Submitted: 11 Oct 2008
Aside from 7 days of unbroken sunshine and the Villa's superb setting, what really makes a stay there perfect is the attitude of the local Turkish community, not all of whom rely entirely on tourism for a livelihood. Their genuine warmth and friendliness leaves one feeling really welcome and this extends to the hassle-free centre of the main village in Dalyan where, after our evening meal, at the resturant's invitation (and at no charge) we were taken by boat up river to the lake where the engine and lights were cut, allowing us to drift and look at the sky to watch meteorites streaking across countless stars.
The stunning, natural views and abundance of wildlife in the area leave one breathless and the Villa's design, comfort and facilities provide for restful downtime during even the hottest of August days we were surprised that our children didn't develop gills while we were there, as they were rarely out of the pool, sea or lake!
Lastly, Oruc - the Villa managers - proved invaluable in arranging trips further afield and in expediting seamless airport transfers - little was too much trouble for them. Finally, while much of the local charm is generated by the simple way the locals farm and live, one should be prepared for the odd 'farmyard aroma' when walking in the area and not be too perturbed by close encounters with cows, goats and the odd sheep!
I. Jenkins. Berks