|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The villa is on a hillside in a quiet residential area above Kalkan Old Town. The setting is stunning with a backdrop of the Taurus mountains and spectacular views of Kalkan and Kalamar Bays yet within walking distance of the town, harbour and beach.
The light and airy accommodation has been beautifully furnished to a very high standard with marble flooring, air conditioning and central heating throughout. The open plan living room has an open fire and a vaulted dining area with table to seat 10. The four luxury double (two can be twin) bedrooms each with en suite bathroom have been individually designed to exacting standards.
There is a separate annex room in the garden which can sleep 2 more people (ideal for teenagers).
The modern fitted kitchen is well equipped with dishwasher and large fridge freezer. Outside there is a private swimming pool and sun loungers, a covered area for al fresco & BBQ dining and several terraces, including two roof terraces. Wi-fi access throughout.
Gardens etc.: Private swimming pool surrounded by marble travertine terraces with very comfortable sun loungers with cushions and sun shades. Covered outside dining area with large oval table and 14 chairs for alfresco dining. Barbecue and outdoor fridge to cool your drinks.
A further seating area with coffee table and chairs leads off the main sitting room. There is a sofa and chairs outside the Garden Suite.
Steps lead up to a terraced garden with a shaded seating area of comfortable, squashy sofas to recline and admire the fabulous views out to the Mediterranean and the back drop of the mountains. It has to be the perfect place to relax and unwind!
The roof terrace has a fabulous Ottoman seating area with large cushions to recline and look at the stunning view and stars at night. It has a pergula over to protect from the sun during the day time.
The luxury villa is set in a large Mediterranean garden with olive trees, orange, lemon, pomegranite trees and colourful Mediterranean flowers. An olive grove runs along one side of the house and garden.
Travel: The nearest airport is Dalaman which is approx 1 ½ hours drive. It is a very easy and beautiful drive from the airport and we can arrange transfers at reasonable prices
Dalaman has many flights from the UK, including flights with Easyjet from Gatwick and Manchester Bristol and Stansted. Flythomascook.com flights leave form airports around the UK, including most regional airports. There are charter flights to Dalaman www.charterflights.com
Anatyla airport is a 2 ½ - 3 hour drive. Transfer by private taxi or minibus at very reasonable prices can be arranged with prior notice. Distances 5 min (or 20-25 min walk) taxi drive to Kalkan centre and harbour. Kas is 27 km.
Once in Kalkan it is very easy to get around. You can walk into the old town and marina area where many of the restaurants are. Taxis are readily available and cheap. There are small buses to nearby beaches and boats from the harbour to beach clubs. Beach clubs and some restaurants will also collect you from villa
Activities and places to visit: Kaputus beach – small beach only 10 mins drive from Kalkan on road to Kas. Beautiful turquoise sea. A must – it does not get mush better than this! Kalkan – has its own beach – with sun loungers and swimming area very safe and has a blue flag award. Patara beach – 18 kms of sand and many archaeological ruins. Approx 20 mins from Kalkan. Ruins also in same location and totally unspoilt.
Kalkan is well known for it’s wonderful beach clubs in the bays set on the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea.Kalamar Bay Beach club - has sun beds, water sports, banana boat rides, jet skis, waterskiing, trampoline in bay, diving, PADI diving courses, very good restaurant for lunch etc .Villa Mahal beach club (can get a boat from the marina to the beach club) Also has massage etc.
There are many boat trips from marina in Kalkan. A day’s trip out to Mouse and Snake Islands in Kalkan bay is a must, with swimming stops and fishing en route- fish is then cooked for you.
We are a family with 3 teenage children. we live in Cambridge with our labrador dog Saffron.
Sue Barlow purchased this villa in 2004
Villa Vanilla is a very special place for us as a family - we fell in love with Turkey, the wonderful friendly people in Kalkan and the spectacular views over the Mediterranean.
