Villa in Altinkum, Turkey, Air-con Throughout, Wi Fi available
I am a retired Business Management Consultant for the Travel Industry. I live in the Liverpool Suburban district of Huyton with Roby. Please note that our rental prices remain the same for the whole Season. We believe increased prices for School holiday periods is an unfair practice and should be abolished.
Owner purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Owner chose Altınkum
We bought this property not with renting in mind but because we loved the area and the people. we make sure that we visit at least once a year when the Villa is available.
What makes this Villa unique
It is far enough away from the busy area to be a perfect chill out location, yet within easy reach of Beaches , Markets, and a really good choice of Bars and Restaurants. The Bus stop to Town is right in front of our Villa with twice hourly service.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Cannot be described as "luxury"
First of all, I should say that I have requested a partial refund from the Property Owner and also made a formal complaint through Home and Away. The owner has accused me of complaining simply to get a refund saying:
"This adds up to one thing Mark, to make a claim at the end of the Holiday.
This type of thing may have worked for you in the past but not on my watch.
You preferred to deal with homeaway direct so please do not contact me again."
That is simply untrue, we have stayed in many villas previously and have never asked for any type of refund because they delivered what the ad promised (see my review of property ID 6882217).
So, the problem is that it is simply NOT a luxury villa, I have taken several photos but am not allowed to show them on this review unfortunately.
So what was wrong. Below is part of the email I sent to the owner :
"The good points were that it has lots of space, the pool area is nice and it is easy enough to get to the beach/restaurants. Tommy is a good guy too and helped us where he could.
The negative points are that the villa badly needs some refurbishment. The toilets are stained and dirty - the en-suite to the master at the top being particularly bad (but none could be described as really acceptable), it looks like the original ladder of the bunk-beds is being used as a "guard" and has tape stuck to it, there was a charcoal BBQ on the terrace complete with a sharp knife with no handle and some of my party found their mattresses unacceptably hard.
We have stayed in luxury villas previously (actually owned and rented our own at one stage) so it is not that I have no experience of this kind of thing and yours is a long way from "luxury". Of course, my Sister also lives in Turkey and so I know that it is not a case of "well, this is what Turkey is like".
I have a few photos if you would like to see them, suffice to say that if I (and I suspect you too) booked into a cheap motel that had a bathroom like the en-suite to the master - we would demand a different room."
There really isn't much that Tommy the local agent could have done, a proper refurbishment and update of the villa is required.
So, this is probably the worst review I have ever given for a holiday rental but it is the truth, it is not some cheap stunt to try and get some sort of a refund. I don't need that, I just feel that some refund is appropriate.
This Property Was Lovely, Very Spacious & Clean
Lovely Villa That Is Perfect in every way
This villa was just what we needed a very well equipped and tranquil spot in the beautiful location of Didim
The Villa is well furnished with a lovely bigs outdoor pool with sun lingers and seating areas by the pool and on lower balcony.
Also there were loungers upstairs on the upstairs balcony which are very private
The Villa Was very clean with everything we needed and also the grounds around the villa make it a lovely and private place to stay.
The situation of the villa is ideal with the town, beaches and shops al within walking distance.
I will definitely return and would have no hesitation in recommending the Villa as being somewhere lovely to stay, in a really nice part of Turkey.
Thank you Marie for a really great review. It feels good to be appreciated.
It will be a pleasure to welcome you to our property at anytime.
Great holiday and place, kids never out the pool
What a lovely place, well looked after and having the bus stop right outside was ideal.
Sitting in the shade watching the kids play in the pool was a real highlight, I could relax whilst they played safely.
Tommy was brilliant, couldn’t do enough for us and the local supermarket was ideal for essentials.
I loved the restaurants and can’t wait to go back next year.
Thank you Dawn for your lovely review. I knew you would just love the place.
I and my family make sure we have at least a couple of weeks here every year.
You are quite right about the Restaurants of Altinkum, all friendly, good food, and they all have the pick up and return service from the Villa, no Taxi fare's, great system.
Hope to welcome your gang again next year.
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Thank you Carlos. I have no idea what you have written, but the 5 Stars you have awarded tells me everything. You will always be welcome my friend.
Beautiful villa, with home from home touches
Gorgeous property, Beautiful furnished with all the mod cons a family would want. Fabulous customer service and I would definitely recommend to others. I will definitely book it again
Thank you Dawn. We are very proud of our Villa and we love to share it with people like you.
Very impressed will definitely book again.
Our stay at the villa was amazing, it was very clean and spacious with everything we needed to make our stay even more comfortable. The outdoor pool and seating area is a lovely replace to relax as the villa is in a great quiet location but within walking distance into the town. Will definitely be booking again for next year and would certainly recommend to my friends and family. Thank you for making our holiday even more special.
Thank you for a great review. You will always be welcome back.
Special interest holidays:
Nearby sightseeing includes. 'The Temple of Apollo', and the Ancient City of Ephesus. Altinkum also boasts of an Aqua Park, and a fairground, also a very large roofless disco holding 2000 pax, this is one of about 4 or 5 disco's in the town. We can especially reccomend a daytime boat trip for good family fun. Any of the above plus Tailor made excursions and Car Hire can be booked through our Agent Tommy who can arrange for you to be picked up at the \villa for most of them.
All 5 Beaches are made up of a fine grain Golden sand stretching on and on, broken only by a little Harbour. Here you may book your day or evening Boat excursions, and you can even hire a Boat and Skipper to go fishing, or visit another part of the Coast, or leave your destination to the Skip, and just have a nice relaxing Boat trip. See Tommy.
The Town planners of Altinkum are very Tourist minded reflected in the layout of the tree lined roads and promenades which look really attractive.
Bodrum Airport is less than an hour away, but Altinkum can also be served by Izmir Airport, which is just 90 mins away, or Dalaman 2 hours 30 mins. Airport transfers from any airport can be arranged by us with our agent and friend Tommy, who is also our keyholder and in charge of cleaning, laundry, booking excursions, and he will sort out any problems that might arise during your stay on a 24/7 basis.
Less than a Kilometre to the town of Altinkum with all its beaches, shops, bars and restaurants. There is a bus (Dolmush) that stops right outside the Villa's 3 per every hour to take you to the Beach, Didim town, or the Market. The cost is 1.75TL ( 40p ). This is the fare on any Bus to any destination in the area, cheap huh!
The nearest large town is Didim which is basically a thriving commercial area, but here too there are a lot of bars, shops, restaurants, banks, and supermarkets. Here every Saturday you will find the biggest indoor market you have ever seen, where you can buy literally anything. Didim is again about a 17 minute walk from the Villa.