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“Quirky little place, recommended for budget break!”
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Destina Hotel
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Ovacik
Certificate of Excellence
Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Quirky little place, recommended for budget break!”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We arrived at Destina around midnight and were welcomed by a porter who took our cases, a warm and friendly reception and a receptionist who spoke fairly good English... we were given a sandwich (cheese and some thick ham), an information sheet and our room key. Our room was appointed on the ground floor with a tiny outdoor seating area. It was full of large insects because it's in lush, landscaped gardens, so if you're scared of wasps, bees, bugs, spiders, be prepared not to be able to sit out. Aside from being tiny the room was fine, though I would have liked an extra pillow and some sheets rather than the strange rug type blanket! The air con is free in the rooms and works well. There is a TV with English channels. There are plenty of power points, near the bed and mirror/dressing table. There is also a mini fridge which is filled with two small bottles of water every day. The en suite was fine too, the shower door was a bit funky but we managed... the towels are huge (so unusual!) And the shower was really warm and powerful which I loved.

The next morning we went to breakfast. Breakfast is 8 til 10 and you get plenty... omelette, pancake, eggs, beans, fruit, cheese, pastries and bread, washed down with coffee, tea and juice. The restaurant is clean and the service is second to none. Then we went to the pool. Plenty of sunbeds, clean and tidy toilet with plenty of loo roll, hand wash, etc. The pool is clean and inviting... as is the pool bar, although it doesn't open until 11am which means no drinks (soft or otherwise) between 10am and 11am.

Lunch and dinner were great, as other reviewers have said we were a bit nervous the food would be rubbish, but so long as you're not too fussy and recognise you're getting what you pay for you'll be fine; chips, wedges, chicken (chicken kebab was immense), meatballs, bolognese, spaghetti, rice, salads, spices, oils, breads and the most fantastic desserts!

Snack time (burger, pizza, chips) was a bit weird and wonderful... and tea time (mini biscuits/cakes and coffee) was ok-ish, but we were usually stuffed from breakfast and lunch.

The all inclusive drinks wise is local drinks 11am until 11pm... but you can purchase others. My only wish was for a cocktail or two to be added to the drinks that were included. It got boring sticking to one drink all night. In other resorts I have stayed in there's maybe been a couple you can choose from made from the local spirits and wines. One thing which is super annoying... all inclusive is only in the pool bar, not the main bar, which as it's name suggests is the main bar where the entertainment is. However, they're not tight on giving you drinks and you can usually take it in turns walking and 'getting the rounds in'. The main bar has a pool table, dartboard and there's table tennis by the pool. The entertainment is, as usual in these places, random; however Gadget is great, he's not cliquey like some animation people... he gets to know everyone and helps out all day long pretty much. His English is fab and he is a little more mature than some animation teams so he caters for everyone.

We were unlucky enough to have terrible weather. And there's nothing at all in the Destina to do indoors. On wet weather days we either paid to go out somewhere or we crowded in to reception to use the wifi in there... you couldn't even sit and have a coffee / play cards really anywhere indoors unless you went to your room.

The Turkish bath is lovely... we've been to quite a few and would really recommend it. It's a tenner for the Hammam works, and you'll come out feeling so relaxed. Really recommend it! And Kathryn who runs the bookings is English with a fab local knowledge. The onsite shop is convenient but overpriced, but there is one down the road, Ces supermarket, half the price.

It's a really good location for town and to get out and about exploring. There's a free shuttle to the beach which otherwise would cost around 30tl in a cab. There are also guest books in reception from all the tour operators with lots of tips and ideas for making the most out of your stay, free to anyone to read. The resort itself was great... much better than Icmeler where we've stayed twice before.

We met some fab people who we'll hopefully keep in touch with, however toward the end of our stay, there were more and more younger people who wanted to party. Fair play, but show some respect for other guests in the echoey hall way.

