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Villa Lycian City
Ranked #23 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Kalkan
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Although Kalkan is a very hilly place and the villa's are at the top it is well worth the climb. once you get the reception the view is stunning looking out over the bay.

The villa's are clean and well maintained and the staff are very happy to help with any issues you have.

Unfortunately the owners of the villa's are not exactly tourist friendly but the have almost nothing to do with guests they leave it to rest of the staff. We were looked after by Lynn i believe her name was and she made our stay there feel just like home.

Would highly recommend a stay here to anyone as the villa's and indeed Kalkan itself are well worth a visit for someone looking for a nice week away in the sun thats no too hectic.

Room Tip: A villa at the top of the complex and on the end is great if you want your own privacy.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

We (family of 4) were in 2 bed apartment which had (nearly) everything you could ask for. The only (minor) drawback was only the one TV channel (BBC World News) - but not on holiday to watch TV! The staff were friendly and helpful. The local Thursday market is about 5 mins walk and is a must - prepare to barter hard, great fun! The marina is about 10 mins walk downhill ... and 20 mins back up, which didn't bother us. Kalkan itself is very compact, has about 300 restaurants and loads of 'fake' shops . We ate out nearly every night in a different restaurant and never had a bad meal but be prepared to say no to the waiters trying to entice you in, no offence will be taken as just doing their job! Can definitely recommend a 'Gulet' boat trip - great day out and terrific value. Wouldn't hesitate in going back to Lycian Villas or Kalkan, great for families and couples.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Having visited the exact two weeks in 2011, we returned in late August. As before, despite flight delays & the two hour transfer from Dalaman meaning we arrived at around 6am, Songal & her son were there to greet us. They recognised us from last time & after the short paperwork, she grabbed our daughters hand to walk us to our villa, Villa Poppy. This was just below the villa we had last time, but other than the entrance & downstairs loo being reversed, it was identical. As before, the facilities are basic, but perfectly adequate. There was a large, good quality, fridge freezer, good washing machine & a dishwasher, which we didn't use due to the cost of tablets/powder in the local Yali supermarket. The four ringed, gas, hob was also fine. We had decided to BBQ in some nights, as eating out is about the same price as at home, we discovered last time. We asked if they could supply one, but suspect that this was not understood, as nothing arrived. However, all the supermarkets sell them, with charcoal, etc. We got what we thought was a disposable, but was reasonably large, on short legs, & came with lighting fluid, gloves & a plastic paddle to fan the coals to get a good heat going. We eneded up using this 5/6 times, just buying new charcoal for approx 2tl a bag. Loads of food available, but we would recommend the butcher down near the taxi rank in the old town, lovely kebabs & very clean. Also fruit & veg is great from the Thursday market. There is a small off-shoot from 'tourist row' where the locals seem to get their food from. Prices are amazingly cheap & the variety & quality of the food is excellent. One change we noticed since last time is that the maid service in the villas seems to have been cut back. Towels were replaced every 3 days, but the bins were only emptied once, by them. Bear in mind that due to Turkish plumbing restraints, your toilet paper has to go in to a bin, you don't want waste hanging around long in the heat!! We soon worked this out & spotted that many street corners have large skip bins, so we simply bagged up & dumped our rubbish in these. The bin lorries seem to come regularly, so this worked well. Also, with a washing machine, the need to change bed linen is less, although ours was changed once, which was fine. Our villa had a private pool, which, again, was cleaned regularly & was fantastic in the heat & in the evenings. Old Kalkan itself hadn't changed at all &, if anything, seemed quieter that in 2011, which we thought wasn't busy then, despite there seeming to be more villas clinging to the hillsides around the bay. One thing we took advantage of this time, only having done once before, was the beach clubs. We went to the Kalkan Beach Park several times. Never busy, free boat taxi, free entrance & you walk straight of the small beach or quay in to the sea & are surrounded by many types of fish, which was great for snorkelling. We went on the Kalkan Bay day boat trip & the Kekova boat trip. The latter was excellent, arranged through Volume Travel (Hamdi & his colleages), & a real highlight was swimming off the back of the boat surrounded by turtles on all sides! We also visited Patara beach twice, amazing sandy beach & massive waves, great fun! Finally, as before, we got what we paid for & this ticked all of our boxes, again. I suspect future visits will follow!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

There were 5 of us in Villa Xanthos for 10 days. The facilities were quite basic (e.g. Four hobs, dodgy chopping board, intermittent hot water) but this really didn't spoil the holiday. It's so hot in turkey hot water is almost irrelevant, and we asked for a BBQ at reception (as they're not built in, they're basic as with everything else!) but helped out with the cooking.

The hotel management was quite 'soft touch' in that they left us to it and if you want anything (clean towels, sheets changing) you have to ask rather than it just happening.

Location wise it's quite a climb from the harbour (10 min stroll down, 20 min slog back up) so bare that in mind but it does offer reasonable views. On Thursday there's a market that's just 5 mins up the hill. If you go make sure you get there early (9am for an hour will do it) as it gets hot and crowded, also barter hard as we found some of the same products cheaper in town!! It's also only an hour from Saklikent gorge that is well worth a visit (be prepared to get wet and wear water shoes) also skip past the first man trying to pull you into his restaurant!!

