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“Everything we imagined........” 5 of 5 stars
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Maras | Opposite rock tombs, Dalyan, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #29 of 61 Hotels in Dalyan
Stirling, United Kingdom
1 review
“Everything we imagined........”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We have just spent 16 nights at Jumali House and, could not disagree more with the previous reviewer’s comments. The house is wonderful and the upside down style provides for a fantastic panoramic view from the first floor balcony where we ate breakfast each morning. We did not barbecue or eat in a lot in the evenings (eating out was so cheap) but we did lunch most days by the poolside on the downstairs covered balconies and did not find the layout inconvenient at all. The outdoor living space could not be better with fruit trees and grape vines surrounding the barbecue and outdoor kitchen and covered eating and lounging areas. The pool and colourful gardens were a striking main feature and we spent hours in the pool each day, and several times late at night in the floodlit pool. The staff from the company Kaunos who are contracted to look after the property for the owners are very friendly and very, very helpful. We only had one very minor issue which they attended to within half an hour of calling and the pool attendant was there daily, ensuring the pool and surrounding areas were kept spotlessly clean. Eating out was a pleasure, although we did find some of the menus a bit unimaginative, however the meals and drinks were very cheap. A meal with a bottle of wine and drinks for our two kids was averaging between £50 and £75. A tip is to seek out the new wine shop next door to the Kaunos Villa’s office which sells Turkish wines at about a third less than the supermarkets and has a number of good wines. The boat trips are a must with trips to the beech and the market town of Koycegiz on the public boats costing only 10 TL (£3) return for adults and half for children. You can also hire one of the many boats privately (negotiate a price) with your own driver who will take you wherever you want to go. This was one of the highlights of our stay as the driver/owner handed the controls of the 30’ boat to the children soon after leaving the berth. In town you will see fresh water long necked turtles feeding in the river beside the restaurants and if you’re lucky (as we were one day) the odd Loggerhead Turtle which has strayed too far upstream. A visit by bus to the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre is also a must. Finally another must is a visit to the Ley Ley restaurant for a lavish Turkish Breakfast. You can be uplifted and returned free of charge from the villa for a short 10min journey and on your return the driver will take you to see the nesting storks and past the orange orchards before returning (with a hat full of oranges). Dalyan has no noisy night clubs or bars and has not suffered from over commercialisation and retained its small town character. We had a wonderful holiday on our first trip to Turkey and Dalyan and would highly recommend the area and villa for a fantastic holiday.
Bill, Louise and Family (Scotland)

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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ShanaNetherc0tt, Owner at Jumali House, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted you loved the place so much and hope we can welcome you back soon!
Shana
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We were a large extended family party making a return visit to Dalyan. Jumali House photographs very well and looks stunning in the advertising material, however we found that the house does not flow well with no easy access to the property on the ground floor except through the bedrooms - not always convenient. The kitchen, which we found to be not very well equiped for self catering, is located on the upper floor and as a result all food, plates, glasses, cutlerly etc have to be carried down (and back up) the external metal staircase. On arrival each bathroom had one toilet roll which was certainly not enough to last for the two weeks we spent there, no washing up liquid and no dishwasher tablets. All in all I would have expected better for the amount we paid.
The garden and pool were wonderful, and the views from the villa are stunning. The villa is located very close to the town centre. Dalyan is a wonderful town which we would thoroughly recommend.It was lovely to be back again and we do plan a return visit but not to this villa.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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ShanaNetherc0tt, Owner at Jumali House, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Many thanks for your response and we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. I thought it might be useful just to clarify the position re access from the first floor...there are three ways of getting from the first floor living room/kitchen to the pool/garden. First there is a feature external staircase which comes out at the front/side of the villa . The other is via the internal marble staircase leading from the living room outside to the back garden. The third is by continuing down this staircase which provides access to the pool/garden via any of the 3 ground floor bedrooms. I am sorry if you didn't find this convenient - but having the living room on the first floor is considered by our guests to be one of the best design features of Jumali House. Thanks though for your review and actually for the mosly very positive comments.
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

