Villa Ruyam (My Dream)
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Ruyam (My Dream) is an exceptionally luxurious and spacious 4 bedroom home situated in a stunning location near the traditional village of Islamlar in the hills above Kalkan. Prominently located on a ridge alongside the beautiful Islamlar valley, it has truly spectacular views all round and yet is only a fifteen minute drive through the vineyards, orchards and pines of the valley to Kalkan.
Set in a 5000 square metre Mediterranean style garden, the villa has been furnished to the very highest standards. Spacious and elegant, it features two sitting room areas, a formal dining room area and a superb kitchen.
This spacious open plan living space is spread over two wings of the villa and opens out through seven double patio doors on to the swimming pool terraces, with truly commanding views over the region.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kalkan 10 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Bedrooms: All four bedrooms have en suite toilet and shower cabinets, bedside tables and lamps and large fitted wardrobes. Two of the rooms have double beds, the others two singles. All bedrooms have their own private balconies with splendid views.
Kitchen: The kitchen is fully equipped to the highest standard and features a central island and polished dark marble surfaces. It comprises an oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. It is also very prettily lit from numerous ceiling and ground level lamps.
Dining area: Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining area with an elegant glass-topped table with built in lamps and seating for eight. The stylishly lit dining table and elegant white chairs, plus elegant white crockery to match, make it admirably suited for formal or special evening meals.
Air conditioning in all rooms.
Central heating, plus open log fire place and wood stove for use in winter months.
Electric generator to maintain both lighting and air conditioning in case of power cuts.
Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, I-Pod docking station, broadband wireless Internet connection. A mobile telephone is also provided for local calls if needed.
Private swimming pool.
Professional table tennis table
Utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board.
Hair dryer in each bedroom.
Linen and towels, including pool towels, provided. The linen and towels are changed mid-week.
|Further details outdoors|
Pool and Terraces:
The triangular shaped pool has both a shallow and deep end, and is surrounded by extensive terrace areas. There are eight sun lounges, plus a table and eight chairs in the shade between the columns of the central patio.
Given the location of the villa, the pool area is totally private and yet has splendid mountain, valley and sea views. A side terrace has another table and four chairs.
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
Things to do / Places to visit:
Kalkan’s colourful, narrow lanes are packed with small shops selling eye catching things – antiques, carpets, jewellery, leather goods, souvenirs. The old part of town which leads down to the picturesque harbour is also where the towns many roof top restaurants and pavement cafes are located. The choice is endless. More practical outlets such as small supermarkets, chemists, and banks with ATM machines are to be found higher up.
Kas: (Pronounced ‘Cash’). A 25 km drive from Kalkan along a scenic coastal road brings you to the charming town of Kas. Surrounded by mountains that drop directly down to the sea, Kas takes its name (‘eyebrow’ in Turkish) from its long peninsula that juts out to sea.
As in Kalkan, there are plenty of boat trips and diving trips on offer at the harbour, and elsewhere tandem paragliding for the more adventurous. Lots of interesting shops and good cafes and restaurants set off with colourful bougainvillea in the old part of town, plus beach clubs and cafes for relaxing and swimming.
Half an hour by boat from Kas is the Greek island of Meis (Castellorizo)- population 300. Pretty, traditional Greek fishing harbour.
Kalkan Bay: Numerous boat trips are on offer at the harbour. Great for a relaxing day’s cruising with a refreshing swim and snorkel along the way.
Islamlar trout restaurants: Just minutes away from the villa is the lovely valley of Islamlar with its orchards, vineyards and pines. The village, which has a working water-driven flour mill, is known for its trout restaurants. Pleasant settings with great views down the valley, and inexpensive tasty meals.
Beaches: Kalkan has its own pebbly beach just outside the harbour. More popular is the famous 18 km stretch of sand at Patara – visible from the villa across the Xanthos plain. The beach is completely unspoiled by resort type development and has only one café. Sun lounges and umbrellas are provided here, with changing rooms, showers and toilets nearby. Kaputas Beach: A small, sandy beach five minutes outside Kalkan on the way to Kas. Lots of steps to climb and no facilities, but pretty as picture.
