We'd read the reviews for the Kulube and thought it seemed the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in Kalkan. We weren't wrong! It's no wonder people return again and again and again.
Yes, some of the rooms probably aren't perfect - ours was supposed to have a balcony (according to Thomas Cook), but it was actually more of a terrace, without any furniture, but this was soon rectified. And really, how much time do you spend in your room while in a place as beautiful as Kalkan? The room was spotlessly clean and pretty big too, while the sheets and towels were changed every couple of days. The bed was comfy and the air con worked- what more do you need?
But it's the setting of the Kulube that makes it. Spread up the hillside, you have everything you could want. Amazing views, two pools, plenty of terraces and poolside to chill out on - and all carefully spaced out so you never feel crowded, and the jewel in the crown is the fact you can get into the sea pretty much straight off your sunbed. It's got several ladders and plenty of rocks to jump off so you can have a dip in the private little cove. We never even got a chance to try the beach clubs in Kalkan because we were so happy with our own.
The beach restaurant is a great place for lunch, albeit slightly more expensive than some of the restaurants up the road, and breakfast was fine. Plenty of choice of fruit, toast, savouries, and even omelettes. We had dinner once, but there was so much choice in Kalkan itself that we didn't again, but it was absolutely fine.
The only downside for some people might be the steepness. This is pretty much a trademark of Kalkan, and it definitely is noticeable at the Kulube. The fact the hotel's property extends down to the sea means that the walk back up to some of the rooms (they again are all on different levels) can involve a lot of steps. This was fine for us as fairly active people in our 30s, but smoe people might struggle. Equally, the walk to Kalkan is about 20-30 mins and involves "cardiac hill". We were fine with this, and walked most nights. There is a cheap bus that comes to the hotel, but it ties you to a specific time, so we quite enjoyed the walk. Taxis are easy to get and not too expensive, but some people might resent not being closer. Obviously, the plus side is - private!
All in all, this was a great holiday in a beautiful place with plenty of fab people. We would 100% go back to Kalkan again, and most likely to the Kulube. Can thoroughly recommend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kulube Hotel has its own beach, private infinity pools in some rooms, and has a fine dining restaurant at seaside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kulube Hotel Kalkan