I set off at 7.45am today to visit MrAyak's new business. Going was a piece of cake. I caught the dolmuş to the main road...and waited just a few minutes for the bus to Bodrum. Mr A was waiting for me and we set off to the hotel. Coming back was more difficult....I missed the bus in Bodrum by 2 minutes and waited half an hour. When I got to the road to the village to wait for the dolmuş I'd clearly just missed one and waited more than an hour, so was glad to finally get home.
The hotel is lovely and Mr A's hamam, sauna and massage rooms are very nice indeed. They had a lot of cleaning to do but he and Mehmet have worked really hard to get it all spotless and ready to go. There are still things to buy, but until they start earning money they can't invest in anything else. The last two weeks has seen no customers at all, due to the package deals being cancelled along with the flights. Customers will start arriving from Sunday onwards, but the hotel will only be 30% full for May. June through to September is fully booked, so it looks promising. Mr Ayak has been talking to managers of adjacent hotels who do not have their own turkish bath facilities and they have agreed to send customers...for a commission fee of course. Anyone living in Turkey will know that almost every business in the tourist industry works on a commission basis. We may not always like the system, but that's how it is...it's not likely to change.
I'm posting up a few pics here of the hotel and Hamam. Mr A took them and some are not as clear as I'd like them, but they may give you some idea of what it's like.
Hotel and Grounds