We booked this hotel after reading other people's reviews, initially a little dubious of plumping for a smaller slightly lesser starred hotel. Thankfully, our fears were all unfounded, because this was a splendid hotel.
Although we had a room on the lower floor, this made no different to the actual holiday, as little time is spent in the room anyway, except for sleeping. Rooms are small, clean and very neatly presented. Curtains are a delight!
Bathroom is cleam, basic and has a shower that can't quite decide whether it wants to be very very hot or a little bit tepid, but this surely adds to the fun of washing!
We ate at the hotel just once, as we preferred to sample the local restaurants. Our Turkish night at the Mgaic Tulip was an enjoyable affair, with an adequate buffet, where you could pile on as much as you wanted for a few lira. Entertainment in the form of a keen and slightly flirtatious belly dancer and some man doing things with fire, while dancing to pumping euro dance music. We had a good night and the place was packed out for the evening.
The hotel has a private swimming pool, a decent size, relatively warm and sun lit too. There are enough loungers surrounding it to relax in throughout the day. When we were there, few people swum, but the elderly (there were a lot of them in this hotel) liked to linger at the sides reading their romance novels. In terms of positioning, the hotel is literally thirty seconds from the beach, probably the best located hotel on the entire resort.
The team of staff is led by the fun and feisty Jack, who is barman and all round good guy. He managed to make the atmosphere lively, friendly and exciting. The rest of the staff are polite, gliding around doing their chores while never getting under your feet.
Moving onto the actual resort of Olu Deniz. Mountains surround you, it is rather like being encased in Jurassic Park. You can take walks into the mountains for miles and have glorious hiking trips. The beach is sand/shingle, but there is enough sand to make it comfy enough to fall asleep on for hours. The sea, is warm enough to swim in and there are fish to see too if you fancy snorkelling.
In terms of things to do in Olu Deniz, for the brave, there is paragliding, we had a delightful boat trip that took us to a few different locations for the day. There are enough shops and stalls to keep you amused, but it is a relatively small town so don't expect a shopper's paradise.
Restaurant choices are good, with enough to cater for all tastes. The best ones were Bella Gusto and Buzz Bar, offering something for the more discerning food critic. Good presentation, food with flavour and finesse. You can get the usual local dishes like meatballs and fresh fish in most restaurants, as well as European dishes. A three course meal, with drinks at Bella Gusto came in at about twelve to fifteen pounds, which is pretty darned good. Drinks are similar price to the UK, food is definitely a lot cheaper.
There is not much to dislike about this resort. Weather is usually hot, we had a little rain in May, but nothing overly drastic.
Useful tip, when visiting Turkey, you will need to buy a visa on arrival at the airport. This is ten pounds, in English money, bought from a visa kiosk. Transfer time to Olu Deniz from Dalaman airport is about an hour and twenty minutes, give or take.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the beach of Oludeniz, this very comfortable, modern hotel will appeal to anyone who wants to explore the resorts numerous bustling shops and restaurants, yet still unwind in a peaceful, natural setting. The rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished, and quests can relax at their own pace around the pool. ... more less
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