We arrived late at night at Club Flipper which we had got as an RCI points exchange and the check-in process was a bit long-winded. Eventually we were taken to our apartment (56-3) only to find that the kitchen area was a shambles with fridge across the floor and the sink and 2 ring hob detached from the wall. We immediately said that it was not suitable and were then shown apartment 56-5 which was much better - leather 3 piece in much better condition, flat screen TV rather than an old CRT version. We suffered a few teething problems such as a lack of sink plugs and a toilet that dripped, but these were rectified by the next day. However we never did get any sort of welcome pack or washing up liquid.
When we awoke for our first day we were relieved to find that the view from our balcony was stunning, overlooking the largest of their 3 swimming pools and a view of the bay and Club Flipper's beach. A walk around the gardens indicated that it was a well maintained resort.
We had arrived at the start of the season and before the masses start to descend from Istanbul etc. However the peacecefullness suited us as we had the pick of sunbeds around the pool. It was only later in the holiday that we realised that we could ask for some sunbed mattresses to make it more comfortable, a point for others to remeber - do ask! However a bit more entertainment in the evening would not have gone amiss.
Previous reviews have spoken about the lack of English from the staff, whilst that is true for the cleaning staff, we still manged to make oursleves clear. The reception staff did speak some English and the managers at both on-site restaurants had a fair grasp of our language.
This area of Turkey was very nice and we had a couple of trips on local transport to Bodrum plus a day using the buses to go to the market at Turgetreis and 2 more small towns on the peninsula. Local transport is cheap, just 4.5TL to Bodrum which is 20km away. The local bus service from Club Flipper to the town of Yalikavak is just 2TL. This bus ran every 30 mins in our first week but then every 20 mins on the second week. It can get filled by some very noisy French holiday makers staying at the neighbouring resorts.
Bodrum Castle including the museum and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus are sites worth visiting.
Do take advantage of the trips to Ephesus and Pammukale - you will not be disappointed. We took the 2 days trip including an overnight stay and that allowed more time at Pammukale which is an amazing place with white cliffs covered with the calcium carbonate that has been released from the waters flowing over the cliffs across the eons. Have a swim in the Antique Pool which is at a temperature of 35 degrees centigrade.
Weather in may was a mixture, we did have some rain showers but there was also some warm sun which was getting hotter by the time we left on 27th May.
I would recommend it, but do be prepared for some early shocks which you can get put right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Club Flipper meets the expectations and requirements of today's modern traveler. The resort is in line with the European standards regarding the resort hospitality, check in/out, maintenance, on-site activities, unit quality, unit maintenance, housekeeping and overall performance. The Hotel is located in the west bay of the peninsula. Surrounded by the sea on both sides. The three story building is built around the pool which looks onto the sea. The rooms retain a simple contemporary design. The delicate balance of comfort and nature offers a superior holiday experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Flipper Hotel Yalikavak
- Flipper Hotel Yalikavak
- Flipper Resort Yalikavak