What do we want from a hotel?
Q. First the room – it has be very clean and comfortable, enough space, but more importantly have a nice outside area which is private with sea views
A. The rooms all of which are really magical. Extremely clean and large with lovely balconies and the second and third floor ones have the most wonderful views of Kalkan bay and beyond. The house keeper Fatima (I think?) makes the most fantastic effort each day to ensure your rooms are kept to a five star level, leaving lots of personal touches, showing she really does care. The suite we had, had lots of outside space with lots of privacy and uninterrupted views over the sea.
Q. Location- quite, not over looked but convenient to everything
A. The “Fidanka Hotel” is on the outskirts of Kalkan (and although I am not sure of the 20 minute walk to the centre??) the very safe and extremely reliable taxi service can deliver you to the centre in 5 minutes for (with tip 20 lira - £5.70). Because of the hotels location, you have the sun to the very end of the day.
Q. Service- personal, caring, helpful and efficient.
A. Bulient Akyuz AKA Bulient, who has to be one of the most outstanding people we have ever met, working in a hotel! His position at the “Fidanka” seems to be manager, waiter, barman, maintenance man, tourist guide and arranger, fixer and a lovely and kind host. Everything with Bulient is never a problem – always a smile and a very interesting man to speak to. We arrived late (getting a little lost) and he was there, waiting up for us at 4.00 am to show us to our room – and was there again at 8.30 the next morning to welcome us for breakfast.
Q. Food and drinks – goes without saying.
A. Unlike a lot of hotels we have stayed at, the “Fidanka” not only is the quality fantastic, but the value for money is brilliant. But what makes eating at the hotel special is the flexibility of having what you want, when you want it. With no need to book – it’s just yes, when you ask. We spent two evenings at the hotel, eating round the pool and sampling Bulents Cocktails. What more could you ask for?!
There are over 160 restaurants in Kalkan, and of all the ones we visited were of a very high standard and great value for money.
We booked through Thompson, and I believe that new guest will normally be allocated the lower rooms, which are still absolutory fine but if you want those views contact the hotel direct and they can arrange if available, an upgrade to one of the suites at a reasonable amount.
When booking a Gullet (boat trip) worth looking at trip Advisor and booking direct, I also did this with some of the best restaurant and got some really good tables.
This was our first trip to Turkey and what stands out is the Turkish people, they are all so kind, polite and welcoming and really do appreciate your custom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fidanka, with its fauna, trees, beautiful gardens and antique furnishings, is a Mediterranean fairytale brought to life by a family from İstanbul who loves nature, art, gourmet food and locales with soul. Fidanka means female sapling in Bulgarian, and grows even more beautiful year after year with our love and the happiness of our guests. We have collected hundreds of objects and fauna throughout the years all over Turkey and the world, not because we think of them as decorations, but because we couldn’t bear to be without them. Toys from our childhood, mementos from our families, wooden ceilings, timber doors, window frames - some from nearby villages, some from the other side of the world, all combine to make Fidanka what it is. Fidanka offers five types of beautiful rooms each with immense terraces opening to breathtaking sea views. We used antique furnishings in all rooms, especially in the Timber Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fidanka Hotel Kalkan