Apologising now for the length of this review... I couldn't stop writing.. but hopefully it will be useful for those deciding between places to stay!!
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week at the end of June, it was our very first time in Turkey and I can honestly say it was a week of absolute bliss. As corny as it is we left Suncity desperate to go back. We booked with Thomson which meant everything was taken care of, transfers ready at the airport, then again for the departure, our rep Zoe was always on hand if we had any queries. The little welcome meeting we had on the first morning was great, Zoe explained things about the hotel, the area and things to do. We were really grateful of this because it meant we could plan a couple of excursions into our holiday at the beginning and get it all booked. Thank you!!
Welcome - we had late flights, which also ended up being delayed because of airspace strikes so we didnt get to Suncity until about 4am, but we were greeted quickly and helped to our room.
Rooms - wow, is all I can say, despite feeling exhausted after a late flight and almost two hour coach transfer (fine because we both fell asleep almost straight away anyway and woke up when we got there). We were on the top floor in one of the blocks near the adult pool, room number 634, beautiful, it seemed as though this top floor had been newly renovated, lovely white walls, plenty of wardrobe space with hangers, spare pillows and blankets, a nice clean shower room which was had all the usual little toiletries, shampoo, soap etc and a decent shower not a little trickle like alot of hotel showers, always plenty of hot water too. The bed was giant, a dressing table and mirror, flat screen tv, a small balcony with two chairs looking out onto the mountains, lovely in the morning and pretty at night with the lights ( you did get a bit of noise from the neighboring hotel's music but with the door shut you could barely hear it). And then to top it all off, there was a Jacuzzi bath in the corner of the room! Very snazzy! We actually filled it up a little with cold water and it was a welcome cool down dabbling our feet into it whenever we went back to the room! A safe could be hired for about £10 for the week, we hired ours just to be safe. There was also a mini bar which was stocked with a big bottle of water when we first arrived. The maid left beautiful towel art on a few days too which was lovely to come back to!
Food - There was a good selection at each meal time, fresh omelets cooked for breakfast if you wished, or pancakes, croissants, a take on english breakfast with tomatoes, scrambled eggs, sausages, mushrooms etc. or toast with different preserves, cold meats and cheeses, cereals and yoghurts, different juices and cold water, tea, coffee etc. Lunch there was usually a form of meat, chicken skewers/grilled fish/beef, then there were chips, onion rings, pizza for those who look for that sort of thing. But we wanted to sample lots of different food so stayed away from that, and went for all the different salads on offer, or the different vegetable stews/ratatouie/aubergine and mince. There really was a lovely selection, two different soups with breads, delicious olives, and lovely desserts!! They were beautiful. We always said that we would go easy on them and only have one or two but ended up coming back with about three or four each time! There was also fresh fruit, melon, cherries, apples.(This was available at breakfast too) Then for dinner it was a similar set up but with variations on the meat and 'main' options. There were fish nights, roast chicken, sweet and sour chicken, fajitas, paella, pastas, stir frys. Plenty. And again there was always the usual chips/pizza/burger type food if you wanted that. There were children around too who had their plates piled high so it looked as though there was plenty of choice for them too.
