We have just returned this morning from Oludeniz and the Karbel Hotel and as there has been so much confusion and conflicting reports on this hotel, I thought I would come on and put things over from my perspective whilst it is all extremely fresh in my mind.
It seems to me that the confusion occurs when people come on Trip Adviser and rate this hotel as 5 star - it clearly is not a 5 star hotel and is obviously a 3 star property, but sadly many people have had their expectations raised to an unrealistic level before they arrive.
The hotel is set in beautiful gardens in colourful and typically Turkish low rise accomodation blocks. The gardens are well kept (although the lawns did need a mow for several days after we arrived - this made a lot of difference to how the hotel looked).
I had requested a double room by email before I arrived and this had duly been allocated to us on arrival - in my opinion the room was very good and was one of the better features of the hotel. It was beautifully kept by the maids for the 2 weeks too.
We stayed Bed and Breakfast only - as we do enjoy eating out when the restaurant choice is good. The breakfast was very limited in terms of the choice but the food was plentiful and very simple. Look out for Scrambled egg and chips each Tuesday and Omlettes on Friday's - on the house! Breakfast on the patio has to be experienced too - watch the sun come up over the mountains - it's truly something special.
The sunbathing areas around the pools were very good and well maintained - the pool bars are also friendly and reasonably priced. To me the whole hotel offers very good value for money and to illustrate that we paid a basic price of £706 for the 2 of us for 2 weeks - which is FANTASTIC value when the value of the flight is taken into account. On the way home we heard fellow traveller's criticising their stay at the Letoonia Resort for which they had paid over £2,000 - there words were that Letoonia is 'definitely not a 5 star hotel - it's a 2 star and maybe 3 on a good day', which for me puts it all into perspective.
Oludeniz is a great little resort with stunning views and lovely beaches. The Blue Lagoon is very well worth a visit or 3 and don't forget the beaches on the north side - they're all free but we only found them on the last day!
If you're eating out I'd recommend that you avoid the main 'strip' where you can get ripped off if you aren't careful and use the restaurants down the Dolmus road - the best of which we found to be Cousins (Jeff and his English wife Chris offer great service and food at bargain prices) and Le Mare Italian restaurant, where the staff are incredibly friendly and polite.
We enjoyed a trip to Fethiye market by Dolmus on Tuesday - but again it is easy to be ripped off here. You need to negotiate HARD to ensure you're buying at the right price but you can obtain great value. Fethiye is a lovely little harbour town and well worth a visit.
Best value of the holiday was the 12 Islands boat trip from Fethiye Harbour - on the boat Grand Baris. Baris is a great little guy who puts on an excellent trip for just £10 including a choice of lunch. We were picked up from the hotel at 9am and were dropped off back at 6.30 pm - superb value and breathtaking scenery. The boat is captained by Baris's brother and the boys mother cooks the lunches.
So all in all a great holiday in a wonderful setting, offering superb value and very well recommended. But I would say that if you choose carefully - you could do even better than we did!
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