More about Nicholas Heights Deluxe Suite Hotel
st nicholas heights is a great hotel to stay the rooms are really big we had a room over reception great views over too the the sea the staff are really friendly only had breakfast four times but when we did the food was good all fresh fruit yougart etc but do not expect a english breakfast as you will be dissapointed they do a turkish version of cooked which is fine.
i found the staff in the very attentive to our needs,the only draw back i can think of is the secluded location of the hotel and the steep 200m walk up from the road after you get of the local dolmus (bus).
we ate out every night as we went b&b found the food to be of a high standard and we ate at the same place for the last five nights as it was so good we noticed a lot of the diners there where doing the same night after night great food great mexican music great staff the name is TOSCANA an italian rest/bar down in oludeniz see photos.
overall i would recoomend this hotel the rooms are top class the view brilliant at least ours was anyway.
top tip learn a bit of turkish they love it when you can speak to them in turkish plus you get better deals in the shops.
would definately go back to turkey but alas not to this hotel as we like to go out a lot and do lots of trips,HOW EVER if you like staying in your hotel and not leaving the rooms/pool are up there with the best so this will be for you.
We stayed at Nicholas Heights for 1 week in July 2008.
I would definitely recommend that you spend a little extra (and it's not that much more) to book a suite. The suites are fantastic - separate living area, flat screen TV, balcony, kitchen area, huge bed, double bathroom and jacuzzi bath with outstanding views down to the sea.
The hotel was very peaceful when we were there, even though nearly full. There are two swimming pools, both with bars, and everywhere was spotlessly clean.
The staff were fantastic - very friendly, and though their English wasn't perfect, it was certainly better than our Turkish! I hurt my foot whilst at the hotel, and the manager not only called a doctor, but insisted on coming to the health centre with me. She then gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers as well.
We stayed on a B&B basis, so can't comment on evening meals. There is plenty of choice in surrounding Olu Deniz, Hisaronu and Fethiye, so I would recommend B&B as it gives you a chance to jump on the dolmus (local minibus - about £1 a trip) and try something different.
All in all, a lovely hotel, great location, good staff. Definitely recommended - book a suite!
Got back from Nicholas Heights Fri 4th July, so sad to come home!! The apartments were amazing, 'see photos' set on the side of the mountain the fews were outstanding. Hisaronu/Olu deniz were lovely places, came alive at night, but no lager louts about which was a bonus. Met some wonderful people, cant believe how friendly most of the Turkish people are, makes you realise how reserved us brits are!! Lots to do, husband went on a microlite, loved it so thought he would try paragliding, loved that too. Went on a quad bike safari that was fun, really recommend it. Boat trips very cheap, £9 all day, includes BBQ lunch, 5 stop offs so you can swim 'believe me you needed to, it was so, so hot'. Also, included transfers. We booked ours through Tiny Akropol, def recommend them, they are in Hisaronu just passed Effes bar on the left. Nicholas Hotels have there own private beach around the lagoon and provide a courtesy bus twice aday. The beach is nice, but gets very busy. We prefered Olu Deniz main beach, pebbles but the sea was lovely. I do recommend a very high factor sun cream if you are going in the next few weeks, as it is getting hotter by the day, never went below 42 degrees whilst we were there. Def going back, but leaving it until Sept. If you go to Hisaronu at night and want a fab meal try The Olive Tree, best meal we had in the 2 weeks we were there, also try Q Bar for a few drinks, lovely staff, really funny and make you feel really welcome!! Have fun, you will love it!!!
We have travelled to various parts of Turkey, some package tours and some booking independently but this holiday if by far the best we have ever experienced in Turkey. The hotel, although out of town, Hisaronu was only a ten minute walk away or Olu Deniz a short dolmus ride away. From the minute we arrived to check in the staff couldn't do enough for you. Being a new hotel they are very eager to please and are learning from their previous mistakes. Every guest we spoke to was having a wonderful relaxing holiday and hadn't a bad word to say about the place. Whilst there, they were kitting out the new fitness suite and the new tennis courts had just been completed along with the spa which opened in June the facilities were fantastic. The buffet breakfast had something to suit everyone and was not just limited to the normal Turkish style breakfast with everything from scrambled or boiled eggs, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, fresh bread to cheese and cold meats and because of this we found there was very little need to have lunch. Our deluxe suite was exactly as you see in the brochures and took our breath away and the cleanliness was outstanding. Fresh towels appeared every couple of days and you didn't even need to take your own one to the pool as every sunbed already had a towel for guests to use. With a large and varied selection of restaurants in Hisaronu and Olu Deniz you couldn't fail but be impressed and the quality and range of dishes was terrific. The staff at the hotel proved their worth when my husband had a dental emergency and they arranged everything for us from arranging the taxi to pick us up, wait then take us back to the hotel, to calling the dentist and arranging an emergency appointment (at reduced costs), for this we couldn't thank them enough. I am already looking for the best deal for this hotel for next year and we can't wait for our return visit. Thanks to everyone at Nicholas Heights for a wonderful holiday.
