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Kisla Mevki. Sardunya Sk. No:23, Kalkan 07960, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #17 of 39 Hotels in Kalkan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed there for two weeks in June and could not have been made more welcome. The exclusive escapes rep , Joan , was very helpful and pleasant. Our room 202 had a fantastic view. My only word of warning is the 181 steps, everything else was fantastic.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
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23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We had a complimentary brunch here, as well as a complimentary evening meal, included with or villa. The brunch was fine, nothing special but certainly appreciated on our first night in Kalkan. However the evening meal was fabulous.

We had a table right on the water, the menu, although limited due to complimentary status of the meal, was more than adequate, and the food itself presented beautifully and tasted even better! The staff were super attentive and helpful, they recommended a bottle not yet on the wine list that was both delicious and cheaper than the one we were going to choose. We stayed over three hours with no one rushing us.

It was so good we went back another night!

Finally we both had two excellent massages here in the waterside cave, blissfully relaxing!

Would recommend the facilities to anyone, though we didn't stay here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This was in a glorious quiet location, the views from the rooms, beach and restaurant have the most stunning views and you are left to your own devices as much as possible so you can really unwind and get away from it all. I did feel slightly disappointed that this resort did not offer any of the 'perks' that some of the more basic hotels we stayed in Turkey offered such as free bottled water - as opposed to charging 7 lira for a small bottle which over a week starts to cost a small fortune! Also, we changed rooms because the one we were in backed onto the common breakfast area. The room we changed to was a nicer room with a private balcony but not entirely worth the additional £65 that we were charged per night in our view.

Room Tip: Go for deluxe if you want a private room - the standard room backs onto the shared breakfast area.
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in May and we would definitely go back. After an initial mix-up with our room, the manager of the hotel stepped in and upgraded us at no extra cost. We'd booked a double but had been given a twin (originally booked through Exclusive Escapes, and I wasn't impressed when first they tried to imply this was my fault, and then said I could only upgrade to an available double if I paid extra, so I doubt I'll be using them again).

The rooms and views are stunning, the pool is beautiful. We didn't really use the beach club (there is no "beach" by the way - it's rocks and jetties) but we had a dip in the sea. The water taxi always seemed to be there when we wanted it, and it's very easy to get back to the hotel via regular taxi after eating out in Kalkan. The breakfasts were good quality and excellent variety. We had dinner twice and was fine, if unmemorable; my feeling is they are trying to be too sophisticated with the food when I'd have preferred simple, local food, cooked perfectly. A stunning place to eat though, at candlelit tables right by the waters' edge.

We didn't really want to leave. Next time we'll stay longer.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I stayed here 7 years ago when I got married in Kalkan and had a fantastic experience. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and the room, surroundings and service were superb. Sadly this is no longer the case. The hotel itself and its location are still stunning, with one of the best views in the world, but overall my experience was really quite disappointing and poor value for money.

The first shock was our room. We didn't splash out on the more expensive accommodation this time but still expected a good standard from a hotel of this calibre. We were stunned when the concierge escorted us to a dark, small and boxy room on the edge of the breakfast terrace in full view of the breakfast tables where diners could see right into your private space (room 104 FYI!) This was also the area where drinks and dinner are served several nights a week, with a speaker right outside the room playing music in the evening. This room is on its own, it appears to have been wedged in as an afterthought to make the most of the space. We requested to be moved and were taken to another room on the level below, which was significantly better and much more private.

Unfortunately this too proved to be less than the peaceful retreat we were hoping for when we discovered the hotel kitchen was directly behind our room. We were kept entertained with banging and shouting of pot washers and chefs til nearly midnight, and woken before 7am by the breakfast team prepping. The rooms are in no way soundproofed.

After this we told concierge we would be cutting our 3 day stay short because of the issues. There was no apology, but they offered to upgrade our room to a suite, so we accepted. A much lovelier room although the bathroom reeked of drains for the entire stay - a problem they were already aware of but didn't appear to be able to fix. We also realised that in place of the kitchen, we now had the laundry behind us! Not as noisy but still awoke to the sound of banging and chatter in a supposedly tranquil retreat.

