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Peninsula Gardens Hotel
Beyhan Cenkci Cad. | Selahattin Sonmez sok., Kas, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #7 of 47 Hotels in Kas
London, United Kingdom
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“Picture Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

I've been coming to Turkey for many years now , and have stayed in almost every resort town along the south coast , at a variety of resorts , looking for that perfect place . The place I don't have to wake up at the break of dawn to get a sunbed , The place with a jaw dropping view , massive rooms , balcony with my own pool , and a personal service which makes you feel " Important " . A place where everybody knows your name , but values and respects the reason you are here , for peace and mind

From the moment you are picked up from the Airport by The Elixor Group , in what I can only describe as one of the best mini vans I've ever been in . It's like something a Rock Star would travel in , or the result of a "pimp my ride" episode , in fact they have a small fleet of them .

So , after arriving like a Rock Star , you are greeted like a Rock Star , as the Good Looking staff of Elixor are there to meet and greet you and show you to your room . WOW , as the whole resort faces out to sea, every room has a sea view , a balcony and its own plunge pool . Check the website out , and you'll see what I mean .

Within 30mins of arriving it seemed the pool bar / restaurant team knew our names and the vacation pretty much continued like that for the rest of the week .
This really is a marvellous resort , which is complimented by a great team headed up by Cihan ( bar and restaurant manager ) . Wait til you meet Salman , he's an amazing loveable guy , and very funny . Special mention to Zulfikar too .

Only thing I would add is , with this amazing view of Turkey , the sea , the mountains etc , they could put more Turkish meze dishes on the menu . The people that come here are obviously a well travelled bunch , and one of the many reasons they come to Turkey is because of the food ( amongst other things ) . Saying that , the chef is talented ( Master Chef Ismail )

So in a nutshell , it's as close to perfect as you'll get , and if I had a pound for every guest that said " I'm coming back next year " , I'd be very rich indeed .

This resort has a Very Bright future , and YES I'm coming back .

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I have stayed in many locations in the world and tend to gravitate towards the more boutique style intimate hotels than the large all inclusives. PG did not disappoint. The people are warm and friendly and very happy to help. We were allocated Amethyst which was a second floor sea view room with a small plunge pool on the side (chilly, but I'm sure it will warm up as the summer continues). The view was stunning over the bay to the mountains beyond and the call to prayer wafted gently across the bay several times a day reminding you that you were in Turkey.

When we were there we had a breeze to take the intensity out of the sun which was very welcome. The style is contemporary minimalist with a lovely touches. Bare concrete rubs shoulders with limed beams and decking, crisp white linen curtains and bedding giving the place a funky almost Scandinavian feel. Not sure about the mirror above the bed, perhaps 20 years ago!! Loved the slices of agate lit up from behind around the bed and between the bathroom and bedroom giving the rooms an arty but earthy warmth.

Days were spent chilling out by the sea on the decking. There are about six beds with double mattresses and sun shades here and if you are early and lucky, two a level down a few steps from the sea. You have about 30 steps from the pool to the beach so not too taxing. There are a few beds by the pool which is very quiet during the day as many people tended to stay by their own pools in their rooms.

Breakfast was lovely, with the staples (fruit, yoghurt, jams, honeys, cheeses, meats, olives) as well as three hot additions which changed every day (sausage, eggs, potatoes). Fresh omelettes and American style pancakes are cooked to order and plenty of tea, coffee and fruit juices.
Luxury transfers were provided by a celebrity style tinted windowed, sleek black and silver 'pimped' tour bus with leather and faux suede interior.

Elixir holidays seems to run from this hotel. We don't usually go for package tours, but we booked this through Secret Escapes and got a good deal.
We were upgraded two days before the end to 'Alis Home', a three bedroomed, three bathroomed villa with a huge pool, lounge, kitchen. more than we needed but it was lovely and if you are going with a group, I would seriously consider this.

Elixir were not in your face and very helpful. We attended the welcome meeting which we usually avoid like the plague but it was brief and not hard sell. We hired a car for the day for £40 and drove to Demre to see the rock tombs and then to St Nicholas church. Worth a look, start off at 10 to avoid the coach tours and you'll have a really nice day. Otherwise be prepared for the crush!!

