We stayed at the Blue Pearl for a week and had a great time. We were greeted by Mine, the owner who is a lovely lady and very helpful.
Room: They were reasonably small but they were perfectly fine, with a small balcony overlooking the pool with a mountain view. The maid cleaned the room reasonably well every day, changing the beds and bins. Clean towels were provided after 3 days. Air con was charged at £5 a night, however we felt we didnt need it as we were in the shady part of the hotel and it kept cool if we kept the curtains closed. We would have liked a fridge to keep water in but we weren't desperate enough to pay for one.
Pool: Nice pool, doesn't really have a shallow end but no children had much a problem, 10 year olds could stand up on their toes. The slide opens every hour or so for 30 minutes, there were some top tips for going down fast but I'll leave that for you to discover!! Can be funny.
Bar: Pool and table tennis is free. Snacks are reasonably well priced and is served quick. Drinks are the only down side, 4 TL for a soft drink, 7-8 TL for a beer and cocktails are 17 TL. On Saturdays there is a pool party and drinks are 2 for 1 if you have the same cocktail. I think there should be more happy hours which would certainly ensure people drink around the pool more. Just an idea. Staff are great and very friendly.
We managed to get sun beds easily the first few days, but after that you need to get up around 7am to put them down. I'd avoid the area by the slide and end of the pool unless you like getting splashed!
Location: Walking up the hill to the left there are a few restaurants. We only tried Friar Tucks which was well priced, but we felt it was catered too much for the english like nearly all of the restaurants in the area (Ovacik, Hisaronu, Olu Deniz). I don't understand why people go abroad to get english food! One place were offering steak and kidney pies, fish and chips etc. Madness! We opted for turkish restaurants. There is a great restaurant at the top of Hisaronu called Memo Restaurant opposite Sam's chippy. It serves the free balloon bread and amazing kebabs/traditional dishes. Turn right and keep walking straight for about 10 minutes. Or get a dolmus from the top for 2TL. Another one is Sahil restaurant in Fethiye (http://www.sahilrestaurantfethiye.com/). Again, they were half the price of the majority of places and were 10 times as good!! There are loads of them you just need to open your eyes a bit more!
Dolmus: Very good. 2TL to hisaronu. 3TL to olu deniz. 3.5 TL to fethiye. Calis beach requires a bus to fethiye market and then another one to the beach.
Trips; I recommend Cadiana tours for the jeep safari. £14 8.30-6.30/7 pm day including lunch (no drinks). Such a fun day with a water fight and multiple stops including a fish farm, carpet place, patara beach. Animal the main guide was hilarious.
Beach: We really liked Olu Deniz beach. We paid for the private beach, the blue lagoon for 6TL adults (3 tl kids) which had beautiful clear water. We didn't pay for sun beds as the pebbles were actually quite comfortable. The public beach is ok, however it is best to go before 4pm when the boat trips start to return and you have to keep moving if you are not by the sunbeds.
Calis beach - not bad, but it wasn't as beautiful and clear as Olu Deniz. It was quite a lot of effort to get down there as well. I believe the hotel can organise for you to go to Sugar Beach in O.D but it can be quite expensive with sunbeds.
Overall, a fantastic holiday and I recommend avoiding the british hype by discovering the turkish restaurants! They are the ones which have no brits, just locals with no alcohol being served.
I would go back to the Blue Pearl and the area again :)
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- We don't get bookings for 2016 due to refurbishment of our hotel. Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments sets a new standard for an excellent service with its elegantly furnished, air-conditioned rooms and apartments, swimming pool with aqua park and jakuzzi, children's pool, bars, restaurants and its friendly staff. This resort comprises of 10 apartments and 14 hotel rooms surrounded by extensive and well maintened gardens. ... more less
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