We have just returned from a week staying with Serpil and her family in this beautiful spot on the coast (23 to 30 March 2013) and would highly recommend it. We were visiting Cirali for the first time with our 20 month old son, Max. It really is a beautiful spot and such a contrast to busy Antalya. The beach is stunning and surrounded by beautiful mountains. There are no big hotels around. It was still early in the season which meant that there were very few tourists around yet and it often felt like we had the whole beach to ourselves. The weather was lovely - warm days with plenty of sun and cool evenings. The orange trees were just starting to blossom and the smell was amazing. The ruins at Olympos are walking distance and really worth a visit.
We stayed in the "blue house": a lovely stone cottage with everything you need including heating for the cooler evenings (and air-conditioning that would obviously be appreciated in the summer), a fully equipped kitchen, and a lovely terrace for eating outside. The breakfasts were delicious and we had slightly different things everyday including Easter eggs on our last morning! The fresh eggs and fresh orange juice from the garden were definitely the highlights. We also ate there in the evenings on a couple of occasions and the food Serpil prepared was really delicious and it was great to try traditional homecooked food. We asked Serpil to arrange an airport transfer from Antalya, which worked really smoothly and made getting there really easy even though we arrived at night. We also got to visit the two new wooden houses that have been built for 2013. They were also beautiful and with very nice decks outside and will be great places to stay too.
This was an ideal place to be with a toddler: our son had the best time running around the garden and was especially fond of the cats, dog and chickens. Serpil also provided some toys for him to play with as well as highchairs and a cot. The beach is really close - a couple of minutes walk - but the garden is safely away from the small road so we didn't have to worry that our son would run out into it. There are plenty of small restaurants and markets in walking distance that were all very children friendly and so we didn't need a car.
Serpil and her family were wonderful hosts making us feel completely at home. For example, I was travelling pregnant so needed to get a 'fit-to-fly' doctor's certificate and Serpil drove us to Kemer so that we could arrange this and visit the town. Their hospitality really made this holiday extremely relaxing - which is saying a lot when you are 7 months pregnant and travelling with an energetic toddler!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Akdeniz Bahcesi (the “Mediterranean Garden”) eco-resort, we offer five self-catering holiday cottages situated in an organic fruit orchard, just 100 meters from the Cirali beach. We provide a peaceful, family-friendly destination with plenty of space where children can play and adults can unwind. We also offer traditional weaving workshops and eco-friendly craft activities. We have five adult-sized bicycles (3 of which have a child seat) and two bikes for kids; you may borrow them any time for free. We are a family from Istanbul who settled in Cirali in 1996. We wanted to get away from hectic city life and create a peaceful, sustainable, family-oriented vacation haven near the lovely Cirali beach. With this in mind, we decided to convert our summer home into a family-owned bed and breakfast. Since 2005, we’ve provided a variety of self-catering accommodation options for fun family vacations and relaxing beach holidays. We’re committed to preserving the beautiful environment of Cirali and we’ve maintained organic certification for our fruit orchard since 2005. We look forward to hosting you for your next family holiday in Cirali, Turkey. ... more less
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