“I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to friends” It was our first time in Turkey and it came as a very pleasant surprise. The scenery is stunning, the people delightful and the food varied, good and cheap. Icmeler is set in a beautiful bay surrounded by dramatic mountains, everywhere you look it is lush and green-something we had not expected .
Garden Villa is tucked away in a largely residential area about five minutes from the beach and less than two minutes to bars/ restaurants. A car is not necessary public transport is frequent and reasonable, whether it be dolmus or water taxi which is great fun. Simply, but adequately furnished(the beds in particular were very comfortable) the villa was spotless inside and out. The real selling point however for us was the outside space where you got the impression a considerable amount of money had been spent. When you walked out the door you were met with a really beautiful view. An exceptionally large swimming pool, pretty landscaped gardens, comfy loungers, plenty patio furniture all wrapped up in a fabulous mountain backdrop. Laze around the pool all day, walk along the 9km promenade to Maramaris or go on one of the numerous reasonably priced boat trips(we went to Rhodes) you will not be bored.
Finally I have to mention the owner who went out of his way to be helpful throughout the booking process. He forwarded lots of information on the area, suggestions for day trips etc and was only a phone call away should we have any queries. A caretaker was also available on a daily basis . I have booked many villas/apartments in the past but have never had such an efficient personal service. It was a delight to deal with him and I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to friends.
“Fantastic!! You will not be disappointed!” We travelled to Kalkan at the end of September as 2 couples with 2 children under 1 and stayed at the Serenity Villa II.
From the moment we made our reservation Tracey was very prompt and helpful to ensure that all of our questions and requests beforehand were dealt with smoothly. We were impressed before we even arrived which made us look forward to our holiday all the more. Our transfer that was arranged by the villa with Brave Tours also went without a hitch.
Upon arriving at the villa you are met with a definite wow factor! The villa and its view are breath-taking and throughout our stay we never tired of it. Billy the property manager was there to meet us and was great at settling us in for our holiday and even brought us fresh bread every day! He answered any questions we had and was always only a phone call away, a great touch to receiving a first class service. He also referred us to a taxi driver that looked after us for the duration of our stay and he was a real find, whenever we called he was there in 5 minutes!
The villa really cannot disappoint, with its pools, Jacuzzi and hot tubs we felt so relaxed despite having the little ones with us and we never got bored with a gym, childrens pool, and playstation and pool table for the dads too.
The town of Kalkan really impressed us and was a beautiful spot. You are really spoilt for choice for restaurants all the way down to the harbour and we were particularly impressed with Kosk and Aubergine. Chilli's was great and café Leon has a great menu for a quick bite. The staff are fantastic with children too and bent over backwards to keep them entertained and/or help us enjoy our evening. There is also a nearby sandy beach which is also definitely worth a visit, the sea is amazing and very inviting! We also visited the local Turkish bath which was a lovely experience.
All in all I can thoroughly recommend this villa if you're thinking of booking. The property speaks for itself and the pictures don't do it justice but the little touches really make it special too. We would love to return some time in the future!
“We would definitely like to go back to Kalkan Retreat.” This is an excellent villa with very good views out to sea to Mouse and Snake Islands. Our family of seven was easily accommodated with spacious en-suite bedrooms. The property is very well maintained inside & outside and is cleaned every day. The terrace outside is spacious and you can cool down in a good sized swimming pool or take advantage of the air-conditioning inside. We had fun playing table tennis most days and found the WiFi access very useful.
There is an approximate 15 minute walk down into the town but most of the time a taxi back uphill is advisable (14TL and there were taxis that accommodated 7 people for the same price).
There are lots of restaurants to choose from but our favourite was The Fish Terrace (a roof top restaurant with lovely views over the harbour and bay) which is run by Korsan Ltd who maintained our villa. They give a discount for people staying at the villa.
When we ate at the villa the best food could be sourced from the butcher near the roundabout and the fisherman's shack down the stairs from the taxi rank (big fresh prawns for 2TL each).
There are a couple of convenience stores within 5 minutes walk of the villa for everyday purchases such as drinks and ice-creams.
The owner of the villa was excellent. She made sure we were provided with a welcome pack of drinks and some food items. She also arranged transfers to and from the airport (ENES car rental).
We would definitely like to go back to Kalkan Retreat.
“Such a fabulous place, Villa beautiful and so tranquil, people delightful.” We all agreed that this was one of the most lovely holidays we have had as an all round experience. There were 7 of us - myself and my husband, our 3 children (aging from 10-19 years of age) and my parents, who are in their 60's.
Villa Suro Evi is really lovely, very spacious with the most fabulous and tranquil outlook over the sea and Kalkan town. The pool and garden areas are beautiful, not overlooked, very peaceful, very clean and well kept. There is a lovely balance of sunbathing areas and shade with the Ottaman/Olive tree - just perfect.
It is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Kalkan. The hill is quite steep, but cabs were so cheap if we didn't fancy the walk.
Kalkan is not only a beautiful town but has everything. A huge choice of fabulous restaurants, general amenities and great shopping, along with the market which was great fun.
The people of Kalkan are truly delightful, service is very good and everyone was always so willing to help at any point, but without being overbearing.
We really loved every moment of this holiday and wouldn't hesitate to return.
