Just to set the scene - 25 hols in Turkey over 16 years - some excellent, some very good, a few ok, but most in the acceptable area - I always give an honest review, and only expect a fair return for honest holiday payments made.
Fifth year of all inclusive - 9 holidays in other Turkish resorts, so we decided to give the hotel + resort a try, with assistance from the travel agent operating at Humberside Airport - never had problems before..... but !!
Rated @ 4 star accommodation.... sorry, no chance, reasonably basic 12' by 12' sized room starting with a wardrobe that was not the full depth to hold any hanger straight without leaving the door open, which made the space on my side of the bed exactly 250mm - 10 inches. 7 hangers only - no trouser hangers available in the room or from reception. 2 x 0.5 litre waters each morning - replaced by Jacobs cardboard cups from each water dispenser - no other bottles available unless you bought extra from the on site shop.
Room - no drinks facilities - usually get a kettle in A 1 rooms - 9/9 in past accommodations on A1 style bookings, hot drinks etc, also no beach towels or service available on site, luckily took two spares to use. The room was rated as twin + child space - there was no space to walk past each other without knocking into the beds. We went into the town to buy a kettle and two mugs for drinks in the room, especially after 11pm.
Bathroom - under 6' by 6' - had to stand in the shower area to be able to close the door behind you - the toilet had to be sat on sideways - 4 inches space between the bowl and the shower screen - to access the shower space, you had to stand sideways, and the shower fired water over the screen into the bathroom even at low pressure. Cured that with a length of string to tighten and hold the shower head downwards. The toilet flush worked with effort ,but was loose throughout the week there with no repair done.
Pool - excellent - good size - kept in good repair and cleaned on regular basis - plenty of sun beds - also in good repair and condition all week.
Poolside facilities - bar staff were good, well mannered and helpful at all times. All water and hot drinks at pool side were self service and either in plastic cups or paper Jacobs cups - sugar was the cube type and was left out with no way of hygienically handling it - no spoons to stir or pick up cubes - plastic stick stirrers provided.
You could not get plastic 0.5 litre water bottles unless you wanted to buy them at the shop. Several times during the week, there was no cold juices or water available at poolside prior to 11am so you had to go back up to the restaurant to fill up again.
Restaurant - lost count of the times that cutlery had to be asked for, and the plain fact that the hot food was cooked , set out and not kept hot in the hot plates - which soon weren't!
Salad choice was good, because the mains were very variable - food being prepared on a strict budget comes to mind. We didn't starve but weren't impressed - best food of the week was at the Talk Of The Town night out !
Accessibility - not quite as described in the brochure - nearest bus was a reasonable walk to the main road - roughly 1/2 mile, but taxis were freely available and reasonably priced. Not suited to anyone with any form of infirmity - one gent had two sticks and spent lots on taxis to access the main town areas.
Evening entertainment - the two lads, Gadget + Gismo, tried hard every night - very few resources - one local belly dancer and one local dance group entertained during the week. Other than that, it was karaoke time.
By talking to others at the poolside or in the restaurant, we had certainly paid in excess of their totals, so perhaps our expectations were naturally higher.
For those on a budget, they will have received a very fair provision - we felt otherwise, purely judged on price paid and facilities found.
We will be going back with photographic evidence of all our findings during the week to our travel agent, who have not provided us with an honest report of the hotel, or had been given poor information themselves.
To be fair and honest, those who were regulars to the hotel were happy to tell us how much they had paid and what level of service they were expecting and receiving, and they were content.
We felt that an honest review of a hotel described as 4 * all inclusive needed to be made - we were not alone in our thoughts from conversations held in reception, as this was the only area for wi fi contact.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Destina Hotel with 114 rooms is situated in Ovacik. A wonderful place far away from daily city life and where sea, forest and mountain come together. There are a very large swimming Pool with specious place around, a secure kids pool, Turkish Bath & Sauna at our resort. All rooms have Satellite TV, Balcony, Shower, Split Air-Conditioning, Telephone, Minibar, Hair Dryer. We have regular Free Shuttle Service to Oludeniz Beach. Distance: 50 km. from Dalaman Airport, 8 km from Fethiye, 3 km from Oludeniz Beach, 300m. from Hisaronu Centre. All kinds of daily trips such as Batterflies Valley & 12 Islands and alternative activities are available in the region. You will receive here hospitality and high standard service from our professional staff. We will do our best to provide you with an unforgettable holiday at Destina Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Destina Hotel Fethiye
- Destina Resort Fethiye
- Destina Hotel Turkey/Ovacik