Carribbean Princess (Duplex)
Apartment | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
WE NOW HAVE LATE BOOKING OFFERS AVAILABLE and have other properties available for renting. Visitors to Burgazada come here for the peace, tranquility, clean air and its subtropical climate, yet it's only 30 minutes by fast ferry to the heart of Istanbul. The Duplex apartment is situated on the waterside with stunning views of the Princes Islands waterway. Blue mist, warm breeze on the beaches, palm trees and other semi tropical greenery are all fine examples that mimic Caribbean reflections within the Mediterranean Coast.
The Island two maritime clubs are within easy walking distance. Equipped with large pools they offer water sport activities and entertainment for a wide age range, subject to temporary membership (please ask for details and charges)
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||On waterfront|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ataturk International Airport and Sabiha Gokcen 25 km, Nearest railway: Bostanci 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Built on two floors (Duplex) with balconies overlooking the sea. The top (entrance) floor has a large living room with L shaped sofa and dining table for 8-10 people with adjoining luxury fitted kitchen with all amenities and appliances. A Balcony overlooks the sea and gardens. Twin bedroom and bathroom on this level.
The lower floor has the Master Double Bedroom and en suite with private balcony and the same stunning views to the next island. There are a further two bedrooms, 1 double and 1 single plus an additional shower room.
The property is heated/cooled by an Air Conditioning Unit (Split AC System-warm or cold) for maximum flexibility and comfort. Each floor has separate balconies and would be an ideal property for a large family with a range of ages or two/three families depending on numbers in the party.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a staircase down to sea level with access to the small Indos Beach. You can sun bathe in the privacy of the shared private garden or enjoy the immediate access from the garden to a small Landing/Jetty for swimming and mooring a boat.
The Carribbean Princess is a Duplex Apartment on two floors. The building has two apartment within it and the gardens are shared with the owner of that apartment. Visitors are asked to respect the enjoyment of others as this is a quite and restful family Island. There are no night clubs but there is evening entertainment in the maritime clubs and some hotels on the Island.
The Marmara Sea region
Burgazada is the smallest of the three main inhabited Islands in a group of 14 known as the Princes Islands. The climate is semi tropical and it can get very warm in July and August although it is cooler than the city. One more reason why people come here to live in the summer months.
It is a place for slowing down and relaxing, where life passes you by at the speed you choose. Don’t be in too much of a hurry here, as those who cannot afford the time to sip the tranquillity of this 19th century traffic free haven will miss the opportunity to experience living in a place once only enjoyed by the nobility of the Ottoman Empire. Now the choice of the wealthy of Istanbul who are lucky enough to own a summer house here. The Princes islands are revered for their beauty and tranquility throughout Asia. They are little known to Europeans who have tended to holiday on the Mediterranean coasts.
The climate here is mild. Days and evenings are warm in late spring, early summer and early autumn. The summers months range from 20 to 28 celsius. As the Island is surrounded by water the winter temperatures are milder than the mainland. We recently sunbathed and swam in the sea in late October as it was still very warm and sunny.
You are only a thirty minute fast ferry from the centre of Istanbul and some of the worlds most beautiful sites and architecture. Places one should visit are Topkapi Palace, Dolamachure Palace, Saint Sophia (The Oldest Church in Christendom), The Blue Mosque, The 4th century underground water storage cistern featured in James Bond 'From Russia with Love'. The Grand Bazarr which must surely be the biggest market in the world, but set aside a bit of time to see it properley. Don't buy the first thing you see, be prepared to haggle about the price as there are bargains to be had. Visit Taxim Square where it is said "if you stand there long eneough the whole world will pass you by".
Take a restaurant boat trip along the Bosporous and view the beautiful architecture of the Villas, Palaces and Castles that make this vital Black Sea waterway so vibrant. Istanbul is one of the worlds leading centres of fashion and style. The meeting of two continents and the cosmopolitan liberalism of this Muslim country embracing western cultures, makes this city a popular choice of Europeans, Russians, Asians and Arabs alike. if you like shopping this city is a must to see.
We are all so conditioned to accepting our lives full of traffic and the noise that goes with it, whether or not we live next to a busy road that when you come to Burgazada it is a strange experience to not have any motorised traffic. In 1926 the Islands banned all motor vehicles, apart from a few service vehicles. This single act has made them almost unique in the world and set the islands apart from all other holiday destinations.
Turkish 20th-century writer Sait Faik spent the better part of his life on a hillside mansion on the island overlooking the Sea of Marmara. His Burgazada home was converted to a museum in 1964, 10 years after he died of cirrhosis. It is rumoured that Faik was either gay or bisexual, and that the attitude of the island granted him more freedom. In keeping with the island’s laissez-faire character, you gain entry to Faik’s home ringing the doorbell of the museum’s caretaker.
Frequently compared to Mark Twain for their shared penchant for rapier wit and spot-on descriptions of humanity, Faik is considered Turkey’s master of the short story. Twain himself travelled to Turkey, offering this description of Istanbul in “Innocents Abroad": “Its dense array of houses swells upward from the water's edge, and spreads over the domes of many hills.”
Just a five-minute walk away from the Faik museum is the Orthodox Church, St. John the Baptist. A peek inside reveals walls covered with a multitude of gilded icons and a chandelier that gives dimension to the small size of the church’s nave. On the far end of the island is Kalpazankaya, or “Counterfeiter’s Stone.” On the top of the red cliffs lies a cave where forgers used to store their loot. Today, the bay offers the cleanest swimming within Istanbul city limits and a country restaurant reputed to be Sait Faik’s favourite watering hole.
