More about Alize
Firstly I can't understand how anyone can write a bad review for this hotel (as some people have).
This was our second year back to Olu Deniz and Alize Hotel. Nothing had changed... The staff are extremely helpful and will go out of their way to help you. You can also share a laugh and a joke with them. We especially got to know Emre, Salo and Errol. Unfortunately some of our favorites had left since last year.
The rooms are clean and tidy, house-keeping do a fantastic job daily of keeping it that way. We were very thankful of the free air conditioning!
The food is fabulous, a wide variety so there's something for everyone. Along with the buffet is a barbeque nightly ranging from grilled fish and chicken saute to kebab meat.
The hotel is relatively quiet, there is late night entertainment so if you go to bed at 10pm then be warned, but surely you would expect this wherever you stop? We did watch the comedy show and belly dancing but gave the other nights a miss. The 'animation' team so they call themselves do a great job entertaining in English when you consider they are Turkish.
Other tips about Olu Deniz:
For a general convenience store use the first on the right down the main street as you walk down from the Alize. We found the prices to be cheap, eg 2.25YTL for a beer compared to 4YTL on the beach. Also we bought all our presents from a shop called 'Istanbul Gift Center'. This was on the first road on the right, once again as you walk down from the hotel. They were really cheap in there, very friendly and don't hastle you too much.
In comparison the perfume and excursion sellers really hastle you. Although it seems rude we just pretended not to hear them or if you couldn't avoid them just say 'No thanks' and continue to walk!
Finally we recommend paying to use the private beach because the 'blue paradise' is very very special indeed!
We have just returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday at the Hotel Alize. We were returning to the Hotel after a 1 week stay last year and despite being the type of people who always said we would never go back to the same place twice, we decided on a return visit as the place was just so perfect last time.
After reading some poor reviews on TripAdvisor we were a little anxious at what we would find this time around - but we needn't have worried! If anything we found it had actually improved since last year - we can honestly say that the hotel ticks all our boxes for a great family holiday. There is plenty of entertainment for children with a kids club which opens late morning and seems to go on until early evening, followed by Mini Disco at 9am (parents make sure you eat nice and early because at the first cords of the 'club dance' they'll be off for at least an hour!).
The food is gorgeous - you can start the day with mounds of lovely fresh bread and freshly cooked omlette, opting for delicious fresh salads or hot meals or a mix of the two for lunch - there was a different choice every day for the whole two weeks - they must have cooked aubergine at least 20 different ways meaning we are now experiencing aubergine withdrawal symptoms! The drinks are great too - and the bar staff never get tired of you asking for 4 diet cokes at half hour intervals throughout the day!
Overall I'd say this is a fantastic all-inclusive hotel - particularly for families who are looking for a hassle-free holiday with everything you need in one complex! Wonderful!
Second time back to Olu Deniz and first time at Alize Hotel. Our family comprised two adults ages 40, 47, 2 children ages 7 & 10.
Good Bits - the hotel is very stylish and spotlessly clean. The rooms are cleaned every day and the staff are generally happy. The animation team, (particularly Errol and Daisy) are genuinely jolly people who do all they can to provide entertainment and games for all. The location is in a quiet area but only a few minutes walk from the main resort centre with its bustling shops, market and bars. The obligatory British yob culture hasn't seemingly arrived in Olu Deniz yet making the many bars, restaurants and tavernas suitable for all ages. The Turkish people are exceptionally good natured and will tout their business in a friendly manner, and are seldom persistent once given a firm but polite 'No!'. The beach is gorgeous and a trip to the Blue Lagoon is a must.
No so good Bits - It was a little 'Groundhog Day' with very little change. Each morning around 10.15 am you are woken by a rendition of 'Good Morning' from the musical 'Singin' in the Rain', ironic choice I thought, followed by Darts, Aqua Gym, Pool Games (1001 things you can do with a Surf Board), Water Polo and Volley Ball. Of course you will miss all this entertainment and sun, if you don't set your alarm clock to get a sun bed by the pool. If you are not out with your towel at around 6.00am, you have no chance - despite constant and empty threats by management that towels will be removed before 9.00am.
