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Caretta Apart Hotel
Mustafa Kemal Bulvari No 49 | Calis, Fethiye 48300, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #1 of 101 Hotels in Fethiye
talaton uk
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7 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Exceptional hosts and extraordinary value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

The welcome started with an email exchange - prompt, well written and answering all my questions. Our transition from the airport was seemless courtesy of Caretta and our apartment was a sizeable double bedroom, ensuite shower plus a large sitting room/kitchen with microwave, gas hobs, fridge, marbelled sink, pots and pans (but no tea towel) plus a balcony.

Can (pronounced djun rhymes with sun) and his wife Mary/Meri create a uniquely friendly environment and most of our fellow guests were returnees. The welcome continued throughout our week and included a special trip to an otherwise inaccessible delightful bay and the premier marina - fun to look. Don't hesitate if you want a warm, friendly and knowledgeable place to stay close to Cialis Beach and only 15 minutes by a very cheap and frequent bus to the centre of Fethiye with the busstop just outside the door or unforgettable waterbus (don't miss). If you go, at least once during your stay go see the tombs and eat at the King's Garden Restaurant where we had our two best meals of the trip and also don't miss the fish market.

Room Tip: Better away from the road
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Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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103 hotel reviews
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359 helpful votes 359 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

We stayed for two nights in apartment number 26. It was very comfortable and lots of room and had two balconies... one south and the other west facing.
The hotel was not open yet but the owner opened it up for us and gave us the front door key.
Can gave us good directions on how to get to some of the hidden attractions and went out of his way to make our stay very enjoyable.

Room Tip: Try and get a top floor room and no.26 is a very good one to choose.
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

A truly lovely place to stay for a fabulous holiday.Dr John and his staff are very warm,welcoming people and nothing is too much trouble. Dr John arranged numerous excursions for us during our stay which were definitely worth the visit,and well worth the money.The apartments are very family orientated with a lovely pool and a great bar for those hot sunny lazy days.They also have a fantasic resident cook so you can dine in..Only a short stroll to beach/shops/bars and restaurants.Dr John also arranges airport transfers which avoids the hassle of waiting for coaches etc..We would recommend the apartments and will return for another wonderful holiday in the near future. Kev, Fi ,Tom and James (Liverpool)

  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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21 hotel reviews
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183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

The hotel of first choice decided to close early for the season and we subsequently booked the Caretta based on reviews in trip advisor. We were certainly not disappointed.

Dr Can picked (and dropped) us from the bus station and spent many hours over our visit telling us about places to see and offering helpful advice on activities. He also advised our booked driver on additional locations to visit and followed up with phone calls concerning our itinerary and departure with the organising agency in Istanbul.

During our stay we felt like welcome friends rather than paying guests. We can see why so many have written such glowing reports.

Unfortunately for us we were travelling for five weeks in Turkey and had booked for three nights. We would love to return for an extended holiday when work commitments in Australia permit.

The hotel itself is set up for medium to long term stays and I don't think as well geared as it could be for those passing through and living out of a small case. Some contents in the rooms are dated and a kit for short term guests which include a tea towel, washing liquid, additional toilet paper, full set of pans etc. would be welcomed.

We had a spacious unit with a third bed in an adjoining area. The drying room off the main bedroom had a porthole window onto the well lite internal passage and had no curtains. The amount of light coming into the bedroom was considerable. With no internal door we used a cushion and towels during our stay to reduce the amount of light and semi-darken the room for sleeping.

Within the last six years we have stayed at a large number of apartments in Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, France, Italy and the U.K. The Caretta would rank at the top for friendliness and atmosphere and high for facilities and location.

Overall it was a great pleasure to have stayed at the hotel and met such pleasant fellow guests and delightful warm owners.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Very nice and quiet but a short walk to the shops/bars/restaurants. Owners and staff extremely helpful - arranging trips for residents with the added value of 'in the know' and 'contacts'. Our apartment was quite basic and we didn't have a view so next time would request certain apartments.

Chalis is a nice resort with plenty of bars and restaurants but not too busy. The resort has a river running through where you can hire a river taxi boat to go across the bay to Fethiye - which is cheap, well worth it and, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may see a turtle!

Room Tip: Ask for sea view
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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O'Fallon, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

First of all, I must start off by saying I use to always want to try new destinations for our holidays. Well this was true until our first visit to Caretta. On our first holiday there, we had already booked the 2nd one before we had even left!! Needless to say, we went there 3 times in a about a years time-frame!!! Dr John, Mary, Cem, Duran and all the staff make you feel like you are family. It was so refreshing to stay at such a welcoming place on our first visit to Turkey. The hotel is located in a very convenient location, 5 min walk to the seaside and to endless shops and restaurants in Calis Beach. You can also take the water taxi into Fethiye for a wider variety of restaurants/shops.
We thought it was amazing that Dr John would just come around the poolside and ask his guests if we would like to go on excursions which were such value for money. It was nice to be taken to places in their comfortable/air-conditioned van and have no worries of where to go or what to see! It was also nice to have Duran pick us up from the airport and back to with no stress of having to deal with transport.
We also had many days where we would stay at the hotel, lounging by the pool and ordering snacks and drinks from the bar/restaurant right at the hotel where Chef was always there to cook you what you fancy. There are also dinner themed nights at the hotel which is nice to get to know other guests. All of the guests we have met are just the most friendly and fun-loving people. You begin to think of them as family too since you just keep coming back to stay and run into people you met before!
I can not wait to go back and visit again, it's been over a year now but only because we moved to America which is a lot longer plane ride than from the UK! If we were in the UK still, we would be planning holidays 1-2 times/year. With our last visit to the UK, we just had to go to Turkey and see our friends so we booked another holiday at Caretta!
It is truly a home away from home. I would recommend this hotel for anyone.

Jon and Chrystal France (Missouri, USA)

  • Stayed June 2011, 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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essex uk
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

We have been going to the caretta for a good few years now, Dr John, Mary ,Cem and all the staff are so friendly and can't do enough for you,Rooms are very clean and comfortable , Very good restaurant and pool bar . And very kid friendly, Dr John will arrange any trips you would want to go on.The pool is very clean , The caretta is of a very high standard , We can't wait to get back there , always have the greatest of holidays at caretta.............

  • Stayed July 2011, 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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Address: Mustafa Kemal Bulvari No 49 | Calis, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Fethiye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 101 Hotels in Fethiye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caretta Apart Hotel is located in the centre of Calis Beach, 5 minutes from Fethiye on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. The Caretta Complex offers clean, modern accommodation in a quite location close to all holiday facilities. These apartments are particularly well suited to families. The resort centre is just 500 meters away. Bars, restaurants, shops discos and Calis Beach are within five minutes walk. There are frequent minibuses, as well as a taxi-boat service along the river between Calis to Fethiye in every half an hour during the summer season. ... more   less 
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