The Olive Tree Studios
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"An extremely well presented hotel. everything that you could wish for, with very nice touches. Peace and quiet lovely staff and great meals."
- Travel date: 2nd June 2009
"We stayed at the Olive Tree Studios Oct 2008. Absolutely Loved it.! The Room was Perfect,the Owners are Carpenters & the Quality of the Furniture is Beautiful.The Room was very Spacious & Comfortable,with everything you could Possibly need. The Pool Area & the Sunbeds are of the Very Best Quality,and the NO Children Policy,makes Sunbathing so Relaxing.We ate in the Restaurant in the Hotel,The Food was Excellent. We attended the BBQ Night with the Belly Dancer,Cannot recommend this enough,the Food kept coming all Night & every mouthful was Quality. We also went on the Boat Trip,this was by far one of the Best Trips i`ve ever been on Abroad,only Hotel Guests go onto the Boat,so their was 20 of us on a Boat that can have 150 people on,the Scenery was truly Beautiful,and again the Lunch was Quality. Every single one of the Staff are Fantastic,and cannot do enough for you. We truly loved this Holiday,The Hotel,The Scenery,The Trips,The Location all Perfect. Cant wait to Book Again."
- Travel date: 29th October 2008
A little gem - shhhhh don't tell your friends.....
"We arrived at the Olive Tree at about 7.30am after a night flight out of East Midlands. Tired and more than a tad grumpy, we were met on the steps by two of the lads who worked there, relieved of our passports and suitcases, then whisked upstairs to our room - check in complete, no messing, no fuss just what we wanted. Too tired to bother with anything much we fell asleep for a few hours and woke up just before noon. We obviously wanted a shower before venturing into town, but as is fairly common in the Med at this time of day there was no hot water. I went down stairs and queried it with (I later found out) Mustafa the owner and he immediately went and switched on the immersion - 15 mins later we had hot water. At this point I would just like to mention the showers. They at first glance look the dog's .... they have mutiple massage jets which you can activate at the turn of a control. Unfortunately the water temp and pressure was a bit up and down - it could go from very hot to freezing and back to hot in a matter of seconds - not ideal, but we learned to know when the temperature was about to change as the pressure changed just before hand. The bathroom overall was kept very clean by the maid with towel changes nearly every day. The room itself was very nice and clean with sheet changes a couple of times a week at least. Fitted wardrobes, one of which held an electronic safe (free to use!) and in our case we had two single beds, though other rooms have double and four poster beds. The down side to our room was that we couldn't push the two beds together as they were separated by a fixed headboard/bedside table - a minor inconvieniance when all said and done. At the front of the room was the sitting area, "kitchen area" and patio doors to the balcony. The sitting area consisted of two wicker chairs, a small coffee table, t.v stand and t.v. and in our case a dvd player though we understand that some rooms have cd players instead. There was also a collection of books (presumably left by other guests). The "kitchen" was basically a set of cupboards with a worktop and sink, a small built in fridge (mini bar) and a kettle. Cups, spoons, coffee, tea and sugar are provided and if you are feeling flush, you can use the water and milk from the mini bar, however Azda is a much cheaper option for these two items! The balcony over looked the pool and central courtyard with a mountain view behind and was large enough to hold a table and two chairs. The only down side to the balconies is that they do not get much (if any) sun as the entire block faces away from it. This is also true of nearly half the sun loungers around the pool. Speaking of sun loungers it didn't bother us as we prefer to go to the beach, but some of the other guests must have got up with the cockrel next door to make sure their towels were on the best beds... you have been warned.... lol. Breakfast is served from 8 till 11am and you can pretty much have what you like - if they haven't got it, they will try and get it for you if at all possible. We unfortunately missed breakfast most days - who wants to get up with that damned cockrel anyway - but every restauarant in Hisaronu (probably in Turkey) does all day breakfasts, so you won't starve. We didn't eat an evening meal in the Studios, but we had a couple of meals in the Olive Tree Restaurant (about 80m down the road), it is slightly more pricey than the other restaurants, but not unreasonably so and the standard of food is very good. The Studios also offer Sunday roast dinner, a massage service, a Turkish night, a boat trip and a laundry service - all at a price obviously. We did the Turkish night which consisted of a BBQ meze style meal served outside on a long table, followed by a belly dancer strutting her stuff indoors. This is a great idea if you want to get to know a few of your fellow guests. The BBQ was very good and there was masses of it! The dance requires a lot of audience participation, but a firm no and she leaves you alone. Lastly the staff..... friendly, helpful and extremely hard working - nothing more to be said.... I would echo the comment from Ray (below) that the more you interact with them the more you will get on with them and the more they will talk to you - quite obvious when you think about it! All in all this is a great little hotel well placed for the main bars and restaurants, but far enough out for peace and quiet at night. We will not be going back to Hisaronu next year, but would seriously consider going back to the Olive Tree next time we do."
