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      14.10.2009 19:06

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      I am probably 40 years too old for Olu Deniz and having spoken to a couple of friends who went there 20-30 years ago I think they would cry if they saw the place today. The weather was perfect, the scenery stunning, the food very good but it was hardly recognisable as Turkey. We met lovely people who seem to be working hard in the Tourism Industry but sadly I don't go to a foreign country for a Sunday Roast with crumble and custard for pud. The river trip to Dalyan was fantastic but I wonder about the conservation of Turtle Beach. Is it enough and is it enforced? There are so few unspoilt corners of this world left and Western Turkey is not one of them. Wall to wall outdated thumping pop music and the only chance to sleep was because of double glazing.Oh Dear!! Kath

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      18.09.2009 21:08
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      A Great Holiday If You're After A Peacful And Relaxing Time

      My Girlfriend and I went to Olu Deniz last year and had such an amazing time. I was a bit apprehensive and curious of what to expect at first but I think what summed up our opinion was at the end when we said we'd happily go back - not something we usually say generally because we don't like to go back to the same place twice, and that way we can see more of the world and experience more etc. It's probably one of the friendliest resorts I've been to. The hotel was lovely and the pool was well maintained and the bar was always looked after by the same two people who we'd built a bit of a rapport with by the end of the trip.

      The strip where all of the restaurants are is very lively and you'll be constantly pestered to come in. I think this would bother a few people but for me I liked it as it shows the light hearted humour in the population. My understanding is that there are laws against hassling you too much in Olu Deniz in order to keep up tourists happy, so if you can live with the light banter it won't go any further than that. The food is lovely and the option of food and bars is plentiful although didn't go to too many bars as we were there to relax and not to spend it hung-over. When we did go out though I generally thought food and drink were pretty much the same prices back home.

      Activities are plentiful. The beach is absolutely gorgeous and the temperature was about 35=40 degress in early September time when we went. You can relax on the sun loungers all of the day for a set price and the beach holds plenty of choices of entertainment. For the daring people there's paragliding (which we heard a few horror stories about so decided to pass on it) and boat trips. The boat trips are pretty much a day long event and you have people on jet skis and a man in a boat with his wave slaving away on a pancake maker trying to sell you all of this while you go from beach to beach and cave to cave. The beaches we visited though were lovely and were varied such as a pebble beach in the middle of nowhere and Butterfly Beach which was akin to a really laid back part of Australia (not a butterfly in sight though!) One of the other boat rides we went on involved a trip to somewhere called Turtle Beach - so called because it's a breeding ground for turtles. On the way there we went to mud baths and a market town near Fethiye.

      One of the things I disliked was how Anglicanised the place was and was something I was hoping to get away from. Admittedly I could get by just by speaking in my native English tongue and simply talking louder and slower than I normally could but there was a culture of how it was set up to be designed to appeal to Brits on holiday. That's just my opinion though and if you don't mind going to "Dave's Cafe" which is sandwiched between "Azda" and "Tesko" then it shouldn't have too much of a negative effect on your visit.

      Personally though I loved it. If you're going with a travel agent then make sure you see the rep otherwise you could miss out on some fantastic trips. For me the whole place was peaceful and quiet and even at night when you'd expect the most of the party atmosphere didn't have that much of an impact on the peace and quiet we were getting. Furthermore, it was lovely weather, crystal clear beaches and an all-round friendly atmosphere. The hotels are all well maintained and looked after and the resort as a whole is really clean and looked after. Personally I wasn't disappointed and if you're like me, I doubt you will be either.

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        22.06.2009 17:39
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        A great holiday destination, something for everyone