The food is nothing short of dismal, that may be a bit strong well ok -uninviting! Chicken, Chicken, and more Chicken and the same salad choice with the basic menu operating on a weekly basis. As an alternative there were snacks available which comprised Pizza, cheesy bread or a burger - you've guessed it, every day!. We didn't starve, but just wished it could be more imaginative and varied. Soft and local alcoholic drinks in abundance and plenty of mineral water available. Oh! and don't get hung up by the Becks and Efes beer taps on the bar. Becks you have to purchase, however it is Becks (Bremen) that brews Efes in Turkey I am reliably informed so no difference! Last but not least, the hotel seems popular with many nationalities - English, French, German, Lithuanian, Turkish and Polish.
Overall we enjoyed the holiday, temperatures did soar to 45 degrees which made it a bit uncomfortable and England missed the semi final after losing to Portugal on penalties which made it totally unbearable, however all the people we met and made friends with during our stay made all the difference - John, Sue, Matt, Gemma, Charlotte, Lorraine and Kevin from Wolverhampton (not Birmingham, sorry John!), Viviene and Gareth from Wales, Dave and Barbera, the Essex girls and last but not least Stormin' Norman who despite his years had more life than the rest of us put together. Good on yer Norm, may you enjoy many, many more and thanks for being a surrogate Granddad to our kids - they loved you
Just returned from a 2 weeks stay at the Hotel Alize. On arrival the reception area and pool area lovely, with a picturesque backdrop of mountains. Our room was a family room for myself, Husband David, Daughter Natalie aged 15 yrs and Son Nathan aged 11 years. The room was big enough and very clean but it was right at the back of the hotel complex and we had requested a pool facing room. We took this up with reception and they assured us they would move us once a pool facing room became available but needless to say this never happened.
The Food left alot to be desired although there was always something to eat - even if it was burger or pizza for the whole fortnight. I felt the food could be much improved but the staff in the Restaurant were very efficient but worked such long hours. They didn't seem to friendly either. Drinks very readily available from the bar from 10.00 - midnight, the staff here worked really hard too.
The shower in our room was freezing cold every morning. I know they get their hot water from solar panels but this was ridiculous!! I took it up with reception and was told to leave it running for 15 minutes to allow time for the hot water to come through!!! This didn't work either.
The entertainment was OK - they tried hard but was too repetative ie' good morning song, darts, water gym, pool game (with surf board every day). The entertainment at night didn't start until 10.00pm and was held in a makeshift ampitheatre away from the bar. It was OK but very amateurish. Erol was fab so was Dennis, also Daisy. There wasn't alot of entertainment for teenagers.
The brochure stated there was an A'la Carte restaurant but there wasn't. We had a problem with our room being cleaned. For some reason our room wasn't cleaned until after 4.30pm and on a few occasions not at all - again took this up with reception but got nowhere.
Met some really nice people - Shirley & Nancy (Cameron Diaz), Viv and Gareth (sexy moustache), Anne and Peter (Retired Rambo).
Had a nice holiday but wouldn't go back to the Alize or Olu Deniz - too quiet prefer Icemeler.
David & Jackie
AKA Roberto Carlos and Sharon Stone
oh dear oh dear
Firstly I would like to mention that Olu Deniz is a relaxed resort with so many friendly people welcoming you to their country. the staff were friendly enough. except one of the barmen who spent most of the days chatting up some 14 year old schoolgirl and taking ages to getting around to serving the other guests.
If you normally prefer to go then self-catering or B & B and want to try all-inclusive, then I recommend that you do not choose this hotel. The rooms are cleaned everydy and the restaurant is clean enough. Yet it was groundhog day nearly everyday for food. The same choices were served daily at breakfast and lunch time. Evening meals may be varied by about 2 selections, which normally consisted of last night's left-overs made into some other dish. If you expect a hot meal on an evening then you would be better off eating out at quaint little restaurants such as Joseph's, best place in olu deniz for service, hospitality and of course the food.
