We visited the Villa Gokbel in the first week in July. As I began to put this review on I noticed a review under the title 'terrible' and could not bellieve what I read. There really could not be a bigger contrast based on that review and the experience we had there.
First of all the hotel really does have the WOW factor and feel good experience. The views across Sulunger Lake across to the Dalyan Delta were stunning. and the sunset was to die for (please see pictures).
More importantly the hospitality from Arslan ( a gentle soul and the the owner) and Mucella (Arslans partner) was first class. Staying at the Villa Gokbel is like being invited to a house party. Arslan told us from the moment we arrived that their home was our home and for us to treat it as such. They, along with, two young Turkish boys Emre and Tolgun, looked after our every need. The food was prepared by Mucella and was varied and first class. On the second evening we were going to be the only guests eating at the hotel so Arslan took us to dine with them at a restaurant by the side of the river and the rock tombs in Dalyan. Thanks to them we had a memorable evening.
The only little complaint that we had was that the drinks were a touch expensive but perhaps that is the price you have to pay for 'location location'. The hotel is well and truly tucked away in the village of Gokbel and you get a real taste of rural Turkey. Having said that the wonderful Izusu Beach is only a small drive away. We did not have a car but Arslan took gave us a lift to the beach and into Dalyan on frequent occasions without complaint.
In conclusion, Arslan, Mucella, Emre and Tolgun (who are the only staff and 15 and 14 years old respectively) getting involved in a violent fracas is unthinkable.
I sincerely hope that prospective visitors to the hotel are not influenced by the negative and disturbing review. If you decide to go you will not be dissapointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the border of the Natural Conservation Aera,With spelandid wiew on the lake, beach and forest. All rooms; with ensuit bathroom, A/C, minibar, satelitte TV, wi-fi, balkony or terrace, price included breakfast & Tax. All days Restaurant & bar services: fixmenu lunch(10€) & dinner(18€) ... more less
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