My wife and I stayed here for a week at the beginning of July. The Arcadia had been recommended as a quiet place for the ultimate in restful holidays, and so it proved. There's little point in repeating everything that has been said in previous posts - I'll just say, it's all true. (It seems to me the two "poor" reviews lack credibility).
Our excellent waiter, Verdat, confirmed it was he who told Susi P that the place is "beyond relaxed". That's a good description. The whole atmosphere is very laid back, a great place to chill, well away from whatever you want to get well away from. It was really hot during our stay (40 deg +) and thankfully our cabin had effective air conditioning. The accommodation was very well equipped with a frequently re-stocked fridge/minibar; iron and ironing board; hair dryer; tea/coffee making facilities; and mosquito screens (not that mozzies were a problem - those in my garden at home are much more vicious!).
The cabin was well designed with the most amazing ceiling of many angles! (Don't often see that kind of architectural complexity in a log cabin at home). Cabins are situated in attractive gardens providing a lot of privacy, but plant-life does restrict the view and we had to walk 50 yards or so into the restaurant area before the sea came into view. But what a view! Lots of animals wandering about the gardens, and obviously co-existing quite happily - chickens, ducks, geese, cats, hedgehogs, birds.
Now, I don't usually use room minibars as I don't like being ripped off, but, although I wasn't keeping a tally during our stay, the final charge for water, soft drinks and beer from the minibar was perfectly reasonable.
The relaxing, informal restaurant area is right on the beach. The sand on the beach is quite coarse, and there's also a lot of pebbles, so beach shoes are a really good idea (they can be bought at one of the shops close to the hotel). The beach drops away very sharply once you get out to about 10 metres, but I’d say it’s nevertheless safe for non-swimmers, as long children are supervised and stay close to the water's edge.
There's not much to do of an organised nature. If you're looking for jet-skis and night life this is definitely not the place for you. However if you want to doze on the beach all day and enjoy a simple meal in the evening with local wine, you'll love this place. I'd particularly recommend the fish. I'm going to post photos of the 3 pages of information that you'll find in your room about walks, ruins, natural phenomena, etc, written by the hotel staff (hope they'll be legible). Day-long gulet trips are available from the beach right in front of the hotel. The period October-April is recommended for walking.
Enjoy your stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arcadia Hotel has a unique location in Cirali. It belongs to an exclusive group of only 4 hotels in Cirali, located directly on the beach line in a tropical garden. What we offer is simple but important in our modern times: Tranquillity and a 100% natural environment. Our bungalows, made from cedar wood, are only steps away from the stunning beach line and have enough distance between to maintain privacy. An onsite restaurant serves to your needs, the chef, Sibel, is an expert in delicious homemade food mixed with international cuisine. What will be unforgettable for you? Our settings for dinner. In the cool evenings we move our tables to the beach line. You will be dining under the stars with the sound of the waves! Arcadia Hotel is managed by a multicultural couple, Sibel is Turkish and Christian is Austrian. You can expect hospitality for which both nations a renowned and a very personal service. You are an active guest? Welcome to a portfolio of special activities of the beaten track. Sibel runs cooking courses in her romantic restaurant in the mountains nearby Cirali, Christian is an experienced hiking guide and biologist and will show you the beautiful nature of the Olympos National Park on his hikes. If you are travelling with kids, Christian's five tame donkeys will make your kids love hiking! ... more less
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