8 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
First time to Kalkan - fantastic!!
"I have just returned from a week at the Samira Gardens and can say that we had a fantastic time in Kalkan. The rooms are clean, plain but nicely decorated, and are cleaned near enough everyday. The breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace with beautiful views across Kalkan and the mountains, There is a choice of yogurts, jams, bread, cheese, ham, tea and coffee etc.. If you want orange juice or a cooked breakfast then there is an extra charge which isn't very much money. The bar downstairs is modern with cool chairs and tables and is perfect for having a drink before you head off to the restaurants in the evening. The pool area is kept very clean, the loungers are wooden with cushioned mats on plus towels so you only need to bring one towel really. The pool is an ample size for a few lengths to cool down and there is also a shallow children's pool. You will get the sun pretty much all day and up to early evening before it goes behind the other buildings nearby but there isn't much of a breeze so it does get hot but there are plenty of places to sit in the shade. Our room did not have a balcony which we weren't bothered about (as long as we have a clean bed and shower and enough room to get ready then we're happy) but we were asked the morning of our arrival if we wanted to change rooms, so I can say that the staff tried all they could to make sure we were happy. The staff are really nice and the lads behind the bar were really a good laugh and spoke fantastic english. Kalkan as a resort was lovely, there are over 300 restaurants to choose from and as part of a party of 6 people, not one of us had a bad meal during our entire holiday. I would recommend 'Kosk', 'Rendez Vous', 'Doy Doy's', amongst others. The restaurants were very modern inside but still had the authentic turkish feel to them which really surprised me. There are plenty of places to have a drink, we especially liked 'Cafe Del Mar' where they were so friendly and the decor is very unusual in a good way! We liked the fact that there are no tacky english or irish bars (yet?), although there were a few places that had sky sports but I suppose that is unavoidable nowadays! We also had really nice cocktails in 'Kleo Bar' down on the front next to the beach. If you are looking for clubbing it is not really the resort although me and my sister ditched the old folks and found a few bars which stayed open until 6am, they were 'Pasha' and 'Barcode' - I wouldn't recommend a hangover in the 30 degree plus heat though! The beach at Kalkan is a pebble beach so you will definately need something on your feet but apparently the nearby sandy Patara beach is fantastic although we ran out of time to go. I would definately recommend a boat trip, 6 of us hired out the boat 'Yildiz' for a day and worked out at about Â£16 each. That included 8 hours of sailing, visiting beautiful coves along the way, swimming in the clear sea, visiting the mud baths which was a experience not to be missed and then a huge homemade lunch made up of lots of different dishes. Drinks were extra but it was a fantastic day and my dad who's 60th birthday it was said he would remember the trip forever! If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, with great weather, fantastic food and drink and an element of nightlife in terms of nice bars then it is perfect. It is a hilly resort as there is a small harbour on the front and then the roads lead up the mountain from there so flat shoes are a must. It is great for all ages, me and my sister in our twenties loved it and it was also great for my parents in their early sixties. I would highly recommend it and will definately be returning in the near future."
- Travel date: 10th June 2009
Excellent location, very clean and friendly.
"Agree totally with Whitey30......a well run , small and friendly hotel in an excellent position just set back from the main street which leads into the old town. Our rooms were spotless and comfortable with efficient air con and a great balcony with wonderful views. Pool clean and with plenty of sunbeds and a table tennis table. Only disappointment was the basic breakfast........bread, cheese, meat, tomatoes, lovely yoghurt and honey/jam. Only instant coffee and no free juice or even cordial for the kids. There is an additional breakfast menu at extra cost but we never used it."
- Travel date: 7th June 2009
Lovely friendly hotel
"this is a lovely small and friendly hotel. Beautifully clean, really lovely, friendly, helpful staff. Even the cleaners left beautiful bourgornvilia flowers on the bed after cleaning, a lovely touch. There are lovely sea views and the hotel is only a short walk away from the centre and down to the town beach. Weekly BBQ evenings are well worth it - good food, and masses of it, good value for money given the prices in the Kalkan restaurants! Lovely quiet pool area, with small kids pool too for young children. A nice hotel to get away from it all. Kalkan is more expensive than other places in Turkey, so be prepared to spend money. It's hilly, so leave any stilletoes at home!"