- Travel date: 6th October 2008
Nice place but beware.......
"Having read the reviews on Tripadvisor regarding this property I fully endorse everything that has been said with regard to its quality, cleanliness, peaceful relaxing pool etc and I would also recommend it to anyone contemplating going to Turkey. However one or two areas to be wary of - upon arrival after a long journey we fancied a drink using the rooms facilities (kettle, coffee, tea etc provided) I went to the hotel bar to purchase water 8 TYL (Turkish lira - about Â£4) bought me 2 litres of water, thought this was a bit steep especially after the long journey. In the splendidly named Azda up the road 5 litres of water is sold for 1.75TYL (about 80p). Guests seemed to be a little scared of bringing food and drink back purchsed from outlets outside the hotel - there is a warning notice in the rooms not to do it, simple reason they want you to buy their goods at their inflated prices. Let me give you an example, the hotel advertise 'tea with homemade cake and scones' to be taken between 3 - 4 pm. I purchased the product, but it was no more than 2 small scones (just bigger in diameter than a 50p piece) , with butter and jam left over from breakfast and a tiny cup of tea - cost 18TYL (Â£9) bearing in mind tea is complimentary in the rooms. Less than 50 yards up the road a cafe sells tea and scones with jam and cream for Â£1. I booked the hotel on a b& b basis - the idea being that I had read Hisaronu was vibrant and wanted to sample the bars, cafes and restaurants and not eat or drink and be 'tied' to the hotel (Clearly if I wanted to do this I would have booked on a full board or all inclusive basis). It soon became apparant that as we werent eating or drinking in the Olive Tree neither of the owners were friendly towards us, in fact neither spoke at all !! However guests who had been before were happy to 'suck up' spend their money at inflated prices as they liked the owner chatting to them. If you think I am a little over critical of the inflated prices judge for yourself the Olive Tree restaurant was selling a bottle of JP Chenet wine (red or white - retails in the UK at about Â£5) for 45 TYL about Â£22 I fear the owners seem to be trying to make as much money out of the guests as possible which is a great shame as the property and location is lovelly."
- Travel date: 11th September 2008
Olive Tree Studios
"One of the reasons I wanted to write a review of this hotel is because there is not presently much information regarding it on trip advisor. The hotel is small (15 rooms) and is child free, it has a very chilled, relaxed atmosphere particularly around the pool and bar. The rooms are spacious and clean. Please note if you book with Thomas Cook and wish to have a double room please state that this is required. Breakfast is superb, a full English breakfast can be cooked to order or if you prefer a lighter alternative try the fresh fruits with yoghurt, drizzled with the local honey which is delicious. The staff are very efficient and friendly from the managers Mustafa and Halil to the barman Mete as well as the breakfast staff. The town has a number of restaurants, but I would recommend the Olive Tree Restaurant (associated to the hotel) which is first class ( the hotel itself has a smaller limited version of its menu). For days out I woud recommend Kayakoy Village which is about a 3-4 KM walk from the hotel and the boatrip which the hotel arrange. The boatrip is not overcrowded, as it is only other hotel guests who are on the boat. However drinks are pricey!! During our visit we spoke to a number of people who were returning guests which isn't suprising. All of them were also very friendly and laid back, which also added to the overall relaxation factor. You will not be dissapointed with this hotel."
