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Very good
21 reviews
Lounge balcony (dining area)
Dining area (by the pool)
The pool area at night
Anyone for table tennis?
sunset over kisla
comfy seating area in lounge
kisla beach club (taken from the water taxi)
Kalkan harbour
kaputas beach
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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Kalkan, Turkish Mediterranean Coast

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Very good - based on 21 reviews
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Meera C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Couldn't have asked for anything better”
Reviewed 25 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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I stayed at the villa for a week and it surpassed all my expectations. The rooms were immaculate upon arrival and the wide range of facilities available made everything much easier – especially for two 20 year olds! The dishwasher allowed us to be as lazy as we could possibly be, and the large water tank meant we effortlessly had a constant supply of drinking water. The information pack in the living room proved useful in helping us find the local supermarkets and showing us the different opportunities Kalkan had to offer.

We quickly found that Kalkan was a small city with a lot to offer and spent a week exploring the local beach clubs, going on boat trips and we also paid a visit to the Saklikent Gorge - my personal highlight of the trip! After a busy day, the Pagoda provided the perfect setting to watch the Sunset with a glass of wine before getting dressed and heading into town for the night. Although in the masses, each restaurant still maintains a sense of individuality and the high quality of food is consistent. Mahmut’s Trout Farm Restaurant up in the mountains provided a free pick-up service and proved to be a real treat, whilst Trio on the seafront was perfect for an end of trip meal. Other favourites include: Nar, Belgin’s Kitchen and Foto Pizza. If you do not fancy heading out, the BBQ provided on the balcony teamed with the fresh local meat allows for a great meal.

The villa provides stunning views – photographs really don’t capture its true beauty but we took a ton nonetheless! My first time in Turkey was amazing, and staying in the villa heightened my experience even more. I would jump at the chance to stay at Swallow’s Rest again, and couldn’t have asked for anything more from my visit.

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Liked best: Private swimming pool!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 18-24
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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dave l
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Rest and be thankful”
Reviewed 18 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We had a late flight and hired a car from Dalaman airport finding the villa easily from the directions. Even in darkness we had an immediate first impression of WOW, i of course headed immediately to the ottoman pagoda with my complimentary EFES and the holiday began!
The morning gave us a true sense of the beauty surrounding us with panoramic views over the sea and Kalkan visible from all bedrooms. We had our first breakfast on the shaded balcony/terrace leading out from the kitchen which proved handy during the hottest parts of the day. The Villa is tastefully decorated with all mod cons (wi fi for teenagers) turkish solid wooden flooring, dish washer and a large fridge freezer. We liked the views so much we actually decided to eat in a few times and the facilities were excellent.
When we were there there was an impressive storm! the wi fi went down but was fixed in a day or so by the helpful villa maintenance team :) They came to clean the pool daily and water the plants as well as a full clean of the villa a week into our stay.
June was a good time for us before the temperatures rise but there are a few places to seek shade, my favourite being the pagoda where i spent many an evening looking out over the water. The Villa owners were lovely to deal with and having been to Kalkan on a few different occasions this has been the best so far!

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Liked best: Views/Pagoda
Liked least: Pylon was a bit close but didn't look at it :)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Chitra T
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
“Excellent accomadation with stunning views”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We had a wonderful time at this Villa. The views from this villa are breathtaking. Even though we spent only less than a week, we had a fabulous time. I wish the weather could have cooperated, but, what to expect in the beginning of May. But, we still enjoyed the swiming pool and the fantastic view from all corners of the Villa. The beds are very confirtable and the bathrooms and the whole Villa is very very clean. The price is worth. The Villa owner was very helpful for us and made sure that we were looked after by the local representative. They are all very lovely people. If I get a chance to go again to kalkan, I will definitely look to book this Villa. It was an unforgatable stay and had a lovely time in Turkey.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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SGEllens
Rudgwick, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent accommodation in a simply stunning location”
Reviewed 24 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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I can wholeheartedly recommend Swallows rest after spending a blissful 7 nights in Kalkan. The villa is wonderfully appointed with everything you could wish for. The watercooler is of particular note as it saves constantly having to travel to the shops to buy water!

The pool gives welcome respite from the heat and in the evenings, to sit and watch the sun disappear with a glass of your particular poison sitting in the Kosk, is pure bliss! There is a BBQ for those (like me) who want to make use of the local produce and I can honestly say it is not often you BBQ with a view as breathtaking as the one offered by this villa. I would never tire of waking each morning and opening the curtains to see that vista.

Kalkan itself is a bustling little town where old Turkey and new Turkey mix surprisingly well. The old harbour is dominated by modern sleek restaurants and lounges all vying for your custom. Having said that, as they are outdoors, they blend seamlessly with the surroundings. More restaurants than you could ever possibly require are similar in pricing and give good quality food. Particular note should go to Sade where the food was beautifully cooked and service was great. Avoid the Mahal beach club, which despite having one of the best locations I've ever experienced for a restaurant is very over priced and the food quality is poor.

All in all Swallows Rest will definitely be at the top of my list for a return visit to Turkey. I cannot think of a single reason why I would want to try anywhere else !!

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Liked best: Views
Liked least: Hills
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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suzanne j
Bangor, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“lovely villa with fantastic views”
Reviewed 1 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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person found this review helpful

spent two weeks at swallows rest lovely spacious villa with fantastic views .The villa had everything you needed and a water cooler which was great.In the garden there was a wooden seating area with cushions so you could relax in the evenings with a wine and star gaze.nice pool with a shaded area and table tennis.we would certainly return to this villa had a great holiday .

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Liked best: the views
Liked least: quite a few steps down to villa and pool
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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