J4 - Olive Tree
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This spacious, modern apartment has an unrivalled view of Gulluk Bay. Set into a hillside a short distance from the village, Olive Tree Apartments are private, peaceful and the perfect getaway for couples and families of all ages.
The apartment can comfortably accommodate up to six guests in two bedrooms and a sofa bed. There are two bathrooms, air conditioning throughout, a washing machine, satellite TV, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living area and two sun terraces for sunbathing, outdoor dining, or simply gazing at the view.
Both bedrooms open onto a balcony, with one bedroom comprising a double bed and the second bedroom comprising two single beds.
Olive Tree apartments also offer a large pool with sun loungers and terrace, a children's pool, and an all-weather pitch for tennis, football or basketball.
A small grocery store is available at the entrance to the apartments, stocking all the essentials for your stay, and you can arrange taxis from here and catch the regular dolmus (bus) into Güllük.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bodrum Milas 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is finished to a very high standard with tiled floors throughout.
Both bedrooms have access to a balcony, and have ample storage.
The sofa converts to a double bed, allowing up to 6 guests to stay in comfort.
The view has to be seen to be believed ("The best view in Gulluk") and is one of the few apartments which has a panoramic sea view.
Outdoor furniture is also provided on the large balcony to enjoy alfresco dining in privacy.
Once you visit you'll be sure to return!
|Further details outdoors|
Olive Tree apartments are an exclusive development set on a hillside with a backdrop of olive tree groves.
From the apartment you have access to a large shared pool and sunbathing terrace, lush gardens and pleasant walkways which are fully lit at night.
Close by is the fantastic Med-Inn Hotel situated on a private beach, make sure you visit during your stay and have a drink while taking in the fabulous views.
Gulluk offers the real Turkish experience, where you can watch your meal being delivered directly from the fishing boats and prepared with simple, fresh local ingredients, served to you in a laid back and friendly atmosphere at very reasonable prices. Its a traditional fishing village, open all year round, where you can while away the time with the locals in the village tea houses before walking 5 minutes along the seafront to the cocktails, hammocks and dance music of the beach club. It simply has something for everyone.
Smoking is permitted on the balcony.
We can arrange for an airport transfer, car hire and a welcome pack to provide you with the basic necessities to start off your holiday.
While a car is not necessary due to public transport links from the apartment into Gulluk and from Gulluk to Bodrum, we would recommend hiring a car for a couple of days at least for ease of travel
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
Turkey is a beautiful country, with fantastic beaches, cosmopolitan cities, self-contained towns and gorgeous little fishing villages dotted along the extensive coast.. Turkey, on the whole, offers excellent value for money; accommodation, travel, food and drink generally cost next to nothing. Güllük is centrally located to allow easy exploration of the Bodrum peninsula and further afield.
The stretch of coast from Marmaris to Antalya is known as the Turquoise Coast. Protected by the outlying Dodecanese islands, you'll understand why they call this part of the Aegean the Turquoise Coast when you see the startling blue colour of the water.
This area boasts almost 300 days of sunshine a year with temperatures from the mid 30's in summer to a mild 15 degrees in the winter, making this a delightful location for a winter break.
It is no surprise that water sports feature prominently in activities in this area, including sailing, diving, water skiing and wind-surfing.
If you are interested in archaeology and ancient sites you will be amazed at the number of opportunities to explore remains of amphitheatres, markets, churches, tombs and towns of the Lydian, Lycian, Carian, Ionian, Dorian, Hellenic and Roman civilizations.
Güllük, in Turkish, means “place of roses” and that probably gives more than a good first impression and introduction to this beautiful location on the Aegean Sea. Güllük is an authentic fishing village located at the north end of the Bodrum Peninsula. As Güllük is literally 10 minutes drive from Bodrum Airport, your holiday can start right away.
The town is surrounded by hills covered with olive, fig and citrus trees overlooking Güllük Bay known as the “fishing paradise of Turkey”. It is not surprising that the town of Güllük is famous for its fish restaurants, where sea bass and sea bream are a speciality.
It has a good range of waterside restaurants and bars, beach clubs, modern supermarkets (Migros / Tesco) and banking facilities, and a weekly open air market whilst retaining its small town charms. The local people are warm, friendly and welcoming and English is widely spoken.
The harbour provides a vibrant spot where fishing boats moor alongside yachts, and locals and tourists mingle along the promenade. During the evenings, the centre of Güllük is closed to road traffic and people spill over into the streets and dine at open-air cafes and restaurants fronting the promenade.
