We stayed at Kalem Island as external guests, meaning we did not book one of the 29 hotel rooms, but we were day guests as the resort accepts an extra 20 guests on a daily basis from outside who pay an entrance fee of 75 TL to access the island.
The welcoming to the island is wonderful. You are picked up by a nice private boat and taken to the island in 10 minutes, where someone welcomes you and shows the way around the facilities for the day guests. The day guests have to use a designated area at the beach with lower quality deck chairs and umbrellas. I could not quite understand why the hotel guests have better deck chairs and umbrellas than the day guests. It certainly does not add to the experience. Also there are quite a few kids, so if you are looking for a kid-free place, this is not your destination.
The sea is wonderful with almost no waves and wind as you are on the luff side of the island. A bit rocky on the bottom but lovely to swim in. The staff at the beach bar are attentive and prompt. The food at the restaurant is excellent, we tried the pizza and the pide (Turkish filled and baked bread) and the quality is very high. The only downside is that one of us had to wait double time for their pide to be ready as something went wrong while taking orders. Unfortunately the waiter did not inform us about this until the other food arrived and 3 could start their lunch while the 4th one had to wait another 15 minutes.
As mentioned we did not stay in the hotel, so I can't say much about the rooms, however, we walked around a bit on the island and the garden, buildings and dining area were in a great condition with meticulous eye for detail.
Overall, the island is private, the sea is lovely and it never feels crowded. The resort is hugely overpriced, especially on food and drinks. Charging 10 TL for a tea or Nescafe, 10 TL for a bottle of water and 7 TL for one scoop of ice-cream is just absurd, even when you are used to Istanbul prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalem Island, a haunting place of only the sailors up to date which has never lost its mysterious character is making time loses its meaning while taking you to an amazing world within a historical texture. Kalem Island's boutique hotel Oliviera Resort let you experience the comfort of being in an Island with its 30 distinct rooms which are decorated in minor and simple details. It offers warm atmosphere in its restaurants and bars accompanied by the splendid views of Eagean shores and Lesbos Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalem Island Oliviera Hotel Dikili
- Kalem Island Oliviera Resort Dikili, Turkey - Izmir Province