Oludeniz Holidays 2018 May

Oludeniz Holidays 2018 May

Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : Just back from 17 Nights in Oludeniz. Much warmer than usual for May low to mid 30s during the day and mid 20s in the evening. Even better the place was very busy. Compared to the last 3 years tourism has finally picked up.

We felt the difference as soon as we landed at Dalaman. 40 minute queue to get through passport control the last 2 years we have walked straight through. A few people were grumbling about how busy it was, however we thought immediately this looks good for Turkey. Then the poor young girl in front of us fainted. Luckily she didn’t hurt herself and was helped by all around and my better half had an unopened bottle of water to pass to her.

Manaspark Oludeniz Holidays 2018

Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : Our first 7 nights we stayed in the Manaspark, the 4th time we have been there now. Originally we had booked a cheap deal for 10 nights at the Karbel, which had changed to all inclusive this year from B&B and Half Board. All the reviews looks good on tripadvisor so we booked. Then we saw a good deal fro the Manaspark for the week before so decided to go out a week early. We knew the Manaspark was a 24 hour all inclusive and was very plush. We also paid a little more for the deluxe rooms which were very comfortable with a terrific sea view over the bay.

The Manaspark was almost fully booked however it never looked crowded. And it is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Oludeniz that we have found. You only have to have a look on their website to see that. www.manaspark.com . We have been before in May and the only thing we found was it can get a little cold in the evenings being set up the hill. But the views more than make up for that. This year it felt much warmer and only t shirts and shorts were needed in the evening.

Manaspark Garden


Manaspark Set Back from Oludeniz

Situated right at the back of the resort past the Mosque and up the hill a bit. It takes us only 10 minutes to walk to the main strip and around 15 to the seafront. However It’s an uphill walk going back and we saw quite a few people getting taxis rather than do the short walk. If you are not good with walking this may be an issue as the last part is quite steep. We actually enjoy the walk and need it as the food is very good. And very Turkish which we like. Maybe a little too much.

The staff like most places in Oludeniz cannot do enough to help you. We try and speak as much Turkish as we can and staff always seen to encourage this and like it that you try and make an effort to speak their native language. The mix of nationalities there this may was mostly Turkish and then a mix of Russian English and Chinese guests. Mostly couples.

Manaspark Evening View From Room

Wild Boars

A few years ago I saw some wild boars near Oludeniz from a distance. This year I walked right past one on the way back to the hotel one night. It was rooting in the bins opposite the Marcan Resort Hotel. Just up from the taxi rank on the road leading to the Mosque I didn’t realize how big they were. At first we thought it was a large Alsatian dog then getting nearer it was much bigger.  Only when it looked round in the dark at us we saw its snout. We then realized it was a wild boar. Much larger than the ones I saw before from a distance. It soon looked back to the bins again totally un-phased that we were around.

I was sad to leave after my week at the Manaspark and could have stayed there for my full 17 nights. But we had already booked for the Karbel right in the center of Oludeniz and have never been there before.

The Karbel Oludeniz Holidays 2018

Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : So we set off from the Manaspark to our next stop a little down the road the Karbel. We saw work being done on the hotel over Christmas so wondered what it would be like. Its one of the hotels we have never stayed in before so were looking forward to seeing it. The room was small but comfortable like many other hotels in the center. We already knew it would not be as plush as the Manaspark that didn’t bother us. The Karbel was a very good deal for the 10 days.

The Karbel 2018 All Inclusive

The staff were great and made us feel very welcome as soon as we arrived.  The all inclusive only had the one bar open during the day opposite the pool. So if you wanted a drink then it was in a plastic beaker either around the pool. Or on the tables and chairs between the pool and the bar area. The downside to this is that there were 4 very large speakers which were very loud in front of the bar blaring out loud music most of the day. Speakers are often turned up full blast and accompanied by the entertainment manager shouting over them and staff by the pool blowing whistles.

I do understand that many like this however it would have been nice to have another area set away from the pool where you could have a quiet drink. Maybe even out of a glass. There was a large area above the bar and set back overlooking the main street which was unused all the time we were there. As there was no other area in the hotel apart from the pool area and the reception we spent most of the time away from hotel which we used as a base.

