Just returned from 2 weeks at the Flamingo with my wife and 2 young kids, 9 and 5. All of us enjoyed our time there and would recommend to anyone, with a few minor caveats.
Location - Olu Deniz was a lot smaller than we thought, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, just beware if you are expecting somewhere bigger like Bodrum and Marmaris. The town is located between two hills and the hotel is at the foot of one of those hills, between 5-10 mins walk from the beach. It's set on about 3 levels so not too good if you have walking difficulties.
Grounds - the surroundings are lovely - lots of trees, shrubs and flowers, all areas are immaculately clean. Buildings are well looked after and attractive in appearance.
Rooms - we were in the deluxe rooms on the higher level (Flamingo 2 I think it's called). The description said they have a side sea view but only those on the higher floors would actually be able to see the sea. We were on the ground floor and had palm trees and the opposite mountain for a view. No complaints though, it was lovely. Room itself was large enough for 2 adults and 2 kids, and had a minibar, air-con, TV, hair dryer and again was cleaned and beds made every day. Some people have commented on the sounds of the mosque and cockerel. Personally it didn't bother us as neither were that loud or lasted a long time and we quite liked the call to prayer from the mosque - found it very relaxing and a reminder that you are in another culture. The rooms on the lower level are a little nearer to both so may be a bit louder. Plus the standard rooms are nearer to the restaurant , some are underneath it, so there may be a little more noise. On the whole, I'd say if you can get a deluxe room, go for one.
Facilities - 2 pools, each with childrens pool. We found the lower level pool to be a bit less crowded than the upper level one, but both were fine, even in the hieght of summer. A warning though - the German mentaity of putting towels on sunbeds early each morning has found it's way here, so if you absolutely must have that sunbed, don't sleep in too late! Also 2 bars, 1 restaurant, 2 pool tables, tennis court.
Food - we went half board but we're all veggies so weren't sure what would be on offer but we needn't have worried - the buffet each night was very good - loads of choice, plus there were always at least two hot meat dishes. The quality of the food was good too, though if you're there for 2 weeks you may fancy a night or two eating in town just for a change. Note, no drinks, not even water is included for eveing meal so you have to pay for them separately. Breakfast was fine too - again a buffet style - toast, cheeses, jams, fresh fruit and veg, some meats, cereal, squash, coffee, sometimes pancakes or omellettes cooked to order. If you're expecting a Full English Fry Up, go elsewhere!
Staff - every one of them, without exception, was friendly and attentive and boy, do they work hard. Many of them must be doing 16-18 hours per day in high season yet they are always helpful and polite, and great with kids. A credit to the hotel and their country.
All in all, I have no hesitation in recommending the Flamingo and we will have fond memories of our stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- smartline Flamingo has a good location close to the town centre and offers guests a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. From the pool area you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the bay of Oludeniz and the mountain backdrop. The hotel has a variety of restaurants and bars as well as two pools and a gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Hotel Oludeniz
- Flamingo Hotel Olu Deniz