Kalkan beach is a pleasant pebbly beach but for more comfort without spending a fortune take one of the water taxis over to any of the beach clubs (we liked Kalkan Beach Park and Palm Beach).

We hired a car for 3 days (£30 a day seemed to be the going rate) this was worth it for a few day trips further afield.

The super market Yali (by deniz bank) is very good so don't bother with any others although for meat and veg try out the butchers and green grocers.

The transfer from dalaman is about 2 hours so quite a journey but worth it if your flights are direct (try and avoid changing at Istanbul!)

Finally as with any currency the lira fluctuates so you may get a good deal by changing in kalkan. We found their rates on the streets were as good as any bank.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

On my trip we were a large group of young adults staying in 2 villas between the 11 of us. We got along very well with the management and were very sad to say goodbye. The managers name was songul and she was pleasant but fair and polite and helpful. She was motherly towards us and made us feel at home. We did get in trouble a few times for splashing in the pool or being too loud which was expected as we were a large group and had music playing but they were polite and fair and expected us to be a bit excitable. I enjoyed my time there in July 2013 and would definitely love to return. The pictures of the villas online are exactly what they look like in real life and everything was clean and well maintained and the maid services were great.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

The villa was reasonably priced and you do get what you pay for.... However we did not expect to have a crazy turkish woman shout at us roughly 3-4 times a day. It appeared that everything we were doing was wrong or breaking another hidden rule that they seemed to set down for us each day. Admittedly we were a large group (12 people), however this is the size of the villa so we assumed that general chatting outside around the pool would not be unfair to expect from our group. The manager (who spoke no english) kept appearing telling us to be quiet and shushing us. I found it really quite rude. It meant that we found ourselves leaving the villa, or going inside, so we could actually talk, which i feel defeats the point of a care free holiday. We were not being really noisy, in fact what we left our neighbours thanked us for being so respectful and not too loud. (admittedly we were a group of young adults)

We also were informed that we were not allowed to splash in the pool, meaning we had to slide in gently to avoid all splash from the pool. Whilst I understand that excessive jumping in the pool may not be welcomed warmly, I think it is only fair that we were allowed the occasional 'splash', I don't really see the difference between young children jumping in the pool and a few young adults jumping in (at the end of the day children are more likely to jump in more times a day than young adults). The turkish woman had someone translate to us that if we did splash in the pool then they would refuse to top up the water every morning.

We were also shouted at for not aligning our sun beds before we went to bed and leaving glasses outside over night. It turns out she didn't want us to use glass outside, if this is what they wanted us to do then you would have thought that it would have been a good idea to supply more than 2 plastic glasses for a group of 12 people.

There was also a problem with internet, it frequently did not work, and we had 3 powercuts throughout the week. The turkish woman told us we were using too much energy in the evenings and that was why the power went out. However it meant that we had trouble trying to finish cooking our dinners because the power kept going off. So if you are wanting a full self catered holiday then i would suggest that you choose a different set of villas, the kitchen is not very well equipped with knives and general cooking implements. The woman went on to confiscate all the air conditioning unit remotes so the air con would not work. This was really wrong of them. We got a couple of the remotes back a few days later, however it did mean that we had had some very hot nights where the majority of us could not sleep. As we were leaving the villa at the end of the week, the majority of the group were leaving earlier than others, and as we were getting the transfer the turkish woman started shouting at us and would not get off our mini bus, despite us all shouting at her and telling her to just get off the bus. Admittedly this was probably not the best way to deal with her, but she had been so frustrating to us all week and had been refusing to let us leave for roughly 10 minutes (and we were concerned about us missing our flights). There was no one who could translate to turkish for her to understand, and she kept handing us her phone and getting us to listen to someone speaking non-sense english. It appeared she wanted her air conditioning remotes back (which she still had, and was accusing us of stealing them). It was the most ridiculous experience and not the way to treat paying customers. If she did speak english I would have seriously challenged her and asked for a partial refund for the villa for the week because she intruded in our week so much and ruined our stay in turkey.

There were so many problems with the management, I could not possible describe them all in this review, however the villa was nice and the clean so I can't complain about that. The location was good, just a short walk from the town centre, however if you do have problems walking then you may want to consider taxi's. However this is the same with most properties because kalkan is situated on a steep hill.

There is also no BBQ, no washing machine, the microwave is the oven, and the dishwasher hardly worked.

The bottom line is that this place needs new management.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

We stayed at Villa Violet in June 2013. Our villa had 3 bedrooms with its own pool and also use of communal pool. The villa itself was clean, spacious and airy. The kitchen was reasonably well equipped but no oven. Only downside was next to laundry room for complex. However, Songul and her staff were extremely friendly and helpful without being intrusive and we had a most relaxing and peaceful holiday and will hopefully return.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Mentese Mah. Milli Egemenlik Cad. No:17, Kalkan, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
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Ranked #23 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Kalkan
Price Range: £30 - £76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Lycian City 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 bedroom, American kitchen/living room, 2 baths/WC, 3 balcony, roof floor 35m2, terrace 40m2, private swimming pool 45m2. Full furniture, 3 split air conditioning, satellite TV, phone, refrigerator, microwave oven, washing machine, hair-dryer. ... more   less 
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