Let me start with the positive: 1) the views are spectacular, probably the best I have ever seen, and I have been to Rio, Spain, Riviera, western US, etc. 2) Bar perched on the edge of the cliff is one of the best places I have been. Cool bartender, cool music, starry nights. Will always have memories of sitting in hammocks sipping wine, listening to Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" with a thousand foot drop below us and shooting stars in front of us. 3) Pool of absolutely clear, chlorine-free water (freshly cycled so always clean) is one of the best swimming experiences I have had.
Now the negatives: our room was, to say the least, spartan. This may be part of the appeal for some people, feeling they have gone to the end of the earth. We called the bar "the bar at the end of the world." Sheets were coarse and rough, something like towels in a military barracks. Beds were single mattresses and hard. Screens on windows had holes, so we had various creepy crawlies in the room all week-- spiders, mosquitoes, other odd bugs, so two or three nights I woke up with welts from bug bites all over me. I started to get afraid to go to sleep. Water in the showers is so hard that it is basically salt water. Maybe some people like this but my hair was like straw after a week, and skin felt crusted in salt. Dishes we washed all had salt flavor. Walls were paper thin so we heard all kinds of noise from neighboring rooms (and I assume they heard us). Pieces fell off the faucet from time to time, leading to a flood one day. Windows had no springs so were like guillotines that could slice down on you. One screen entirely popped off and stayed unrepaired. None of the rooms appears to have the great view you can see from the pool and bar: they all seem to have big bushes in front of them that obscure the view. So... if all of this is not a problem, go for the views. We felt it was like camping. For a few days it is great but after a while you just feel campy and dirty.
Staff was generally helpful and friendly but English ability was spotty and one German staff woman was fairly grumpy.
Breakfast is not free- costs around $10 and does not include orange juice-- instead they have "Tang" (created in the factories of Dupont chemical company). So much for natural nutrition! Flies circle all over the breakfast buffet.
Ride from the nearest airport is 2 hours including the last half hour over cliffside rutted roads. Our bus broke down on one steep hill. Dizziest roads I have ever been on, (including all of above mentioned places) but plus side is drivers do drive carefully.
Downside of terrific views is you cannot walk to the ocean, but there is a regular shuttle down to the seaside.
Overall-- this is NOT a luxury hotel. It is one step up from camping, in one of the most spectacular areas of nature in the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viverde Hotel Loryma**** is situated on a verdant hillside overlooking Turunc Bay with magnificent views of coastal and mountain scenery. Distances to the village of Turunc and the beach is 1,5 km (free shuttle service during daytime), distance to Marmaris is 18 km. Nearest airport is Dalaman in 110 km Distance (airport transfer on request) Opened in 1989, the hotel complex was designed with an eye to environmental sustainability and soft tourism (including regional aspects and recreational activities such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Fitness, Nature sports activities). The well-kept complex extends over an area of 24,000 square meters. Set among pines and olive trees, it is harmoniously integrated into the local landscape of the region of the Bozburun and Datca peninsulas which are an ideal place for nature activities. The coastline is very rugged, with numerous fjord-like inlets, forming a paradise for diving and sailing. According to studies conducted by the Institute of Maritime Sciences and Management at the University of Istanbul, the waters along the coasts of the Bozburun and Datca Peninsulas are among the cleanest in the Mediterranean region. The Viverde hotel concept is aimed at satisfying a growing demand to experience a return to nature, and relaxation in a peaceful environment, the enjoyment of wholesome food, and a feeling that people once again have time for each other. The Viverde concept was designed for those of us who want to get away from mass tourism and enjoy quality vacation time. The hotel offers families, couples, and singles of all ages a range of choices, from pure relaxation to adventure holidays. Viverde Hotel Loryma has been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and several tourism awards that are related to environment protection and sustainability, amongst them the Travelife Gold Award. The hotels facilities consist of reception (7/24), 166 apartments, two restaurants, two bars, minimarket, outdoor and indoor pool, lanes and terraces for sunbathing, children’s pool (in a separate area of the hotel garden), children’s house, Gym, Spa and Ayurveda Centre, nature sport centre, car parking, seminary facility in 2 seminary halls for maximum capacity 90 persons each, WiFi throughout the site. All 166 accommodation units are apartments with one or two sep. bedroom, living area, kitchenette, balcony or terrace. The 47 economic standard apartements are modern and functional furnished. Bedroom with double bed or 2 single beds, split air-condition, living/sleeping area, kitchenette, under-counter fridge, e-cooker, Kettle, telephone, satellite TV, safe, bath with shower, hairdryer. The majority of the apartments are refurbished and renovated superior apartments. They are equipped with bedroom with double bed, inverter split air-condition, comfortable living area with pullout sofa and armchair, fitted kitchenette with fridge/freezer combination, glass-ceramic cook-top, microwave oven, kettle, toaster, iron and ironing board, telephone, satellite TV, DVD player, safe, bath with bathtub/shower (Jacuzzi) or hydro-massage shower, hairdryer. On arrival tea, coffee and 1 bottle of water is provided free of charge. Cleaning and linen change is every second day, application of variable change of bed linen and towels. At Viverde Hotel Loryma a great deal of importance is attached to serve guests a healthy and tasty cuisine, including fresh produce from the own farm and organic gardens (milk, cheese, cold-pressed olive oil, olives, aromatic herbs, and a large assortment of seasonal vegetables. The open-buffet restaurant has a large, fully air-conditioned indoor restaurant with panoramic terrace, a traditional stone-oven for pide & pizza, charcoal grill and a show cooking buffet. The buffet menu consists of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine making preferably use of regional, homemade and fresh produce. The A La Carte restauranthas a terrace with beautiful views over the bay and an open plan kitchen. Snacks and local specialities of Mediterranean and Anatolian Cuisine are served here for lunch and dinner. The Pool bar is open all day and the Oxygen Bar with large panoramic terrace, wooden deck, hammocks, cushions, large screen for event transmissions is the perfect location for socializing after dinner and enjoying starlit nights over the bay of Turunc. Daytime entertainment comes with a fitness programme and Hatha Yoga class in the mornings (3times a week). Sauna and massages are available against charge, Ayurveda applications include programmes to subjects such as stress management, body detox, anti-aging, weight reduction and body/facial care. These are carried out by specialists. There is a climbing wall, a tennis court, table tennis and a pool billiard table available free of charge The nature sport activities (charge) on the Bozburun Peninsula (ranked by WWF among the top 100 areas in Europe in terms of biodiversity) includes walking, hiking, cycling, canyoning, sea kayaking. Professional guides, equipment and meals (snacks) are provided. Water sports on the beach and diving are offered by third parties on the beach (charge). Please notice that smoking is not permitted in any of the enclosed areas (reception, restaurants, apartments, etc). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loryma Hotel Turunc
- Loryma Resort Hotel