After carefully choosing a hotel based on location and reviews, we were very pleased when Manas Park exceeded expectations. A 15 minute walk to the beach front, Manas Park is well located overlooking the town and bay and away from some of the noisier parts of the resort.
Whilst other reviews mention the steep walk back, it is only the final 200 metres once you enter the hotel grounds that is tough going ... but you are rewarded with a spectacular view.
Arriving late at night, we were shown to our room and then awoke to the sight of a blue sky filled with para-gliders. The room was modern and spacious enough with a safe and regularly stocked mini bar. The flat screen TV had limited channels. The bed was on the small size but the only downside was the firm towel like bedsheet which was not the most comfortable and would have benefitted from a cotton sheet beneath it. However, whilst the air con worked fine, it was still warm enough not to require bedding.
Booked onto an all inclusive (as it seemed most others were also) we were really pleased with the quality of service and food. Lunch and dinner buffets had a great choice of salads, stews, grilled fish / meat, great Turkish bread, soups, etc. Although dinner was open for 2.5 hours, we would recommend going early as they did run out of the more popular dishes by 1 hour in. Breakfast was more basic and the same each day but lunch and dinner made up for this. Guests staying 1 week or more could go to the separate restaurant although it was only open a few nights and served a fixed menu of similar items to the buffet ... so there was no huge benefit in going.
The hotel grounds were really well maintained, constantly being cleaned. The garden area was lovely with beanbags, hammocks, rocking chairs and a centre-piece bar. This was a great place to hang out in the evenings. Whilst the hotel was quite busy, it attracted an older crowd (ages 30s and 40s) and so it was not party central but the DJ played music until midnight (but not loud enough to be heard in the rooms).
The pool areas had amazing views and was popular (but you did not have to reserve chairs as it appeared was required at many of the hotels we passed on the walk into town). The pool itself was on the small side but fine for cooling off.
The staff were very good throughout our stay, with the bar staff very attentive. The all inclusive drinks were good quality and they was no need to queue. Poolside staff regular walked around to see if anymore drinks were needed, which were then promptly delivered. At a few points during each day a range of good quality ice creams were served.
The hotel had a free shuttle service once a day to the Blue Lagoon a few miles away. They dropped you off at a restaurant / beach which had plentiful chairs (no charge) and a nice sandy beach (the driver was a very nice man, always helpful) . Swimming in the lagoon itself was very peaceful and you could either be picked up at the end of the day and returned to the hotel or walk into town (about 45 minutes).
It was clear that the hotel was striving to attract the less overly tattooed and beer guzzling of the region (thankfully no full English breakfasts here). Through good management (the manager was always there and led his staff very effectively), Manas Park was succeeding following its expensive refurbishment. Listening to others on the journey home, it was clear that many other hotels were not leaving the same impression.
In terms of improvement, the hotel could be stronger on communications to guests (it was not clear what nights the separate restaurant was open, the special nights did not seem to be promoted in advance) but these are minor points. Overall, this is a great hotel in a great location for a great price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star Hotel ManasPark Ölüdeniz serve 24 hour all inclusive concept and located on 15000 m2 area in Ölüdeniz/Fethiye.Manaspark Oludeniz is an exclusive hotel with its dreamy sea and mountain view and very unique architecture.Hotel serves wide selection of F&B options and pat utmost attention quality of food and naturality. Close your eyes and begin a journey with mothernature. We will keep working to give you best service Greetings and Regards from the best blue and green... ... more less
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