Just returned from a week at the Lighthouse and pleased to be able to add to the increasing number of five star reviews for this hotel.
Rather than repeat all the previously detailed positives with regards to the locations and the views and the attendant service levels provided by the managers Gillian & Ozam, and the superb holiday rep Steve, I will address some of the comments made in the few not so positive reviews below to give the ad juxtaposition.
The Deniz Feneri Lighthouse Hotel is owned and managed by the UK travel Company Exclusive Escapes and is used exclusively for UK travellers (the clues in the name). It is located in Kas, a two hour transfer from the airport, which is made as comfortable as possible with water and cold towels provided and stops if necessary. It is built into the hillside of the Kas Peninsula and whereas this does afford wonderful views, there are a lot of steps throughout the property. As well as being well managed it has high staff levels that are trained to be efficient and friendly.
Therefore the Lighthouse Hotel would not be suitable for those British travellers who:
A) Prefer to avoid fellow Brits when on vacation
B) Prefer their own company whilst on vacation and not to interact with hotel staff and fellow guests or
C) Cannot do steps
D) Cannot do coach journeys beyond an hour.
There are several different levels of accommodation available at the Lighthouse, from suites and villas with their own pools to the twin and double accommodation housed in two or three storey blocks, but due to the slope each with their own ground level entrance. For these the higher level accommodation has the best views and the ground level rooms have their own sun loungers but not all have sea views, usually only partial. But the hotel web site is very clear in what rooms (with the exact room numbers) afford what, so do your research before and when booking with Exclusive Escapes and you then wont be ‘surprised’ when arriving at The Lighthouse. For ourselves we went for a deluxe room as we wanted the guaranteed sea views and some privacy and although the second level room had a small balcony with chairs instead of sun loungers, it was more private and afforded a sea view to die for from both the bedroom and the larger extremely well equipped bathroom, which more than compensated for the additional cost over a standard room.
We found the food at the Lighthouse to be very good in both quality and quantity. The breakfasts provided a very good choice of local and traditional breakfast items and the availability of pancakes and omelets freshly cooked to order virtually in front of you meant I had many more eggs than I really should have done during the week. It is true to say however, that the cost level of the evening a la carte options is roughly double what you will be paying for equivalent meals in the restaurants in Kas.
We ate in town most evenings but utilised the hotel for the arrival night and the sea side BBQ feature night and the food was good on both occasions.
It is a true comment that the breakfast staff will ask you on the evening event days if you intend to attend, but this is not done in a pushy way to sign you up as intimated in a negative review below, but just because they have to gauge the number of attendees to prepare the food. A full agenda is included in the welcome pack provided on arrival, so it is easy to plan your attendance or not to be able to give a reply when asked, however grumpy you may be before your first morning coffee.
It is easy to get into town. The hotel does run a shuttle bus but the evening 6.00PM and 8.00PM runs in and the 11.00PM back do get booked up. However the local bus that runs round the peninsula every 30 minutes is easy to utilise and costs a mere 2.25TL per trip. And then if you do decide to enjoy the local bars till late it’s a fixed 20TL taxi fare back and the yellow taxis are plentiful from the taxi ranks around the central tea gardens.
The included gulet cruise day was one of the most relaxing day boat trips we have ever been on. Again the Exclusive Escapes owned boat is exclusive to Lighthouse guests and takes a maximum 12 people per day. Its focus is on relaxation and swimming in the wonderful turquoise sea, so it’s true to say it doesn’t travel very far. If you want to explore the coastline and surrounding islands plentiful additional boat trips are available from the Kas harbour. And yes the free hamam is really a tourist friendly hamman lite, and you won’t get the workout of a real one. But is still good fun and should be enjoyed.
There is no need to carry your wallet in the hotel as all expense can be put against the room. You receive an interim bill on the Tuesday and then a final bill on the Friday afternoon before departure. The hotel computer system allows the bill to be detailed by which location the cost was incurred and whether it was food or drink. So on the very slight off chance of a discrepancy (none seemed to happen during our week) it can be highlighted to reception and fixed well before final checkout, unless of course you are of an antagonistic nature and like to finish your holiday by instigating an argument before boarding the bus back to the airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This contemporary waterfront hotel has sweeping coastal views and awe-inspiring sunsets which reflect off the water. It has an intricate design of natural stone buildings with paths leading from the reception area through a series of pretty terraces - past several pools, garden terraces and impressive palm trees - to either the Waterfront Suites above or to the extensive private waterfront below. At a glance, the cool combination of natural stone with red roof tiles creates the impression of a mediaeval-style village - but Deniz Feneri is rather more up to the minute than that. Thanks to the considerable efforts of owners, Gillian and Ozan, the contemporary boutique hotel offers one of the finest places to relax and unwind in coastal Turkey. With a quality of service to match. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Deniz Feneri Lighthouse Kas
- Deniz Feneri Lighthouse Hotel Kas