Going Solo to Turkey – Chapter 2: Olympos Hotel

solo journey to Turkey's Olympos Hotel

Single Silver Traveller Christine Reid travels to Ovacik in Turkey with Solos Holidays and writes a regular blog for Silver Travel Advisor about her experience.

Belly Dancing Aqua Fun

Olympos Hotel - Ovacik, Fethiye, Turkey As I stepped from the plane mid-afternoon, the Turkish heat was intense, and my eyes were shocked by the brightness of the day. Arriving in Dalaman after a smooth four-hour flight from Gatwick, the cheerful Solos representative was waiting to take the group to Olympos Hotel in Oludeniz.  It was nice to see trees heavy with oranges as we left the airport after a weary UK winter and wet spring. Some people in the group had been on a Solos holidays before, but a few had not, myself included. A magnificent mountain range then framed the horizon as we climbed steeper, with peaks almost touching the cloudless sky. The sea gleamed invitingly to our left as we continued on our journey. The transfer from airport to hotel took just over an hour and gave everyone a chance to chat. Olympos Hotel is new to the Solos group, but they have chosen wisely – it is ideal.

Mamma and Pappa the owners of the hotel greeted us with much appreciated bottles of cold water and a welcome smile.

The first evening was spent with a welcome party, drinks around the bar and an enjoyable meal cooked to your liking from the varied menu in the hotel cafe.

This is a chaotic affair though as everyone is tired and hungry after a long day and waiting for 26 meals is miserable if you are number 26.  A better idea would be to either have a buffet on arrival day or have a limited menu with dishes that can be cooked quickly. There are twenty-six bedrooms in the hotel, and once everyone had arrived from various locations, the hotel was full.

Olympos Hotel swimming pool - Ovacik, Fethiye, Turkey Water aerobic belly dancing by Mamma The hotel pool opens from 9am and the brave are out under the scorching sun straight after the buffet breakfast. Others like myself hide in the shade until the pool warms up and our bodies can cope with the shock of some sun. Large Tortoises roam freely in the mountains and a small version wanders the hotel garden. It shows more sense than us, venturing out only in the late afternoon.

Mamma leads a fun water aerobic belly dancing class that provides great entertainment for those too shy to actually join in.

Get the local bus into Oludeniz from outside the hotel less than 15 minutes later and you step off at this impressive beach. The beach was quiet at 10am, but the boats were loading supplies of beer and cold drinks for the day ahead. The nearby hotels were spilling out the holidaymakers and the web cameras scanned the beach. Apparently it is popular with expats and people planning their holidays to log into Oludeniz beach Turkey and watch the web camera capture the unsuspecting.

Sunset Boat Trip

Sunset boat trips We went down to the harbour in Fethiye to a boat trip organised by rep Ferit, it cost £27 and included a great meal. The sunset decided it was not going to let us see it set behind the mountains and stayed sulking behind a curtain of cloud.  We did have a wonderful evening though and most of the Solos guests joined this trip.

Some of our group went to the famous Tuesday market nearby and haggled with the locals for Turkish delight and `rolex` watches to impress their friends. The Turkish baths are a popular choice, where for £10 for an hour you are soaped and scrubbed and flipped over like a kipper by Adonis and his eye candy crew.

Outside the gates of the hotel chickens run around the car park – free-range chicken for dinner then. Nearby supermarkets and restaurants provide the local shopping. A pedicure is 10 lire and the exchange rate is approx 250 Lire for £100 sterling. Minibus public transport runs in both directions every ten to 15 minutes and for a few coins you can be at the beach. A little longer and you can be in the busy town of Fethiye. It was getting chilly as the day drew to a close, but we had a great time. On Friday a group of us are going to the National Park which has the famous blue lagoon. I shall take plenty of photos and let you know how fabulous it is.

See also

268 people found this helpful

Share Article:

Christine Reid

Solo travel blogger

Leave a comment


Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest travel tips on top destinations.

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Most Recent Articles

From a restored mansion in the Scottish Highlands to a stylish villa in Southern Spain, becoming an HPB Bondholder allows…

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.