I stayed at the Karbel hotel from the 30/08/10 - 06/08/10 with my boyfriend and we loved it. I have been to Olu Deniz quite a few times now but never to this hotel, but working as a travel agent it was easy to find out info about the hotel and this one seemed to come out top on reviews. We arrived at about 6pm so still really warm when we arrived, but the hotel staff we were quite quick in giving us our room key and taking our cases to our rooms for us. We had room 117 which was 2nd floor over looking another block,and very spacious, i've stayed in turkey before about 8 times and the rooms are usually to the same pattern of being long and narrow with the beds against the wall, but I was pleasantly suprised with this room. It was square shape so a lot of space with a double wardrobe with plenty of hangers in already with draws, we had a dressing table with draws and draws on either side of our double bed. The bathroom was lovely too, it was two steps up in to the bathroom and our shower seemed to be bigger than what I've read about in certain rooms in other reviews because I could move around in it quite a lot. The balcony was quite small but they all looked the same sort of size, and again...I stayed at the Karbel hotel from the 30/08/10 - 06/08/10 with my boyfriend and we loved it. I have been to Olu Deniz quite a few times now but never to this hotel, but working as a travel agent it was easy to find out info about the hotel and this one seemed to come out top on reviews. We arrived at about 6pm so still really warm when we arrived, but the hotel staff we were quite quick in giving us our room key and taking our cases to our rooms for us. We had room 117 which was 2nd floor over looking another block,and very spacious, i've stayed in turkey before about 8 times and the rooms are usually to the same pattern of being long and narrow with the beds against the wall, but I was pleasantly suprised with this room. It was square shape so a lot of space with a double wardrobe with plenty of hangers in already with draws, we had a dressing table with draws and draws on either side of our double bed. The bathroom was lovely too, it was two steps up in to the bathroom and our shower seemed to be bigger than what I've read about in certain rooms in other reviews because I could move around in it quite a lot. The balcony was quite small but they all looked the same sort of size, and again this is something I've always had when coming to Turkey. The only thing I missed about our room was being able to sit out when we'd came in from around the pool, as the sun didn't reach our room past 2pm and we didn't have a pool to over look, but the room itself was fantastic, the maids were great thoroughly cleaning every day, even put rose petals on our bed one day.
The hotel itself was lovely, there was two pools and i did prefer the quieter one around the side of where the white hotel used to be, as it was mostly adults and more peaceful, this pool did get busier earlier though so if you wanted to get beds you had to head down about half past 8, whereas the main pool you could get beds still at 11am but pool was a lot busier. It is quite a big complex as it is two hotels put together so I would reccommend our room for location as you would walk through to reception turn left and you would be there. We did try to do the turkish bbq night on our second night at the hotel but after reserving our table on the morning the evening time we were told it was cancelled, we don't know weather this was to low numbers or it had been raining for about half an hour at about 7pm, if you can though i would say do it as it looked excellent value for money as the bbq buffet is as much as you like and they do like burgers fish chicken and steak, so plenty! Only thing i'd be wary of with this hotel is that anything you buy from the hotel rather than paying there and then, they put it on a bill, which can be quite worrying if you spend a lot around the hotel, luckily we didn't spend too much so we knew how much our bill would come to , but they do not give you a bill in paper they just tell you the amount you need to pay so I would say to keep track if you are spending a lot at the hotel. Although I do think the hotel is a bit over priced and you can find the same food down the street 3/4 lira cheaper, apart from the breakfasts which were the cheapest in resort! The location is good it is at the top of the strip so you just walk down into it all, or the taxi rank is opposite, I prefer this location as previously we've stopped in the middle of the strip and you never know which way to turn, where as staying at the top of it all we could just walk into it all.
