Top-Floor Apt Patara Prince
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Relax in comfort in our top-floor, upgraded apartment on Patara Prince Resort. Has character and all the modern facilities you expect - including a new wetroom with walk-in rainfall shower, ceramic hob, L-shaped sofa, etc. Can sleep 4 but for more space and privacy suited to a maximum of 3. There is a large bougainvillea-covered balcony with beautiful views both out to sea and of Kalkan.
Kalkan has to be one of the most picturesque places on the Turkish coast but Patara Prince Resort is something else. Constructed on white, local stone terraces leading down to the Mediterranean amid abundant semi-tropical gardens, and giving direct access to the sea, Patara Prince Resort is 'Nothing short of a seaside paradise' (Frommers Guide).
Enjoy the best of both worlds - peace and tranquillity on the resort together with all the attractions of Kalkan - 100+ restaurants, tasteful boutiques (and recommended by the Independent as a destination of choice, especially for those seeking a romantic vacation) - just a short distance away.
Privately owned and managed and situated at the top of the resort, staying in our apartment gives you the option to spend time on the resort and use the facilities there - e.g. there are a total of 4 shared pools on the resort for your use as well as private sun/sea-bathing platforms - make easy trips into Kalkan town, or access transport to take you further afield for day trips.
June to September is the hot, dry Mediterranean summer when temperatures peak, but spring and autumn are pleasant too and the sea is warm enough to swim, and winter is also excellent as days are often sunny and warm and the snow-covered peaks of the Taurus mountains form an impressive backdrop.
Swimming, sun-bathing, sailing, scenery, walking, history - this part of Turkey has it all. Come and see it for yourself now while it's still so unspoilt. You won't be disappointed. It's not a holiday, it's heaven!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kalkan 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dalaman 110 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool, Children's pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Table tennis, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
We chose this apartment because we loved its character and seaview and the beauty of the celebrated resort where it is situated. But we've also added to the property to make your stay more comfortable, introducing a new wetroom with walk-in rainfall shower, and kitchen improvements including a top-of-the-range ceramic hob and granite worktop. As well as having a washing machine and widescreen TV and DVD player, this holiday apartment is also fully air-conditioned in both living area and bedroom as there's nothing worse than not being able to sleep on holiday because you're too hot!
There is a large 160cm wide bed in the bedroom, a fitted wardrobe with safety deposit box and a hairdryer. The living area has an L-shaped sofa and a sofabed which converts into a double bed. From the living area French doors open onto the balcony where there is a dining table and chairs and two sun-loungers. To your right is a view of Kalkan and to your left the Mediterranean Sea and Mouse and Snake Islands. The wetroom has a walk-in rainfall shower, hand-basin and toilet; the kitchen has a sleek black ceramic hob, granite worktop, undermounted sink, fridge and washing machine. There is air-conditioning in both living area and bedroom which can also be switched to provide heating during the cooler months.
|Further details outdoors|
Patara Prince Resort was designed by one of Turkey's top architects and is built on a 60-acre seafront estate with a 200-metre blue-flag private shoreline. As our guests you enjoy use of all 4-star facilities on the resort - sun/sea-bathing platforms, 4 swimming pools (3 outdoor, 1 indoor), water sports, sauna, Turkish bath, beauty salon, hairdresser, tennis courts and kids' club. Wi-Fi available at resort hotel. (Not all facilities/pools available outside of peak holiday season mid-June to mid-September.) PLEASE NOTE: because the resort is built on a hillside we feel it isn't suitable for anyone with severe walking or other kinds of difficulties when walking uphill. There is a free minibus shuttle service which runs up and down the resort all day for your use but going up and down some steps on the resort is unavoidable.
There are three restaurants - where, as our guests you receive 25% discount - and prices can start at just £10 per head for a buffet meal. A free shuttle service runs up and down the resort every few minutes. There is also a water taxi which will ferry you across the bay to Kalkan. The resort is holiday home to international politicians and celebrities and you can also feel safe in the knowledge that there is 24-hour security.
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
The small town of KAS is about 15 miles away and the spectacular journey from Kalkan has been listed as one of the 10 most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Greece comes right up to the Turkish mainland here as KASTELLORIZO, the most easterly of all the Greek Islands and the setting for Best Foreign Language film, Mediterraneo, sits practically in the harbour at Kas and within a mile-and-a-half of the shore. Take a glorious day-trip from Kas which will cost you only 20 euros. Greece's proximity makes it possible to make a stay here a two-country holiday as from FETHIYE, 45 miles away, hydrofoils make the 1½ hour crossing to RHODES (an official entry point into Greece) every weekday in summer too.
It's a little-known fact but there are more Greek and Roman ruins in Turkey than in Greece and Italy put together! Just one such is to be found at nearby PATARA birthplace of Father Christmas and oracle of Apollo - and after which Patara Prince Resort is named and indeed modelled. This ruined Roman city guards the approach to a 8-mile long white sandy beach, one of the longest anywhere in the Mediterranean and which topped the Evening Standard's list of Ten Fantastic Summer Beaches. Sun-bathe, swim or go horse-riding there all day long but at night Patara beach is the exclusive preserve of loggerhead turtles who come here to nest.