If you dont have kids then you don not want to go during half term. There were kids taking up sun loungers and of course people leaving their towels on them and going out for the day and coming back in the late evening. Many complaints from myself included were brought to staffs attention, especially as they have a pool policy asking people not to do this, yet they did nothing about it. Basically if you werent at the pool by 8 then you had to go either to the beach, on an excursion or another hotel to use their pool.
Personally, this is a family hotel and not for couples or groups who want to relax from it all. My advise would be to spend your money on the surrounding hotels next door. And when you go on excursions, go via seaside and with the guy called Omar
A group of six of us travelled out to Turkey after exams this year and had a fantastic 7-day break in Oludeniz. The town itself is great for atmosphere, food and entertainment, even during a quieter period in the beginning of June. We chose the Alize because of its location, good looking facilities and very reasonable prices. Being located only about 400m from the beach, everything is accessible at any time of the day.
The food timings were very good, with breakfast running on until 11am. Afternoon snacks were also provided at 3pm everyday, as well as late snacks from 11pm. The bar was very well run throughout the day, opening at 10am and closing at midnight with a selection of very drinkable beers and soft drinks. The food was generally acceptable in the evenings, but for the money we were paying for the week we could afford to eat out some nights and I believe this is the best idea if you really want to sample the Turkish cuisine.
The Alize really stood out with the entertainment though. All the staff at the hotel are great fun and to appreciate the hotel for what it really is worth, do get involved. Daily water polo matches had to be our favourite event, with many of the guests happily joining in and having a great time. For kids and adults alike there is the waterslide which is in operation during the afternoon and always provides a good laugh.
The complaints I have read on previous reviews about the Alize only appear to me to be accentuated accounts of one bad experience with the hotel. I agree that the food is nothing special, but there is plenty more on offer in Oludeniz itself. I imagine the hotel can become overrun with British travellers, especially in the height of summer, but embracing the fellow traveller and joining in with organised events will allow you to enjoy your stay even more. I also agree that the sun bed problem does occur (that being lots of people, not enough sun beds), but the beach is just a walk down the road and you do not have spend the whole time in the hotel, why not sample the Turkish roads on a jeep safari or the local bays and beaches on one of the boat trips...
With plenty on offer in Oludeniz, the Alize is definitely one of the best looking hotels in the town. We all had a fantastic week and certainly talking to other guests, they were also enjoying themselves greatly. With good facilities, great fun staff and entertainment, an excellent bar and even more on offer just outside the hotel, I would certainly recommend a stay with the Alize.
Not for us
We booked this hotel for a one week break.The resort is lovely make sure you take the hotel bus to go to Lagoon it really is pretty. The hotel is nothing to write home about rooms are good and cleaned daily.The food is disgusting school dinners seem good to this place we ate out every night and lunch but we thought this may be the case. It can get rowdy round the bar area on a night time but the bar staff are miserable and there is quite a lot of door slamming in the night.the entertainment team are rubbish it was our daughters 8th birthday and asked them twice if they could wish her a happy birthday at the mini disco they told me it would not be a problem ,they were to busy flogging bingo tickets to bother.the sunbeds are all taken by 8am but some remain empty all day there was no kids club.no we would not go again
G.reat place to stay.
Just returned from a weeks stay at the Alize. Enjoyed every minute. Hotel set in a lovely position at the back of the town but only a short walk to shops, bars, beach etc. I liked the layout of the hotel blocks and that they looked so pretty covered in various flowers and greenery. The gardens are all well tended.
Lovely to eat your meals with a stunning backdrop of beautiful steep hills. Found something we enjoyed for all our meals, although I agree with comments made about little choice for breakfast.
Our room was very good, kept spotless by the cleaners with good air conditioning. Good shower too.
All of the staff were fantastic. So hard working! No dirty glasses or dishes lying around at this hotel. Empty plates are cleared instantly and the poolside tables never left cluttered. A broken cup by the poolside was dealt with in a second, great care being taken to clear every little scrap. The staff work very long hours but still manage a smile and a hello at every opportunity - I take my hat off to them!
