10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great value, nice getaway
"Booked on lastminute.com and really felt we got value for money. Went with a girlfriend for a restful break (thought it would be impossible in August with the school holidays) but there was a fair mix of families and couples at this resort. The food was ok - good for veggies who like salads, maybe lacking for real meat or gourmet fans. But the all inclusive element covered a lot of things so it was a cheap holiday! Easy to walk to Olu Deniz town and back, although the road is dark so a taxi may be advisable. Olu Deniz has great shopping and great bars. Really loved it!"
- Travel date: Sun 4th of March 2007
beautiful setting, lovely hotel
"very friendly people..we are looking at this hotel again as our children loved it so much they would like to go again! Sufficiently out of the olu deniz town centre itself it is a peaceful and thoroughly relaxing way to spend two weeks. The food was well prepared and the afternoon treats were always welcome!"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of January 2007
Perfect Clean Friendly Good Food
"This is a good typical friendly Turkish Hotel. The food was good, plentiful and fresh. The hotel is divided in two. Family rooms near the pool & Restaurants, and other rooms set in the hillside. There is a lift to take you to the rooms on the hill, but it is less than a minute's ride.
The rooms are very clean, maid service every day, t.v. air-con (which is free) mini fridge (essential for your water) with balcony & we had a view of the lagoon. Our flight was delayed which meant we would have missed dinner, but Anatolian Sky Holidays, telephoned the hotel and when we arrived we found food had been prepared and put in the room fridge.
The staff are really friendly but then Turkish people are far more providing than what we are. There are 3 restaurants, one each for breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. You will not go hungry between meal gaps as food is laid on and in the afternoon you can watch then eat Pide (the bread) cooked fresh with various toppings.
The Meri Hotel is the only hotel actually on Olu Deniz. It may sound odd but Olu Deniz is the name of the lagoon, meaning 'Dead Sea'. All the other hotels are about 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk in to the busier area. If you can get in to the Meri Hotel you will be lucky, they look after you.
The Meri Hotel has a private beach which has ample sunbeds and umbrellas, its a nice quiet beach, however if you want more, go and have a look at the big beach a short drive away. A taxi is only 4 lira, around 2 pounds for the trip.
If you like photography and good sunsets, talk a walk along the major beach, keep walking to the very end. The location is marked by a disco in the mountain. Get to the beach around 7.15-7.30 and be prepared to see one of the best sunsets in your life. Don't miss it. (if you want to take a photo of someone make sure you use flash or you will not see the persons face with the sun.)
The busy area has all the shops and alternative restaurants, although saying that apart from drinks you will not need feeding.
The hotel provides entertainment and on Friday's there is a Turkish night with belly dancers.
All in all, Fantastic Hotel and well worth the money, would we go back? Yes tomorrow would be good !"
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of January 2007
absolutely beautiful setting
"We are a family of six and after our week at the meri it was voted the best holiday ever by all of us.
The staff could not have been more friendly and enjoyed my terrible attempts at speaking turkish.The food, although very similar every night ,offered ahuge range and even my faddier 10 year olds could find something they liked and snacks are served throughout the day in case you get peckish as it was inclusive there was no charge for this.
The area is stunning and we enjoyed the free boats and the highlight was a paraglide over the lagoon from olu deniz itself.
We travelled with anatolian skies and our tour guide was more than helpful.We paid for 2 of the organised trips,one a river boat trip and visit to the mud pools and the other a sea boat trip both we felt were reasonably priced and the food provided on both was to a very high standard.
We just can not wait to return."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of December 2006
A hidden gem
"I've just returned from a week at the Hotel Meri in Olu Deniz which was a truly wonderful & relaxing break. The hotel is nicely laid out & it is almost impossible when sitting on a (free) pedalo in the the lagoon to know there is a hotel there at all!