Really recommend the Destina for what it is intended to be... a budget all inclusive get away in the sunshine. If it doesn't thunder, hail and lightening instead... ;)

  • Stayed June 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We arrived early hours on friday to find a a friendly welcome and a sandwich.
On first impressions of our room i didnt think it was anything special as it had a few faults.
IE. light on the wall kept turning upside down due to being loose and it had a a few cracks in the walls but all this aside it was comfy and adequate as its only used for sleeping LOL.
THE STAFF.
Well they are all amazing.
Nothing is too much trouble for them and they welcome you like youve known them for years.
Joey essex and carlos were great.
ENTERTAINMENT .
gadjet and gizmo were great in everything they did.
They get great reviews from everyone so i wont waffle on apart from say FANTASTIC LADS.
FOOD...
The food was good from breakfast to evening meal.
Nothing to complain about at all.
And the pizza and burgers at 3 till 4 were great.
POOL.
The pool was always cleaned every day and kept neat and tidy.
It isnt heated but if you jump or dive straight in you wont be cold for long lol.
I should know as i was swimming every morning at 7.30.
IN A NUT SHELL...
This hotel was fantastic for the money and any little faults are easily overlooked as by all of the many good things.
Would defo visit again and thats amazing as i never go to the same place twice.

THANK YOU DESTINA FOR A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY

JON AND CARROL

  • Stayed June 2014
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1 Thank carrolandjon
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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel is suitable for all ages it's got good entertainment bingo dance shows acrobats you name it they do it the staff are so friendly and helpfully all the time they can't do enough for you the hotel is a nice size and plenty of sun loungers you can have a Turkish bath and massage on site which is lovely and relaxing and reasonably priced the food is really nice with plenty of choice nice clean and friendly no wonder they call it the happy people's place see you next year destina also a mention about Ali he took some lovely photos of us all together which can be made into key rings magnets or just a photo and are reasonably priced thank you to all of the staff for another fantastic holiday

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014

This was our first time to Turkey and we can now say it wont be our last. The Destina hotel is clean, comfortable and very welcoming, the rooms are a little on the small side but perfectly adequate. The shower takes a bit of getting used to, but again was ok. All the public areas are well maintained and kept clean and tidy.
We were a little concerned before our trip as some of the reviews are quite negative about the food, however in our opinion the food was of a good standard and there was always something to suit us. Our favourite was the night we had the kebab, it was delicious.
The hotel staff are a great bunch, always smiling and happy to help, Gadget & Gizmo are very funny and always make sure that they speak to everyone, every day.
Noise can be a slight issue, but people just need to be a bit more thoughtful when returning in the early hours.
All in all we had a fab time and met some lovely people (Tommy & Mary you were brill)
Can also recommend the hotel spa for a turkish bath, it was a great experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank carolj66
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

the hotel reception was very helpfull all the staff were so friendly, the food was lovely, lots 2 eat we went all inclusive perfect :) the hotel was set in a wonderfull location amongst the mountains lots to do, will def go there again,

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank maggy64
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Just returned from a weeks holiday 1st june and what a fantastic time we had. Yes the rooms are a bit small but how long do you spend there ? Staff are amazing in every way they will help in any way they can as in our case my wife had a fall and not one not two but everybody came up to her and asked how she was everyday until we left for home. Food was great and you could eat all times of the day. The complex is cleaned from top to bottom each and everyday, it was spotless. We will be returning so keep up the good work and looking forward to next time.

Janie and Mike Norwich.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Janie C
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Hull
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Just had 10 days here and what a great time we had. Arrived late at night and was given a sandwich to take to our room, rooms a decent size cleaned every day water replaced everyday in the fridge. Food was good just wish they could keep it hot, drinks great, met some great people had a laugh with gizmo n gadget the entertainment guys can't fault it really and would love to be back there, hopefully September. Was nice there was a breeze most days as got really hot but the lovely clean pool helped cool us down. Simply fab x

  • Stayed May 2014
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Property: Destina Hotel
Address: Tehneli Dere Mevki Babadag Yolu Gokceovacik Koyu, Ovacik, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Ovacik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Ovacik
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ovacik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Destina Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Destina Hotel with 114 rooms is situated in Ovacik. A wonderful place far away from daily city life and where sea, forest and mountain come together. There are a very large swimming Pool with specious place around, a secure kids pool, Turkish Bath & Sauna at our resort. All rooms have Satellite TV, Balcony, Shower, Split Air-Conditioning, Telephone, Minibar, Hair Dryer. We have regular Free Shuttle Service to Oludeniz Beach. Distance: 50 km. from Dalaman Airport, 8 km from Fethiye, 3 km from Oludeniz Beach, 300m. from Hisaronu Centre. All kinds of daily trips such as Batterflies Valley & 12 Islands and alternative activities are available in the region. You will receive here hospitality and high standard service from our professional staff. We will do our best to provide you with an unforgettable holiday at Destina Hotel. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Destina Hotel Fethiye
Destina Resort Fethiye
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