We've just returned from a week at this hotel and generally it was really good but with a few things that just let it down a bit. Let's get the bad bits out of the way first...
The noise from next door. From around 8pm every evening, the peace was shattered (especially if you're having dinner on the terrace) as ridiculously loud thumping music spilled though from the family hotel's evening entertainment. It really spoiled the atmosphere and the serenity and there was no escape.
Similarly, on most nights in the adult hotel, there was musical entertainment at the pool bar. We were sold the holiday on the premise that there was no entertainment (that's what we wanted - peace and quiet) and were really disappointed to have to put up with this on most nights (we had one evening of respite). To make it worse, it's the same acts appearing for several nights...with the same sets...and same songs. It was embarrassing and cheesy but the old folk seemed to enjoy it. The main problem was that there was no alternative bar to go to in the evening to escape either within the hotel (there WERE other bars but none of them were open at night) or outwith the hotel as it's quite isolated so you would have to get taxis into OluDeniz (which looked worse than even the family side of the hotel - all neon signs and full English breakfasts). We ended up having to just go to our balcony having persuaded the pool bar manager to let us take our glasses of wine away with us.
During the day, if you were on the side of the adult hotel that's closest to the family hotel, you could clearly hear kids screaming too, so if you want peace, stick to the opposite side of the adult hotel. It's large enough to be able to get far away from the tantrums and mayhem of children
Yes, the adults-only part and the family part are separate and it's meant to be the case that the guests from the adults side are allowed to use the facilities on the family side but not vice versa. However, there's nothing stopping people from the family side coming across to the adults side (which we saw them do regularly) - just a wee sign saying 'over 16s only'. There are no wristbands or anything like that so no way of telling which hotel people are staying in.
Overall, we were lucky that the place was relatively quiet as it wasn't high season meaning there was always space round the pool(s) and on the beach and while mealtimes were busy, there was no real queueing time. I think it would be pretty unbearable in high season when the place is full. Don't take it for granted that you'll be able to use all the facilities - for example, there are a large number of tennis courts but they were all fully booked by a large group of (rather obnoxious and braying- especially at mealtimes or at the pool bar in the evenings) people on a tennis holiday. Apparently next week they're also all booked up by a Russian group on a tennis holiday too. One of the fellow guests we spoke too happened to be a tennis coach at home so she quite fancied a game or two at the hotel but couldn't get a court.
The majority of the staff were absolutely brilliant - so efficient and helpful (particularly the cheeky chappy Hamil at pool bar). The reception staff were sometimes not very smiley and because we didn't want to do it immediately on arrival (we had been at the airport for 5am and didn't get to the hotel until 4.30pm so we just wanted to get to our rooms), we weren't given a tour/instructions/maps/timetables etc like everyone else was. When we asked for timetables, we discovered that some of the listings weren't up to date (said snack time finished at 5.30 but actually finished at 5pm) and we generally just found our own way around the hotel by going exploring.
The hotel itself is really nice following the recent refurbishment - the rooms are lovely, everywhere is nice and clean, the grounds and gardens are very well kept. Little touches are so handy like there's no need for an adapter plug as they have a UK plug socket at the dressing table. Also, they provide separate shampoo and conditioner (as well as body lotion, shower gel, soap, cotton buds and pads, shoe horn, sewing kit, shoe polish, robes and slippers). There's also no need to take beach towels as they're provided too.
There's a great choice of food in the buffet restaurant (so much so that we didn't bother trying the A La Carte restaurants) and the manager Yamer and his staff clearly worked very hard to keep everything ticking over. There was a bit of an issue with wasps on the terrace but that's not exactly the staff's fault!
The area around the hotel couldn't be more beautiful - the views of the mountains and the crystal blue waters are stunning. We did the trip around to the Blue Lagoon. The Lagoon itself was a little disappointing with loud people all around (not helped by the echoey cliffs), cigarette butts on the beach (which is stoney so take shoes you can enter the water with as it's sore under foot) which you don't expect when you pay L7 pp to enter then L7 per lounger and L7 per umbrella but the best part of it is that we took a private speedboat (from the watersports guys at the hotel) there and back which was great fun and only 5 euros more than taking the shuttle with everyone else (shuttle= E15 per person, shuttle = E50 return).
We did a couple of excursions (through the Rep at the hotel rather than the cheaper versions booked in town - primarily to save the hassle of taxis to town etc). The Hidden Treasures one was great and our guide, a really smart local guy called Morat, was so knowledgeable and friendly. To begin with we all though it had been a mistake to book it and it'd be hideous (a day on a packed bus, starting at a carpet factory!) but we couldn't have been more wrong - it was excellent value for money (£35 each then they reduced the price and gave us £10 refund each) but the Rep who sold it was quite vague to the point that they said we'd be back around 5 or 6pm but we didn't return until after 9pm. We also did the Fethiye by Night trip - at only £6 per person it's much cheaper than getting a cab there and back but the trade off is that they make you go to three shops ( an optician, a sweet shop and a gold shop - where you get given the hard sell)before letting you loose and it was just really awkward and we spent most of the time standing outside.
Overall, we were very happy with our relaxing week here and loved this beautiful area of Turkey. If they could just iron out the evening noise / entertainment / alternative areas in the evening at the hotel, it'd be perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by pine forests, Sentido Lykia Resort & Spa has a seafront location. The property offers a 750-metre-long sand and pebble beach, 19 swimming pools, a 3-hole golf course, and spa facilities. The spacious rooms of Sentido Lykia Resort & Spa offer sea, pool or garden views. All rooms include satellite TV, air conditioning, minibar and free Wi-Fi. There is also a balcony in each room. Sentido Lykia Resort & Spa has 9 restaurants serving selected dishes from international cuisine. You can enjoy Italian and Far East cuisine, or seafood at the a la carte restaurants. There are also 10 bars, 2 cafes and a wine house on site. You can enjoy the outdoor, indoor, heated or adult-only pools. The spa centre offers hammams and a range of massages. Water sports facilities and a fitness centre are also available. Oludeniz Beach is 3 km from the property. Dalaman Airport is 71 km away. ... more less
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