Hotel Alize Review
The Hotel Alize (pronounced "Aleezuh" locally) is not the most expensive all-inclusive hotel in OluDeniz, but has many facilities for a very enjoyable stay.
July 31st - Aug 14th 2009
Family, two adults, three teenagers and one 7 year old.
Ideal! Just 200 yards off the top of the main shopping strip, so far enough away to be quiet, and near enough to walk with ease. Walking down through the strip you get to the main beach (10 to 15 mins walk) where there are many restaurants (not that you should need them!). Do watch out for the paragliders that land along the front! Adjacent to the Hotel is a Taxi rank should you wish to venture to local places and sights - Hisaronu is 12 Lire for example.
Accommodation is made up of half a dozen different sized blocks, roughly around the pool, of three stories - as with all hotel complexes we have stayed in in Turkey there are steps everywhere so can be a little difficult if you have a buggy. You may want to request a quiet room when you book (we did) as personally I would not be too keen on being in the block adjacent to the entertainment amphitheatre.
We had two rooms, one standard 2 plus 1 room - 2 single beds that can be put together and a window sofa bed - only suitable for a pre-teenager. The other room was a "family" room - two beds, the window sofa-bed and bunk beds. The bunk beds were not terribly comfortable. The main beds seemed to vary - I was very happy with mine, but some reported sloping beds! I would describe the rooms as adequate size - certainly not large, but perfectly fine for the only time you need to be in there - sleeping!
The rooms also had small bedside tables, a dressing table with two small cupboards, a reasonable sized wardrobe, a fridge and a TV. Air conditioning was also included - and necessary to sleep at night. The bathroom consisted of loo, basin and shower - all worked well and we were never short of hot water. The balconies were rather small - not really useful for anything other than drying towels/clothes etc.
Rooms were sympathetically cleaned every day - ie beds made, floor swept, clean towels - without everything being moved (if like me you don’t keep everything perfectly tidy you appreciate this)
Food & Drink
Plenty available nearly all day long! Breakfast from 7.30 to 10.00 is continental style (lovely fresh bread) plus scrambled and boiled eggs, sausage (frankfurter type) etc, plus the omlet man, who cooks them to your order, or will do fried eggs too - there can be a small queue for him at times. Coffee/Tea, 4 types of fruit juices (cooled squash rather than fresh squeezed) and water all available to drink and all day long too.
If you miss main breakfast, a "late breakfast" with smaller range is available until 11.00.
At 10.00 the bar opens - yipee - all-inclusive drinks include Beer (Efes and Becks, not that I could tell the difference, but refreshingly cold), Red and White Wine (best for mixing with lemonade), Vodka, Gin and Raki (the Turkish aniseed flavoured liqueur - again nice mixed with lemonade for the last drink of the night), and coffee (from a machine, but quite nice, if a little strong for some people). Also genuine Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta went down well with the kids who could go and ask at the bar themselves. The 4 fruit juices and water cooler were available self-service all day at the bar also. The bar is open non-stop until midnight. I believe you could also purchase drinks up to 2am!
(I heard tell of people getting stomach upsets from the Juices, but personally I drank the Lemon juice every day and had not such problem.)
The tall barman may appear grumpy, but you can have a laugh with him, trying to make him smile!
Lunch is served from 12.00 to 14.00 in the restaurant, a reasonable sized self-service buffet - fresh bread, up to 10 salads, two or three cooked foods plus spaghetti, chips, rice etc. Most people I spoke to were happy with the selection, with the exception of the teenagers who were less likely to try something they haven’t tried before (eg Stuffed Pumpkin). I found the selection great - with something different to try each day - but I like trying anything! Disappointing for them was the chips - these were without exception under cooked. All other food was well cooked, and all meat showed no signs of being under cooked. Again juices, water and coffee also available.
There was also a snack bar which opens 14.00 to 17.00 serving burgers and chips to order (this the teenagers approved and used frequently - there is no limit on how many you can have). They also served "Pizza", but disappointingly for the kids this was nothing like Pizza Hut or Dominos, rather small slices with very little cheese, just other toppings.
At 15.00 to 17.00 the Ice Cream is served - this may sound like only a small amount of time, but to be honest you can go as many times as you like. They serve small cones with scoops of two out of three flavours (Vanilla/Strawberry/Chocolate) available at any one time. We found the ice cream to be very nice/tasty but the cones we were not so keen on.
Evening meal is served 19.30-22.00. A similar selection to lunch, plus a barbecue item (eg fish, kebab, chicken etc). Same comments as lunch, although there must have been a special offer on chicken towards the end of our stay - a variation of meats would have been nicer.
23.00-24.00 the snack bar open again! Just for burgers this time, again well patronised by our teenagers!
