From: Exclusive Escapes Ltd
Published: Tue Oct 05 2010

Under the watchful eye of the owner, Ahmet Senol, couples and families alike can learn centuries-old harvest traditions in the comfort of a super-stylish boutique hotel. Follow the journey of olives from field to table and appreciate the love and care which goes into creating fine olive oil.

With an expansive, organic olive grove comprising over 1500 trees, Dionysos Estate guests are invited to arm themselves with rakes to literally pull olives from the trees. Much fun can be had in the process, with many guests becoming competitive about who can fill their baskets and apron pockets first. Learn how the trees are cultivated and the different harvesting methods used, as well as how the olives are prepared and pressed to make olive oil. There are organised tastings not only of the Dionysos Estate’s award-winning Amos brand, but also of many other varieties of olive oil from around the world.

Didem Senol, the owner’s daughter, runs the hotel’s three restaurants and guests can join her on a visit to local food markets to discover the herbs and spices used in Turkish cuisine. An expert guide, she will point guests in the direction of the best produce. Didem also oversees cookery demonstrations and bread-making with each guest receiving a bottle of olive oil to take back and try the recipes at home.

Those participating in the olive harvest will have a chance to tour the Dionysos Estate’s organic farm, vineyard and orchards, to see how the local fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown. They can also enjoy a farm picnic. The Estate’s organic farm supplies 70% of the ingredients used in the hotel’s restaurants, with most ingredients arriving in the kitchens within hours of being lifted from the field.

There is of course no obligation to join the olive harvest activities, with many guests choosing to simply relax and enjoy the canyon-top surroundings. The Dionysos Estate stretches from Bay of Kumlubuk below to the treetops in the mountain above, and guests are welcome to explore.

Facilities at the boutique hotel include a large infinity pool overlooking the sea, a Decélor spa and beauty centre (complete with open air hot tubs), private beach club (with water sports) just a short stroll down the mountainside, three restaurants, shady gardens peppered with hammocks, a tennis court and an air-conditioned gym.

There is a choice of rooms to suit all budgets, including interconnecting rooms and private 2-bedroom pool suites, which are ideal for families.

Dates and Prices: This year’s olive harvest runs 16 – 30 October. Exclusive Escapes (T: 020 8605 3500 or ) offers seven nights’ B&B at the Dionysos Estate from £550pp sharing, including return flights (ex Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester) to Dalaman, transfers, a day’s cruise and all olive harvest activities.

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