        I have just got back from a fantastic holiday in Olu Deniz in Turkey. Gorgeous sunshine (temperatures were in the mid 30's- June 2009), a beautiful location and very friendly locals make for the perfect holiday in this resort. We stayed in the Turquoise hotel as it was recommended to us by friends and found it clean, pretty and very, well, Turquoise! We even had a Turquoise TV, although that didn't get very much use at all! There is plenty to do for all in Olu Deniz, which well known paragliding location, and although I didn't have the guts to do it myself I was told it was a brilliant experience, around 40 minutes in the air overlooking the whole resort. There is also a wide variety of boat trips, including diving days and chill out cruises for fairly reasonable prices. Also there is a weekly market in the old town of Fethiye which is well worth a look. At night there are hundreds of restaurants and bars to choose from with every cuisine you could ever imagine! I would recommend traditional Turkish food however. The kebabs were the best I have ever tasted and there was always plenty of grilled fish on offer too. A favourite evening spot for me was the cocktail bar on the main beach. Great to watch the sun go down sipping lovely cocktails and smoking a water pipe (apple flavoured is great, and they contain no nicotine) and the colourful beanbags we sat on were very comfortable! If you fancy a slight livelier night I would recommend a taxi to Hisaronu. This town is packed with karaoke bars and clubs and doesn't really get going until midnight. Taxi prices are reasonable, at around 13TL each way.
        I could think of only two downsides: one was that the extreme friendliness of the locals did get a bit much towards the end of the holiday, and it was difficult to walk down the main street to the beach due to shop keepers attempting to sell you their wares. The other was the transfer from the airport, which was just short of 2 hours. We broke the return transfer time up by taking advantage of a 'Dalyan Check Out' trip provided for by our and in fact most major travel companies for guests with later flight times. You get picked up with all your luggage in the morning and get taken first to the Mud baths at Dalyan (great fun and very messy, a highlight!), then on to a boat towards the beautiful turtle beach, stopping off for lunch on the way. Then you get taken to a hotel near the airport to freshen up, eat your evening meal and wait to get picked up again by your transfer coach. A great end to a great holiday!

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          16.02.2009 17:49

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          The perfect holiday

          My family and I went there in June 2008 and had our best holiday in years. We stayed at the All Inclusive Olu Deniz Resort review and had a wonderful time there.

          The resort itself is stunning, waking up every morning surrounded by the blue sky and hills is something that I'll never forget.

          It's a quieter resort but that was what we were looking for. However, there are plenty for bars and restaurants to keep you amused - just no lager louts, which is refreshing!

          There is a lot to do while you are there and you must have a go at the paragliding - just be careful you don't get hit by one as they land on the promenade.

          This is the perfect resort for families, singles or couples and one that will stick in your mind for years for all good reasons.

          I will be looking to go to this resort for my next holiday as it will take a lot to beat it.

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          20.01.2009 14:23
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          This was so beautiful I just wish we had longer to explore

          We visited Sarigerme in Turkey October 2008 and a stop off in Oludeniz was included in an excursion to Fethyia.
          When we arrived in the town it was clear to see that it was a thriving tourist town, I didn't see many residential areas although we didn't stay long so if we had explored a bit more we may have stumbled accross some local areas.
          We spent most of our short time there down by the lagoon. I must say that out of everywhere I have been in the world, this is the only place that actually looks like the postcards for it. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We hired a family pedalo boat for £5 and this was for two hours although I think about 30-45 mins is ample. It was great to be able to explore the lagoon and for October it was gloriously sunny. There are several private beaches along the lagoon and each one must have different policies and prices etc. The one we went to was fantastic I think it was called palace beach it was £1 to hire a sunbed and parasol for the entire day, there was a small bar serving drinks, snacks and ice lollies we bought 4 soft drinks and it was £3.50. There staff were so friendly they were asking about our children and life in Great Britain. They gave my two children a lolly each for being so good. There were pool tables that were free to use although It would be polite to buy a drink or two if playing.
          The toilet facilities were of very high standard they were European toilets with proper flushing etc. There was a changing area and a shower.
          We would have loved to spend longer in OluDeniz especially the town looked like it had some great restaurants and bars.

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          25.11.2008 22:07
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          A gentle introduction to Turkey for newbies and a haven for the regualr visitors.

          I've been to Olu Deniz with my boyfriend for the past 2 years now and I've loved it there both times. I'd never been to Turkey before so was really dreading it as I'd heard all the stories but I felt very comfortable in Olu Deniz.

          The resort is about an hour away from Dalaman airport and is surrounded on 3 sides by mountains. It is a small resort but that doesn't mean it's boring. The resort is a haven for paragliders, which throws you a bit when you first get there and see this HUGE thing in the sky above your head or when you're walking near the beach and paragliders are landing all around you. Looked fun but I don't fly without the aid of jet engines, thank you!! The beach is gorgeous and very clean, with sunbeds and parasols but also a couple of bars and toilets. There are also plenty of bars facing the beach. One of the most popular, particularly at sunset is Buzz Bar as, if you sit upstairs, you get the most gorgeous view of the sun going down. At night there are places to drink near or on the beach where you can sit on bean bags and smoke hookah pipes.

          If you want to venture further down the road you could walk down to the Blue Lagoon, which is a nature reserve and has an entry fee but once there you can go to the lagoon side or the beach side to chill out. There is a charge for the sunbed and parasols but if you move from one to the other they don't charge you.

