Paul and Clare Bates
About Paul and Clare Bates
Me and my husband live and work in the Midlands, I am a midwife and my husband works for the government. We visited both Dalyan and ‘Villa Bliss’ in 2016 for the first time and immediately fell in love with it. Dalyan is a unique and magical place and one of the only destinations we have visited where you can truly relax, unwind and enjoy its unspoiled beauty. Coupled with fabulous weather, the tranquility of the river and awesomely friendly people made for a truly unforgettable holiday. We loved Villa Bliss (previously named Villa Marshel) so much that we bought it in 2017. The Villa was already a very popular rental property and it is clear why so many visitors return year after year. It was very well loved and managed by the previous owner, and we have made many new additions to make it an even more perfect experience.
Paul and Clare Bates purchased this Villa in 2017
Why Paul and Clare Bates chose Dalyan City Center
The Villa is ideally situated being only a 2 minute walk from the centre of Dalyan. It is beautifully decorated to a high standard throughout, very spacious and has all the home from home benefits that guests really want to see, water cooler, high speed wifi, dishwasher, air conditioning throughout, flat screen television, BBQ, playstation and too many unique features to mention. Large Swimming pool, with spacious balcony overlooking it, It is truly lovely to sit and enjoy a drink or meal watching the sun set in the evening. The villa is situated in a very private and peaceful location, just a short stroll from the buzz of the restaurants and bars. It is ideally suited for families, couples or groups of people.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Lovely, clean authentic villa
Close to town centre and shops, excellent air con
Overall great but a few little niggles.
We were on a late flight from Gatwick which was further delayed by an hour so arrived at Dalaman in the dark. We had a hire car . First problem we missed the sign for the left turn to Dalayan there was no mention of this turning in the instructions. On arrival at Villa Bliss we were disappointed at the almost total lack of any provisions, not even a bottle of water. So at 11:00 pm we had to shop for basic essentials. Not the greatest start to a holiday. After a good nights sleep in comfortable beds we awoke to bright sunshine and the grandchildren were soon enjoying the pool. Exploring the villa we found there was a pump to inflate your li-lo's etc but no washing up liquid or dish cloths. There is a dishwasher which we didn't use. The upstairs balcony was great to sit out on in the mornings although it is looking tired and in need TLC. We could not get wi-fi as the log in code had been changed. This was corrected once we contacted Claire.
Now for the positives, Great location, great pool, good air-con and comfortable beds. Despite some negatives I would recommend Villa Bliss for a group of friends or family. Claire always responded promptly to our queries and this was appreciated.
Villa Bliss - The name says it ll!
Beautiful villa, very well equipped, relaxing surroundings and easy walking distance into town for meals and /or nights out. Will definitely be going back.
Beautiful villa with everything need !!
Beautiful villa with all what you need to have a perfect holiday.
Claire and Paul have everything you would want and are very quick to get in touch with you with all information you would need .
Would definitely recommend to others as well as use again ourselves.
Very private setting a good location
Good accomodation everything you need to make it home from home fantastic pool suited to the competant swimmer. We spent 10 days great weather privacy to sunbath and swim good location everything you need and not too far to walk to access. Thank Clare and Paul who also kept in email contact with any questions we had. 😎
Villa Bliss and swimming pool are located in a quiet residential area of Dalyan, but just a 2 minute walk to the town centre. The villa is modern , spacious, very well tended and has all mod cons.
The combination of Villa Bliss and the resort of Dalyan make this a great holiday experience.
Dalyan has many fine restaurants providing excellent value when eating out.
Boat trips to the beach at Iztuzu and ancient roman city of Kaunos are a must.
The residents of Dalyan are very friendly and helpful.
Dalyan, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
Dalyan is exquisitely nestled between the pine-clad mountains, fertile lowlands, lagoons, river and shallow, turquoise sea. It is the nearest town to one of the most beautiful beaches in the World. In 2008, it won “The most beautiful open space in Europe” by The Times. Due to the conservational plight to protect the beach (where the endangered Giant Loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs), this natural paradise has been saved from overdevelopment.
