Samira Exclusive Hotel & Apartments
15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Cant wait to go back
"Only three weeks to go and we will be back at the Samira Hotel. I keep thinking that we should try somewhere different but how can I when we get the experience that matters at Samira. Moomin, Jack and Ergon are the greatest. The owner Mustafa and dad Mr. Hussain are truly professionals. They make you feel so special all the time. They hate to think that a customer is upset in the slightest way. The pool is lush. This will be our seventh time of going and cannot fault it. Ergon always tries hard to get us a nice room overlooking the sea. What with this and the gorgous pool what else do I want. My husband is worse than me for it and is so excited. If in two minds of visiting Kalkan and you want the best experience then you must go and stay at the Samira Hotel (not to be mistaken with the Samira Deluxe) Jacky and Gary from Plymouth"
- Travel date: 6th August 2011
i did not stay in the hotel but when i d...
"i did not stay in the hotel but when i did it was very good . i have a villa and the thing is the work that they do is a bit crap but there always there to help and also lovely places and lovely people!"
- Travel date: 8th June 2008
my self & my husband found the Samaria h...
"my self & my husband found the Samaria hotel 5 years ago. we have been back every year from our first visit, the hotel staff are very nice people but the bar staff are very pushy if you don't stay for a drink they remember and make you feel uncomfortable we had one of there apartment's last year it was great because we had the use of both pools and in the apartment's there was no staff nagging at you. the hotel has had a few changes from our first time there but most of the staff are still the same,but the bar staff do change do every year we came back in october after I'd had an operation for some much needed rest and got it, its nice to go back year after and be remembered by the hotel staff i hope for all the right reasons...."
- Travel date: 15th April 2008
Samira Hotel is the best Hotel in the wo...
"Samira Hotel is the best Hotel in the world trust me!!! The moment we touched down at Dalaman Airport I got shivers down my spine and butterflys in my stomach. The feeling of being at the other side of the continent in a beautifull country with such diverse culture and rich heritage made a change from old boring spain. The transfer from Dalaman took roughly 2 hours and included a change from a coach at Fethiye to a privite taxi for the remaining duration. Ariving at the Samira we were greeted by Gooney and Life, 2 wkd lads who at first i though were to over friendly and false but turned out to be really nice people. Such a laugh and nothing is to much trouble for them, the staff is what makes this hotel. After catching a few hours sleep in our aparment (which is spot on) we walked down to the harbour and enjoyed the nicest ice cream ever in one of the many restraunts. The heat at first was unbarable, but i loved it by the end of my 7 day holiday. I recomend Patara beach (however the toilets are rotten). The beach is beautifull. I had a bash at the Jet Skiing at one of the beach clubs which is a 2 minuet boat ride from the harbour. The Blue Voyage was the highlight of my holiday, was total paradise i will never forget the feeling of swiming in the turqouise waters of the sunken city kekova. The entertainment at the Hotel is great, its very relaxed and comfertable, the roof top restraunt is a must do. Their is a few cats around the hotel, its a family run business and after all they are part of the family. The cats were clean and they often wandered the corridoors, just adds to the whole turkish culture which is still extremely prevelant in Kalkan. I always vowed to return to Samira (and i will), but this year we're heading for Olu Deniz, i want to explore the whole country as im sure their is much more to offer out their. We all had a tear in our eye as we departed Samira, our fairwell from the staff was very emotional, we made some good friends their and it was a strange feeling to leave paradise back to Newcastle Upon Tyne. I seriously recomend this hotel to anyone its a gaurantee it will be the best holiday of your life ... i promise! (PS: No im not on commision for this review haha) "
- Travel date: 28th January 2008
The Samira Hotel is a lovely hotel, room...
"The Samira Hotel is a lovely hotel, rooms are cleaned daily by the very nice & friendly cleaners, other staff are friendly too, brilliant location, 1 minute walk to town centre, pool area is very nice too, nice soft comfortable sun loungers. The only bad point about the Samira Hotel is that the bar staff hassle far too much for you to stay at the bar & have a drink, if you spend lots of money at the bar then the staff are very friendly, if you don't spend any money than they are not as friendly, this is the only thing that spoilt the holiday. Kalkan its self is probably one of the best resorts in Turkey that I have ever been to, it is not yet affected by mass tourism which is a good thing, and there are no English bars or restaurants, thank god. Kalkan is a small pretty village with lots of extremely good restaurants serving traditional Turkish cuisine, there are also some music bars, there is also a small stony beach, sea is very clean, Patara beach (once voted the best beach in Europe) is a 20 minute bus journey away, there are lots to do & sea in & around Kalkan. One bad point about Kalkan is there are too many stray cats & dogs, the number is growing year after year & this is due to the fact that the English tourists are feeding them, I personally do not like cats & dogs sitting round me while I'm eating!"
