I've never written a review before but I was so impressed with lykia world I felt I needed to share the love.
I booked the holiday mainly with my children in mind, wanted somewhere with lots to do for kids, lots of pools etc. But also somewhere I could just relax by the pool. I wasn't that bothered if it was fancy as long as it was clean and the food was edible. The price was very reasonable so I was kind of expecting butlins in the sun, I was very wrong.
We arrived quite late, around 9.40 and we were told to dump our bags, go and eat and come back later to check in. We were led through this lovely little village (part of the hotel) with shops and bars and a sea view and down to the hugest buffet I have ever seen. The choice was immense. You could eat there for a month and not have the same thing twice. Fresh grilled seafood (cooked in front of you) BBQ meats, freshly made pasta, hundreds of salads and vegetable dishes, wood fired pizzas and freshly baked breads, soups, cold meats, cheeses, deserts galore, an ice cream bar. Efes lager on tap and as much wine as you can drink. The main restaurant is on the beach so the views are stunning. We never had trouble getting a table or a high chair although you may have to wander around a little first.
The food was delicious, amongst the nicest I've eaten in a resort and definitely the best buffet/all inclusive - beats cruise food hands down. Breakfast and lunch are also served bugger style. Lunch is much the same as dinner but breakfast was my favourite meal of the day. Pancakes, waffles, eggs, made to order omelettes, fresh fruit, cereals, cheeses, fresh bread. A very wide variety. The coffee is delicious and there's a machine where you can press your own fresh orange juice at no extra charge. This was popular with us. There are various snack times available around the clock so if you miss lunch or breakfast one day. You will still be able to find something to eat. A favourite with my son was the pancake bar which opens daily.
Back to check in which was hassle free. We had requested a low floor room which we were given. Golf buggies are on hand to deliver the you and the luggage to rooms. We were very impressed with our room. I think, from speaking to other guests we had one of the new ones as it had clearly been recently done up. LED lighting, touch panels, smart TV etc. Very nice indeed. We had a family room which consisted of 2 separate roomy bedrooms (we were expecting a sofa bed situation!) and 2 balconies. My only grumble is that because there are so many rooms they can be quite far away from the centre of things and it's quite hilly - but you get used to it and the walking stops you putting on too much weight ;) there is a mini bus that take you all around the resort every 20 minutes if you really hate walking and a couple of times when I was loaded down with the buggy and bags, the driver kindly dropped me at my block instead of the designated bus stop. I was also lent a buggy (free of charge) for my older child for the duration of the holiday as he would get too tired to be walking back up to the room late at night. This was a nice (and useful) touch.
Although we did leave the resort on a few occasions (Turkish bath, town, market, blue lagoon etc.) if you didn't want to, there's really no need to. The hotel has it's own impressive stretch of beach (far end is a lovely little lagoon) with inclusive beach bars dotted along. Sunbeds are included, as are ALL drinks including spirits and cocktails (they are local brands and not premium so as long as you're ok with that). I like efes anyway so the beer went down nicely and the wine was nice too. Not vinegar water ;). There is a chargeable wine bar if you want to drink branded vodkas and champagne etc. Drinks are served in proper glasses unlike any other all inclusive I have been to (unless you are by the pool) and if you want a drink of water you are given a bottle (small or large) not a paper cup. The one thing I would suggest is that they provide plastic cups and plates for kids as my 4 year old had a couple of breakages when helping himself to food and drink. As far as I'm aware the drinks are available through the night, I know in some resorts there is a shut off point but once the main entertainment area closes at 12 there is a nightclub which remains open. It's not exactly a westend club but is a laugh if you fancy a drunken boogie after hours.
