We have stayed at Lykia World Olu Deniz with our young family on at least 4 occasions although haven't been there for a few years. We returned as the resort was available for Easter and our youngest hadn't stayed there. When we booked the holiday, we were lead to believe that we were booking exactly what we had previously but in the interim, the resort has been bought by Liberty Hotels who had made some very fundamental changes to the offering. Previously there were a number of swimming pools to choose from, two buffet restaurants, one overlooking the sea, and a number of a la carte restaurants available for a small additional fee. When we arrived the week before Easter, the resort was only partially open, with building work going on everywhere, with building materials and noise all day long. This restricted the choice of restaurants as the Marina restaurant by the sea was still being refurbished and the Turkish restaurant opened a couple of days before we left, but even more fundamental is the division of the resort into over / under 16 areas.
The renamed Residence Hotel and it's surroundings, including two large pools are effectively over 16 only as well as the Italian and Steak restaurant were open to over 16's only. This left one indoor buffet restaurant and a small swimming pool available for the masses of families with children. if you didn't get a sunbed by the pool first thing in the morning, forget it and a table in the restaurant for dinner at 7pm, then you spent more time looking for a table than actually eating. I likened the whole dining experience in the Village restaurant to prison food. You have to stand in never ending queues with people digging their plates in your back and ended up with cold food by the time you sat down, that was if you didn't have a small child run into you with a plate of spag bol.
There is a waterpark (Childrens' Paradise) which, thankfully, our children didn't tire of, but there was a severe shortage of tubes for the slides. We walked around the resort one afternoon and there are so many activities standing empty. There was a guy minding the archery with not a single person taking part. We enquired but were told that children could only participate for one hour per week (Wednesday at 11am!) with the remaining time set aside for adults and the over 16 pools were completely empty.
Liberty Hotels presumably know their market and intend to market this resort to couples and families alike but be warned, if you have been here previously and are drawn back to it because of the expanse of the resort and endless activities, then you may want to rethink your holiday as it is not like this anymore. On the upside, the Chinese restaurant was pretty good as was the Turkish when it finally opened.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence section has 266 rooms and Village has 609 rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lykia World Oludeniz Hotel Oludeniz
- Lykiaworld Hotel Oludeniz
- Lykiaworld Resort Oludeniz
- Lykiaworld Fethiye