Our party consisted of two families of four, with the 'children' being teenagers. Eveyone loved the holiday. Jumali house was wonderful, the pool was amazing (very clean and warm), the views were amazing (especially the evening/night) and the gardens were beautiful. There seemed to be a resident lizard who saw us most days and the local birds continued to ignore our noise and drink from the pool throughout the day. The weather was excellent (and very hot) and we had no power cuts. The pool man came every day (morning and evening ) and the gardeners rolled up on wednesday and gave the whole garden a complete once over. The flowers were spectacular too. There were very few people around in the surrounding houses (which may have been lucky as we do make a lot of noise when we are playing in the pool!). Also the local Oruc drivers were very timely picking us up and taking us back to the airport.

We spent nearly all our time in the villa (mostly in the pool area) or in town at the restaurants. We liked all the ones we went to but the ones on the river have the nicest settings. We walked mostly but the two bikes were used for quick trips to the supermarket - it was easier to cary the water melon in the basket !

We did have a day out at the beach, we got a local boat to ourselves and he took us to the beach (waiting until we finished), then to the turtles (again he went out of his way to make sure the 'children' all saw the turtles) and stopped many times on the river to show us wildlife and views. It was great value for money..only a little bit more expensive than the water taxi would have been !

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We have just returned from our holiday at Jumali House in Dalyan. From opening the garden gate at the Villa everything has the Wow factor. A large well laid out and maintained garden, a pristine swimming pool and then the Villa! it was immaculate throughout with nice furniture and fittings and you could tell that it had been meticulously designed.
The Villa is situated just past the end of a small park, walk through the park and onto the shops and bars only takes a few minutes so it is really nice to be staying in a quiet area yet not too far from where all the life is.
We had some good nights cooking a barbeque in the garden of the Villa and eating it under the Pergola.
It is worth getting the old lady to row you accross the river and then walk about 20 minutes to visit the ruins of the old Amphitheatre, on the way back stop and have pancakes and fresh orange juice before being rowed back accross the river.
It was 12 years before this when we had a holiday in Turkey but after staying at Jumali House and what Dalyan has to offer we cannot wait to go back again.
Margaret Raine

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

We are 4 couples in our 50s and always look for quality villas in quality locations and we came up trumps here. What a beautiful villa in a brilliant location for all the amenities of Dalyan. And a bargain price too compared to other countries.
The view from the villa to the Rock Tombs particularly at night is spectacular. And being surrounded by rocky hills and mountains gives a feel of mountain village, but everything from the villa to Dalyan centre and around town is on the flat.
We usually have a mix of eating in and eating out, but the villa is so close to so many good restaurants we ate out all the time. The ones by the river are particularly special watching the boats ply up and down and getting a closer view of the Rock Tombs.
The villa has a great pool area and garden with plenty of space either on the paving around the pool or the grass or in the outdoor room. It seems a bit odd having the pool in the front-garden but with no passing traffic either vehicles or people, it's not a problem at all in fact the only nosey visitors we had were two cows who wandered up and down a couple of afternoons.
All the bedrooms are a comfortable size with adequate bathrooms c/w showers and all with good a/c units. The open-plan kitchen/diner/lounge is a great space for socialising and whilst it's not the most luxurious kitchen it's perfectly ok (and who wants to be cooking on holiday anyway?).
There are two bikes and I think we all took it in our turns to go out and about cycling for a couple of hours.
The service you get from Oruc the management company is great too. Use them as much as possible as they have great knowledge and contacts in the area.
Our biggest regret was that we were only there a week.
See my separate reviews for Dalyan and the restaurants we used.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

My friends and I have just booked our third holiday at the lovely Jumali House. We booked for 2012 the day we returned from this year’s holiday as we were so anxious to be able to return next year.

There are six of us in the group (mixed ages) and we have been away together for 18 years – we have stayed in some amazing villas but Jumali has it all. I can’t help thinking that I shall be returning to Dalyan and Jumali for as long as I live.

