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Deniz Feneri Lighthouse
Ranked #16 of 46 Hotels in Kas
Certificate of Excellence
London
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72 reviews
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“Good place to chill”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

Considering all the previous reviews,there isn't much more to be said about this well presented upmarket hotel. It is in a great location, and perfectly suited to a relaxed 'get away'. We were surprised to find that the hotel was exclusively Exclusive Escapes and wall to wall Brits - not everyone's cup of tea. If like us you like to travel a bit and spread the Lira, then the nearest shops and restaurants are a bus ride away in Kas, which is a great vibrant port with lots of bars and restaurants. Food and wine here is about half the price of the hotel. Having said this, the catering at the hotel is of good quality and the service is very (sometimes irritatingly) attentive. A word of caution about the steepness of the site and the sometimes irregular steps is deserved - this isn't a destination for anyone with mobility problems. All in all a very pleasant and relaxed week, once we recovered from the two and a half hour transfer from Dalaman!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

My Husband & I booked this hotel on the recommendation of friends & we were not disappointed. We stayed in a Waterfront Villa, it was spotlessly clean, comfortable bed, great view & well stocked fridge (payable on departure).
Gillian & Ozan are competent managers & willing to accommodate guests needs. They are usually shadowed by their 2 Russian Bear Schnauzers, Monty & Bella.
The staff are welcoming & most of them speak good English. They will ask about your evening meal arrangements but this is simply because the chef will be made aware of the numbers for that relevant evening.
Steve Brown the Exclusive Escapes representative is the most professional & friendliest rep I've met in over 30 years of travelling. He has extensive knowledge of the area & has been an Exclusive Escapes rep for 7 years. He is in attendance 6 days a week & very approachable.
The food was good. Breakfast is served buffet style with a selection of breads, cheeses, fruit etc... Pancakes, omelettes & fried eggs made to order.
We went to the 'Fish' night down at the waterfront & there was a decent selection to choose from. The a la carte menu catered for all tastes.
The Ottoman evening is a MUST! You are spoilt for choice of mezze & desserts are gorgeous. I did feel slightly pressured to get up & participate in the dancing & I'd refused twice, my husband however loved every minute!!
We booked a gullet cruise & it was efficiently run, the lunch was cooked fresh from the sea, the down side were the steps from the boat to the sea which were quite precipitous.
The dolmus into Kas can get booked up quickly we took a taxi instead which are reasonably priced.
We ate at Ickbals (excellent service & food) & Bahce (a bit like a school dining room expecting 10 strangers to share a table & the food was average).
3 final notes about the hotel:
Tipping: in the guest guide you are informed that an envelope will be provided for tips at the end of your stay. The hotel then shares the tips with everyone, kitchen staff etc... We tipped our waiters at the end of our evening & our cleaner daily, also utilised the envelope at the end of our stay.
Pre Booked Evening Meals: Ensure that the waiters are made aware before you order your food, otherwise it will be added to your final bill.
Mobility: the hotel is built on a steep hill & you have to be able bodied to get around. There are dozens of steps to the waterfront & to the reception/restaurant. Check the photographs on the web site.
Finally I'd like to make a brief note about the behaviour of some guests.

We booked this holiday as an Exclusive Escape...hence no televisions in the rooms. However some guests decided to party until the small hours, after Gillian & Ozan had gone home, music blaring in the bar area until gone 2am not midnight as Gillian had stated(It was brought to our attention that the bar staff had been handsomely rewarded, a few arrived at 10pm on their day off to join the drunken antics), whooping, screeching & singing loudly. We are no party poopers but if we wanted Magaluf or Benidorm we would have gone there! We were a considerable distance from the bar area & on our final night we rang the bar twice to request the volume been turned down as it was after 1.30am & we had an early start. The music got louder!! The following morning I brought it to Steve Brown's attention & he was upset & very apologetic. He spoke to Gillian who came to speak to us, she said "if we had informed her after the first night of partying (the Thursday) she could've sorted it out & ensured it wouldn't happen again" my husband explained that "he had thought the Thursday night was a 1 off & that was why he'd not told her" She said she would be speaking with the bar staff. Unfortunately, Exclusive Escapes can not vet their clientele, consequently the decorum of the hotel guests can not be guaranteed.
We had a wonderful time at this hotel & will be returning next year.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

There are some pretty lengthy reviews below, extolling the virtues of the Deniz Feneri (can't bring myself to call it the Deniz Feneri Lighthouse, surely that just means "Lighthouse Lighthouse"!) so I'll try to keep this brief.