The 3-mile, Iztuzu Beach, with its fine soft sand, is part of a Special Environmental Protection Area and was the first area of land in Turkey to gain this status. Prince Phillip (as president of the World Wildlife Fund) made a request to the Turkish Prime Minister to halt the building of a hotel complex at the beach following advice from keen environmentalists (including David Bellamy and June Haimoff). The nature reserve was granted protection not only for the turtles and natural beauty of the beach, but also because of the archaeological and geological importance of this 461km2.
The Giant Loggerhead turtles (Caretta Caretta) have laid their eggs on this beach for 90 million years (the turtles always return to lay their eggs on the beach where they were born). Between the 1st May and 1st October the female turtles come up onto the sand during the night time and lay their eggs in clusters of about 100. After nearly 60 days the baby turtles hatch and crawl by moonlight down to the sea. Each year between 40,000 to 50,000 eggs are laid. The beach during these months is closed between 8pm and 8am.
The blue-green Dalyan River (also known as the Calbis River) runs from Koycegiz Lake down to the sea and is also home to the Nile Turtle, which is also a protected species. Life in Dalyan revolves around the river, creating a sense of tranquillity that spreads throughout the town. Dalyan feels like the perfect location to rejuvenate and unwind. When relaxing at one of the many bars or restaurants on the riverbank you can see the occasional turtle come up for air - a splash of water louder than the rustle of the reeds or the background humming of the boats.
Koycegiz freshwater lake, north of Dalyan is fed from the Namnam River and the Yuvarlakcay River (possibly an otter habitat). The lake is 20-30 metres deep. South of the lake, at Sultaniye, are many natural sulphurous hot springs (usually 40’C) which are rich in minerals, such as calcium, nitrates, sulphur, iron and potassium. There are also natural mud baths here and at Riza Cavus, further down the river. The mud baths were originally Roman baths and were then changed to the architectural style of the Ottomans and were used to cure a variety of ailments.
There are peloid mud baths in Dalyan town itself. The Ministry of Health have certified it as natural mud. It is considered good for muscular and skeletal disorders, gynaecological problems, psoriasis, acne and skin disorders. As the mud dries it detoxifies the skin and the natural minerals revitalize. It nourishes the skin by binding fluid in the skin layers. “Regular use of peloids cause wrinkles to disappear and prevents new wrinkles from appearing”! (Wikipedia).
Gray mullet, sea bass, sea bream and perch breed in the lake and a series of complicated weirs have been built to catch the fish between Dalyan and the sea. Dalyan actually means “fishery”. Fish caught on the river have a unique taste because of the mixture of fresh and saltwater. Apart from fishing, Dalyan produces honey, olives, lemons, oranges, cotton and pomegranates. Pomegranate juice is very tasty!
Surrounding the weirs and the river is a reed delta, a labyrinth of bulrushes, an ideal place for bird spotting. Over 150 different types of birds have been seen, including eagles, sparrow hawk, rock nuthatch, common kestrel, European roller, pelicans, crane, cormorant, great egret, little egret, blue rock thrush, jay and kingfishers.
On the opposite side of the river to Dalyan, lies the ancient city of Kaunos. It was inhabited first by the Persians, then the Greeks and then the Romans. It dates back to approximately 1,000BC. There is an Acropolis on the hilltop, from which there are dazzling panoramic views. There is a theatre, which seated 5,000 people (Dalyan today has only 4,000 residents), Roman baths (which at the time were the largest in all Asia Minor), a port, temples and city walls to admire. Kaunos was an important port in antiquity and was strategically placed for both trade and defence. Recently, salt mines (48 salt platforms) have been discovered, so Kaunos in ancient times would have been famous for its salt production.
On the cliffs of the river outside Kaunos are the rock tombs (dated 400-200BC). The tombs have been carved into the rock in the style of Ionian temples. The skill of the ancient workforce is considered a wonder by modern archaeologists who are still mystified as to exactly how these tombs were built.