Food at the Karbel

That said the salad bar was very good the soups were superb each day and the hot food was decent but only OK at best.  There was little for vegetarians in the main buffet. The hotel is geared up for English guests. Chips and Onion rings were a staple every day on the hot meal buffet menu and although they both could be classed as vegetarian there are much better alternatives in Turkey. We ate out quite a lot which is still very cheap if you don’t have alcoholic drinks.

Mostly British Tourists

The vast majority of people staying were British and there were also quite a few Russians there. Many of the British were repeat customers who knew many of the staff. The rooms cleaned every day to a high standard. The downside was the lack of space to relax that was not either around the pool or in Reception. A quiet bar area would have been a godsend.

That said we are not ones for hanging around hotels all week, Although we didn’t travel as much as we usually do. a few trips to Fethite , Kayakoy Hisaronu and Calis were about as much as we did this year the 17 days flew by and it was nice just to hang around Oludeniz in the bars beach bars and restaurants.

Last paraglider of the day Paragliders

We did bump into someone at the airport who said they were at the Karbel and had had a great holiday. We mentioned we were there for 10 days. They seemed surprised as they had not seen us there. We did say we didn’t spend much time around the pool we got the typical answer back “why would you go outside? you have to pay if you go outside! we didn’t leave the hotel all week!

The Karbel Summary

The Karbel suited a lot of people there, not for us though. We still had a great time and will be back in Turkey for the air games in October. Glad we tried a new hotel however we will probably be going to a smaller B&B with a more intimate atmosphere.

That said the Karbel has filled a gap in the market it was very reasonable and very good value for money. Most people there were families of 4 or more so places like this make Package holidays to Oludeniz more affordable for a family. Quite a few of the people at the hotel said it was their first time in Turkey and they were going to book again for next year. So well done the Karbel for that. Oludeniz Holidays 2018 looks good hope 2019 is even better.

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Pasa Kebap : Oludeniz Holidays 2018

Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : One place we have been recommended to go to a few times is Pasa Kebap in Fethiye. We have walked past a few times but last week we popped in one lunchtime. It didn’t disappoint. We both had lovely meals and will be going back for sure. Like most places around Fethiye meals are inexpensive and only alcoholic drinks push up the price if you have them with a meal. For the last few years we have gone to all inclusive hotels for the simple reason you can have a drink without having to keep an eye on your spending. Although we often split this with a few nights in a B&B. It’s nice to go out and about.

Few Pics Here

Well that’s it for now! Bye Oludeniz, Back in October for the Air Games.

Oludeniz December 2017 Christmas Day

Oludeniz December 2017  Christmas Day

Well we have just back from a great week away. Oludeniz December 2017. Three days in Oludeniz. One in Calis and ending with the last three in Fethiye.

Oludeniz December 2017

Set off from a cold wet day in Manchester and landed in Antalya around 6 pm local time. It was quite warm about 18 degrees I was expecting it to be much cooler. The transfer to Oludeniz took around 3 hours. Stopping for a break mid way as we made our way over the mountains. When we did stop at the halfway point between Antalya and Oludeniz It was freezing cold and was snowing quite heavily.

As we were not sure what the weather was going to be like. We booked accommodation which was more luxurious than we usually have in Turkey. The Oyster Residences behind the Sey Bar were perfect with a view out to sea. And if the weather was bad we would still have the comfort of a nice room to stay in. There was only one other couple there when we stayed. Who were there for the paragliding and also to see Oludeniz in winter.

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Arriving – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday

Arriving at Oludeniz at around 10pm on the December the 23rd it did look as we had expected, most places were shut. We were met at our apartment and shown our room. Dropped our bags off and went out to see if anywhere was open. There was a cafe next door and some men were watching the TV inside. We asked if there was somewhere open where we could get a nightcap. We were welcomed in and had a couple of drinks inside. Hector one of the men inside told us not many were staying in the resort. Around 10 at the Akdeniz Beach Hotel and probably only 20 or so people in all.

Sey Bar Oludenis Christmas 2017

Only three bars were open on the sea front the Sey Bar, Cloud 9 and The Kumsal Pide. But were only open from around 10am to 8pm. If you wanted to stay out later a short dolmus (bus) or taxi up the hill to Hisaronu was the answer. There were more places open up there and stayed open until late. Catering for the many who have moved over to live in the area.

Weather – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday

The weather was great clear blue sky’s most of the time and in the sun the temperature was in the low 20s. I had t shirts and shorts on for a couple of days. My better half even had a swim in the sea on boxing day. We were the only ones on the beach at the mouth of the lagoon. I would liken the climate it to a nice sunny spring day in May back in the UK. When the sun went in the temperature dropped quite quickly and you needed a thick jumper or coat on if outside.

