We Found Little Britain in Oludeniz, Turkey

We Found Little Britain in Oludeniz, Turkey

#Oludeniz is a fairly tourist populated spot in #Turkey. With an #amusement park, boat rides and #family friendly hotels, this was another great stop on our adventure that our #kids thoroughly enjoyed.


If our previous stay in Alacati was the hidden gem that only locals know, then Oludeniz is the unhidden gem that all the British know about. I don’t think we’ve seen so many folks from the UK (outside Australia), than in this one town. Blimey!

We had heard great things about Oludeniz from friends who had honeymooned there, so we made a priority to visit, and it certainly lived up to our expectations.

We found a room in the hotel Monte Verde for 3 days, which was an ideal length for a short trip but you could easily spend a week or more and still not see all the interesting sights around this beautiful region.

The hotel was conveniently located along the main street in town and contained a large, family-friendly swimming pool, which our kids loved. Attached to the main pool was a shallow toddler pool which is ideal for younger kids. Our kids spent hours splashing around and floating on the inflatable toys provided by the hotel.

Monta Verde Hotel
Monta Verde Hotel
The swimming pool
The swimming pool
Relaxing by the pool
Relaxing by the pool
The restaurant
The restaurant
Our kids spent hours splashing around and floating on the inflatable toys provided by the hotel.

For guests without kids, there’s a separate “quiet pool” for relaxation without interruption from little guests, if so desired.

The separate pool for kids
The separate pool for kids

Our room was comfortable and the kids had separate beds which made it easier for them to sleep at night.

The room
The room

There was a bar and restaurant on-site and we tried it out for lunch one day. Here’s some pics:

This looks delicious
This looks delicious
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Not very healthy lunch
Not very healthy lunch
Super healthy lunch
Super healthy lunch
Eat your beans, honey!
Eat your beans, honey!

The warm weather was perfect for hanging out around the hotel pool, sipping drinks and chatting to fellow travelers. As always, Mia made a fast friends around the pool.

The warm weather was perfect for hanging out around the hotel pool, sipping drinks and chatting to fellow travelers.

One evening after the kids had gone to sleep they were awoken by loud music coming from the pool area. Latin dancers were teaching guests how to dance which looked like fun, but it was a bit too loud for our kids. Fortunately, this was just one night, and although there was some music the next night it was noticeably quieter. Some of these kinds of hotel events are better suited if you have older kids (or no kids), but I’d still definitely consider the hotel to be family friendly for kids of all ages.

Our table by the pool
Our table by the pool
Kids having fun
Kids having fun

Afterwards we were all hungry and tracked down a Chinese restaurant since it had been a while since we enjoyed authentic Chinese food. The Shanghai Blues restaurant was good value and hit the spot.

The Shanghai Blues
The Shanghai Blues

The tourist area of Oludeniz was lined with tourist shops in the evening offering everything from souvenirs to t-shirts, through to haircuts and massages. 

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Monta Verde Hotel & Villas

 Ovacik Mah. Ataturk Cad. 74, Ovacik, Turkey

Car traffic was diverted creating a pedestrian-friendly area to roam around. We picked up a nice t-shirt for Caius since he was due for a replacement.

Crowded boulevard
Crowded boulevard

I noticed next door to the mosque was a cocktail bar. That pretty much sums up Oludeniz.

Night-out
Night-out

A small amusement park was located in the centre of town with attention-grabbing flashing lights contrasting against the dark night sky, and pumping out bass-heavy catchy dance tunes to entice visitors like a siren song. We gave the kids 1 ride token each and allowed them to choose. That was fun to watch their process of selection (and later negotiation, trying to weasel more tokens from mum and dad).

The amusement park
The amusement park
I'm getting dizzy just by looking at this
I'm getting dizzy just by looking at this
Okay this is too high
Okay this is too high

By the time we finished, the kids were ready for bed so we made the short trek back to the bus stop which was heading back to the hotel.

Early the next day, a small bus picked us up outside our hotel and took us to the boat which was docked in Feyithe.

The boat
The boat

We staked a spot on a lounge on the top deck and relaxed for the rest of the day listening to Turkish music and the occasional stop which provided the perfect opportunity to jump into the ocean or slide down the built-in water slide. Mia was a bit hesitant at first, but by the end of the day we couldn’t get her off it. 

She's loving the water slide
She's loving the water slide
Built-in waterslide
Built-in waterslide
She's having a great time!
She's having a great time!
This little guy too!
This little guy too!
I seem so grumpy
I seem so grumpy
I NEED MORE BREAD!
I NEED MORE BREAD!
Getting off
Getting off
This swim was amazing
This swim was amazing

The lunch was very average and it was a long day, but if you haven’t done something similar before, then it would be good value for money. And I’d highly recommend that you bring your own snacks and drinks as the cost of on-board food was inflated as expected. But on the upside, the scenery was really beautiful and we got to see another unique side of Turkey.

Beautiful boat view of the island
Beautiful boat view of the island
Don't jump, man!
Don't jump, man!
I like you, little rebel
I like you, little rebel
Did that hurt? Nah, he's fine
Did that hurt? Nah, he's fine
Sheer rocks
Sheer rocks

The trip ended with a bit of dancing to Turkish music and Mia busted a move or two.

Dancing on turkish music
Dancing on turkish music
She's a natural
She's a natural
Diva pose
Diva pose
DANCE DANCE!
DANCE DANCE!
Sun setting over Oludeniz
Sun setting over Oludeniz

We would love to go back to Oludeniz and spend more time there. It is really easy to live there for a while since most people speak very good English, and there’s lots of conveniences that you may want from home, like Western food and supermarkets. But all with the Turkish twist, cheap prices, and the perfect summer weather. It’s easy to see why the Brits are invading.

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