          If you want to venture even further there are other places such as Sugar Beach, which is about 20-25 minute walk from the centre of Olu Deniz but they will collect you in a bus if you get the hotel to contact them. Here you can chill out and have drinks and food brought to your sunbed or you can go and sit at the bar. At lunchtime they also put entertainment on in the bar, which is nice if you want a break from the sun. The sea is really warm here, almost like a bath!

          When you've done with sunbathing there is plenty of night life in Olu Deniz with loads of restaurants and bars including Tequila Bar, which plays rock music and Shadows, which is a karaoke bar. There is plenty of choice if you want to chill out or want something a bit more lively and if you want it REALLY lively go up to Hisaranou. This is where the louder nightlife is and it's about 15 minutes away from Olu Deniz in the mountains. You can get a dolmus there very cheaply or a taxi if you'd rather. The dolmus runs every 5-10 mins to Hisaranou and Fethiye and is just along the road if you keep the beach on your left from the main resort. They are now heavily regulated so gone are the days when you shared with chickens, goats and sheep!!!

          If you want to be more adventurous go up to Fethiye and look around and go to the market while you're there. You may pick up a bargain! You could also go to Kaya Koy, which is the ghost village. There are a couple of nice restaurants up there but it's very quiet.

          As with all tourist resorts there are people trying to sell you trips. We've been with several companies and they were all good value but just shop around before you book something. Don't believe the rep who says they're the cheapest/best value/are insured. Our experience is they can charge up to double for the same trip. Look on websites such as this one, or www.tripadvisor.co.uk to try and find the best deals before you go or check the prices in the resort including the tourist places off the beaten track. We went to Ephasus and Pamukkale this year and it was excellent value for money and well worth it but very tiring.

          The Turks in the resort are usually very friendly and you can engage in a bit of banter as, when you first get there they hound you a bit about buying from them but they do settle down after a couple of days and accept a 'no thanks, not today'.

          All in all I love Olu Deniz and would have no hesitation in going there again although now I'm a bit braver I may explore a bit more of Turkey first.

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            21.09.2008 18:57
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            great place would love to go again

            For last minute cheap deal found on the internet, you have to expect a 50/50 on your hotel and resort. I had been told by a friend before who had been to olu deniz that it was fantastic.
            How right he was, our hotel location was a short dolmus ride(little buses that run up and down from fethiye through ovaick and the little town of hisaronu down to the beach and resort of olu deniz very 5/10 mins and are way cheaper than the taxis). Part of the beach is a national park and there is a charge to get into thet end but it is wotrh it as the blue lagoon is that end and the water is as clear as you can get! However we only went there once as it does get very crowded and the water all the was around the beach is crystal clear anyway. There is alot to do around olu deniz, the best being the boat tripps that leave right from the beach and i can honestly say it was the best £5. i have ever spent, if you go make sure you go on one as butterfly valley is incredible and the other places along the way are just as good. Theres loads of choices of foods and resturants to chose from anD everyone seemed very friendly, especialy if you order traditional turkish dishes, i aked for some baklava( a pastry dish) for my dessert at one resturant and it seemed to take ages for it come, turned out the owner made the cook make it for me from scratch so it would be fresh as when it dries out it's no way as good.
            I would love to go back as we felt 1 week was'nt enough as there were so many more boat and day trips to go on! Fantastic place amazing weather friendly people.

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            10.06.2008 17:45

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            We holidayed in the Turkish resort of Oludeniz this year in May and must say its one of the pictureque places I have been to. People are very friendly and the scenery is breathtaking. Do n ot miss the sunsets at Buzz Bar shouldnt be missed. Try the mojitos --- yum!