We also paid £30 a head for the day trip to Mais, a Greek island off the coast of Kas, 20 mins by ferry. We could have done this independently but all transfers, Visas etc were taken care of by Elixir and so it was much easier to pay and relax. If you go to Mais it may be an idea to take euros, there is a cash Point on the island if you need one. They also take Turkish lira and pounds but we felt we got a slightly better deal paying in Euros and all of the prices on menus and in shops are in Euros. If you go to Mais go prepared as the Ferry leaves Kas at 10 am and returns at 4.30. So take swimmers, book, towels and anything else you need. Have a leisurely lunch, walk up to the church, castle and museum, come back to the harbour, have cake and coffee and watch the turtles swimming about Radio cafe was a really good vantage point for this as they came really close. walk around the harbour, visit the duty free shop, sunbathe a little and you should just about have time to buy a few gifts before getting the ferry back.

Kas town has a bohemian, hippy underbelly with a sleek hip and arty topcoat. I hope it stays that way. We visited Kalkan one evening for a meal (see Regency hotel) and found, in my opinion, the very best lovely place to eat, the town was quite touristy and although this appeals to many people I was glad we didn't stay there.

For eating in Kas find the Blue House, it has a lovely vibe. It is a house by day and restaurant by evening. head up the hill towards Dolphin and it is next door. The Hideaway bar off the main square on the left as you are coming from the Taxi rank is perfect for a cocktail and a healthy dose of rock and blues before or after dinner. For gifts go to the Silk Road, opposite Naturale restaurant in the cobbled streets up the hill and there's a wicked little coffee and cake bar in the small square here too. Stand with your back to Tzatsiki and look north east. It has a lift up front and a few seats out front, grinds very fresh coffee and serves huge wedges of cheesecake, mouthwateringly soft and creamy tiramisu and if you are up for it, conversation with the locals.

The only downsides about the hotel were that they do not allow you to bring any food or drink from outside so you have to buy their water which can get expensive, or smuggle things in. Also the music at breakfast was 80's pop played loudy, also in the bus and by the pool. We gave our feedback and the music was turned down, and once changed to something more ambient, but as a soundscape designer and sound therapist the music definately needs addressing!!
For the very best experience learn some simple Turkish, don a big smile and open your heart. You'll have a great time!
Note, you need £10 each for VISAS at the airport in UK pounds when you arrive at the airport or better still pay online.

Room Tip: Amethyst is lovely as it is on the corner, but all rooms are great.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Our Experience with Elixir holidays takes a lot of beating. First class friendly organisation in London . Speak to Ali. Tel:020 7722 2288
Special thanks to Melex(Turkish for angel)from Elixir Travel who looked after us at the Peninsular Gardens- Kas.
Lovely part of Turkey
Breathtaking views from our room..First class food with great service at breakfast and dinner. Also first class restaurants in Kas Town.Would some it up if you want a relaxing holiday with luxury trimmings the Peninsular Gardens will be hard to beat.
Thank you again Elixir Travel for recommending this Hotel and this part of Turkey to us!

Robert Bloch

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Horley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing week at the Peninsula Gardens - our first visit to Turkey but it will certainly not be our last!

This review will be mainly by way of bullet points for ease of reference. However by way of introduction I should say that we usually choose self catering or a simpler bed and breakfast hotel - with freedom to explore and dine out independently. However Peninsula Gardens opened our eyes to a new world and for us was everything that a luxurious seaside holiday should be. We are very tempted to return - soon! The other reviews and pictures of this hotel speak for themselves - it is wonderfully situated and hits just the right blend of comfort, service and relaxation. The staff are absolutely lovely and give great service with a smile. Our special thanks to Salman the waiter who looked after us so very well - always with a happy smile on his face and a song on his lips. Thank you Salman for making meal times a joy! A special mention too for Malek from Elixir for her welcome and help.

Plus points:
* Lovely staff and great service
* Superb location and views
* Not at all "stuffy" just relaxed and pampering
* First class food at all meals. Thanks to Chef Ishmail
* The stunning dining terrace
* Excellent sea swimming (in between relaxing on the superb sunbeds in the Cabanas)
* The lovely town of Kas and its many excellent restaurants for evening relaxation. We especially liked Naturel, Iqbal's and Bi Lokma (Mamas). Try the large Friday market too - great fun!
* A very pleasant room (Aquamarine) with excellent terrace and loungers
* Great treatments and massages in the well equipped spa
* Free wifi with good distribution over the entire complex

