Only 10 minutes from Kalkan is the delightful mountainside village of Islamlar, where the air is pure, the water is crystal clear and life is slower... it's the new best-kept secret in Turkey and we feel it is our duty to bring it to you...
Islamlar is a traditional, peaceful and scenic mountain region, hidden a short distance from the more cosmopolitan attractions of Kalkan and the Turquoise coast; Islamlar village is made up of a scattering of old Turkish houses, a mosque, a cay(tea) garden and a flour mill, where flour is still ground using water power!
And that's about it, apart from a few restaurants.
The air is noticeably cooler, cleaner and fresher up here than down on the coast... many locals from Kalkan tend to escape to Islamlar in July and August to get some respite from the scorching heat of the summer. Although it's not actually that much cooler in pure temperature terms (maybe three of four degrees cooler) and you can definitely still catch the sun if you're that way inclined, the lower humidity makes the Islamlar climate feel so much more comfortable than at sea level.
The first thing that really strikes you about Islamlar is the noise. There isn't any!
Well, apart from natural sounds of birds in the trees, the gurgling of mountain streams, and the occasional ringing bell of a passing goat. This place is the epitome of peace and quiet. At night, the absence of street lights and vehicles makes the stars shine so much brighter... you will never see a better view of the Milky Way than from Islamlar.
By day, Islamlar is very green, thanks to the plentiful supply of fresh, pure mountain water, and the village is well known for its trout restaurants. One of the restaurants is "Bodamya Tepe" which is owned by the owners of Kleo Cottages (see below). Islamlar's restaurants all use natural, chemical-free ingredients and the freshness and flavours are amazing - the food actually tastes as it should taste! Simple and honest fare is on offer up here... but if you want something a little more sophisticated, then of course the restaurants and cafes, bars, shops and beach clubs of Kalkan are only a ten-minute drive away.
The best of both worlds? We think so. And we have some fabulous accommodation for you to stay in, whilst you soak up all that wonderful peace and tranquility.
Kleo Cottages consists of a group of six completely detached two- and three-bedroom country cottage-style spacious villas, all of which have beautiful views across the mountainside and some out to sea. They are set in natural gardens, to the side of a mountain stream, and they share a communal pool hidden in the centre of the gardens. The setting perfectly reflects the relaxed pace of life in the mountains, where your peace is only likely to be disturbed by the ringing bells of a passing goat herd.
The cottages retain a 'village-style' architecture, and blend beautifully with the environment. Each cottage is extremely spacious and comfortable and is set out over two or three storeys, providing the feel of a proper house rather than mere holiday accommodation. A genuine home from home, in fact, lovingly cared for by the charming owners, Müberra and Selahattin Dernek, who live on site. Running the site is a genuine labour of love for them and nothing is too much trouble.
A beautiful three-bedroom villa, set in a delightful rural location bordering a farm in the mountains above Kalkan, close to the charming village of Islamlar. Suitable for up to 6 guests (9 using camp beds)
The spectacular setting affords quite magnificent views across the mountainside to the endless sands of Patara in one direction and Kalkan bay in the other. But Villa Dolunay is no simple rural retreat - it has been completed with style, elegance and exquisite attention to detail. Dolunay translates as 'Full Moon' and the nightscapes are truly breathtaking in this particular region of Turkey.
Villa Dolunay provides considerable private space both indoors and out, thus making it an ideal escape for families and also friends holidaying together. If you can tear yourself away from the glorious mountain location, Villa Dolunay lies just a five-minute drive from the mountain restaurants of Islamlar, 15 minutes from the relatively sophistication of Kalkan and just 20 minutes from the glorious beach at Patara. The perfect exclusive mountain escape, with easy access to the delights of the Lycian Coast beyond.