When I decided to pay a visit to Turkey my friend told me that staying at Lucy’s was an absolute MUST. Having been advised with such force, I asked no questions and booked a room.
Well, I say a room… in actual fact it was a tent. But this was not like any camping I had done before! On arrival to Ovacik we managed to find our way through the unnamed, unidentifiable streets to Yengec hotel. It was a scorching hot August afternoon and we were anxious that we wouldn’t find our way, so we were delighted when we arrived so quickly.
We were greeted by Lucy’s husband and taken around the pool and through a hidden doorway in the colourful and immaculately kept flora. Out of site there was a little hidden community with a handful of tents, a caravan and a pool table; all scattered amongst the beautiful flowers and cobbled walkways. It was like a little secret garden.
Our humble abode for the next 5 days was our tent. We had our own private area with a kitchen sink and table and chairs, a small bathroom and a wardrobe outside the tent. The tent itself was about 8 foot high, had a double bed in it and bedroom furniture- this was no ordinary tent! My very first ‘glamping’ experience! (there were also ordinary rooms available in the hotel but I liked the originality of my tent!)
The pool was gorgeous too, it was perfectly clean and perfectly quiet. No screaming children, no smoking Turkish tourists, no litter. It was a complete contrast to anywhere else I had visited in Turkey so far. The mountain scenery in the background was the ideal setting for a relaxing afternoon around the pool. It was simply idyllic.
Lucy herself was fabulous too. She was really helpful, friendly and chatty and you could see that she worked endless hours to make sure that all her guests were happy. She was brilliant.
The highlight of each day was always breakfast- the food was just wow! Having been in Turkey for over a week already, I was a little sick of the traditional Turkish breakfast, so Lucy’s place was a delight in the mornings! Each day we were given a feast of fresh fruits, bread and jams, cheeses and eggs made especially to order! It was a great start to the day!
The restaurant was also great, although we didn’t schedule in an evening to eat there unfortunately. Being number 1 on Trip Advisor it was no surprise that it was fully booked every single night. I had never even thought of making a reservation for a restaurant when on holiday! Everybody we spoke to said the food was amazing, and the setting was fabulous too, with the mountains and the candle-light it was incredibly romantic…
…So romantic in fact that there was a marriage proposal one night! A young man had flown out to surprise his girlfriend that was on holiday with her family. She had no idea he was in the country. He dressed up as a waiter and when he took out her order he presented her with a ring…! Wow, how romantic!
Lucy’s place was in the ideal location, a few minutes walk to the local shops and restaurants and a few minutes to the nearest dolmus (local bus) into Fethiye or Olundeniz. Despite being so close to the amenities, it was really quiet and peaceful- a wonderful place to relax!
Looking for a place to stay on your Turkish travels? I would definitely recommend Yengec! For more information check out their website here