We have stayed in a number of villas in Turkey, including some of the best rated in Kalkan, but our holiday at Villa Papatya has to be the best so far.
So what made it so special? Well, it wasn't just that this luxury villa has stunning views of Kalamar Bay (- waking up in the morning to see the view from your bed is a real pleasure!) or that the spacious terrace and gardens are immaculately maintained.
It wasn't only that the villa is well placed for me to enjoy diving at the Kalkan Dive Centre, while my partner relaxed by the villa's large pool. I can't event say that it was the friendly and welcoming restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance (especial House Cafe).
It was the combined effect of all those things, along with the transfers and restaurant bookings and welcome box of essentials arranged by the English owner Vicky and her Turkish husband Altan. This is why our holiday was more than ten days away from home. They made it a holiday.
We've already booked for a return trip next summer.
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We recently returned from an outstanding holiday in Kalkan, enjoying ten days at this luxury villa. While there are plenty of properties to rent in the desirable Kalamar Bay area, Villa Papatya is clearly one of the very best.
The luxury and comfort of the villa and its expansive terrace could not be faulted, and the location is second to none. Down a quiet road, within walking distance of the beach club and excellent Kalkan Dive Centre (where we enjoyed a number of dives), this villa had everything we could ask for.
Excellent nearby restaurants, cafes and bars meant that we could pop out for lunch or an evening meal when we didn't feel like cooking at the villa - although the kitchen was so well equipped and the terrace so inviting that we spent most evenings enjoying drinks at thr villa while watching spectacular sunsets. The barbecue was a very handy addition, too.
Credit should be given to the owners, too. Not only was the welcome hamper of essentials really useful, the local advice, help with arranging trips, and general support from owner Vicky ensured that we felt totally at ease and could enjoy our holiday from the mo ent we arrived.
So, will we go back to Kalkan? Of course. Will we book Villa Papatya again? That goes without saying. Our only choice.
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