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“Looking for a great hotel near Olu Deniz - this is the one!”
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Orka Sunlife Hotel
Ranked #18 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 July 2013

A little trepidatious at first having read some of the early reviews posted , but I needn't have worried - obviously only teething problems. This is a fabulous hotel that I would recommend to anyone.
Fantastic facilities, great food, friendly helpful staff and fantastic rooms (although the view from some may not be so great).
I don't want to write a long report mentioning everything I possibly could - suffice to say that EVERYTHING is fabulous (well; perhaps evening entertainment could be improved on - but this will undoubtedly get better as the reputation of the hotel increases, which it inevitably will) and I thank the staff from cleaners through to hotel management for a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing two weeks.
If you are looking for a hotel in the middle of the resort then perhaps it might not be the one for you, but if your requirements are great facilities with great service and friendly staff then look no further than Orka Sunlife.
It might seem an odd point the mention, but I have never seen such fantastic poolside toilet and changing facilities and this standard extends throughout.
If you are currently thinking of a holiday in or near Olu Deniz / Hisaronu and you don't necessarily want to be right in the resort (it is only a short taxi ride or a trip on the local dolmus service away from both) then give Orka Sunlife a try - I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
I would go back tomorrow given the opportunity and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
Kevin & Karen H, Northumberland

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Returned home 26th july after a 10 night stay at this fab hotel there is nothing u could fault entertainment was a bit slow to begin with but the staff ere r taking on board wat people want they r listening an improving services the food is outstanding an i can honestly say the best we av ever had we r really fussy too the hotel is so clean staff lovely an friendly we ad a fantastic time an met some lovely people would i return ---- YES would i recommend YES

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We were at this hotel 13th July to 27th July 2013. This was our first holiday to Turkey, 2 families with children 16,12 and 19 a much needed bite to eat with prepared baguettes - a nice unexpected touch which was appreciated. We were driven up to our rooms and although we had been concerned about the size of the standard room having a 16 year old with us we were really pleased with the space we had. The rooms are beautifully decorated and laid out - the shower is a wet room and has all mod cons, a safe is provided free of charge and also has tv and dvd player - a god send as during the day it was exceptionally hot 125 degrees some days. The only negative is the storage space not ideal for 3 but for 2 would be ample.

The service is exceptional all staff from man who was painting the murals while we were there, cleaners, spa reception, waiters/waitresses and management all really friendly.

Food is superb, something for every taste and they have theme evenings, each night the management will have on offer a pre dinner drink and sample of the food, for Mexican the tequila shot took me back to my earlier years and I now wonder why I used to like it!

The deserts if you have a sweet tooth are fantastic with a massive array of choice they not only look great they taste fantastic - they are small which lets you try more - even better as I was averaging 10 a day - 5 for lunch and dinner!

There is also a snack bar an hour before lunch, and at 3pm they bring out ice cream for a much needed cone - but eat quick as it melts fast! There is asol turkish delight out in reception in the afternoon and cakes again at 4pm with a final snack bar available at 11pm if you are in any way still hungry!

Although this is a new hotel they are taking feedback on board via their own Facebook forum. They are keen to ensure that if there are any issues they are addressed. I made a couple of suggestions as the children's play area and pool has various kids plastic toys to play on but there is no canopy and with the summer heat the rubber matting gets extremely hot as does the toys, also the entertainment although great during the day at night wasn't great but they have taken steps straight away to improve this over the days before we left.

The one point to note about this great hotel is the stairs, they do have an outside lift which is fully air-conditioned but it can break down, if this is the case there are a lot of stairs, we didn't mind as the 129 stairs, yes I counted, were my penance for eating all the cakes at dinner and lunch but its something to keep in mind.

Would I recommend this hotel? Definitely, its brand new, rooms are great, staff excellent and food exceptionally good, if they can crack the entertainment quality in the evenings they will be on to a true winner.

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Good points - pool area is good, plenty of loungers, the kids love the slides. The Galaxy lobby bar is good, the staff there are helpful, pleasant and take pride in presenting you with a decent drink. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the aircon works well. The view from the terrace is beautiful. The salad bar & bread selection are good.

Bad points - the pool bar has an awful stench of vomit all the time which you can smell on the bottles of warm water they hand out. The beer is watered down, the carbonated drinks are flat. The staff are in too much of a hurry to give any attention to what they serve, half-filled glasses and no ice are the norm. The hot food is school dinners standard at best. If you go for breakfast too early they serve up yesterday's stale pastries. They also recycle leftover cheese & meats into the salads for lunch. Our room was a 'family room' which had a view of a drainage channel and the underside of the steps to the higher blocks. Damp was coming through the walls and the shower merely dripped menacingly, alternating between scalding hot and freezing cold with psychopathic randomness. The music around the pool was too loud, the animation team rather lame, the entertainment repetitive and unimaginative. The evening entertainment was pathetic and because it took place in the 'theatre' it drew people away from the bar area and there was no atmosphere at all there.

