Travel Blogs from Kalkan
... is unwell and we receive news that a friend has died. Sad news indeed. He was the brother of a good friend. He joined us in Tuscany last September for the last couple of days. He then stated at the villa acting as a sort of caretaker looking after the place. Sadly Tony never made it back to the UK and passed in Lucca where he was then living after moving out of Casa ...
... started acting up, so I spent about 6hrs in some amount of pain. All's good now though. On our second day we made a day trip to the abandoned Greek town of karakoy. In the 1920s, Greece and turkey had a war, after which they each decided to expel the Turkish minority in Greece and Greek minority in Turkey to the other country. So karakoy's population left and the town hasn't been inhabited since, leaving 400 stone houses and several churches. It's ...
... Trying to drop anchor and having it hold in 30kph wind as quite a challenge. Once Jacques knew the boat was safe, he and Frederick took off for the harbor to see if it was going to be possible for us to move. The Princess size cruise ship had put ropes across the harbor, so no one could enter before they left. About an hour later Jacques and Frederick returned saying there was no possibility of anchorage in the main harbor. Dinner tonight was ...
... the road he crossed too. He waited politely outside shops and if someone approached from the other direction he would make menacing noises. Only when we reached our apartment block did he give us a ‘woof’ goodbye and he was off to guard someone else. In fact, there are lots of dogs and cats here. They turn up even in posh restaurants and sit by you hopefully. Most of them have owners and are tagged to show that, but no one seems to worry about what ...
... around the town, followed by the ornately clad archbishop who was visiting from Rhodes. The following morning the church service, broadcast through loudspeakers, could be heard all over the town and the archbishop’s presence was blamed for the fact that it went on longer than usual – over two hours. The priest had not been able to rush through as was his custom!
Although we worked hard for three days it did not feel like a chore with all the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Samira Hotel Kalkan
We visited the Samira hotel for 2 weeks in July/August 2005, a family of 5 (including a youthful grandad and 2 children (one teenager and a 9 year old), hoping that there would be "something for everyone". Kalkan and in particular the Samira Hotel did not disappoint us. We have visited various resorts in Turkey and found the Samira Hotel and Kalkan the best (so far). The staff at the hotel were friendly and efficient, the hotel restaurant is very good (excellent steaks), and although we normally pass on the Turkish night it was well worth going to. Although our eldest son did not hoiliday with us (age 17), there were other people his age, and although the resort is not jumping, I'm sure he would have enjoyed himself.
I have just been reading the previous reviews by other holiday users of the Samira............and what can't be said has been forgotten. My wife and I, with two children (8 and 3), have just returned this morning (so I'm NOT hanging about by any means). We had a truely wonderful and relaxing time. Again my completiments must go Mr Hussein, the owner of the premises and to the 'shop front', Urgun, who was exceptional. His professional behaviour put many British hotels to shame (he would be a true asset)...nothing seemed to faze him at all.........even when 73 new holiday makers turned up within a few hours, it was all managed superbly.
Just got back from Kalkan and what can we say??? Amazing! A friend and I stayed in the hotel Samira for 2 weeks and enjoyed the unfailing hospitality of all the bar staff and the lovely receptionist, Urgun, who had many useful tips and truthful comments and who we have a soft spot for. Being some of the younger guests at the hotel, only 17 we were very happy to find friendly faces in the staff and made up nicknames for them all, including magic man for his frustratingly good card tricks, and others for oktay and life, who we surely annoyed although they never let on.
We have just returned from a ten night stay at the Samira Hotel. Kalkan is a beautiful place to be based but for us it was the Samira and all of its staff that made our holiday so special. Ergun on reception is probably the first person you will meet when you arrive at the Samira and his helpfulness and local knowledge makes you feel at home straight away. The poolside bar is managed by Guni and you will find it hard to resist his offers of 'ice coffee nice coffee'!! The other members of his team Oktay and Life are very friendly and nothing is to much trouble for them. We stayed half board and breakfast in the morning was excellent. Good, the waiter will look after you very professionally here and in the hotels first class restaurant , Bosphorus.
