Just got back from staying at the superb Dalayan Garden Pension..... all the 5 out of 5 reviews are spot on; anyone who fails not to love this place/ vows to return needs their head looking at!
Cathy and Ergan were absolutely superb hosts (and their staff keep the place running lalong nicely). If you get chance to go to one of their BBQ's you will not be disappointed- we ate in some superb restaurants in Istanbul prior to arriving in Dalayan and the BBQ food surpassed them all.
The pool is a fantastic example of tranquillity and calm, we spent 3 out of 6 days just relaxing round it. It is full of a wide variety of plants and the views are unsurpasable.A must is one of Osman's boat trips which covered the beach, the caucanos ruins, mud bath and a swim in the lake - which is so secluded, a really special place. Osman is also a nature expert and shows you turtles, nest and birds as well.
Location wise it is a 20 minute walk into the village (but a nice walk) but id' swap the extra few minutes any time in exchange for some peace and quiet during the day and evening. And if you do want to venture in during the day there are some free bikes to borrow. And you can always get a taxi straight away.
Dalayan itself was very quaint and did have some nice restaurants - Ali's, The Chef ( amazing food and value for money -great calamari) and Bears Gryll (amazing view) were all great .... I would however avoid Kosems which we found was distinctly average.
All in all we loved Dalayan and if you are looking to go, the Dalayan Garden Pension should be top of the list....... look out for the three kittens if you go in the next few months; very cute.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly, family run pension in the rural Arikbasi area of Dalyan. Approximately 20 minute walk from the town centre and river. Large Mediterranean garden and pool, bar, shaded seating areas. Breakfast, lunchtime snacks and occasional evening barbecues. Ten rooms, ensuite, A/C, walk in wardrobes. Advice and help booking boat trips and other tours. Garden bar provides social focal point for guests. Recommended for those who want peace and quiet but also a friendly convivial atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dalyan Garden Pension Hotel Dalyan
- Dalyan Garden Hotel