Accommodation in Kalkan, TurkeyThe base for your holiday in Turkey
Welcome to Villa Vanilla
Villa Vanilla is the base for your holiday. The luxury villa is set in large Mediterranean gardens with olive, orange, lemon and pomegranate trees and colourful Mediterranean flowers. An olive grove runs down one side of the garden. It is set on a quiet hillside above the Old Town of Kalkan. 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. Learn more about Kalkan and the surrounding area.
Guests have a choice of accommodation options in Kalkan to suit your preference and budget.
Villa Vanilla – Deluxe option (£100 supplement per person per week)
Guests have a choice of double and twin rooms each individually designed bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. All have air conditioning, heating in winter and marble flooring. The guest rooms are decorated and furnished to reflect the blues and turquoise colours of the region. Villa Vanilla is set on a hillside above the old town.
The White House – Standard option (no supplement) A small boutique hotel in the old town of Kalkan. Single, twin and double rooms available, all ensuite with air conditioning.
Pirat Hotel – Standard option (no supplement)
A charming hotel on the harbour in Kalkan with views out over the Mediterranean, old town and boats in the harbour. The hotel has its own swimming pool and is in the heart of the old town.
Please indicate your choice of accommodation on booking and we will try our best to accommodate you. All guests can join with the activities for the week and shared meals.
If you require single occupancy please let us know.
There is a personal touch to the week and an informal house party atmosphere. Several of our guests are single travellers or come along with non-painting (or photography/yoga) partners. The relaxed informal atmosphere creates a convivial environment and ensures everyone has an enjoyable time. We aim to offer every comfort to make your week fulfilling and relaxing… it is after all your holiday!
Gardens and Roof Terraces
The stone villa is set in large gardens with olive, orange and lemon trees with a variety of different seating areas from which to paint or simply sit and admire the views over the Mediterranean and up to the Taurus Mountains.
There is a private swimming pool with sun loungers where you can relax before and after your painting trips.
A covered terraced area set in the gardens is where breakfast and evening meals are taken overlooking the islands off the Turquoise coast.
One of the roof terraces has a fabulous Ottoman style seating area with large cushions to recline and look at the stunning views and stars at night. A perfect place for a pre of after dinner drink!
There are quiet seating areas in the gardens and on the roof terraces from which to read or paint. 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. It has to be the perfect place to relax and unwind!
Non painting (or photography/yoga) partners are welcome and receive a discount on the cost of the holiday. We can organise many other activities for non-painters to suit your interests for only £800 per week.
Turkish cooking classes, walking the Lycian Way, visits to cultural sites, scuba diving, canoeing, wine tasting tours, historical trips, and Turkish conversation classes. Please contact us to discuss your interests.
MealsMouthwatering dishes made with fresh, local ingredients
All our food is locally sourced. The variety and quality of organic produce that is available in the region is outstanding and this makes for some delicious meals. We serve healthy (sometimes a bit naughty particularly when it comes to deserts!) and seasonal food using the best local produce.
Outstanding cuisine and service at local restaurants
During your stay we eat out in local restaurants for several evening meals. Kalkan is well known for the quality of its restaurants and each has been specially selected by us having got to know the best places and the restaurant owners over many years of being based in the region. We dine by candlelight at one of the beautiful harbour restaurants that it known for its Ottoman specialities whilst admiring the stunning views out across the Mediterranean sea.
Specially selected family run restaurants
The standard of dining in Kalkan is a wonderful surprise and there is a wide variety of Mediterranean and Ottoman cuisine on offer. Restaurant ownership is often shared between Turks from Istanbul and local people which results in excellent standards of cuisine. We also visit some local restaurants off the beaten track during your stay where fine home Turkish cooking is on offer and where you will experience the authentic cuisine of this region.
Fresh organic ingredients locally sourced
Breakfasts are served on the terrace at Villa Vanilla sitting in the sunshine overlooking the turquoise seas of the bay of Kalkan. A range of locally sourced fresh fruit, nuts, cheeses, honeys and jams are on offer, along with traditional eggs, orange juice and freshly baked bread. Coffee and a wide selection of teas are always available.
Evening meals under the stars at Villa Vanilla
Candlelight evening meals at Villa Vanilla are normally served on the terrace under the stars and overlooking the twinkling lights of Kalkan old town and the Mediterranean sea. Our resident chef has training at River Cottage and Cambridge Cookery Schools. The meals use the finest sourced organic ingredients including local fresh fish that comes into the harbour each morning. Special dietary requirements are catered for providing you let us know in advance.
Kalkan is approximately 90km south east of Dalaman airport. Alternatively, Antalya airport is approx. 150km north east of Kalkan.
Please refer to our Flights page for more information on airlines and flights.
Airport Transfers to Kalkan and Villa Vanilla
For your ease and comfort we arrange transfers for you if required from the airport to Kalkan.
Airport transfers are arranged by a reputable independent operator based in Kalkan. Our prices are paid directly to the taxi firm.
If you require a transfer from the airport please confirm details on your booking enquiry.
Rates for 2014/2015 (Transfers prices from/to Dalaman Airport)
|Number of passengers||Price|
|1-3 people||£60 each way|
|4-6 people||£80 each way|
|7-17 people||£90 each way|
All prices are with a driver and are per vehicle.
Travel Information Turkey
In the light of the current international situation we would like to reassure you the location of our holidays in Turkey. We are more than 1000 kms from the Syrian border (similar to travelling from London to Prague) and 800 km from Istanbul.
As those of you who have visited us before we are in a peaceful, quiet area and our local town is not a tourist “hot spot” so very unlikely to attract any potential problem. We are carrying on as normal.
You need a visa to enter Turkey. This is easy – apply online now.
Many flights to Dalaman from Europe and beyond!
Charter flights available from most UK airports direct to Dalaman. From other European countries there are direct flights or connections through Istanbul.
Easyjet and Thomas Cook have regular flights into Dalaman and from spring 2015 British Airways will be flying to Dalaman from London Gatwick.
Kalkan is only 1 ½ hours comfortable drive through beautiful scenery.
We can arrange transfers for your comfort and ease. View our getting there page for more information.