The usual complaint was "not enough sun beds" but where don’t you get that! To guarantee a bed you had to get on it before 7am and not leave it until breakfast. Pool towels are provided, which can be swapped for clean ones every three days - however they are so small/thin that they aren’t much use so you may like to take your own, or do as we did and buy some locally. Plenty of umbrellas if you want some shade.
There is a small "baby" pool which looked nice, but we didn’t use. The main pool was a good size, never looked crowded, and even when used for activities during the day, left adequate space for others. Three-quarters of the pool was around 1.5 metres deep with a deep end.
There was a water slide/flume that was operated between 15.00 and 17.00 for anyone - it was well used and enjoyed, but at times there didn’t seem sufficient water flow.
The pool-side floor tiles were rather slippy when wet - we all had a few near accidents during the day. Before evening meal they used a machine to dry this off to avoid further slips!
Due to the location of the resort of OluDeniz (not just this hotel) with mountains on either side, the sun only hits the pool around 9am and has gone by 7pm. Some sun beds are in shade before this time, so you may wish to look where you prefer.
Any inflatables left in the pool at the end of the day are collected up and placed under the flume for anyone to use the following day. We enjoyed a Whale for a few days!
The pool appeared clean, and we saw chemicals being added at the end of the day, however, there were a worrying number of ear infections among guests (including our family) during our stay. On the positive side it was very easy to access a doctor - usually arrived on site withing 10 minutes. Just a reminder to ensure you have travel insurance!
We had read reviews of a Hi-Di-Hi regime at this hotel - I would disagree! If all you want is to sit by a quiet pool all day then this is not the ideal hotel for you, but for everyone else it’s fine.
The "Animation Team" work extremely hard all day long, and must be congratulated for everything they do, which is both adult and child friendly.
They start with a 10am "Good Morning" dance, followed by "Water Aerobics" - nothing too serious and of course optional. This is followed by the club dances - variations on "follow the leader" etc which the young kids really loved joining in.
At 3pm they organise "Water Polo" for anyone to join in - depending on who takes part (kids and adults) it can be a bit competitive or just fun!
Pool games are also played at various times (mainly for kids but some for adults too!) such as tug-o-war, diving for spoons, walking on lilos, skipping on a surf board etc etc. Also some days there was a Darts competition (not in the pool!)
There is also a small playground for young children, and a kids club (log cabin) where at various time painting/drawing was supervised.
In the evening the same Animation team provide entertainment in the Amphitheatre. This starts with a "mini-disco" for the kids at 19.30, followed by the main thing at 20.00 - this invariably started with some dances including (inexplicably) YMCA - but everyone dutifully joined in! The main event varied each night, with such things as Quiz (fun if not totally accurate!), Bingo (with prizes), Comedy Shows (the one we went to wasn’t that good), or outside groups, such as an African Team who were excellent. Shows were finished off with more club dances (same every day) that the kids loved to join in down on the stage.
Music and entertainment was always finished by midnight when all went quiet. It was possible to occasionally hear music from other hotels, but nothing past midnight.
If you want to enjoy the club dances after you get home from holiday, the team (in true Turkish tradition) sell a CR-R with all the common music on for 20 Lire.
Table Tennis and Pool are free - you just have to leave a refundable deposit at reception for the bats and balls etc - we purchased our own set of table tennis bats as the ones supplied were "well used" so we could play any time - others did the same.
There was also a Gym - which looked well equipped, although I never saw a single person using all the time we were there!
Free use of an internet PC was also available, and you usually didn’t have to wait long for it. This PC was in a TV room, which we came to call the "Cold Room" due to the excellent air con. In this room there was also a bookcase where you could swap books with ones others had left previously.
Free bus service to/from a beach in the Blue Lagoon runs every day - check times at reception - lovely for a change from around the pool - no cost other than if you wish to purchase a drink or ice cream while you are there.
Additional cost facilities available included Massage, Shave, Pedicure (really good, although the nail varnish faded by the end of the holiday), Barbers, Baby Sitting, Tennis.
There was also a photography team based on site who continually took photos hoping you would buy them, and would also organise evening photo shoots if you wished. You were not obliged to buy any of them, but if you wanted to there was a neat computer system where you could view them and place an order (single 7x5 prints were £4 each, other sizes and formats available).
Generally they were all friendly and helful - we had an issue when we arrived (at 5am) of not being allocated the rooms we have booked - this was swiftly and politely resolved the following day.
The waiters organise a weekly football match against the holiday makers - costs 20 Lire per player to cover the mini bus and floodlights at a local asto-turf. Like the water polo this can be a competitive event, and I wouldn’t recommend it to young children, but great for men and strong teenagers.
We had a great time at the Alize and would strongly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Alize Hotel Oludeniz
- Alize Hotel Olu Deniz