Our fourth visit to Ocokkoy, still the most beautiful natural haven in Turkey. We've now stayed in three different cottages & even one of the apartments, all of which felt very homely, clean & comfortable but most of all private, absorbing into the mountainside, especially this year when we stayed in number 29, with no immediate neighbours, just some local chickens & wild tortoise.
With all the families gone home, both pools were free to relax by & the mountain views still breathtaking, only problem, the quiet tranquil ambience that usually accompanies this special
place is being sullied by extraordinarily loud PA systems echoing across the valley from the nearby mini-Blackpool/ Brits Abroad holiday town, Hyrosonu- locally nicknamed Hyroshima, which previously felt a comfortable distance from Ocokkoy's borders. Also new large holiday homes are being built behind the family pool, which seem totally out of place. Despite this & the influx of a large group of noisy Essex couples on day two of our holiday, occupying all of the apartments by the pool, Ocokkoy's spell seemed to come over even them, calming them all down after a couple of days or maybe it was the fierce looks they were getting from the other 'campers' by the adult pool who all seem to adhere to the unspoken rule of maintaining a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
Edi the excitable head bar-man/waiter seemed to enjoy & encourage the energetic holiday-vibe, encouraging everyone to get up after the sat night BBQ & the performance from a troup of lovely young Turkish dancers to do formation dancing to nightclub favourites like Gangum- style & the Macarena ....a complete contrast to our last visit two years ago, when we found ourselves sitting in the bar listening to Ramazan, the then head-barman & Ozoman the then manager playing a beautiful duet onTurkish guitars, whilst we sipped our after dinner drinks & watched the stars. This new attitude concerns me that Ocokkoy is beginning to let Hyrosunu infect its tranquility & trying to keep its head above water in the current climate through desperate means.
Despite all these observations, Ocokkoy is still a magical space, it even has its own resident 'witch', Shirley, who lives at number 26, an elagent, silver haired, ex ballet dancer,who's lived in Turkey for over 50 years & co-founded the village with its original owners. She's often seen at the restaurant
in the evenings chatting to guests.
Occokoy is still our favourite place in the world & I will still continue to recommend it to all of those in need of a truly special retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Those who have been to Ocakkoy once admit that this really exists. To be in love with a place where nature is still allowed to remain nature, where time seems to have come to a standstill and where a respectful attitude towards the environment has resulted in the creation of an idyllic holiday environment. The holiday village of Ocakkoy lies close to the Lycian coast, halfway between Fethiye and Oludeniz, arguably the most beautiful beach in Turkey ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocakkoy Holiday Village Hotel Oludeniz
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