So here we are in Dalyan at Calypso Plus. The owner Matt, and Goosha who work at reception, welcomed us warmly and were pleasant and polite throughout our stay. In fact all the staff were great, particularly Haydar, who worked behind the bar by the pool. Also Thomas, Maître D of restaurant by river. The waiters were attentive and very polite and Soohat would take our breakfast on a tray down to the riverside seating and we could watch the boats and the wildlife most mornings. Our rooms, whilst basic, are very clean and serviced every day. The heat at the beginning of July is fierce if you're not used to it (which I'm not). I'm writing this on the fourth night of our week's stay at 2am in 30 degree heat. I woke up sweating. It's just too hot!!
It's lovely how the rooms all look out onto the pool area and the garden and grounds are generally pretty. Best place to sit is by the river as it's so beautiful. You can watch the terrapins and fish come to feed. I loved that. I throw pieces of my balloon bread (like a huge pitta bread) down in the water and watch the fish etc, feed. We even saw a Loggerhead Turtle come by today, which was exciting.
Do take some boat excursions. I loved swimming in the lake it was the most wonderful way to really stay cool and have fun. The water is so salty that you stay afloat with very little effort.
I would improve the rooms as follows: our air conditioning is barely cooling the room and each time we leave the room and take the room key, all electricity goes off, so we can't leave it on whilst we're out during the day. Also there are very few places we can hang our toiletries and towels, so more hooks please. The final ask is that there needs to be a fridge in the room to keep water cold. I'm not kidding when I say that to quench our thirst through the night, we were drinking warm water because of the temperature. I'm really tired but can't sleep because of the heat, so if you're not good in the heat, be warned. Biting insects are a fact of life here in spite of buying repellant spray and a plug-in mosquito zapper, neither worked and we were feasted on, throughout our time here. Good idea to buy something for the bites.
We booked the holiday through Secret Escapes, an outfit called Just Sunshine and flew Monarch. We had a horribly stressful start to our holiday, when we got to check-in at Gatwick, the clerk couldn't find any evidence of us on any database. Luckily we had the necessary paperwork so we were able to get on the flight, so make sure you have a paper copy of your booked flights. We had to pay some excess on my case, only to find at the Dalaman baggage conveyor belt my case never appeared. We logged the missing case with the airport and were told it never left Gatwick!! I did get it by lunchtime the next day, but it was stressful wondering if I'd see any of my things again. Lesson to me: always carry your meds, jewellery and anything else that's precious in hand luggage along with a swimming costume!!
I'd definitely be back, but next time come a month or two earlier to cope better in less intense heat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Calypso Plus is located between the magnificent Iztuzu Beach and Koycegiz Lake which is famous for its health giving thermal waters. You can easily get to Iztuzu Beach and the mud bath by a boat, which you can take from our hotel’s private jetty. Have a trip around Koycegiz lake and join one of the moonlight tours. Also dine and enjoy a drink on our private riverside jetty. There is a large choice of traditional Turkish food and freshly baked village bread. Turkish pizza and exclusive tastes of mediterrean cuisine are available. You can also enjoy our full a la carte menu. 31 ensuite rooms have a wonderful sight of Ottoman architecture and are located in our beautifully landscaped gardens. Our large swimming pool with sunbeds is perfect for sunbathing with a childrens pool. ... more less
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