CONTRIBUTED BY KATY STRYKER
Are you searching for an all-inclusive, kid friendly escape to enjoy the sun and sands of the Mediterranean? Approximately three hours drive from Adana, at the Ulu Resort, you will be greeted by friendly faces, modern decor, inviting rows of umbrellas by the sea and clear blue water for miles.
Photo courtesy of Gul Korkmaz Fasulo
The Ulu Resort is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Away from city lights and noise, at night you can see endless amounts of bright stars. You can choose to lay in the many inviting hammocks on the front lawn of the resort or star gaze from the private balcony of your room.
Upon check-in, the hotel valet will park your car and carry your bags to your room. Be sure to retrieve your car keys from the valet. Upon check-out, you will simply give your keys to the valet. They do not use a valet ticket system.
Since we traveled with children, we brought several snack foods and drinks. We were pleased to find an in-room kitchen in our clean, modern two bedroom suite. The full bathroom was equipped with a large rain shower, built-in hair dryer, guest slippers and an assortment of soaps and shampoos. Bath towels are provided as well. The master bedroom had a very comfortable queen bed and the second bedroom had two fold out chairs and a fold out couch. It was perfect size for our family of five.
A list of events from the reception staff will provide meal and show times. A brochure located in your room contains information about additional resort offerings including room service and the spa and salon. Childcare services are available, but none of the workers spoke English. We did allow them to take our child to see a movie in the resort’s theatre and they called our cell phone to notify us when the movie ended.
Beach and pool towels are available for checkout from the hotel spa at no additional cost.
After a day lounging by the ocean, playing on the shores of the sea or splashing in the pool, you can enjoy live music and dance performances in the outdoor arena, then dance all night at the resort’s disco bar. On the lower level of the resort, two bowling lanes and billiards are offered at an additional hourly, per person charge. Arcade games and table tennis are available as well (at no additional cost).
Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze while dining on the terrace overlooking the mountains and sea; savor the vast assortment of foods and artful desserts at the hotel restaurant which serves three buffet style meals per day. Traditional Turkish foods are served as well as specialties from around the world.
Here are travel tips from my experience at the resort:
Be prepared for a slower drive in the last few miles of your trip, as construction is underway to build tunnels through the mountains. Take it easy through this construction area. It is located on the side of a cliff over the Mediterranean and is also traveled by tractor trailers and buses.
You can book directly through the hotel’s website, or call them if the language barrier is not an issue for you. We used Booking.com and received a very similar rate to our friends who booked directly through the hotel. Reservations must be made by credit card, but payment at checkout can be in Turkish Lira or by credit card.
Don’t forget to request a room with a view of the pool and the sea!
Be sure to remember 220 volt chargers for electronics and hair styling accessories, as the hotel has only 220 volt outlets. The rooms do have hair dryers, but I like bringing my own.
ULU RESORT HOTEL
Phone: + 90 324 768 3 768
Address: Yanışlı Gülnar Mersin / Turkey
GPS Coordinates: 36.163396, 33.5035619
This is the second post we have about Ulu Resort here on Turkey Tamam. Check out our first post for another writer’s perspective!