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“A Great Turkish Island Holiday”
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Ece Boutique Hotel
Ranked #20 of 103 Hotels in Fethiye
Certificate of Excellence
Swanwick, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
36 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
“A Great Turkish Island Holiday”
Reviewed 31 August 2010

We went to Ece back in June. The weather was lovely the whole time we were there with a pleasant breeze on the island. The surrounding cloud covered mountains added a slightly mystical feel.

Firstly the negatives - Only a few. The beds in the rooms are a bit small, only a double and they are uncomfortable. You do get some noise from the mainland and from passing 'party boats' this is only a real problem at the weekend. Ece has some frogs in a pond so if you are a light sleeper take ear plugs.

Now the rest -
The transfer to the island went really smoothly and the airport at Dalaman was very clean and modern, no hassle. We were met outside the airport by a Exclusive Escapes Representative and taken by mini bus to the boat over to the island.

We had the room called Sahin which is on the top floor with a fair sized balcony, that got the sun most of the day. The balcony had two chairs a table and a padded sun-lounger and was not overlooked by neighbours. The view is breathtaking over to Fethiye bay and surrounding mountains and a wonderful setting for a sun-downer. Sahin is large with a lounge area and separate bedroom with double bed. There is air conditioning but we didn't need to use it, preferring the ocean breeze. The shower had a glass surround and the bathroom was fairly modern although you could not flush the loo paper. The rest of the room I would describe as cottage style. There is a bar fridge, but it was fairly expensive to use, comfortable lounge chairs and a coffee table. No TV. There was a large cupboard and no shortage of storage space and shelves. Tea and coffee making. Towels, soap and shampoo is provided. It is all kept spotlessly clean.

The bar and restaurant area at Ece is open-air but there is some cover in event of rain.
The restaurant at Ece is the only one open on the island, the sunset cafe is now derelict. Breakfast is included and is continental, lunch which my husband and I usually shared comprised of various sandwiches, fries, burgers, egg dishes and pasta. I did think it would have been nicer to have more Turkish options for lunch, possibly more mezze.
Dinner was either a pre-set menu or a-la carte - we preferred ordering from the menu as the dinners were huge. We pre-ordered and paid for two meals prior to our departure and the most expensive were taken from our bill. All the food we had on Ece was fantastic and most tasted far better than it sounded on the menu, this was probably due to my preconceived expectations of Turkish food being spicier than it actually was. The steak was really good but if you like rare possibly ask for 'blue!' as was slightly over done. Once a week they had a BBQ eve. I really can't fault the food.

There is a free shuttle boat over to the mainland at various times during the day. We only ever went over during the daytime, as preferred to be in the peace and quiet of Ece with it's beautiful views for our evening meals rather than the hustle and bustle of Fethiye.
If you need any supplies from the mainland, once you get off the shuttle boat and head right along the quay you will get to a bar covered in oranges, just behind this is a supermarket, it is very well stocked. You are not supposed to take food and drink back to your room from the mainland though. As we ate and drank 90% of the time at Ece I must admit we did take a couple of bottles of wine back to enjoy on the balcony in the evening. The Angora wine, both red and white is very acceptable and reasonably priced.
The bar on Ece, if unmanned worked on an honesty bar system. We got bottled water daily and you wrote your drinks up on a clipboard. It was lovely sitting out and having a beer at lunch or early eve as the views were splendid as where the sunsets. The price of a bottle of wine, beer and food whilst I can't remember the precise amount was comparable to English prices.

One place I would recommended to eat in Fetiye is Nevis Pide for traditional Turkish pizza. We would have gone back, had we stayed longer than a week. Not much appealed to me on the menu but I asked for chilli on my Pide and it was delicious with minced lamb and onion. Eating and drinking is cheap in Turkey if you avoid the tourist traps. We found nice little places in the back streets of the town.
Also we were surprised we had virtually no hassle from locals , trying to get us into shops and restaurants. Everyone we met was lovely. Fethiye had some really good shops, lovely jewellery and glassware.

Gullet Cruise - Would highly recommended this trip. We had one free cruise as part of the holiday package. You spend the day on a gullet, there were just 10 of us. You can buy drinks on board so take a bit of cash and also for the 'tip box'. You arrive to a complimentary glass of bubbly. Lunch was served with wine included and a 3 course meal. We sailed to various bays where you can swim or snorkel from the boat. Ece does provide some snorkelling gear but we took our own. The snorkelling is not spectacular but worthwhile as the water is clear. The most exciting thing to see underwater was a six banded wrasse though, and not much else. Take a cardigan or pashmina for boat trips.

Wildlife -We didn't get bitten by anything, no mosquitoes. We saw wild dolphins in the bay during a crossing to the mainland. The island has lots of resident tortoises and some chickens. The dog at the hotel is really cute and not annoying - I'm a cat person.
We didn't see the turtles.