The Villa is everything you ever dreamed of. Four very well equipped double bedrooms – each en suite, each with a balcony and each overlooking the beautiful pool. A spacious living room and kitchen fitted with everything you could possibly need. The Villa is surrounded by a luscious green garden filled with exotic blooms, fruit trees, palm trees and bushes bursting with flowers. You can even try your hand at Croquet on the back lawn.

There is a large shaded Turkish chill out area beside the BBQ and additional outside kitchen and a Gazebo covered in a grapevine entwined with other exotic scented blooms. I recall sitting under the Gazebo early one evening, I could hear the sound of running water – there is a warm breeze blowing on my back, a beautiful pink flower fell from the roof of the Gazebo and landed by my foot. There was a little bird sitting right above me on the telegraph wire singing a joyful song and I could see the rock tombs - Oh Joy.

The pool is surrounded by lawns which are well tended by the discrete team of gardeners who visit regularly but whom you hardly notice. The pool man also comes twice a day – but early in the morning and at the end of the day – he also slips in and out almost unnoticed.

During the early evening as we sit sipping our cocktails on the huge balcony off the upstairs living room which overlooks the splendour of the gardens as well, we listen to the haunting call to prayer as the sun goes down over the mystical rock tombs which are opposite the Villa – they look so beautiful at night time when the lights come on -it almost takes your breath away.

Huge white storks fly over our roof, we watch in fascination as the little owls, which roost in the chimney of the villa across the road, perch themselves on the telegraph wire at the end of the garden, the occasional frog or lizard hops or slithers by hoping the owls will not notice them. We hear cocks crow, donkeys bray, there is a symphony of song from the garden birds.

We never quite know what is going to visit us next – this year a large tortoise (whom I am told lives under the chill out area) got himself wedged in the iron works of the elaborate front gates and we had to go and rescue him. Last year we had to rescue frogs from the pool.

We have never needed a car. It’s a few minutes walk from the town – even for us older folk. Dalyan has everything you need, many fine restaurants. It’s a jolly place; the locals are extremely helpful and friendly. There is a great deal of fun to be had but no ‘lager louts’ here. It’s a small town and we feel very much at home there. It seems everyone knows everyone and they all want to be your friend.

There are many amazing boat trips to be taken at very reasonable prices. Our joy is to stop for breakfast by a riverside café on our way to buy fresh fruit and vegetables in Dalyan Market. As we sit enjoying our meal we watching the huge and graceful Caretta Caretta turtles popping up for air or hoping to be offered a blue crab by the waiters and the storks and herons fly above us.

I can’t wait for next year.

Margaret Macara
m.macara@sky.com

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

I just wanted to say that I spent a fantastic week at Jumali House in Dalyan in October 2010. I travelled with my two year old daughter and some friends. The house itself was amazing - it took your breath away on arrival, the pool and gardens, the outside areas and bbq were all fabulous - inside was spacious and well appointed with another breath taking view from the balcony of the Lycian tombs just over the water and a regular venue as the sun set!

Dalyan was an easy 5 minute walk and felt safe and friendly. There was so much to do and see in the local area without the need for own transport - the convenience of the river boats to Turtle beach or the little buses to get around - everything was easy to access.

Eating out was not a problem with a two year old. All the waiters and restaurant staff were so friendly and accommodating, they appeared to take genuine delight in entertaining her! Many thanks to the people of Dalyan and the owners of Jumali House for an exciting yet restful, beautiful and enriching week!

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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: Maras | Opposite rock tombs, Dalyan, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Dalyan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #29 of 61 Hotels in Dalyan
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fabulous 4 bedroom villa in sought after secluded location only 3 minutes to Dalyan centre. Set in beautiful private gardens with fruit trees perfect for picking, outdoor dining areas and barbecue. Large private pool with separate children's pool, great mountain views and views of the famous rock tombs. Four bedrooms all en-suite, 3 opening directly onto the pool. Stylish interior with cream marble floors, white walls and carefully selected Turkish antiques and rugs. Close to Dalaman airport (transfers available), ... more   less 

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