Minor Quibbles:
* We would have liked to go into Kas, stay for lunch and then come back mid afternoon to relax. However, if you go down on the shuttle bus at 10.30 the only choice for a return shuttle is 12.30 or 17.30. One in between would have been perfect. Perhaps when dropping passengers off the 15.30 shuttle from the hotel?
* There is a very good Elixir day trip to Saklikant gorge and wonderful historic sites at Xanthos, Tlos and Patara. However, inexplicably you are also taken (without any option being given) into a carpet warehouse where after a brief examination of carpet making techniques the "hard sell" begins - it was like being surrounded by a pack of smiling hyenas. Elixir - it is simply not good enough to treat your clients this way - at least give an opt out!! As a result our time at Pataras towards the end of the day was severely constrained.
* The bathroom really does need an extractor fan (as many other have commented in their reviews)
* The canopy above the terrace (Aquamarine room) is partly broken and was not fixed despite being reported twice.

These quibbles are really quite minor in context - we will have no hesitation in returning! Thank you Peninsula Gardens Hotel and all your staff for happy days and lovely memories!

Room Tip: We were quite happy to choose a standard sea view room without plunge pool. The terrace was a good s...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a lovely little place. It's small, friendly and relaxed. If this is the 13th rated hotel in Kas then numbers 1-12 must really be something else!

It is a fantastic place just to recharge the batteries. There isn't much - well anything - going on so the only thing to do is to lie in the sun; swim in the sea, the pool or your own terrace pool; eat and drink. That's precisely what we were looking for.

There's plenty of room to do your relaxing too. With only 18 rooms there was never any pressure on sun beds. Both the pool area and the sun deck are comfortable with waiter service but the Cabanas are the real star. They're expensive and we only indulged on one day but - well I'm, not a sun worshipper but even I stayed there for every possible minute.

If you want more to do and see take the minibus into Kas have a look around and try the great restaurants and cafes (tips: Maya Gardens and Kosk).

The one "event" at PG was a weekly barbeque with a decent singer guitarist. He got my vote for playing a good version of "Wish you Were Here". The BBQ is a bit expensive but delivers mountains of food and is a chance to be a bit more sociable, just the once.

This place is serious but not precious about its food. Presentation was always excellent and dinner became the main entertainment most evenings as we spent several hours over the process. They'll do you a quick pasta as well if that's what you want. Service was conscientious and disciplined whilst remaining friendly and cheerful. I've read a bit of criticism about the Turkish food there and I can understand that: the international menu was more inventive. I can well imagine that the chef (who showed up regularly to check that everything was okay) felt that visitors have certain expectations of turkish dishes when they visit so wasn't able to alter them. The bar/restaurant manager was very attentive and ran things pretty well but with a smile.

Our room was very pleasant and our deck and pool were fantastic. The level of amenities was okay and the cleanliness impeccable. We loved sitting on our sun beds either first thing or at sunset looking out over the sea. All the rooms have the same sea view.

The spa was under sold a bit (no leaflet in the room) and we didn't get around to visiting it until towards the end. Which was a pity. Some commenters have complained the the pool in the spa is short and narrow. I loved it: it's in a space carved out of the rock face and so being in the pool felt like swimming in a cave. It also made a pleasant and cool escape from the sun.

The Elixir reps were great and very helpful. We found it best to deal with them rather than Reception if we wanted anything in the hotel even if it was housekeeping. We only went on one excursion to Xanthos, TLOS, Carpet Warehouse, Saklikent Gorge and a beach. This was a very long day; add in another location for lunch and it made for a lot of minibus miles. Saklikent is worth the visit and the ruins were impressive. I thought that the Carpet Manufacturers Association and the accompanying hard sell were par for the course and easy enough to ignore even if I did get a bit irked that time wasted there was at cost of more time doing interesting things. However, if you go there knowing you want a carpet and have done your research it may well be possible to pick up a bargin. The couple on our trip who bought one were pleased with the deal.

In summary: we loved it; it was exactly what we were looking for and we enjoyed treating ourselves for a week.

One very small point to Elixir who I know read these reviews. You really shouldn't charge for drinking water. Keeping hydrated is important for people visiting from colder climates. Sure, fine, charge for the gastro labelled mineral water served with meals but not for the plastic bottles needed during the day.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ferring, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Just returned from what has been one of our most enjoyable holiday experiences. We booked via ‘Secret Escapes’ and the organisation was first class. On arrival at the hotel we were met by friendly staff and shown to a pristine room overlooking a beautiful bay where we would watch the sun set below the mountains on most evenings.
On previous holidays - we have visited the hotel website to view location, rooms, food etc and invariably have been disappointed by one or the other. The Peninsula Gardens however lived up to its description in all aspects. All 18 rooms have spectacular views – many with their own plunge pools – in addition there is both a large communal pool and a sea swimming deck with a floating sun raft.

