We enjoyed our Honeymoon this month at Ece on Sovalye.
Much has been written about the peaceful surroundings, the incredible sunsets and the ambience. I just wanted to say all the positive things that have been said are certainly true.
As for those who wrote negative comments, I think they have missed the point of Ece. Ece is not a holiday resort, nor is it designed to cater to those who love their nightlife or rowdy atmosphere, if you want that then go to Bodrum or Ibiza. Ece is for relaxation. Having said that, we had plenty of physical activities to tire us out, we took the kayak out twice round the island during our stay (a good way to impress the new Mrs) which is very scenic, there are small rip currents on the sea-facing side of the island but nothing that someone of reasonable fitness can't handle. I swam around part of the island which was nice to do, but it is wise to wear the wetsuit shoes provided by the Hotel as it is very rocky and shallow in parts...I found this out at the expense of my foot...and then thought of a scene in Jaws...but thankfully the Great Whites didn't seem as if they were present...
There are boats that pass occasionally but they are not an ear ache, it is all part of being close to the sea trading town of Fethiye where lots of tourists join gulet cruises as well as the odd fishing boat, the one-man kind, not the trawlers.
The only thing we would comment on is that although the cuisine is good, it is a little repetitive and it would be helpful if they controlled the portion sizes as it is a little hard to know what you are getting (the spring rolls are jumbo size and more than enough for lunchtime yet appear as a starter) but in the grand scheme of things, that is us being picky to be honest. The calamari is exceptional as is the Sea Bream on the Fish BBQ night. The vanilla ice cream is very refreshing especially when it is over 22C at night.
Fethiye seems a lot nicer at night, the fish market is a must. Go to the Hilmi restaurant which is very close to the market itself. They prepare the bread to order and the Meze selection is very impressive. The market on a Tuesday is worth a gander, it is more commercialised than we were expecting, but the turkish delight and spices are worth a look at, as is the Old Town, the Hamman is a good way to get your skin accustomed to the weather!
The Museum is small but quaint and pretty interesting with lots of local artefacts. Unfortunately there are some bits of graffiti at the amphitheatre, and not the artistic kind...
The Gulet day trip has been written about a lot already, but let's just say it is well worth it. The sea is wonderfully warm, the snorkelling amazing and even at the hotel, there are lots of small fish, sheltering under the numerous piers and jetties.
Insects - the Mrs doesn't like them, but the wasps, despite being present and fearful in size, do not seem bothered by us nor interested in humans. Probably best to get 'proper' sun tan lotion and insect repellent, but there are repellents provided by the Hotel at the Bar.
Ozman makes a great cocktail and it doesn't get much better than watching the sunset from the Bar with a good Pina Colada!
We stayed in the Twilight Suite on the Ground floor, the air con is a little moody at times, but I guess that is to be expected. The walk-in shower was lovely and the housemaids do their job very well.
Exclusive Escapes make your holiday very enjoyable, not having to worry about Transfers and the like means that you can stay in the pool up to the very last minute when you come to leave.
This was our first trip with Exclusive Escapes, it will not be our last and we will certainly be back to Ece in the future...hopefully even for a reunion with those we met, good people, good times. If you are wondering about it....just go...you will not regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ece Boutique Hotel on the island of Sovalye enjoys the most spectacular location on the water's edge, with 12 spacious rooms with wonderful sea views. The 11 spacious rooms (and one two-bedroom suite) are divided between two buildings and each open-plan room has a double or twin bed, a sitting area, fabulous picture windows to maximize the view, and a large balcony or terrace with, of course, more superb views out to sea. The Terrace Restaurant and pool area are the focal point of the hotel. Guests are requested to book at breakfast for the special dinner that is prepared each evening with the freshest of ingredients. Steps lead down from the restaurant past terraced gardens dotted with secret hideaways - to the Private Waterfront. Here guests can relax by the water's edge enjoying the wonderful views. An 'honesty bar' is located and a waiter service is provided on the terraces to ensure guests don't have to climb up the hill too often! The active are well catered for with the complimentary water sports and will enjoy the challenge of paddling around the island, or swimming - which is a little harder! At the tip of the island, a ten-minute walk from Ece, is the simple sand and shingle Sunset Beach - home to the Ada Beach Club & Restaurant. This magical setting provides the perfect vantage point from which to watch the sun dip below the horizon. Having tasted the unique atmosphere of Sovalye, we find that Guests rarely elect to venture from the island. However, on the occasions they do it is a simple hop across the water to the harbour town of Fethiye where its Turkish and cosmopolitan delights await your exploration as does the Lycian coastline beyond. A complimentary water-taxi operates three times throughout the day and evening from the hotel approximately 20-minutes to Fethiye and 7-minutes to Calis Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ece Boutique Fethiye
- Ece Boutique Hotel Turkey/Fethiye