Last year I was lucky enough to visit the very beautiful Oludeniz in Turkey. I’d seen the infamous pictures of the blue lagoon and as I’d never been to Turkey before, I thought it looked like a good place to pop my Turkey cherry.
I travelled as part of a couple and decided to go mid September, staying all inclusive at the Manas Park Oludeniz. We arrived very early in the morning (5.30am!) and when we arrived I was slightly alarmed as it looked as though the hotel was in the middle of nowhere. We were shown to our room and not paying much attention to anything else besides the bed, I fell straight asleep.
I have to say things certainly looked better in the day light. The room was very clean and modern complete with TV and air con. The view from the room was stunning, overlooking Oludeniz beach and the mountains with the paragliders going over us. We quickly realised that we weren’t in the middle of nowhere and were in fact about a 10 minute walk from the resort centre. As we were on the hill it meant we had some fantastic views from the poolside and restaurant.
If you are thinking of heading to Oludeniz then make sure you make at least one visit to the blue lagoon. It’s a protected nature reserve and you do have to pay to get in. I can’t remember how much it was but I know it wasn’t that much and it really is worth it for the views. Make sure you walk around as some parts of the beach are busier than others. You can find a more peaceful atmosphere if that’s what you prefer. Although I could have happily lounged around the beach and pool every day, we did decide to do a couple of excursions in the week. The jeep safari day trip was well worth the money we paid (around £13 each). We visited the national Saklikent Canyon (salt canyon to you and I), a trout farm, the secluded beach of Patara and, probably most fun of all, the mud baths. The day is long but worth it as you get lunch included. I would certainly go again. We also decided to take a boat trip. There are many to choose from and it makes for a relaxing day of sightseeing, with lunch included.
The Manas Park Oludeniz hotel is a small and welcoming hotel and I found that the staff couldn’t do enough to help. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that we only managed to get up for breakfast once so I can’t give a proper opinion on that, but the lunches and dinners were always great. Fresh salads and Turkish dishes (though there were a few typical English dishes if this isn’t your thing) were served every day. We did eat out 3 times during our week long stay and found a fantastic restaurant on the beach front called the Buzz Bar. So good in fact we went twice! Another part of the hotel I really liked were the green gardens overlooking the coast which had hammocks and bean bags to snooze in or enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset.
I would strongly recommend a visit to Oludeniz if you’re looking for a relaxing break in the sun. It is a particularly peaceful place and I returned feeling extremely rested. The scenery is wonderful and from our hotel we had some fantastic views. As we went in September the temperature was still really warm but comfortable which is how I prefer it. It does get very hot in peak season so be aware of that when booking. I really enjoyed the Turkish food, weather and people, in fact I struggle to think of anything negative to say about Oludeniz. If you are thinking of heading there (and I recommend you do) then there are plenty of cheap Oludeniz hotels to choose from, make sure you get the right one for you!