Finally, a comment about the shopkeepers in the town. We were worried about the amount of hassling we would get in Turkey and assumed it would be like we experienced in Tunisia, very off putting. The people of Olu could not have been friendlier and when you said you didn't want to buy, they accepted it and usually made a nice comment or wished you a happy evening, holiday etc.
Would be happy to recommend this hotel.
Not for relaxation
We booked a last minute break for some relaxation, and within three days were on our way to the Otel Alize in Olu Deniz.
The hotel is on a quiet street about a 15 minute walk from the beach. On a cooler day it would be quicker, but at 45 degrees it was too hot to comfortably walk down in the day. The evenings were a better choice!
The hotel is medium sized, with the huge pool forming the centrepiece of the hotel. The rooms are arranged into blocks around the pool, with the theatre, restaurants and bars all around one end of the pool.
We arrived in the afternoon and were placed in a basement room. It was terrible, and many other guests we spoke to had ended up in them. There was no view, other than people's feet walking past you. The basement rooms are dark, smelly and feel more like prison cells. We rang reception and asked to be moved to a higher floor, which they did within half an hour.
This room was much better, with a view of the grass. However at about 11pm when we were in bed, we realised just how close to the bar we were - about 10 feet! The music in the bar went on until gone midnight, meaning it was very difficult to sleep before midnight. We spoke to our Thomas Cook rep (Catherine, who was absolutely fantastic by the way, and nothing was too much trouble), who arranged for us to be moved again after the next round of arrivals.
We eventually were moved to the top floor to the "quietest room in the hotel". This was at the very far end, the furthest room from the bar in the Alize. Unfortunately, it was also the closest room to the outdoor disco in the neighbouring hotel (Turquoise Hotel) which was a lot louder and went on until 2.30am! By this point we had had enough, and I went down to complain. They supposedly rang the hotel next door but I don't think that happened. The next day we spoke to our rep, who rang the Turquoise (she is the rep there too) and asked them to turn it down as there had been other guests complaining too. Strangely enough it was switched off by 11.30 after that!
The rooms are all pretty small, and the balconies absolutely tiny. They are all twin beds, but pretty basic. They are comfortable, but certainly not 3 star quality (more like 2 star).
The hotel is very much like "Hi de Hi" on a day to day basis.
There are three entertainers, "Errol", a middle aged Gene Kelly lookalike who reminded us of Krusty the Clown in the Simpsons (lively and fun in front of guests, but we caught him having a sneaky fag and a pint of beer on many occasions before going on stage to "entertain". Then you have "Dennis", a 20 something tanned adonis, a favourite with the ladies. Finally there is "Daisy", a 20 something bikini-clad hottie who had many a middle-aged father's eyeballs out.
The entertainment goes like this (every single day, without fail and exactly like this):
10:15 - "Good morning, good morning" song, followed by Turkish music
10:30 - Errol or Dennis runs around the pool desperately trying to get people to play Darts
11:00 - Daisy runs around trying to get people to join in the water gym, getting mostly negative responses. Queue 3 old ladies in the pool doing disco dancing to "Hey Baby" by DJ Otzi
Lunch is served
14:00 - Dennis finds it incredibly hilarious that a 20 year old lad can't throw a ball from a moving surfboard into a small bucket held suggestively by Daisy, the bikini babe, without falling flat on his face in the pool
16:00 - Water polo, consisting of Errol (Gene Kelly) standing there blowing a whistle and shouting for half an hour while seemingly half the hotel brawl in the pool over a ball. Sunbathers dodge to evade forementioned ball as it knocks their drink off.
And so on and so forth - that's pretty much it!
The evening entertainment is based on making people in the audience look silly - so be prepared for this! I was dragged up on my first night and dressed as a policeman - other men I spoke to had been stripped down and dressed in a bra and thong, or sat there while a bucket of water was poured over them. All I say is - Beware!! Ladies seem to get off lightly though.
The food is mundane, and basically consists of the same limited selection day in day out. The most Turkish you get is Shish Kebabs on a barbecue one night a week. Otherwise it's rubbery greasy chips, a pasta dish or anaemic looking salad.