Fabulous room, amazing holiday!!
Just returned from a two week stay at Nicholas Heights - we had an amazing time. On rereading the other reviews the review by ScottNorwich was spot on!
We booked directly with NGI which included airport transfers. We were met at the airport and led to our own air conditioned minibus and given complimentary bottles of water for the journey. On arrival the staff were pleasant although not fluent in English, but then again we are on holiday in Turkey!!! Our bags were carried to our suite and we had a tour of all the facilities that the suite had to offer.
The suite was superb! We had a king size bed, a jacuzzi (would recommend use of bubble bath!!), walk in wardrobes, a fridge, an ice machine, a plasma tv in the lounge and a large balcony.
The maid service was outstanding. Our maid made up our room every day and filled it with fresh flowers and towel origami!
The hotel is situated on its own halfway up the hill and is very peaceful although both Hisaronu and Olu Deniz are only 5 mins away by taxi. It is about a 15 min walk to Hisaronu, and at dusk watch out for the bats!
Breakfast service, whilst not bad, was at times a bit comical! You do get what you want but not always first time! There is a buffet of all cold items including cereals, nice fresh bread and a selection of fruits. The hotel itself always seems to be quiet - the loungers by the two pools were never more than half full. I would not recommend the private beach much - it is in the lagoon area of Olu Deniz. This means lovely vistas but unfortunately they pack the sand with as many loungers as possible. A much quieter beach is located within the blue lagoon nature reserve - you have to pay 3YTL each and then 15YTL for two loungers and an umbrella but it was well worth it for the day.
A must for the adventurous is Paragliding! There are many groups which offer this, we went with Focus and would recommend them. They provide both helmets and flight-suits - very useful when my girlfriend had an "interesting" first takeoff - all her own fault of course!! The views are spectacular, and they will offer to do some acrobatics on the way down - not for the weak-stomached!
We hired a quad bike for a few days - a great way to get around but ensure that if petrol is not provided they at least provide enough to get you to the nearest garage!! Fethiye market on a Tuesday was very impressive, the fruit and veg market was well worth a visit, and the spice and tea stalls, but the other goods were just cheap knock-offs.
In Hisaronu we would recommend Abrahkebabrah and the Anatolian grill, both very friendly and good for local food. In Olu Deniz we would recommend the Buzz Bar, more of a mediterranean bar than truly Turkish but good fruit shakes and food.
Overall a wonderful holiday and we would definitely go back!!
Would highly recommend booking directly with NGI. We looked at booking this hotel through First Choice. Not only could they not guarantee a suite with a jacuzzi - they were more expensive!
Great romantic break
Me and my boyfriend stayed at Nicholas Heights, from 10th July for a week through Firstchoice, and stayed Bed and Breakfast, the flights we got were very late, and the coach transfer was a little bit nervy as u winded round the mountain! The ho
tel seems quite secluded but feels calm, amazing views from every angle and there was a porter for our bags soon as we arrived. There are MANY steps specially for us as we were situated on the bottom set of suites, does ware you out a little, walking up them all to breakfast!
Rooms are amazing, booked a jacuzzi suite, defintly worth the money, no expense spared in materials used for the rooms, outstanding, the air con is brillaint with many different settings!
There are two swimming pools once more down the lower end of the site and the main pool by the recpetion, we tended to go to the smaller pool nearer to us, with a swim up bar ect, it was more quiet! No children are allowed though so we found we pretty much were in the pool on our own alot of the time! Lovley!
The food is brillaint, breakfast is lovley, good selction of food, however at busy times you could be waiting a while for the waiters to get to you and ask what you want from there cooked menu, their english is fair, but we always got what we wanted. Lunch is selceted however the food is gorgeous, nice canopies to sit under, We always ate out in Hirasonu and olu deniz, food is so fresh, you do get pestered to go in tho, Turkish Ivy defintly one of out favourties.
Beaches- We went to the Blue lagoon in Olu deniz, couple of lira to get in and for deck chairs but worth it, far superior to the olu deniz beach and the so called private beach, waters were crystal clear. Was v dissappointed in private beach, more like a lake, had to stil pay for the loungers and a whole caravan site also had access, defintly go to the blue lagoon.