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            11.07.2003 03:55
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            Don't let the fact that Turkey neighbours Iraq put you off visiting this wonderful country. Although Eastern Turkey is best avoided, and despite the fact there have been a few terrorist attacks this year in other parts of the country, Brits are as safe in Oludeniz as in London. Back in early June 2003, we booked a seven day 'allocated on arrival' late deal through Thompson, which included flights, transfers, insurance, half board, a balcony and a four star hotel for around £260 each, flying from Leeds Bradford (about 10 miles away from where we live). We thought his was an excellent deal, especially since our accommodation turned out to be the 4-star Montana Pine Resort in the mountains above Oludeniz. As you might expect, the hotel was excellent, with beautiful scenery, lovely staff and good facilities. For example, there are three swimming pools, so it never gets too crowded. There is also a sunset bar, where you can watch the daylight fade with a cool beer in your hand. The resort is very much for couples, and even though there were often about 30 people around the pool, it was lovely and peaceful, as most people were dozing or reading. So if you're looking for a nice relaxing holiday, I recommend the Montana Pine Resort. But that's not to say there's nothing to do there; entertainment such as a singing, comedy and even aqua ballet was laid on every evening, and competitions such as table tennis and shooting were organised during the day. Oludeniz itself is just a short bus ride away from the Montana Pine Resort. The hotel laid a courtesy bus on every morning, but we also caught a local minibus (Dolmus) back and forth to Oludeniz for about 80p each. The dolmus on a regular basis - there are no bus stops, you just flag one down and hop aboard. To get off, you just shout 'STOP' loudly! Most people pay the driver when they leave the bus, but there are no hard and fast rules. Dolmus means 'squas
            hed' in Turkish and these buses can indeed get pretty packed and hot, but it's all part of the fun of being in a foreign country! Once down in Oludeniz, you can choose to sunbathe on the very long, clean and pleasant beach - two sunloungers and umbrellas will cost you about £4 for the day. Watch out for the sand – it burns your feet during the height of summer! Also keep your eyes open for the paragliders who land on the promenade. If you fancy it, you can do a tandem jump from the snow-capped mountains above the beach and spend 45 minutes circling above Oludeniz before making your descent and landing. It looked great fun, and we didn't see any mishaps at all, although I was too nervous to try it! Maybe next time, eh? You can also take full-day boat trips from the main Oludeniz beach - as you arrive you will probably be greeted by friendly chaps trying to get you aboard their vessels. Shop around for the best deal, but in general you will find booking this way much cheaper than doing it through your hotel. In Oludeniz there are many shops and cafes where you can have something to eat and drink. Some shops have tables and chairs, meaning you can buy a cheap can of beer and then sit down and drink it in comfort! There are also some lovely little shaded seating areas along the promenade, which keep you out of the blazing sun while still allowing you to watch what's going on. A quick tip here; if you need the toilet while out and about, be prepared to squat over a hole in the ground. Most cafes and restaurants have English toilets, but you will still have to use oriental 'hole in the floor' ones from time-to-time, and this can be quite tricky. Just be sure to keep all clothing and long hair well out of the way! Seriously, I once heard a story about a girl who peed on her own hair while using one! When you get dropped off in Oludeniz by courtesy bus or dolmus, if you keep walking along the road to
            the right (and past the rather scary gun-wielding gendarme guarding his post) you will come across a series of 'private' beaches that are actually open to the public. You are free to use these, but you are expected to buy drinks and perhaps some food during your time there. In terms of the weather, I think the best time to go is early May. Although we managed okay in early June, the midday sun was far too hot to sunbathe in. I have quite a high heat tolerance level, given I used to live in the Middle East, but I sought shade from 12 noon to 3pm, when the sun was particularly fierce. There is plenty of walking to be done in the surrounding hills, but this is best attempted at the very beginning or end of the season. It's worth noting that the tourist industry in Oludeniz (and the nearest airport in Dalaman) shuts down for the winter, so it's not really possible to visit much before May or much after September. English is widely spoken in Oludeniz (you often hear 'awright mate' and 'lovely jubbly' from the Turkish men and boys working down on the beach), but the odd word of Turkish (like Marhaba, which means 'Hello') is always appreciated. Don't worry about injections if you're going to visit Oludeniz, you really don't need any - unless you're planning on going off trekking to remote areas. Mosquitoes can be a problem, but we found some good anti-mosquito spray and an avoidance of deodorant and aftershave at night did the trick. There is no malaria risk in Oludeniz. All the Turkish people we met were lovely and friendly, and we experienced no anti-Western feelings at all. Despite what you may have heard, the Turkish men are very respectful towards Western women, and I saw none of the ogling and harassing that I've see happen in some other foreign countries. The money takes a while to get used to, since £1 is equivalent to just over 2 million Turkish Lira. Be carefu
            l when tipping - we were rather too generous on at least once occasion, simply because we mistook a 1 million for a 10 million note! During our holiday, we found Sterling readily accepted by many outlets such as shops and tour companies. My advice is to take around £100 sterling with you in £10 and £5 notes. We lost out with one Thompson excursion because the price was quoted in GBP and then converted into Turkish Lira using a pretty poor exchange rate. We'd already paid to have our sterling converted before we left, so we felt a bit cheesed off by this. Finally, I must give another mention to the toilet system. Although hotels have Western bathroom suites, the Turkish piping system is not designed to handle toilet paper. Instead, you must use the bidet system to cleanse yourself, and then toilet paper to dry. This is then thrown into a small bin at the side of the toilet. I know this puts a lot of people off Turkey, but once you get used to it, it's really not that bad. Honest! So in summary, I found Oludeniz to be a wonderful holiday destination, and certainly one I shall be revisiting in the not-too-distant future. It’s probably best suited to couples or young families, as there’s not much in the way of nightlife there. And if you do visit, don't neglect to visit the nearby hillside ghost village of Kaya. But instead of visiting as part of a group excursion, catch a Dolmus early in the morning to Hisaronu and then hop onto another Dolmus to Kaya itself. We spent a wonderful morning exploring this abandoned village, and met only around one dozen other tourists. Climb up to the old chapel, admire the view over the sea and catch the cool breeze – it’s an experience that will remain with you long after your suntan has faded.

