Fully intended to write during holiday but got swept away, did have a half hearted attempt in Effes bar on one occasion but space bar was sticking & I was too worried about missing something to persevere! The smart phone was chucked in a drawer & only came out to check our flight home was on time.
Flights out (25/08) & back (08/09) with Jet 2 were perfect (we flew from Manchester instead of our preferred East Midlands as it was £100 each cheaper) price £380 for 2 including 1 case using some of our loyalty points – well worth signing up for. Only grumble was cases had obviously been left on the tarmac in the pouring rain, will definitely not pack one of those La Senza knicker drawer smellies again – everything in the undies pocket was stained a bright pink in places!. Free transfer to Dalyan with apartment booked at the White House (No 3 – upstairs) was faultless. The apartment was spacious, 3 balconies, and clean, but I think now that they are all owned separately and a couple of them are for sale the communal grounds look a little unloved, although pool was attended daily. Also lacking the personal touch, but a very good price, especially for 4 -the 2nd bedroom was along the landing and self contained with its’ own lockable door, air con, balcony, bathroom etc. Did enjoy staying in this area for the first time it was nice to check out the places I had only read about, particularly liked Altin Tava, Prince of Caunos, Asena Motel/Enjoy Bar – pricy but very classy, and of course much closer to Sevgi Gozleme which as ever was very popular.
We did look out for you Sarafran in Effes on the Saturday we arrived, but were far too ambitious with our eta – it was 11.00pm before we got there. This holiday (our 4th year) we challenged ourselves to find different things to do (normally we are horizontal or eating/drinking for most of the time!) we particularly enjoyed the turtle sanctuary for the first time, getting the dolmus to drop us off at the pancake house on the way back from the beach – bliss sitting in the breezy Kosk with 2 pancakes each, side of tomatoes & olives, melon to follow, fresh pomegranate juice – all for less than 20TL (sorry no Effes here), we had a private boat trip on our anniversary (350TL for 4 including lunch), a trip with Ali Ozalp to Barcardi beach (40TL each including the best lunch cooked on a stone barbecue on the beach - no one else in sight) & a private days fishing (it turns out I am an expert at catching crabs). The first week was very hot, the second a welcome 4 degrees lower & much more bearable, especially pleasant at night. After putting clothes through the washing machine at the White House & waving our friends off home we transferred to the Kilim for our 2nd week – utter bliss (reviewed separately). I did try to email Sahin twice before we left the UK but didn’t get any response so missed out on our usual scrub :( The second week just flew by far too quickly. Transfer back to the airport was with Resort Hoppa - £6.34 each – another couple in the minibus & we were straight off. So that’s it for Dalyan for another year, will have to make do with reading about others adventures, MM is cheering me up with his tales at the moment , happy holidays to those lucky ones still to go & I think we’ve decided to go twice next year...... unless we win Friday’s rollover then we’ll be out for good on Saturday & never come home!