Cirali beach vacation, Turkey

“Sun, sea, mountains, some of the best Turkish food youíll ever taste and a private thatched chalet set amongst orange groves; this vacation is about chilling out and loving it.”

Highlights

Incredible homemade traditional Turkish food | 250m from the beach | The Lycian Way | Ancient Olympos ruins | Walking distance from Chimaera Mountain | Free bike loans | Candlelit dinners on the beachfront | Turtle hatching on the beach from May to September

Check dates

This beach accommodation in Turkey is open between April to November
Our top tip:
Grab a kayak or take a boat trip and explore more of the incredible surrounding coastline.
Room description:
One bedroom wooden chalets set in subtropical gardens. All within minutes of the sea with own porch and hammock, air-con, fridge and en-suite shower.
Amenities:
Communal area and bar serving all meals, WiFi access in chalets.
Meals:
Amazing traditional breakfast and dinner included. Lunch available at extra cost. Lots of good nearby restaurants.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cirali beach vacation, Turkey

Cirali beach is a popular nesting site for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle, known locally as Caretta Caretta. Protecting them may also save the area from major development. We donate £5 of your booking fee to the Ulupinar Conservation Coop who protect the turtles and monitor their activities. Thanks to these donations, this year we will present the Coop with infrared cameras and a GPS system to help them better document their work. On the beach patio all lights are covered and dimmed and there are no radios or TVs to disturb the egg-laying turtles.

Our cottages are built entirely from recycled timber collected from old village barns and houses due for demolition. Only local craftsman were used in their construction.

They are not only designed to blend with the surrounding area, they even serve to enhance it, giving a very natural feel to the hotel. We are very proud of this and hope it may inspire others to stop using concrete and opt for more natural materials that are in keeping with the character of Cirali.

The thick thatched roofing provides great insulation against the summer heat and helps reduce energy consumption since you donít need to use the air conditioning as much.

Our food produce is sourced from local farms, many of them certified organic. Your stay here directly benefits the local farming community too!

Reviews of Cirali beach vacation, Turkey

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The spectacular setting and scenery. Mountains, beach and sky. The lack of commercialisation and highrise.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We took half board and enjoyed delicious meals with a wide variety and choice. As a vegetarian, I was well catered for.
Do the trip up the mountain- From Sea to Sky. Expensive, but worth it. Pick a clear day!
Unless you have transport, a week is probably enough to stay in one small spot, stunning as it is.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Local employment, minimum impact on the environment. Solar power.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Just what we needed and wanted.

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


One of the main reasons we picked Cirali as our vacation destinations was to see the sea turtles, or as the locals know them, the Caretta. We woke early one morning to try to catch a glimpse of one on the beach. On our arrival we found a WWF employee at one of the nest sites. After some digging about he eventually unearthed the eggs and, amazingly, one baby turtle that had survived under the sand. We were honoured to watch the turtle's arduous journey down to the sea, just as the sun was beginning to rise. It was exactly like the natural history documentaries, only without the commentary from David Attenborough!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I would highly recommend this vacation to other travelers. In terms of tips to make the most of your time:
-Buy a snorkel to look at all of the wonderful marine life
-Get up early one morning if visiting in July/August to catch a glimpse of the turtles
-Go to see the Chimeara where natural gas seeping from rocks on the hillside catches light, a phenomena that inspired ancient civilisations to worship Hephaestos, god of fire
-Kayak or take a boat trip to explore more of the beautiful coastline
-Explore the ruins at Olympus, although do this in the morning or early evening as walking in the middle of the day can become very hot and uncomfortable

And finally, relax! It's one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places I have been, so take time to enjoy your surroundings.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


£5 of the booking fee went towards turtle conservation in Cirali, which was evident as nest sites on the beach were clearly marked and WWF staff attended these sites each morning. I would therefore agree that the vacation supported conservation efforts in the surrounding area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The vacation exceeded my high expectations, providing a perfect place to relax for the week.

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Sitting in the shade having a fantastic breakfast looking straight out onto the beach in glorious sunshine and swimming with turtles on a day out in a local fisherman's boat.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go out on a boat trip at least once, don't bother with the local village - there is nothing that could be nicer than the hotel dining area right by the beach, and buy some water shoes - the beach is pebbly down at the water's edge and shoes make it so much easier to get in and out.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The food was locally sourced, the staff seemed to live locally and the whole rasion d'etre of the place seemed to be consistent with sustainability, so a definite 'yes'.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent place to unwind, read, sleep, eat some nice food and see the sun.

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The fantastic service we received at the restaurant area from all staff. The breakfast was brilliant and set us up for the day. Nothing was too much trouble, and the staff were able to advise us on anything we wanted to do. The walk up to the Chimeara is well worth it... although quite busy with other tourists in July.
The chalet was as advertised and the orange grove was a proper little oasis of calm. I loved starting the day in the hammock listening to the insects and the chickens roaming around.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to relax.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


This was not particularly apparent whilst on vacation but a percentage of money did go towards supporting the turtles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant for a honeymoon. Perfect place to relax, enjoy each others company and great food. The sea is great for swimming as it gets deep quickly.... you don't have to wade out for miles!

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all nice - especially baby turtles on the beach and swimming in bays with adult loggerhead turtles. I also enjoyed cycling around Cirali early in the morning, looking at local life, birds and flowers, and swimming and snorkelling in a warm sea. We further enjoyed exploring the Roman archaeological ruins in the area and star spotting in the clear night sky.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


None.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


My partner and I had a good, relaxing vacation.

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We arrived, late, dirty, very tired and starving, depressed at surviving on the deli bag tossed at us by airline staff which constituted our supper. In 5 minutes of us landing in our hut (chalet, cabin) an apparition in white cycled towards us out of the dark, dismounted and said 'Hello, I'm Ihsan and I am your waiter. Come with me.' We walked, through orange groves and past plastic greenhouses, about 5 minutes without any clue about what was going on, to find a candlelit table spread with a white table cloth and had the most delicious three course meal which finished well after midnight. At every state Ihsan and everyone else gave us the impression that serving us at all hours of the day and night was their pleasure. It was a delight.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go and enjoy the most laid back, charming, hotel experience I can recall. Do as little as possible. Pack less than you can imagine. Take a backgammon doubling dice. Don't expect the beach to be totally brilliant. The sea can be very clear, but the odd storm blows in sad flotsam and jetsam of human rubbish. Know that nearly everyone else there, in our experience, is likely to be a honeymooning coupled. It's probably not great for kids, but perfect for adults who are content in their own and each other's company and want a rest and to be looked after very well.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, very much.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

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