Have been using tripadvisor for a couple of years and it has never let me down in terms of the choice of hotels to stay in. Thankfully the previous reviews for the Samira were spot on as I and my girlfriend have just returned from a wonderful holiday there. Had booked the holiday as a late deal and must say I was slightly confused as to which accommodation we would be getting as I've have seen various mentions of the 'Samira' such as Samira Delux, Samira Apartments, Samira Hotel etc. Was even more confused when I received my holiday details to see we were staying in Samira Hotel 1&2 which I hadn't seen mentioned on any reviews. For anyone else in the same situation to clarify the 'Samira Delux' is a completely different property situated further up the hill that Kalkan sits upon. The 'Samira' has 3 buildings (blocks if you like, each 4 storeys high), the 1st block is the Samira 1 hotel, the 2nd is the Samira Apartments and the 3rd is the Samira 2 hotel. We were staying in the Samira 2 and although I wasn't able to compare our hotel room to those in Samira 1 can only imagine the decor is slightly different as from the outside they look exactly the same. In terms of our room it was quite small with a small balcony (the outstanding views across the bay more that made up for this mind!!) however it was practical, extremely clean and everything worked so when I consider the cheap price I paid for the holiday the room did exceed my expectations. Things only improve when you leave your room as the buildings themselves are beautiful with spiral staircases, marble reception rooms, sitting areas, all spotlessly clean. The best part in our opinion were the grounds, breakfast terrace and pool area which I would say equate easily to 4 or 5 star properties I have visited in the past. Looking at the impressive photos on the web I must admit I was dubious that in the flesh they would be that good (along the same lines that I've never had a Big Mac that looks like it does in the picture!!) but I'm pleased to tell you that in this case the pictures don't lie, the grounds and decor really are that wonderful. In terms of the staff they were simply brilliant and (along with everyone else we met in Kalkan) couldn't do enough to help you. Must say my only previous experience of being in Turkey (Marmaris) didn't leave me relishing the prospect of dodging my way through the masses of locals trying to flog you one thing or another but Kalkan is completely different. Yeah they'll politely ask as your passing if you want to look in their shop or view their menu etc. but a simple no thanks and they'll wish you on your way. The hotel staff were the same, i.e. they would come round the pool asking if you wanted a drink or snack but it wasn't every 10 minutes and my experience throughout the week was that they were genuinely wanting to provide you with excellent service as opposed to just ramping up your bar bill higher and higher. Also I've worked in the hotel trade and the work ethic of the staff was something any British employer would love to see in their business as each of them were turned out perfectly, were amazingly polite and clearly put in 100% to all of their jobs cutting no corners. As for Kalkan itself it's what we wanted i.e. a week away from the stresses of work just to relax and the scenary is amazing. Must admit we didn't do a lot apart from lazing round the pool, going for meals (every meal we had was gorgeous and averaged out at no more than £25 for the 2 of us) and having a few drinks afterwards but there were plenty of days out, sports, boat trips etc. available for the more adventurous. Didn't see many families there either which I think you can probably attribute to both the geography (the town is built on a steep slope although the Samira is towards the bottom end of that slope) and also the fact that Kalkan is clearly aimed at adults with not much for the kids to do. Anyway apologies for going on so much but as my girlfriend regularly points out I am one to complain at bad service so it's only fair to provide positive feedback when the experience is a good one........this definitely, definitely was one of those times.
A wonderful hotel
We have just returned (yesterday) from the Samira and had to write a glowing review about this wonderful hotel and its staff. Kalkan itself is a fabulous place but the Samira with its great location and fantastic views over the town, harbour and bay of Kalkan definitely made our holiday an even more enjoyable experience. This was our first visit to the Samira and Kalkan and hopefully will not be the last as we are hoping to return in September, to the Samira? you bet.
We have just returned, having had a brilliant time in this superb hotel. We stayed in the apartments, which have bigger balconies than hotel rooms but both apartments and hotel rooms surround the pool. Everything was spotlessly clean. Ergun on reception was exceptionally nice, extremely helpful, nothing was too much trouble. There is a lovely poolside bar which serves a good selection of delicious snacks. The Bosporous Restuarant, above, serves dinner in the evening - excellent! We also had dinner in the sister restuarant Kosk, 10% discount (opposite Mercez cafe/bar in the centre]which was excellent too. Lovely atmosphere in a beautfully designed restuarant, sails, mirrors, candles, even orchids in the loos. All the staff in the Samira were very friendly and we were well looked after. Saturday Turkish night in the Samira should not to be missed - for £10 you are treated to 18 starteres/ 1 main/ 1dessert, plus traditional music and dance plus belly dancers, Excellent value! The Samira is quite close to the centre, only up one hill (many accomodations are up very steep hills) Supermarket next door was a bonus, nice fresh bread! Weekly market nearby too. Kalkan is delightful with a wide range of excursions. Abi Travel arranges private transfers from Dalaman to Kalkan £40 one way for up to 4 persons or minibus up to 7 for £60. Transfer approx 2hours +.
Having reviewed another hotel in Kalkan - the Rhapsody - and being accused of 'having an axe to grind' as we were not enamoured by it, this, you will be please to know contains nothing but praise. Having walked through the grounds of the Samira on many occasions we finally stayed there in June 2004 & August 2004 & have just booked for June 2005. This in itself is a good recommendation. Renovations had just been completed & everywhere sparkled. The standards of cleanliness throughout were top quality. The staff were friendly and helpful and guests were made to feel like guests, not cash machines.
After three years at the Pirat in Kalkan decided it was time for a change and we went to the Samira in October 2004 for a week. The staff were so helpful and friendly and the hotel and room were perfect. Good location for the village and wonderful view from breakfast terrace on roof.
During our stay we had a few thunderstorms and a mini tornado! However, when electrics went off, the staff were rushing around making sure everyone was safe and giving out candles, escorting us to the "protection" of the Pool Bar! They just couldn't do enough for us and we met many people who had been using this hotel time and time again.
We will return here without a doubt.
We have been holidaying in turkey for several years and always found that the samira was good value for money first class service very freindly staff and a high standard of cleanliness.The samira is also in the best possible location being five minuets from the bazzars restaraunts and pubs.So if you are looking for a relaxing holiday the samira is the one for you leaving you with lasting memories of this exotic turkish delight.