We have been travelling for 25 years and have done so extensively in Turkey during that time. Cirali is the only place we have ever returned to in spite of visiting some beautiful places around the world, but this was our first time at Hotel Villa Monte.
Don't be put off by the word 'hotel' if you imagine a vast faceless building with masses of rooms - this is an intimate place with just 8 rooms and a family feel. Sinan and Esin were wonderful hosts and they really have pulled off something special. They seem to have found the perfect balance between being relaxed but attentive, being friendly and welcoming yet not overbearing. We arrived close to midnight but Sinan was kind enough to bring us something to eat (a sandwich would have more than sufficed but instead he brought mezes and glasses of wine!). This first act of kindness was to be something that was reflected by all we encountered throughout our stay.
There were just two of us but we had a family room because the standard rooms were fully booked. It was exceptionally clean and really spacious with a nice large shower and all the facilities you would need. Although equipped with aircon we didn't need it even though the temperature was climbing as the room kept nice and cool. The breakfasts are fantastic with a great range of Turkish staples but also with the variety of a couple of freshly cooked dishes such as pancakes or Turkish omelette or something similar. We also opted to eat there most evenings were you can choose from a couple of options from a set menu consisting of mezes, main and dessert. The food was really well cooked and it compared well to anywhere else we've eaten at in Cirali. It was still nice to eat out on a couple of occasions in one of the local restaurants facing the sea for a change of scenery, but in terms of quality of food and value for money Villa Monte is a great choice. They have a small but decent wine list with local wines and of course beer or soft drinks. Again the ethos that Esin and Sinan have brought this place was reflected in the friendly good nature of the young woman who served us at breakfast and in the evenings.
Cirali is a beautiful place where you really feel like you are leaving the stresses of the world behind. As you seemingly drive for an age to leave the sprawl of Antalya behind, when you finally depart the highway and wind your way down through a stunning mountain backdrop for 7 kilometres your tensions lift and before you is a stunning bay with a long beach where I'm sure you could find a quiet spot even on the busiest of days. Villa Monte is a short 3 minute walk back from the beach, but it's a very pleasant one through citrus groves with free roaming chickens. We were extremely fortunate to have a dolphin swim into the bay close to the beach on one of our days. It came and went three times that day and stayed with my wife and I for over an hour on the third visit letting us stroke it's belly whilst it played a few games with us. We cant expect to have that opportunity again but it was a special moment in a special place.
I do believe that Cirali will remain unspoilt and we left knowing that we will be back. We can thoroughly recommend Hotel Villa Monte to you and warmly commend our hosts and their small team for being so welcoming to us as guests and then bidding us farewell in the manner of friends. An exceptional place run by a lovely couple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Monte is considered one of the best 'small hotels' in Cirali, not just because of its location, but also its special architecture, picturesque garden, comfortable rooms (romantic double rooms/ comfortable family rooms up to 5-person), delicious Mediterranean cuisine and its hospitality...Cirali is a governmentally protected area because of its archeological (0lympos / Chimaera) & ecological (Caretta Carettas) significance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monte Hotel Cirali