Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Elsa is a luxury 3 bedroom villa offering fabulous views over Kalamar Bay and the Taurus Mountains . It is approximately 150m from Kulube Hotel, with its beautiful landscaped gardens, and Kalamar Beach Club / Kalkan Dive Centre, both have access via platforms to the crystal clear turquoise sea.
Patio doors open from the lounge / dining area onto the lovely pool terrace where you can spend lazy days soaking up the sun and your nights enjoying al fresco food whilst taking in the scent of jasmine from Villa Elsa's lovingly attended mature gardens. The villa is designed with comfort in mind. The two first floor en suite bedrooms have their own dressing areas and balconies. The master bedroom also has its own dressing area along with a Jacuzzi bath and a spacious covered top terrace .
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kalamar Beach Club & Kulube Beach Club 150 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||150 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dalaman 120 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The entrance to the villa leads you into a light and airy open plan lounge and dining area with a modern fitted kitchen. For your entertainment the cosy lounge area, with sofa bed, has satellite TV with DVD player, also provided is an I-Pod docking station. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher and full compliment of kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery. On the ground floor there is a utility room incorporating a washing machine, drying rack and ironing facilities and there is also a shower room.
A marble staircase takes you up to the first floor which has two en suite bedrooms, one double the other twin, both with balconies and dressing areas. On this floor there is also a door leading onto a shady garden with a pergola and swingseat . On the top floor you will find the master bedroom and dressing area, with an en suite bathroom which has a Jacuzzi bath and shower. There is also a kitchenette opening onto a spacious terrace offering comfortable seating in Villa Elsa's new covered pergola area for the 2011 season and those fantastic panoramic views over the bay.
|Further details outdoors|
The 7m x 4m pool, which has roman steps for easy access or for sitting on to cool down, can be floodlit at night. Swimming accessories are also provided for additional relaxation / fun. Dotted around the pool area are terracotta pots overflowing with pretty and colourful flowers. Newly added is a raised seating / dining area next to the swimming pool with fantastic views out into Kalamar Bay
Pool towels are provided, but please bring your own beach towels.
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
The mediterranean coast of Turkey has an extremely impressive 300 days of sunshine every year so you're almost guaranteed perfect cloudless skies during your summer holiday here. The season generally runs from May to October but you will also find that April and November can be very pleasantly warm. The temperatures can rise to 40+ degrees C in July and August with a more comfortable low - mid 30 degrees C May, June, September and October.
This area of Turkey is part of the ancient kingdom of Lycia with the Lycian Way running through it, consequently the region is awash with reminders of a bygone age - amphitheatres, mausoleums, ancient cities and sacred sites.
The ancient sites of Xanthos, Kale, Patara, Letoon, Tlos and Kekova are close by; as are the attractive harbour towns of Kas and Fethiye; and the famous Saklikent gorge.
Kalkan is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt locations along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Its distance from the airport and strict conservation laws means it has been untouched by mass tourism, yet it is more sophisticated than the usual resort town.
Its winding streets, lined with a variety of shops, numerous restaurants and white washed stone houses covered in colourful bougainvillia, lead you down to its pretty harbour. Sitting in the harbour you can watch the fisherman bring ashore their catches in the morning and see the wooden gulets returning from their trips around the bay and outlying islands, whilst drinking a cocktail, as the sun sets.
The friendliness of the people adds to the atmosphere of the town. The people of Kalkan pride themselves on their hospitality, so don’t be surprised to be offered a glass of cay (tea), or apple tea, as you browse in a shop, or the local weekly market.
Good dining is a way of life in Kalkan, whether in the locantas among the locals, where a meal costs a few pounds, or by candlelight in the atmospheric harbour-side restaurants, or the romantic roof-terrace restaurants for which Kalkan is renowned throughout Turkey. In fact the range and style of cuisine in Kalkan often exceeds what is generally available throughout coastal Turkey. Alternatively, you could take a short trip into the pretty village of Islamar with its trickling streams and springs and enjoy a dish of fresh trout cooked in olive oil.
The peaceful nature of the resort and the stunning views means it’s easy to relax in a restaurant or bar during the day and lose track of the time. But there’s plenty to do in and around Kalkan.
Kalkan is on the Mediterranean so the sea is warm and clear making it perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Kalkan has an attractive pebble beach. Or a 10 minute dolmus ride (local minibus service) will take you to beautiful Kaputas beach. Alternatively, a 25 minute ride takes you to the famous Patara beach with its 22km of pure white sand stretching as far as the eye can see. Patara beach, which regularly features as one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful and undiscovered beaches, is set in a national park and is fronted by a protected archeological site, so no building is allowed anywhere near the beach, making this an unspoilt area and a natural choice for all types of beach sports. In addition, Kalkan has several beach clubs which can be reached by water taxi, taxi or on foot. These clubs, set in stunning locations, have small restaurants and bathing platforms with sun loungers and steps down into the clear, calm waters of the bay, some parts of which are fed by natural underground springs. Alternatively, a day trip on a gulet is a good way of reaching otherwise inaccessible bays and beaches.
Kalkan has something for everyone. For those interested in more energetic pursuits there are a range of activities including water-skiing, paragliding, scuba-diving, jet-skiing, canoeing, horse riding and trekking. Or take a jeep into the mountains for some breathtaking scenery and lunch at a local village.
History abounds in this area. A gulet will take you to the sunken city of Kekova where you can swim among the ruins before visiting the medieval castle at Kale with its little ampitheatre and Lycian tombs dotted around the hillside. Or take a dolmus to Saklikent gorge, where the bus stops for half an hour for refreshments and the opportunity to visit Xanthos, another much larger ampitheatre and a World Heritage site, before continuing to the gorge. This 20km long canyon, hundreds of feet down between two mountains and surprisingly hidden until you are inside it, carries vast volumes of snow melt every year. In the summer you can walk the 4km though the shallow, refreshingly cold waters, before choosing a pontoon over the river, where you can laze on carpets and cushions with a drink or lunch, watching the ducks and dangling your feet in the deep, ice-cold waters. Other sites include the temples at Lethoon and the acropolis at Tlos.
Then there are the mud baths to visit, where you cover yourself and everyone else in ‘youth preserving’ mud; or the traditional Turkish baths, where the Haman gives you a massage you’re unlikely to forget; the Turkish barbers with their cut-throat razors and flaming torches for the ears; and of course there’s the shopping...
Kalkan has a number of small shops where you can barter for everything from leather handbags to clothes and Turkish carpets. There is also a Thursday market selling a wide range of goods, from locally-produced fruits, vegetables and spices to jewellery, leatherware, souvenirs and clothes with fake designer labels. Kas, a larger, neighbouring resort on the coast some 30 minutes drive away, has a good selection of shops and Fethiye, some 50 minutes away, is a large harbour town with a huge selection of shops and an impressive weekly market. Given the beautiful scenery in this part of Turkey, the drive to nearby towns and villages can be as enjoyable a part of the holiday as the activites once you get there.
Whatever you want from a holiday, from relaxing in your own pool or on sun-drenched beaches, to learning to dive or water-ski, to visiting sites of historical or natural beauty, to shopping at bargain prices for real gold jewellery or fake designer labels. Kalkan has something for everyone. It’s no surprise that so many people return to Kalkan year after year.