“Sheer, unadulterated luxury!” We stayed at Villa Esra for a fortnight in June and cannot rate the holiday highly enough. The villa more than lived up to the pictures and reviews and provided the ideal home away from home.
The good-sized private pool was very well maintained as were the gardens of the villa and it was a pleasure to relax in these surroundings.
Some reviews have commented on the steep approach hill, if you are in reasonable health then this is not an issue at all and actually helps work off the holiday calories! The location was perfect with uninterrupted views of Babadag, a favourite paragliding spot, and provided some stunning sunsets.
All in all this was our best holiday ever, we only came home a few days ago and have already booked for next year! Roll on June 2014!
“Fabulous Villa” Had a super holiday at Villa Keros. The villa was a real home from home. It had everything we needed. Lots of spare cutlery and crockery even when we were using the dishwasher. There are always plenty of clean towels to use for all the bathrooms and the pool area. It is a very well equipped villa. Even though the surrounding villas were occupied it was very quiet at night so we always had a great nights sleep. We got every- day supplies of fresh bread, milk water ect. from the little local shop Bobs and also ate at the restaurant above the shop (same owner) a few times. This is very convenient as it is just a few minutes walk from the villa. When we next go to Kalkan we will definitely stay at villa Keros.
“Spacious and Comfortable villa in a great location for a lovely family holiday” This is a great villa for a family holiday.
Good location and views from the terraces. Very spacious with 4 double rooms (all en-suite). Great pool.
Owners very thoughtful with information/service provided and how the villa is equipped etc.!
Would definitely recommend this villa and go again. Kalkan is a great location too! With great restaurants etc.
“Leisure time in luxury” Dream like location with beautiful views and privacy. stunning pool with ample sunbeds and large sun terrace surrounded by gardens . Serenely quiet but with plenty of restaurants and bars within ten minutes walking distance. There is a well equipped games room for youngsters and a children's pool. The Owner's have thought of everything to make your holiday a resounding success. Perfect for family holidays as all ages catered for. DVD player, satellite TV, WiFi and music speakers on the terrace to enjoy your favourites while lounging in the sun or cooking on the BBQ.
“Fabulous villa with great facilities” The villa is beautiful with all the 'mod cons' you would expect. Pleasantly surprised by the size of the pool and of course, the view from the pool area and upper floors. Well looked after by the managing agent (linen changed mid-way through a two week break, pool guy attended regularly). The only downside, which should be noted for those with walking difficulties, is the location of the villa on the hillside. While we ended up taking taxis into town (for about £3 each way) there are still a number of steps into and within the villa. If that doesn't bother you then I fully recommend this place to stay! Quiet location, amazing views (which you only get by staying up the hill anyway!) and well appointed with furniture, facilities and utensils.
Karen Robertson (family party of 6 adults and 2 children, June 2012)
“Bliss” We stayed at Yayla for 16 days and loved every minute of our stay there. We went with two friends and in laws joined us a few day later. We arrived just after a storm so NO sun that day, We got up early the next day to glorious sunshine and that weather stayed for the duration of our holiday. The villa is
huge,has lovely comfy sofas and all the kitchen equipment you need for your holiday. It is a home from home. We liked Uzumlu loads. Lovely traditional village away from the tourist trap but with enough restaurants to eat out should you need to. Plenty of local shops too. The cafe in the square does lovely breakfasts and the service exceptional. The shop next to this also does a taxi service should you need it. We used it a few times as the walk up to the villa can be a bit taxing at times. Needless to say we got quite fit whilst there. If you wanted to go to the tourists traps like Fethiye.Olu Denis and Ovacik they are only a 20 - 40 Dolmus ride away. Fethiye being the closest. We went the a few times to the supermarkets and the big market which is on a Tuesday. Uzumlu's market is on a Friday which is good for fruit and vegetables if you are eating at the villa. We ate mostly at the villa but had 4 or 5 nights out in the local restaurants. I was worried about being bitten due to the greenery around the villa but Nobody got any mosquito bites at all. The pool is very private which was a bonus. We loved it that much we bought a resale villa when we were there - now just cannot wait for the villa to be ours. We are hoping to retire early and live there permanently in a few months. Lots to sort out now (thanks Jo)! Cadianda ruins are worth a visit but be warned we walked to it from the road and it took us hours - we were very exhausted when we eventually got home. It may be quicker from the villa through the woods but we failed to find it that way. The villa is also spotless just could not fault it. All in all we all had a lovely time here, Thanks Jo for letting us share your wonderful home!
“Absolutely Perfect” We stayed in this fantastic villa for a week of relaxation, and it fulfilled our every need. The villa is beautiful, and words cannot do justice for the stunning views from every balcony. The villa provided everything that we needed and the location was ideal for the privacy that it afforded, whilst being within close proximity to the town. The villa was extremely clean and very well looked after, with all the utilities necessary to make our stay perfectly comfortable. The town was marvellous, and we were able to sample divine turkish cuisine which was at very affordable prices, only a short walk away. The local people were friendly and welcoming with hilarious sense of humours, and the local dogs were just as friendly, and loved our attention (without begging for food!). I have already recommended this villa and the town of Kalkan to my family, and we hope to come again for a larger family holiday at some point in the future. We had a perfect week thanks to the villa and the fantastic owners.