We first stayed at Gunays Garden in 2010 and fell in love with the place. When we got engaged last year it was really our only choice of wedding venue. All of the legalities of getting married in Turkey are taken care of by Rebecca and a very lovely lady called Harriet who arranges lots of Turkish weddings every year. We scanned and emailed our Certificates of no impediment and Birth certificates, and appointments in Antalya and Fethiye are made in advance. Harriet drove us to the relevant places in order to get everything signed and stamped and although the round trip takes all day it was delightful being with Harriet who was excellent company.
Kayakoy itself is just a beautiful hidden gem in Turkey and Gunays Garden is just idyllic. Rebecca co ordinated our wedding from the start, we sent her themes and pictures of the kind of thing we would like and she more than matched them. Yes, some issues with length of time between communications, but a lovely girl called Lauren has now been employed to deal with this, so should no longer be a problem.
We hired all of the villas for our wedding party and our guests were just blown away by the place. The staff and service are second to none, from the wonderful ladies who clean (and tidy!) the villas everyday to Veli, Conor and others who work in the bar and restaurant- nothing was too much trouble. Tolga is head chef and his food is just sublime, (Izela is one of our favorite restaurants in the world!) our wedding breakfast was delicious and very plentiful! Mixed meze to start, followed by crispy crab and calamari, then lamb, chicken, veg kebab and meatballs (with swordfish for me as I don't eat meat!), all served to the table with rice, salad and potato. We all ate wedding cake for dessert which was made with fresh cream and strawberries.
Rebecca arranged everything for us when we were there: visits to other restaurants (mini stag and hen dos, separating both families the night before etc..) a fab private boat trip, a visiting masseuse, and a shave and haircut for the boys and hair makeup and nails for the girls on the wedding day. The salon we visited in Hisaronu was just brilliant, I had a hair trial a couple of days before the wedding and Ozzy the hairdresser is just amazing! All of the services at 'Goldfinger' were top notch and a fraction of the price it would have cost in the UK.
Photos and video of the wedding day are just brilliant. Jamie, an ex pat who now lives in Kayakoy, played the guitar beautifully through both the service and the wedding breakfast.
The Turkish ceremony itself is very very short and conducted in Turkish by Yener Bay who oversees most of the weddings in the Olu Deniz area. However, Gunays Garden have created the most wonderful service around the Turkish legalities (with readings, rings and address etc..) which make it incredibly special, it's conducted by Rebecca's dad Ralph who is just great. We sat down with him a few days before the wedding and just chatted for a couple of hours, this is so he could get a sense of who we are and some of our 'stories' which he then incorporated into the service. This made it so special and so personal and Ralph is just perfect in his role as celebrant.
I honestly cannot praise all at Gunays Garden enough, the whole week was simply stunning, I look forward to visiting it again with my husband for an anniversary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the idyllic valley of Kaya Koy, near the beach resort of Oludeniz and the marina town of Fethiye, our delightful self catering villas are set in established lush gardens with large swimming pool. Fully equipped and beautifully presented, the villas each have stunning views from huge terraces with sumptuous cushioned day beds under the shade of vines and bamboo. The house keeping service, including the supply and change of pool and bathroom towels and bed linen, as well as the fabulous restaurant on-site, and many other facilities and thoughtful extras, ensure you enjoy the space and privacy of a villa holiday with the luxury of a hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gunay`s Garden Villas Hotel Kayakoy