Our villa was designed and built for us to provide a very comfortable home from home which we love to share with other people. Our villa is set in large gardens with olive, lemon and orange trees and benefits from cooling breezes from the hills above. It is away from the bustle of the old town and benefits from stunning views over the Mediterranean and islands off the coast. It is very quiet and undisturbed but with easy access into the town with all its superb restaurants.
It has been designed to provide a luxurious standard of comfort - marble floors throughout with simple and stylish furniture. The kitchen is very well equipped with a large American style fridge and a range of equipment for cooking the fresh organic produce from the local market,
We fell in love with so many aspects of Kalkan and decided to build our own mediterranean home. Just a few highlights that made us choose Villa Vanilla : the unobscured views over the bay of Kalkan, the wonderful warm, welcoming local people who have become our friends (we have been to 2 local weddings), the unspoilt coastline and beaches (Patara is 10 mins and 18 kms of sand with one rustic cafe) and my favourite Kapatus beach (5 mins) has clear tourquoise sea and the best beach in the world (and I have travelled to all continents apart from Antarctica!!).
Stunning unobscured views over the bay of Kalkan and up to the Taurus mountains. Our villa is very quiet as is set in one of largest gardens in Kalkan with an olive grove to one side of the property.
Simple luxury stylish design of decor, finest quality egyptian cotton bedding and towels.
A back up generator should the power fail (few villas in Kalkan have their own generators) .
Beautiful pool with views over the Med set in a large Mediterranean garden.
Life does not get much better than spending time in Villa Vanilla as our guests will tell you!!
'Had an amazing time. The villa was stupendous....Turkey blew our minds' Aug 2006
'The setting of this villa is stunning, we particularly enjoyed the roof terrace at night, admiring the stars and lights of Kalkan' July 2006
'Well equipped, stylish, comfortable villa with amazing sheets. We will return!' September 2006
'How can we thank you enough for such a glorious introduction to Turkey! Your home is magical.' June 2006
'Fell in love with Turkey all over again. Thank you' August 2006
We swapped the grey skies of Britain for sunny Kalkan in late October 2008 and had the most wonderful holiday in this beautiful place. Not only is the Villa Vanilla decorated, equipped and maintained to a very high standard, the kitchen is a chef’s delight.
Having woken to blue skies and that fabulous view, a walk down the hill to the local market revealed a huge choice of fresh, local produce. The teenagers in our party explored the cobbled streets whilst I stretched out on a sun lounger keeping half an eye on the two younger children who played for hours in the pool. The two keen walkers planned their route along the Lycian way.
The owners provided plenty of useful ( and accurate) information about airport transfers, local restaurants and places to visit. A small fish restaurant tucked away in the hills above Kalkan was a particularly satisfying recommendation. The friendliness of the local people and the high quality of service at a reasonable price was a real bonus.
It’s rare to find a house as lovely as this, in such a perfect position with excellent restaurants, beaches, ancient ruins and inspiring walks within a short drive. We all had a great time and will definitely book this villa again.
We have just returned from a wonderful week in Villa Vanilla. Everything was very well organised by the owner. Our transfer, access to the villa, and we were always treated with charm and kindness by everyone we came in to contact with connected to the villa.
The views are stunning ,the villa is as it appears in the photos ,really well presented and overall a lovely holiday.
We hope to return next year.
The villa, garden area and pool area all exceeded expectations. Stunning views over Kalkan and the Mediterranean beyond were enjoyed form the outside areas and from the roof top areas. Extremely relaxing just spending time at the villa during the hot daytime hours, not a drop of rain all fortnight. Kalkan is a lively place with many restaurants bars and shops to enjoy all at reasonable prices. We particularly enjoyed the boat trips from Kalkan harbor and the beach clubs close by. Water sports were fantastic. Amazing holiday enjoyed by all of us including our four teenagers, we will return to Villa Vanilla for sure.
The view from Villa Vanilla over Kalkan harbour takes some beating. Kalkan is a very beautiful resort.
We were happy to discover that the villa is very well equipped/decorated/furnished with spacious airy rooms.