Swimming & snorkelling - I would take wet shoes if you plan to swim in the sea as it is rocky underfoot and contains sea urchins. We took a kayak round the island on two occasions and this takes about 50 min. The red two man kayak is very temperamental and has a mind of it's own, appearing only to go left! and out to sea. Only use this one if you have a very stable marriage. The individual kayaks were better, they seemed to prefer going in a straight line which led to fewer arguments.

The island was very peaceful and we often felt as though we were the only ones at the hotel. There are a lot of different areas with loungers, umbrellas and cushions and it was never a problem finding a space. The pool was very refreshing! Then there is the jetty leading to the sea you can snorkel from this but not much to see. If you read a lot and don't want to take too many books there is a library. there is also a visiting masseuse.

The Island is quite hilly and there are a lot of steps which may be problematic if you have any walking difficulties, especially the steep dirt track from the boat mooring to the hotel and the steps from the hotel to the jetty. It is very interesting to walk around and see the many Roman ruins dotted about the island and the grand new villas being built.
I was very impressed with Exclusive Escapes they provide beach towels and lip salve and even give you olive oil as a parting gift.
Everything was charged to the bill and paid at the end with no problems, we did keep a tally of everything we ate and drank just in case.
All the staff at Ece are very friendly and helpful, we left tips for the cleaners, the boat man, bar staff and chefs.

All in all a very relaxing week. Free from the masses, I would definitely return someday.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2010

We just came back from a stay at the Ece hotel. In so many ways, it was exactly what we'd hoped for. Peace, quiet, like-minded guests and much needed relaxation. Fantastic rooms, all with amazing views and lots of quiet spaces to just chill out and doze the day away.

The nature is incredible, we saw rays and sea turtles aplenty, although snorkelling the reef there isn't so much to see.

The only downside was the mark up on all the food and drink. 4TL (£2) for a large bottle of mineral water that only cost 1TL (50p) on the mainland is excessive, to say the least. And the mark up on the alcohol is even higher! You are not allowed to take your own food and drink so most evenings we made the 5 minute boat crossing to Calis where we could dine out on better food at less than half the price. Considering the mainland is so close, a 4x + mark up on food is way too much.

Also, when checking out, we found a lot of small things added to our bill that we hadn't ordered, and they tried to do us on the exchange rate too - they claimed it was 2.20TL, when in fact it was 2.35 - it was only when we complained that they reviewed it.

It's also worth noting that the sunset bar on the other side of the island has closed down, so the hotel is the only place to eat on the island. The food isn't bad there, but it's also not amazing and the menu is limited.

It's a shame that we came away from what truly was an amazing break feeling a little bit ripped off by the hotel. Otherwise, it was difficult to find fault.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2009

We have just returned from a week at this hotel.It lies a 25 minute boat ride off Fethiye and benefits from a lovely breeze not found on main land.The hotel has a boat service to take you at regular times through the day or on request to Fethiye.
We stayed in the two bedroomed suite which is ideal for families ( 1 double and 1 twin).
It is a quiet hotel with few amenities but very relaxing.Great friendly staff, nice food and superb location. A good local masseur comes twice a week and he is excellent
Pool is small but good swimming at beach level.There are steep steps down to beach so not for the infirmed.
Ideal for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2009

About an hours transport in an air conditioned people carrier brings you to the harbour. A quick ten minutes in a large boat and your on the island. There is a steep hill to the hotel but at least there is help at hand with the luggage. Some of the other people travelling with us had been before and it was being treated as a bit of a bolt hole for the peace. We had the room named Sahin which was on the top floor but only two flights of stairs. We chose this room for the view from the balcony and we were not disappointed. the whole week was the most relaxed, and maybe the best holiday I ever had. It just hit the mark! The mainland is about half an hour on the boat and the town of fethiye is pleasant and interesting. The meals at the hotel are a choice between a regional menu and ordinary food, both really nice. The highlight of my week was seeing a Manta Ray whilst snorkling only a few yards from the swimming platform.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul
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Reviewed 24 November 2008

We stayed on Ece Boutique Hotel in July 2008. The hotel keeps only one room Flamingo for their direct bookings all the rest is marketted by a British company called Exclusive Escapes. Which I must say chooses the right people for Ece and Sovalye island. All pleasent, there to rest and enjoy the hospitality,sea,wonderfull views, cooling breeze, and Turkish meals. The salads at lunch are wonderfull. If you want to mix with others there are space for it, if you want to keep away there are many corners to can enjoy only yourself.(This is what we did) . If you want to mix with the crowd in Calis beach it is 5 minutes apart, for Fethiye it takes 20 minutes. If you want your quietness and calmes come back to sovalye. The island is much cooler than Fethiye and the breeze from the sea works like a natural air conditioner.

Do not go there with a typical hotel expectation, it is like a guests house with large , comfortable , all sea viewfull rooms, many terraces through a beautiful garden which makes it so nice that you feel like home. A beautiful home but you do no work at all, only rest and enjoy the atmosphere. In the garden you can meet many types of tress from banana , pommogranite,olive to rubber trees.