We rarely ate at the hotel itself, as we went bed & breakfast we ate breakfast there but only about 2 times out the week, the first time there was omlette, but the second time there was nothing at all that either of us liked so we ordered a full english which was 8 lira each so about £3.50 each but it was lovely and you got 2 of everything. We had food during the day once when it was too hot to walk anywhere, we had a pizza, a cheese burger and chips, and 2 drinks between us which was about 50 lira, which is rougly £22 which is quite expensive for what we got, needless to say we went out to eat other days. Favourite place for snack food in the resort was Bella & Gusto/ Sugar & Spice , it is two restaurants that work together and they serve the best chicken kebab ever 5 lira for a half bread which is a big baguette with diced chicken and all the salad in topped with garlic or chilli sauce, or 5.50 lira for the pitta bread, only worked out about £2 and we had one of those everyday, so saved quite a bit on daytime meals! Best meal we had on a night time was a chinese at China Sun on the beach front, now we usually always eat the turkish dishes and english and save the chinese for home but it was our last night and we couldn't resist, and we loved it. I think we spent about 55 lira, which was 2 drinks each, and 2 starters and mains from the set menu, it was gorgeous, definitley worth the money and probably the nicest meal we had all holiday. Sultan Ahmets was a lovely meal but quite pricey, and Ottomans was also lovely and better value for money. I also really reccommend Buzz beach bar, food looked pricey so we didn't eat there, but we had the cocktails on happy hour at 10 lira rather than 15, loved the Frozen Strawberry Smirnoff, which was the only thing I could drink with vodka in other than cocktails, usually with a vodka and coke they will make it really strong, but this cocktail was like a fruity slush, was lovely! The resort itself is lovely and has not lost any of its charm, although prices have increased over the years, it still works out cheaper than eating and drinking at home or anywhere in spain! We also went up to hisaronu for a couple of nights which is better for nightlife and tend to find more deals on drinks in the bars, I recommend Dippy Dollies for food, 18 lira for a three course meal, we had garlic mushrooms for starters, the chicken fajhitas for main and lemon and sugar pancakes for dessert and it was lovely, bit out of the way from the main strip which is why it could be cheaper but we got the taxi to drop us there and we walked into the resort.
We didn't really do many trips this year, the boat trips are really good value for money £5 and you get your dinner included, but we've done most of them before, the mudbaths I would definitley reccommend, the Jeep safari is an excellent day out too especially if there is a group of you, we only did quad biking this time and we booked through Pioneer travel which was more towards the beach front and seemed to be the only one not trying to rip us off, before this we did look into jeep safari got quoted a price from Del Boy at Eftelya, slightly cheaper than the rest of the resort from were doing we we went back to book and a different man dealt with us trying to charge us an extra 10 lira each for dinner but we explained we had already been quoted that included, then he came back and said it was entry fees, however we did not believe this so we went looking elsewhere and ended up doing the quad biking 8am - 1pm, definitley worth the money as they take you all around chalis beach and the ghost town, making a stop at a small cafe in between and also take you down these mini gorges which are freezing cold, can be scary as they take you on the main motorway roads and the turksih people drive a bit crazy but was well worth the money and bought the dvd at the end of it too!
The weather during our stay was lovely, I've stayed at Turkey in the peak times in july and august when it has been boiling hot still when you go out on a night time at 8pm, but it was much more pleasant at this time, still mid 30's in the day but a lot cooler on the night time, we had a half cloudy day on our second day and one half hour of rain about 7pm but that was it, it seemed to get hotter towards the end of the week.
Beach is gorgeous but very choppy and knocked us over several times but the breeze is gorgeous and you get a better tan as it doesn't feel as hot so you're not having to get up and get in the water as much, the lagoon is a lot calmer and the water is lovely and warm, we went snorkelling and seen a lot of fish, it was 4 lira each to enter as it is a national park but my advice is try to take food with you as we spent a fortune on ice creams, food and drink, I think it was really dear because they know you can't go out for dinner and come back. Also sun beds at both beaches were 18 lira for 2 beds and a brolley, so not bad if you're staying the full day.
All in all would definitley still return to Olu Deniz, and the Karbel has been probably the best b&b i've stayed in before, the staff were lovely and really friendly around the complex. As for the resort there is something for everyone, but would say if you wanted something a bit more lively then definitley go to hisaronu, although there is a lot going on in olu deniz it is mainly aimed at families and older couples, whereas hisaronu there was a lot more young couples like ourselves, only problem being you have to travel down to olu deniz beach in the day time if you are wanting the beach breeze!
Fantastic holiday and definitley would return!More
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