I stayed at the Becekiz Beach Club (BBC) for two weeks at the beginning of October with my wife and family.
This is without a doubt the best holiday I have ever had and the best hotel (overall) that I have ever stayed in. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were treated like royalty and the facilities and staff are beyond excellent.
I have read some reviews saying ‘not platinum’ and obviously this only applies to a certain holiday company so perhaps not relevant on Tripadvisor however addressing that for a moment, if I compare this with platinum offerings in other places I have stayed (such as Cyprus) then it compares extremely well, if not better – personal opinion of course (as is the rest of the review)
The BBC is located in Olu Deniz and is the only hotel with a beachfront location which is a huge bonus. Although named after the Belcekiz Beach, it does not own it privately with the actual owners being the government. The only issue this provides is a charge for sun lounger hire but that is not a big issue in such a reasonably priced country (and of course the hotel has excellent faciltiies as well). To get round this I took to subathing on the sea wall for free
The main attraction of the beach area is the paragliders who manically throw themselves of the mountains that surround Olu Deniz. They are a lot of fun to watch as they land constantly on the beach throughout the day however you need to keep your wits about you as their final approach is a little kamikaze and they do land at some speed on the beach / promenade.
The beach is fronted by a row of shops and restaurants that sell reasonably priced food and tourist products as well as allowing the usual booking of tourist trips and activities. There is absolutely no hassle at all from any of these and all you normally get when passing is a friendly greeting and an invitation in which is easily declined with no offence being taken. There is also a street next to the BBC which leads up to the smaller hotels in the area. This is also lined with shops and restaurants and an Azda (yes that’s how they spell it) which pretty much caters for all your tourist needs during your stay. Both streets are prettily lit at night and have a very continental feel especially with the music coming from the various bars.
The beach ends at a sea wall and some steps up to the road at the eastern end but at the western end you have a small bus turn around point which is excellent for picking up the little dolmus buses to nearby Hisaronu and Fethiye. Hisaronu is a tourist location about 10 mins away with more of a ‘mountain town meets costa del sol feel’ and Fethiye is the local ‘town’ with a Tuesday fruit and veg market that needs to be seen to be believed (who knew you could grow cabbages to the size of basketballs!)
At the Western end of the beach is the Blue Lagoon. A lake with sunbeds around it and a further, private section of beach. You have to pay to get in to it and although not extortionate, I didn’t feel that it offered anything more than the rest of the beach or the hotel.
There are no water sports on Belcekiz Beach due to the treacherous nature of the sea. It is worth noting that the sea gets deep about 2m from the beach and there are some very strong currents so swimmers need to beware. For this reason Thompson do not run boat trips starting from this location.
The hotel itself is a ‘holiday village’ which basically means it is constructed and laid out in a ‘villa’ style complex around a central hub (there are rules about keeping buildings low in this area which keep it looking more attractive that the high rise costa resorts). The various buildings are a terra cotta colour and really make it feel like you are walking through a ‘village’ especially with the tree lined walkways and centra courtyards. These also offer some blessed relief from the welcome but relentless Turkish sunshine.
All of the common areas (pool, lobby, courtyard, paths etc) are absolutely spotless. I don’t know how they do it with the amount of olive trees and falling leaves etc but they manage to keep it incredibly clean – a huge tick on my list for a destination – and I was extremely impressed by this.
The pool location is the hub of everything and contains a large pool as well as a jacuzzi pool. There are good number of beds around the pool with a quieter, garden area nearby for additional sun bathing. There is a fully covered area next to the pool which houses the snack bar, pool bar and a large covered seating area with tables and chairs that offer shelter when things get a bit toasty outside. There are also tea / coffee / water / juice / slushie facilities here which we made extensive use of during our stay.