- Travel date: 1st November 2007
Excellent hotel, perfect holiday
"Had a great holiday at the Samira thanks to tripadvisor. The staff can't do enough for you, the service whether around the pool, at reception or at the restaurant is first class. The hotel is in a brilliant location and has a really relaxed feel and we especially loved the beanbag/games area for chilling out after a hard days sunbathing! Our room was small and basic but with a great view of the sea. We were in the building that hasn't been refurbished like the two blocks nearest to the pool, so would probably book to stay in one of those next time. We tried loads of restaurants, best value is Fred's Place (mentioned previously) we recommend the mix kebab. Our other favourites were the Bosphorous at the Samira and the Olive Garden in town. The Yali bar, at the top of the cobbled streets, is great for people watching. We loved the IBO beach club at the harbour (10 lira per couple) it hasn't got as many facilities as other ones (like the Kalamar and Kalkan) but it is great for snorkelling and the waiters bring tea and cake round in the afternoon! Patara beach and Saklikent Gorge/Trout Farm are worth a visit, and the boat trips are a bargain. Definitely recommend Kalkan - great people, fantastic views, delicious food, great shops and atmosphere and so much to do that you could go back year after year and always find something new to explore. Roll on next summer!"
- Travel date: 23rd July 2006
"Thank you so much to Tripadvisor, as, like other reviewers, I may not have booked the Samira if it weren't for the outstanding reviews on this site. And if I hadn't booked the Samira I know I wouldn't have had the amazing, and memorable holiday I did. Only repeating what others have said in that the staff are wonderful, so helpful and friendly, they work their behinds off all day everyday, without a grumble, just so that you enjoy your holiday more and more every minute. Guni, Life, Ali, Jack, and Danny, were great behind the bar, and around the pool all day and well into the night. Look out for Guni's card tricks, and don't bet on a game of table tennis with Jack - you'll only lose! Guni and Ali make fantastic Iced Coffee, and super Margaritas but don't have too many of the latter! Ergun (debatable spelling!) also is wonderful, and helped my then boyfriend now fiance, keep the engagement ring safe, and the proposal a secret until the perfect moment! Ask for anything and he will do his best to provide it, often surpassing requests. As mentioned previously the rooms are a little small, but if you can get a room in either of the buildings surrounding the pool side, you'll be fine. My reccommendations for Kalkan - eat somewhere different every night - although it's tempting to stick with a favourite there are so many delicious restaurants it would be silly not to try as many as possible, and none are even remotely expensive. Try Zeki's (Turkish with English fine cuisine influence), the Kosk (Samira's other restaurant in town), and Atlantis (just up the hill road a bit opposite the hotel). Also you absolutely must eat in Fred's Place actually called Oz Adana. It's in the small road running alongside the hotel. It does the best kebabs, and pide, and lentil soup ever. We had the biggest and tastiest meal of our holiday there all for 15 lira. It looks like a shack but trust your tastebuds! And of course eat in the Bosphorous the hotel restaurant, and at the hotel's Turkish night. Sounds cliched but is great fun. Don't try to do too much or do too many trips it's way too hot in July for that. Soak up the Kalkan chill (not temperature - atmosphere!), and you'll have a better holiday for it. You will always come back to Turkey and probably Kalkan, even if you're sure you won't, so there'll always be another opportunity to see things. Do however, go to Saklikant Gorge, and do go to Tlos - usually possible in one day. Also after Tlos, go further up the road and eat at Yaka Park, a completely unique and beautiful restaurant/trout farm. A day out on a boat is a great idea too, and if you're a scuba diver find the C&C boat in the harbour and go out with them for the day - they're really fab people. Also go to Patara beach even if only for an afternoon, to have fun in the excellent waves. Spend the rest of your holiday soaking up the sun by the pool or at the Kalamar, Palm or Mahal beach clubs, although the hotel is by far the best value. Go to Kalkan and go to the Samira, you won't regret it, in fact you might just have the best holiday ever."
- Travel date: 17th July 2006
fantastic hotel in everyway
"having recently returned from a wonderful 2 wk holiday, staying at the Samira hotel I felt it a must that i spread the word on what a great hotel it is (although I'm abit reluctant to do so as sometimes it's good to keep things secret but hay....spread the word!!) The service was faultless...the staff from Ergan co-ordinating the reception, etc who was more than happy to assist with any queries re: area/things to do, the bar, pool and restaurant staff...Guni, jack, Life, ali and the rest of the samira crew(!!) were all entertaining, attentive and first class hosts...which certainly was refreshing as our "british" customer/hospitality services have alot to answer for! The hotel was spotless.....rooms are well presented although alittle on the small size (ours was a standard twin but there were studios and apartment) but i think this is the norm in Turkey,it was than adequate as who wants to spend alot of time inthere in any case when you're in such a beautiful place!! the lovely cleaners come in on a daily basis and clean your room...also air con is provided as some of the hotels out there you have to pay an additional cost. All other amentities such as: pool - a good space and size, surrounded by fig, orange, olive and lime trees..the bar area is a great asset, we had our most socialble holiday yet because of it and met some really great people.....food served in both restaurants was great. Mmmm.....i don't think i can say much more as I think you get the picture...so go ahead and book as you will not regret it!! If it wasn't for tripadviser I would of ended up taking pot luck on our hotel so i hope this provides you with some vital info to help you book a fantastic holiday at the samira."
