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An excellent three-star hotel with a wide range of facilities, Asena Village was renovated in 2011. It is a good choice for families and anybody who doesn't mind that their hotel is not beachfront. If it wasn't for the very basic (but clean) rooms, it also probably deserves a fourth star going by the standard of some other "four star" and even "five star" resorts in the area...
Asena Village is found at the end of a dirt road in Hisaronu, a short walking distance to the town centre. The resort is a few miles from the beaches at Olu Deniz and Belcekiz and 34 miles from Dalaman Airport.
WIFI connection is complimentary in the hotel lobby only, but there is an Internet cafe adjacent to the lobby.
Safety deposit boxes are not available in the rooms but in a separate room next to Reception (24 hour access).
Guests enter Asena Village via a spacious and contemporary lobby filled with lots of light thanks to the large windows that overlook the front garden. Trendy furniture (suede armchairs in mocha and chocolate tones) combined with damask wallpaper and pale gold thread curtains create an attractive space. Downstairs from the lobby is a boutique and spa where you'll find a handful of massage rooms, plus a Turkish bath and sauna. The latter is only free when you book a Turkish bath treatment. Next door is a simple kids' club with a small outdoor play area.
The hotel buildings themselves are peach-coloured two-storey structures with black wrought iron balconies, nestled in the well-maintained gardens. Wide stone paths guide you through the resort but you can't really get lost as Asena Village is not a huge property.
At the heart of the resort are two large swimming pools, both neatly lined with plenty of wooden sun beds (with mattresses and parasols). Kids (and big kids) will adore the mini aqua park consisting of four water slides, which we found impressive for a three-star hotel. Other leisure facilities include arcade games (in the lobby), football, mini basketball, mini billiards and table tennis (on the pool deck). Adjacent to the pool there is a fitness centre (however there were only two machines at the time of our visit) and hairdresser. Finally, it's a shame that there seems to be quite a bit of construction going on in the immediate vicinity...not great for the view!
There are 122 rooms at Asena Village: 82 standard rooms and 40 family rooms. Overall, the rooms are simple and somewhat bare (pine furniture, white bed linens, parquet floors, no particular decoration) but spotless and bright. They have garden views only and the mattresses on the beds could be considered quite hard, even by Turkish standards. Standard rooms contain a double bed plus 2 single beds, while family rooms consist of 2 bedrooms that sleep up to 5 guests. Although the rooms were renovated as recently as 2011, they could do with more elaborate decor; this would bring the rooms up to standard with the rest of the hotel.
Asena Village counts two restaurants (one buffet restaurant, one à la carte restaurant) plus a snack bar. It also claims two bars, one by the pool, and the terrace bar which transforms into a disco every evening. The main restaurant is very cosy and rustic; large with a timber apex ceiling, brick columns and dark wooden dining settings, there is even an old-fashioned fireplace in the centre of the room and iron chain chandeliers. We loved the tiered outdoor seating which creates a sort of amphitheatre effect. Breakfast and dinner only are served here as the resort operates half board and bed and breakfast meal plans. Lunch is served at the outdoor snack bar (poolside) or at the à la carte restaurant situated next to the lobby.
The à la carte restaurant is spacious and well-lit thanks to its large windows and also features outdoor seating on a wrap-around terrace. Meanwhile, the pool bar and snack bar are housed under a large gazebo with a bunch of wooden picnic tables and benches. At night the disco bar opens; it features a black, white and red colour scheme, a generous dance floor and banquette seating around the edges. There is additional seating outdoors on the balcony, plus a flat screen TV, pool table and table football.
The public beach at Belcekiz is a 10 minute drive from the hotel. Long and wide, there is real sand (quite rare at Turkish beaches) and gorgeous turquoise water but no sun beds for hire so make sure you have your beach towel handy. There is a promenade running along its length, and it is here where many paragliders come to land after launching themselves off the nearby Babadag Mountain (1960m). The beach has a more natural look than many others in the region thanks to the absence of bars and eateries on the beachfront.