This is a fine, well-run, efficient and friendly hotel. The facilities are excellent, our room (301) was spacious, comfortable and well-appointed. We enjoyed all our meals, whether in the main restaurant or by the waterfront, and the staff seemed to strike the right balance between friendliness and efficiency.

Kaş itself was a delight - we ate out on four occasions, using the Dolmuş to travel to and from town.

Highly recommended...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Difficult to think of any more superlatives to add to the many already used about the Deniz Feneri, but we would like to comment further on the food. It was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The chefs and serving staff were all First Class.The evening featuring lamb dishes was especially superb.
Thanks are also due to the very helpful rep Steve, who insisted on making a special trip into Kas to buy some medication for my partner who seemed to have picked up a stomach bug during our stay in Istanbul.
Would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

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.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We stayed here for two weeks at the end of July returning at the beginning of August. We had a nice luxury room about half the way up the hill which had excellent views across the bay and was kept spotless by cleaners that you hardly ever saw.

We found the staff very friendly but not cloying (which can be the case at some Turkish hotels we have stayed at) indeed some of the waiters had a good sense of humour and weren't past joining in with the guests (in a good way). Indeed the waiters seemed to largely run the place but Gillian and/or Ozam were around at breakfast and other times if you needed to speak with them. And personally saw us off when we left.

Note that there is a 3% charge if you pay your bill by debit or credit card. We paid most of our bill by TRL cash (£ and Euros also accepted) and the small remainder by credit card.

The sea front is on rocky platforms with step ladders to reach the sea (although the water is deep enough to dive in if you're careful and do a shallow dive out. There is also a floating platform. The number of beds by the sea front was quite tight (although they were making more and putting them out by the end of our second week) but we always managed to find something.

Meals were served either at the restaurant behind reception or down by the waters edge (at a significant effort on behalf of the staff who had to carry all the food and extra equipment up and down the steep hill).
Fish Night by the water's edge was excellent - we chose our fish from a wide selection of very fresh fish and we had the best fish meal of the holiday.

Prices aren't cheap (about UK price levels) so well worth considering going to eat in Kas. We probably did half and half.

Getting to and from Kas was either by hotel mini bus or dolmus. You have to be very quick to book your space on the hotel mini bus. We never booked a return and used the dolmus which was quite an experience. The dolmus can be flagged down along the route and you just have to let the driver know when you want to get off (this might mean raising your voice quite a bit if its busy).
The hotel is on a peninsula and the route the bus takes is one way so that although you may be heading back to your hotel others are getting on and heading the Kas for a night out this makes the dolmus very packed.
The newest dolmus have tinted windows which make looking out and spotting your destination at night very hard especially when the bus is packed (which was usually the case) but we only missed our destination once and not by too much - so don't be put off using this method - its quite cheap 2.5TRL each person each way.

Room Tip: Don't go for a basic room - the have glass patio style front doors
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

A happy and friendly high quality hotel. Engaging staff, most with good English and those who don't quickly fine someone who does. Decent food and just a great bar area, which draws guests together pre and post dinner for a chat and some great laughs. It was as if we had all known each other for ages - a most unexpected aspect to our stay here. We only usually experience that kind of thing when we are adventure travelling with a small group and we did end up adventure travelling with some of the other guests!
Our room was great - a wonderful view and nice and private for when we wanted to be.
Overall impression - just go, you'll love it. The couple who run the place have got it just right.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Deniz Feneri Lighthouse
Address: Andifli Mahallesi, Metin Toker Sokak, No:9, Kas 07580, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Kas
#6 Family Hotel in Kas
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kas
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Kas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 30
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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