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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:13 am Reply with quote
megaboff
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When the only negatives you can think of to write is that the music around the pool was not to our taste or that we could have done with an extra set of drawers in the room, you know that you haven't got much to moan about!

We booked with Tapestry Collection (they used to be Tapestry & then reopened after going bust) & they were an excellent operator. From additional touches like personal airconditioned transfers with water & cold towels, to free beach towels & high quality "jaunts" (trips), I would only ever travel with them to Turkey again.

My husband & I travelled with my parents & my sister & her boyfriend as part of a 60th birthday celebration in June. We'd already been to Meeru (my hubbie & I) for our honeymoon so this was a bonus holiday & very much welcomed as we were having sunshine withdrawal symptoms!

The room was brilliant. We had "deluxe suites" by the pool which incorporated a living room area, a huge double bed, a balcony overlooking the pool & an incredible bathroom wtih jacuzzi.

Be warned that the Jacuzzi takes half an hour to fill.

It was lovely & peaceful. If you have a choice I'd say to book rooms away from the main road & facing the pool as the road could be quite noisy. Where we were & around the pool we barely heard any noise.

The room had a double wardrobe but we could have done with extra drawers (or I could have packed less!). This didn't spoil the holiday though. The air conditioning worked well. The view of the pool & distant mountains was gorgeous. The room was cleaned daily & the room boy would often arrange the towels into various shapes & lay flowers on the bed or in the bathroom. There is a mini-bar fridge in the room &, unusually, the prices were the same or only a little bit more than at the bar. In fact, compared to the UK, the drinks were very reasonable.

The main pool was lovely if a little cold at the start of June. By the end of our stay this had warmed up considerably & I'm told the water is really warm by August. There was a rooftop pool also, which was adults only but we never felt the need to go up there. There were only 1 or 2 young children our whole stay & they were very well behaved. There was a bar by the pool which became the focal point for socialising with other guests. Many a conversation was struck up there & great friendships formed. There was a CD player on which Billy, the barman, constantly played Eva Cassidy! Not that I have anything against this music but several times a day of Somewhere over the Rainbow got a little repetitive & wasn't really conducive to poolside entertainment. Perhaps he needs to widen the repertoire a little!

The staff were fantastic. Polite & friendly, with basic English skills (enough to get by) - nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts were taken outside in the covered courtyard areas & the garden. There was a wide & delicious selection of cereals, fruit, bread, olives, cheese, cooked breakfast items, hard boiled eggs & an omelette bar where the chef would cook to order. The lunches were fine but evening meals were a little disappointing. You don't need to eat dinner at the hotel anyway when you have Kalkan only a 10 minute stroll away with its myriad restaurants catering to every taste.

The location was fantastic - far enough out of the centre to avoid the noise but close enough to walk in & out of (athough the walk uphill later at night after dinner was quite tiring).

The Tapestry rep - Julie - was brilliant. She was always visible or contactable & made good recommendations of places to see or things to do. We always felt as if it was a personal service rather than just another number as you often get with the Thompsons & First Choices of the this world.

We took advantage of the free Turkish bath (Hammam) which was excellent although not for the sensitive of skin (a lot of exfoliation & vigorous skin brushing). We also had a de-stress massage & clay mask & the prices compared favourably with those of the UK. The spa surroundings are pleasant although the large Jacuzzi could have been warmer.

Kalkan itself is a nice buzzy town, with plenty of choice for evening meals although the quality varied widely. It is best to take recommendations from fellow holiday makers when sat with a sundowner vodka & tonic as to what restaurants they've been to so far & which were good. As you walk through the hilly streets of Kalkan, the restaurant & shop proprietors will often call you over to look at their menu which some people found tiresome. I loved it though - the way they virtually implore you to come in - & they were never insulted or rude when you said no thank you. The prices of food & drinks increased in direct proportion to the distance from the waterfront (i.e. the closer you are, the more you pay). However, nothing is ever extortionate & we only spent about £500 in total on all our food & drink, exclduing breakfasts, for a week (for two people).

The Asfiya also owns the Yali beach club at which we had free entry.

This is not a sandy beach but stone platforms with sunbeds & parasols (you pay for these - but very cheap) as well as daybeds set into the rocks with temptingly soft cushions to relax on in the shade when the sun gets too much.

We spent 2 days out of our 7 there. There is a watersports company that the Yali staff will call who can come right up to the docking platform. They offer banana boats, jet skis, speedboat rides & waterskiing. My husband had a 30 minute waterski lesson which cost about £50.

We went on the Tapestry "Lazy Day" cruise which a boat (limited to 8 people & one day is adults only) that goes round the secluded bays in Kalkan for snorkelling & bathing. The day really is lazy - you can lie all day on the deck whilst the small crew bring you drinks if you wish! A delicious lunch is included. We went on my Mum's actual birthday & they arranged for a surprise birthday cake & the captain took a small launch to shore to collect some shells which he then fashioned into a necklace for my mum.

We also took a taxi to Saklikent Gorge where we walked in the water right up through the steep sides of the gorge.

How far you go depends on how daring you are & how prepared you are to get wet! Beautiful scenery though.

In summary, the Asfiya is a lovely small hotel which is well-run & with lovely rooms. If we returned to Kalkan I would always stay there rather than anywhere else.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:32 am Reply with quote
Steve from Durham
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Thanks for that, over 12 years since i last visited Turkey.....and has allways been on the "1 of these days" list


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:46 am Reply with quote
surfinsandie
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Thanks for a lovely, detailed report. It looks a beautiful hotel some lovely pictures.

Sandie

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:39 pm Reply with quote
Mark
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Turkey is a beautiful country.

I have been quite a few times and have also been to Saklikent Gorge. We walked as far as possible up the gorge against a torrent of water. Nina tried to cross the river by not holding onto the guide rope and was nearly swept away! She held on after that!

I will give my views on Olu Deniz/Antalya when I get a few minutes.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:18 pm Reply with quote
megaboff
Joined: 06 Mar 2007
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This was the first time I'd been to Turkey & was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely go back again.

I know what you mean about the wading across the water. I had to be helped across (there was no guide rope) & for a split second thought I was going to be swept away too!



Also - that water was freezing!!

Look forward to your report on a different area of Turkey.
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