My wife and I had pinned our hopes on the Belleraphon and Cirali wanting a holiday that met our mutually exclusive requirements for a relaxing time with lots to do. Our requirements were met in full.
the Bellerophon is a great hotel - just five chalets and a cookhouse set in a lovely semi-tropical garden on the beach. Hens and cats wander through the garden never bothering each other, even they are relaxed. The mood was set on arrival, we asked what time breakfast was served to be told 'whenever'. Dinner and breakfast were both served when you got to your open air table; the food was consistently good. The full Turkish breakfast was always spectacular with all the cheeses and jams and fruit and the four course diner, served by lamplight as all lighting must be subdued, was always a delight.
The chalets were comfortable, with a/c and ok beds, basic, but when each comes with a porch for relaxing and a hammock for further relaxing, who cares. In the garden were two Turkish lounging platforms: 'kuush'. These are shady and cool and a lovely place to sit and read. On the beach are sunbeds and parasols for more serious lounging. The beach is fine if a little stoney, the water is crystal clear and was quite warm in May. At any time we couldn't see more than twenty people on the beach; though the more public beach, near Olimpos and too far to see from the hotel, did have dozens of people, maybe even hundreds at the weekend.
The village has hardly any two storrey buildings and is a far cry from mass tourism, most of the hotels and pensions are on small olive or citrus farms. There are a few cafes, mostly cheap and all I tried were fine. There is excellent walking in the surrounding hills, enough to provide days of amusement, but the terrain is pretty rugged and the hills steep and high so best suited to experienced walkers who've remembered to bring decent shoes. The heat is a bit of a problem - climbing up for two hours in 30 degrees or more is an effort and that is in Spring. There is also the ancient city of Olimpos to explore, an enchanting place, where the remains of Lycian building are partially hiden by cyprus trees and flowers. All this and the Chimera, with fire coming ou of the ground; fantastic.
Back at the hotel the service was laid back, but attentive. All the other guests, all ten of them, were getting down to heavy duty chilling out too, even the children were Ok and I hate children.
In short we both loved it - I relaxed and I don't ever relax. We're going back next year.
If you are going do take books. Take good walking shoes, take a camera. Leave behind any stress, you won;t need it
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