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Liberty Hotels Lykia
Ranked #17 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We have stayed at Lykia World Olu Deniz with our young family on at least 4 occasions although haven't been there for a few years. We returned as the resort was available for Easter and our youngest hadn't stayed there. When we booked the holiday, we were lead to believe that we were booking exactly what we had previously but in the interim, the resort has been bought by Liberty Hotels who had made some very fundamental changes to the offering. Previously there were a number of swimming pools to choose from, two buffet restaurants, one overlooking the sea, and a number of a la carte restaurants available for a small additional fee. When we arrived the week before Easter, the resort was only partially open, with building work going on everywhere, with building materials and noise all day long. This restricted the choice of restaurants as the Marina restaurant by the sea was still being refurbished and the Turkish restaurant opened a couple of days before we left, but even more fundamental is the division of the resort into over / under 16 areas.

The renamed Residence Hotel and it's surroundings, including two large pools are effectively over 16 only as well as the Italian and Steak restaurant were open to over 16's only. This left one indoor buffet restaurant and a small swimming pool available for the masses of families with children. if you didn't get a sunbed by the pool first thing in the morning, forget it and a table in the restaurant for dinner at 7pm, then you spent more time looking for a table than actually eating. I likened the whole dining experience in the Village restaurant to prison food. You have to stand in never ending queues with people digging their plates in your back and ended up with cold food by the time you sat down, that was if you didn't have a small child run into you with a plate of spag bol.

There is a waterpark (Childrens' Paradise) which, thankfully, our children didn't tire of, but there was a severe shortage of tubes for the slides. We walked around the resort one afternoon and there are so many activities standing empty. There was a guy minding the archery with not a single person taking part. We enquired but were told that children could only participate for one hour per week (Wednesday at 11am!) with the remaining time set aside for adults and the over 16 pools were completely empty.

Liberty Hotels presumably know their market and intend to market this resort to couples and families alike but be warned, if you have been here previously and are drawn back to it because of the expanse of the resort and endless activities, then you may want to rethink your holiday as it is not like this anymore. On the upside, the Chinese restaurant was pretty good as was the Turkish when it finally opened.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are certainly worth the extra money.
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8  Thank Sue N
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Liberty-Hotels-Lykia, Genel Müdür at Liberty Hotels Lykia, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2014

Merhaba (Hello),

first of all I want to apologize for the late reply. A lot has changed since your last stay here and we are sure that we will make you happy on your next stay here with us.
Hope to see you again.

Kind regards

Mehmet BİÇER
General Manager
Liberty Hotels Lykia and SENTIDO Lykia Resort & Spa

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Difficult to know where to start in describing this resort.
Views;It is set in the most beautiful area with turquoise blue sea and islands rising up out of the sea..stunning scenery.The main bars and pools give an uninterrupted view over the beach.Beautiful flowers growing in the resort and lovely butterflies and bluebirds flying around.
Pools; several lovely pool areas from the fab children's paradise area with water slides,beach area and lazy river, the quiet relaxing pools and the main pool with daily pool games such as water polo and aqua aerobics.
Food; there are a number of restaurants and I have to say I never saw queues for food or lack of cutlery,etc.
The food is AMAZING, just lovely. Great variety of fresh fish,meat seafood and vegetarian dishes,fresh pasta made and cooked in front of you. (I counted 47 different types of fresh bread on the bread area....insane!! and 52 different desserts and cakes for the sweet toothed.)
Room; we had a garden room which was beautifully done,I think it must have been recently refurbished. We had 2 fab wet rooms, fluffy bathrobes,nice toiletries. There were 2 balconies one at front and one at rear with side views of the sea and great views of the surrounding mountains.
Kid's entertainment;10 am until 9;30 with all ages up to mid teens catered for by incredibly enthusiastic staff. Hardly saw my teenage sons as they were so busy doing archery,table tennis,canoeing,football etc
Building work;went with concerns about this but I think the major work has been completed and results well worth the work as the Marina restaurant reopened while we were there and looks fab. Previous reviewers mentioned JCBs on the beach,these have gone and result is a lovely wooden boardwalk running down to the beach with 2 decked beach bars again with views over the sea and the sounds of the waves breaking on the shore.
The worse moment of this holiday for all of the family was leaving, we were treated like VIPs throughout in a truly stunning resort. There is something for everyone here and I cannot wait to visit again in the future.

Room Tip: Resort is quite hilly so if you have difficulty walking you may want rooms nearer to reception altho...
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9  Thank janepetterson
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We stayed as a family with 3 children aged between 7 and 10 years from 7th-14th April. We had a great holiday but there's a number of things that the hotel could do better!

Pros: The resort looks great - I'm sure it will look amazing work when all the building work is finished. The food was excellent - couldn't fault the quality or the choice. The Children's Paradise area is perfect for the kids - there's lots of great slides and pools with lunch and drinks right on hand. Unlimited pool towels are readily available. The resort is super clean and well laid out. There's a wonderful bar overlooking the beach which is perfect for a late afternoon drink. Kids club was well run with plenty of activities - our children particularly enjoyed the judo lessons, the mini club film and the children's show. There's loads of tennis courts.

