Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Even MORE holiday for your £ in Turkey!

Update: a few weeks ago I wrote the blog below, about the difference in the £ exchange rates to the Euro and the Turkish Lire. Since then the £ has risen even further against the TL and as of today you can now get 4.62 TL to the £ - back to the peak in late 2015.

So there's never been a better time to holiday in Turkey... your £ has never given you so much spending power! "Fill yer boots" as they say....

My blog from Dec 2016:
Euro to the £ 14% drop since mid 2015...

TL to the £ - 8% increase since mid 2015...
Politics aside, there's no disputing the fact that the uncertainty over Brexit has taken its toll on the £ / Euro exchange rate over the last few months. As you can see from the charts above, you now get 14% fewer Euros for your pound than in the 2015 holiday season. So a European holiday is much more expensive than two seasons ago.

Conversely, the same £ buys you 8% more Turkish Lira now than in summer 2015!

So, pound for pound, a holiday in Turkey gives you 22% more spending power than a holiday in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, the Canaries.... or anywhere else in the Eurozone for that matter, compared to spending power in 2015.

Looking for value for money in 2017?

Come to Turkey. You know it makes sense!!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Villa of the Week - commencing 9th January 2017: 10% off!

From Monday 9th January to Sunday 15th January 2017:

Stunning...breathtaking...amazing...exclusive...stylish...tasteful...these are all words that could be used to describe the fabulous Falcon Exclusive Villa. But mere words cannot do it simply has to be seen to be believed! 

Falcon Exclusive is a luxury 7-bedroom villa (all bedrooms with ensuite) in a superb location, which sleeps up to 18 people in style and comfort with free wi-fi, superb infinity pool, uninterrupted sea & mountain views (every living area and every bedroom has a sea view). 

Falcon Exclusive Villa has the following specifications:

The design and build quality of Falcon Exclusive Villa are exceptional. The location is enviable - obviously you have to be high up in the Kiziltas area of Kalkan to get those views, but Falcon Exclusive is perfectly situated in a peaceful location, a mere 3 min drive & only a 20 minute downhill walk to the delights of Kalkan Old Town! There are five levels to Falcon Exclusive Villa:

1. Basement: Under-pool games room with gym equipment, table-tennis table etc.

2a. Ground floor (outside): Stunning pool terrace with outside dining table and chairs under shaded canopy, various shaded areas, large infinity pool with graduated depth from 0.30 m to 1.5 m. Plenty of stylish, comfortable sun-loungers, parasols, pool shower, BBQ and gardens to side and rear.

2b. Ground Floor (inside): Huge lounge/kitchen/diner; open-plan kitchen, flat screen TV, DVD player, satellite TV channels, iPhone dock. Dining table for 14 people. Copious seating in lounge area including large corner-sofa and several easy chairs. Separate wc and utility room with washing machine. Full-width windows opening onto pool terrace. Stairs leading to first floor.

3. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with king size bed and additional sofa-bed. One bedroom with twin beds. All three bedrooms have ensuite shower & w/c; one of the double bedrooms has a bath. All bedrooms share the full width balcony with pool and sea views.

4. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, each with king size bed and additional sofa-bed.One bedroom with twin beds. All three bedrooms have ensuite shower & w/c; one of the double bedrooms has a bath. All bedrooms share the full width balcony with pool and sea views. Bedroom 4 & 5 with double bed, (and a sofa bed).

5. Top floor: The penthouse/master bedroom has a king-size bed, an ensuite shower / wc and unrivalled views from a balcony on three sides, with table and four chairs, parasols for private dining!

Full Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service: Weekly maid service and linen change on changeover day.

More details here: Falcon Exclusive Luxury Villa 

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017 - better or worse?