The pool area had very good sun loungers and parasols. It was kept spotless by the very pleasant pool maintenance man who visited daily.The villa is surrounded by an abundance of beautiful flowers, plants and trees.There are many places to sit (shady or sunny) and enjoy the view. The outdoor shady dining area is perfect for long lunches.
We spent our time either relaxing by the pool or exploring the lovely local beaches, markets and ancient ruins. Saklikent Gorge is worth a visit as is the Sunken City at Kekova. Boat trips from Kalkan harbour are a perfect way to explore and swim in the local bays.
There is plenty of information in the villa folders on sightseeing and restaurants. I would recommend hiring a car to get around (there are many very steep roads in Kalkan ).
Sue arranged our transfers which went very smoothly. The property manager kindly did some food shopping for our late arrival just to tide us over until we got to the supermarket the next day.
Thank you very much Sue for a lovely stay. I'm sure we'll visit again.
Our party consisted of four couples - the two of us and the rest twenty somethings - daughters and partners/friends. We all loved our stay and even a week here left us feel completely unwound.
The accomodation remains at a very high standard , well equipped and tastefully furnished with the lay out outside in particular providing several nooks and crannies to allow for being together or taking a bit of QT on the roof terrace or garden seating area.Usefully given the temperature bordering on 100 degrees, there were many shaded areas as well as the pool of course. That and the garden generally were maintained twice daily by the friendly yet unobtrusive gardener who could always summon fresh supplies for the water dispenser.
Remarkably , we didnt see a single fly, wasp or mosquito all week - only the atmospheric ciccadas and a friendly tortoise who made a daily appearance from somewhere. The views were splendid at all times of day.
Kalkan is a lovely town with an abundance of good restuarants and shops ( fishmonger and fake bags come to mind ) with enough bars to satisfy the younger element. The old part is very attractive as is the harbour where various boat trips and diving opportunities can be found.Even the Imam calling to prayer from the mosque sounded genuine and not recorded.
You do need a car on balance unless you ' re simply going to remain very local and you don't want to walk back up to the villa especially in the heat but taxis are cheap and plentiful. The two local beaches are definately worth a visit as is Kas c 30 mins drive away - again an old town with several rug and linen shops.
We would definately return.
We rented the villa in July 2008. The house and the view were even better in real life than on the internet images. We were two families with 3 children under 4 yo; the house and the pool aerea worked so perfect for us all that we stayed by the pool most of the week, taking turns on looking after the kids. We certainly recommend the villa for young families even though it sounds not very child-friendly with a house up in the hills. You use the car all the time anyway, it is impossible to get around without it. The two beaches in the area could be reached by the car, the town beach was ok but not optimal for small children, but the other one, about 15 min drive, was beautiful and not crowded.
The service was great, starting with my first contact with the villa owner and further when we met the property manager who met all our needs including fresh bread for breakfast each morning. It might be hard for us finding something this priceworthy anywhere else next season!
The enchanting historic town of Kalkan on the Mediterranean coast is a sophisticated place with its narrow streets leading down to a picturesque harbour. It is renown for its high quality restaurants, many set at roof top level, offering a wide variety of dishes at reasonable prices. By night Kalkan has a bustling relaxed atmosphere with its narrow cobbled streets lined with small boutiques and atmospheric bars playing blues and jazz. A range of outdoor activities are available in Kalkan including diving, snorkeling, canoeing, water skiing, sailing, para gliding and windsurfing. Regular boat trips from Kalkan harbour explore the area and beautiful coastline including the well known gulet cruises. Patara beach, voted by The Sunday Times as one of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the Mediterranean, has18 km of white sand and is approx a 25 mins drive. Kalkan beach, a ‘ blue flag ’ beach and the harbour are approx a 5 min car ride or 15-20 minute walk (steep walk).
Other Activities: canoeing, sea kayaking,para gliding, canyoning
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
A deposit of 25% of the total cost is required on booking. A refundable security deposit of £250 is required with the final payment which is due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Please note if you wish to use the separate garden annex (sleeps 4) there is an additional charge per week. The main house and annex together can sleep up to 12 people.
Our preferred start day is Mon or Sat