Villa Cennet is in an excellent location and is a 10 minute walk from the start of both Hisaronu and Ovacik. The accommodation is in larger grounds than many of the other villas in the area and has established gardens that ensure the pool and BBQ areas are very secluded. The pool is large compared to pools in other villas and is in an excellent position, getting the sun all day until the very end of the day when it sets behind the mountains to the west of the Villa.
The accommodation is large and is in very good condition with all the facilities required. Although the villa is not air conditioned there are fans in all bedrooms and in the lounge which provide a breeze during the hotter nights (we visited in mid August when daytime temperatures were 40 degrees and night time temperatures in the mid twenties and found the fans worked well to cool the rooms). The balcony at the front of the villa is excellent for watching the sun go down while having a drink before setting off to town for the night out.
The villa is on the start of a hill that is not too steep for walking, although it can be a bit stoney on some of the side roads. If you turn right from the villa you can be in Hisaronu within 10 minutes, however it is also worth turning left from the villa where you can have excellent mountain views all the way to the sea within a 10 minute walk (head towards the mobile phone mast and then keep going left along the path to see these views). We found tortoises and lizards during our walk on one of the cooler (mid 30°) days.
The bushes around the villa and the surrounding streets were sprayed with insect repellent twice a week during our stay and the windows at the villa are fitted with anti-insect mesh protectors, so there wasn't a mosquito problem (we only saw two mosquitoes during our stay). The mesh protection means that you can also leave the windows open at night to add some extra breeze. Suleyman attended to clean the pool and water the gardens every day, but this was at around 7.00am before we woke up, so this didn't cause us any inconvenience at all.
Hisaronu itself has grown over the last 10 years and there is a massive range of restaurants and bars to visit - so much so that we didn't need to visit any restaurant twice during the stay. Of particular note were the Shanghi Blues, Dominos and Mamma Mia's restaurants. Meals cost around 20YTL (£8) per person, a large beer around 3YTL (£1.20) and a bottle of wine in a restaurant around 20YTL (£8). Cocktails were on offer for 5YTL (£2) at many bars down the main street. The restaurants offered all types of food – Italian, Indian, Chinese, English and even Turkish. We also stayed in the villa three nights during our stay to recharge our batteries, cooking on the barbeque on the back patio. It may be worth watching a couple of Ray Mears episodes before visiting to know how to light a BBQ - either that or take two children who can make the fire for you !
Although there are a good range of bars in Hisaronu the atmosphere is not "rowdy" (we live in Blackpool so know what rowdy means). When we visited Hisaronu it was the height of the summer holidays and there were a lot of families and couples in the town but not too many groups of “partygoers” as there may be in other resorts, (which suited us with our two children). There are a good number of bars, nightclubs and Karaoke bars in the resort, so you can stay out all night or have your fill of foam partying if you feel like it. Many bars have nightly entertainment (belly dancers, fire eaters etc.) and many also have free pool tables and Sky Sports, so there is plenty to keep all the family entertained.
There are two large supermarkets in Hisaronu - Azda and Midros, which are both around a 15 minute walk from the villa just off the main street. These sell everything that you need for the holiday, including a good range of English brands if required. If you have lots of bags there is a bell press outside the Azda that will call a taxi and it is 8YTL (just over £3) for the taxi back to the Villa. There are also a number of local supermarkets nearer to the villa if you need bread, water, ice lollies etc.
There is a market in Hisaronu on a Monday and in Fethiye on a Tuesday. Fethiye can be reached by Dolmus on the main road and costs 2.5YTL (£1) per person each way. The usual range of "quality imitation" goods can be purchased at the market (for example 5 branded T Shirts for £10) or from the many shops in Hisaronu.
If you take the Dolmus in the other direction it is 2.25YTL per person to get to Olu Deniz beach and the ride takes around 5 minutes down the hill. A taxi to Olu Deniz is 12YTL if you prefer, but the Dolmus's run every few minutes and are air conditioned. Dolmus's or taxis can be used to visit other beaches in the area (Calis beach is also known as the breezy beach if gets too hot) or the aqua park in Fethiye.
We bartered both in the markets and in the shops (not the supermarket) to get better pricing on anything we bought, including the trips that are easily arranged. The jeep safari is a good way to see the countryside around the area - but remember to take your water guns and sweets for the village children who run out to shout "Hallo" as the jeeps pass by. Other jeeps and hosepipe users are waiting for the jeep safaris to pass by - so be prepared to get wet as you go !
The mountains around the villa are an excellent back drop and you can spend the day around the pool (watching parasailors descending from the mountain), at the beach or in the town. Villa Cennet is a great place to stay for two weeks to be away from everything when you want to be, but still close enough to enjoy all of the facilities of a thriving holiday town. As the pool is yours for the duration, there is no need to get up early to reserve your sun beds, so you can lie in as much as possible and still be sure that a sun bed by the pool will be available for you. You can stay in and have a BBQ, or visit one of the many restaurants and bars in Hisaronu. We would highly recommend the Villa Cennet for a holiday and will be looking to return in the near future.