Diamond Jubilee Party Girls at Villa Meliha June 10th
It is truly a lovely time to be here, the garden is looking more mature now, the trees are in bloom and figs,apricots and lemons are appearing. The birds, insects and frogs are bursting with song and in harmony with that lovely, refreshing sea breeze!
OK! The airport road from Dalaman is BUMPY but we are assured that when all the road works are complete, the route will be smoother and swifter in future. If, like us, you endured the dreaded Thomas Cook ‘Red-eye’ you will be so delighted to wake up in such rural tranquillity. OK, there is a new mosque nearby and you may hear the Imam calling to prayer in the early hours, accompanied by the cockerel at our neighbours’ farm but otherwise it is soooooooo peaceful.
What’s new at the Villa this year?
We have just added a new kosk to the villa, next to the BBQ and you are most welcome to use our lovely new cushions and make it into a relaxing open-air chillax house, especially to escape from the sun. Please place wet bottoms on towels if you have been swimming and return cushions to under the stairs before you leave.
We have also added slats to the pergola adjoining the rear of the house for the bougainvillea to grow over and provide more shade.
You may be lucky enough to see the stork family. They are nesting in a tree just over the little bridge that leads into the farm yard in front of the villa. The tree - eucalyptus I think, is on the left just before you reach the road. I found a gecko in my bedroom this morning - quite small and a lovely shade of yellow! You will hear frogs croaking especially at night and do not be surprised to find turtles in the nearby irrigation channels.
Quite a few new restaurants and bars opened up this year. You will be spoilt for choice. Apparently the villages ‘top chef’ is at the Blue Bistro nr the mosque square. He has completely redesigned the restaurant’s kitchen and it is very impressive. We had an excellent meal there. It was also a real pleasure to lunch at the Sahil restaurant overlooking the rock tombs. The food there is a visual feast ! Askin’s bar continues to be a favourite. This is in the main street before the school. Askin is a lovable rascal and the bar great for wi-fi, English TV and simply watching the world float by.
Where do we start? Where will it all end !!! We LOVED the new Latika boutique café opposite the school. A great place to park hubbies with a drink whilst you have a bit try on. We were most surprised when opening one curtain to find it contained a male mannequin torso and a cat with new-born kitten. Could only happen in Dalyan! Very arty very pretty clothes and gifts.
Saturday is market day but if you miss this then you can get a boat trip on Monday to the Kosges market across the lake.
Our bargains every year are the GAWJUS fake sandals for a fiver.
Park hubby and fruit n veg purchases at the Adilan café for a Turkish brekky and an EFEs beer whilst you trawl for FUN bargains
We loved the Mimi beauty home just up from Migros, having enjoyed a medical full body massage we were all set up to enjoy an evening out on the town, starting at Jifs café - opposite Migros -- waiters entertained us with their dancing- they have sports TV and a lovely walled garden restaurant - great place for kids. Wi-fi too.
Large or small they will love the mud baths boat trip, the river taxi to the beach, the Turtle hospital at the road end of the beach accessible by car or local bus from nr Tourist info centre or the crab and fishing
boat trip or better still the early morning trip to feed the Loggerhead turtles. If you want to really wear them out the Ancient city of Kaunos on the other side of the river is a must - reached by rowing boat at the rear of the school.
One travel agent in the high street does a trip to Fethiye aqua park (Tuesdays with Yesil travel) or there is an even bigger one at Marmaris.
We have it on good authority that the Sweet 16 disco is under new management and they will play your own CD,s !
Live Music at the Jazz bar - lovely resident duo! or at the far end of the village opposite the Rock bar you can join in with the band on tambourine at the cool trendy Sunray lounge and boogy on down.
We are now in our 5th year and we have had record bookings this year, many of which were made in the Autumn of 2011. It is lovely to have repeat bookings as these are made by people who really look after the villa as though it it their own home. One family is spending their 3rd summer holiday here. If you want to book for 2013, let us know asap and we will simply use your refundable deposit (£200) to secure your booking for 2013.