One glance down at the beach and you’ll know why this part of Turkey gets its name – the Turquoise Coast. Another good beach for swimming is the pebble beach cove just the other side of Kas, where there is a beach restaurant.
Swimming: Both Kalkan and Kas have a number of beach clubs and sea side cafes with plenty of sun lounges for relaxing and platforms for deep water swimming.
Saklikent Gorge: See how far you can get splashing your way up the spectacular gorge at Saklikent, then relax in the shade by the water’s edge on a ‘koshk’ or sit in a big rubber ring and get swept down the river for a 5 km ride. You can even cake yourself in mud if you feel so inclined. Saklikent is a 45 minute scenic drive from the villa.
Kekova: Sleepy little village the other side of Kas, with a few carpet shops and waterside restaurants where you can hire a boat to take you round the island enclosed bay. Anchor off for a swim then cruise over the sunken Lycian ruins. Alternatively, hire a kayak and paddle your way around. A very pretty location and favourite anchorage for cruising gulets and yachts.
Jeep safaris: Check out tour companies in Kalkan and Kas who offer excursions off the main roads on forestry tracks in the mountains.
For Classical History Buffs: Most of the sites of ancient Lycia are within easy reach: places such as Xanthos, Patara, Letoon, Tlos, Pinara. The ruins at Patara include a splendid amphitheatre plus a smaller theatre which served as the parliament of the world’s first federal democracy. Big names passed this way: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar’s assassin, Brutus, Hadrian of the Wall, amongst others. At the other end of Patara beach is Letoon, with the remnants of temples to Leto, lover of Zeus, and her children Apollo and Artemis. Further afield, at Demre beyond Kas, is the ancient site of Myra with rock tombs and the Basilica of St. Nicholas (Father Christmas, no less, who was born at Patara).
For the Active and Adventurous:
Paragliding: Tandem paragliding flights can be had at both Kas and OluDeniz. The Kas take off is from around 700 metres, while OluDeniz has four takeoff points at various heights with the highest being the 2000 metre peak of Babadag mountain – a truly ‘awesome’ experience. Oludeniz is also noted for its magnificent beach, and numerous bars and restaurants.
Walking: Both Kalkan and Kas lie on the route of the well-known Lycian Way that runs from Fethiye to Antalya. There are many attractive sections of this walk near Kalkan which can be done as single day hikes, but this is only advisable outside the hot summer months.
Diving: The seas around Kalkan and Kas are said to offer the best diving in the whole Mediterranean and there are a number of companies with boats offering both training and trips for experienced scuba divers.
Mountain biking, canyoning: These activities are on offer by adventure companies in Kalkan or Kas but, like walking, are probably best avoided during the hot months except at higher altitudes in the Akdag range of mountains.
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23 Oct 2013
"And it's another perfect day in paradise…….."
This is precisely how we felt when waking up each morning at the gorgeous Villa Ruyam. This villa is truly beautiful in every way and the views are even more spectacular than any photographs can poss… More
16 Aug 2013
"AS GOOD AS THD FIRST TIME"
Sometimes a return visit does not live up to the expectations you have built up over the previous 12 months. This certainly is not the case with Villa Ruyam.Thanks to Pat and Cihat the villa was as cl… More
31 Jul 2013
"SIMPLY THE BEST !!!"
Firstly a very big THANK YOU Pat for letting us stay at your beautiful villa again, and ditto to Cihat and his wife for looking after us so well.Our second holiday at this wonderful place, everything … More
18 Jul 2013
"The return was even better!!!"
This was our second visit to this bolt hole in the Turkish mountains and it did not disappoint. The owner Pat together with Cihat, who maintains the property, were very accommodating to our every need… More
14 Aug 2012
If you are looking for a clean, well maintained, well equiped villa away from the hustle and bustle then this is undoubtably the place for you.Pat (owner) and Cihat (gardener and helper) are always on… More
6 Jul 2012
"Perfect holiday getaway"
Villa Ruyam was a perfect holiday getaway. The villa was well equipped and most importantly clean and very modern. Each room had a beautiful view, whether it was a mountain view, sea view or the vie… More
27 Oct 2011
"As good as it gets ..."
