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Kiyi Pansiyon
Ranked #7 of 53 Cirali B&B and Inns
Yorkshire Dales
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22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Rustic, relaxing. Genuine welcome, great value, good home cooking.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2013

Stayed ten nights in April. Loved it. At odd moments the loudest sound was the buzz of bees in the citrus blossom. Foraging under citrus and olive trees round the cabins were chickens, an occasional tortoise, or a hedgehog at night. Our verandah was well shaded by an orange tree. Two guests (one German, one French) said Kıyı was a paradise, but don’t expect perfection or luxury. Remember it’s a smallholding with guests. We slowed down and relaxed with a book in the fragrant citrus orchard. There was free wifi, too.

A beach of pebbles and coarse sand is three minutes away, across open land. A three minute stroll to a café or shop, twenty minutes to the little main street. In season there are boat trips. There were ramshackle bikes to borrow. When the tyres were soft Adem smiled, whisked the bikes away and pumped them up. No problem. We cycled, strolled, swam (water in early April cool at 16C). At this season, Dolmuş service begins up at the main road. ATM at a layby near there. Enjoyed the ruins of Olympos, and a day in Adrasan (not as unspoilt as Çirali).

Arriving on 3 April, we raised guest total from two to five. Numbers soon grew. We liked to eat among the trees, but if it was cool a log fire was lit in the enclosed dining area. Cabin AC/heating was effective in heating mode. In season, meals are a buffet, but Suleyman Borlu (always kind, cheerful) brought the dishes of the day to our table: good home cooking, lovingly prepared. Breakfast included eggs from their own hens, salad with olives from their own trees, superb freshly squeezed orange juice. Our only problem with the food was that there was more than we could possibly eat. Free çay was available from an urn all day.

If (like Paolo C) you expect international cuisine, this is the wrong place. If you want manicured surroundings, a pool or luxury touches, somewhere without cockerels crowing, children playing, or an occasional tractor passing by, this is the wrong place. We don’t mind if the washbasin wobbles, when the people looking after us are so kind and genuine, the surroundings so tranquil, the price so reasonable. Kıyı is home to three generations: they grow fruit and vegetables for the table, and all work hard for their guests who stay in cabins (mostly not detached, so noise can be a factor). Suleyman B’s unfailing kindness was echoed by the whole family. Suleyman K, Hatice and Aysenul drove to Kumluca on market day (Friday), and took us along, gratis. Suleyman B drove us to the bottom of the chimaera track at night, and picked us up, gratis.

We had to depart at 05.30. We hoped for a cup of tea, but Suleyman B laid out a spread at 5am. Suleyman K does a lot of the airport driving. He drives fast and talks on the phone, Turkish style. His English is limited but his sister Aysenul and her husband Suleyman Borlu speak English and German well. We enquired and booked direct by email.

One shadow hangs over Çirali, a legal dispute with government officials on land classification. We hope Çirali will be allowed to continue its low key tourism, a rare unspoilt gem. Kıyı (pronounced roughly kuh-yuh) is one of dozens of pansiyons scattered around the village. Kıyı offers a tranquil seaside location, excellent value and a genuine welcome. For us, it was enchanting. Thank you to the whole family for our lovely memories.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Pros:
GREAT food, most sourced from the farm you are visiting
Very helpful family/staff
Nice cabin, recent construction

Cons:
No central facility for dining, but not a problem in fair weather. Dinner was served in the multi-purpose covered area next to the house.

Discussion:
My girlfriend and I are organic gardeners so this was an oasis. A small organic farm with animals and fruit drooping from the trees, this is the context of your cabin! The cabins are tucked into the lemon orchard which smelled amazing! The food was fresh picked that day and cooked up with lots of spice and skill. Visitors should know you will be visiting an actual farm, and not a hotel. The cabins are really neat, and in great shape. Breakfast was served in the garden with chickens and turkeys wandering around us looking for crumbs. We videoed two fighting turtles having a shoving fight under a tree. The pebble beach is a 2 minute walk, but they will loan you a flash light and provide a ride up to the fires when you are ready to gaze into the flames.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ArcRider
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Brighton, UK
Level Contributor
44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

A very simple, genuinely friendly place with wonderful fresh authentic Turkish food and a very warm welcome.