I was really hoping this year would be better for tourism in Turkey.
I admit, that's partly self-interest: after all, Fiona and I have invested a lot of time, money and effort on building a business there over the last ten years and, apart from anything else, another difficult year in 2017 would obviously be tough on the bank balance!
But that is genuinely only a part of it. Basically... I love Turkey and, above all, its generous and friendly people. I just hate seeing the turmoil this great and fascinating nation is going through.
I'm not going to get involved in the politics of the current situation as
a) I have no right to, and
b) whatever side I were to come down on, I would upset one or more of my dear Turkish friends!
What I have to say has nothing to do with's just about ordinary people's livelihoods. It's just not fair!!
It broke our hearts in 2016 to see so many tourism-based businesses suffering, through absolutely no fault of their own. Of course, some drop in tourist numbers was to be expected last summer because of the terrorist incidents and political unrest - but the reality was worse than expected. With so much negative -and inaccurate - media coverage, and with airlines creating a vicious circle by pulling flights to Turkey last Spring (meaning that people who still wanted to come couldn't actually get there!), it was something of a perfect storm in 2016.
Nevertheless, everyone we spoke to tried to remain positive and the general feeling was that things might improve in 2017 as long as Turkey could "stay out of the news" during the winter!
Given recent events, this was obviously a forlorn hope.
I want to be positive. I really do. I want to say to everyone: ignore the screaming headlines; the general anti-Turkey rhetoric in the UK media that demonises a whole nation over the actions of a few.
I want to say... just remember the amazing climate, the turquoise water, the beautiful food, the smiles of the locals, the jokes and banter with the local businesses...the beaches... the boats... the stunning historical sites. the breathtaking scenery..
I just hope it's enough. Turkey.. and Kalkan in particular.. my fingers are well and truly crossed for you.

Villa of the Week - week commencing 2nd January 2017. 10% off!

Our first Villa of the Week for 2017 is... Villa Mercan.
Villa Mercan is really special! Situated in the sought-after Komurluk area, with breathtaking and uninterrupted views of Kalkan Bay and offering stunning sunsets; the harbour and lights of Kalkan also give a spectacular evening view, especially from the extensive Ottoman cushioned seating area on the roof terrace. 
Villa Mercan is within easy walking distance of the historic old town and the abundance of restaurants, bars and shops; the beach clubs are also close by, with the Palm Beach Club literally just 100 metres away!
Bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms)
Villa Mercan has 4 Bedrooms  and sleeps up to 8 as follows:
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, walk in shower, remote operated dress mirror
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, walk in shower, remote operated dress mirror
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, walk in shower
  • Bedroom 4 - Twin Beds; walk in shower
Notes on bedrooms: 3 of the bedrooms are Queen-sized double beds and 1 bedroom has two single beds.
All the bedrooms have mood LED mood lighting and have en-suite facilities with walk in showers; one shower room also has a bath. All bedrooms have wonderful uninterrupted sea views from full sized glass front and all bedrooms have balconies.
All bedrooms have Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Large Wet Room with Shower, Hand Basin Vanity Unit & Toilet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Large Wet Room with Shower, Hand Basin Vanity Unit & Toilet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Large Wet Room with Shower, Hand Basin Vanity Unit & Toilet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Large Wet Room with Shower, Bath, Hand Basin Vanity & Toilet
All en-suite bathrooms are equipped with stunning marble walk in showers, WC/bidet; one of the doubles also has a bath.
There is a separate WC on the ground floor.
Notes on accommodation: Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden, Air Conditioning, Central Heating, Internet Access, Satellite TV are all provided.
  • Private infinity pool offering wonderful sea views.
  • Pool terrace with garden pergola, sunbeds, garden furniture, BBQ and another set of table and chairs for al fresco dining.
  • Ornate trees, potted plants and a shaded rattan cushioned seating area complete the experience.
  • Full size roof terrace with huge Ottoman relaxation area, Jacuzzi and kitchenette with fridge freezer, sink and lighting for roof top entertaining.
Utility Room
There is a separate laundry room with Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron, ironing board, WC, sink and storage cupboards.
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Villa Mercan has a deep clean prior to arrival. There is an additional clean in the middle of 2 week stays, when towels and linen are changed. Daily or every other day-cleans can be arranged at additional cost if required. The swimming pool is cleaned daily.