Having looked forward to visiting Kalkan and following reports on here and enjoy kalkan, I have to say how so disappointed we was. We had been lead to belive that Kalkan is a quiet, sofisticated resort with very little in the way of loud bars, and caters for the more discerning traveller. How wrong that is. The noise from the harbour bars boomed its way to the area we were staying in, Komerluk. Even at 2am on the terrace of the villa all we could hear was the loud beat of some dreadful music, which one night went on till 4am. We had dinner at the mahal, on the waters edge, again recommended as a romantic, peaceful location. At one point, we just wanted to get up an go as the harbour noise drove us mad.
We ate in the Trio and the Aubergine as these seemed to be highly recommended. The staff in the Trio were very busy and looked stressed. My dinner ended up on the table! The waiter put it down with such force, the steak went flying - he was sweating a flustered so we decided to leave. The Aubergine, again very busy, offered a much better service. Our best meal was at the Coast at Gironda.
We had a hire car as part of the holiday, but found driving in Kalkan too hetic - I have never seen so many cars in such a small village/town - they were everywhere and coming at us from all directions. Even on foot trying to cross the road was a nightmare. The good thing about this resort is it's fabulous scenery. I have just had a long conversation with the tour operator we travelled with, and they agree that the ambience of Kalkan has changed, even over the last year and have told me they are in the process of changing their description of the resort We paid a high price for a holiday which just did not come up to expectation.
We understand that things move on and change happens, but it would have been good to be pre-warned, then maybe it wouldn't have been such a shock to us. Sadly for us Kalkan is not the place of dreams.