Old Silver Beach Hotel reopened. We arrived at the start of their first week and like other guests were "all inclusive". Hotel is not in Gumusluk (pronounced goomushlook) but is in it's own bay. Rooms basic; water warms up by late pm; cleaned daily; dodgy showerhead changed for us. TV only had one channel, but on our last day one of the few UK guests told us they'd fiddled with the tuning and got loads of channels including BBC.
Hotel is not geared up for Brits which makes it very civilised (!) Not much English spoken. Some French helps. But they tried and were concerned to help. Owner manager found someone to translate and asked some of us our opinions. He and other staff worked hard but discreetly. A 4some of young people from Wales were using a phrase book to learn Turkish and help bar/waiting staff with English. All got on well.
Good; it's isolated. Bad; it's isolated. On its own by the sea. There is no beach but even better, a grassed area and various ways to ease yourself into the clear water. A jetty also reaches further out. Bring kit to protect your feet; a few sea urchins, but no jellyfish. Good swimming pool; volleyball area; out door tabletennis etc.
Two outside bars; one free; beer usually in small glasses, vodka, soft drinks. "Pay for" woodfired oven pizzas, looked good, but not selling well due to free food elsewhere... Wine also available with meals. Food is local and good. Lots of fresh salad, olives, feta cheese, variety of fresh bread, mediterranean cassaroles, usually chicken. Pasta, rice or potato salad but no chips. Honey/sugar soaked sweets, fresh fruit, good caramel custards and quality coffee or tea. Don't get to the evening buffet late. People pile high..
Local dolmus (bus) comes to the hotel and you can just go to Gumusluk,(about 10 minutes)or all the way to Bodrum (about 45mins). Flat fare 5 NTL (£2)each way. Taxi back from Gumusluk about 15 ntl. Worth visiting but we prefered to be at hotel; relaxed, nice views and no hassle from restaurant owners. We liked it. You can't go bar hopping but last Bodrum Dolmus is midnite or later if you want nightlife. Can recommend Bodrum castle; really interesting and gives a good feel for the amazing breadth of local history. Nice views too.
Don't expect a luxurious room, to be sold tours, or to find lots of Brits. Take plenty of reading stuff. If the Turkish Europop gets a bit much you can pop 50 yard up the coast, picking your way past the pictuesque but uncleared fishing boat wreck, to a small beach with a sheltered seating area. Nobody using it when we were there. Holiday makers a mixed bunch of couples and family groups mainly from Tukey or nearby.
Flght via Unar Air, transfer via holiday taxis and overall package put together by Bookable Holidays worked like clockwork.
Sadly, a woman of 80 died of a heart attack whilst swimming with her friends whilst we were there. It took about 20 mins for the ambulance to arrive. Staff stopped the music for 24 hrs and were very generous with the alcohol. When you have to go there are worse ways to go....
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