My fiancee and I decided to spend a day up in this beautiful mountainside 'retreat' overlooking the general Oludeniz / Hisaronu area, having been recommended it by another friend we met when on holiday recently... and what a lovely, tranquil place it turned out to be! Just stunning...
Phil picked us up at noon, drove us up to the site where Eric greeted us, and we then had a brief rest period out in the sunshine of course (lol) before taking a light lunch. The lunch consisted of 2 freshly prepared and scrumptious salads - Frank the chef was so pleasant to chat with too. The house white was a deliciously crisp and refreshing wine, and just complimented the salad perfectly.
We then spent a leisurely afternoon by and in the pool, which was another quite refreshing experience in the cool blue water!
Our hosts then offered us the use of a spare suite to freshen up before our dinner, and once again we were highly impressed with the bedroom suite which was exquisitely finished to a high class specification... with a wonderful shower as well. The views from the balcony were just awesome. A beautiful, romantic sunset...
We then went downstairs to the delightful restaurant - the fantastic blue wall paint color is still firmly embedded into my mind. We were then treated to another superb meal, opting for chef specials mainly for both entree and mains courses... the boeuf bourguignon was just melt-in-the-mouth tasty! The desserts were just as pleasant (lush), I'd a lovely Amaretto-based one which was yum yum...
We chose the house red wine as an accompaniment to the meal once more, as our hosts were clearly quite expert in these aspects.
We rounded the evening off with Irish Coffees and then it was time to say farewell after a wonderful day of self-indulgence - and once more Phil was there on hand to drive us back home.
A minor observation would be that you must bring cash or a cheque even as payment for your dining / hotel experience... but with more than adequate wi-fi / internet access already in place throughout the complex then I'd suspect that it will not be long before other electronic payment methods are introduced (swipe card, e-bank transfers, etc).
We would thoroughly recommend this beautiful hotel / French-style restaurant, as it is without doubt a little hidden gem sitting above all the hustle and bustle below, which (don't get me wrong) is also a wonderful experience of itself, as we just love the whole Oludeniz / Hisaronu / Ovacik area!!
Thank you guys... we WILL be back!
PS: we accidentally left one or two minor personal items behind in the hotel and guess what? Phil delivered them down to us the next day... exceptional service levels, in my book, and hospitality that is second to none!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- our concept : '' Home away from home! '' ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Il Rifugio Turkey/Oludeniz