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Excellent 5/5 11 reviews

View from our pool terrace

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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
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 Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
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

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Review 1-10 of 11

11 Sep 2013


"Fabulous villa in a lovely town"

We had a fantastic holiday in Villa Gizem. It is kitted out as a proper home because the owners live there most of the year, and that makes a real difference because everything you need is there, incl… More

22 Oct 2012


"A view to die for...."

A beautiful property which had everything we wanted/needed and more. The view over Kalkan to the sea is spectacular and I never tired of looking out from the lovely pool to the sea and hearing the ca… More

21 Oct 2012


"excellent accomodation and value for money"

What a little gem Villa Gizem is. We had a wonderful 2 week holiday here.The villa was extremely comfortable and had everything we needed.The pool was kept immaculate and the rear garden and roof terr… More

17 Oct 2012


"Wonderful home away from home"

Villa Gizem is even better in reality than can be conveyed by the photos. It was immaculate, spacious and there are many little details that make it feel like home (such as books and DVDs for guest use).
We spent a lovely week eating and relaxing in various parts of the villa, the beautifully kept garden,roof terrace, lounging in the living room and of course by the pool.
We had a hire car, booked through Chris's contact and this meant we had the freedom to explore the area at leisure with the knowledge that we were hiring from a known and trusted business.
This is a great find and we have recommended to friends.

14 Oct 2012


"Great villa, great location"

We had a lovely two week stay at this villa. The location is perfect, easily walkable into Kalkan town. Pool and outside area were very well kept and the villa was very clean and had everything you … More

14 Oct 2012


"Lovely it was, Just very relaxing with stunning views and hot sun"

We went as a family to Turkey, with 2 children aged 8 & 11. They had a super time and really enjoyed the pool at the villa with all the blow items left for our use in the pool. Chris & Kim had left f… More

13 Oct 2012


"Ideally situated to make the most of Kalkan"

This was the first time my wife and I and our two teenage children have visited Turkey and Villa Gizem and you can see why it is so popular. It is ideally located close to the centre of Kalkan, its reasonably priced, has a great pool and facilities. Lovely villa with great views, the children enjoyed the pool and the black and white kitten who came to visit. The owners have put every effort into making sure that everyone enjoys their stay including providing an information pack about good restaurants, places to visit and emergency contact numbers. There are lots of top restaurants in Kalkan offering very good quality food at reasonable prices.

11 Oct 2012


"Home from Home"

This is one of the best villa's we have ever stayed in. It was well equipped and very clean. You get a welcoming pack on arrival which was great. The location of the villa is excellent with the most stunning views. The pool area and rear garden is lovely and relaxing. The rear garden is lovely specially when it gets too hot in the afternoon. Sitting under the trees was just lovely. Chris the owner organised transport from the airport which was great. He also put a manual together that tells which restaurants and places to visit which was very helpful. To us it felt like a Home from Home. We enjoyed our stay so much that we are going back next year and for a longer period.

9 Oct 2011


"Lovely Villa in quaint Kalkan"

The villa Gizem had absolutely everything you could ask for.Beautifully furnished,beautiful pool,beautiful gardens,beautiful view.
Very close to Kalkan centre ,easily walkable to town,but a bit tough back as it is uphill.
Although not necessary i would recommend hiring a car ,as it was so hot when we were there that the thought of walking anywhere was not desirable and there are quite a few places/beaches worth going to which would cost more as an organised trip.
We got the villa owners to arrange airport transfers and then hired a car once we got there and managed to get one for £20 per day.
Kalkan is very tasteful,many lovely restaurants and shops.Very hilly so not at all suitable for anyone who is not steady on their feet but perfectly ok for your average person.We went to Kaputas beach,which is unbelievable! down 200 steps,but very good steps,beautiful turquoise see and white sand/pebbles.No watersports ,just a few locals selling delicious turkish pancakes and sweetcorn and drinks.Patara beach is also fantastic,much bigger,sandy and well equipped.Again,no watersports i don't think but has a good restaurant/cafe for snacks and meals.
The many beach clubs are well worth a visit.These have all the "beach" type facilties you could want but have no beach as such,they are built on the rocky shores around that part of the coast.These do have watersports,diving,boat trips etc but are not too busy.We woulkd definitely stay at this villa again and in this part of Turkey.Probably not lively enough for young people looking for a wild clubbing holiday.Marmaris is better for that!

8 Oct 2011


"The best villa we have ever stayed in!"

The villa is in an excellent location with stunning views. It was very well equipped and very clean. Everything we needed was there and more. It has the feel of a home rather than just a holiday rental with lots of little extras included. The balconies, sun terrace, rear garden & pool side were all lovely places to sit & relax & admire the views. Chris, the owner, gave us excellent advice on car hire. Kalkan is a very pretty town with very friendly people. Our 3 teenage children were very happy with the villa and the location. There were plenty of activities to keep us all occupied. There are lots of steep hills so the car that we hired was very welcome.

Review 1-10 of 11

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