We stayed at Club Orka in Ovacik last year and thought that Sunlife would be all Club Orka had to offer and more. In fact, they have taken everything that was good about Club Orka, dumped it in the bin and replaced it with the 'stack it high, sell it cheap' Benidorm mentality. We won't be back. 4 Star? Only the price is 4 Star, the rest 2 Star on a good day.

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OrkaSunlifeResort, Guest Relations at Orka Sunlife Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2015

Dear Guest,

First of all, please accept our apologies for the late reply. Thank you for your comments about your stay with us. Your feedback is very much appreciated and we have been took the necessary actions. We look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future.

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Stayed for 10 nights in June. The hotel had only been open a few weeks. We had a sea view superior deluxe room for two, on the ground floor. The room was as brochured; modern, and high tech, with black floor tiles. Nice sized balcony. Tip to upgrade to sea view as standard rooms could end up looking at side of lifts or wall facing. Buffet food was of a very good standard, perfect for short stays. Look out for the fresh tuna and the super king size prawns. Ice creams served every afternoon to eat via poolside. No problems getting deck beds. Staff very friendly. Drinks of a good standard ( apart from the gin). Note the lift worked only occasionally, so if you are elderly and were in high blocks it would been a pain to keep waiting for shuttle bus. Entertainment a little cheesy. Hisanronu only 15 min walk away, or 5 min by bus. oludeniz about 15 min bus and not recomended to walk ( hour) as no real walking path. Overall will recommend. Defo 4.5 star

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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OrkaSunlifeResort, Guest Relations at Orka Sunlife Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2015

Dear Guest,

First of all, please accept our apologies for the late reply. Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Orka Sunlife Hotel Resort & SPA and taking your time to share your comments regarding your visit. We are happy to learn that you have enjoyed our facilities and services.

Once again our sincere thanks for you visit and we look forward to welcoming you again.

Kind Regards

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

all staff are polite and the entertainment staff, are lovely although people may say they are annoying they are only trying to please everyone and make them enjoy themselves! messi is always so happy and energetic always wanting people smiling!

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Just returned from a week here on 22nd July, well what a lovely hotel this was, I must say that all the staff here are very friendly and helpful, the Thomas cook reps were also very nice and bubbly, we stayed in the Uranus block which was situated at the very top of all those steps you see in the pictures, wow what a lot of steps there were, 250 we counted as we climbed up and down them each day, a word of warning do not forget anything from your room, otherwise you will be picking straws as to who goes back to fetch !!! There was a lift from the bottom to the top with air conditioning, the lifts takes around 2.1/2minutes to get to the top, sometimes it was quicker to walk but sometimes it was worth the wait !! We saw the lift get stuck on 3 occasions, however the staff are pretty quick to resolve it, any how after all the all inclusive food and drink that's included, you should be running up and burning off the extra calories ! Every cloud ! The rooms however are very modern and the beds were comfortable, unfortuantely no black out blinds so it was quite bright early in the morning, no problem to my husband though he sleeps through anything, all lovely, The restaurant food was absolutely lovely, no complaints there, there was lots of choice and was all delicious, the all inclusive was 24hours so drinks in the lobby bar were always available, mainly British people were here and all in really good spirits, we met some lovely people, the hotel is situated between olu deniz and hisaranu, which both were accessible, for me preferable by taxi as always a big hill to climb, around 12 lira to hisaranu and 20 lira to olu deniz, you could also catch a dolmus which was only 2.75 lira each, both resorts where fab we had a meal in hisaranu which was lovely and only cost around £20 each, for starters, main and drinks, the hotel also offers a complimentary bus service to Nicholas beach, were you pay for sun beds at 15 lira for 2 and parasol, which is only just over a fiver, lunch on the beach is also very reasonable, and it was a lovely beach, when walking into the sea it was bath like temperatures, overall a very lovely holiday and hotel, I would consider going back even though there are so many steps..... You won't be disappointed ...

Room Tip: Over looking the sea rooms are lovely and maybe not to high up
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Address: Guzgulu Mevkii No: 7/4, Oludeniz, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Price Range: £60 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Orka Sunlife Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the charming Blue Lagoon, Orka Sunlife Resort & Spa has been built in a densely green area without damaging the environment. Here, youwill enjoy all the comforts of a Resort Hotel. The facility is composed of a main building that houses the reception, the lobby and the meeting rooms; 4blocks with a total of 195 rooms; and 7 special triplex villas.With the Ultra All-Inclusive service at Orka Sunlife Resort & Spa, you will have an unforgettable holiday. Our kitchens cater to all tastes, and there is noend to fun when each day is packed with activities and each night with shows. Orka Sunlife Resort & Spa will be your vacation home with its spaciousand natural surroundings, luxury, comfort and its splendid view of the Blue Lagoon.Just 2.5 km away from the Blue Lagoon, one of the best beaches in the world, Orka Sunlife Resort & Spa offers scheduled shuttle services to the beacheveryday. ... more   less 
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