We hiked to the Olive Garden from Faralya and had only made a reservation for one night, planning on moving on the following day. We loved it so much, we ended up staying four days-and this seems to be the case for the majority of people who go there.
The accommodation is simple; wooden cabins that are very, very clean. A seperate toilet with proper working toilet, sink and shower. Comfy beds with mozzy nets, and a small table and chairs. The best thing about the cabins is the view. You wake up to glorious sunshine overlooking Kabak beach and the spurs jutting out all along the coastline.
Fatih (the owner) is a very helpful and genuine host. He has good English and will do everything he can to help you enjoy your stay, providing info on walks etc.
The food is amazing. For breakfast (see photo) there are eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, honey, bread etc. served on the terrace overlooking the ocean. For dinner, Fatih cooks for all the guests at one table which may not be some people's cup of tea but we found it really enjoyable. There is no pressure to spend the night chatting to other guests; people can come and go as they please. We stayed in low season so it could be in high season that everyone sits separately; I am not sure. If you are staying there for a number of nights there is no denying that it is a quiet place to be so we enjoyed chatting to other guests with wine over dinner. It was a good way of getting more information about the area too.
There are amazing walks to do; the shortest of which is down to Kabak beach for a swim (although the pool at the Olive Garden is very nice too!). The coastal walk to Butterly Valley is long but well worth it.
In comparison to more 'luxurious' places we stayed which were four times the price, the Olive Garden beat them all. It is unbelievably well priced for the quality, attention and overall experience that you get.
Looking back on our trip to Turkey, our stay with Fatih was definitely the best part and the only problem was that we did not have the time to stay longer! Highly, highly recommended.
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