We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Grand Ucel.The hotel itself was very nice.The rooms we stayed in were nicely decorated and extremely clean. The cleaning ladies came daily, did a great job and were very helpful and friendly. The pool area was lovely and the aqua park got busy as it was open to the general public. But it was the first holiday that we went on that we never had any problems getting sunbeds.
We went out to eat everynight as we didnt find the hotel the most enjoyable place to dine in. The first night we had the buffet and found that everyone rushed to get there food as if there wasnt enough for everyone. Instead of relaxing and enjoying a meal, it was a race. Then the waiters had only one thing on their agenda,to collect your plates and clear the tables. I ordered from the A la Carte menu for my son before the buffet started but despite numerous requests,his food didnt arrive until until all the buffet was finished and cleared away.We had a similiar experience on Turkish night so we ate out for the remainder of the holiday, which was more relaxing and the waiters always ensured that you were looked after.
I reccommend the boat trip organized by the hotel. Unlike other boats which were over crowded, this boat was just for the hotel and served a lovely lunch. Take goggles with you as it was great fun swimming with the fish.
We also enjoyed horse riding booked thro Hamish McTurk.We has a beautiful ride to ghost village, in total 2 1/2 hours on the horse.Wear long trousers if you intend to do this .
The only thing that annoyed me about the hotel was that everyday when we bought ice creams, the girl always never bother give me small change. On the 3rd occassion in a row, I asked for the rest of my change which i thought was a cheek for them to keep it. The same day, the pool bar who were very busy,didnt give my children their change. When I complained to the manager, he seemed unimpressed with me for asking for my money. After that, I always made sure that I bought things with the exact money. But just before I got my taxi to the airport, I bought icecreams and guess what? Its such a shame that they do this as the norm.
Overall, it was a lovely hotel,beautiful pools/aqua park and very clean. It would be even nicer if the waiters could concentrate on the guests as well as clearing dishes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Ucel Hotel is situated in a pine covered valley about 600m above OluDeniz beach & the famous and beautiful ‘Blue Lagoon’ featured in all Turkish brochures. It benefits from the beauty & tranquility of the area, surrounded by mountains and yet only minutes from the beach. The plateau remains cooler during the hot summer months, giving a welcome relief from the heat. Perfect for couples, families and people of all ages, there is something on offer for all ages from the thrills of paragliding, watersports and funfair rides to amazing beaches with room for all at any time of the year and even walking and birdwatching treats at the quieter ends of the season.The local harbour & historic market town of Fethiye, with amazing shopping, bars, nightclubs and restaurants as well as Roman Amphitheatres, Lycian Rock Tombs and Byzantine castle is also on the doorstep.The hotel has been run by the TAHANCI family since 1988 and we have developed a very good relationship with our guests,The staff are always friendly, welcoming and willing to help in any way to make your stay as wonderful as possible. We also have the advantage of many years experience of dealing with guests from England and many other European countries, and have an in-depth knowledge of the area we live in. We are there to help you enjoy your holiday the best way we can -whether that involves relaxing by the pool and in the bar, or, making the most of the activities and trips available in the area. Our staff generally speak very good English and there will always be someone there who can answer your queries - just ask at reception and they will find the person that can best help you whatever your situation. On this site we have included some information about the hotel, local area and activities available during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel, and wish you a happy holiday in advance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Ucel Ovacik