Oludeniz Hotels

Sugar Beach Club is an ultrachilled spot is the pick of the crop in Ölüdeniz. The design is first class – a strip of beach shaded by palms and lounging areas, with a waterfront bar and restaurant and backed by two-dozen colourful bungalows with bathrooms and air-conditioning. It’s 500m north of the lagoon entrance.The club has its own beach, canoes and paddle boats can be hired, and special events such as barbecues are a regular occurrence. If you’re not staying here, but want to hang out, it costs ₺7 to use the sun-loungers, parasols and showers.

Blue Star hotel is just 150m from the beach, this well-maintained hotel, centred on a dazzling blue pool, was one of the first on the block when it opened in 1985. Though they’re not large, the 55 rooms are light, bright and airy and most have balconies, with two-storey wooden cabins also available.

S3 Seahorse Beach club gazes out onto Ölüdeniz Bay, Seahorse caters to those who prefer a more luxurious version of camping, with 15 attractive blue-and-white caravans with contemporary interiors and all the mod cons. There is a terrace bar-restaurant with sweeping views and another a short stroll away at the club’s beach.

Inci is one of Ölüdeniz’ more authentic eateries, ‘Pearl’ Restaurant serves Turkish classics, ev yemekleri (home cooking), international dishes and daily specials. Choose between the Turkish set dinner for two (₺82), the daily set menu (₺67), pasta, kebaps, and lighter lunch fare (₺12) such as gözleme (savoury pancake) and burgers. Find it a short stroll inland from the tourist office.

Cloud 9 is a popular hang-out has a menu that meanders through pizza, pide, steaks, seafood, burgers, omelettes and salads, with a more limited menu in low season. Sipping a mojito or draught beer at the shaded outdoor tables, soundtracked by cool tunes, is a great end to a beach day. The nearby play park makes it a family-friendly lunch spot.

Buzz Beach Bar has a commanding position on the waterfront, this two-level place offers a wide menu, from burgers and pasta (₺21 to ₺30) to fillet steak and seafood. The roof terrace is the beachfront’s top spot for a sunset cocktail or beer.

Oludeniz Beach & Lagoon – The beach is why most people visit Ölüdeniz. While the decent strip of shore edging the village is free, the famed lagoon beach is a protected national park (Ölüdeniz Tabiat Parkı) that you pay to enter. Both the public beach and lagoon get heavily crowded in summer, but, with the mountains soaring above you, it’s still a lovely place to while away a few hours. There are showers, toilets and cafes, and sunshades, loungers and paddle boats can be rented.

The year round sunshine and beautiful beaches make Oludeniz a perfect destination at any time of year. Those that like the heat a little milder should visit between November and May when the beautiful clear skies offer a perfect tonic to the British winter – the heat after May can become relentless, but as most buildings are air conditioned this is not a major problem unless you specifically wish to spend time on the beaches.

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