The picturesque Bay of Güllük is full of small-unspoilt bays, coves and beaches and offers views over the historical site of Iassos; an ancient city founded by Greek colonists. Excursions and trips can be booked at one of the booking offices in Güllük centre.
An 18-hole golf course is just 10 minutes from the village, and boat trips go from the bay daily for sightseeing or fishing, water sports and cultural trips to ancient sites such Iassos and Halikarnassus.
The sun shines endlessly on the Bodrum peninsula, all year round, with very little humidity.
The winter months are mild and Güllük is ideal for a short winter break or sunny summer holiday. With sea temperatures ranging from 25 to 16 °C between summer and winter, Güllük is a great location for swimming, sailing and watersports at any time of the year.
Average Güllük monthly temperatures in °C (F) are as follows:
May 26 (79), June 29 (84), July 33 (91), August 34 (93), Sept 29 (84), Oct 24 (75)
Bodrum is approximately 30 minutes drive from the apartment, much of the way running along the picturesque coastline. As you enter the town the impressive St. Peters Castle dominates the waterside area and modern marina. Boats to the nearby islands of Kos and Rhodes run from Bodrum port.
Designer shops sit alongside traditional bazaars and antiquities provide a link to the history of this fascinating area. There are a variety of places to eat - Italian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican , European and traditional Turkish, and children are always welcome. There are also many bars and discos lining the yacht-filled marina.
With sea temperatures ranging from 16 to 25 degrees between summer and winter, Bodrum and Güllük are a great location for a diving holiday at any time of the year. There are two main reefs off the coast with depths of between 6 and 32 metres.
Horse-riding and river-rafting can be done just a little distance from Bodrum. For those who like to be really adventurous, there are Jet skis or you might even fancy Para sailing. Jeep-Safaris are offered by many companies now also.
Just recently an Aqua park has been opened at the Dedeman Aqua Park.
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23 Oct 2012
"What Can I Say......"
Well what can I say about this little piece of heaven..... With a busy lifestyle I really enjoy getting away to unwind and take time out. To sit and watch the world go by at a slow pace for change is… More
7 Aug 2012
"Bright and lovely hilltop apartment with amazing views, a short motorbike ride from town."
We stayed here a week in July 2012 and really enjoyed it. Claire (the owner) was very responsive via email, and Jim (the property manager) was helpful and friendly in person. A few things you should know:
- The views of the Aegean are stunningly beautiful, all day long.
- The pool is warm, large and not crowded. It does close at 7pm which seems a bit early in summer.
- The apartment is large, clean and bright. Air conditioning is outstanding. Kitchen is sufficiently equipped. Some of the furnishings are showing signs of wear, but it wasn't a big deal for us.
- The building is located a good couple of miles from the nearest town, at the top of a number of very steep hills. We got a motorbike and would highly recommend it (we got it, with Jim's help, for 175 TL for the week). Without one, you are stuck with walking to the bottom of the hill, waiting for a bus, going to town, then getting another public bus back to the bottom of the hill and climbing up, or taking a taxi back, which is 20TL. If you plan on going to town, which you will, trust us - get a motorbike or car.
- Internet in the apartment is spotty and slow at best; works best on the deck, but then only half the time. There are places in town with free fast Internet if you buy a drink or food.
- TV is Turkish satellite, with 2 or 3 English stations.
- Gulluk is a great town. Not too touristy, lots of locals. A couple of big supermarkets, and plenty of smaller fruit/veg markets. Decent restaurants and bars.
- The closest beach to the apartment is a public beach a few minutes away (by motorbike). it is small, and usually fills up with locals before 10 am. The rest of the beaches are in town and also fill up early, but if you go to the edge of town you can get spots well into the afternoon.
Overall we had a great experience at this apartment and would highly recommend it if you are seeking a clean, cool, coastal apartment as a home base for some rest and relaxation. The pictures don't do it justice. Our only complaint is that a motorbike or car are pretty much mandatory if you want to go back and forth from town, and we didn't know that until we got there.
17 Jul 2012
"Olive Tree Apartments – is a wonderful place"
Olive Tree Apartments – is a wonderful place, I would go back there in a blink.
The apartment itself is located on quite a steep hill, but, as compensation you get absolutely breathtaking view from the master bedroom and the balcony.
The apartment is very bright. Luckily, the main windows are facing west (hence the amazing sunsets), so you don't get the blinding heat/sunshine from the early hours in the morning. Each room is equipped with an air con – which is essential! Master bed is big and comfy with a nice firm mattress – just how I like it.