On the way to the pool is a covered area with pool, table tennis, a small shop, barbers and turkish bath .. all worth a visit.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all held in the main buffet restaurant and again this is attractive and spotlessly clean at all times. It is at an elevated position above the pool which provides a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and a very welcome cool breeze. At night the ceiling is rolled back to provide an open air experience and a lovely view of the stars. To the rear of the main restaurant there is an a la carte restaurant and a ‘plaza bar’ which faces out to sea and is always lively at night with music until the early hours and often entertainment.
The rooms are well appointed and presented in excellent condition. As this is a village style there are no ‘sea view’ rooms but all rooms have a balcony, the dimensions of which depend on where they are in the building. My only slight niggle with this is that the hotel are currently growing trees up to each balcony. I believe that the reason for this is that they over hang paths and so are not always private however as one of our rooms had a view of the mountains it seems a shame to lose that but I guess it is one or the other depending on preference.
The rooms are air conditioned (which is very welcome) however this is a little old and rattles a bit. Not a problem for me who will take cool over noisy any time but may bother some people.
The bathroom is excellent and heated which is very comfortable (worth shutting the door at night though to keep things cool in the room)
Usual facilities in the room such as television (why would you watch this with Olu Deniz outside!!!), a safe (£1.50 per day), hair dryer etc and tea and coffee making faciltiies.
Another point to note is that the bed is VERY firm. I have a back problem and this caused me some issues however for the average person I am sure it would be very comfortable and provide a good nights sleep.
Despite the points above I should point out that overall I was VERY happy with the room and the house keeping service was fantastic.
The Food and Drink
I guess the main concern of an all inclusive and there are no issues here. The buffet is served in an air conditioned room and offers a fantastic choice of constantly changing items and some staples. Breakfast is a mix of continental / cereals and fruit / freshly cooked omelettes and eggs / bread etc and a wide range of fruit juices and coffees and obviously as much of each as you want.
Lunch is a buffet of salad and hot and cold dishes / specialities of the day and dinner is the same. There are also alternative food options at the pool snack bar throughout the day so you can basically eat yourself silly if you wish.
The quality of the food is outstanding. All of the fruit and veg is beyond what we would call ‘organic’ in the uk and is delicious. The meat dishes are laden with HUGE chunks of quality meat and the sauces are fantastic.
The juices etc are all first class and compliment the dinners well.
All in all this is certainly the best buffet restaurant I have eaten in, anywhere in the world and could easily be the best hotel food I have ever eaten full stop.
I would not normally take the time to separate out the staff but at this hotel you have to. Simply put I have never had better service.
Most of the staff are teenagers but they are run with an iron hand and their service is unparallelled. From constantly refilling drinks to the perfect waiter service at dinner they work from the early hours of the morning until very late at night and always greet you with a smile (often a hug) and make you feel like you are in their home as an honoured guest. I don’t know what other people expect but for me, the staff here have spoilt me permanently and I will struggle when comparing other locations to this.
All of the staff are drilled in their roles and never seem to stop working at any time. The management are very visible as well (managers cocktail night was a nice touch) and circle like eagles looking for the slightest error or drop in service. All in all a truly fantastic service.
The entertainments team deserve a particular mention here. I have never seen a team so friendly, so engaged in what they are doing and so dedicated to enhancing their guests stay. Air and Al are two of the best staff members I have seen in a hotel and they made the whole experience that little bit better still (do a you tube search for the Belcekiz Beach Club Dance – makes me smile even now when I think of staff members dancing on the roof of the pool bar)
Every facet of this hotel is at the highest levels of quality. Everyone is different but if you are like me (how would you know ) then I would recommend it to you and everyone I care about. Judging by the other reviews on this site I am not alone and also by the number of repeat visitors that were there I don’t think that the hotel needs my best wishes for future success but I will give them anyway!
Thanks BBC for an amazing holiday – I cant wait to see you again.
1. The truck safari to the fisheries and Araxas is a really nice day out with great views of the mountains
2. The mudbaths at Dalyan are a lot of fun and should be combined with a river trip to Turtle beach
3. The airport at Dalaman charges OUTRAGEOUS prices - (2 coffees and 2 fanta's from the pub - £25!!! AVOID!!!)
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