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... to bring me to the hotel where my tour was starting! It's just fascinating to have a cab driver meander through the narrow roads with markets and bicycles everywhere, and say," Here is your hotel, ok?". Yes! Question mark! He made three stops and said/asked me that every time. When I told him that I didn't see my hotel name anywhere, and no I wasn't getting out, he asked someone on the street and I was safe and sound. Yay! My tour guides name ...
... The towns seem to be courting visitors from the UK with names like Saintsbury (sic), Marc and Spencer (sic) etc. There was a Chindi restaurant that claimed to serve Chinese and Indian cuisine. In this low season, these towns wore a ghostly look as none of the businesses seemed to be open. The same goes for Oludeniz beach where the bulk of the businesses were closed barring the odd store or cafe. Nobody can blame the weather which was balmy (in the middle ...
Kas is a small, relaxed town on the coast. It's a great spot, offering all manner of activities in and on the water, hiking in the hills, and Lycian, Roman, and Byzantine ruins.
As well as plenty of relaxing by the pool, we spent a day sea kayaking and a day hiking.
The kayaking's main appeal was passing over ...
... br> We are swimming a lot and eating great food, napping and drinking wine. Yesterday we pulled into a cove and hiked into some cool old Byzantine ruins, so old. I am fascinated with the way they built the arches without any mortar so long ago.
... Kastellorizo we could see that the landing strip pretty much spans the entire width of the island at that point. The landing approach was ummm, rather steep (!) and as soon as the wheels were on the runway the pilot slammed on the brakes. Not much room for error and not much runway left when we stopped!
We took a mini bus into town and overheard one of the locals say they hadn’t had any flights for a couple ...
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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.
The restaurants in the resort are excellent, and Daphnes's/The Paprika were recommended to us (for which we are grateful). Ak Deniz (behind the pub with no name cooked food to order, and will try and accommodate requests for food not on the menu (if arranged beforehand).
Over the years we have seen a significant rise in the prices in Turkey, but Kalkan is worth it. We are hoping to return and the only minor criticism of the resort is that it is not suitable for those who have walking difficulties (hilly), however saying that taxis are readily available.
Recommendations: Boat trip to the sunken city of Kekova and Samina (the lunch on the boat was surprizingly good), cannoeing on the Xanthos river (very hot so do not do this on the first few days). Take your fishing rod if you like fishing, there are places to fish close to the diving platforms.
Cost of a beer £1.20-£1.50 , cost of a meal £4-£9 approximately
depending on whether you are having a Turkish platter or a steak.
Thanks again to the staff at the Samira, see you again.
What has not been said about the Samira
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.
The other staff.........too many to mention, all seemed to have your holiday at their best interest reflecting a higher standard than the *** given to it. It now boasts a fantastic restaurant with a wide slection of dishes to suit. (I'm just re-reading this and it seems like an advertisement....which it certainly is NOT....)
I would like to keep this place a secret......as we're going bake again in October.....but I feel obliged to share this secret with you....go and try it, you won't be dissappointed.....ALL THE BEST
Andy 'The Boss'
WE LOVE KALKAN
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.
The hotel is beautifully kept through much hard work and the pool area provides a place for relaxation and fun.
Kalkan itself has all you could ask for, ranging from local diving venues to several bars by the harbour and many outstanding restaurants, there were countless nights when i regreted being full because the food was so delicious.
I just had to recommend Kalkan and especially the Samira as a place to go for your holiday, you will never be at a loss of what to do, and the constantly gorgeous weather ensures you will return home with a tan.
Anyway incase those at samira read this, a big thankyou from your greatest fans, Charlotte and Sam x x x x x x x x
Mehmet Ali !!
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.
Our hotel room was spotlessly clean and the balcony provided us with a stunning view of the bay. The cleaning staff were brilliant and just lovely people.
The hotel's pool is a good size and very clean. I have to say that between the pool , the bar and the hotel's staff we found it hard to drag ourselves away on the excursions that we had planned.
The Turkish Night, held every Saturday is a must and is very reasonably priced.
This hotel in our opinion is in the best location with just a two minute walk to the dolmus and offering the best views of Kalkan. The service and decor are five star. We just can't wait to go back again.
Wonderful place and amazing hotel
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.
Superb stay in Samira Hotel
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 +.
No axe to grind
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.
It's setting is ideal. OK, it's up the hill - but not that far & it's next door to the supermarket. It only takes a couple of minutes to walk down to the main street in the village, and a little longer to walk back, especially after eating out!
Now that Edam (Adam's Place) has moved up the hill from the harbour, this is ideal for lunch - his soups are to die for! Still as good as ever are the Korsan, Zekes and Daphnes, but we have added the Olive Garden (above the Mercez) & the Sofra to our list of favourites.
Kalkan still exerts its charms, even though the once bare hillsides are now covered with villas. The most asked questions now are'Have you bought?' or 'Are you buying?' We're quite happy as mere tourists!
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.