Kalkan is the most beautiful Turkish fishing village which has not been too upset by the growth of tourism except for the increase in built villas. It is still very Turkish in appearance and feel.
Our villa is just on the town limits of Kalkan situated on a hillside which means we enjoy the fantastic views over Kalkan Bay, Patara Beach and into the mountains. It is in a very peaceful, rural area but only 5 minutes drive to Kalkan harbourside.
It was this peaceful setting and stunning views that made us fall in love with this new build villa.
The villa has a VERY large pool and terrace area. There are 8 wooden sun loungers with cushions, 5 parasols and a table and chairs so that you are able to enjoy the views and the large swimming pool. (pool shared with Airhouse Villa hence lower rental charge) - the neighbouring villa is not being let this year so the pool (except for August) can be classed as private
There is also a separate patio area with raised flower beds where you can sit quietly enjoying the shade reading a book.
On the roof of the villa is a well appointed terrace where you can sit under the pergola on the sofa and enjoy the view. The barbeque is situated here so that you can barbeque your evening meal and sit at the glass topped wrought iron table enjoying the view and the stunning sunset over the mountains.
The use of a car is advisable and the villa has private car parking to the front of the property. However, taxis are numerous, inexpensive and easily ordered using your mobile phone. The Dolmus (bus) frequently runs past the end of the road - this too is very cheap.
Facilities inside the villa
The villa is furnished to a high standard.
The main rooms have verandahs outside and all windows have insect screens attached.
The kitchen is fully fitted and comprises a full sized dual fuel cooker, extra large fridge freezer, dish washer, automatic washing machine, microwave oven, toaster, juicer, and more than enough cutlery and china to accomodate 8 people. Cooking equipment is limited. You can very easily prepare and cook breakfasts and simple lunches but it would be difficult to cook a roast dinner for example! - and who really wants to do that on holiday!
There is a dining area with a table and 6 chairs.
The living area comprises 2 large sofas (one is a sofa bed), TV, DVD/CD player, a selection of DVDs, an iPod docking station/speakers and a Wii.
Coffee table and Bookcase (with a large selection of books that guests can read and take with them)
These living areas enjoy air conditioning.
Both Dining area and Living area have french doors to open for the view or a breeze. However, the room has air conditioning.
Verandah - table and chairs where you can sit and drink coffee simply admiring the views.
Separate toilet - useful for when using the living areas.
Master bedroom - Is a very large air conditioned room comprising a KING sized bed with bedside cupboards, large walk-in wardrobe, dressing table with hair dryer, en suite bathroom comprising loo, basin, bath with shower over, bathroom cupboard and mirror. Through the french windows of the bedroom is a verandah.
Second bedroom - is a large twin bedded room is air conditioned with a dressing table, large walk in wardrobe,a large en suite wet room (shower room) with loo and basin. This room also has french windows through to a verandah.
Single bedroom - comprises single bed and bedroom furniture and air conditioning unit.
What to do and where to go
Kalkan is set against a picturesque harbourside. It boasts many small family run shops selling all sorts from clothes to leather goods to Ottoman china and glassware. Although the village depends on the tourist it is not really a commercial touristy place. Turkey is the home of designer goods all copies of course! However, there are very good copies available - e.g. Gucci, Mulberry and Fendi handbags or Armani, 501 and Hilfiger jeans. You do have to be quite discerning about the quality though!
There are a few businesses that organise day trips - to such places as Xanthos or Tlos- archeological ruins of towns (well worth visiting), or river walking up the Saklikent Gorge. The best trip in 2007 was the boat trip to the sunken city Visit the protected beach at Patara - miles of almost white sand or use the village beach (small and pebbley). Across from this beach is a water sports centre (will collect you for free on their water launch) where you can jet ski, snorkel and water ski to name a few sports. Go on a day trip to certain other beaches and hope to see turtles or go for a mud bath. Go on a horse trekking day or rough terrain driving in jeeps.
Some local hotels hold Turkish evenings which are worth going to - experience the local culture. You can also get a Turkish bath and massage here.
Kalkan has a varied choice in cafes and restaurants. It is possible to eat for about £8.00 rising to £30.00 per head. Try Turkish food - it is absolutely delicious - not at all curryish - simply tasty. Chicken casserole is always a good choice and it tastes quite different from different restaurants! The average charge per head in the summer of 2012 seemed to be about £15.00 (including drinks). My favourite restaurant is Gironde - pricey but worth every Turkish Lira worth visiting if you have a special celebration whilst on holiday.
Most restaurants also cater for the English palate - steak and chips and pizza.
The night life in Kalkan is quite sedate. The bars are frequented by both the tourist and the locals and tend to close when the last customer leaves. There is no rowdiness or drunkeness in Kalkan. In all Kalkan is the most lovely village offering the tourist a memorable holiday.
Detached 3 bed villa with pool in Kalkan, Turkey. Air conditioned and beautifully appointed with amazing views over Kalkan Bay. 2 families wanting to holiday together? Rent the neighbouring villa too.
