My friends and I have just got back from a fantastic week at the Samira De Luxe, and we couldn't recommend it enough! We had a wonderful time and hope to be back very soon!
Accommodation: Couldn't have asked for better! There were 4 of us, with 2 in one bedroom and 2 in the 'lounge', although we were hardly inside due to the heat so it remained a bedroom. Kitchen was small, but remained unused as we ate out every day. We didn't have any problems and everything suited our needs perfectly. I think all rooms have a balcony, which is ideal for hanging towels and swim wear out to dry, but not really large enough to have many people sitting out on it at once!
The rooms was cleaned and new towels provided everyday. Air conditioning was free and safes are provided at reception.
Location of hotel: Samira De Luxe is a little further away from the man hub of Kalkan than other hotels, taking about 20 minutes to walk in. It's also on a very steep hill, so for those with mobility issues, this is definitely something to think about. We often walked into town, and then got a taxi back (about 10 lira, or £3.50 - so not much) either because it was just too hot to walk all the way, or because it was extremely late at night!
Staff: Absolutely wonderful! They made the holiday truly special and we'll all really miss them. They work extremely hard and try to make your time there as enjoyable as possible!
Kalkan itself: Beautiful! It's a very picturesque town, getting more so the further to get into it. There's an endless number of restaurants and bars, from traditional Turkish to rather more English (Mojito bar or Cafe Leon). I would recommend 'Atlantis'. Like many of the restaurants in Kalkan, it has a roof terrace, and the food was lovely - we went back more than once! We had great service, and even visited the staff on our last day to say thank you.
Things to do: There are a number of beach clubs around the Kalkan coast line. Each of them provides sunbeds, a bar, restaurant and toilet/shower facilities. Some provide the option of water sports. I'd recommend Kalkan beach club.
We also went on the Sunken City boat trip and enjoyed it immensely. For those interested in the history of Turkey, this is a must. There were plenty of opportunities to swim in the crystal clear water, and a delicious BBQ was provided in the price.
I'd also recommend a visit to Saklikent Gorge. We arranged this at about midnight the night before we went, so it was a spontaneous decision! But I'm very glad we went! For those who don't know, you spend about 2 hours climbing over rocks and wading through fast flowing water until you reach a waterfall. You have to have a bit of nerve for it, but it's absolutely worth going! We enjoyed every second. You can also go rafting for about 35 lira extra. Our trip was 60 lira per person (about £20) and included a trip to Xanthos, the Gorge and a 2 hour stop at Patara Beach (also a great day out!)
Overall, I would recommend Kalkan to anyone! Although we were a group of 4 girls, we met a number of families and couples while we were there, so I think it's suitable for all. I also can't fault the hotel. We had an amazing time there and hope to go back very soon! Thank you Samira!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The city of myths, history and beauties, Antalya and one of the most entertaining holiday places of this city, Kalkan... In Kalkan embracing the unique appearance of the attractive blue of the Mediterranean, there is a facility at the world standards. Samira Resort converts your dream holiday into reality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samira Deluxe Hotel And Apartments