Cons: Felt a bit like we were staying on a building site. A sizeable part of the resort has now been reserved for 16+ guests. This is crazy as the families are packed into a tight area, where it's difficult to get sunbeds in the day and tables in the the evening, while the 16+ side is virtually empty. We had one opportunity to walk around the resort without the children and were really disappointed to see the amount of 16+ pools that had no more than 4-5 people sitting around them while we struggled to find a space around the family pools. Finding a table in the restaurant (especially at dinner) was not easy either and it was particularly annoying to hear reports that the 16+ restaurant was far from busy. The weather was quite mixed - we had some lovely days but one day when it rained there was nothing to do as the children's indoor pool was basically inside a makeshift tent and very small while the 16+ indoor pool was almost empty. Check-in was awful. After a transfer of 1.5 hours we were hoping to head straight to our room but we (and many other new arrivals) were told that it wasn't ready and were sent to get a drink for over an hour while they sorted it out. I think we can blame the fact that it was the start of the season but it wasn't much appreciated after a long journey.

Saying all of this, we still feel that we had a lovely holiday but urge the hotel to consider opening the 16+ areas to families, especially during the school holidays.

Room Tip: Be aware that this resort is full of hills. If you have any mobility issues it may not be the place...
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5  Thank DanielleWatkins
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

If you are thinking of going with a family don't hesitate. This place is fantastic for children of all ages, best facilities we have seen anywhere. The children's paradise is just that! Can't praise it enough. The staff and entertainment team work very hard, they are so pleasant and helpful and can't do enough for the children. Agree with all the positive reviews others have submitted. Yes it has changed since we last visited but some things for the better and we were not disappointed second time round and would not hesitate to book again. Our little granddaughter also lost her precious bunny and we would like to pass on our sincere thanks once again to guest relations and reception staff who went the extra mile to find and return him to her





Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

extremely delighted to stay at this resort! food was delicious, everyone was friendly and environment was superb! the only thing that my friends and i were not happy about was the failure of air conditioning in our rooms. the weather is getting hotter and hotter so it should have been fixed earlier.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

We went to lykia work I'm June 2013 for one week and we have now just booked an 11 day stay at this amazing place! We left and did not have one bad thing to say about lykia world! We spent days this year trying to find a holiday that comes close to lykia world and we failed miserably so we booked a holiday to go back! There are two buffet resturants indoor and outdoors (view of the beach AMAZING) the outdoor one does get quite busy so get there as early as you can. The food is outstanding even for the fussiest of Easter (my other half) you can have a stone baked pizza with your choice of oppings to sushi to a kebab to pasta you name it they have it. All cooked fresh right in front of your eyes! Even breakfast the place is full of choice! We went all inclusive and all we had to pay for was ice cream and theanything from the mini fridge!

They have a water park at the top end of the resort which is the best one we've seen, there's a little bus tha takes you from reception to the water park then to the beach and then back to reception s need to walk (free of charge) there's a pig outdoor pool for all the family to use which is lovely! Righties the centre near the bar and shops and food! All towels are included in the all inclusive. There is also a adult only pool for those who want peace and quiet. Which is beautiful. The beach is amazing with plent of beds to choose from with sme of them under a cover for shade if that's what you prefer. You can swim out to the lagoon and chill. Taking in the scenery which is out of this world, the resort is hugged by a mountain and the beah the other side. And all you see is the gliders in the sky.

Now for e entertainment! oh my god!!!!!! I would pay good.money to see the entertainment that lykis world pit on and my son who was 4 last year when we went LOVED it! It's on for around an hour in an outdoor arena and the get the kids up dancing get fire eaters acrobats. Even got 29 chairs stacked up on one another and a man balancing it! It's what you see in the circus! When that's over at the bar area they have a huge outdoor disco with speakers bigger than a car that all kids and adults enjoy!

Now fr the roomer. Last year we went with the ''larger room with garden view balcony" best room we have ever stayed in. You have a queen side bed with mirrors on the ceiling (don't ask) HUGE wardrobe cover in mirrors. Steps that go down to a mini living room where a sofa bed is where our son slept which leads on to the balcony (lockable doors). It's the bathroom that got us! You walk in and there's twin sinks and. Wall covered in a mirror you pull that walk open and hidden behind is the toilet and a wet room shower with two shower heads and the shower head is big as a table, all three of us got showered together. This year we have gone for the same room but with SEA VIEW :) the larger room is worth the extra money for sure! What's also nice is you have no tower blocks the rooms are like little apartments Ian villiage a really much better look. I could go on and on about how good lykia world is but you should just go to see yourself. Big mention to the staff who entertain kids at the pool in the day and are still there in the evening entertaining us All in the evening and even at the disco at midnight! All excursions are also sold on site! There are also three Resturants on top for the two buffet resturants at Alan extra charge there was a Chinese a steak and an Indian I think not sure now but if you fancy a change one evening then you can book in one of them (on site) Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: If your eating at the buffet resturants get there earlier if you can they do a breakfast and also re...
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5  Thank Pippa H
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

Just returned last week after spending 7 nights at this resort. Fabulous food, facilities and staff. The general standard of accommodation was excellent. Definitely a 5star resort, and I have extensively travelled world wide. Please do not have any reservations regarding the 'building work'... Very minimal and only evidence can be found if you go hunting. Would def recommend.... GO!!

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
4  Thank simwin298
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Address: Faralya Mah. Kidrak Sokak 6, Oludeniz 48330, Turkey (Formerly Lykia World Oludeniz)
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Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Oludeniz
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Oludeniz
#8 Spa Hotel in Oludeniz
#11 Luxury Hotel in Oludeniz
#15 Romantic Hotel in Oludeniz
#19 Family Hotel in Oludeniz
Price Range: $183 - $1,229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Liberty Hotels Lykia 5*
Number of rooms: 645
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Residence section has 266 rooms and Village has 609 rooms. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lykia World Oludeniz Hotel Oludeniz
Lykiaworld Hotel Oludeniz
Lykiaworld Resort Oludeniz
Lykiaworld Fethiye

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