Stayed at the Malhun Hotel (Otel) for 10 nights all inclusive, as a hotel it was ok, rooms are cleaned and linen and towels changed daily if required. only 2 downsides to the hotel, the satelite tv in every room, you get turkish or german channels but the only english one is the BBC World Service, not good if you have children. The other is the food, its ok but very basic, the breakfast is very turkish and they rotate the way the eggs are cooked, 1st day scrambled, 2nd day fried, 3rd day boiled, you can get tea or coffe at breakfast, the only other time is between 4 - 5 pm for tea and cake, tea / coffee making facilities are not available in the room. Lunch and evening meal are also done on a rotation, the first night it looked like it was a cold dinner, but when i went to the bar for a drink I noticed a queue outside, when i looked there was a barbacue outside for the hot meat etc, this was not signposted at all. My other slight concern is that none of the food laid out included any lables for what it was, if anybody had allergies to anything eg nuts it could of caused a problem. Saying all that though the hotel itself is very well run, the staff are very nice, friendly and approachable. Always willing to help if asked. The pool is also nice and clean.
The surroundings other bars and restaurants make up for the few irritations i found, I tried various places all to a good standard, but would like to recommend two that stood out for me.
The first is the Sunshine Steak House (turn left out of the bar attached to the Malhun and down 150 yards) the food is excellent, highly recommend the various casseroles, and if you ask for it to be cooked in an otterman pot, wow!!! its brought to your table on fire, the fire is put out, the top of the pot is cut off in one mighty chop and the food is poured onto your plate steaming hot, it tastes wonderful. also at any time the staff could breakout into turkish / kurdish singing and dancing, sometimes i wondered if they new they are doing it. On the whole a very pleasant experience and the all day breakfast isnt bad neither.
The 2nd recomendation is the Caretta Beach Club, (turn right out of the bar at Malhun and down about 200 yards). this is exactly what it says, it is a beach bar / restaurant run by Helen and her Partner, if you spend 10TL (about £3.00) at the bar you get for free a beach lounger for the day, and the staff will come and check if you require anything to eat or drink and will serve you at your lounger. you can also sit at the tables off the beach and enjoy the stunning views over the Med whilst eating and drinking, the food is excellent the drinks menu is varied (they are not sure of my invention of Baileys and Vodka cocktails but they will lol). The staff are really friendly, they will come for a chat but do not interfere. The VFM is excellent I cannot recommend the Caretta Beach Club highly enough.
If you visit the Calis Beach area you have to go on some of the day trips, i went on the Jeep Safari, this is a whole day of fun and laughter and includes a cooked lunch in the 40TL price and you get picked up and dropped off at your hotel in the jeep, but be prepared to get wet and dirty, especially going to the natural mud pool, the guide will help you lol.
Also the 12 island boat trip is another that is excellent value and also includes a cooked lunch on the boat, you see some stunning views as well as having a chance to swim in some of the bays the boat anchors at.
Another good day out is the trip to Fethiye Market, it is a stunning market, the sellers are funny with the sales patter but the bargains are amazing especially if you know how to barter hard, afterwards you are driven to a ghost town which is incredible especially when the guide tells you all about why it is a ghost town. You can also buy lunch here at a very reasonable price.
On the whole the Malhun Hotel was a very nice place to sleep whilst on holiday, the surroundings and people are what make the experience fantastic, VFM is amazing, in fact i'm going to go back on a bed and breakfast basis and eat out all the time and yes I would stay at the Malhun again.
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