Sey Bar looking Out to Sea Oludeniz December 2017

On Christmas day the Kumsal Pide was very busy. At midday Around 40 ex pats came down form Ovacik and had food and drinks there apparently its an annual event. A great atmosphere and even a Turkish Santa was in attendance. Sat in the sun we wondered if the weather was a one off and if we had just been lucky this year. Then we overheard one of the ex pats say it was his 8th Christmas day at the Kumsal Pide and every year it had been perfect weather.

Other things that are different are the suns position. It sets right at the middle of the bay at Oludeniz making the sunsets quite dramatic. It is also the only time you can actually see the Greek island Rhodes in the distance out to sea. The water seems much clearer, and the beach has no boats along the seafront. only a few people walking and fishing along the shore.

Christmas Day Sunset Oludeniz 2017

Laid Back –  Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday

Oludeniz December was so relaxing and laid back we had a great 3 days the paragliders were there as usual, Boat trips were on but only with small boats carrying 2 or 3 people. We had a walk over to Kidrick beach and back. Went on a boat trip one day. But spent much of the time enjoying having the resort to ourselves.  Just walking around the countryside and along the seafront. There were other people staying there but not many. Most of the people during the day were just visiting for a few hours by the beach or were there to paraglide.

Walking through the resort I can see why people say it is a ghost town.  Most places are shut. Some of the hotels and bars have workmen in them getting things ready for the next holiday season. The main strip could have been used for the set of a post apocalyptic zombie movie it was that empty. This didn’t bother us at all we quite liked the tranquility. We will be back in May and see it quite different. Hisaronu was much the same most places shut and looked even more like an abandoned holiday resort. However the bars that were open were busier and had local ex pats gathering in them.

When our 3 days were over we really did not want to go. Wishing we had booked the week in Oludeniz. But we wanted to see Calis and had never actually stayed in Fethiye so after a last walk along the beach we hopped on the Dolmus to Fethiye and on to Calis.

Calis Beach on Boxing Day –  Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday

We got to Calis mid afternoon on Boxing day the weather was still great the sun was warm and we were surprised how busy Calis was in comparison to Oludeniz, the bars along the front were all busy and it looked more like a holiday resort.  We dragged our bags up to the Nil bar where we had booked a room. Outside was Tarik who we knew from the Destina in Ovacik where we have stayed a few times. He now worked at the Nil Bar, small world. Dropped our bags off and went outside to have a drink and watch the sun go down. and it was quite spectacular Calis is known for good sunsets.

Calis Beach December 2017

The bars along the front were less busy during the night but there were still quite a few open with people inside. The Nil Bar itself was very busy. The next day after breakfast we had a walk along the front at Calis and then set off on the dolmus for our last 3 nights in Fethiye the weather was still great although there were now some clouds in the sky.

Fethiye – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday

After a short walk from the Dolmus we arrived at our hotel in Fethiye. The Hotel Unique looked stunning the decor was great as was our room with a view over the harbour and a hot-tub on the balcony. we went for a walk around the old town and along the harbour. By the time we got back we decided to have a meal in the hotel as the clouds had come over by now and it had just started to rain.

The next day it was still dull with light showers but soon brightened up and by lunchtime it was blue sky and sun again. I went out in the morning walking up to the castle and rocktombs with a coat and a sweatshirt on and came back carrying them both in my backpack.

Fethiye December 2017

The next day was our last full day and the weather had broken. It was not cold but was dull and rainy we went around the museum in Fethiye and then decided to get the dolmus back up to Hisaronu and have an afternoon having a few drinks and a meal in the bars up there. By the time we got back to Fethiye that evening the heavens opened and the thunderstorm began. Still we had a good day again. We usually go in May and October and often get a day of rain while on holiday.

Back To Blighty –  Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday

We got up the next day the 30th it was still raining. Our transfer would be here soon to take us back to the UK. I was hoping the rain would stop for all the people there getting ready for the New Year. Looking on the internet when we got back it did brighten up thankfully. The next day the sun was again lighting up that beautiful turquoise coastline. Back home It was cold and grey as per usual living in the North West of England.