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              02.09.2001 19:17
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              Recently there have been a couple of articles in the Scottish press criticising Turkey. This may be political manoeuvring following the murder of a Turkish asylum seeker in Glasgow, but I feel it is unfair not to respond to the negative image portrayed. We holidayed In Olu Deniz this year and I can honestly state that it is the best holiday our family has ever had. Even the teenager from hell enjoyed himself. I have given information under a number of headings to help casual readers. Climate. We were in Turkey for the first two weeks of July. It was hot to begin with and just got hotter. Midday temperatures reached 40 degrees in the shade. (Midday Scottish summers also reach 40 on occasion, but it is Farenheight, not Centigrade). There was no rain but one evening we saw a cloud – this was such a rarity that it was a topic for conversation. Evenings fall quickly and it is dark around 9pm but the temperatures remain hot. A HOTEL WITH AIR CONDITIONING IS ESSENTIAL. Prices Turkey remains cheap. Visiting tourist attractions sees admission charges of under a pound and shopping around gets a large beer for about 70-80 pence. Three course meals with drinks are around £6 to £9. Fake designer wear is available for a couple of pounds for T-shirts and a fiver for jeans. Leatherwear is top quality and ridiculously cheap. Over the last year prices have risen by around 50% but the exchange rate has kept pace. This means you get the same amount of goods for your pound as you did last year but for Turks it is half as much again. This makes Sterling a very desirable currency – you will get better prices paying in pounds or Sterling travellers cheques as they hold their value. This is useful when haggling – which you should do for any worthwhile purchase. Expect to knock off 30 – 505 without much effort. Hotels Despite horror stories most hotels in this resort are modern if a bit basic. Service is g
              enerally first class and food is of a good quality. We stayed at the Hotel Meri, which offers an all-inclusive package of free food and drink in summer months. Other facilities at the hotel include free watersports, pool, table tennis etc. Many of the bars also have free pool tables and the staff are keen to challenge you. One problem is that the infrastructure isn't always there - some hotels are an oasis of light on an unmade up road with no pavements of streetlighting. Bars All the bars are good with plenty of shade and cold drinks. The resort is small enough for you to get round them all. Everyone will have there own favourite. The kids loved the Secret garden while I was drawn to the Buzz Bar (with Internet access at about £1 an hour). There are occasional happy hours and if you are determined you can negotiate discounts. The Beach The main beach is mainly shingle at the waters edge and gets very hot in the sun. There is a much better beach in the lagoon half a mile out of town, which is gently sloping and sandy. You can pay 40p to get in via the National Park or visit for free by going in through the bars and campsites on the waters edge. Attractions There are a number of worthwhile attractions in this area. We visited Sakrasent Gorge, some Roman ruins, Dalaman Mud Baths and the Turtle Beach. We arranged excursions through independent operators in the resort at less than half the tour companies prices. The guides provided are very friendly and helpful. The intrepid (which included me on my last day – just in case!) can sky dive on a tandem chute from Badadag Mountain (6500 feet) landing some 40 minutes on the beach at Olu Deniz. If you are brave enough it is a wonderful experience. Scuba diving is also widely available. The locals This area is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern and the Muslim culture is not so staunch. Many people will join you for a drink and postpo
              ne that days call to prayers. They all appreciate the value of tourism to their economy and go out of their way to help you. Most of the staff in restaurants and tour companies have degrees in tourism related subjects. The Turks are genuinely friendly people and everyone will talk to you and tell you about themselves. When we ate out the waiters joined us for coffee and cigars. When you walk along the main tourist drag you will be regaled with offers of paragliding, great food and cheap drink. If you are not interested just say so – no one will be offended and they will chat to you regardless. Overall This was a wonderful holiday in a first class resort. Go and enjoy it before commercialism destroys it. PS Please excuse any poor spelling of Turkish place names.

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              "Ölüdeniz is a small resort village in the Muğla Province on the South West coast of Turkey on the Aegean Sea to the south and the high, steep sided Babadağ Mountain, 14 km south of Fethiye. The town is a beach resort."

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