Likya Residence and Spa
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This has to be the best place to stay in Kalkan ... if not Turkey! The new hotel is beautiful and finished to the highest of standards. It has the perfect location with fantastic views of Kalkan bay from either your balcony, by the pool or when dining on the terrace ... and yet is only a short stroll from the restaurants and shops in town.
The rooms are light, relaxing to be in and very cool (as someone who always turns the airconditioning off). I stayed in room 304 (twin) which has one of the smaller balconies but a large bathroom with bath and separate shower.
The staff are perfectly attentive and very friendly, as were all the other guests in the hotel, creating a really happy and relaxed atmosphere. No need for a Positron here!! It was a perfect stay."
- Travel date: Wed 20th of May 2009
A week in paradise
"Just returned from a wonderful week at the Likya and am struggling to think of any way in which our stay could have been improved.
From the warm welcome and complimentary cocktails on our arrival to our reluctant departure 7 days later, every detail seem to have been carefully thought through.
We booked via the Tapestry website which included flights and transfers plus a free Turkish Bath and 'Lazy Day at Sea' (of which more later).
One anxiety we had on booking was the 'under construction' swimming pool. Fortunately, the pool is now finished and is an incredible centre-piece to the hotel (see photos).
In fact, there are now 3 pools, including one indoor pool and one 'infinity pool' with islands on which to bask. If you get tired of the pools, it's only a few minutes walk down the hill to the Yali Beach Club where you can swim in the sea and order food and drinks from the comfort of your lounger.
The view of Kalkan bay is simply to die for and our room had a balcony overlooking it.
The room itself (205 - on the second floor) was light, spacious and well appointed, with a well stocked mini-bar and an excellent shower (it was too warm to try out what looked like a very comfortable bath).
The service was impeccable with nothing too much trouble for Volkan and crew. The outdoor restaurant was also a treat with excellent (if not particularly cheap) food and there was lots of choice at breakfast.
The 'Lazy Day at Sea' was a real highlight with the hotel's own gulet (boat) taking us to various bays to swim in the clear blue sea, laze on the decks and enjoy lunch with fellow guests.
Other bonuses included the free WiFi and the absence of noisy children :)
All in all, an absolute first rate hotel which I'd recommend without reservation."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of May 2009
Brilliant with one minor fly in the ointment
"No expense has been spared in this newly expanded hotel. With a new pool and excellent restaurant (Presided over by the ever welcoming and energetic Volkan), Likya residence was a wonderful place to spend a week. Service is great, people are friendly, the view is breathtaking and the rooms are massive and beautifully furnished. They can't do enough for you and the restaurant served the best food we tasted in Turkey at a reasonable price.
So why not five stars? The Spa. It's a disaster. Myself and my wife had a treatment booked for a rainy day to while away an hour. Firstly, we paid for an hour but only got 40 minutes, the masseuse was just bad (He kept dropping the hot stones!) and to be honest made us feel a little uncomfortable and it was hugely overpriced. It was the most unprofessional spa experience we've ever had.
So, in summary, go to Likya, it's the best hotel in Kalkan in terms of rooms, service and people, but forget the spa even exists."
- Travel date: Sun 10th of May 2009
Dissapointing, lacks atmosphere
"We had first tried to book into The Kalkan Regency situated above the Lykia, but was completely booked whereas the Lykia was not, this should have alerted us and indeed proved to be the point after we visited both.
Ok, on to the good points:
â¢ Location and view, one of the best in Kalkan and about 10 mins walk to the town.
â¢ Rooms on the corner have dual aspect views of sea and Kalkan.
â¢ Hotel is new, so very clean and modern.
â¢ Rooms are excellent with large beds and very good en-suite bathroom, in fact we could not fault the rooms.
â¢ The Spa areas were good, although over sized and underused for this type of hotel.
It is the public areas which were poorly designed:
â¢ The way they were designed led to a lack of atmosphere and therefore people.
â¢ The bar located inside with no outside area was huge and impersonal. Besides the barman, don't think we ever saw anyone in there.
â¢ Although the Tapestry web site misleadingly shows an evening dinner table by the pool this is just set up for photography and definitely not the case. If the Lykia hotel is catering for mostly British people then they need really an outside dining area so people can enjoy the warm evenings especially if they have endured our miserable British summer.
â¢ The hotel had problems with staff earlier in the year and brought in an outside team who seemed a little stretched and confused when asked for anything slightly different off the menu, like a small mixed salad.
â¢ The dining area was more like a series of corridors inside the hotel (no al fresco here). Our first night we were only 1 of 2 tables being occupied. Again, no ambience.
â¢ The pool was far too small for the amount of people, although there are plans (credit crunch permitting) to build another large one for next year. The pool area, badly positioned behind the East part of the building is mostly in shade during the afternoon.
Having spoken to some of the other guests who were all English (mostly over 50's) they used the hotel as a b&b and ate out in the evening at other places which is a shame as the hotel should be offering this. We had a lovely meal at the Kalkan Regency hotel, it had everything missing from our own hotel, other people, lively atmosphere, outside restaurant with great views of Kalkan to the sounds of a classical guitarist. The manager was charming and made us feel welcome although we weren't even staying there.
Generally there is a lot of potential for improvement in this new hotel, none of the problems are insurmountable, just needs a manager who can inject some life into the place and improve the public areas. Therefore would just advise monitoring other Trip Advisor reviews.
- Travel date: Sat 7th of February 2009
Shhhh do I really want to tell everyone how lovely it is..
"We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Likya Residence. We are VERY well travelled, and our usual haunts include suite level at resorts such as Sandals, and on cruises such as Celebrity Cruise lines.
