My boyfriend and I stayed at the Lizo for two weeks in summer 2008 and I have to say, as someone who has travelled extensively, that it is definitely the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
Now, I'm not saying it's a five-star luxury resort - but then it doesn't ever claim to be. Lizo is a basic, family run place to stay, relax by the pool, have some great food and some even better company. The atmosphere of this place seems to do something to people, making even the meanest of them friendly, talkative and generous! People of all generations get on like a house on fire, something which I have never really experienced anywhere else.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I completely disagree with those who say that they were made to feel uncomfortable if they didn't spend money at the hotel and also that Ali only treats you like a friend if you're spending! (?)
My personal experience was very, very different! My boyfriend and I are students so we had an extremely tight budget, spending very little in the hotel and yet we were treated like part of the family. The Ays stay in contact with us and we are meeting up with Ali and Sarah when they are back in Britain in a few weeks. All of the Ays are extremely friendly and sociable and encouraging of people to enjoy their holidays so maybe this could be misconstrued, I don't know!
We also found that Ali would go out of his way to find us deals on trips and excursions at a rate which was significantly less (sometimes by 50%) than the tour operators' for the same - or in some cases better - trips.
Kalkan is a beautiful place, full of things to do, restaurants to try and people to meet. The Lizo was a wonderful base for a truly wonderful holiday at an extremely reasonable price... I urge anyone feeling disenchanted by big hotel chains, to try this delightful place!
Oh, and if you do go, get Ali to make you a mojito... they're the best you'll ever taste!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lizo is owned and run by the Ay family. It has cozy atmosphere and we try to make you feel at home and relaxed. Lizo restaurant is famous for its traditional home cooked foods. Outstanding views across Kalkan bay and mountains. Small adequate swimming pool with sunbeds. This hotel is not recommended for children. Safe boxes available. Air conditioning available in all rooms. Board is Bed & Breakfast. 25 rooms ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lizo Hotel Kalkan