Tips- take some english money out with you, as some restaurants and shops price in english and chanrge you a little more in lira. Dont get taxis, get the dolmus, the bus it costs 13 lira in a taxi to olu deniz but only 2 lira on the dolmus and they drive far more calmly then the taxis and are very clean. Fethiye market is ok, but not brilliant, full of fruit and poor quality fakes. Food is very cheap in turkey, but wine can be a bit pricey. Also I would reccoment not to drink at hotel bar or pool bar, I asked for two ammerettos and cokes, cost 14pound and wasnt even imported ammeretto, Azda in Hirasonu very cheap for soft drinks, water, and alcohol.
I enjoyed this holiday so much, very jelous is you are going! Reemeber to take high factor suncread was goin up to 46 while we were there!
We're rebooking it straight away :-)
We stayed for 10 days at Nicholas Heights and found it extremely relaxing. The transfer, arranged through the hotel cost £70 return and was hassle free- we had a nice big car with a/c.
Most people staying here book a suite with jacuzzi, and for the price it is great value. The room was large and comfortable with double (not king size, oddly) bed, the famous jacuzzi, lounge area, kitchen area with fridge and mini-freezer, sink and ice-maker. The hotel was originally planned as luxury flats, which explains why it seems there should have been a full kitchen there - you'll find lots of cupboards and drawers with nothing in them.. I recommend taking a few basic implements if you wish to eat on the balcony like we did..we also borrowed glasses from the bar and kept them in the freezer..fab for a cold beer when you get back to your room :-) The bathroom was great with double shower and two sinks. Nice big terrace overlooking the lower pool and sea.
We booked with www.sunshine.co.uk. When we booked I had only read a couple of reviews and mistakenly thought it would be too far to walk to restaurants each night, and therefore booked half board. We never ate once in the hotel restaurant..since no-one seemed to, and it was in an unexciting room (fine for breakfast but nowhere to sit outside, which for most of us, is one of the best things about being in a hot country!) It was also extremely easy to get to Hisaronu or Oludeniz.
Hisaronu is a 15 minute walk - uphill on the way there, though not a struggle. From the hotel you walk past the tennis court and walk up the path in front. You turn right or left at the Castle Inn to get to the many restaurants and bars. Hisaronu has been described as Turkey's version of Blackpool..this is a little unfair perhaps, but it is fair to say it has many, many more foreign restaurants that Turkish ones. Those who love eating chinese, indian and mexican on holiday are well catered for.
There are two good restaurants, in our opinion in Hisaronu - The Ottoman Grill - next to the Lycian Centre. The staff are amazingly friendly - especially Theoman, who I promised to mention! You are given a plate of free appetizers - delicious turkish salads and dips with "balloon" bread. Everything is amazing value. The lamb and prawn kebabs are so tasty and fresh. We went twice and both times had wonderful meals. The other restaurant we enjoyed was "Festival" - this is at the opposite end of the town and probably the "poshest" restaurant in Hisaronu. We ate there once and had a delicious meal. It was the only time we saw lamb's liver on a menu, and if you have never tried it - do..it was seriously good.
There are two supermarkets in Hisaronu and we bought cheap beer there, bread and the most amazing feta cheese I have ever eaten..a world away from what you buy in the UK, and tins of aubergines in tomato sauce and vine leaves..which we had for lunch.. the food served at the hotel restaurant by the pool was not amazing..nothing special.
The breakfasts were how everyone else described here..a good selection but service was hit and miss. The best improvement they could make would be to have self-service drinks!
We took the dolmus to Oludeniz often. We just walked down the hill from the hotel, waited max 5 minutes and in another 5 minutes we were on the beachfront. We loved Buzz Bar with the beanbags on the beach - though the better cocktails were to be had in the actual bar..the only good pina colada we found was in the Buzz Bar. The food was also excellent - try the fish cooked in salt, or the buzz "orgasmic" (!) prawns..again, the staff are so friendly.
We ate twice at the White Dolphin - apparently the oldest restaurant in Oludeniz - from the front it seems like just an attractive restaurant, but venture further in and you find a beautiful ogarden of exotic flowers and prettily lit swimming pool, with hammocks and cushions dotted around. The first meal we had here was amazing..such fresh flavours, but the second it was very busy and disappointing. However one of the waiters, Hamdi, was so upset that we'd had a bad experience he insisted we move to a flower-strewn table by the pool and gave a fruit platter and drinks on the house. We chatted with him for ages about his life here.
