This was my third visit to Dalyan and I keep finding another delightful nugget or two. The villa is stunning and surrounded by an area where you have nothing much more to do than choose what to eat and drink and visit wonderful places, Another visit full of surprises and enjoyment which was made even better by finding yet more wonderful places to visit. My own particular favourites are the Golbasi Restaurant and the Hidden Garden and the Hamam at the BC Spa.
Penny H, Surrey UK
Dalyan Babes on Tour 13th June 2011
Dear Friends of Villa Meliha, Another fabulous Whitsun week for the Dalyan babes. For some it is the 4th or 5th year running! And one of our babes celebrates her 6th visit to Villa Meliha. There is just no keeping her away. One of the highlights this year was a visit to the new BC SPa hotel for a Hamam, steam, sauna and massage. Has to be the biggest sauna the girls have ever seen - complete with gianta plasma screen (bit unecessary we thought!) THE MASSAGES were to die for girls. One lady went back the next day for seconds! The week would not have been complete without the 12 island cruise - and of course our synchronised water ballet - a bit of a tradition as are Suzie's frozen G+T's. Our favourite eateries this year were the Hidden Garden - had to go there twice (gorgeous food and even more gorgeous waiters!). A sing song at Leon,s and the Sofra bar - oh and several b.day parties complete with sparkling cocktails, cake, exploding confetti and lovely singing waiters! FAB live music and dancing at the Sun Ray lounge and yours truly on the bongos at the Rock Bar. Mufla has not been the same since. A gorgeous turkish breakie at the Golbasi was paradise and the ducks and turtles enjoyed what little left overs we left! Askins bar was our favourite place to sit and watch the world go round and get up to untold mischief. Shopping favourites were Elvis's for the handbags, the market for the pretty 10 lira sandals and the boot shop had boots to die for dahlings!
Villa Meliha is looking lovely now, the fruit trees growing taller and becoming more established. Wish we were going out later in the season to sample the figs, pomegranates, oranges, nectarines, peaches, plums and lemons! Love Judy and gang x x x
Duracell Bunnies do Dalyan 2nd September 2009
Whitsun 09 A fantastic week for 6 busy middle age ladies, to chill, make new friends and behave like school girls again. Yes I am referring to the 12 island gulet cruise from Gocek where we performed our signature synchronised ballet amidst ecstatic giggles as we ungracefully splashed around like demented dolphins. The swinging from the rope into the sea tarzan-style just added to the bliss. Favourites were the Sahil restaurant as always and the Golbasi , both beautiful riverside spots and wonderful sea-food. A new discovery was the Akkaya garden restaurant near Dalaman where you dine up in the trees in giant birds-nests as you gaze down at the beautiful tropical water gardens. www.akkayagarden.com
Another favourite was the Sun-ray lounge in Dalyan, a trendy cool live music venue where you can dance the night away overlooking the Dalyan river. www.sunray-lounge.com . The Duracell bunnies (as we were christended by other passengers on the cruise) had a little reunion in Cheltenham recently and plan to do the same again next year. Sheer bliss!!!!
Oct/Nov 08 7th November 2008
Just the two of us this time. It was time to prepare the villa for the winter - oiling external light fittings, painting a few railings and liasing with the gardeners. However we did have time for some exploring on our hired Honda Beat which is a great way to discover hidden, deserted bays and the beautiful pine forests up in the mountains with only the goats and bees for company. We visited Sarigerme to check out water sports for next summer and the new Hilton Resort and Golf development which are coming on a treat. The Sarigerme beach area is lovely and there is a sweet little nature park nearby.
We also discovered a wonderful new restaurant up in the hills above Dalaman. The tables are in giant birds nests up in the trees overlooking a waterfall and beautifully cultivated tropical gardens. Even the loos have a natural waterfall and garden in them! We went with a large gang and enjoyed a lovely sing-song together after our lovely meal. the restaurant is called The Akkaya and is opposite the turning for Dalaman coming from the Orteca direction. A must !!!!
Summer 08 4th November 2008
A wonderful two weeks with visits from Jake and daughter Olivia and Fiona and daughter Louisa. We hired mopeds and did some exploring high up in the pine forests where we discovered some fabulous views from the radar tower and the sunset terrace cafe. We also enjoyed a hilarious boat trip to Ekincik bay - Captain Thomas the boat owner proved to be extremely versatile - piloting the river boat out at sea through some choppy little coves and then finally preparing us a wonderful BBQ lunch. I was in extremis through most of the trip as I was nursing a jelly fish sting and then to add insult to injury I bit inot ared hot chilly pepper! Ouch. Thomas was also very generous with his Raki including sharing it with other boat captains! After the boat trip we endured a rather hair-raising drive back home - yes Thomas was driving! We enjoyed some FAB meals out including a birthday party for Louisa (24) at the Metin pide and pizza. She had a great cake with not a candle but a rocket on it - health and safety not the same in Turkey! We also had a try of the hubble bubble ( not so keen on the banana flavour). Matt and Craig had planned on a trip to Marmaris (Dalyan a bit tame for them) but having the girls for company eemed to make holidaying with the parents less gruelling! There is a great new live music venue in Dalyan called the sun-ray lounge which is very trendy - lovely music too.
Quote of the holiday 'Don't go to Australia you have got everything you need here in Turkey'. Jake Howard (an aussie).