The snack bar hands out pizza, pide (absolutely delicious cheese bread), half cooked burgers and chips. We hardly ate while we were there as the food quality was so bad. As a side note it's nothing against the Turkish as we ate out on several occasions and the food was gorgeous - it's just obviously done on a limited budget in the hotel.
There is an internet terminal in the TV room that is free. Just beware there are usually half a dozen English kids playing "Premier League Football" on it most of the day, so if you want to check your emails take a laptop!
The pool was clean, apart from an algae ridden patch near the bar, but it was generally very clean and there were cleaners on the poolside all day. The wasps are nasty and there are lots of them - be careful with your drinks. There is a water flume but the brochure warns you not to use them - and it looked pretty shoddy I must say.
Adem on reception was great by the end. All his staff had left when we were there and he was working 48 hour shifts, having 2 hours at home than working another 48 hour shift. Well done that man but have a break!
The only negative thing apart from the noise would be some of the fellow guests in the hotel (but you always get that). There was one group that would take their kids to the bar at 10pm, at 11.55pm before last orders grab 10 free drinks each, then sit in the bar drinking until 3.30-4am. When we left at 3.45am they were still there drinking (we had been to bed and got up early!). They were pretty noisy, and the hotel staff seemed to get quite annoyed by this. If you're going here, please have some consideration for other guests and try to wrap up early, or at least turn your voice down a few notches so late at night!
All in all it wasn't bad, but be warned there are no quiet rooms no matter where in the property you are. Definitely avoid basement rooms! That was what let the holiday down really. If you like a hi de hi Butlins style holiday it's great, but otherwise I'd look elsewhere.
A little R and R is good for the soul
I am43, registered disabled, for the past 6 years, I went on holiday with my mum aged 66, whose also physically disabled, and my daughter aged 12, (who did well at school & deserved a treat), After a long journey from the airport, We arrived at Alize@ 7am in morning, We had a fantastic Rep named Kathryn, she really bent over backwards to help.(like she had Limbo Training). We were greeted by pleasant , helpful staff, we were given a room on the 2nd floor, And due to the nature of our disabilities, we aired some concerns about the steps leading to the room, However, the staff suggested they could find an alternative room if we found the steps difficult, On route to the room, the steps didn't feel like a disability test, to prove how disabled we were, so we decided to kept the room, it was spotlessly clean and comfortable, overlooking the pool area, with the mountains in the backdrop. We decided to stay in the hotel for the 1st week and see Turkey in the 2nd, The meals were at set times, offering loads of choices, from a cold to hot selection, However, by the end of the 1st week we knew what to expect for each day of the 2nd week, As the meals became samey, , Unfortunately, Within our 1st week, mum had 2 T.I.A's (mini strokes) which was a major worry, However, the staff were ever so helpful towards her. enabling no imput from a local doctor. (many many Thanks).
We had entertainment every night, By a group called the Animation Entertainers, and they offered fun and choices, I was even asked to participate, (I never took up the challenge and this wasn't a big deal)The hotel has a lot to offer, in-terms of family entertainment, built-in child-care facilities, & a pool area to die for with inclusive R & R, etc..
The kitchen and bar staff worked very long hours, starting from 6am -mid-night. They were very kind towards mum, they treated her like their older gran(ihope she agrees with that statement ha ha). we enjoyed the"in-House" Foam/Oil massages, (a must for everyone)our pedicures&manicures, were done by the newly appointed husband/wife team, who were also hairdressers, they done our hair on our last day, It was the 1st time they had done Black peoples hair, in the end we were all very impressed, with the outcomes, afterwards they took some digital pics.
The downside of the holiday was the surrounding areas, outside the hotel, we were subjected to negative remarks like"chocolate Princesses" people pointed and stared, passing comments whilst laughing at us, we found people left restuarants when we sat down to eat, tapping each other and staring, when we entered shops people left, so it became stress-ful. However, we had each other and that was more important.
Lovely Hotel shame about the area(for us).