-- Sleeps 8 / Dines 8 --
A luxury Villa in Dalyan, Turkey, newly built and now welcoming its first guests.
Alycia sleeps 8 people in 4 ensuite bedrooms including one on the ground floor; each with its own balcony.
Alycia is in a quiet semi-residential locationon the outskirts of Dalyan, with lovely open views as far as the surrounding mountains and to the cliffs on the far side of the river, where you can also see the Lycian Rock Tombs high up in the rock face.
Dalyan is remarkable for a number of reasons. It is a World Heritage Site, Dalyan's famous Iztuzu beach being protected for nesting loggerhead turtles. Dalyan is steeped in ancient history and there are many important archaeological sites in the immediate area. Additionally the Dalyan River is famous not only for barbecues and boat trips but also for its hot springs and mud baths. There is so much to see and do that 2 weeks is really not long enough. Especially when I expect you would like to sunbathe as well!
Our Villa is about 200 metres from the banks of the Dalyan River, five minutes' walk from the best of Dalyan's restaurants (wonderfully located at the riverside, with seating on the boardwalk right on the river's edge and the best-ever views of the illuminated Rock Tombs at night), three minutes' walk to 2 local 'corner shops' and a five minute walk into town.
The ground floor is open plan with full kitchen, lounge and a dining area which has 2 double sliding doors giving access to the terrace and pool. There is also a cloakroom and one double ensuite bedroom on the ground floor and air conditionaing throughout.
The kitchen has a full range of floor and wall cupboards with granite worktops and stainless steel appliances, including a gas hob, eye-level electric oven, 6 foot fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.
The lounge has sofas, widescreen TV, satellite receiver, DVD player and IPod Dock, coffee table and a fireplace with working log-burning grate and chimney.
The dining room has a table and eight chairs and a double glass door to the terrace and swimming pool.
Double bed, chairs, triple wardrobe with shelves on one side, ensuite wet room and a balcony with sliding door access. Views of Kaunos.
Each bedroom has a tiled floor and a tiled wet room with shower, wash basin and toilet. Each of the bedrooms has air conditioning, a triple wardrobe with shelves down one side and double sliding doors to its own terrace. From every bedroom there are fantastic, open views of the mountains around Dalyan. The bedrooms each have 2 chairs, so you can sit on your balcony and enjoy the views.
Twin 3' beds, chairs, triple wardrobe with shelves down one side, ensuite wet room and a balcony with sliding door access. Views of the Lycian Rock Tombs.
Twin 3' beds, chairs, triple wardrobe with shelves down one side, ensuite wet room and a balcony with sliding door access. Views of the mountains.
Double bed, chairs, triple wardrobe with shelves down one side, ensuite wet room and a balcony with sliding door access. Outstanding uninterrupted views of Kaunos mountain across the river, where lie the ancient ruins of Caunos city.
There is a big covered terrace with table and chairs for 8 people and a big swimming pool 8m x 3m with marble terrace and shower, steps into the pool, sun loungers, barbecue and a Turkish pergola with cushions where you can lounge with friends, drink apple tea and put the world right.
The Villa has a large garden with grass lawn and many scented shrubs: hibiscus, jasmine, oleander and bouganvillea. Also lemon, orange, mandarin and pomegranate trees. From the terrace there are views of the ancient Lycian Rock Tombs.
Things to Do
Dalyan is a wonderful place to just totally chill out. The weather is guaranteed to be excellent in the Summer months and so swimming is always possible whether in the sea, swimming pool, fresh-water Koycegiz Lake or even in the Dalyan River itself. Boat trips (with on-board barbecue) are a must, going up river to Koycegiz Lake and Sultaniye, down through the reed islands to Iztuzu Beach to sunbathe or around the coast to tiny uninhabited bays such as Bakardi or Ekincik Bays. Visits to the mud-baths, hot springs and Turkish steam bath and massage (Hamam) which can also be easily arranged and shouldn't be missed off your itinerary.
For the more Energetic
A number of markets provide excellent opportunities for both food shopping and for those presents to take home. In Fethiye you can even choose your own fish from the fish stall and have it cooked at the restaurant nearby. Dalyan and Koycegiz Markets are also very good places to haggle.
Visits to Kaunos to see the ancient ruins across the river and white water rafting on the Dalaman River can also be arranged. - Did I say there was a lot to do?
The local (mini) bus (Dolmus) will take you very cheaply to nearby towns and villages without the need for a car, although we can arrange car hire for you if you would like to travel further afield.
The dolmus will take you to the southern end of Itzuzu Beach to see the loggerhead turtle sanctuary, or to Sarigerme Beach which is lovely for sunbathing; also to Fethiye and Gocek which are good starting points for the 12-Island Tour, when you can snorkle at one of the many stops during the day. (As always, the barbecue is included - if you love fish, it is worth checking to see if you can sail with a Captain who is planning to cook fish, my favourite - you may get a whole seabass each - otherwise you will probably get chicken and koftas - Turkish meatballs, which are delicious too).
Places within easy reach by car include the ancient ruins of Ephesus and Hierapolis, the stunning hot calcium springs and startling white travertine mountainside of Pamukkale and the extraordinary underground cities of Cappadocia.
We will arrange for transport to collect you from Dalaman Airport and return you there at the end of your holiday.
Contrary to our normal practice of fully inclusive rentals, due to the high cost of electricity in Turkey and the thoughtless use of air conditioning in the villa by some guests, we have found it necessary to make an exception to our rule with regard to the consumption of electricity.
50 units of free electricity per day are to be included in the rental, rising to 60 units per day to allow for sensible use of air conditioning during the hotter months of July and August. This is a generous allowance and is greater than the average recorded daily consumption in 2011 and 2012. Guests will be charged for any electricity consumed above the stated free allowance and can verify their metered consumption of electricity from a monitor within the villa.