Another positive is we never had to worry about getting a space by the pool, there was always plenty of sun loungers and parasols. The swimming pool is very well kept and the water is always warm.
After spending a week at Olive Tree Apartments my advice would be the following:
• Rent a car or a scoter – scooters cost approx 25TL per day, or a basic car from approx 60-80TL per day.
• Gulluk town centre is not really within walking distance (about 40mins up and down some steep hills). You can always get a minibus from outside Yasemi Market (route Gulluk – Oba Market), it's 1.5LT per person each way.
• Try local – there are lots of nice restaurants in Gulluk, but if you want a really nice, proper Turkish meal then go local. We found a great little place in the centre of Gulluk, just opposite the corner with fruit and veg stalls. I'm sorry I can't remember the name. This place doesn't look like much, but they make the tastiest donner kebabs and pide. A lunch for 2 people with soft drinks and tea was 20TL for both of us. They also do take away!
• Bodrum – is a must visit. Lots of bars, restaurants, clubs, shops etc. Bodrum is expensive, so make sure you look at prices before you order anything. Our waiter recommended a mixed meze, but we didn't realize just how big it was going to be. In the end we paid 80TL for what we thought was going to be a quick snack. It was delicious but very overpriced.
• Korfez Restaurant in Bodrum – a must visit! http://www.korfezrestaurant.com.tr/index_en.htm - the manager is lovely, the food is delicious. This pace is always full, which is what initially attracted us. 2 restaurants on either side of Korfez were practically empty but Korfez was full. Order a meze to share and catch of the day – you can't go wrong.
• Set Lunch/Dinner – most places in Bodrum will do a set menu for lunch, sometimes dinner (for example 25TL for grilled sea bass/bream + chips/salad + 330ml of Effes Beer). Ask around because they don't always tell you about the set menu.
• Aqua Park Bodrum – most tour operators will sell tickets to Aqua Park (approx £20-25 per person), but you can actually get there yourself very easily and it will be cheaper. You can take a bus from Bodrum main bus stop to Aqua Park (only takes about 10-15mins, cost approx 3-5TL per person).
The park opens from 10:30am – 17:30pm. Adult pass for the day costs 42TL (or approx £15). Please note that you are not allowed to bring any food or drinks into the park. They give you special cards which you put credit on and then spend money on overpriced junk food while inside. We actually managed to get a bottle of water and some fruit smuggled. Thankfully we had a big breakfast before we left so we didn't actually feel the need to eat (especially not the fat dripping chicken nuggets or plastic cheese pizza – yuk!), till we got back to Bodrum. By the way – there's a free shuttle service back to Bodrum at 17:00pm and 17:30pm.
• Take a boat trip – you can do this from Gulluk or Bodrum. We had great fun! For 25-30TL you get lunch, tea and fruit – all included. Very relaxing, cheap and fun way to spend a day.
• Turkish Delight – if you want nice stuff and not the soap tasting crap in pre-packed boxes they sell on every corner in Bodrum - then buy it in Gulluk. There's a guy who sells beautiful Turkish Delight, just ask the fruit and veg stalls guys for “Lukum” and they will take you to the shop. In Bodrum they charge between 30-50TL per kilo for the good “Lukum”. In Gulluk, we paid 3TL for a mixed box (approx about 300-350gm). Also, another good brand of Turkish Delight is “Hazer Baba” - you can get it from the big supermarket in Gulluk (8-9TL per box).
• Fruit and Veg – don't buy in supermarkets - buy it from the stalls in Gulluk (go around the back of the bus stop building). Best apricots and cherries I've had in a long while and much cheaper than supermarkets.
• Fuego Bar in Gulluk – looks nice, but there's not much to it. This is a good place to go to for a drink. We had food there and it arrived pretty quickly, but most people we spoke to had to wait literally hours for their meal. So avoid busy times if you're hungry. The food was nice but nothing special – essentially you pay for the nice furnishings.
• People/Language – from experience Turkish people are incredibly friendly and helpful. As an example - we embarked on the journey from the apartments to Gulluk town centre 4 times and 3 out of 4 we had a lift from friendly locals. They take offence if you offer money for a lift and wish nothing but to help you out. Return the favour by learning a few basic phrases in Turkish to show your appreciation, they especially like if you say “Turkia chok guzai” which means “Turkey is very beautiful”; “Teshekkur ederim”- thank you; “Chok lezzetli” – very tasty; “Bun seviyorum” – I like this.
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