Villa in Kalamar Bay, Kalkan, Turkey - Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Walk to the nearest Beach Club
About Pauline Spiers
I am based in Bahrain with my husband who is a management consultant to the energy sector. Our two daughters who are both in their 20's live and work in London. We bought the villa in 2008. We had spent the previous four years holidays in Kalkan when we decided to buy. It was the one place in the world that we kept returning to and everyone in the family enjoyed. The guaranteed sunshine from May - October was one factor, but there is so much to do - from historical sites to retail therapy to water sports to chilling. In the evenings the town comes alive with a multitude of wonderful restaurants. Don't hesitate to visit - you will love it!
Pauline Spiers purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Pauline Spiers chose Kalkan
We enjoy living in warm climates and buying the villa was part of our long term plan to have a property overseas. At the time we were still based in the UK and had enjoyed many years of family holidays in Kalkan with our teenage daughters. It is the only place we have found that we like to return to year after year for family holidays and our 28 year old daughter still says Kalkan is her favourite place in the world. Bearing in mind she has lived in Bangkok for five years when she was a child and we have travelled extensively as a family I think that is a sound recommendation.
What makes this Villa unique
The villa is where we come to relax and recharge our batteries - it is 15 minutes walk from the centre of Kalkan and is so peaceful that sometimes we have to literally drag ourselves out but at other times we are keen to go into town and savour the vast array of excellent restaurants. Everybody is so friendly that you cannot help but feel part of the local community. There is a myriad of activities to take part in if you do want to be active.
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Amazing villa in a beautiful town
We have just returned from a weeks stay at Kalkan Retreat and can't stress enough how much of an amazing place this villa is. Everything was perfect and it truly has been a holiday to remember. We hope to return in 2020. Thank you for sharing your amazing villa with us.
Lovely place but a couple of issues!
On arrival at Kalkan we could not locate the villa because the name was given as, No. 6
Turquoise Villas, and nobody locally, including the local restaurant owners, knew such a place. They both directed us to a 'Villa Turquoise' but that was occupied! We tried to contact the owner via telephone and email but got no reply. After 4 hours of searching we called HomeAway, who where excellent but we spent £50 on phone calls! Then we did get a what's app reply from the owners who gave us a phone number for the management company - who we found to be excellent. They gave us the correct name for the villa which is 'Kalkan Retreat'. We located it within two minutes and they enabled access. They did not meet us though but we read the information provided with the villa on arrival. The villa itself was excellent and provided very comfortable, well equipped accommodation and a very good welcome pack.
On our sixth night at 4.15 am we were woken by an attempted break in. Some damage was caused to the kitchen door and adjacent wall but they were scared off by my husband. We reported this to the management company who said not to worry about the damage as they would deal with that but also said we should be sure to set the burglar alarm each night. There was no mention of this in the information pack, no code provided for the alarm and we were leaving that day anyway. Thankfully we had made sure that all windows and doors were secured throughout our stay, both day and night.
Overall we had a fantastic family holiday, loved the area, the views, the food and we would certainly visit again. Our rating would be 8 out of 10 but would have been 10 out of 10 if the correct villa name had been provided and the number for the management company had been supplied in advance.
Perfect home away from home
This house was absolutely perfect for us, lots of space, plenty of sunbeds, was immaculate throughout and the kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could need. Also every staff member we dealt with from the cleaners to the welcome staff were lovely and in typical Kalkan style they were eager to do anything they could to make our stay perfect, which it was. We will definitely be returning and have already recommended to friends.
Wonderful villa, wonderful place x
Many times in Kalkan, 2nd time in this villa which is beautiful. Thank you to Pauline yet again, will be back next year x
A beautiful quiet villa with outstanding sea views over to the islands.
We were celebrating my 60th birthday and my husband and adult children and partners got together for a holiday in Kalkan.
The villas was ideal. There was 7 of us and we had 4 beautiful bedrooms with en suites. The villa had so many sitting and eating areas. We used to meet for pre dinner cocktails on the roof terrace before dinner by the pool. The kitchen was so well
stocked, there was nothing that we needed that wasn't in the kitchen. Including the dish washer which helped with regards to arguments to whose turn it was to do the dishes...
We played table tennis, swam all the time in the pool and the maintenance man came in every morning to make sure it was cleaned. The bins in each room was emptied
by the maintenance team daily and one big clean during the week we were there. We had bread delivered each morning as well. The furnishings were of a very high standard.