The resort is kept lovely and clean, rooms, toilets and all food areas. There was a bit of a wasp issue around the food (especially deserts) but some nets were going up as we were leaving around some food areas. I didn't see (or hear of) anyone getting stung but they are a bit annoying. Not sure what could be done about it though short of moving all the food inside and I liked the alfresco dining personally. I don't particularly like wasps but I handled it ok and it wouldn't put me off going back. I found the staff to be very helpful and friendly. Bar and restaurant staff couldn't do enough for you and were great with kids. My little boy refused to go into kids club alone but as far as I could tell there was a packed programme of activities for all ages (they even put on a very impressive kids show once a week in the amphitheatre) there is also a baby club from 6 months open for 3 x 3 hour sessions a day. I did leave my baby once for an hour and he was very well looked after. I didn't have a need to aside from this as I had a lot of adult help in my party but would be great if you wanted a nice peaceful meal :) there is a 24 hour baby kitchen with large fridges, sterilising equipment etc. If you are bottle feeding. Very useful. One night (late) we had a leak in our room and somebody arrived within minutes to fix it. No trouble at all.
Staying on the subject of kids, at the top end of the resort there is children's paradise which is basically like a water park for them with all different pools, slides, mini beach, etc. Ideal for all ages, lots of sunbathing space. There is also a kids restaurant here with things like fishfingers and pizza where little ones can eat lunch and dinner. Even the toilets and tables and chairs in this area are miniature. They have thought of everything.
There are several other pools, I don't think we even got to see half of them as we were mainly at kids paradise or down at the main pool. Towels are readily available (the towel lady at the main pool is a bit grumpy but didn't have trouble anywhere else) we never had a problem getting a sunbed but as we were leaving the half term was starting and it was noticibly busier so I don't know what the sunbed situation is then. There are plenty of places to sunbathe though. There are even 2 pools as part of the kids club (one is fully shaded!)
There are lots of shops in the resort. Most of which are reasonable. The shoe shop was comparable to market prices and the quality was better. The man in there was also helpful and friendly. The bag shop I found to be better than the market. Slightly more expensive but much better quality (market bags were shoddy and overpriced) the man is also very helpful and if you can't find what you want, will try and bring it for you. Was very pleased with my purchases. I don't think I would even bother with the market next time, was good to see but very hot and crowded. The only other shop I used was the one selling inflatables, sun creams etc. It's very overpriced and the kids try and drag you in to buy them toys etc. In the evening. The people weren't exactly helpful and after spending 90TL on an inflatable with a water gun which didn't work, we weren't offered an exchange. Bit disappointing. We ended up leaving it there.
Most places prefer you to pay in English money so maybe just take a handful of TL and the rest on sterling or euros. Most prices around the resort are in euros.
We tried a couple of the a la carte restaurants (at a charge) which were nice. Probably no nicer food wise than the buffet but it was nice to be served and sit and chat for a change rather than charging around the large scale buffet ;)
Entertainment wise we were not disappointed. There was a good (professional) show on every night in the amphitheatre which we all enjoyed. Music, dance, magic, acrobatics. And it was different in our second week (was expecting repeats) this was followed by entertainment up at the main bar. Sometimes a dj and disco, other times a show type thing and one night there was a very good dj set with bongo players. Entertainment staff are on hand to get everyone dancing and they have breakdancing dance offs which is fun to watch. There are activities during the day like football, water polo, Zumba etc. If you're not the type to relax in the sun, you won't be bored. I saw lots of tennis players and we had a round of mini golf.
Quick mention about the watersports/paragliding company located inside the hotel called escape and my little boy did the kids in action package on our last day. It was 64 euros and good value for money. He did paragliding, banana boat, doughnut, jet skiing and a speed boat ride and had a fantastic time. I was nervous about it but he was well looked after. We also booked a private boat trip through escape which was lovely too. Highly recommended.
I never really go back to the same place again but I am definitely booking up to go again next year. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, it was great value for money and much more luxurious than we had expected or hoped for.
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- Also Known As:
- Lykia World Oludeniz Hotel Oludeniz
- Lykiaworld Hotel Oludeniz
- Lykiaworld Resort Oludeniz
- Lykiaworld Fethiye