However, you do have to be able to climb to stay here - we arrived breathless for breakfast most days (the dining room for this is near the top of the complex) but the stunning views are well worth the trip. You can use the lift which worked every day of our stay & must have been serviced as it made no noise at all - based on previous reviews I expected to be woken up at 8am every day when it started up!
The beach & gardens were an idyllic spot to spend the day, and as we were there towards the end of the season there was no problems with sunbeds but I can see how this may be a problem at peak times as the beach is narrow, however, there are also sunbeds around the pool & in the garden area. Olu Deniz itself is a pleasant 15 minute stroll away & has some lovely shops & bars for an early evening wander.
The staff were unfailingly polite & helpful and although the food available each day was similiar, the vast variety of choice on offer meant that there was something for everyone - form chips to spicy Turkish style dips. No one in my party - which ranged in age from early 20s to early 70s suffered any ill effects whilst we were there.
I think this is a wonderful place & would love to return again one day....."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of October 2006
I'm A Brit! Get Me Out Of Here!
"Please don't waste your money coming to this hotel! It is so awful I can't even begin to think where to start! Perhaps firstly with the rooms, which are so pokey and basic they make a Travelodge seem palatial. Take a look at the picture I've attached of the view from my balcony - hardly breathtaking - and many of the rooms have this outlook. Then there's the lift which other reviewers refer to as "quirky" but which I would liken to as more of a cage on metal wheels which gets dragged up the mountain-side and was so old and dodgy it often broke down which means if you have a room at the top of the mountain like we did there are varying heights and degree of steps to climb - and all in a 30 to 40 degree heat. Happy holiday!
Then there's the subject of the food. It really is possible to eat melon for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. And this lack of variety pretty much sums up everything else on offer. Things which are there for lunch will appear again at dinner and then again the following lunchtime. And don't be fooled that this isn't the case as several people - myself and family included - spent most of our holiday ill with sickness, diarrhoea and all the stomach cramps that go along with it. And the lack of sympathy from the staff was unbelievable. Instead of even attempting to humour us all, we got shrugs and "oh well it happens." Well no, actually it doesn't and shouldn't if food is prepared properly. If this was a cruise ship it would've been taken out of service with food poisoning on this kind of level.
Oh and last but not least, if I haven't put you off enough already, don't come to this hotel if you dislike the Germans. For our two week stay there were maybe two dozen English and Turkish people - the rest were German. And as the rep's boards in reception showed only Thomas Cook and Anatolian Sky operate here. The other seven are all German. So if you don't want to be woken by them every morning at 7am on the dot, don't come here!
So please, I can't stress enough - this hotel is just not worth the money...or illness that goes along with staying at this hotel. You'll be far better off staying in the commercial town of Olu Deniz itself where there are so many hotels that they are forced to compete for your custom by offering better facilities - and hopefully a nice variety of food that doesn't leave you coming back home with food poisoning as a souvenir."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of September 2006
A wonderful holiday!
"I have just returned from a 1 week stay in the hotel meri. It was one of the best holidays i have ever been on and definately the best hotel i have ever stayed in! Me and my boyfriend had a fantastic time. It was mostly couples ranging all ages.The staff were really friendly and the food was great (warning dont go to this hotel if you dont like melon!!)
The rooms were cleaned every day and the maids put flowers on your bed! Although we didnt have a sea view it didnt matter because you hardly spend any time in your room and you have fantastic views from most places in the hotel anyway. The beach was nice and you always get a sun bed, although im not sure how full the hotel was with it being before the summer holidays?
We travelled with anatolian sky which is an amazing holiday company. and the people are all english. They offered a wide choice of trips which i highly recommend, especially Fethiye market, that was an experience! Another hint is take english money because they accept it in most places uncluding the market!!!
So yes the hotel was really good, and definately the best in olu deniz no question! Just having free food and drink all day was fantastic!! Highly recommended!!"
