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“Kalem et moi aussi je l'aime...” 5 of 5 stars
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Kalem Island Oliviera Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bademli Koyu Kalem Adasi Dikili Merkez, Dikili 35983, Turkey   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dikili
Certificate of Excellence 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Kalem et moi aussi je l'aime...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

One of the nicest and peaceful place anyone should experience. Amazing nature full of beautiful flowers and trees. The sea,the beach,the gardens everything is just perfect. I was there twice and the first time was not that great but I loved the area so I wanted to come back and last year (August 2011) it was different,it was way better. I was amazed! All the rooms have been remodeled,I had a chance to get a tour of the domain and it was just breath taking by it's history and beauty. The design is very modern and elegant. The restaurant was very good,the service was good too and the people are so nice and friendly. I just had a wonderful time. I recommend this place to anyone whose seeking for a romantic getaway,families or group of friends it will just fit everyone. There's a lot of activities,you can go fishing,scuba diving and more stuff to keep you entertained or get a relaxing outdoor massage. The last but not least is the beautiful sunset,it will leave you speechless!! I can't wait to go back again this year with my family and friends. 

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Istanbul, Turkey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

I completely agree with most of the reviews: the sea and the nature is fantastic,the hotel is so relaxing. However, although the staff is polite and helpful the service is so slow and weak. Also the fee of the extra food/beverages are so high. Ideal just for a weekend holiday, not worth to spend your whole vacation.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

The Oliviera Resort Hotel is located on an island at Aegean Sea. The resort, activities, and staff were all amazing. Upon arrival, we were given a tour of the extensive property by the very friendly manager. My jaw literally dropped at the sight of the beautiful surroundings. The property is immaculately kempt. There are lots of different trees everywhere. The sea was amazing. The sea, sand and views are breathtaking. We took the half-board and were very pleased. The staff were incredible.
The hospitality, sea, views, great breakfast, were matchless. We were very pleased with everything they had to offer on the menu! And, of course, the service was always exceptional. I'd recommend the dinner under the heart for special occasions such as a honeymoon.
The room we had was perfectly renewed and had a wonderfully designed bathroom.
This is a perfect honeymoon hotel. I guarantee that what you see is what you get.
Bear in mind this resort is really geared towards couples! I wouldn't recommend it to solo travelers.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

We've travelled a lot, been to many places but never have we felt so cheated..Such a gap between what's advertised and the reality is absolutely shocking.
Here's how they "sell" the resort on their website:
"Don't you like to have an island? Oliviera resort lets you experience this feeling!" and add that it's the "first and only island hotel of Turkey".

This is their selling point, this is the idea people fall in love with..

Now, here's the reality:
beaches: one single beach not more than 40meters long on which you're tortured with non stop loud music. That's it! The rest of the island is private property they say and add that we can go if we want to but it's dangerous and unpleasant! yes THE beach was pretty but then again Turkey is full of gorgeous beaches.
rooms: dirty and falling apart, literally..On the day we left curtains actually fell on our heads.
service at the restaurant: the only positive point. It was as if the restaurant was run by an entirely different "management". It was good, the food, the staff, the service..

And here's the final incident, the last drop that made us pack our bags and run to salvage what was left of our vacation: There were only us and another family on the beach that morning. I asked (more like begged with tears of nerves in my eyes) them to stop the noise they call music at least for a little while so that I could hear the sea.
They did..for 15 minutes and started again. When asked for an explanation, they answered that it was "hotel policy that there should be music at all times on the beach and it was management's orders". We tried to find the management and found out they were on a business trip.. I believe the said management is so busy marvelling on how special their product is, spending money and time on selling the island that it forgets to actually run the place.

Final word: Turkey is full of truly stunning places, little corners of heaven earth, gorgeous hotels. This one is just not one of them.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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istanbul
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

I've been to this place three times. Its a place which you feel relaxed, and peaceful. The first time which was 2 years ago, I loved the nature and the sea. It was unbelievable. Rooms and service were so so. Last year I went back for the nature only and everything was much more better then before. Service, food, cleaning etc. This year its almost perfect. Really perfect!! They had some problems with cleaning, service and dining. This year all of the problems are almost gone. Nature and beauty was great as before but improvement of menus, taste, service, cleaning amazed me. As a person who goes back to this same place every year I can say that I'll go back next year again.

Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dorset
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2008

This place was so bad it became comical! Like Much beloved we had no hot water, dreadful food, no light, heard the car crash that was the band and sampled the foul and fly covered food.
We changed rooms (we were in the luxury end to start with) the downgrade had hot water but the loo seat and shower were broken. The rooms were not cleaned until we requested, and then we had to wait for 2 hours on one occassion. We had one gloriously sunny day but then they lit a bonfire next to the beach!!!!!
After our 5th night we were desperate to escape. We had drowned our sorrows on the extortionately priced wines so were not too shocked by the final bill. The rooms had been pre-paid so I calculated that the refund due covered the price of our drinks. They disagreed but in the end gave in and let us get on the boat without paying the bill. I never want to stay anywhere like that again - it was vastly overpriced, filthy and badly run.

  • Liked — the beach area and views
  • Disliked — all of it
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Great Britain
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2008

This is a catastrophic place. The brochure available at the resort ends with the bizarre strapline "Leave your Expectations Behind". If your expectations include electricity, hot water, good food, a clean pool, a courteous staff, a peaceful restaurant, lighted pathways, and any hotel information at all...then you really had better leave those expectations behind. This is a simply appalling place. They should send O J Simpson here for 10 years. Far worse than any penitentiary. And, as other reviewers have noted, the prices are absurdly high. A warm, weak gin and tonic costs the same as in London's American Bar! It's £4 for a tiny beer. The same for a coke. But the prices are a minor quibble compared with the fact that our 2-day stay saw us have no hot water at all and a succession of power cuts that had us scrabbling about with matches and candles. The lowest point came with the restaurant "entertainment" - a local folk band who simply banged discordantly and manically upon a huge drum. Judgement Day will be quieter. Come, friendly bombs and fall upon this insult to tourism. Olivera Delenda Est.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bademli Koyu Kalem Adasi Dikili Merkez, Dikili 35983, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Dikili
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dikili
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kalem Island Oliviera Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalem Island, a haunting place of only the sailors up to date which has never lost its mysterious character is making time loses its meaning while taking you to an amazing world within a historical texture. Kalem Island's boutique hotel Oliviera Resort let you experience the comfort of being in an Island with its 30 distinct rooms which are decorated in minor and simple details. It offers warm atmosphere in its restaurants and bars accompanied by the splendid views of Eagean shores and Lesbos Island. ... more   less 
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