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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jeremy Seal

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.

Surrounding area

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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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Patara Beach & Ancient Ruins

Kalkan, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[11.3 miles]

Turkey’s outstanding beach is 15 kilometres of perfect sand backed by dunes and the extensive ruins of ancient Patara – and home to populations of nesting loggerhead turtles.

Best for ages: Any | Free

Saklikent Gorge [walking]

Kalkan, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[24.8 miles]

A memorable 4km walk and wade along Turkey’s most dramatic canyon, followed by a stop at one of the charming waterside eat stops clustered beyond the entrance.

Best for ages: 6+ | £4 | 2 hours

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Aerial view of the sandy beach with gorgeously blue water

Kaputas Beach

Kalkan, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[3.9 miles]

Small but perfectly formed, Kaputas is famed for its crystal-clear waters and soft sands, squeezed between two cliffs on the Kas-Kalkan road. It takes 187 steps to reach it from the road, but well worth the effort.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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Ancient aqueduct, with 100m surviving

Delikkemer Aqueduct

Kas, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[4.8 miles]

An amazing Roman aqueduct on the Lycian Way, just a 2-minute walk from the main road near Kalkan. The surviving stretch of some 100m can be walked with care.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Hike from Oludeniz to Karadere

Hike from Oludeniz to Karadere

Fethiye, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[16.9 miles]

This route, the Lycian Way’s stand-out stretch, offers 3- to 4-days’ exceptional hiking combining outstandingly dramatic scenery and golden beaches.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 4 days

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Orange bag for sale at the market

Kas Market

Kas, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[20.6 miles]

Less touristy than neighbouring Kalkan, Kas’ Friday market is a mix of local produce, fake goods and beautiful fabrics, with handbags for a fraction of the price of those in the town’s designer stores.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Turquoise Coast

Turquoise Coast, Turkey

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.

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