Submitted: 9 Aug 2013
We, as owners, recently returned to the UK after visiting the apartment and resort for the first time during the high season. We usually travel out to Kalkan during April to set the apartments up for rental, but this year we decided to travel out with our family to experience the Patara Prince Resort and Kalkan from a tourist’s point of view. It’s not easy writing about our apartment, the resort and Kalkan, because we want to show it in its best light, but we hope we’ve been fair with our assessment.
As we arrange car hire and transfers for our guests, we naturally assumed that everything would go smoothly, which it did.
When we arrived at PPR, we were greeted very pleasantly by the resort’s security staff and were soon on our way to the apartments.
Our housekeeper, Neslihan, had prepared both apartments to a high standard, as usual, which meant that all we had to do was to turn on the air conditioning and then go to the local supermarket to stock up on a few basics. Incidentally, there is a welcome pack in both apartments, which contains tea, coffee, dried milk, sugar and biscuits, also water, just to ‘put you on’ for a short time.
We decided that our son, his wife and our two grandchildren should stay in one apartment and we in the other, along with our daughter. This worked extremely well, as we were able to live separately, but be together when we wanted, as the two apartments we are linked by a garden path and are only a minute’s walk away. We set up both dining tables together when we wanted to eat, usually for breakfast and lunch, but, as we all needed a good rest, we ate out in Kalkan almost every evening. More of that later.
The Patara Prince Resort: You may have read both good and bad reviews about the resort. Two aspects we should mention. Firstly, the poor conditions within the hotel. The hotel reception has been revamped for this season and looks great, although we have never visited the hotel rooms, so cannot comment on them. Secondly, the level of service from members staff. The staff at the resort should not be compared with the restaurant staff in Kalkan. They are more reserved and will not ask you if you want a drink. You should always approach them. Our experiences on that score were mixed. Sometimes we had a lengthy wait and sometimes we were served reasonably quickly. We want you to be fully aware of this. If you aren’t satisfied and have to wait, cancel your drinks and take full advantage of the resort’s water taxi, which will take you into town any time up to 7.00pm at night. This will cost you 5TL for each adult. You can return to the resort by a local taxi, which can be hailed at the junction between ‘new’ and ‘old’ Kalkan, by the Pirat Hotel. It’s very efficient system. Ask to be taken to the market by the rear gate of the resort, which means that you won’t have far to walk. It cost us between 15 and 20TL for seven of us.
During the day, the resort’s shuttle bus ferries guests from the top to the bottom of the resort and is very efficient. We never had to wait for more than five minutes. All three outdoor pools were excellent – the water was clean and apart from one broken coffee table, everything was fine and in good condition. One problem, which we think you need to be aware of, was the slippery surface around the family pool by the hotel. It was mainly the section towards the sea front. With care, we didn’t have any accidents, but please be aware of this. Everyone found the slide, which is tiled and incorporated into the infinity pool, to be brilliant. Again, as with areas around most pools, watch that children don’t run. Although towels can be hired from PPR for use by the pools, we took our own. Another year, instead of taking them out with us, we will buy them in Yali supermarket at the top of the hill in the newer part of Kalkan. They were priced at 15TL.
We’re obviously biased about the apartments, as we own them, but they were more than adequate for our needs. The only thing we decided that we hadn’t got was a set of scales for each apartment in order to weigh the luggage for the return journey. They’re already in our case for the next time we visit.
The other thing we thought was that it was so easy to pop up to Yali, the general store by the Thursday market to buy shampoo, conditioner, hair products, shower gel, deodorant, sun cream, etc. Apart from a toothbrush and toothpaste, there’s nothing that you can’t live without for a day. There’s complimentary olive oil soap in the bathroom, so guests can survive on that for a day. Another thing is flip flops. They’re cheap and abundant, so treat yourself and save on weight.
We hadn’t realised how handy the resort’s small supermarket was. It’s situated just outside the rear gate, only about two to three minutes from the apartments. It was handy to buy the fresh bread every morning for breakfast, which we ate with huge warm tomatoes and cheese from the market. For lunch we just had snacks of fresh fruit and suchlike and then in the evening we dined out and had superb meals wherever we went. The basic rule is that the nearer to the seafront you are, the more expensive your meal will be. Also be aware that in Kalkan the cocktails are seriously so not measured.
We want you to be aware that there are restaurants at the Patara Prince Resort, but from the guests we spoke to, there were mixed reviews. The main problem was the length of time guests had to wait. Whilst we were on holiday we complained to the General Manager, also the Guest Relation Manager, as it is obviously in our interest to have guests who are 100% satisfied with all aspects of their holiday. We didn’t notice any improvement, but, we hope, that by reading reviews from guests, things will change.
We know that we can’t be totally impartial, be we hope we’ve done our best.
John and Tricia Wathen