Arrived at the resort early evening for a week away with my Mum (in her 70s) full of trepidation having booked online. What a relief and delight to find this tranquil oasis so close to so much. richly planted gardens exploding with flowers and pomegranates, alongside the river and with such splendid views of the tombs surreally carved into the facing hillside. Candlelit dinner tables and smiling staff greeted us, and the same team looked after us for the week thereafter. The owner of the property is present on most days, and as with all owner-operated sites (versus the big chains) the team, even at this end of the season when they must be sick of the sight of the tourists, are helpful in the extreme.
Our room was fresh and clean with a small terrace onto the glorious gardens (ask for block 3 if you can - away from the pool, and if you can stretch to a ground floor 'suite - do - you have the private outdoor seating space) and the bathroom small but more than adequate, with a huge walk-in shower. The following morning it just got better. Customer relations manager Ercan ('eric') was fulll of shmooze and keen to sell all sorts of trips, but behind his marketing front was a hugely helpful and kind persona, particularly when it came to my Mum, and we know from experience and talking to other guests that his 12-islands day out on a lovely Turkish Gulet was significantly better experience than the equivalent offer from tour operators, and worht the few pounds more. The pool is delightful, helped hugely by the delightful pool attendant Ali - a gentle soul for whom nothing was too much trouble. The ride down the river to the beach was itself a treat.
The beach was splendid but frankly we were happier by our pool in peace. we booked half board - breakfast was plentiful as was dinner - not exactly cordon bleu but generous and tasty and for the money, exceptional value for money which makes the occasional dinner in town very affordable. It's a good 15 minute stroll into Dalyan, but it is on the flat so no effort at all, and for those seeking 'sights' there's a lot to do in the area,, from archaeological sites to feeding turtles. Would definitely return here with my husband, and I know my Mum will go back at the first opportunity,
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