This is a lovely little place. It's small, friendly and relaxed. If this is the 13th rated hotel in Kas then numbers 1-12 must really be something else!
It is a fantastic place just to recharge the batteries. There isn't much - well anything - going on so the only thing to do is to lie in the sun; swim in the sea, the pool or your own terrace pool; eat and drink. That's precisely what we were looking for.
There's plenty of room to do your relaxing too. With only 18 rooms there was never any pressure on sun beds. Both the pool area and the sun deck are comfortable with waiter service but the Cabanas are the real star. They're expensive and we only indulged on one day but - well I'm, not a sun worshipper but even I stayed there for every possible minute.
If you want more to do and see take the minibus into Kas have a look around and try the great restaurants and cafes (tips: Maya Gardens and Kosk).
The one "event" at PG was a weekly barbeque with a decent singer guitarist. He got my vote for playing a good version of "Wish you Were Here". The BBQ is a bit expensive but delivers mountains of food and is a chance to be a bit more sociable, just the once.
This place is serious but not precious about its food. Presentation was always excellent and dinner became the main entertainment most evenings as we spent several hours over the process. They'll do you a quick pasta as well if that's what you want. Service was conscientious and disciplined whilst remaining friendly and cheerful. I've read a bit of criticism about the Turkish food there and I can understand that: the international menu was more inventive. I can well imagine that the chef (who showed up regularly to check that everything was okay) felt that visitors have certain expectations of turkish dishes when they visit so wasn't able to alter them. The bar/restaurant manager was very attentive and ran things pretty well but with a smile.
Our room was very pleasant and our deck and pool were fantastic. The level of amenities was okay and the cleanliness impeccable. We loved sitting on our sun beds either first thing or at sunset looking out over the sea. All the rooms have the same sea view.
The spa was under sold a bit (no leaflet in the room) and we didn't get around to visiting it until towards the end. Which was a pity. Some commenters have complained the the pool in the spa is short and narrow. I loved it: it's in a space carved out of the rock face and so being in the pool felt like swimming in a cave. It also made a pleasant and cool escape from the sun.
The Elixir reps were great and very helpful. We found it best to deal with them rather than Reception if we wanted anything in the hotel even if it was housekeeping. We only went on one excursion to Xanthos, TLOS, Carpet Warehouse, Saklikent Gorge and a beach. This was a very long day; add in another location for lunch and it made for a lot of minibus miles. Saklikent is worth the visit and the ruins were impressive. I thought that the Carpet Manufacturers Association and the accompanying hard sell were par for the course and easy enough to ignore even if I did get a bit irked that time wasted there was at cost of more time doing interesting things. However, if you go there knowing you want a carpet and have done your research it may well be possible to pick up a bargin. The couple on our trip who bought one were pleased with the deal.
In summary: we loved it; it was exactly what we were looking for and we enjoyed treating ourselves for a week.
One very small point to Elixir who I know read these reviews. You really shouldn't charge for drinking water. Keeping hydrated is important for people visiting from colder climates. Sure, fine, charge for the gastro labelled mineral water served with meals but not for the plastic bottles needed during the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is one of the most luxurious new hotels we have found on the Lycian coast. As you read this, the first guests are already splashing in their private plunge pools, or basking on their secluded terraces. Literally from the ground up, The Peninsula Gardens has been designed to make the most of the craggy coastal cliffs on which it stands. There are two buildings, but the slope allows the second building to command just as splendid a view as the first. ... more less
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