- Travel date: Thu 20th of July 2006
Best location in Oludeniz
"Husband and I have just returned from a week's holiday at the Meri Hotel. I won't repeat all the praises of the previous reviewer but have to agree that this hotel is a gem. From the lagoon you wouldn't even recognise the little buildings dotted about the hillside as being a hotel, but if you are staying there you know you have found the best location in Oludeniz. OK there is a 20 minute walk into the town, but it's a pleasant stroll with plenty of shade and when you get there it's only a seafront and one tourist street, with vendors trying to pursuade you to buy or eat in their establishment. If you want shopping, go to Fethiye on Tuesday market day - much better. The local dolmus only charge 3TLira each way. If you do go to Fethiye and want a meal whilst you're there we can recommend going to the fish market and buying some fish then taking it to one of the little restaurants in the market square where for 5TL they'll cook the fish as you ask and give you salad and bread to go with it. A really novel way of eating and the fish was beautiful.
The hotel's setting right on the lagoon is just idyllic, with canoes and pedaloes available to guests free for an hour a day, which is more than enough time to peddle/paddle round the lagoon. We felt quite smug that we'd chosen the Meri. You very quickly get into a slower more relaxed way of life at this hotel - men didn't even need to wear trousers in the evening for dinner, shorts were quite acceptable. The food was typical Turkish fayre - lots of salads and delicious dips, served with turkish pitta style bread which was baked freshly every day, and a choice of two hot dishes with rice or chips and vegetables, for lunch and dinner. The all inclusive drinks were a bonus with soft drinks on tap all day and alcoholic drinks available until 12.30 a.m. Each of the restaurants, a different one for each meal, had stunning views of the lagoon, and charming and ultra attentive staff.
The hotel is a good base from which to explore the local sights, and we can recommend Anatolyan Sky's lazy day cruise on Jerry's boat. Other guests also enjoyed the canoeing day and the jeep safari. If your'e feeling really brave you can have a go at paragliding as Olu is THE place to jump from and there are spectacular views from the sky of the bay.
You do need to be fit and able bodied to stay at the Meri as some of the rooms are quite a hike from Reception and after Midnight when the lift stops till 08.00 you have a fair few steps to negotiate. Our room was 205 steps from the poolside bar so it was stay up late and walk or be at the lift before midnight. Having said that, it's easy for time to slip by as you quickly make new friends at the Meri and it's lovely sitting in the deckchairs under the stars enjoying a drink and chat and hearing the little fish jumping in the lagoon, or even spotting a turtle. All in all a wonderful relaxed hotel in a fantastic setting. Can't wait to return and hope you enjoy it as much as we did."
- Travel date: Tue 11th of July 2006
shame about the food
"we stayed at the meri hotel for 2 weeks june 16 -30, booking with Anatolian Sky. the only company in the U/K to use this hotel.
The hotel is built on both sides of a very quiet costal road. the lagoon side has a good pool area about 30 steps down from the road. a few more steps brings you down to the grass area with deck chairs/tables under the trees. this was good during the day offering much needed shade.
The beach is about 12 feet wide and 300feet long with loungers side by side makeing it feel crowded, it's private to the hotel but we prefered the garden. This is ideal for the 93 bedrooms. what we didn't know was that the hotel sold day passes to the public to use the fascilities including lunch/drinks untill 6 pm this made the place crowded.
The hotel has 2 resturants, the first an open sided ground floor type. the 2nd a first floor room built ontop of the other resturant but all enclosed. we had to use this several times as we were told it was to hot? the reasoning behind this escapes me as everyone likes to be outside. this building felt like a works canteen uncomfortable very hot and unpleasent he chairs were hardwooden type a cushion would have been welcome.
The resturant were are main cause for concern every day lunch/dinner consisted of a good large salad area with cheap cuts of chicken /meat all boiled and served in large metalwarming trays not very appertising. Once the desserts were finished they were not replaced you were told to eat what was left or wait untill tomorrow.
The whole thing was very much canteen self service style even to getting drinks cutlery.
After several days of salad it did llse it's appeal and we ate out as much as possible which is annoying after paying all inclucive.
