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Kalem Island Oliviera Resort
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Dikili
1 review
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“Perfect Honeymoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2008

We went for honeymoon to Kalem Island Oliviera Resort for 4 days,when we saw the photos on internet we were very affected by the beauty of the scenes and we decided to stay at Kalem İsland.İt's a really special place especially for honeymoon:)
We felt ourselves very special person there..Everybody must see Kalem İsland....very beautiful,attractive and peacefull

Stayed June 2008
3 Thank Yuppo
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2007

Stayed for 1 week at Oliviera resort for a special birthday treat and wanted something different and unusual which this certainly is. We booked a sea view chateau tower suite which had a bedroom with ensuite shower, a living room which also had a mini bar in it and a hallway with marble steps that lead upto the the tower where you could have 360 degree views of island incl. the mainland and Lesbos, couldn't have asked for more.

The beach area had loungers etc but also 4 poster daybeds with white muslin drapes which were great because we could lie there all day long, have a swim and stay in the shade as the temps. were over 40 degress while we were there. Sometimes we were on our own or maybe 3 other couples, the w/e seemed to be a bit busier.

Kalem Island has only 1 hotel which is family owned but they do not own the whole island, there are a few houses which seemed to be occupied as holiday homes. It is not the easiest place to get too. We flew from England to Izmir Turkey and arranged through the hotel to have a taxi pick us up and take us to the ferry terminal or should I say pontoon!!! This cost round trip 200 euros and it takes approx over 2 hrs. each way .Be sure and have some water with you or get the taxi driver to stop at a shop on way. The reason I say get the hotel to arrange transport is because it is extremely difficult for drivers to find out where the terminal is and another couple told us of their experience of doing it themselves. It cost the same but they had to swop taxis in Dikili for a local one as their driver got lost. Once you get to the terminal the hotel's boat will pick you up as it's only 400/500 metres across to the island.

There are some things you should know before deciding if this resort is for you. The resort mainly catered for Turkish tourists. The staff were all new and spoke little english, the owner Ali Datar who I believe was educated in the states spoke and understood english with no problem and was very helpful when needed and always asked us if things were ok. We stayed on the island all week as we wanted to chill out but the problem then is the food can be a bit boring and they could do with changing the menu. We had breakfast and dinner incl. and usually had lunch by the beach. The food although fresh was not very exciting and the dinner menu only had 5 choices which stayed the same throughout our stay.

There were problems caused due to lack of english spoken by staff but in fairness they were all very friendly and tried to do their best even when they got it wrong. Although the resort does an all inclusive package if you want, it only includes house red wine and water so beware The drinks are very expensive, branded spirits cost £10/$20 without mixers and the local beer cost £4/$8 for a 300ml bottle. We went on the a boat trip for 1 hour and they sent the hotel mamager with us as the crew person couldn't speak english, this cost £50 and was well worth it. This is not the place for nightlife as there would only be a few people down by the beach side bar after dinner each night.

In our opinion the hotel needs to employ an "experienced "resort manager who speaks good english and not one whose background is engineering. This would have prevented qute a few of the problems we incurred. The existing mgr Delilah always forgot things and always looked like it was all too much for her, we lost count of the times she forgot things it became a standing joke between us.

Overall we really enjoyed Kalem Island because it was just what we wanted and needed ,completly different but do not go if you want refinement ,gourmet cooking and 5 star accomodation as you will be disappointed. If you want to get away from it all and just chill out then please go.

  • Liked — The views are terrific
  • Disliked — Spoken english poor
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kalem Island Oliviera Resort
Address: Bademli Koyu Kalem Adasi Dikili Merkez, Dikili 35983, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Dikili
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Dikili
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kalem Island Oliviera Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalem Island, a haunting place of only the sailors up to date which has never lost its mysterious character is making time loses its meaning while taking you to an amazing world within a historical texture. Kalem Island's boutique hotel Oliviera Resort let you experience the comfort of being in an Island with its 30 distinct rooms which are decorated in minor and simple details. It offers warm atmosphere in its restaurants and bars accompanied by the splendid views of Eagean shores and Lesbos Island. ... more   less 
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