Visited with my friend in May 2010 for a last minute weeks break. Wanted somewhere quiet, within easy walking distance of places to eat in the evneings, shops to browse, and the sea. this had everything we needed. We went on the recommendation of the Travel agent, and found the resort was just what we wanted. No high rise, plenty to do, lots of trips, although the getting on and off boats looked a bit hairy as they bobbed up and down. Beach is tiny pebbles, not sand, and is not ideal for young children - which meant is was seriously lacking in children and made it ideal for us!! We used the beach every day - you pay once a day for a bed and brolly, but can move around the beach, leave your bed to go off and get a drink etc without difficulty - just keep your ticket. worth walking to the right when you get to the beach and going into the park/lagoon area - as you get the same things - beds and brolleys for a daily fee, close to tea, coffee, drinks, ices, food, and can move around, but there's also clean toilets and shower and changing rooms dotted around.
Loads of nice places to eat, and paragliding overhead, with good safe folk to take a jump with if you fancy that. An adult beach really - and perfect if you want to lounge around soaking up the sun and ambiance, watching the paragliders, reading and chilling out.
Evenings we would go back to the hotel and freshen up and wander back down to browse, drink, catch some entertainment, and eat. lots of variety.
We were charmed by the Turkish people - they will invite you into their bar, shop etc - but never hassle you or cross their threshold to entice you in. So nice to feel free to browse.
The Tower Hotel reviews that go back more than a few months can be TOTALLY DISREGARDED. Yes, the rooms are small, but they are immaculate. Good maid service, friendly staff, keen to chat and pick up your language. The manager Robin was amazing - so friendly, wandering around chatting to his customers and helping out when a customer was ill, making me a toddy with his mother's recipe, asking about what we felt he could do to make things better. (I suggested that the routine breakfast got a bit boring - and I didn't want a full english (extra) but would have been very happy to be able to pay for yoghurt and fruit for a change.) If you want an extra pillow - then ask. They are so pleased to help and make you comfy. Shop about 10 yards from the hotel, plus a little one in the hotel, and loads more only a few hundred metres away. You can also get a mini bus to Fetheye and other centres - but other than going for a shop at the weekly market - you won't need to go!
One night it was a bit showery, and they lit the huge fire by the open bar area under cover, and we sat around the fire place toasty warm and lots of chat. Really relaxing.
We had eaten out every night as this is our routine - but we stayed for the Turkish night. The food they put on was the best we had eaten in the resort - over 20 things laid out buffet style just for starters, then a BBQ. Got to eat all the things we hadn't already tried which was nice. The entertainment was fine - just went on a bit too long for me - would have liked it to start sooner and be a bit shorter so we might have had a chance to dance! As it was - we were too tired and went to bed.
Pool is very clean, with a toddler pool. There were no children - only a couple of babies/tiny tots - which again we appreciated. So no squabbling or loud behaviour.
We had a super break, essentially because we made a good choice with this hotel, but also because Olu Deniz is small enough to feel manageable but big enough to keep you occupied, and above all because the Turkish folk are the nicest of hosts. Have travelled very widely, and will come back to Turkey for short breaks over and over again.
Thank you Robin.
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