This place was such a find. We were completely taken aback by how nice it is. We arrived to find that we had an individual wooden cabin instead of a room. The cabin was newly built (July 2013) and still smelt of fresh wood! There were two bedrooms, a very modern bathroom, a spacious living room with flat screen TV and an equipped kitchenette. the air con was a lifesaver! Outside, there was a shaded balcony with a picnic table for alfresco eating. The cabin looked on to the large pool, with the mountains behind it. The pool was lit up at night which made it look very exotic. At the end of the hotel grounds was a mosque, which made it even more atmospheric.
But the thing that makes this hotel great is the grounds - leafy, green, full of trees and bougainvillea, lovingly tendered by a team of gardeners. There are hammocks and also a few raised cushioned seating areas,H Turkish style.
The beach is just opposite the hotel, so only a short walk - which is enough, frankly, in the heat of the morning! There are loungers on the beach for hotel guests with parasols.
We stayed in july 2013 and the hotel was only half full, which combined with the low key, low rise aspect of the hotel, meant that we never ever felt as if we were on a package holiday competing with lots of other holiday makers. I got the feeling that the hotel had only recently expanded around the second pool - hence the new cabins - so maybe it will take a while to get up to capacity.
Staff were friendly and helpful, phoning up tour operators to help us make enquiries.
Odile provides breakfast (outside by the first pool) but only really has salads available for lunch or dinner so you either have to stock up on provisions or make the 10 minute walk to the restaurants and cafes along the road of cirali. A lot of guests hired bikes to overcome the heat here!
Cirali itself is wonderful - unspoilt, lovely beach, always empty, lots of places to eat, and near to mount Olympos for the ruined city (you can party there too if so inclined). The chimera are the highlight, and there are a few day trips nearby such as the boat trip to Simena and the 'sunken city' or to Phaselis.
It was the perfect week long holiday and I - for the first time ever - am seriously considering going back to Odile as it was so idyllic.
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