Pick a restaurant, choose a table, and stay as long or as short a time as you want. The welcome is the same everywhere on this Island, you cannot fail to want to slow down and enjoy a glass of Raki, a Turkish coffee or Chi.
Stroll around the traffic free scented roads, lanes and woods that are perfumed in spring with wild lavender and in summer with Jasmine and Bougainvillaea. Gaze on the distant views to Istanbul and the other Princes Islands as storks fly overhead whilst crossing the Bosporus, gaining a bit of lift from the Island thermals as it warms in the sun.
There are beautiful timber framed homes from the 19th century that have stood unoccupied for decades. They wait in silence for their owners to return from shores afar, push open the doors, lift of the dust sheets, pull up the blinds and continue as if they had never left this land.
Sit and watch the Ferries that ply between the islands and the mainland, knowing that you do not have to go anywhere. Watch the sun set over the Sea of Marmara as it heralds then end of a day, welcoming the scented warm evening. You’ll sleep soundly on Burgazada. The air is clear and fresh and the nights are quiet.
Time stands still on Burgazada broken only by the clatter of hooves and the rumble of carriage wheels raisng eyes to see who's arriving or leaving, but curiosity does not last when time is an unimportant measure to us. Change on Burgazada is almost imperceptible and you'll want to return, I guarantee it.
There is a Doctors Surgery and Pharmacy just near the harbour and a small 2 man Police Station. The police meet every ferry visiting the Island and crime is almost unheard of here. Properties rarely come up for sale and as residents know each other they often leave their properties unlocked.
The Maritime Club has bars, restaurants, swimming pool and sea swimming. We can arrange short term membership so please ask our local agent on arrival.
Autumn sees the start of the Blue Fish season and you will see hundreds of tiny boats out on the sea all fishing for this beautiful tasty fish.
Huddled together in the Sea of Marmara, each island has a character of its own and it's very easy to forget the close proximity to one of the world's largest cities.
The Islands can be visited all year round but ferry and hydrofoil services are less frequent in winter. One of the reasons they are so popular is that several of them have beaches and this is the nearest place to the city for bathing.The islands got their name because princes and princesses who had outlived their roles were exiled to the islands during Byzantine times. In the middle of the eighteenth century a ferry service to the islands was established and the islands became a popular place for the wealthy merchant classes to have extravagant villas built. Five of the Island are populated but only four have regular ferry services. the fifth, Sedef (Spoon Island), is privately owned.
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16 Jul 2013
"Fit for princesses"
From the very outset, our communication with the owner turned out to very pleasant. The entire handling of the contract, payment schedule and later, closer to the date of arrival, plenty of helpful in… More
6 Jun 2013
"very nice! with great views"
Spacious house with great views and very a attentive contact person!
Very close to the shops and restaurants
We stayed with 10 people for 3 nights
The island is lovely, very green and peaceful.
Minor point is the run down piers at the waterfront
11 Sep 2012
"Fantastic mix of island tranquility and Istanbul hustle-bustle"
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in the first week of September 2012 in the Caribbean Princess duplex apartment and recommend it. Burgazada is a friendly, tranquil, car-free island.Getting there:The… More
29 Aug 2012
"Relaxing island holiday just 30 minutes away from busy Istanbul"
We were 8 people staying at the property which was large enough to accomodate all of us. Bedding was all-in-all quite comfortable. There is one bedroom (and a bathroom) upstairs with 2 separate beds, but no a/c. Downstairs is the main bathroom (huge bathroom) with washing machine, master bedroom (very nice, big room with georgeous view with balcony and a/c), another bedroom (with a small bathroom) and a children's room (a short bed and no a/c). Under normal circumstances, a/c would not be so important, but during our stay it was just extraordinary hot and humid. However, the a/c's in the living room and the masterbedroom are quite strong, so after 30 minutes the house was cool. There is another bedding possibility in the living room (couch) and some sort of guest bed.
The house was very clean and indeed only 3 minutes away from the small city centre. However, it is up on a small hill, so it might not be appropriate for elderly people as the road to the house is quite steep. The 3 or 4 supermarkets have everything you need and deliver the shopping home. There is huge fridge, an oven and even a dishwasher, so the kitchen is fully equipped and fully functional.
You should also not worry about how to carry your luggage as there is a gentleman who is also gardener who helps you bringing the luggage from the harbour to the house and back.
The island does not have nice beaches (only with big stones and you pay 10 TL per sunbed and 5 TL for the umbrella) so we preferred to go swimming at the Beach Club (20 TL per person, children free). There are 2 Beach Clubs, and make sure that your name is registered at one of them before you start your holiday.
There are 2 other appartments in this building, but you hardly hear the neighbours. We did not use the garden which was also available.
All-in-all, it was a very enjoyable holiday. We liked most the proximity to Istanbul (30 -60 min depending on whether you take the steam boat or the sea bus) so one day we spent at the Beach Club (very good food at the non-self-service restaurant) and one day we were in Istanbul. I would recommend it any time. There are almost no tourists on the island, but mostly people from Istanbul renting a flat for the summer time.
15 Aug 2012
We didn't eat much locally as quite expensive with wine etc .,
Super markets well stocked and staff help helpful .
The villa was lovely and very comfortable , but there was just the 3 of us!
It was really nice just to sit with a gass of wine and enjoy the view after a day in Istanbul !
Mr Barefoot really helpful , thank you .
14 Aug 2011
"It is a fabulous unforgettable place"
I stayed in this property with my whole family for 10 days in early July 2011. This is a fabulous clean, calm and lovely place. its access to see for swimming and to the port is very easy. The owner a… More
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