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“Great family holiday, really enjoyed it”
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Alize Hotel
Ranked #25 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 16, 2009

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.

Location:
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:
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!

Pool:
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!

Daily Activities:
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.

Other facilities:
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).

Staff:
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.

Summary:
We had a great time at the Alize and would strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

I really fail to see how anyone can not have a great holiday here. Clean, spacious rooms (we had 3 and four bedded upstairs and basements in our party), beautiful pool area, friendly staff, entertainment team who don't push you into anything and great, varied food! Location is fantastic, so rare to get all inclusives in the middle of resorts. We did suffer sickness in our party, although not tummy upsets that I do feel are generaly down to little more than change of diet and heat. Ear infections were the biggy during our stay. Youngest of our party (7/8) being sent to hospital for thorough checks, a dear do! Be advised to put ear plugs in young ones who spend all day submerged in the pool, as it was these that were affected. All of our party under 12 were affected and ended up with antibiotic drops from chemist who was aware of problem in our hotel. Thomas Cook were utterly useless and showed little interest, even when one patient was certified 'unfit to travel'. Hotel staff on the other hand were fab, the hotel manager organised tests on the pool immediately after being approached and reception staff checking on how we were all doing each time we saw them. Despite these medical issues, we had a fabulous holiday because that's what we went away for. I'd put money on the negative reviewers being able to honestly say their glasses are half full!
Great hotel, great staff, great food, great resort, great holiday, great memories.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

Six of us went on this holiday including 2 children, age 11 and 8. The hotel was very clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble.
Three of the group are very fussy eaters but always found something to eat.
The weather was absolutely fab while we were away. This was our first trip to Turkey and we cant wait to return next year.
Olu Deniz is a beautiful resort. We particularly loved N-Joy for a cocktail or two!!! All of the turkish people were extremely helpful and friendly.
We met some lovely people and the only downside was coming home!!
Looking to book the Alize again next year for great value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

First time to Turkey, an attempt to save money with all inclusive ! As others have said the rooms are not the largest but they are kept very clean and what a suprise a large double bed. I cannot criticise the staff they just can't do enough for you. Our party was 4 mature adults (over 40 not yet 60) who do not get up at 7 so for the duration of our stay we never had a sunbed so did not use the pool. The bonus was this forced us down to the free beach (seahorse) on the lagoon, nice shelving beach, no great waves as with the town beach and a good choice of food, ok you have to pay but the prices aren't too bad. We had an evening meal down on the beach to celebrate my wifes birthday and it was excellent, they set a table on the beach that was beautifully laid and covered with flowers, a meal and experience not to be forgotten.
The food at the Alize is plain and chicken everyday with maybe a couple of other items. When they do the barbeque meals they are a lot better. We all got upset stomachs and not just for one day! If like us you are used to Greece do not expect to have a siesta the noise from the pool and loudspeakers prevent this.The choice of alcohol is poor, Vodka, Gin, and Raki along with one of the weakest beers I think I have ever drunk plus red and white wine.
The resort is compact and very touristy but I would come back again due to the friendlyness of all we met and the scenery but unfortunately not at the Alize.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2009

This hotel was rated 4 star but Im not quite sure by whose standards? The rooms were small and not very well lit. Our air conditioning was leaking water. We did report it and they came to fix it but it started dripping again the day after. About a few days into the holiday we both started to have a bad stomach upset. It was more then the usual dodgy tummy with severe pain in the stomach. We found out nearly 85% of the other guests had either got it or had it. The food was open buffet and was basic. The hotel staff were very friendly and worked really hard to try and sort out any problems. There was a massive problem with sun beds ie there just wasnt enough!! If you wnated one you had to be up before 7 am every morning. Staff did tell people not to put their towels on the beds before 8am but they did. One person would go down and put towels on about 8 beds and then no one would arrive until lunchtime to use them. There is a shuttle service to Sea Horse beach which is free. The hotel ring them to collect you. They tell you that you can return anytime but thats not actually true. The first free bus back is not until 3pm. You can get a free sun bed and one unbrella between two if you wear youre band. However, you pay for drinks and food. For two sprite we paid nearly £4 and your not allowed to bring any food or drink in. So if youre there for some time it can get costly.
The other thing to watch for is getting ripped off with the paragliding. My husband was dead keen to have a go and so when our Rep from Falcon holidays came we decided to book. He kept insiting that his role wasnt just to sell trips. But believe me thats all he spoke about and we didnt see him again not were we left any times he would be available. The Rep sold us a paragliding trip for £65 the most we saw the same trip for was £45!!! Moral of the story stay away from booking with Falcon Holiday Rep!!
Despite the set backs the hotel itself is small which envokes a community of friendliness between guests and thats what make the holiday. If the hotel can get its act together with the food then I would recommend to a friend!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank gilibob0912
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

I have to agree with the previous review. This hotel is not at all bad, especially for the price we paid. The rooms are clean, the pool is big, the staff are helpful and friendly, the location is good and Olu Deniz is a beautiful resort.
However, had just one or two of our party (of 9) got poorly we might have thought it just one of those things that happens on holiday - unfortunately all but 1 of us suffered with either terrible tummy upset or painful ear infections during the course of the fortnight. I'm not usually negative in writing reviews but I do think in this case there were issues with the food, and also issues with the pool in terms of spreading infections.
We still had a good holiday, and this review would have been rated 4/5, particularly for value, but the holiday was marred by illness. Cases were common amongst other guests there and this was raised with the hotel management. Hopefully they'll sort it out and anyone going over the rest of the summer will enjoy all the lovely aspects of the Hotel Alize, and Olu Deniz, without the same ill-health.
Would recommend a trip to Fethiye, particularly going early evening when it cools down and get chance to see the sunset over the harbour. Go in a cab (35 lira) rather than on an organised trip, and book your cab back with the Olu Deniz taxis as the Fethiye ones charge more on the return journey.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Thank sl1146
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Reviewed August 4, 2009

me and my boyfriend went here in august 2008 and stayed in the hotel alize it was fantastic so much to do and never boring if staying here one place to go for fun, laughter and friendly people is shadows bar we went in nearly every night of our 2 week holiday and had a great time each night. we also enjoyed sitting on the bean bags on the beach with the bar tenders bringing us drinks to our table and the food was lovely in philips bar and alis kebabs. a great place for all ages and plenty to do.

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Address: Kidrak Caddesi | Oludeniz / Fethiye, Oludeniz 48300, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Oludeniz
#29 Family Hotel in Oludeniz
#36 Romantic Hotel in Oludeniz
Price Range: $56 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alize Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 121
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