The high light of the week with regards to trips was a private day out on the yacht Anil with Ali the skipper with his teenage daughter Lucy and chef, anchor man Jimmy. We had such a good trip and swam with the turtles in the bay. The standard of food was amazing It was £200 for the day for us all.
The 5 girls (all together) had a Turkish massage, scrub at La Sera (just up the road nearly opposite Cafe Vita) which we really enjoyed. we negotiated the cost and paid 450Tl . 90Tl each.
We also went canoeing again a private trip that cost £27 each . all day and canoed 15kms. It was hard work and you need a degree of fitness. I would not recommend for young children under 10 as the adult in the canoe would have to work very hard, you really need two adults working together. We also had one capsize and the water was running quite fast. A mud bath during the trip was required as well. It was great fun but exhausting for the older members of the group....
We all visited Yali beach club for a morning and had a drink and stayed for about 4 hours and cost just over £5 each. It was quiet lovely position to watch the yachts going in and out of the harbour and rafts to swim to and sunbath on.. The younger members had been to Kalamar Beach club as well but preferred the Yali beach club. 30KL taxi away.
Our taxi driver Ercan was the best, we whats app him and he was always there even with short notice and would take all 7 of us, none of the other taxi companies would.
Next time I would take £ sterling as took Turkish Lira but best rate in sterling and easy to exchange.
Fabulous villa in perfect location
We loved our holiday at Kalkan Retreat which was a spacious, modern, immaculately clean and well-equipped villa. The location in a quiet street at the edge of town was perfect for us. We could easily walk to the fabulous beach club for sea swimming and sunbathing and a few minutes away was a selection of great restaurants and small supermarkets. The main town was an easy 15 min walk with plenty of cheap taxis available to get home. We received fantastic help from the local representatives to organise daily bread delivery, a boat trip and a meze bbq delivered. Daily visits from housekeepers and pool meant the villa was always clean and tidy. We couldnt fault anything about our holiday and are grateful to Pauline and family for their help as well as the larger Korsan family.
Thank you very much for the review. We hope we will be able to welcome you back in the future!
The nearest beach club is 5 minutes walk down the hill. They provide a free pick up and delivery service. The beach club has direct access to the sea and offers sunbathing, swimming, water sports and restaurant facilities. There are numerous other beach clubs in the area.
Kaputas Beach is just 15 minutes drive away and Patara is approximately 20 minutes. Patara's 12 miles of golden sand is home to protected turtles and has been described as one of the ten best beaches in the world.
The nearest airport is Dalaman (1.5 hours transfer) but flights are also available to Antalya (3 hours transfer). There are direct flights to Dalaman from many UK airports, including British Airways and EasyJet flights from Gatwick. Transfers can be arranged through the owners. Car hire is not included and is not essential although it is possible to arrange car hire through the owners if desired. Taxis are readily available.
Kalamar Bay is wonderful for people looking for peace and tranquility and provides the ideal base to explore some of Turkey's finest heritage sites in the Lycian region. Kalkan is just 15 minutes walk away or a 3 minute taxi ride. Places to visit within easy reach by car are the Lycian Way, Saklikent Gorge, Kekova sunken city, Tlos, Xanthos, Letoon and the magnificent beach of Patara. It is possible to experience a Hamam or other relaxing spa treatments within a short walk of the villa.
At the southwest corner of the Turkish coast (Turquoise Coast) lies one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of the Mediterranean. Kalkan was once occupied by the Greek Ottomans and their legacy has left an old town full of character. It has steep cobbled streets that wind down towards the harbour and the locals are exceptionally friendly.
During the day Kalkan is almost disarmingly laid-back, as visitors choose to enjoy the crystal clear waters lapping the Lycian coast. The public beach next to Kalkan's harbour was recently extended and is more than adequate for swimming and sunbathing. However you choose to spend your days, no-one can resist being back in Kalkan in the evening, for the variety and quality of eating places on offer is quite astonishing for such a compact town. There are little restaurants that are so low key that many visitors never notice them; just the place to enjoy delicious and genuine local cooking. Magical surroundings, a dash of relaxed sophistication and a seemingly limitless variety of places to explore make Kalkan irresistible. The restaurants in Kalkan offer an exceptionally high standard of food and service, some of the best prepared and freshest food we've tasted on our worldwide travels. Many restaurants have romantic roof terraces looking out over Kalkan. Eating out is excellent value and the Turkish wines are surprisingly good. The pretty cobbled streets of the old town are an Aladdin's cave with an abundance of shops selling clothes, jewellery, handbags, gifts, etc. There is also a weekly market on a Thursday. There are a number of bars that stay open through the small hours and play music but no loud nightclubs.