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“June 2013” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Korsan Apartments

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Korsan Apartments
Ranked #28 of 39 Hotels in Kalkan
Beverley, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“June 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We loved this holiday. We had never been to Turkey before so Kalkan was recommended to us and it did not disappoint. Beautiful place. We did not have a bad meal in any of the restaurants, and there are loads of them. From the apartments it is literally a 5 min walk and you and in the middle of the town and there are also restaurants at the end of the street. The staff at the apartments are so friendly and welcoming. We were there for two weeks and the first week we went to the BBQ which is held every Monday night round one of the two pools. The tables at the bar are put together so you can get to chat to the other guests which was a nice touch. And Yasar (probably not spelt right), the Manager, makes a gorgeous homemade mint lemonade. We stayed in room 5 which was absolutely fine and has the most beautiful view from the balcony. We had a look round the penthouse (no. 6) which was massive. Rooms 16 an 17 have rooftop terraces which we would probably go for when we go again (which we will be doing). We went on a couple of trips, one to the gorge which was an experience. Prepare to get very wet and wear shoes that can't be pulled off your feet in water! Our flight home wasn't until 12.25 the next morning so we booked on a trip on the last day which worked out perfect. Its a trip down the Dalyan river. What happens is you get picked up at 7.30am with all your cases etc. A taxi takes you to a bus which drops you off for a boat trip down the Dalyan river, seeing the turtles. You stop off for lunch which is included in the price and then head off to the mud baths and sulphur pool before getting back on the boat and heading off to the beach for a couple of hours. After that you get on a bus and are then taken to a hotel right beside the airport where you are given your suitcases back and you have a room to get showered etc and have the room right up until you need to leave to go the airport for your flight. A buffet meal at the hotel is also included. It was a perfect way to round off a perfect holiday.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

I enjoyed a week long holiday here in June 2013. We couldn't have been happier with the accommodation - spacious apartment, good poolside cafe and excellent location for restaurants and shops. All staff were extremely pleasant and friendly and clearly work hard to make sure guests enjoy their stay. We particularly enjoyed the BBQ (each Monday at the apartments) - great traditional food and an opportunity to get to know the other guests. We would definitely like to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lynsey R
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Cheshire
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117 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Stayed recently at the Korsan Penthouse suite (No 6) and had an excellent two weeks.

Firstly let me say, despite all my misgivings about booking with Thomsons, I could not fault them.

The flights out and back were early and comfortable, the cabin crew excellent, the flight deck crew friendly and informative and I must congratulate them on choosing children to do the in flight safety film.

Now for the Korsan Penthouse Suite. Let's get the disappointments out of the way first, no toaster or microwave so "self catering" is difficult with only four burners, a frying pan, a large casserole pot and a small milk pan. Next the private roof terrace, there isn't one, but there is a very nice covered balcony on the top floor with great views. (The roof terraces are on the Yeni Korsan apartments next door)

Now for the good points, everything else.

The apartments are in a superb position, three to four minutes from the town centre and over 100 restaurants, (visiting the Korsan Meze or Fish Terrace is a must and Bread & More on the Kalamar Road, about 5 minutes walk is also advised).

Next housekeeping: Ismet and his wife Mirriam looked after the apartment, wonderful friendly people, kept the apartment pristine, and nothing is too much trouble.

Next Yaser (pronounced Yasher) and Hakan looking after the bar and pool area and organising the BBQ night, so friendly and helpful. (Meals and drinks compare well with restaurants around town and you must try a Turkish Breakfast).

Finally Recep (prefers Reggie) the Thomson rep. Always available and extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

Round and About: Kalkan is a beautiful old fishing village, (although a little built up around the mountains) this does not detract from its charm as they are not allowed to change anything in the village itself.

Take a trip on the local buses, we visited Fethiye from the local bus station (13 lire each for a one and a half hour ride). or catch a Dolmus to Kas.

It is difficult to continue without repeating myself. We have been visiting Kalkan for many years, it is a beautiful place (well worth the nearly two hour transfer from the airport) and the Korsan Apartments is one of the best places we have stayed, (and that includes the top hotel in Kalkan).

As someone said previously, I should be giving it a poor review to stop people going and keep it select, but hey if it's good, say so, and if it's bad, say so.

Give yourself a treat, try these apartments, if you can get in. I have already tried for next year, fully booked in June. Happy holidays!!

Room Tip: All rooms are good
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank keyboardCheshire
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Best place to stay if you want to be close to all the Restuarants and Bars, amazing service from Yasha, Erdem, Ismet and Miriam. lovely simply furnished Apartments ( best are the Penthouse or the two bedroom apartments on the top floor of the Yeni Korsan as both have private roof terraces. If you are looking for real peace, quiet and total relaxation book the Korsan Suites, owned by the same people but a little further out from the centre, private terraces with jucuzzi and sunbeds, real luxury and the same great service and attention to detail

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank ButterflyCollector
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Cardiff
Level Contributor
19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Steve043
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

We have recently returned from Kalkan and a super stay at Korsan Apartments.We are a family of four and were lucky to stay in a 2 bedroomed apartment which was number 12. This particular apartment was amazing. It worked for us on every level . it was huge . It has recently been renovated with new bathrooms and kitchen. It was very well air conditioned which was handy as it was about 40 degrees every day ! It has 2 bathrooms 2 bedrooms and has an upstairs and down stairs and more cupboards than you fill ( more than my house !) It is spotless bright and very clean. The staff who cleaned the apartments work very, very hard and kept our apartment spotless and even brought us fresh flowers and basil from the gardens.
Korsan is well positioned for a very short stroll into town or just a bit further down to the beach, the walk back is up hill which is handy to burn off the excesses of the evening.
The pools at the property were never too busy even in high season and were a perfect temperature.
Food in Kalkan is fabulous with many restaurants to choose from - if you go by the trip advisor top 10 then you cannot go wrong. Hunkar Okabasi was the cheapest and I can see why it gets no.1 on the top choices of TA lovers.
The vibe at Korsan is very relaxed and low key which is just what we wanted as a family - no kids club , no animation team . It was just what the doctor ordered.
I can't recommend it enough - especially apartment 12 !
Enjoy - but don't tell every one.
Thank you to Claire and the team for a super stay.

Room Tip: For a 2 bedroomed apartment ask for no. 12
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Asialuvva
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

I had never been to Turkey before, although well travelled. Kalkan, and Korsan appartments are the ideal in my experience.. For couples and single people of a mature nature, as a singleton I could have travelled and stayed there not feeling alone and well looked after. Mature Lady..

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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9 Thank margaret t
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Property: Korsan Apartments
Address: Yaliboyu Mah. Nilufer Sok. No:9, Kalkan, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Kalkan
#20 Romantic Hotel in Kalkan
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Korsan Apartments Kalkan

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