Given its location, Green Anatolia is a good choice for holidaymakers who wish to hide away in a quiet part of town, all whilst being within easy reach of a town centre. Tucked away on a hillside in Ovacik and overlooking Hisaronu, the Green Anatolia is a charming, family-owned four-star hotel. There are improvements to be made however, notably with the standard of accommodation...
Green Anatolia is located on a hillside overlooking Hisaronu (only a few minutes' drive away) and about a 10-15 minute drive to the beach at Olu Deniz. Dalaman Airport is 37 miles from the hotel, while the port town of Fethiye is 5 miles away.
Green Anatolia is open between May and October.
The hotel was built in 1997 with the last renovations undertaken in 2010 and more renovations expected to take place in 2012.
Its location 400m above sea level means it is usually cooler than in town.
It is pleasing to see some examples of traditional Turkish architecture and decoration at Green Anatolia; for example in the lobby oversized oriental carpets adorn the walls and floors, while an enormous rustic iron chandelier is suspended from the ceiling, signalling that this is not your standard cookie-cutter holiday resort. A cosy waiting area with book exchange is an extension of the Reception area. Just off the lobby guests will come across a barber and mini market.
As the hotel is built on the hillside, there are various levels where facilities are located. There are two free-form pools on-site, one on the upper terrace and one on the lower terrace, both lined with sun beds and parasols. Guests will find a tennis court steps away from the upper terrace pool. The larger of the two pools, the lower terrace pool features a waterslide and is overlooked by some of the rooms. A circular bar serves the pool deck and is found in a gazebo, while nearby there are a couple of games such as life-size chess, table tennis, air hockey and table football (all but the chess are at an extra cost to guests). There is plenty of seating as well as a big screen television hooked up to Sky TV on the pool deck.
For the children there is a separate kids' wading pool and a small playpen with slide and swings nestled in the garden. For the parents who need a break, or for anybody who needs to unwind, there is a simple spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and massage rooms. The facilities are spacious however basically decorated and in the case of the fitness room, dark and therefore a bit depressing. On the up side, there is no charge to use these facilities (excluding massages/treatments). On another note, we especially loved the lush gardens at Green Anatolia, awash with bright flowers, adding plenty to the hotel's charm.
Accommodation is contained within seven two-storey cream buildings with small wrought iron balconies dripping with bougainvillea. The 136 rooms are divided into standard and family categories. Rooms either overlook the swimming pools or the mountains and fields nearby. Standard rooms contain either one double bed or two single beds, with a tiny sofa bed in the corner. Simply furnished, the rooms are a squeeze (the bathrooms are especially tiny) and not very bright, yet they are clean and somehow cosy. The safety deposit boxes are small and the old-fashioned kind that require a key. The family rooms sleep up to six guests in two separate rooms and are decorated in the same style as the standard rooms.
Considering it is not exactly a small hotel, it is a shame there is only one restaurant on-site, serving buffet breakfast and buffet dinner (guests are on half board meal plans). Lunch is served à la carte at the snack bar adjacent to the main pool: light meals such as omelettes, salads, sandwiches and burgers. The restaurant features a simple set-up but the (decorative) fireplace, street lantern-like light fittings and dark wooden ceiling beams add warmth. Large windows allow for views of the lower terrace and pool deck. Cuisine can be described as international.
The beach is at least 10 minutes away by car. Green Anatolia has an agreement with a private beach at Kumburunu (the sandy tip of the 'blue lagoon'), Olu Deniz. Hotel guests receive free entrance to the beach but must pay for their sun bed and parasol hire. The hotel offers guests a free shuttle bus service to the beach which leaves at 10:00am and returns at 3:00pm daily.
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