, they can be closed down for a month with immediate effect.

You can exchange your sterling with J&M travel, June is the 'J' and they have a good rate she can also provide you with all the trips you need at a fraction of the price at the Loryma. However if you go for the turkish at Icemelar, watch out for the pushy blond russian lady who was fairly insulting to my wife because she didn't want any 'extra's'.

Overall probably our best ever holiday and we will return

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lancashire England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2009

The Loryma is a lovely hotel and the grounds and gardens are beautiful. However, it is very hilly and can be quite a climb to get to your room especially in the heat.

The restaurants, pools and bars are very nice and the staff were brilliant.

The rooms are very basic and feel they could do with a face lift, and the Loryma express that takes you into the village does not run often enough and can get very crowded.

It is a lovely place to stay but does have it's disadvantages because of the location being so high up, but the views are absolutley stunning.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TW11, London
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2009

The Loryma Resort pretty much looks as it does in the pictures. We booked for four nights and paid £160 in total. I have to say that there seemed to be a huge disparity in prices through various booking websites and the same 4 days ranged from £72 - over £200. Our accommodation had lovely views, although with so many spectacular views in that part of Turkey I wouldn't say they are any more special than say those over Kalamar or Kalkan/Kas etc. The accommodation was roomy but sparsely kitted (not even a corkscrew in self catering accommodation)! In fact I would say that EVERY expense had been spared furnishing it. Some cushions on the white plastic balcony chairs would have been welcome as well as a better fitted kitchen. It would have been very challenging I think to cook a meal with only one electric plug to service the kettle, hob and microwave. However we did speak to other guests who had a better kitted kitchen. The resort was clean, the staff were helpful and polite, the pool area is nice with, again, lovely views. You'll need to be comfortable with 'kiddie noise' at the pool as it's largely a family resort. However you can sit in quieter parts of the pool area. We thought the prices in the resort were reasonable considering that we were a captive audience, with wine and beer no more expensive than the average restaurant/bar in town. We went on a lovely half day trip with Loryma called 'Wandertour' that we could not possibly have sourced ourselves in the short time we were there.

Of Turunc itself, it's pleasantly small and you will have explored most of it in less than a day. There were some decent clothes shops for summer/beach wear but the selection for 'arts/crafts and souveniers' was poor. We went on an all day boat trip, booked down at the harbour, for an incrediblly good value £10. It included a splendid lunch, stopping at 5 different bays, one of which was a land stop, for swimming etc. Fantastic value for money.

We also visited Bondjuk restaurant which had been heavily recommended by other 'Trip Advisors'. It was a huge disappointment. Our expensive king prawn starter consisted of 4 king prawns which were quite obviously frozen and tasted of blotting paper, the main courses, lamb and steak, were indifferent. The service was so slow it was painful. We did complain about the prawns and not charged for them; they also admitted they were frozen. The restaurant itself is in a lovely spot and maybe we just caught them on a bad day but we won't be returning.

A restaurant to definitely avoid though is called CARDAK and sits on the front next to the Jandarma. Expensive and indifferent. At the end of the meal we were offered a liqueur. Given that it is a Turkish custom to offer hospitality/thanks by way of a free local liqueur, we accepted - and were then charged for them! There is nothing about this restaurant that I can recommend.

On our third night we did get lucky with a lovely restaurant called PASHA. At half the price we'd paid for two very indifferent meals, with lovely fresh food, delightfully cooked, I definitely DO recommend this. The starter was an incredible mix of mint and prawns (fresh of course) and the mains delicious. We were offered liquers, which we accepted, and they were 'gratis'. PASHA is situated on a road parallel to the main drag - one back from the main drag heading away from the sea. We asked where it was in town, having been given the recommendation, and were quickly directed.

The beach front at Turunc looked like it could do with a bit of litter collection, but nothing wildly offensive.

Chris, TW11, England

Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

We stayed in the Club La Costa apartments. We had a one bedroom apartment (216)which slept upto 4. Room facilities were excellent as was the cleanliness. Maid was great that you didn't really notice her being in and out the apartment. Tractor service down to village a bit of a rough ride but fun and free. A taxi cost approx 10 lira (£4.40 approx). Food in resort was average and okay priced, but only ate there twice as found village much better choice. On site there was 2 pools, internet connection, gym, pool table, table tennis and tennis court. Views from the pool area are amazing. Did not have much problem getting a sunbed when we wanted despite being a school week. Would not recommend for those with difficulties with hills - lots of stairs although there is ramps for buggys, wheelchairs and heavy suitcases!

Turunc is a lovely resort, we also visited Icmeler & Marmaris which were nice but much more built up and touristy - not as beautiful as Turunc. You can get the water ferry to these resorts for under a £5 return, great way to travel, Marmaris is 45 mins away and Icmeler is approx 30 mins.

Turunc at night the main street is closed to traffic which makes it nice and safe. The shops are open late (10pm) - the Turkish never sleep!

For dinner you should go to Cardac on the far side of village next to the harbour, Ali was really helpful as was the other staff. Try the Cherkome Koffte (not sure if I spelt this right - sorry!)

For drink "Bar 48" you will find the crazy Ramsay who is very hospitable, if you like to drink in peace though the "Garden Bar" - not its full name but it is in the main street.

Turunc is not party central, no club 18-30's and nobody to spoil your holiday. Its just a really laid back enjoyable place to be and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kaygiseki Cad. 92, Sok. 1-15, Turunc 48700 , Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Turunc
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Turunc
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Viverde Hotel Loryma 4*
Number of rooms: 166
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The inner complex offers guests an indoor pool with a countercurrent system, a spa pool, a sauna and medical care. Furthermore, there is a gym and tennis courts as well as a climbing wall and abseiling equipment available. The younger guests will enjoy the swimming pool with paddling area, a playground, a children's house, a kids' club, a games room and a petting zoo with many animals. The babysitting service may be used on request. ... more   less 
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