We were recommended to go to Levissi restaurant in Kayakoy and we were not disappointed. This restaurant is in the "ghost town" (worth a visit, very interesting and easy to get to by dolmus from Hisaronu) The restaurant will send a car to pick you up and take you back to the hotel for no charge. You can book via the hotel. The evening begins with a wine tasting and visit of the house, which is beautiful. The food is mostly typically Turkish and delicious. The staff are very welcoming, and the views of the old town all lit up are very atmospheric.
As well as Kayakoy, we visited Gemile beach - we took the dolmus on from Kayakoy to this beautiful, mostly sandy beach. It was a Sunday and families were there having bbqs..it was really tranquil...Unlike the so-called "private beach" the hotel tells you about. If "private" means rubbing elbows with another squillion guests, our advice is not to bother .. the bus does a round trip of all the Nicholas hotels (of which there are many) before depositing you by the lagoon..where you have to pay an entrance fee as well as the fee for your beds and umbrellas. You are packed in tight as sardines in front of the lagoon..the water has a greasy film of sunlotion due to the huge numbers of tourists using it..and since it is enclosed, must be pretty dirty... Far better to take the Dolmus to Oludeniz's beach where there is no entrance charge. Yes, there are pebbles, but just wear the rubber shoes or, as we did, wear your sandals/flipflops to the waters edge then hop in. The water is lovely and clear and you have plenty of space around you.
Paragliding..my husband did this and it was the experience of his life,and he got a good deal from Galaxy at about £45. It is easy to book this and other excursions from the many operators dotted along the beachfront.
Fetiye - we took the Dolmus here for the evening..it is pretty by the harbour but we found the restaurants expensive and the place not as pretty as Oludeniz.. we also went to the Tuesday market but found it a bit disappointing..mostly fruit and veg and poor quality leather goods..if you have visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul or the souks of Marrakech, you will be disappointed ;-)
In all, we had a totally relaxing and enjoyable break and are seriously thinking of returning in October !
What a lovely lovely hotel!! Having dropped off other holidayers at other hotels along the way from the airport we were starting to get a little worried, having not been to Turkey for 9 years we thought things hadn't changed a bit!
After around a one hour transfer (if you book your own transfer we reckon this would only take about half an hour) we arrived at the hotel and were impressed with the outside. We were swiftly checked in and then a lovely man carried our cases down several flights of stairs to our room. He showed us in and let us know how to use the various facilities, air con, jacuzzi, TV, Ice machine etc. This place was huge!! The decor is perfect, fairly neutral but very calming, especially when chilling out in the jacuzzi! The bathroom is also brilliant, his 'n' hers sinks, huge double shower although the only thing I will say is watch the bathroom floor tiles when wet! Any more questions about the room then please ask.
The hotel itself is kept immaculate, you only have to look up from your sunbed and there is somebody always cleaning something! We only made breakfast a couple of times being lazy sods but what we did have was fine and there was plenty of choice from fresh fruit, cereals or cooked breakfast. Lunch on the terrace is OK, not an amazing choice but what we had was all good. Cannot comment on the restaurant in the evening as we tended to go into Hisaronu to eat.
Try to avoid getting cabs every time into Hisaronu, it's around £4 each way and it soon adds up! The walk on the way home is more down hill so it's a bit easier. Also some of the rooms at the hotel are set further down the hill so there can be a bit of a climb, maybe not the best if you have any problems on that front.
There's so much to say about this place and I could go on forever but any questions then please ask.
This was one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at
It wasn't 5 star in the context of international hotels, but it was very very very good.
The rooms were lovely, well maitained, cleaned beautifully and very well appointed, as were the grounds and two swimming pools
The staff were friendly and really obliging and it came across as if they meant it, not put on and that applies from gardeners right through to management team
The food in the restuarant and bars was excellent and varied and price was competitive with reatuarants in Hisaronu and we felt better quality
It was quiet and relaxing round the pool a little music, not loud, no volleyball of fitness classes etc, but it is not child friendly, so that was another bonus
Lying back in the jacuzzi after a hard days sunbathing, with a can of Efes, watching the paragliders spinning down to the beach was perfect. Make sure you buy some bubblebath makes it much nicer
Would we go back, yes definately, we are in September
The only negative I could see, was that if you were in one of the lower blocks, there were quite a lot of steps to get up to the top road level
4 star hotel
fantastic rooms right where we wanted hotel,
pool ,staff except manager brill
but oh the a la carte menu,no choice,always cold,service poor
complaints nothing was done,a lot of problems with other guests
4 pages of complaints all about food
great hotel but only on bed and breakfast
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