- Travel date: 11th September 2008
Such a little gem!
"Me and my partner stayed here for 2 weeks and were so sad to leave. We had a fab room which was really spacious and immaculately clean. There are only 15 rooms in the hotel so it's very intimate and you get to know the other guests quite well. (they were all lovely so it was a pleasure to get to know them!). We loved Kalkan and loved this hotel. We want to go back next year! BREAKFAST: Served between 8-10. It's quite basic but enough to keep you going if you manage to get upo for it. (melon, bread, cheese, jam, yoghurt, honey, eggs, olives, salami, tea, coffee etc) POOL: really lovely and very clean. Plenty of beds around it. My partner and I actually stayed round by the pool a lot more than we expected to as it was so peaceful and relaxing. You can have drinks/food delivered to you by the pool free of charge. BAR: so stylish. The drinks aren't cheap but it's a really lovely bar and they play great music! STAFF: wonderful. Really fun,polite, helpful and friendly. The rooms have air con and hairdryers. The towels and bedding is changed daily."
- Travel date: 31st August 2008
loved the Samira Gardens,
"First time in Turkey didnt know what to expect. What a lovely surprise. Hotel small and really clean. Lovely position with lovely views. Staff the best I know and when I say they couldn't do enough that's an under statement, nothing was too much trouble at any time. The town itself is so pretty but don't take high heels the streets though winding are very steep which adds to the lovliness of the place. We only had one week there this year but have now booked for two weeks next year back at the Samira Gardens."
- Travel date: 28th August 2008
fantastic week 11th 18th aug 08
"having just returned from a fantastic week at samira garden we would like to recommend this hotel to anyone thinking of staying in kalkan.we chose the half board option and were very pleased with the food and its quality as talking to other guests we were glad we did as resturant prices in town were expensive.staff were very friendly and willing to help at any time,location good as its just 2 mins into town but not that close to be noisy.very clean in all areas of hotel with a nice pool and bar area with lovely views over the bay. 1thing that thomas cook does not tell you is that on your transfer to resort you have to change mini buses in fethiye to continue onto kalkan and at 4.30 in the moring this is no joke..but it is worth it when you get there.word of warning to ladies dont bother taking high heals to kalkan as they will not tollorate the lovely steep cobbled streets of the town.would also recommend saklikent gorge trip and horse riding on patara beach.we had a great week just sorry to leave mat and lou .from shropshire"
- Travel date: 22nd August 2008
"Great location within 5 minutes walk from all the hotels and bars in Kalkan. Superb pool, which is rarely very busy. We had a standard double on the ground floor, which was good with a small balcony, decent bathroom and good air conditioning. The best thing about Samira Garden is the friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble and they were very welcoming."
- Travel date: 7th August 2008
Kalkan is a must visit in Turkey and we really loved the Samira Garden hotel
"This was our second visit to the Samira garden hotel ( previously called Tekinberk ) in 2 years. Last year was wonderful and this year was even better. It is a small and very friendly hotel, excellent staff plus the personal touch of the owners Banu and Tekin is a lovely bonus as they make all the guests feel like one big happy family. They really make a wonderful effort to make your stay the best including some special themed evenings on the terrace which are attended and thoroughly enjoyed by the majority of the guests. This in itself is praise given the vast selection of some excellent restaurants in Kalkan. The location of the hotel is ideal being a short stroll to the restaurants, shops and harbour. Kalkan is a beautiful town with wonderful views and a must visit place in Turkey. We will certainly stay again at the Samira gardens and have no hesitation in recommending it, in fact we already have some friends who will be booking their first visit to Kalkan and staying at the Samira garden for next year. The website is www.kalkansamiragarden.com"
- Travel date: 22nd July 2008
Kalkan Suites is also called
- Samira Garden Hotel
- hotel samira garden