Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The Villa is decorated and furnished in elegant traditional Turkish style using wrought iron furniture and kilims. A large open plan sitting room dining room and kitchen with Traditional lycian fireplace overlooks the bay. French windows open onto the swimming pool terrace.
The kitchen is supplied with everything you need to cater to a high standard in the hand-built pine kitchen. A Curved marble staircase leads to the bedrooms and roof terrace, where you can watch the sun disappear over a panoramic view of the bay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kalkan 800 m|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dalaman 90 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
All fittings and equipment are to a high standard. Terracotta urns, traditional kelims and Turkish fabrics give a feel of elegance and space, which work with the fabulous views to ensure a sense of well-being. We provide a TV and DVD player, ipod docking station, Bose CD player, laptop with guest log-on (Skype is available) and wi-fi broadband internet access. There is a telephone for making local calls to telephone landlines. The nearby Samira De Luxe has a poolside large plasma screen, and is open to all
|Further details outdoors||
The rear garden enclosed by high stone walls and framed by an ancient olive tree gives this new villa a surprising sense of history and times past. We have our own private pool and the pool furniture is all of the highest quality. There are a host of places - balconies, terraces, private garden - where you can seek out and enjoy shade and a lovely view.
There is a quiet road to the front with uniterrupted views of the sea and high walls to the side and back ensuring peace and privacy.
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
Brian Jackman's article on the Turquoise Coast in the Sunday Times Feb 2006 says that "Turkey's gorgeous Lycian coast was too rich a secret to hide for ever". If you do make the trip, you will understand what he means. The climate is fabulous from May right through to December. April, May or September, October and November are ideal if you want to do lots of walking and activity. The high season of June to August is best for those who want to enjoy the full on sunshine around the pool or lounging in the several beach clubs. Kalkan is not a mass tourism area and although the beach clubs do fill up in high season there should always be room for you. These clubs are essentially platforms with sunbeds and umbrellas offering excellent swimming and snorkelling and a shady restaurant.
Turkey has the most classical ruins in the world and you can spend the whole of your time exploring amhpitheatres and other remains of ancient Greek and Roman civilisation. Try the ancient sites of Patara or Tlos if capturing a sense of the great civiliastions of the past is your thing. There are also armfuls of organisations offering great trips and activities - canoeing, cycling, paragliding and a host of visits - in the area. Canoeing along the river with stop offs for a mudbath and a barbecue lunch is one of many must do excursions. There are also cruises going out from Kalkan everyday to a multitude of destinations. This includes specialist diving cruises as Kalkan is a recognised diving centre. You can hire a small boat if you would rather set your own schedule.
One of the world's 10 greatest walks is on our doorstep in Kalkan. The ‘Lycian Way’ follows Greek and Roman roads and aqueducts, traditional nomad trails and forest tracks around the coast. Existing tracks have been linked up to form a continuous walking route that stretches over 530km and part of this walk is right here on your doorstep. The Sunday Times voted the ‘Lycian Way’ one of the world’s ten best walks. We have walked from Akbel to Patara via Delikkemer (16 km) several times, and even with reluctant teenagers, and have always had a tremendous day. The walk is well away from any roads and you will have great fun trying to find the route. Allow a whole day for this adventure and take plenty of water and a picnic.
The local towns of Kas and the capital Fethiye can be reached by the frequent minibus service (dolmus) and you will find great shopping there from markets to department stores. Both towns are ports and benefit from that easy holiday ethos with lots of harbourside places to eat and watch the world go by. If you want to be really free to explore car hire is reasonably priced and driving is a joy with good arterial roads, with fabulous views and light traffic even in main holiday periods. We always hire a car to pick up at the airport and make the 1h 45min drive to Kalkan independently. This is in no sense a necessity, however, and transport including taxis are plentiful and cheap.
We have been coming to Kalkan for 5 years and don't feel we have even scratched the surface of this amazing region of Turkey.
Brian jackson's article for the Sunday Times talks of the the transformation of Kalkan's "sleepy harbour into an oasis of sophistication". When you dine in one of the many candlelit rooftop restaurants, the phrase will make sense. Kalkan's growth has not destroyed the essential charm of this ancient harbour but it has provided a host of great places to eat and relax.
For those who don't want to be out and about the whole time, Villa Gizem offers a tempting alternative. We have not cut corners on fittings and equipment so that there is everything you could want to get the very best out of the beautiful setting. The local beach clubs offer fabulous settings for lounging and swimming, which are cheap