Jun 17, 2013
Kadri Tuglu and Ali Sonat, both 30-year veterans of the restaurant business, founded Cloud 9 as partners in 1997. Kadri, originally a naval architect, holds an MBA in tourism from İstanbul University. Ali is part of the tourism faculty at Uludag University. Kadri and Ali are also the founders of the world-famous Oludeniz Air Games, which has been dazzling air sports fans (and drawing the top pilots from around the globe) since the year 2000.
Unsurprisingly, the restaurant has made a name for itself on the travel-blog circuit and social rating sites. The varied menu is very international, but the emphasis is on Italian home cooking. The menu is lovingly prepared by highly experienced cooks and served by a staff of charming, multi-lingual waiters. (The cappuccino is a local favorite, too.)
Perfectly positioned next to the main landing area, the restaurant is the undisputed hub of the paragliding scene in Oludeniz. Almost every day, the communal table is surrounded by a happy group of paragliding pilots watching Cloud 9's live transmission from Babadag Mountain on the big screen.
The fun continues into the evening. Artisanal cocktails make their appearance early at the all-day bar, and sundown sees a variety of entertaining shows take the stage. Depending on the night of the week, Cloud 9 hosts go-go dancers, fire dancers, a rock DJ, 60-70’s nights, 80’s nights and more.
Cloud 9 opens for the season in Oludeniz -- from early April to mid-November -- and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
Literally translated as 'dead sea,' Oludeniz is the archetypal picture-postcard beach. If you walk along Oludeniz beach, you'll be enchanted by the colors; the impossibly blue, tranquil sea reflects the pine-shrouded mountains that surround it.
Oludeniz is a perfect family resort: great for a laid-back beach holiday, with plenty of facilities but not too much development. The main resort beach is a long stretch of coarse sand-and-shingle beach known as Belceğiz. A strip alongside the seafront promenade is home to a number of casual bars and restaurants that serve both local and international cuisine, and the town's shops stay open well into the night.
Paragliding is a big draw. The descent from the thermal-rich Babadağ mountains to the landing area on Belceğiz beach is rated as one of the best in the world.
The Turkish government carefully protects the stunning natural beauty of Oludeniz. There is a small entrance charge to use the lagoon beach, and only non-motorised watersports are allowed. New construction is strictly banned in the area of the Oludeniz Lagoon and the Kidrak Beach, as these sites are classified as special protected areas.
Oludeniz is in the Muğla Province on the southwest coast of Turkey, 14 km (9 mi) south of Fethiye. The Aegean Sea is to the south and the dramatic peak of Babadağ Mountain is just to the north. The nearest airport, Dalaman, is only 35 minutes away by car. There are frequent bus and taxi services from both the Dalaman and Antalya airports to Oludeniz.
The area is known as "the Turquoise Coast" of Turkey - most probably due to its incredibly blue waters and sun-drenched beaches. The entire region is covered with high mountains: the southwestern peaks of the Taurus Mountains, which exceed 2000 meters in places and extend all along the coastline.
Oludeniz (or 'dead sea' or 'calm sea') takes its name from Turkish legend. In Medieval times, many Greek-bound Syrian and Egyptian ships used to pass by Oludeniz to take fresh drinking water on board. According to legend, one of the handsome sons of an old captain and a gorgeous local girl called Belcekiz fell in love while the son was on land. The boy, of course, was responsible for obtaining the drinking water and returning immediately to his father's ship. Though the ship sailed away, Belcekiz watched for her lover to return. Each time the boy came to get water, they saw each other and made love.
One day, a storm blew up. The son told his father that he knew of a cove to shelter that was as still as a pool. The old father thought the son's suggestion came from his desire to see his lover, and that he didn't care whether the ship sank or not. As the waves grew higher and the ship was about to crash onto the rocks, the furious father hit his son with an oar. He fell into the sea.
After a while, the father found himself in an extremely still cove. He understood that his son was right, but it was too late. His son's dead body was found on the rocks. Belcekiz, seeing that her lover was dead, committed suicide by jumping onto the rocks.
From that day on the place she jumped from was named as Belcekiz and the place the boy died were named as Oludeniz (Dead Sea). Maybe the colours of the water that keep changing are fires of mourning: one for the boy, and one for the girl.
Though Turkish money is a convertible one, do not exchange your home currency to Turkish lira (TRY) in your hometown, hotels or airports. The rate is much lower than what you get in Turkey, and exchange locations abound in Fethiye and Oludeniz.
Electricity is 220 volts AC/50 Hz. all over Turkey (Industrial:380 V) and uses the European (round, 2-prong) plug.
Five times a day, the "muezzin" calls the faithful to prayer in the mosque. Before entering a mosque, Muslims wash themselves and remove their shoes. Foreign visitors should avoid visiting the mosque during prayer time. Respectful dress is important, as well: visitors should remove their shoes and show the respect they would any other house of worship. Women should cover their heads and arms, and both genders must cover their legs.
Foreign newspapers and magazines are readily available. The Turkish daily newspaper, Daily News, is also published in English.
Turkish Post Offices are easily recognized by their logo: black letters ("PTT") on a yellow background. The Post Office in Fethiye is open from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Oludeniz Post Office, located next to the Jandarma (Police) Office along the sea front, is open from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and closed on weekends.
PTT telephone booths are found extensively in all areas. These booths take telephone cards and tokens ("jeton") in three sizes. Local, inter-city and international calls can be made from all PTT offices. There are also many public phones around Oludeniz, but these phones do not accept cash. Phone cards can be bought at most small shops. Some important service numbers:
Turkey's time zone is Eastern European Time ( +2 GMT).
Tipping in Turkey is similar to tipping in the US and other parts of Europe. At hotels, restaurants, Turkish baths, barbers and hairdressers, tipping at a rate of 5%-15% of the total is common. Taxi and "dolmus" drivers, on the other hand, do not expect tips or even rounded fares.
If self-driving from Dalaman airport, 45 minutes from Oludeniz:
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3. Mellis Hill Hotel
4. Imparator Hotel
5. Belcehan Deluxe Hotel
6. Turk Hotel
7. Mellis Beach Hotel
8. Sultan Pepper restaurant
9. Ata Lagoon Hotel
10. Tulip Hotel
11. Taner Hotel
12. Ata Lagoon Hotel
13.Secret Garden Restaurant
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15. Unsal Hotel
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18. Mavruka Hotel
19. Tulip Beach Hotel
20. Bronze Hotel
21. Help Beach Lounge
22. Oyster & Jade Residence
23. Sun Cafe
24. Sultan Ahmet Restaurant
25. Sky Sports
26. Belcekiz Hotel
27. Oludeniz Resort Hotel
28. Sun City
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30. Majestic Hotel
31. Tower Hotel
32. Montebello Hotel
33. Alizé Hotel
34. Turqoise Hotel
35. Blue Lagoon Hotel
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