The staff realy treats you as their guests ,not customers. They are there when needed. All you need to do is ask ifever you need something special. You feel you are being looked after.

We were given the opportunity by Handan to lenghten our stay, which we went home with a total rest. It is a shame that they have only one room for their own marketing that you can not share this wonderful place with your good friends together.

If you love pets, you must see Efe, a Sybirian wolf from Canada, a tedy bear. He is always there waiting for your cuddle. (I felt he might get offended if I do not mention him here)

  • Liked — felt like home but with beautiful sun, garden and views
  • Disliked — some music from calis beach at night
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
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Reviewed 9 November 2008

We recently stayed at the quiet and beautiful spot of Ece on Sovalye island for an idyllic week in the sun. This is the ideal hideaway from the worries of work, your email inbox, global warming or the tax man - no-one will find you here! Although that makes the place sound remote, it's actually surprisingly accessible - an hour's drive from Dalaman airport then a short 15 minute boat ride across the water and you can be there. Ece hotel is charming - simple, clean and spacious rooms perched on top of the hill, with beautiful views from every room, or indeed from the small sunny terrace at which you take your meals. A short trip down the steps and you are at the water's edge, where you can take off in one of the freely available kayaks, do a bit of swimming or fishing, or simply soak up the sun.

If you are looking for night life, clubbing and excitement, this is definitely not the place for you - there is only one small cafe and no shops on the island, just a few summer houses and a few footpaths - the whole place can be covered in about half an hour's stroll. But if you want a little local culture you can easily go across the water on the boat, which will take you there free of charge a couple of times a day. There you can go to the local market, haggle with the rug seller, find several nice restaurants and bars along the waterfront or go on a few local sightseeing tours. So there is a bit of something for everyone - from lazy days by the small pool to exploring the local area. I took my 10 year old daughter and felt rather guilty about taking her miles from the action, but she really enjoyed herself.

One of the nicest things is meeting other like-minded people who want to come away from the mass market package deal type holiday - with only 12 rooms at the hotel you quickly get to know the other guests and can share a drink and a chat about your day while feeling you are getting some local culture, so you don't feel like you are cooped up with loads of "Brits abroad". So I would thoroughly recommend Sovalye if you are looking for a quiet, beautiful spot, with as much or as little activity as you wish. It is also reasonably priced for what you get thrown in - meals on the island are expensive (as it all has to come over from the mainland) but this is offset by the overall reasonable holiday price and the free extras such as a daily boat service, kayaks and a beach towel to take home, etc.

Finally the staff at Ece hotel are all helpful and friendly, plus the dog Efe was a big hit with my daughter Hannah. Owners Handan and her husband Erdogan were regularly on hand to answer questions (and handy that he is a doctor in case needed), and Handan was extremely kind and understanding when I thought I'd lost my purse. She was far more concerned about me and my situation than how I was going to pay my hotel bill! So a thumbs up from me, and hope others can enjoy this perfect holiday setting - take me with you!"

  • Liked — Fantastic views, friendly people, quiet non-touristy location
  • Disliked — Pricey meals
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2008

This was our third holiday with Exclusive Escapes but our first to Ece on Sovalye Island. Always tempted to do too much on holiday, we thought a small quiet island location might be 'enforced relaxation'. Despite our frequent trips across the water to Fethiye, this proved to be the case and by the end of our stay we felt well rested and would definitely liked to have stayed longer. The hotel is set high on a hill with beautiful views across the bay, rooms are large and comfortable, owners and staff friendly (and that includes Efe the dog) food is good and the general atmosphere is relaxed and slow. We took the 9.30am water taxi over to Fethiye most mornings -30 minutes or so and a treat in itself with Captain Zuhtu - to visit the harbour, markets, shops, stalls and marina. Back on the 1pm boat for an afternoon of swimming, fishing, walking and relaxing with other guests before making the difficult decision of where to eat. The hotel offered a set meal each evening or a small a-la-carte menu. We ate in on three occasions, all of which were very good but really enjoyed our evening outings with several other guests to various restaurants in Fethiye - notably the Arena Restaurant which was excellent and hugely entertaining as just about every meal arrives either in flames or encased in a terracotta pot which the waiters smash to bits at your table. Cost of the water taxi back to the island - pre-arranged with the Captain - was divided between the guests. The inclusive gulet trip was as enjoyable as ever and is a wonderfully relaxing day of swimming, eating, drinking and sunbathing. We enquired about a day-trip and then, rather uncharacteristally changed our minds in favour of fishing on the jetty instead. We will have many memories of this holiday – the turtles in Fethiye bay, pelicans in the harbour, kingfishers and tortoises on Sovalye, we met some lovely people and by mid-week I hadn’t a clue what day it was.

  • Liked — Peaceful Location
  • Disliked — Steep slope to hotel! Some meals pricey.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Ece Boutique Hotel
Address: 1. Sokak No : 57 | Sovalye Island, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Fethiye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Fethiye
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Fethiye
#12 Luxury Hotel in Fethiye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ece Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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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