Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise Coast offers an unbeatable mix of mountain-backed beaches, classical ruins and adventure activities, with superb food and delightful owner-run hotels.
Recommended place to stay:
Hotel Villa Mahal
Kalkan, Mediterranean Region, Turkey|www.villamahal.com|
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This outstanding and hugely romantic boutique hotel occupies a series of terraces tumbling down verdant slopes to the Mediterranean, just around the bay from Kalkan’s picturesque old town.
There are no TVs but magnificent sea views to gawp at, and pure white interiors stamped with owner Ipek’s impeccable uncluttered style.
With its private seafront, beach club and wonderful waterside dining, the Mahal is as relaxing as it is romantic, but there are also plenty of activities on offer for those who want to get out and enjoy the pristine surrounds.
By dusk elegant tables have been laid across the Mahal’s beach-club terrace against a backdrop of Kalkan’s lights; it makes for one of the most enchanting dining spots in all Turkey.
An enclave of calm amidst the hectic development rush which has overrun Kalkan.
Beyond the Mahal, steep roads carved from the rock lead through residential and resort areas to the main coast road where scrubby hills rise high above the former fishing port.
At its former heart, however, among traditional bougainvillea-hung houses, Kalkan retains its considerable charm.
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