Our tariff included breakfast - which was laid out in a covered patio overlooking the bay - with all manner of cereals and fruits to choose from and a chef on hand to display his skills for omelettes and pancakes!

The hotel provided its own shuttle-bus service 3 times daily to the local town of Kas (Kash) where you could explore the harbour and its local shops and many interesting restaurants – or just sit by the harbour wall enjoying a local Turkish coffee or fresh orange juice and watch the world go by.

However, the food at the hotel was so good that we really had to drag ourselves into town to sample alternatives. The hotel offered different menus for lunch and dinner – with delicious options that catered for all tastes – my favourite for lunch being the Tempura shrimp and vegetables and for dinner a beautifully prepared grouper. A complimentary Mezze was provided at both lunch & dinner and we enjoyed toasting our breads on the small ‘firepit’ provided.

The restaurant was an open-air deck overlooking the bay and the excellent staff provided whatever table setting required – 2’s or 4’s - or in our case a table for 10 on the Thursday night when the hotel organised a superb local BBQ evening.

Although we took advantage of the organisers ‘away days’ – being our first trip to Turkey – the facilities offered by the hotel were such that we could just chill out on the twin ‘day-beds’ situated on decks overlooking the sea – where staff would happily provide all manner of drinks while you soaked up the sun.

The best commendation – always best left to last – was the staff. Always welcoming – with big smiles and free advice on all things local – from the young girls who impeccably cleaned the rooms to the reception staff – those chefs who you rarely see but create such wonderful food – and the bar and restaurant guys whose level of service made us feel special.

I believe we chose the best time of year to visit – May and September looking to be the best months – the weather was ‘full on’ sun every day but one – which was a little overcast but warm. Highly recommended and will definitely visit again.

Roy & Mo Parmenter
May 2013

  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The Peninsula Gardens Hotel is a lovely 18 room property built into the cliffside in a fine location on the coast, outside the attractive small town and harbour of Kas (pronounced 'kash'). It is difficult to fault the size or quality of the rooms which are modern, well furnished and comfortable, with lovely views, especially from your own spacious outside sitting/lounging area. The room we had benefited from a small plunge pool (some rooms have larger pools, some have no pool but this is reflected in the price). Our room and spacious shower room were spotlessly clean.

The public areas are very attractive and include an outdoor poolside dining area with views down to the sea. There is a fresh water swimming pool and a large sea water pool with a raft, and a couple of lounging/sun-bathing areas on two different levels above it. The whole set-up is in many ways idyllic but not ideal for anyone with mobility problems, although there is a lift from the reception area to the upper floors.

There is a spar and a small gym but we didn't use them..

You have to remember that this is southwest Turkey and the service is therefore not what one might expect in a five star hotel in northern Europe. That said, the staff throughout were charming, friendly and only too happy to help. One suspects that training to a five star standard is not readily available but you can't fault the willingness of the staff to learn from constructive advice.

The food at dinner was excellent and its presentation charming, verging on the exotic. The buffet-style breakfast was extensive and varied, making lunch almost superfluous and the breakfast area, being outside, had all the benefits of fresh air and the elevated views down to the sea.

The wines (including Turkish) were perfectly acceptable. The bar did its best to produce familiar cocktails but was not always successful (training?) and I would recommend sticking to beer and the usual spirits.

There is a shuttle bus service at roughly two-hourly intervals into Kas which has a small harbour and a large modern marina. Tourists have not yet spoiled the town and there is a large number of bars and restaurants/tavernas of varying quality. Shopping is obviously tourist-oriented although there are a couple of interesting 'antique' shops. The Friday market is interesting but not worth a lot of time.

All in all, a great place for a week of simply relaxing and enjoying the quality of the hotel and its surroundings, and if you get bored with that there are some interesting local tours that are worth doing and which can easily be arranged through the hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beyhan Cenkci Cad. | Selahattin Sonmez sok., Kas, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kas
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 47 Hotels in Kas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is one of the most luxurious new hotels we have found on the Lycian coast. As you read this, the first guests are already splashing in their private plunge pools, or basking on their secluded terraces. Literally from the ground up, The Peninsula Gardens has been designed to make the most of the craggy coastal cliffs on which it stands. There are two buildings, but the slope allows the second building to command just as splendid a view as the first. ... more   less 
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