So let me first start by saying that I literally researched nearly every hotel and pension in all of Cirali (dozens) and was more than happy with our choice to stay at the Olympos Lodge. The negative reviews of the hotel here were likely written by the "super rich" who expected a super modern 5 star resort. Those type of people shouldn't come to Cirali in the first place as it's a hidden paradise to chill out, relax, swim and do some hiking around the ruins.
I did check out Arcadia Hotel which is nice but the grounds are no where near as lush and beautiful as the Olympos Lodge. Secondly - Arcadia is on the far end of the beach towards the more dry/sand dune section which means the views from the beach aren't as nice and you have further to walk into town for any of the restaurants. Also, Olympos Lodge is the closest hotel to the Olympos Ruins and has an abundance of comfortable lounge chairs and is directly on the beach. The grounds are simply paradise with peacocks roaming around and lounge chairs and hammocks everywhere.
I'll bullet out the pros and cons here:
-- Very attentive staff. After checking into our suite we had a drink at the bar and asked one of the staff for additional towels. Within 30 seconds we saw a housekeeper literally running to our room with towels. They'll also come out to the beach to take your orders.
-- Amazing grounds with flowers, exotic trees, peacocks, pond. At night these flowering trees gave off this intense perfume that was intoxicating.
-- Breakfasts were amazing. They are laid out under this pavilion and have freshly baked breads/muffins, eggs, jams, olives/vegetables. Great coffee and great service as well.
-- Restaurant - food in Turkey overall was a disappointment but the food here was rich in flavor and had a mix of Turkish and Italian dishes. Keep in mind that all alcohol in Turkey is charged a 60% VAT so a bottle of wine is very expensive.
-- Location: Right on the beach, closest hotel to the Olympos ruins. Close to the line up of beach restaurants in Cirali and close to the local grocery store.
-- Room: Only saw our room which was the deluxe room but it was modern, clean and well-furnished. Comfortable bed, great big bathroom, nice sitting/lounge area, could NOT hear the room next door (only one room over as the deluxe suites share a little cottage like building). Total privacy as well and your own patio area that's private (with view of ocean).
-- Great environment for honeymooners and also for families - about 3 families were there with small kids although they weren't loud/noisy and just had fun playing in the grounds and on the beach. The entire atmosphere was so relaxed and peaceful.
-- If you're looking for a place to party or with night life, then not only is this hotel not for you but Cirali isn't for you either. So not sure that's a con really :-)
-- Most expensive hotel in Cirali but there is a significant jump up between this hotel and the next.
We went on our honeymoon and it was definitely worth the splurge. Never wanted to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peace and Refined Hospitality The bay is blessed with unique natural beauty. A tropical garden starts at the foot of Olympos Mountain following a river that flows down to the sea. Its tranquil beauty and heavenly atmosphere quickly attracted artists, professionals and families from all over the world. The well-known German magazine GEO ranked Olympos Lodge as one of the 10 best boutique hotels in the Mediterranean. To ensure optimal service the staff is young and almost equal in number to the guests. A major factor for the charm and atmosphere is the 20,000 square meters (3.4 acres) of landscaped garden, which is reserved exclusively for the Olympos Lodge guests. The sauna in the central garden is an additional wellness feature. All 14 ground floor rooms, styled in brilliant white, have individual garden terraces, central heating and air conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olympos Hotel Cirali