5-19 June 2019. June Bob Nicola & Mark from Bristol/Newbury
We have been coming to Kalkan for many years but this year is a special one to celebrate joint 75th and 50th birthdays! We couldn’t have picked a better villa it was simply perfect. Stunning views, amazing pool, we loved the different terraces too. Beds were super comfy, and it was fab to have music facility in all bedrooms. It really was home from home. Lots of little touches like citronella candles (for our early evening G&T with the fab view) and wine stoppers, ice-cube trays, etc. etc. In fact we think this is by far the best villa we have ever stayed in ….. ever!
We hired a car for a couple of days from Brave Tours, very reasonably price and brilliant customer service, we went one day to Patara, we visited the ruins and then ended the day on Patara beach. We also went one day to Kas. A lovely lunch with magnificent views. On the way back we found a beautiful little cove with a beach club, we swam one side of the road then wandered across the road for a cold beer and chill out for an hour in the shade. The beach was on the peninsula coming out of Kas. Back in Kalkan, we visited the Kalamar beach club, 25TL per person and that included entry, sunbed & umbrella, use of canoe, pedalo, sea trampoline etc. and also a taxi there and back! Meals there were very good, and they do a great iced coffee. We snorkelled and saw tones of fish, pipe fish, a moray eel (which was quite big and made me a bit nervous) and we were so lucky and saw a sea turtle!!
Good restaurants we ate in were: Aqua – lovely sea bass, Rose’s restaurant in town, before you get to the taxi rank (side street) for great authentic Turkish food. Doy Doy did brilliant steaks and we had an amazing chateaubriand at café Vita. Also good cocktails at Yelken and café Vita, we realised if you order Bombay Sapphire you get a huge, crystal goblet!! Recommend the Gin Gin Mule cocktail at Yelken, and the Long Island Iced Tea there is potent!! Shade Lounge (Hash and Charlotte) in town is very welcoming and are the perfect young hosts, very friendly and welcoming.
Lastly, we found a family of tortoises in the lower garden, they were very grateful for our leftover lettuce and salad. Whilst there we saw the lemon trees and picked a few for our gins later in the day……… All in all a most relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Thank you Cath and Stuart and appreciated the mid holiday call to check we were ok!!
— Bob, 19 Jun 2019