- Travel date: 13th July 2006
The Samira is brilliant
"We went to Kalkan following a reccomendation from a colleague, we chose the Samira having read the reviews on Tripadvisor, we weren't disappointed by either. Yes, Kalkan isn't the 'undiscovered fishing village' that some brochures seem to imply, but neither is it an overdeveloped resort spoilt by tourism. There has obviously been a lot of building over the last few years but it's all low rise and I guess that there isnt room for much more purely because of the nature of the landscape, (its on a steep hillside!). The Samira is an excellent hotel, sitauted about 7-8 minutes from the harbour which is about far enough up the steep hill. (Even though it is steep it's not as bad as I ve seen some reviews make it out to be, if you need to stop, there are plenty of places to get a cold drink and then carry on. ) The hotel and appartments are of a high standard and are immaculately maintained by the hardworking staff under the watchful eye of Urgun the manager. The pool and bar area are of a similar high standard , Gunni and his team of hardworking and friendly staff provide excellent service ( and a lot more) from early morning till as late as you want, though dont wory about late night noise as the music is turned down at a sensible time. We stayed in an appartment on a self catering basis but often had breakfast in the hotel , its worth it for the view alone. The hotel restaurant 'The Bosphorus' is well worth a visit the food is as good as any of the restaurants in 'town' and you don't need to walk up the hill ! We didnt have a bad meal anywhere in Kalkan there are so many to choose from it's pointless trying to pick one out, just wander around and see what takes your fancy. I'd expected to find Kalkan expensive but this isnt the case, certainly not this year anyway. 3 of us ate very well, 3 courses with drinks for no more than Â£40. Thers are loads of trips to try , we went cannoeing on the river down to Patara beach, and to the 'sunken city' by boat. the only time you can see a cmel and a reindeer on the same day!!. Take a boat trip from the harbour , boats leave at 10 30 ish and for 30 lira you have a day out inc lunch , or you can hire the boat yourself, as we did, and go where you want , cost about Â£85. I could go one for hours, but to sum up, Kalkan is a gorgeous place, The Samira is one of the best run hotels I ve ever stayed at , if you dont believe me go and see for yourself. (we've already booked for next year)"
- Travel date: 11th July 2006
"Have used Trip advisor on numerous occasions to help with booking on line and decided it was about time I wrote my own. Just spent a week with my boyfriend at the Samira Hotel and it was the best holiday ever. The hotel is faultless, the staff are superb and nothing is too much trouble. The pool area and the bar are beautiful and have a great atmosphere. Kalkan itself is a fantastic destination - really chilled out with 5* restaurants and excellent value for money. really recommend going to the beach clubs - we loved the mahal which you get a free boat from the harbour as it feels very exclusive. The Kalimar is fun too esp the floating trampoline!!! We took a day trip to Saklikent gorge with Abi tours which was excellent - definitely recommend the rafting and mud baths although wear some clothes you don't mind throwing out afterwards as they won't be the same afterwards. A day boat trip is a must too even if it's just for the excellent food you get on board and a bargain at Â£10. Everyone we met was on their 5th/6th visit to the place and we coudl see why we would definitely return in the future. Excellent all round."
- Travel date: 10th July 2006
"Just arrived back from our first visit to Samira Hotel. On the first day everyone we spoke to seemed to have been there many times before and we quietly scoffed at there reluctance to try something new. By the third day we were won over and now having been adament never to return to the same place twice we are planning to return next May, if we had'nt already booked a holiday for this October we would probadly be returning this year. The hotel is excellant value for money, the hotel and location is second to none, but what really makes this hotel is it staff. The reception staff Urgan and his team are friendly and so professional. The bar run by Mr Goony was a joy. The resturant and pool staff namely Life and Eric were so attentive. Our room was kept immaculate by a team of cleaners and I wish I could name them - but thankyou. In all our years of travelling (home and abroad) we have never met such a nice and professional team of staff. Thank's to everyone at the Samira for making us eat our words - we will be back as soon as we can. Jacqueline and Micheal Dixon"
- Travel date: 19th June 2006
What a fab place!
"My son David and I are heading back to Kalkan and the Samira Hotel for the third time this year. I found it by chance having stopped in for a cold drink one blistering hot July in 2004. Ergun came and spoke to us and made us very welcome even though we were not actually staying at Samira. We ended up spending every day at their pool and have stayed at Samira every visit since. My son David loves the freedom he is allowed as the town centre is closed to traffic which means that as a mum travelling with a youg boy (12 years) I get to chill at the pool without worrying about his safety. Guni, who runs the pool bar with his team, is a very warm and funny guy; with time for every one and nothing is too much trouble. But watch your pizza and chips, though.....if you are reading this Guni....share...share!! :-) I would recommend Samira to anyone, especially if like me, you are a female travelling alone with a child or children. Its safe, warm, welcoming and in a stunning location. I would also recommend just about all the restaurants in Kalkan, you'll be spoilt for choice, but Amhet's just behind the fish and veg market is very basic in decor, but has the most amazing food, and wonderful view of the bay."
- Travel date: 8th April 2006
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