We have just spent 16 nights at Jumali House and, could not disagree more with the previous reviewer’s comments. The house is wonderful and the upside down style provides for a fantastic panoramic view from the first floor balcony where we ate breakfast each morning. We did not barbecue or eat in a lot in the evenings (eating out was so cheap) but we did lunch most days by the poolside on the downstairs covered balconies and did not find the layout inconvenient at all. The outdoor living space could not be better with fruit trees and grape vines surrounding the barbecue and outdoor kitchen and covered eating and lounging areas. The pool and colourful gardens were a striking main feature and we spent hours in the pool each day, and several times late at night in the floodlit pool. The staff from the company Kaunos who are contracted to look after the property for the owners are very friendly and very, very helpful. We only had one very minor issue which they attended to within half an hour of calling and the pool attendant was there daily, ensuring the pool and surrounding areas were kept spotlessly clean. Eating out was a pleasure, although we did find some of the menus a bit unimaginative, however the meals and drinks were very cheap. A meal with a bottle of wine and drinks for our two kids was averaging between £50 and £75. A tip is to seek out the new wine shop next door to the Kaunos Villa’s office which sells Turkish wines at about a third less than the supermarkets and has a number of good wines. The boat trips are a must with trips to the beech and the market town of Koycegiz on the public boats costing only 10 TL (£3) return for adults and half for children. You can also hire one of the many boats privately (negotiate a price) with your own driver who will take you wherever you want to go. This was one of the highlights of our stay as the driver/owner handed the controls of the 30’ boat to the children soon after leaving the berth. In town you will see fresh water long necked turtles feeding in the river beside the restaurants and if you’re lucky (as we were one day) the odd Loggerhead Turtle which has strayed too far upstream. A visit by bus to the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre is also a must. Finally another must is a visit to the Ley Ley restaurant for a lavish Turkish Breakfast. You can be uplifted and returned free of charge from the villa for a short 10min journey and on your return the driver will take you to see the nesting storks and past the orange orchards before returning (with a hat full of oranges). Dalyan has no noisy night clubs or bars and has not suffered from over commercialisation and retained its small town character. We had a wonderful holiday on our first trip to Turkey and Dalyan and would highly recommend the area and villa for a fantastic holiday.
Bill, Louise and Family (Scotland)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fabulous 4 bedroom villa in sought after secluded location only 3 minutes to Dalyan centre. Set in beautiful private gardens with fruit trees perfect for picking, outdoor dining areas and barbecue. Large private pool with separate children's pool, great mountain views and views of the famous rock tombs. Four bedrooms all en-suite, 3 opening directly onto the pool. Stylish interior with cream marble floors, white walls and carefully selected Turkish antiques and rugs. Close to Dalaman airport (transfers available), ... more less