Holidaymakers booked all-inclusive hotel to find resort was taken over by Islamic company who banned booze

Published on 18th January 2020 by Kirsty

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The new owner of the hotel enforces segregated male and female pools and hot tubs, offers halal food and does not serve alcohol.

Holidaymakers are asking for refunds after the Ova Resort on the Turkish Riviera was bought by Zehra Hotels. The new owner enforces segregated male and female pools and hot tubs, offers halal food and does not serve alcohol.

It boasts of offering an alternative holiday that is “good for your Islamic lifestyle” and asks women to cover up when swimming. But the dry policies have forced regulars at the resort to look elsewhere.

Brit Sam Taylor, 51, of Slough, Berks, told The Sun: “I am absolutely gutted. This place was like a second home for a lot of us.

“But now they’ve banned booze we can’t go back. You can’t expect a Brit to take their holiday without a few pints by the pool.”

Travel giant Tui offered all- inclusive packages at Ova Resort when it was owned by Turkish company Ovacik Turism Isl. The resort, where breaks cost from £200 a head, attracted plenty of British regulars who were dismayed by the sale.

Some have cancelled bookings and want deposits refunded.

Sarah Robins, 45, of Hastings, East Sussex, stayed regularly with husband Phil, 50.

She said: “We even used it as our wedding base in 2013 and have been back every year. We will truly miss it.”

Tui apologised, saying: “We’re contacting all customers affected to offer them alternative options.”

 

I encourage people to watch the video below to understand halal.