We have stayed in many villas in Turkey and have yet to find one as delightful as Villa Ruyam. The quality of the accommodation is outstanding and the location is nothing short of spectacular. It's a bit of a steep winding road up the mountain from Kalkan to Islamlar, but this is part of the fun. Kalkan is bustling and lively (with lots of good shops and restaurants), but with the villa just 15 minutes drive away from Kalkan centre you get the best of all worlds. A sense of peace if you want it, combined with plenty of life if you seek that as well. It's a perfect combination for those with young families and also those with teenagers (our party was made up of two families with three teenagers ... and the 'kids' loved it). The bedrooms are smashing, the towels and linen of high quality, the grounds a sanctuary. Nothing was left to chance and we were royally looked after. There are good local shops for all that you need on a daily basis and the village has several very good restaurants. All in all, we think we discovered a gem. We would certainly go back.
10 Oct 2011
"Easily the BEST villa we have ever stayed in"
For the last two years (July 2010 & August 2011) we have spend two of the most relaxing two week holidays ever! We are so pleased to have found Pat's amazing Villa in this incredible area of Turk… More
8 Oct 2011
Well who would have thought Paradise was on top of a mountain in Islamlar, well it is! It is called Villa Ruyam.
This villa is outstanding, by far the very best we have stayed in, and we have stayed in a lot, our first visit to Turkey and I am sure not our last.
On arrival Pat the lucky and very lovely owner was there to greet us(even though we were hours late as we got lost on route) with Cihat who looks after the villa, making us feel very welcome indeed.
Villa Ruyam is so well equiped with everything you could possibly need, from kitchen to bedrooms!!
Cihat who is always around but very discreet will bring you fresh bread every morning if required,also set up barbeque if needed,he is such a gentle giant, and his lovely wife Guvyer who keeps everything sparkling clean.
The views from the villa are amazing especially the sunsets, as we sat with a glass of wine watching the sun go down most evenings, bliss!
Kalkan town is also very pretty, there are some really good restaurants here and lots of lovely little shops selling allsorts if the fancy takes you, but please do try the local restaurants as it is cooler in the mountains than in Kalkan town,also cheaper. Our favourite restaurant is The Bodama, so friendly and food is excellant, try it in the afternooon and picnic in the gardens, so relaxing, also makes an evening meal special,(please say hello to Poppy)
Mustafas is very good too, and the one on the bend where the young girl will wave to you as you drive by everyday(sorry cannot remmeber the name)she will also give you Turkish lesson's free, we must have sent her mad.
For the more energetic there are lots of things to do,snorkelling,boat trips,walking,beaches,general sight seeing,but you must try the Turkish Bath, it's brilliant. We felt like four wet fish on a hot marble slab at first, but after being scrubbed, soaped, rinsed, massaged,and given a facial(even the blokes) we felt great!
A trip to Saklikant Gorge is also very good.If you are brave enough to walk the gorge(I wasn't but our friends were)take a good pair of shoes that you don't mind getting wet or you can hire them there, as it is very rocky, or you can just paddle around at the bottom which is still great fun.
There are so many places to visit but it was so lovely to just chilax around the villa and throw yourself into the beautiful pool when you needed to cool off.fab!
Well I could write a book about what a fantastic holiday we had here, but I won't bore you any longer.
So a great big TESAKKUR EDERIM (thankyou I hope) Pat,for letting us stay in your lovely home,and to Cihat and Guvyer for looking after us so well!
We will be back.
Very best wishes Ann and Tony. Cardiff
3 Oct 2011
"A piece of Turkish paradise"
Having rented many villas over the past seven years I can say with my hand on my heart that Villa Ruyam is one of the best villas that we have stayed in. The care that has been taken in putting this v… More
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