We took a last minute deal though a local travel agent after the internet failed to throw anything decent up. I must admit to being nervous about Turkey in the first place but that was unfounded. After getting over the shock of the lack of legroom on the Turkanza flight booked by Goldtrail, it was a good trip over, prompt bags at Dalaman then a bus transfer to Ovacik (which tags on to Hisaronou, 5km from Oludiniz). The buses sell bottles of water, 2 for £1 which is a bargain after the flight and compared to Dalaman airport (more later).
We arrived at 6am to find the aircon was £25 for the week. Not in the mood, we went to the room and fell asleep. The room was travelodge-style, with a double and single bed, mirror, wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom. Functional and clean, but who wants to sit in their room on holiday? Great balcony with pool view that never saw direct sun, meaning aircon was not needed..
We went all-inclusive and found the food to be great. Breakfast had a little something for most people, including a choice of cereal, lots of things for bread and some hot choices like boiled eggs. Coffee, fruit juice and a variety of teas were available to drink. Lunch was mainly salads and Meze, with Tzatsiki etc included. The salads were great, lots of choices, pastas, potato salad and the obligatory bread. A few hot choices ranged from chicken to fish to sausage to stew. Dinner was very much the same, though the 10+ salads were rotated regularly. The staff barbecued most nights so always a nice main available. Beer at the bar (Tuborg) was great, not watered and the spirits the same. The bar team of Alex, Ozzy and Jose were fantastic, though Jose did have a worrying love for his Boyzone CD. Drinks free up to 11pm and then in-line with town at 4YTL for a beer, which was a surprise.
The hoel itself is small, 40 rooms for 90 guests max so NEVER a struggle for a sun lounger or a seat at dinner. The pool was ace, never too busy and the bar lads judged the mood well, bringing in the odd game of water polo. The pool also has a waterslide that is turned on 3 times a day (which is enough to be honest). A small shop sold water, snacks, inflatables and the odd holiday necessity at decent prices too. The best thing though had to be the views as you are fairly high up. Sunset over the hills looks stunning. Entertainment on a night was provided by the bar lads and their CD's. We spent 3 nights at the bar and 3 in town which was a good balance.
If you are part of the 'does it come with chips brigade' and want to spread your wings from the costly Costas and the Balearic's, fear not. 2 minutes walk and there is a bar that does a full English for £2. They also do massive amounts of English food trhoughout the day. In Ovacik and particularly Hisarounou (5 mins and 10 mins walk respectively) there is every type of food you can conceive so nobody goes hungry. A special mention has to go to the Pasa Sofrasi cafe bar, were we had two amazing meals and spent the evening. For £38, we got: 2 x 3-course meal, 8 bottles of Efes beer, 3 Turkish teas and a waterpipe for over 2 hours, all say on some great day beds with no chavs to be seen. Fabulous value.
Don't book your excursions with the rep and avoid the boat tours unless you're aware that you're on a boat for 9 hours (NINE!!!) where EVERYTHING costs 5YTL (£2.30), soft drinks, ice creams etc and you may not bring your own drinks. There are some nasty things in the sea - 3 of our party got stung, my girlfriend particularly badly, but the crew were more worried about selling cold drinks than anything else. Jeep safari is a MUST. it is a 100-mile waterfight so buy a super soaker and take a 5litre bottle of 'ammo'. The locals WILL hose you down as you drive past, you WILL be soaked to the skin but you will dry very quickly.
Overall, it's a great hotel in a fairly quiet resort, 10 mins from a much more lively resort, with the beach a 10 minute bus trip away.
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- Also Known As:
- Litera Seyir Oludeniz
- Hotel Litera Seyir