In ancient, pre-Roman times, the Turquoise Coast from Fethiye round to almost Antalya, was known as Lycia ("Land of Light"). The Lycian's many monuments still dot the entire landscape of the south-west coast of Turkey and the ruins close by at UNESCO World Heritage site, XANTHOS - those which weren't removed by Charles Fellowes and taken to the British Museum! - are a must.
Visit LETOON, where Alexander the Great received the prophecy that he would go on to conquer Persia, and the sunken city at KEKOVA, reachable only by boat either from Kas or Ucagiz (or, better still, charter a boat in the harbour at Kalkan and take a 2-day private cruise!).
SAKLIKENT GORGE (Hidden Valley), was only discovered as recently as 20 years ago and is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey and the second-biggest in Europe.
And the LYCIAN WAY, Turkey's first long-distance footpath, also passes through Kalkan, Kas and Finike as well as many ancient sites on its spectacular route through the mountains and along the coastline of south-west Turkey, following the line of Roman and Ottoman roads, mule tracks and nomad trails. Voted one of the Top Ten Best Hiking Trails in the World by the Sunday Times, the Lycian Way is suitable for casual and dedicated walkers alike. Kalkan is a comfortable base from which to explore sections of the trail and Patara Prince Resort a fantastic place to pamper yourself if you've completed the whole route.
Kalkan - The Jewel of the Turquoise Coast
"You could imagine yourself on the Cote d'Azur without the pretentiousness. Drive along the mountain-backed road to Kas, and you might be touring the Amalfi coast." The Times
Kalkan is a sophisticated small resort but friendly and completely undeveloped compared to places like Marmaris and Bodrum. English is widely spoken and it's the kind of place you'll want to come back to again and again and again. Founded by Greek traders from the nearby island of Kastellorizo 200 years ago and Greek-populated until 1923, Kalkan and nearby town Kas are both renowned for their Greek architecture - wooden balconies typically covered with bougainvillea. And the old town is now subject to strict preservation orders so is guaranteed to retain its character.
In Kalkan, where there is a roof there is a restaurant and competition has made the town a gastronomic treat. If you've tried all the restaurants on Patara Prince Resort already - there are 3 serving everything from pizza to Turkish and Mediterranean - sample one of the 100 (reputedly!) restaurants in the town. Our favourite is Adem's Restaurant - now relocated to just outside town on the glorious road to Kas - and if you eat there he provides free taxi service as well! Kalkan has a number of small shops and boutiques selling clothes, jewellery, leather goods and pottery and there's also a local market every Thursday. But for a really big market, don't miss out on a trip to Fethiye (every Tuesday).
You can access the sea directly from Patara Prince Resort via sea-platforms. There is a beach in Kalkan and another beautiful beach about 3 km away at Kaputas, and 8 km away is the stunning 12km long sandy beach at Patara.
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28 Feb 2013
Stayed here with my pal, we both needed a place where we could get away from the noise and chaos of some holiday places but without being completely detatched and found what we needed here at Patara. We had a choice of poolside bathing or further down by the sea, both were nice and relaxing and Staff at the resort catered for all our needs. Easilly accesible to the town of kalkan which is a must see if you like to have a little potter around, as is Villa Mahal which is nextdoor-a must for dinner.
The flat is nicely laid out, user friendly and clean. We cooked and ate on the balcony most nights, the kitchen is well equipped for this. Bedroom was a nice size and living area has a comfy fold out bed. We were very comfortable in this cute flat and will definately visit again.
13 Jan 2013
"We would like to come back"
We spent 3 weeks vacation in this apartment in August 2012 and it was our best one. Actually it was our first experience with the apartment renting. Friends of ours wondered if it was safe to make a prepayment through Internet. It was not only safe but also very convenient. The apartment is fully equipped (we had even swimming glasses). We felt ourselves at home. The tennis court, pool and market within 2 minutes walk were really a bonus for us. We recommend this apartment to all who would like to have a quiet an romantic vacation far from crowded hotels.
16 Dec 2012
"A bit of paradise"
I have visited this propery twice - once for an early break at Easter (see photos) and again in September. The apartment is beautifully furnished with everything you could need for a holiday - even a washing machine which is a real bonus. When I went in the summer the infinity pool was open - just a five minute stroll from the apartment it has a magical view and we had the pool to ourselves - or at worst shared it with one or two others. At Easter the pool further down on the resort was open. There is the option of swimming in the sea too.
Breakfast on the balcony is a wonderful treat - the view out to see is breathtakingly beautiful. The fruit and veg from the market was delicious and very reasonable. Freshly squeezed orage juice was a wonderful start to the day. The kitchen was useful and well equipped but we found many excellent restaurants - most notably Adams just down the road which has a stunning view and the owner is very welcoming - offering a free taxi service.
The local minibus co-operative offers very reasonable trips and transport to the nearby towns - and is a great saving on the tours offered by travel agents and the hotel on the resort so I would recommend checking out Kalkan Minibus Co-operative in town before booking trips.
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