Oludeniz December. Would I go again for Christmas? Its an easy answer YES. try and stop me I will definitely be spending another Christmas day there! It was one of the best Christmas breaks we have ever had. We did originally book for Side near Antalya but changed our minds last minute. And are so glad we did. Having come back after a great week with lots of walking and sightseeing. If we had gone to Side in the all inclusive (all abusive) hotel we would have probably stayed around the hotel all week. Drank like fish and fed ourselves like foie gras geese. I’m sure we would have enjoyed that also though 🙂

Just a few pictures off my phone on this page more to be added when I sift through the hundreds on my camera. Back home now and counting the weeks until we return in May.

Oludeniz Christmas

Oludeniz Christmas 2017

Well 2017 will be an Oludeniz Christmas.  If we can we try and get away at Christmas. We have the minimum holidays from work, so its nice to get some winter sun if we can. But it can be so expensive so we do it every 2 to 3 years if possible. This year we were considering Malaga in Spain. The flights were really cheap but the hotels were coming up quite expensive and so we also had a look at Turkey. The temperatures were comparable. The flights to Turkey cost quite a bit more, but when you compare the cost of hotels and eating out in Turkey, all in all there was not much between the two.

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Turkey For Christmas

So we booked flights to Antalya and a hotel in Side. We have been to Side once before and had a nice holiday, it has a great amphitheater in the center of the town. The hotel that we booked was very large and was an all inclusive with heated pools. and themed restaurants etc. All very luxurious. So I’m ready now for our Christmas break. However part of us still wanted to see our favorite part of Turkey, Oludeniz. But Oludeniz is closed at Christmas. We did ponder with the idea of Calis or Fethiye and going over to Olu for one day.

But we had booked Side and if the weather is bad we have a large hotel full of amenities. A gym, a la carte restaurants, cocktail bars. Truth told, the gym would have given way to the cocktail bar if push came to shove and the weather turned bad.

Change to Plans Oludeniz Christmas

So less than a month to go and ready for my break Side here we come! Then my better half tells me shes cancelled the hotel in Side, and has booked a transfer from Antalya to Oludeniz. We are now staying 3 days in Oludeniz and 4 days in Fethiye. Suddenly I’m looking forward to the break even more. Waking up Christmas day with the beach at Oludeniz almost deserted sounds pretty good. Doing the beautiful scenic walk from the lagoon to Kaya. Walking along the harbor in Fethiye, and seeing the area out of season. It will cost a little more now, as the hotel in Side was a real bargain. But I cant wait for an Oludeniz Christmas.

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Festive Fethiye Christmas

We usually travel around when we visit Turkey. And although we have been to Fethiye numerous times for day visits, we have never stayed there. So this time we have booked a few days. Partly due to the person we booked the transfer from. His comments were “Oludeniz Christmas! are you sure you want to stay there? The graveyard has more life”. He did also advise us to try Fethiye as it will be much busier. I’m really not too bothered about Oludeniz being almost all closed. We usually try and find the quietest bars when we stay anyway. I Don’t think that will be a problem this time.

I looked online for anything about Oludeniz or Ovacik at Christmas but came up with very little, so I decided to write this. I’ll post a follow up and some picks as soon as I get back.


Oludeniz Beach Holidays

Oludeniz Beach Holidays : Only going back to the 1980s, there was no much in Oludeniz apart from one of the most idyllic lagoons in the world, sat beside picturesque pine-clad mountains rising straight up from the sea. With a few backpackers campsites dotted around. Then the developers moved in and during the early the 1990s and the campsites were intermingled with new hotels restaurants and bars. Oludeniz as a holiday destination was then born. Luckily and just in time, national park status protected much of the lagoon and strict building regulations meant the hotels were quite small and none were high rise.

Early evening Oludeniz Beach Holidays

Oludeniz back then consisted of mainly smaller hotels and apartment blocks, dotted along the valley rising up from the seafront. Oludeniz as shown in many travel brochures and even if you look on google earth actually shows 3 areas, Oludeniz itself down the valley near the sea. Ovacik, which is slightly bigger and noisier and has many residential areas. And Hisaronu, which is where all the larger hotels. restaurants and night clubs are. Hisaronu and Ovacik are both up on hill from Oludeniz, and are situated on a plateau about 4km (2.5 miles) from the beach.