Facilities - There were three pools, a main one, a kids pool and the Oasis Pool which was for adults only. This is where we spent our days because it was lovely and quiet, it had a bar too, special mention goes to Ali!! He was a gem, checking we had plenty to drink every now and again and very friendly. Clean pool side toilets (these were at the main pool, you had to walk over to them if you were at the adults pool - though our room was close enough to just go back up there!) There were always sunbeds available, we thought we'd struggle with it coming into season but we never once struggled. So nice when people don't 'save' them at ridiculous hours!! There was a shuttle bus which took you directly to the hotels private beach at the Blue Lagoon, we weren't going to go because we were enjoying lazy days by the pool so much but went for it and we were so glad we did, it's a beautiful little oasis, lovely warm water and a beautiful bar/restaurant (delicious cocktails - try the Strawberries and Cream or any of the ice cream cocktails for that matter) sun beds were dotted in the grassy banks, there is an adults only section here too, clean toilets, showers, pedaloes. The shuttle leaves the hotel at about 5 different times throughout the morning, starting about 9am I think and then the return begins at 3pm and runs through until about 6pm. Just in time for dinner! (food and drink is not included in the all inclusive here and you cannot take in food from the outside) Another mention goes to Tweety who introduced himself when we arrived and showed us what was on offer at the hotel's spa, we went for the full Turkish Bath which included oil massage and face pack, all for about £35 each, we cannot recommend this enough, absolutely perfect way to start the holiday, it was a woman doing my massage and a man doing my boyfriend's so no awkwardness! It was a great laugh and you literally feel like a babies bum at the end of it! Tweety also asked if we would like photos taken one evening, we did and they were a lovely token to take away from the holiday. Tweety wasn’t intrusive at all which we were grateful of, thats the worst thing when you get followed around and hassled all through your holiday, he literally asked once at the beginning and the evening we had our photos. Thank you Tweety!
Surrounding area - The strip is just five minutes away, probably not even that, but you don't hear it from the hotel, surprisingly. There is a good selection of bars/restaurants/genuine fake shops, we went to Buzz bar on our final night and had the swordfish which was lovely, the view from up there was gorgeous as the sun was going down. We did the Dalyan mud bath trip with Thomson which was great, bus picked us up from the hotel, had a little refreshment stop before arriving at the river where we got on a boat to the mud baths, great fun, followed by lunch at a local restaurant, we both had the trout, there was soup and salad to help yourselves to as well, this was included in the £35 each you paid but drinks were not, about 12TL each. Then back to the boat to see the rock tombs, and then onto the turtle beach for an hour and a half of relaxing. We saw some turtles too, lovely day! Would definitely recommend, you can also do the excursion on your final day and for about £60 each they keep your suitcases in the bus, you do the mudbaths,boat trip, beach etc and then they take you to a hotel close to the airport which means you dont have the two hour transfer later on, instead only a five or twenty minute one right at the last minute after having time in your hotel room to freshen up and relax. A great idea but we had booked late check out anyway so went for the standard day trip. We also wanted to get to the Fethiye market which was on the Tuesday we were due to leave which was good, a 5TL each bus ride away took us to a gigantic market, full of food/genuine fakes/turkish delight/jewellery all sorts.
Make sure you have a good barter to get some bargains!
Other - Make sure you carry some change to tip, its customary to tip in Turkey, not huge amounts but a few lira just to show your thanks is always greatly appreciated. The hotel and a lot of the shops on the strip take pound sterling; don’t change your money at the airport, much better rate when you are there. If you want a little money for when you arrive – say for tipping, maybe just change £20 so you have it... Get some beach shoes – they will save your feet on the main beach (not needed at the Blue Lagoon private beach... its sandy!) Use the scales in the reception to check luggage... they’re absolutely dead one... and saved us a big fee at the airport... I’d managed to go way over because of all the Turkish Delight I bought.....
I could go on forever about this place, I adored it and genuinely cannot wait to return, sooner rather than later I hope!
Thanks for a perfect holiday xx
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You’ll find this place tucked at the foot of Mount Babadag. Green hillsides provide the backdrop, so great views are in no short supply. What’s more, there’s a sand-and-shingle beach just a couple of minutes’ walk away. And the world-famous Olu Deniz Lagoon can be reached in ten minutes.Back at the hotel, the pool takes centre-stage. It’s in the shape of a figure-of-eight and is bordered by bright pink bougainvillea and cushioned loungers. There’s a poolside snack bar with an al fresco terrace, too. Elsewhere, an indoor pool and a traditional Turkish bath provide additional take-it-easy spots, while a tennis court caters for the more active crowd. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Sun City Hotel Oludeniz
- Hotel Sun City
- Sun City Hotel