The other overwhelming disappointment for us was the staff, who were generally quite surly and unhelpful - nothing like the usual impeccable attention to detail and pleasantness we've experience previously at mahal and in Kalkan in general. For a hotel which is primarily visited by English-speaking tourists, I also found it odd that the person who answered reception calls could barely speak English and did not understand requests for items such as an iron and ironing board. I wouldn't normally have an issue with this but for a top class hotel, your service staff really do need to be able to speak your guests' language.

We still had a lovely time and the spot is incredible, but I won't be going back. Poor value for money considering all the other beautiful places to stay in Kalkan.

Room Tip: Invest in a more expensive room, the standard aren't worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

In short, arrived anticipating a wonderful evening and meal, considering the setting and reputation of the hotel. we were rushed to the table with menu and wine list thrown at us. 2 minuts later the waiter asked what we wanted to order (food and wine at sametime.) whilst noting the EXTREMELY EXHORBITANT PRICE OF WINE! some 4 or 5 times the shop prices, we did Order and have a nice bottle of wine ...the FOOD...! Turkish meze not as good as can be bought in plastic tubs at supermarket and : prawns that were overcooked. Main courses sliced steak on roasted veg...meat ok veg very smoky and inedible, shank of lamb appeared to have been cooked in a microwave as anaemic, tastelessnand fat not rendered down and no colour, side dishes
sauteed mushrooms and chips rubbish. We picked at food but left most of it, explained to wAiter
that it wasnt nice...no reaction and obviously no feedback to owner or kitchen, as on presentation of bill it was an amazing 247 lira. WE CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT, AVOID. On leaving we saw the 'owner' and upon complaining she did offer another meal at her expense which we have reluctantly accepted,but do not niw want to accept ax we will have to pay for wine
, and could have s... Meal

again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Me and my girlfriend stayed here for a few nights in April 2013.

We were lucky enough to have an awesome room with a huge bathroom and views to die (I think all the rooms have a similar view)

The rooms have all been recently refurbished and have a slick modern style.

The pool is one of those infinity ones...SO cool and with an honesty bar, a great place to while away the hours

The restaurant at the waterfront is SO well located. We had a table that was right next to the sea, if I'd have dropped a fork it would have been in the water.The food was really tasty, but I felt a bit 'try hard', it could of had a simpler menu and have been just as impressive.

Although it is called a 'beach club' there is no beach. There are sun loungers and ladders into the water.

If you have dodgy knees or hard of walking, be warned this hotel has SO many steps. IT is on a steep almost cliff face which is why the views are so awesome, but not so good if you are a bit wobbly on your legs.

In summary; a cracking hotel, with warm welcome and accommodating staff and a superb pool

Go, relax, enjoy :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kisla Mevki. Sardunya Sk. No:23, Kalkan 07960, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Kalkan
#12 Family Hotel in Kalkan
#16 Romantic Hotel in Kalkan
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated boutique hotel nestling on a hillside in Kalkan Bay. Here at the Villa Mahal, each step you take offers a picture perfect view of the Lycian Coast and divine Turkish Mediterranean. You arrive at the Mahal's reception from the dusty track outside, and crossing the threshold you quite simply enter another world. The picture post-card spot was hand-picked by the owner Ipek when she first moved to Kalkan over 25 years ago, having gathered all in one place the essential ingredients of an award-winning boutique hotel. Mahal's unique thirteen rooms retreat offers the ultimate soul quenching vacation. It will restore, refresh and invigorate you. Tastefully appointed rooms and suites are all with striking picturesque sea views. At Villa Mahal, you will have the ultimate freedom vacation. It is a kick-off-your shoes, shrug-off-your-blues way of life that makes the tomorrows prettier than the yesterdays. Come visit Villa Mahal, tucked away just on the edge of paradise. (*) Villa Mahal winner of the Conde'Nast Johansens award for "Most Romantic Hotel" in Europe in 2007. ... more   less 
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Mahal Hotel Kalkan

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