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“Villa Monte, Çıralı: The chance to experience what life might be like in heaven - Özer Bircan”
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Hotel Villa Monte
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Cirali
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 July 2014

You will understand what "feels like home" really means after your stay here. Your first step into the premises marks the beginning of a natural regeneration process which doesn't require you to be a starfish:) Joking apart, faces smiling sincerely welcome you. Sinan, who is running the place, has this spectacular ability to make you feel that you have just arrived at your best friend's house where you will spend your holiday. The staff members are no different from him in that they are as pleasant and adept as he is. I believe you will not want to find out what the food is like in the restaurants by the beach thanks to the incredible Villa Monte cuisine that allows you to pick from a variety of dishes including vegetarian and kids' menus. Rooms are cleaned by people who are diagnosed with a severe obsession for cleaning:) Long story short, definitely the best in Çıralı.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Sinan & Esin are the most solicitous hoteliers that we have come across. Nothing was too much trouble if it would improve your holiday. They were kindness itself.

In this small 8-roomed hotel our room was of good size with an effective air conditioner & a compact but quite adequate bathroom. Breakfast is copious with toast, honey, a different jam every day, fresh fruit, 2 varieties of cheese & an egg that is prepared differently each day! The evening meal is comprised of meze, a choice of fish or poultry/meat prepared on the BBQ & desert followed by coffee - all for 12 Euros! A choice of wines & beer is also available. We had several meals out that exceeded the hotel's only in price & certainly not in service. Sinan's waitress was unfailingly helpful & cheerful. The restaurant that we did enjoy was The Oleandro, where the Grouper was the best fish I had eaten for some time.

The beach is about 5 minutes walk away. The sun-loungers & parasols are free to use provided you buy drinks (reasonably priced) & maybe lunch from the nearby cafe.

A holiday highlight was arranged by Sinan who booked us onto a private boat trip visiting bays where we could 'swim with turtles,' using snorkling equipment. This cost about 140 Euros for between 4-5 hours. If you twin up with others, of course, the cost is then divided accordingly.

An thoroughly enjoyable holiday in an unspoilt & uncommercialised area.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Very nice hotel, very well kept, very close to the quiet and beautiful beach of Cirali - beach is just 2 mins away and the small path to do is through an orange garden!
Hotel is very well kept, rooms are very clean and excellent service. Breakfast is very tasty and abundant and freshly cooked everyday. Very remarkable are the owners: very attentive to our experience in Cirali and extremely resourceful: provided excellent suggestions in terms of excursions and even nice restaurants to go (despite them offering dinner at night) - really appreciated their kindness and helpfulness. Besides this, they were very helpful for anything we needed.
We had one of our best holidays there. Highly recommended

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We have been travelling for 25 years and have done so extensively in Turkey during that time. Cirali is the only place we have ever returned to in spite of visiting some beautiful places around the world, but this was our first time at Hotel Villa Monte.

Don't be put off by the word 'hotel' if you imagine a vast faceless building with masses of rooms - this is an intimate place with just 8 rooms and a family feel. Sinan and Esin were wonderful hosts and they really have pulled off something special. They seem to have found the perfect balance between being relaxed but attentive, being friendly and welcoming yet not overbearing. We arrived close to midnight but Sinan was kind enough to bring us something to eat (a sandwich would have more than sufficed but instead he brought mezes and glasses of wine!). This first act of kindness was to be something that was reflected by all we encountered throughout our stay.

There were just two of us but we had a family room because the standard rooms were fully booked. It was exceptionally clean and really spacious with a nice large shower and all the facilities you would need. Although equipped with aircon we didn't need it even though the temperature was climbing as the room kept nice and cool. The breakfasts are fantastic with a great range of Turkish staples but also with the variety of a couple of freshly cooked dishes such as pancakes or Turkish omelette or something similar. We also opted to eat there most evenings were you can choose from a couple of options from a set menu consisting of mezes, main and dessert. The food was really well cooked and it compared well to anywhere else we've eaten at in Cirali. It was still nice to eat out on a couple of occasions in one of the local restaurants facing the sea for a change of scenery, but in terms of quality of food and value for money Villa Monte is a great choice. They have a small but decent wine list with local wines and of course beer or soft drinks. Again the ethos that Esin and Sinan have brought this place was reflected in the friendly good nature of the young woman who served us at breakfast and in the evenings.

Cirali is a beautiful place where you really feel like you are leaving the stresses of the world behind. As you seemingly drive for an age to leave the sprawl of Antalya behind, when you finally depart the highway and wind your way down through a stunning mountain backdrop for 7 kilometres your tensions lift and before you is a stunning bay with a long beach where I'm sure you could find a quiet spot even on the busiest of days. Villa Monte is a short 3 minute walk back from the beach, but it's a very pleasant one through citrus groves with free roaming chickens. We were extremely fortunate to have a dolphin swim into the bay close to the beach on one of our days. It came and went three times that day and stayed with my wife and I for over an hour on the third visit letting us stroke it's belly whilst it played a few games with us. We cant expect to have that opportunity again but it was a special moment in a special place.

I do believe that Cirali will remain unspoilt and we left knowing that we will be back. We can thoroughly recommend Hotel Villa Monte to you and warmly commend our hosts and their small team for being so welcoming to us as guests and then bidding us farewell in the manner of friends. An exceptional place run by a lovely couple.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We (3 travellers) stayed four nights in this little gem after a week of intensive travelling through Cappadocia and adjacent areas in Turkey. The rooms are quite spacious, clean and in good shape and the garden invites you to relax and enjoy a cold Efes (or çay, if you prefer). Sinan and his team make your stay a very pleasant experience. Always friendly they will accommodate your wishes with a smile. We will come back and recommend the place.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We stayed six days and the staff and locals were very kind and generous. The neighbor’s rooster wakes you up in the morning!

Sinan and his staff were extremely helpful and friendly.He has a wealth of information about the nearby ruins and local activities and will help coordinate these side trips. Sinan arranged a boat tour which was a true high point of our trip.

The staff serves a delightful and varied breakfast and dinner on the charming grounds of the hotel. Cirali is a quiet laid back village this time of year (as compare to Olympos). Great place to stay for couple and families.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We stayed for 4 nights as part of 2 weeks of independent travel around Turkey and had a great stay at Villa Monte. The staff were really friendly, the breakfasts were great and the hotel was great value for money. Our room had a balcony which was good as the weather was a little mixed during our visit. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody visiting Cirali. The family who run the hotel and the rest of the staff really make this a great place to stay. Thanks

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Monte

Address: No: 52, Cirali 07980, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Cirali
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Cirali
Price Range: £52 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Monte 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villa Monte is considered one of the best 'small hotels' in Cirali, not just because of its location, but also its special architecture, picturesque garden, comfortable rooms (romantic double rooms/ comfortable family rooms up to 5-person), delicious Mediterranean cuisine and its hospitality...Cirali is a governmentally protected area because of its archeological (0lympos / Chimaera) & ecological (Caretta Carettas) significance. ... more   less 
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