- Travel date: 5th September 2008
Best holiday yet without the kids (we love em really)
"On the way to the airport we recieved a call from Thomas Cook to say our original hotel was overbooked! Details of the replacement were provided over the fone. It sounded fine. (Bear in mind the previous holiday was a nightmare, we had to force Thomspson to move us, so there was a little trepidation). The flight over was fine and getting through the airport was fine. The trip to the hotel took a while, (the coach drive wasnt rushing). Anyway we arrived at the Olive Tree at about 3am so it was dark. Inital views looked fine. It was just outside the town of Hisaronu and quiet. Having walked through the courtyard we came across a good sized swimming pool surrounded by very good quality sunbeds wth cushioned matresses and pillows all kitted out with clean towels. (So no fighting over sunbeds and towels as there was one for each guest). The rooms are well appointed with bath/shower or both. four poster beds in some rooms. There are monogrammed robes, towels, slippers, showing an air of quality and professionalism. The staff also have "company t-shirts/ Polo shirts", adding to the professional air. The staff were excellent, attentive, friendly helpful and sociable, they engage fully with the guests.Halil and Mustafa who manage and own the hotel along with a good quality restauraunt in the town, which was always full. There was Ray (an english chap who decidied to retire to Turkey, he helped take the breakfast orders in the morning and offered very useful advise for the adventurous travellers of where to go and how to get there. Breakfast was flexible Full English / Turkish / anyting in between and well cooked. If you get to stay there, visit the restaurant and go on the boat trip with Halil. The boat trip is for hotel guests only so you dont get overcrowded and you get more time to make friends with the fellow guests. Visit the Hisaronu and engage with fiendly banter with the numerous restaraunts and bars. Eat the Mezze and leave the usual English food for a change. the Mezze gives you a taste of many Turkish foods in small portions. (No two restaurants make the same thing, so try a few). Obviously have a kebab, you wont just get the post pub meat in a pitta bread. The bread comes in all shapes and sizes and is tasty in it's own right. Do the Turkish bath thing it's great (make sure you have the massage also), you leave there so relaxed its unreal. For the blokes try a shave - for Â£2 you get way more than anything UK and its and experience. Absolutley visit Olu Deniz beach to see why this part of Turkey is called the Turquoise coast. Definitely do the boat trip for the full visual benfit. There is also a protected beacsh and lagoon also where you have to pay an entry fee. You however get access to a well designed clean and not over crowded beach with calm waters. That is not to say the free part of Olu Deniz is any worse it is in some ways better but will suit swimmers. The shops and beach front restaurants are not over crowded as you would get in Bodrum or Marmaris but is busy enough to provide a good relaxed atmosphere. If you are feeling brave take the Indiana Jones ride up to the top of the 6500ft mountain, when you get there you can drive back down but you'll probably decided that the tandem paraglide back down to the beach is the safer and more enjoyable option. You get to see th whole region from a birds eye perspective - (it is fantatsic). For a little street cred it is the second highest commercial tandem jump in the world (yes we got the t-shirt and DVD). Weather is guaranteed hot for sun worshippers, it was 42 to 48 throughout our weeks stay. If you want more heat visit the nearest big town of Fetiyhe, where there is a big market, selling the usual fruit and veg and bags and jewellery etc, (it was apparently, upto about 8 degrees hotter, (the market is covered and runs along a canal). Anyway enough of the Judith Chalmers review, suffice to say the Olive Tree and staff was fantastic as was Hisaronu and Olu Deniz. I'm going again and will spend more time so we can do the "touristy" stuff also, eg Ephesus and Pumakkale and try and visit the "ghost town" at kayakoy (in the day time - rather than the ambitious 3-4km walk in the dark (got the bus back up the hill) ;0) One tip dont bother with taking Turkish money, sterling is king, you'll get more for your money this way. Some places dont even show prices in Lira or Euros (much to the annoyance of the mainland europeans). LOL Make an effort to speak in Turkish the locals appreciate it - Having grown up in Hackney in London surrounded by lots of Turks (I forgot everything I picked up over the years so went over a lot of useful phrases with the locals which they appreciated. Finally just go there....."
- Travel date: 15th August 2008
"Just back from a wonderful week at the Olive Tree Studios. I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel, the most peaceful relaxing holiday you could wish for, partly due to its adults only policy. The rooms are lovely with four poster bed, separate lounge area and loads of storage space. The bathroom had a jacuzzi bath, powerful shower and was equipped with a hairdryer. Loads of choices for breakfast, pretty much whatever you wanted. Friendly and attentive staff. The pool was first class. Good food at the hotel and also at the Olive Tree Restaurant in Hisaronu Village. It was an easy walk from the hotel into Hisaronu centre where there was a varied selection of restaurants to choose from. If you want to chill out and relax this is definitely the hotel to do it in! Looking forward to a return visit!"