Oludeniz Beach Holidays : The Blue Lagoon and Belcekiz Beach

Most of the lagoon is lined by shallow sloping sand and pebble beaches leading in to very still water. The sand is a little gritty and there are quite a few pebbles so beach footwear is advised. But apart from than that, it is a perfect beach for small children with still water and a gentle slope. On the innermost side of the lagoon you will find private beach clubs. where you pay to enter and can use their facilities. The part of the lagoon that leads to the seafront of the  is the natural park and you pay a small fee to enter.  Here you can find some forested areas where you can lounge under the shade of the pine trees, that hang over the beach in places.

Moving away from the lagoon and round to the seafront you find the beach drops away steeply into the sea. And there is no natural shade. You will also see boats moored along the beach between the outcrop leading to the lagoon and the beach in front of Oludeniz which is called Belcekiz Beach. No fee to go on here but you may need to hire a sun lounger and umbrella. This is where you will find the most hardened sun worshippers often disturbed by the odd paraglider who lands amongst them. Carry on out of Oludeniz along the coast road and you will come across the quieter Kidrak Beach only couple of kilometers away to the east again you have to pay a small fee to use this beach also but it is quiet.

Blue Lagoon inOludeniz

Beyond the Beach : Oludeniz Beach Holidays

Oludeniz itself is quite lively with lots of bars and restaurants, boat trips. Tours and excursions and the paragliding. Yet still retains a laid back feel. The surrounding area also has much to offer and you don’t have to go far to find it. Just up the hill there is Hisaronu with much more nightlife. Further on from Hisaronu is Kaya Köy is a deserted village. Abandoned by the Greeks who had to leave out of Turkey in 1924. Good to visit during the day to see the ruins and there is a great walk that takes you to the lagoon in Oludeniz. Kayakoy is also good for a quiet night out and has some great restaurants and has a really laid back atmosphere at night.

Oludeniz Beach Holidays : Most of the boat trips leaving form Oludeniz visit various bays nearby and are well worth doing. Or get the boat to Butterfly Valley for the day. A hidden valley with a delightful beach and walks up through the valley to a waterfall. Alternatively go to the local market town of Fethiye for retail therapy or a Turkish bath. Fethiye again is great for a night out, the old town near the harbor is idyllic. There are also some dive sites off Babadag, the mountain towering almost 2000 mtrs above Oludeniz. One of the world’s greatest paragliding spots from here you can take a tandem flight, landing on the beach. And for walkers the Lycian Way trekking route starts at the Montana Pine resort at top of the hill just above Oludeniz.

Kabak Valley

Further on from butterfly valley you come to Kabak once only a stopover for walkers of the Lycian way. But now along with small camps for backpackers you will find boutique hotels. Well worth spending a night there if you want to be out of the way in a beautifull valley.

Family Holidays : Oludeniz Beach Holidays

Oludeniz is also great for family holiday. Most of the hotels in the area are very child-friendly, Many of the larger resorts have kids clubs. And its not all extreme sports like Paragliding. There are also gentler water sports such as banana boats on offer on the lagoon and boat trips with snorkeling. The hills behind the resort are filled with wonderful walks and hikes as mentioned above, and the scenery is fantastic wild flowers and birds, lizards and tortoises. Its not uncommon to see goat herds and even wild horses. There are places to hire mountain bikes. Ride horses, go canoeing or white-water rafting or take a jeep safari. and there are numerous Historical sites not far from your doorstep.

Exploring further afield

Oludeniz sits in the middle of a ring of magnificent ancient ruined cities. The finest is undoubtedly Xanthos (67km/42 miles), capital of the Lycian Federation. Whose population committed mass suicide three times rather than admit defeat. Nearby the Letoön is a charming temple complex now largely taken over by frogs. Combine a trip to the smaller sites of Tlos and Pinara with an afternoon in the shady depths of the canyon at Saklikent. 45km/30 miles away where an icy river tumbles through the steep rock walls. Of one of the longest gorges in the world.

Or visit the dune-swept Patara, where the half-buried city leads onto a magnificent 18km (12 mile) white sand beach. It was here that St Nicholas (aka Father Christmas) was born in the fourth century AD. Finally, back near the airport near Dalaman. There you find the town of Dalyan. Here you can take a boat through the reed beds to ancient Kaunos. Or upstream towards Lake Koycegiz. To the mud baths where you can wallow in the mud bath and thermal sulphur pools. Near Dalyan there is also Itzuzu beach. 3 miles long and it is a pristine sandy beach with a turtle hospital at the far end.