We were surprised how many families with youg babies and toddlers stayed here not easy because of 140 steps from ground floor up to the breakfast room if the lift was not working. The bedrooms were kept very clean as was the hotel in general.
they advertise a mini bar but it's just an empty fridge.
Also ther is promotional video showing cocktails dancing etc. We asked where these were and told they werefor the video only.
during our stay there were only 5 other english couples staying the rest being turkish german and serbian we found this o/k but others might not."
- Travel date: Fri 7th of July 2006
"We have just returned from a fortnight in Turkey, a week on a gulet and a week at the Hotel Meri just outside Olu Deniz by the lagoon.
We are a retired couple and found the Hotel Meri to be very good on many counts. The whole hotel is set on the side of the hill sweeping down to the private beach where sunbeds were almost always available. The rooms are reached by steep steps although there is an open lift something like a cable car which takes you up to your level. It would not be suitable for severely disabled people. The rooms are a bit dark as the doors are solid but the balconies are a good size. The rooms are clean and well appointed, the towels were changed each day.
There are a lot of trees so some of the rooms don't benefit from the sun for long each day. We thought that the food was good but another couple we met thought they needed more meat and ate out in Olu Deniz on more than one occasion. How anyone can fail to find something to their liking was beyond us. My husband counted 35 different salad dishes - not counting the dressings - and four hot dishes and that was just for lunch.
Lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant on a level with the lagoon but breakfast was served in the restaurant reached by the open lift and boasts stunning views over the lagoon. During the afternoon hot fresh pancakes are made with sweet and savoury fillings, they are delicious and unmissable.
The staff are excellent and nothing is too much trouble. We had fantasic weather during the day but it did go cold at night so if you are visiting from October onwards be sure to take a warm wrap or coat. There was always a log fire in the bar in the evenings but as the bar is open sometimes you could feel a cold breeze if you did not manage to get around the fire.
When we arrived there were only 12 English people in the hotel, the rest were Germans but we didn't have any problems with them apart from the usual reserving of sunbeds at ungodly hours of the morning. One woman even reserved her seats in the bar before she went to dinner and didn't come back for two and a quarter hours. If there had been a shortage of seats I would have had no problem in removing them but, on this occasion, that did not apply. As the week went on a lot more English people arrived as it was half term.
As far as I know, the only English company to use the Hotel Meri is Anatolian Sky who specialise in holidays in Turkey and Cyprus. It is the first time we have used this company but would not hesitate to use them again. They were brilliant and the Rep, Fiona, was a treasure, nothing was too much trouble.
There is no bus service into Olu Deniz but if you want to go to Fethiye Reception will ring for a dolmas bus which will come along and take you there. Fethiye is well worth a visit as it is a typical Turkish town and there are many shops and restaurants. You can easily walk into Olu Deniz in about 15 - 20 minutes.
We enjoyed the hotel but not the resort of Olu Deniz. To us it was too commercialised, too many hamburger joints and English signs, however, there were some nice restaurants serving Turkish food. There were a lot of trashy gift shops and some of the things were quite pricey, I priced a jar of nuts in honey and was told it was Â£5 - unfortunately, a sign of the times as they jump on the bandwagon and outprice themselves.
The airport at Dalman is a hell hole. It is perhaps the worst airport we have ever visited. You have to queue outside for ages just to get in to check in and the rep told us that fights have broken out due to "queue range". Once inside it is no better, it is very overcrowded and difficult to find a seat. It is hot and sticky but we found if we went through to where the gates are situated it was less crowded, particularly when a plane load had just boarded. None of this should apply after May 2006 when the new Terminal is due to open.
There are no shops once you have gone through but there is a cafe where you can get sandwiches, drinks and ice-cream. Bear in mind that food in the airport is very, very expensive so take something to eat and a bottle of water with you.
If I can help you with any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Booked with Anatolian Sky Reservations ----"
- Travel date: Wed 26th of October 2005