- Travel date: 18th July 2008
"We went for our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect! The hotel is so accomodating and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. We had the honeymoon suite as a free upgrade and the room was stunning. There were petals on the bed when we arrived and a special welcome message for us. It had its own private entrance and staircase with a separate lounge and bathroom giving it an apartment feel. Breakfast was delightful. You could pretty much have whatever you wanted - cooked to order. We spent most of the time on sun loungers by the pool. The bar would provide you with drinks, ice-creams, snacks and lunch any time you wanted. There are only 12 rooms so it's really small, quiet and no children are allowed. I would really reccomend it to everyone. It's not the cheapest in the area but it is definitely worth paying the money for it and still cheap compared to English prices!"
- Travel date: 28th June 2008
A Birthday Vacation
"Glad to see the Olive Tree Studios are now reviewed on trip advisor. We stayed for 4 nights June 2007, during an unexpected heat wave for that time of year. We rented a Jimmy Jeep (collected from the airport) the roads melted during our stay and the jeep did not like the heat. All good fun. Mustafa does offer airport transfer if you do not wish to rent a car. Booked direct after first finding accommodation via thomas cook web site. (To dateThomas Cook are only UK company offering these studios). Situated on the Kaya road, just far enough out of resort not to be affected by too much noise, short walk to resort centre and the owners, Mustafa, Olive Tree Restaurent, highly recommended. The accommodation is first class, clean and well looked after. The kitchenette has a sink, fridge, units & worktop. The word studio in uk terms indicates self catering, however you are unable to do this here. Kettle for tea & coffee etc. You are requested not to take your own food & drink in. This is for a reason. There were no ants or creepy crawleys during our stay. The food and drinks are reasonable enough you do not need to bring your own in. There are enough sun beds for everyone, however this still did not stop some from getting up early and reserving theirs. During our stay there were only uk guests in residence. Breakfast is included, geared towards the english. The bar staff are lovely, we enjoyed lunch very much, dinner can also be taken but most clients walk into the town. This accommodation is stricktly adult only. We are returning this May, but travelling with my Dad and my son, so unable to stay at the Olive Tree Studios, however, will be returning to the Olive Tree Restaurent for an excellent evening meal. You will not be disapointed with a holiday booked here. Enjoy."
- Travel date: 25th May 2008
Excellent stay at The Olive Tree
"Excellent hotel. The accommodation was the best we've ever stayed in. We were in one of the attic rooms at the top (no four poster bed) but the room was huge. Jacuzzi bath lovely. Complementary slippers and bath robes was a nice touch. Also the free fruit. No need to take your own towels, as towels are provided with sun loungers. Rooms cleaned every day and they even come in after you've left in the evening to turn down your bedcovers and put the lights on for when you return. Now that's what I call service. Hotel owners and staff are very friendly and cannot do enough for you. Mustafa, Halil, Mete, Ray, Jimmy, Tefan and little Mustafa are all great. Resort is good too, with plenty of restaurants and bars which cater for every taste from traditional Turkish cuisine (which is a must) to Chinese, Indian, Italian, and English. Would recommend The Olive Tree Restaurant and The Bees Knees. Would also recommend a visit to Fethiye Fish Market where you choose and buy your own fresh fish and then get one of the restaurants to cook it for you, where they serve it with salad, chips and bread for an extra 5 lira. You can get there by the local Dolmus bus for 2.75 lira each. The Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz is also worth a visit, so beautiful. You have to pay to get in 3.50 lira each plus you have to pay 5 lira each for your sun loungers and umbrella. You can get to Olu Deniz also by using the local Dolmus. Overall, a fantastic holiday. Oh and one more thing, you do not need to take Turkish Lira with you, you can pay for everything in English pounds. In fact you will be better off if you do so. Wish somebody had told us this before we went armed with our lira."
- Travel date: 21st May 2008
The Olive Tree Studios is also called
- The Olive Tree Studios Apartments