My and my boyfriend have just come home from a week's stay at the Olu Deniz resort, where all in all we had a great time. If you haven’t already booked this hotel take in to account that it is very child orientated, it’s fab for families and keeping kids entertained, but not so good if you’re trying to get away from work and have a chilled week.
It is in the same group of hotels as Sun City, so if you do get bored and fancy a change (without paying extra) head over to there. A recommend dinner times, they’re desserts are much better! I have put as much info as poss to give you an idea of what to expect:-
Getting there: It took 2 hours to get there, and one hour and a half to get back to Dalaman airport (just seems to depend on how many people are either being picked up or dropped off)
On Arrival: Check in staff were really friendly, they took our bags to our rooms, and then put an all inclusive wrist band on us each which we had to keep on for the week.
The Room: Is fairly basic, I can see why people have said it's more a 3 than 4 star, but the rooms are cleaned every day, and are fairly comfortable. The room has a flat screen telly with bbc worldnews, cnn, nat geo and lots of other Turkish or German speaking channels. There is a small hairdryer, fridge, safe (you have to pay for) air con, and coffee and tea making facilities. Although they don’t give milk, so pinch some from the bar and keep it in yr fridge.
Noise!: I would highly recommend you ask for a room as far away from the main pool area as possible, as this is what I would say is the hotel's small downfall. Entertainment goes on until midnight, and you can clearly hear everything going on – cheesy tunes etc! It’s ok if you’re a night owl, but then if you want a lie in, you get to hear the noise of the cleaners wheeling their trolley’s in between the blocks at around 8am, kids runnings and screaming around, and if that hasn’t woken you up there is a ‘Good Morning’ song played over the tannoy at 10am every morning with an entertainment rep then running you through the days activities! My boyfriend’s a heavy sleeper and even he got woken up a few times, so bring ear plugs!!!
Entertainment: Six of the seven nights’ worth of evening entertaining were geared to kids, our seventh night there was a Turkish night. The entertainment team tries, and they are lovely, but it is naff as anything! The evening starts at 8:30 with the oki-koki, the superman song, piano man, a german song, cotton eye joe and a handful of other cheesy tunes running the same cycle. This happens EVERY NIGHT!
Food: Is served at set times, I think these are about right: 07:30-10 Breakfast (breads, pastries, cheese, hams, omelettes, sausages) 10:30 Late Breakfast (basically what is left over from the morning breakfast without the omelette making man) 12:30-14:00 Lunch 14:00-16:00 Snack Bar, 16:00-17:00 coffee and cake 19:30-21:30 Dinner. There’s loads of food available, and we really weren’t disappointed with the selectino! There is a shop on site if you want to buy snack bits, or there are supermarkets on the strip.
Pools: There are three pools, the main pool next to the bar which has a toddler pool attached, a separate pool next to the kids club, and a 2nd pool with it’s own bar area at the back of the complex. The 2nd pool is an adult pool and is pretty much child-free and topless sunbathing friendly.
Gym: Is tiny - one cross trainer, one treadmill, one bike and some hand weights. The equipment is a bit out of date.
Paragliding: Was a topic we wanted to find out about but really struggled from the reviews. There’s a guy on the hotel site that will charge you £60 from Reaction. There’s then another 10 or so companies along the strips. They all say the same thing that they all go from the highest point, their competitors don’t, they have the best insurance, their competitor’s don’t etc etc. We went with Focus and paid £45 each. In talking to a lot of different co’s they charged between £75 to £20! It’s a fantastic experience (we hadn’t done it before) take your camera; you’ll get the most amazing pictures!
Spa: We decided to go to the Belciz Beach Hotel spa – it’s a 5* hotel, and the treatments were much cheaper than at the Olu Deniz Resort. A Turkish spa was £10, aromatherapy massage £10 for 30 mins, £13 reflexology… it’s open til 8pm so it’s worth sneaking in on your first day (they say the Turkish bath’s are good for pre-tan)
Beach: The beach is next to the hotel, it’s Belcekiz beach, sunloungers are around 6 turkish lira. If you walk far along enough (about 20mins) you reach the famous blue lagoon. Entry is 3.5 turkish lira. The hotel runs a shuttle bus three times a day to ‘Noa Beach’ (next to the lagoon) which is beautiful, sun loungers are free, and if you go at lunchtime you can still get a sandwich and drink free.
Staff: We so friendly, accommodating, and I couldn’t say a bad word about them!
The weather in May is lovely, the evenings are cold though so bring a couple of hoodies are cardies with you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NOA HOTELS Oludeniz Resort Hotel is proud to present you one of the most beautiful place at the Turkish Riviera. The Hotel is located directly at the Worldwide famous Oludeniz Beach, with its well known "Blue Lagoon". The Hotel with its beautiful Gardens are inviting you to relax and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine.Kids can spend their days with games at the Mini Club, meanwhile adults can enjoy their day at the "Relax Pool", a kids free zone.NOA HOTELS - More than just vacation... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oludeniz Hotel Oludeniz
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