It's easy to just spend your days reading on the terrace, snacking off the fruit trees, wandering down to the very nearby beach to swim in the clear waters and turtle watch, and then return to gorge on the fabulous Turkish breakfasts and dinners (brilliant for vegetarians as well as omnivores), but there are also two "sightseeing" visits (see below) that don't require any organisation or effort.

The owner's family are very friendly and helpful, but calmly and genuinely so, meaning none of it is showy or pressurising. They will give you a lift pretty much when you like to the footpath up to the Chimaera nearby, which is well worth the walk (sturdy shoes and a torch obligatory - go at night to see the flames properly), and lend you bicycles to explore Cirali and the nearby ruins of Olympos - also definitely worth visiting.

Overall Cirali is a fantastic, largely unspoilt location and Kiyi is at the calmer, more secluded end.

Kiyi is also a great place for children, who will love feeding the strolling chickens, ducks and turkeys.

We slept in the bungalows, which have nice high ceilings, comfortable beds and are kept spotlessly clean.

If you want a relaxing holiday that's informal and unfussy with a genuine connection to Turkish culture and nature, you couldn't do better than to come here.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank michaelbenis
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Moscow, Russia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

We spent two months in this beautiful quiet place (June and July 2012) with two children, 2 and 6. Pension owner is very friendly and always willing to assiist with any questions. Special attention given to the food - it is great quality, a lot of natural products, very tasty grilled chicken and fish. Rooms are equipped with all the necessary and air-conditioned. The territory is large and well-maintained, has big lawn for children to runnnig and play games. The sea shore is very close by (100 m) distance. Beach is sand and clean, there are some umbrellas and sunbeds. Sea was very warm in July, water warmed up to 30 degrees, kids did not go out of the water for hours. Cirali has a very picturesque and beautiful nature, becuse this is reserve. We took a rental car and visited different places within a radius of about 50 miles,and I can confidently say that this is the best place for a relaxing holiday. In addition, I would like to say some words about viewpoints - next to the pesion is Lycian Way with spectacular views, and Lights of Chimera and Olympus. Our children and we were in full delight and of course will go next year.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Igor F
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Beirut, Lebanon
Level Contributor
27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012

I you are looking to relax in an amazing natural scene this is the plae to be. Very nice wooden bungalow, clean rooms, good food, and tree scents.
The place is so close to the beach and the staff are very friendly.
I spent 4 days there and if I come back to Cirali I will stay in Kiyi again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cathy-af-84
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New York, NY
Level Contributor
114 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

We spent two nights here as we travelled along the Mediterranean coast. The place was recommended to us by a friend and we were glad we stayed here. The food was good, the people friendly, and our double room was quite and clean. The staff was friendly and gave us a ride to Chimaera as well as helping us secure some bus tickets. Like most pensiyons the beach is just across the street, but Kiyi is quiet because its further down the road and closer to the trailheads. There are also bikes which you can use for free.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mhamrah
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İstanbul, Türkiye
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

Nice and very silent place to stay with your family and friebds. Very budget friendly also. Extras are cheap, nothing is above market price. Fine and fresh food, vegetables right from their own gardens. Frequently delicious mediterranean food and fish as dinner. İ would highly recommend this place, would come back again.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank OkanS0kmen
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Additional Information about Kiyi Pansiyon

Property: Kiyi Pansiyon
Address: UlupInar Koyu, CIralI Mahallesi, Cirali 7918, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Cirali
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Cirali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiyi Pansiyon 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kiyi pension is located in Olympos Kemer Antalya and a friendly, family run pension in the ecological Cirali. ... more   less 
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