3 bedrooms, sleeps 7
Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite Bedroom 2: 1 Single bed, En Suite Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
1 double sofa bed located in living room
Room for 6 in the dining area Room for 6 in the living area
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Rental is for 2 adults and 2 children. £50 per extra person to cover higher water, electricity, laundry & cleaning usage
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9 out of 9 people recommend staying here
paul from billingham
Stayed Saturday 15 July 2006
We stayed at Villa Hibiscus for 9 nghts and enjoyed every one of them. The Villa is furnished very tastefully and is equiped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The views from the roof terrace are fabulous and it was lovely to sit watching the sun go down while enjoying a glass of wine. Kalkan itself is very pretty, and there are plenty of lovely rooftop restaurants and bars to give you a good choice of dining. Although it is'nt necessary to hire a car while staying at the villa, it is definitely an advantage as it is a good 20 to 25 minute walk into Kalkan. This is not too bad for an evening stroll, but not so good in the heat of the midday sun. We would definitely return to Villa Hibiscus for another holiday. The only thing that would improve the property would be a private pool for the sole use of the occupants instead of sharing with the neighbouring villa. A private pool would make it an ideal hideaway for people who want to get away from it all.
rowena from City & County of Swansea
Stayed Wednesday 21 September 2005
beautiful villa, high up above Kalkan , so catches the breeze , even on the hottest days.Only 10 mins from the village, around 15 from Patara beach, amd of course there,s a pool on site!! had a brilliant holiday, Kalkan itself is lovely, spoilt for choice for lovely restaurants, with the one notable exception being the IBO- DO NOT GO THERE!! Defnitely the worst meal in the town, but also one of the worst experiences we,ve all had in a long time!,Hibiscus Villa exceeded all our expectations, the owner cannot be more helpful, and we would have no hesitation in highly recommending it.
Geoff from Stockport
Stayed Wednesday 24 August 2005
A well appointed villa in a quiet high up location above the beautiful bay of Kalcan. We enjoyed our stay here and felt very comfortable. The area is fairly quiet and suitable for couples and families which is exactly what we were looking for. Washing machine and dish washer were much appreciated. The pool was nice but out of use for over two days due to green discolouration,but it was dealt with by the agents.
The equipment was fine but a tiny teapot and a one person coffee maker needs upgrading for 6-7 people villa.
Geoff from Stockport
Stayed Wednesday 24 August 2005
The villa was perfectly situated on the edge of Kalkan close to the Hamlet of Akbel, this location provided both a haven away from the town centre and a cool elevated position offering breath taking panoramic views, which extended acroos the Bay of Kalkan, and to the right the sweeping beach of Patara. Being a 5 miniute walk form the truelly turkish hamlet of Akbel afforded us an opportunity to shop amongst the local villagers. We all agreed that the villa itself well exceeded our expetations and the profile photos did not do it justice. the villa was clean, spacious and well maintained and provided a cool haven from the Turkish heat. The position of villa enables the occupants to benefit from a cool refeshing breeze that often reduced the need to use air con, despite outside temperatures well exceeding 40C. It was a real home from home complemented by the excellent welcome and information provided by the Managers, Lynne and Steve, who responded to our every request or enquiry promptly, making us feels at ease and free to contact them at any time. Highly recommended !
Geoff from Stockport
Stayed Wednesday 24 August 2005
Property was everything we could have hoped for and we were met by the property managers. Loved it!!
The villa is beautiful, set on the side of the mountain above Kalkan. You do need a car. The shared pool is fabulous for when it is too hot to go out during the day, and the air conditioning greatly appreciated.
I cannot overstate what a lovely villa this is and also how helpful the owner Jayne is.
Do try the local restaurants/shops at the bottom of the road rather than going into Kalkan as they are MUCH cheaper and the people are so nice.
Roof terrace is wonderful in the evening or first thing in the morning - reading on the day bed is a real pleasure.
This Villa is very high up but if you use the local taxis and busses you will have a fantastic time.
The swimming pool is excellent. I would reccommend this villa. Kalkan is especially pretty at night. It is an ideal family town especially with teenager children - not so good with pushchairs as the town is low down and nearly all accommodation is Very high up. Would go again, and again. Excellent Villa.
The communications from the owner were extremely helpful and give an good idea of the villa location and the need for a car. The villa itself was nice and fully equiped in all aspects except the kitchen. Due to the location we spent several evenings cooking for ourselves, a family of five, and we found the utensils and crockery quite limited. Suggestions to the owner would be to provide more pans, knives, bowls and essentially a microwave.
The outside area was good and the swimming pool very clean. We were initially disapointed when we realised that the pool was shared with the neighbouring villa, rather than being private for the villa. Luckily for us there was nobody in the villa opposite until the end of our second week when the owners arrived. The owners were extremely friendly and we ended up going out for the day with them and dining with them on the evening so all worked out well in the end!!The maintenance manager of the villa was excellent, very friendly, available for any queries and always willing to help with any problems or requests. Overall an enjoyable holiday
The villa is furnished to a very high standard and is extremely well equipped with good quality appliances. It is apparent the owners have spent a lot of time ensuring all their guests requirements are met. Many an evening we sat on the roof terrace with a glass of wine watching the sunset over Patara Beach. The views from the terrace are breathtaking. We arrived late and were pleased to receive the 'welcome pack' which contained everything we need to start our holiday.
Kalkan is so picturesque and has not been spoilt by commercialism, eating out is cheap and the quality of the food is excellent. The locals are very welcoming and will do anything to help. We went on a few of the excursions which were very well organised and extremely good value for money.
I will be returning to Villa Hibiscus with my family again in 2005
2 other reviews
I could not agree more with the reveiw detailed below.We have just returned from two weeks at this property and we were so pleased that the villa was in an elevated poistion, quiet,secluded,fantastic views and the villa has everything you would want and with the added benefit of a beautiful pool. Kalkan itself is breath taking and the choice and quality of restaurants is unbelievable. All in all a fantastic holiday and I would have no hestitation in recommending Kalkan and Hibiscus and we will be back next year.
Fantastic villa. Holidayed in August 2004. Great views and good facilities. Pool and sun terrace very large and comfortable. - good for sunbathing. Kalkan is a really nice place. Locals are very friendly. I would recommend this villa for a great holiday base.Dianne Wall, Thatcham, Berks
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