Initially we had been staying in Kaya in Turkey, and went on a visit to Likya to view it as a future possibility for a vacation.
Suffice to say that withing 24 hours we were packed up and moved in!
We chose the very best suite the hotel has to offer. Also known as "the penthouse" this master deluxe suite number 403 sits completely atop all others, with spectacular views out to sea. It is TOTALLY private, with terraces which are "three normal suites" wide. We have already booked this suite for a return two week visit in 09. If you want to have this particular suite, early booking is much advised.
The management and staff are wonderful. Staff are very pleasant without being over familiar which is so very very nice. We dined in the hotel, the food was excellent. Room service efficient, and having had a Turkish bath and massage one evening, we decided to finish our evening by having our dinner served in our suite. This was done beautifully, and was a perfect romantic end to a perfect day.
To find a hotel of this standard, within such a short flying distance of the UK is a real find.
We could quite happily have never have left our suite for the entire holiday!
Kalkan itself is a beautiful harbour town, clean and elegant with nice bars and restaurants.
Prices here for dining and wine we found were actually cheaper than they were in rural Kaya.
We adored the spa, and with packages which included turkish bath and soap massage, clay mask facial AND a therapy massage at only Â£55..wonderful!!!!!
Pool areas, hotel areas, all beautiful. Plans are on way for a new pool to be opened spring 09. Also on offer are free gulet cruises and free use of the nearby Yali Beach Club.
Thank you Likya, loved every minute and cannot wait to return!"
- Travel date: Sat 1st of November 2008
So Sad to Leave
"This was our first visit to Turkey and what did we think?
Tapestry Holidays 10/10
Likya residence and spa 10/10
What an amazing holiday, from minute we called Tapestry to the minute you leave to come home.
The hotel is beautiful and the staff couldn't have been better, especially Denise the Manager, she always took the time to chat with every guest, to make sure they were enjoying themselves.
One evening we had a problem with our shower and she personally took care of it as it was late.
We were in room 206 a lovely corner room, it has 2 windows on the side as well as doors to the balcony, you could see the harbour and lay in bed and have a great sea view. The bed was one of the biggest we have slept in (it seemed bigger than our super-king at home) very comfortable and lovely pillows. The bathroom had a great shower cubicle and separate bath. The balcony was one of the smaller ones but there was still plenty of room to fully recline the chairs and lay out, also as it was on the corner it got the sun all day.
The hotel restaurant was very good, the 'light supper' that is included on the first night is a great way to meet other guests and what a lovely group of people. Breakfast seated outdoors overlooking the sea was just blissful, a plentiful selection of fresh hot and cold foods, I recommend the omelettes. The Ottoman evening was a big hit with everyone who attended.
The facilities at the hotel are excellent, the Hotel Spa is fabulous, the complimentary Turkish Bath was really great, and the Spa treatments are first class, very professionally done.
The hotel infinity pool is gorgeous, although not enormous but bigger than you first think, and next year when the new pool and sunbathing area is built it will be even better.
The hotel has its own Gullet, and the 'lazy day at sea' and the evening 'moonlit dinner cruise' which are included with Tapestry are certainly not to be missed, The boat is fantastic, the swimming gorgeous and the captain and his mate are brilliant entertainment, as well as great cooks.
A special mention also for Roger the Tapestry contact out there who was brilliant.
I could go on and on but it would probably be boring so go and see for yourself."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of September 2008
A little slice of heaven
"Wow what can i say!!!
This really was the most amazing place, the hotel is totally faultless. We were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped through the door. All the staff bent over backwards to make our stay enjoyable. Ersin, Mustafa and Umid the bar tenders are so funny, we spent many a time having a giggle with them.
The views from the hotel are by far the best in Kalkan. The rooms are massive and beutifully presented, hotel is spotless, food was fantastic.
Turkish bath is highly recomended as the spa is so beautiful and relaxing.
Tapestry really have found a real gem of a hotel.
Already looking forward to going back!!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 10th of September 2008
"We have just returned from Kalkan staying at the Likya.
We had booked another hotel indepententley and did not like it so we found this hotel on our first day ,and so glad we did !!
From the moment we walked through the door the staff were wonderful Denise the manager was brilliant and found time to talk to all the guests
The rooms and bathrooms are very big with amazing views
The spa is fantastic we had a very nice Turkish bath .
The food is very good and well presented .
We were not booked with Tapestry but the rep was exellent and very helpful.
The sun bathing area was limited but we always got a bed,.!
They are also planning to build another pool at the end of the season .The beach club for the hotel is a 10 min walk but worth it
We hope to go back next year with my parents"
- Travel date: Sat 30th of August 2008
Blissful luxurious week at the Lykia Residence ...
"we stayed here for one week and had the most fabulous time...it was blissful....the rooms were beautifully appointed with huge terraces overlooking the sea and Kalkan, beds really comfy, free tea and coffee and water in room and at the bar. Free Turkish bath and fabulous spa. Lazy day at sea on the owner's guluk and an evening dinner cruise. You can walk into town and down to the beach club. sounds iidyllic? It was! The staff couldn't do enough to help and wanted us to have a fabulous holiday.....we highly recommend it for couples"
- Travel date: Thu 28th of August 2008
"We had a wonderful week at the newly opened Lykia Residence & Spa in Kalkan. This cosy boutique hotel has amazing views over Kalkan Bay. The staff and manager were very friendly. Would thoroughly recommend it for anyone looking for a chilled out week in the sun in "relaxed" luxury."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of July 2008