We booked this apartment based on the photos, the location via Googlemaps and the superb communications from Ben, the English owner. We were not disappointed. We (me, my wife and two boys aged 13 and 10) stayed in Island View - the top apartment of the three for 2 weeks and had a fantastic time. The apartment was huge, clean and the photos do not do it justice. There is a big lounge area (with sofas, TV, stereo), a well equipped kitchen, two large bedrooms (one double and one twin), two bathrooms (1 with walk in shower) and two balconies - both with great views over the sea and Kalkan Bay.
The apartment is a 15 minute walk away from Kalkan town centre; is managed by Turkish Rambo and his English wife Sharon who a phone call away if needed; and has a small but well stocked supermarket and a restaurant/bar just a minute over the road.
The pool is shared with the 2 apartments below, but plenty big enough to share, had loungers and parasols galore and is maintained and cleaned daily.
There is a decent sized outdoor built-in BBQ for al-fresco cooking and a standard sized fridge/freezer for keeping beers (and other stuff) cold – vital for the +40 degrees heat in the summer months!
Kalkan itself has exploded from a small sized town to a big and lively restaurant-packed tourist town in a few years, but still retains its old-town charm with some small arty shops and no mass-brand establishments. There are literally hundreds of places to eat and drink and if you shop around and visit the eateries frequented by the locals rather than the visitors there are cheap nights out to be had. Saying that we never paid more than about £40 for a meal with drinks for the four of us.
There are three beach clubs where, somewhere along the line, you pay for a lounger and get drinks and snacks brought to you (if you wish). We spent a lot of time at Kalamar Beach Club (10 minutes walk away) where there was fun to be had with water sports and the Kalkan Diving Centre - and they will drop you home at the end of the day for free!
Overall a brilliant 2-week holiday, with friendly locals and fantastic accommodation.
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We had such a fantastic 9days spent at the terrace, especially loving time spent by the pool which was even better than pictures show. When we had a few (very minor) issues the maintenance team were so helpful and Ben arranged everything perfectly for us! Overall we loved kalkan and the hill back to the villa wasn't much of an issue after a few cocktails in town! :) amazing holiday!
We stayed for a week in the middle apartment. Had all we needed, dishwasher, washing machine. All utensils in kitchen. Ben even arranged the transfer from the airport for us. Nice touch of welcome pack of bread/milk/juice/butter/jam for the following morning as we got in late at night when you dont have your bearings to get some bits.
The air con was very efficient and the pool perfect when we wanted a quiet day at the apartment. Handy corner shop/bars & restaurants about 30 seconds away, and the main town of Kalkan about 10 to 15 minutes walk away. Definitely a place we would go back to and recommend to friends.
I have just stayed for 10 days in The Terrace villa and we had the most wonderful time. The villa is gorgeous, well decorated, clean and had everything you could wish for.
The pool was great, especially as it's quite private and you only share it with whoever is staying in the other two apartments.
The walk to and from town can be a bit of a trek, especially on the way back as it's mostly uphill. We tended to walk in and get a taxi back which was only around 12 lira.
There are lots of bars and resteraunts nearby. Cafe Vita which is opposite was the best place to go, they have a BBQ and live music each week and the atmosphere is awesome. The staff there are lovely too.
I would really recommend staying here and would definitely come again. It was the perfect trip away.
We have just returned from a 10day break at the fantastic Terrace apartment. A long day of travelling was completly forgotten about once entering the villa! The terrace apartment is beautifully furnished with a turkish touch hosting a wonderful view for evening bbqs.
Manzara villas is a 15minute walk from the town centre or a few minutes in a taxi which is only 12 lira. There are some amazing restaurants and loads of activities, i can deffinatly recommend the boat tours!
Kalkan is a beautiful city which is a must see! The villa was perfect and we will be returning soon! Thanks to Ben and Chris for their fantastic hospitality.