After reading the numerous negative reviews before arriving at the Balkaya I was not expecting a great deal.... how wrong I could have been - we had a great holiday and our 11 year old said it was the best hotel he had stayed in.
I can't understand why, given the reasonable costs for the hotel, some people moan incessantly. You get what you pay for and you didn't pay for a 5* hotel.
The staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful; Rooms were cleaned daily by the 2 lovely cleaners and towels and linen changed regularly. Our family room was a duplex with loads of space for the 4 of us and excellent views of the mountains.
The hotel has a great pool area where most of the activity takes place - ideally situated between the 2 hotel buildings. Surrounding the pool is the bar, pool table and table football (both free of charge). We stayed bed and breakfast only but did eat from the a la carte menu on a couple of occasions - food was good and reasonably priced.
Air conditioning and safe deposit box carry a small daily fee but this is usually the case in 3* hotels and is not unreasonable. For 2 weeks stay this only totalled an additional £90.
A weekly BBQ with Turkish entertainment was good fun for £10 per person and Saturday evenings had free entertainment and Turkish dancing.
The hotel is situated just off the main Fethiye-Oludeniz road and Hisaronu is an easy 10-15 minute walk. The Dolmus buses go past every few minutes.
We met loads of lovely people from across the UK and would love to go back to the Balkaya.
Suggestions for possible visitors:
Don't rack up a bill - pay for things as you go and then you can avoid any disputes;
Take ear plugs - there are cockeralls and dogs in the area and these may disrupt your sleep - (not the hotel puppy Linda - who is kept in a pen around the front of the hotel and was not a disruption at all);
Take imodium - there were a few outbreaks while we were away but nothing too drastic
Airconditioning - a must - temperatures were around 40 degrees +
Exchanging money - great rates in Hisaronu - we got 2.32 to the £
Thank you everyone for such a great holiday and hopefully see you soon.
Michelle, David, Faith and Sam
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- Also Known As:
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