Couldn’t agree more with the comments made by Andrea below. We arrived midnight Wednesday 27th July for a 9 day holiday and were a bit apprehensive to say the least due to the comments made on here about violence and the condition of the apartments.
We checked in, given the key to our room and escorted to our apartment no155. On getting up first thing on Thursday morning we went to reception and asked to change our room as we had been told that we would have the benefit of a private balcony which ours didn’t and the room was very basic, there was no problem at all they simply said at 11am after the cleaning had been done we could go and have a look at another room to see if it was ok for us. Yes the rooms are basic, but for the cost of the accommodation you are not going to get 5 star rooms. What you do get though is a 5 star view down to Olu Deniz, we moved into room 104 which looked out into the garden, rather than a sea view but we preferred the room and accepted, the old guy from reception came and helped with the bags again.
As previously stated the apartments are run separately from the bar, from what we observed the family that run the apartments are very hard working and working all hours of the day and night, yes they are not as communicative as the bar staff but if you speak to them politely and with respect they return the favour. The lady in the onsite shop is lovely, always greeting you with a smile – even letting us take some drinks and pay for them the next day as we only had a note and she didn’t have any change.
On our first day we met Mustafa the rep who gave us a 15 minute talk on the area, sights, excursions, constantly cracking jokes and advising us on where to go – you couldn’t ask for more.
On to the Bar Staff- pure entertainment, especially Sinbad- the guys could not be more helpful, really friendly, light hearted guys, providing dancing, card tricks, good banter and a cold beer on request. All the guys made a real effort to get to know everyone and if they hadn’t seen you for a few days they would be genuinely interested in what you’d been up to.
The breakfasts are traditional Turkish- cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, biscuits, bread, olives, jam were provided every day- on top of that each day an added extra- boiled eggs (supplied by the chickens on sight), pancakes, toast with cheese and Turkish meat. The breakfast includes Turkish tea and coffee- anything like orange juice or water has to be paid for separately which is the only thing I was disappointed in, would have been nice to have a cold glass of juice included.
We went bed and breakfast so we did not eat our evening meals at the apartments but we did enjoy lunch there on the days when we were round the pool and there was plenty to select from including sandwiches, omelettes, spaghetti, salads. We got the Dolmus down to the town to eat- 2,75 TL per person for each journey so really good value for money – we walked down the first night and would definitely recommend the bus.
Places to eat- we enjoyed the Buzz Bar which was also good for cocktails late afternoon- there is also a really good restaurant down from there on the left, has a menu in a glass display and has cream drapes round some of the eating area- I can’t remember the name but it was really good food.
Word of advice for anyone going on the Mud bath trip- buy a disposal or waterproof camera- the tour guide will recommend you to leave all belongings on the boat for security – there is a professional photographer who travels with the group and takes some snaps – however it costs £20 to buy them and I have to say I didn’t consider them to be professional, but as it’s the only photos we had of the experience we bought them.
All in all, from being worried at the start I would have no reservations in recommending the apartments and the resort, having never considered Turkey before due to pre conceived ideas of what it would be like I can definitely say that we would go back.
- Also Known As:
- Manzara Hotel Oludeniz