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“A friendly, family run pension in Çirali”

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Caretta Caretta Pension
Ranked #2 of 53 Cirali B&B and Inns
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Bridlington, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“A friendly, family run pension in Çirali”
Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

I Stayed at the Caretta Caretta Pension in August 2013. Had a wonderful time here. Durmus is very attentive and does his best to look after his guests. The pension has few rooms giving at very relaxed atmosphere. The rooms themselves are spacious and equiped with air conditioned (youll need it in the summer!). The nearby beach is wonderful. Durmus told me to go to the beach at 4-5am , that I might be lucky to see the caretta caretta turtles hatch. I was a bit doubtful at first, since the turtles tend to hatch later on in August/September , but Durmus was right and I managed to see the baby turtles. It was one of the highlights off a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

When you were not too sure whether you should book Hotel A, B, or even C and then, at the end of the holiday, you just don't want to leave because it was so beautiful like a little paradise in a bubble you did never expect, then you know you spent your holiday with Durmus and his lovely family.
The food is delicious, homemade and fresh. Durmus serves a rich breakfast and he has a daily dinner menu.
We had a nice little Bungalow with A/C and bathroom, it was very clean, neat and practical.
The Pension is a short walk away from Cirali Beach where you can enjoy the pre-masstouristic environment, a rather quiet sea which is also great for snorkeling (Octopus, Marbled Goby, Seabream, Symphodus melanocercus...) and some fresh mussels (watch out for the guy who shouts "var midye")
Durmus was able to organize everything we asked for, may it be a car rental, a boat trip or a shuttle to the Airport.
The best thing about the caretta caretta pension is, as its name reveals, that the motivation of hosting people in this protected area was to bring to consciousness the problem with the extinction of the turtles which nests at this very beach. We were actually lucky enough to sit in the dark for about half an hour and then saw some little new-born turtles crawling out of their nests. You just shouldn't get too close nor take pictures!
All in all we were more than satisfied and sure come back very soon!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed for four nights as part of a holiday walking stretches of the Lycian Way. Cirali itself is in a beautiful setting: a lovely long pebbly beach (almost deserted when we were there in April), views of the snow-topped mount Olympos, and no high rise hotels. The accommodation and cafes behind are all low key and were only just starting to open up. We loved staying at Caretta Caretta Pension.The accommodation is simple but clean and meets all your needs with a small verandah overlooking the garden with herbs and hens and cockerels running around. Durmus and his family made us very welcome.The breakfasts were superb and we also had an evening meal on three occasions which were also very good home cooking.We even sampled the teas made from herbs grown in the garden. The pension is set back further from the beach than some accommodation in Cirali but we had free use of bikes if needed.We were sad to leave Cirali and Caretta Caretta but hope we may revisit sometime.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

my wife and I are vegans , Durmus and his mother were so kind to prepare authentic Turkish meals that met our needs , the food was fantastic , the living was (so) easy, we loved it .We were only planning to stay 4 nights but stayed much longer and we were sorry to go . Cirali and Olympus are worth a visit

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

My wife and I spent two nights at Caretta Caretta Pension as part of our winter get-away. We experienced extraordinary hospitality, great home-cooked food, and a very relaxing break. Being winter, the weather wasn't great, but we were more than content to sit next to the fire, read a book and sip a cup of tea.

The family who runs Caretta Caretta are simply delightful. While there's no shortage of places to stay in Cirali, it's hard to imagine that any of them rival the friendliness of Caretta Caretta.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

we had a nice time at caretta pension thanks to durmus and his parents. the food is wonderful and cirali is a very peaceful place in the off season. the fact the restaurants were closed meant we got to taste the wonderful home cooking. they also have a very friendly and curious cat. rooms are a good size, simple but clean and the a/c was very effective on the cold nights. highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Caretta Caretta pension is small, beautifully located and truly welcoming. It is a short distance from the village centre and beach (about a 10 minute walk or 3 minutes on a bike, provided by the pension). There are 4 chalets, simply furnished, fresh and clean, each with air conditioning, bathroom and veranda. I loved the size and location of the pension. It is so peaceful. At night all you can hear are the frogs and the chickens! The food is excellent, home cooked, delicious. The breakfasts are amazing. We were given omelettes, (the eggs are from the chickens that wander around the garden all day), pancakes, fresh fruit, and more, Turkish tea, herb tea (from the garden) and the best marmalade and preserves I have ever eaten, anywhere! You can choose to eat in the pension in the evening too, which was great when we had been out all day. Caretta Caretta will not suit a visitor who wants sophisticated, hotel type facilities. It is absolutely perfect if you want peace, fresh local food, culture, walking, swimming and to experience the warmth and generosity of a family run pension. Any questions that we had were answered and information and advice given, so we saw and did everything that we wanted to. The pension owner is generous and really helpful, and made our stay there very special.

Cirali beach is huge, so that you never feel that it is crowded. You can walk along the beach to the ruins of Olympus, a truly magical experience early in the morning. From Cirali we went on a short walk along the Lycian way, visited Phaselis (30 min drive), Myra (Demre, 1.45 hrs) and other sights. There are Bazaars in Kumluca (buy the mountain honey) and Kemer.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Caretta Caretta Pension
Address: Ulupinar Mah. Cirali Sk. No: 465, Cirali 07980, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Cirali
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Cirali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering wooden bungalows with private patio overlooking the green gardens, Caretta Caretta Pension is located about 650 metres from Cirali Beach. Guests can relax in a hammock under the fruit trees.Each room at Caretta Caretta is simply decorated and includes air-conditioning and a private bathroom with shower.Organic fruits and vegetables that are grown at the pension's garden are served to the guests at the breakfast.Free Wi-Fi is accessible in all areas. Free bikes are also available for those who like to explore the area.The town of Kemer is 30 km from Pension Caretta Caretta. Antalya International Airport is 100 km away. A shuttle service and free private parking are available. ... more   less 
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