Further to my previous review of this property last year "Superb holiday". We returned again this year to the same apartment (The Penthouse). This time instead of writing a full review this is just going to be a "Top Up".
The holiday was again superb. The small staff of Yasar (Manager), Ezzi (as I call him) and his wife Miriam (who look after the apartments and gardens) cannot do enough for you, there is also a chef but as last year I can't remember his name.
There have been a number of changes to the penthouse, some for the better and some (in my eyes) not for the better. The downstairs bathroom has been dramatically increased in size to include a walk in shower/wet room; however this meant removing a small balcony although to be honest it wasn't used that much anyway. The bottom floor French doors and windows have been replaced with white UPVC double glazing, On the down side, some of the furnishings have been removed from the upper floor and what was a nice touch last year was that there was an additional fridge upstairs which was quite useful for keeping drinks and breakfast stuff in has been removed.
Whoever is responsible doesn't appear to have listened to our comments last year about the lack of basic cooking equipment. Now I know that maybe you don't want to cook whilst on holiday but this place is classified as self catering, which is isn’t. We ate out every evening but like our own breakfast. Now I’m not asking for much but it would be nice have a bit of toast for breakfast but no toaster or grill are provided, however after we asked we did get one. It’s only a couple of missing items but it’s the little things that make your stay more comfortable. What I do consider to be a total waste of time is that they have now put in a full size dishwasher! Remove the dishwasher and put in a microwave!
None of this detracts from the fact that this is a lovely place to stay, for a relaxing holiday.
Its location to town is ideal with just a five minute walk to all the shops and amenities, although beware that Kalkan is on a hill and what goes down must eventually come back up. Others have mentioned the superb restaurants so I’m not going to go on about that. The food available at the Korsan Cafe is also superb, recommend the chicken fajitas, and to be honest if there is something that’s not on the menu they will go out of there way to accommodate your taste.
Because we had a late flight the usual queues at Dalaman airport mentioned in my previous review were non existent and we practically walked straight through with no delays. The transfer time to resort is about an 1 1/2 - 2 hours but the air-conditioned bus makes it a most comfortable journey. Even though we didn't arrive until almost 23:30 Yasar was there and gave us all a warm welcome, greeting us like old friends.
It seems to me that for the majority of people, once you have been to Korsan you go back again and again. Thanks again to Yasar and all the staff at Korsan, we will see you in September next year.
I’m not sure why I am telling you all this. I should be saying that the place is rubbish and to leave well alone, only to ensure that I can always get in!!
Now I would like to say a bit about Thomson as an airline. Are they trying to become a budget airline because if they are, in my opinion it's not doing them any good? First of all they take away the meals that used to be normal on flights, if you didn’t want one you could opt out when booking and they replace it with 'Fast food', then they take away the in-flight films and radio, again if you didn’t want it you didn’t have to buy the headphones. We paid for extra leg room and were seated in the middle of the plane with loads of leg room; unfortunately it was freezing. Staff are aware of this and as a matter of routine put additional padding around the doors. We asked if there were any blankets available only to be told that they didn’t do them anymore but we could purchase a ‘comfort pack’ which contained a blanket but costs £5. Surely being comfortable on an airplane isn’t too much to ask. The airplanes on this route are looking tired. Come on Thomson listen to your customers.
- Also Known As:
- Korsan Apartments Kalkan