Hi everyone and apologies for the delay in reporting back...we had another fantastic holiday in Dalyan but I've been nursing some serious Dalyan blues since we got back on Wednesday morning (a good 26 hours after our planned return but you all know that story lol!)
Our holiday started with a fabulous 3 day stay in Istanbul...here is a link to my trip report on the istanbul forum...
We finally arrived in Dalyan late evening on the 19th September and made it as far as Sinans for a quick efes and a shared plate of chips before the desire to sleep overcame us!
We were staying at our villa in gulpinar for 11 night but had 6 guests (family/friends) with us for 7 days of that so not much time to relax...
Some of our highlights included:
The weather! Absolutely perfect...I love this time of year in Dalyan: sunny days; balmy summer nights; not a drop of rain and less humidity than high season! Oh, and pomegranates EVERYWHERE!
Moonlight cruise on the lemon lounge - a very subdued evening where we had the pleasure of meeting Murdo and blackdouglas amongst others. It wasn't exactly the 'party' atmosphere we were expecting and I think we actually prefer the olive lounge boat but it was still a lovely way to spend an evening with fantastic food! I've never done a moonlight trip before so have nothing to compare this to, but it was very much a 'couples' night with stargazing, 'romantic' mood lighting and love songs playing so don't expect a wild night out!
Some great evening meals (as always) at altin tava, wishing well, bistro blue (HUGE portions), firats, cagri and, a new discovery for us, Lime! 8 of us turned up there on a Saturday night and it was completely full so we had to book a table for the following night. The food was excellent and I've even told to recommend the sea bass and the plank steak...the only slight disappointment was the total lack of veggie options on the menu (only 2 pasta dishes). We had 3 vegetarians in our party of 8 and the staff seemed more than happy to accommodate our order of a veg casserole, veg fajitas and a veg curry (all tasty) but I still couldn't help feeling disappointed that we had to request these dishes aside from the normal menu...surely it's not that hard to include a vegetarian section on the menu?
A homemade Turkish breakfast spread on our terrace including eggs, cheese, salami, tomato, cucumber, olives, bread, honey and jam enjoying the peace and quiet, admiring the mountain scenery, watching the birds and the butterflies...
Lazy days after our guests had left including a 'pyjama party' for two at the villa with a Chinese takeaway, angora wine and dvd's lol
Live music, cocktails, tambourines and bongos at Sunrays on more than one occasion...
Putting the faces to the names of some TA members at the LT's meet - we couldn't stay too long as our guests were waiting round the corner but it was great to chat to some of you :)
A huge breakfast spread at Ekin followed by a few hours at the beach...Loved visiting the turtle sanctuary but absolutely heartbreaking seeing a couple of loggerheads with absolutely horrendous injuries caused by fisherman! :(
The wild boar night at Asena! Thanks to Murdo, Bobbie, scouser, dangelabarry, happychappy, loumess, nursecarol and respective others for a great night! It was quite a laid back evening but we enjoyed some great food, music and conversation...I even got up to dance which doesn't happen very often haha! The evening did end on a slightly sour note though as volkan announced he had separated from his wife and had only returned to Dalyan for this one final night :(
Lovely, tasty, relaxing lunches at Dalyan iz cafe, Central Park and sevgi gozleme as well as delicious takeaway pizza from jiks bar on our last afternoon!
Pampering sessions at BC spa and kugu in town (I deserved it after completing the great north run and walking round Istanbul for three days y'know!!!)
And only a couple of lowlights:
Disappointing restaurants! The gecit used to be one of our favourite restaurants in Dalyan but we have been disappointed on the last few occasions due to poor service and long waiting times between courses...we gave it yet another chance but 8 of us waited 90 mins between starters and mains again this time and have come to the conclusion that they really can't cope with parties of more than four! Also disappointed with Ramazan Han (normally in our top 5)...the food was lovely as usual but we were left with a sour taste in our mouths after a very rushed meal, average service and numerous problems with our bill (sent it back 3 times due to overcharging...2x bottles of wine when we only had one, double price for main courses, extra beers etc). Hoping it was a one off as the food really was excellent as always!
The other half shouting at me to 'come and see the unusual wildlife ' on the driveway of the villa which turned out to be a SNAKE!!! Albeit nearly dead with numerous sharp puncture marks all over its body (we're convinced the cat killed it)
Cocktails at the rock bar - normally one of my favourite bars but I have to say the cocktail were really rubbish this time...the margarita I ordered was (almost) undrinkable :(
Our return flight. 26 hours of travelling from door to door and being forgotten about by TC and left at dalaman airport on our own! In fairness the reps and cabin crew were very good after the initial mix up but the icing on the cake for me was when they gave everyone on the plane a free meal but had no veggie meals so I had to go without! Livid! ;/
All in all, another absolutely fantastic (albeit laid back) holiday in Dalyan and already counting down the days to my next visit. My sister is out in Dalyan at the minute and is teasing me with daily reports...oh, what I'd give to be back there now!