My first rule of travel: One has left home to find things different...
The hotel was wonderful and four stars as it claims is absolutely accurate. I have both backpacked and stayed in many hotels including 7 star establishments and found this hotel to be exactly what it promised. We were there for two weeks in August and were delighted with the clean rooms, friendly staff etc. The location was perfect, far enough away from the noise and buzz of Hisaronu but and easy 15 minute walk and located a few meters from the main dolomus route to all local attractions. For those who really don’t want to walk anywhere there is a button for the private taxis about 6 meters from the hotel entrance and the taxi will come to you.
The food was fantastic and they really bent over backwards to provide a wide range of options and also catered for the large percentage of British guests too with familiar options for them at every meal. The hygiene was absolutely acceptable and of a very high standard and is inspected monthly and they have certificates to prove this. Having experience in the food industry I can happily say I had no concerns at all and the very odd fly just cannot be avoided in a hot country. We were delighted by the Turkish food and the choices were fabulous. With so many new and exciting dishes to try you were spoiled for choice, thank you to the chefs who really make a massive effort. One lovely young lady even noticed me looking for something at the poolside snack bar and took the time to ask what I wanted, after I explained I was looking for the traditional feta cheese rolls (fried pastries), she went out of her way to go and make them specially for me even though there were not on the menu that day and returned with enough for 10 people!
Each and every member of staff deserves special mention from the ever present management to the reception, bar staff, entertainment team, cleaning staff, spa staff and the very enthusiastic children who help out at the shop etc, thank you all for always going the extra mile to make contact and help with bookings from South Africa, transfers, day trips, nights out and anything else we could possibly have wanted. We can't thank you enough for going the extra mile and giving the holiday and hotel a real sense of a personal touch. The entertainment team work very hard and I certainly did not expect the extra evening shows as a bonus to the all inclusive package. Where there is repetition as with the children, I feel it is necessary to develop confidence etc and it was all in good fun even though we do not have children ourselves it was lovely to see them included each evening. I am not much of a participator and there was no pressure but I enjoyed seeing others loving the activities, it added great atmosphere and Gavin loved the water polo too. We made regular use of the spa and had a fabulous Turkish bath and many massages, thank you they were fantastic and I really recommend them!
There will always be the odd negative review and perhaps people complain about drains and so forth because the don't realise that the infrastructure is different in Turkey and after more that 15 visits to all regions of the county this is part of how thing are there and though perhaps not delightful it is a part of finding things different. They certainly have the drains serviced daily as with the pool etc.
Also as a runner who participates in races weekly I was more than happy with the gym facilities but mostly prefer to train on the road and for this the hotel is in an idyllic location and my early morning runs in the back streets were so pleasurable as I got to observe village life with young boys taking the goats to the fields, chickens, horses and local people going about everyday life. It was Ramadan and I really was inspired by the fasting from 3am to around 8pm in the heat and how humble the local were in this regard, unfortunately we missed Eid by a day.
The hotel really makes so much effort in every area to please people, thank you and I really feel it would be hard to be disappointed. It is fantastic value for money with a personal touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AES Club Hotel is located on the southern coast of Turkey, in the quiet resort of Ovacik, midway between the popular resorts of Oludeniz and Fethiye. This impressive new 4-star hotel, which offers an All Inclusive package, has 138 modern rooms spread over 4 buildings, and invites singles, couples and family groups to enjoy the sparkling pools for adults & kids, dining options, organised activities and entertainment, and fitness and Spa facilities... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aes Club Hotel Turkey/Ovacik