Our luxury beach holiday collection culminates with the deluxe beach chalets at Arcadia. This is a sophisticated and boutique resort located directly on the stunning Cirali Beach. With a collection of beautiful wooden chalets, the resort offers exclusivity but remains unpretentious and understated. It caters to a discerning international clientele, that return year after year, in appreciation of its tranquil atmosphere, beach front setting, excellent cuisine and beautiful gardens. Owner, Ahmet Dogan, is a man with with a passion for conservation, leading the way in sustainable tourism in Cirali, a man with an eye for detail and a firm belief that your holiday time, and the environment in which you spend it, is little short of sacred. Hence, there are no rigid meal times, no TVs in the rooms or loud music in the bar. Instead, guests can enjoy the sound of birds, the romance of the sea and, since lights are dimmed at night so as not to disturb sea turtles, the full clarity of the stars. There are few hotels in Turkey like this, and Journey Anatolia is very proud to present it to our discerning guests.
Right up on the beach front Arcadia offers five, beautifully crafted, spacious wooden chalets with ensuite facilities and a mini bar. Air conditioning is standard and your own private porch, complete with rocking chair, is an added bonus.
The chalets are set far enough apart to maintain privacy, each surrounded by gardens boasting a diverse collection of plants and trees; mulberry, orange, loquat, lemon, olive and banana palms to name but a few. The most appealing thing of all is that these chalets are situated directly on Cirali Beach.
Set slightly further back from the beach and in a lush orange grove, Arcadia offers another 5 spacious, thatched roofed chalets which are perfectly equipped, offering rustic yet luxurious beach living and positioned just 250 meters back from the beach itself. Breakfast and other meals are served on the beach front patio.
The most striking element in Cirali is Cirali Beach itself. Surrounded by glorious mountains, blessed with crystal clear waters and so large it never feels crowded even in peak season. The beach is under protection as it is a nesting ground for sea turtles. As such, you will not find any banana boats or para gliders anywhere in sight. Heaven!
As the resort is situated on Cirali Beach, you will no doubt spend many wonderful hours of relaxation there. However, be sure to take the time to stroll to the other end of the beach and turn right into the valley of Olympos in order to explore the discreet ruins of this former Lycian port city. The ruins are hidden in a sub tropical jungle amongst over grown vines and trees and are simply a joy to explore. As you enter the valley from the beach, there is a small admission charge. You will also see that many of the buildings are sign posted.
High above Cirali along the slopes of Mt. Olympos is the Chimaera, known in Turkish as Yanartas or Burning Stone. It is the stuff of legend! Natural gas seeps out of the earth and inflames on contact with air. Ancient people attributed the flames to a fire breathing monster. This is a must see! Better to go after dark and bring a torch! The stepped climb to the flames is tough but with regular breathers along the way it should not be a major problem. Take a taxi from Bellerofon to the bottom of the hill, about 7 minutes drive or you could walk it in 30 minutes or so. During the climb up mind your step and watch out for slippery stones. With Turks, is has become somewhat of a tradition to cook Turkish spicy sausage or “sucuk” on the flames. Coupled with a bottle of red wine it makes for a great night-time picnic.
Another set of ruins, including an impressive theatre, await you at Phaselis, a short drive along the main road heading north towards Antalya. These ruins are better kept than those at Olympos and are set in a wonderful natural harbour. If you hire a car, this will be a pleasant half day outing. The ruins are sign posted from the main road.
Along the beach you may see advertisements for boat excursions. Though the local boat tours are great the more impressive tour is that of Kekova Island. This involves a 2 hour drive along the coast. The boat excursion takes in the Sunken City, Byzantine ruins partly submerged under the sea, and Simena Village with its wonderful cliff top castle and amazing collection of Lycian tombs. On the way back to Cirali you should stop in Demre and Myra. The ruins at Demre are most impressive, the theatre is in fine condition and the rock tombs set into the mountains are a sight to behold. In Myra, just down the road, you have the opportunity to explore the church of St. Nicolas, the original Santa Claus. Whilst we would recommend a locally arranged tour for this day out, you can of course rent a car and do it all yourself. Take the main highway South towards Kas. Boats can be boarded in Ucagiz or Kale.
Hotel reception will be able to assist you with car hire if you wish. There is a local firm in Cirali that has a reasonable range of vehicles and competitive prices. Alternatively we can arrange it for you before you go to ensure you get a vehicle. We strongly recommend that you drive only during daylight hours. The roads in Turkey may be unfamiliar to you and this is a precaution worth taking, visibility at night is not great.
|1 June – 15 October||£960||per chalet, per week|
|All other times||£840||per chalet, per week|
|Airport Transfers||£100||return, paid locally|
|1 June – 15 October||£760||per chalet, per week|
|All other times||£640||per chalet, per week|
|Airport Transfers||£100||return, paid locally|
We have just returned from a week in Cirali and we had probably the best holiday ever. The location, obviously, is amazing (and so was the weather!) but the hotel is also fantastic. The staff there could not have been more welcoming and helpful, without being at all wonderful food. Delightful in every way. Do, please, pass on our thanks to everyone involved. We will certainly be booking again! Paul and Rosie Dowbekin, UK
The lodge itself was a wonderful haven, with it’s lush gardens, relaxed atmosphere and ever-helpful staff. The policy of no TV or even radio, with no intrusive lighting at night (amazing star scape) and the fact that the food from their kitchen was absolutely great, meant that it was very tempting not to leave the grounds for the whole holiday. Tom McLoughlin
Amazing. A complete escape. We spent two wonderful relaxing weeks on honeymoon at the Arcadia Hotel. The time simply melted away while we sheltered under the umbrellas on the beach reading books, swam in the sea, nodded off in the hammock outside the front porch of our bungalow or ate amazing meals under the stars. The staff at Arcadia are so friendly and helpful – nothing is too much trouble. The food is absolutely fantastic – fresh fish, steak, vegetables, salad, homemade bread – all freshly made. Natalie Stewart
It’s hard to say what the most memorable thing was but one memory that stands out is being served an absolutely delicious breakfast every day at a table with with a perfect white table cloth surrounded by flowers, friendly hens and kittens – all right on the edge of a stunning beach! It was the sort of thing you normally only see in the upmarket colour supplements. Guy Hart
Excellent. We absolutely loved it. The area was lovely, the beach was gorgeous, the food lovely and fresh. We had a great time. Fran Allwright
This was a great holiday which we both enjoyed. The ‘hotel’ was great and just what we wanted simple clean quite. The food was fantastic every time the staff were friendly and very helpful nothing was too much trouble. The swimming was great, water clean, warm, blue, fabulous. And finally, please don’t tell too many people about it as we hope it stays the way it is. Helga Marcar
“We had a great time. The location was great and we really appreciated the tranquility and the animals wandering round the garden – tortoises, hedgehogs, chickens and cats. We even found a soft spot for the rooster that woke us occasionally in the small hours. Anne and Ahmet were great hosts, very relaxed and made us feel completely at home, at times i felt i was in my own garden except for the exotic trees such as lemon, orange, olive. The staff were great as well, nothing was too much trouble for them. The breakfasts were enormous and authentic Turkish i believe, i quickly adjusted to eating sheep’s cheese and olives at breakfast plus it made it all the better knowing that it had come from the garden or local farmers.
The beach was great and the sea was crystal clear, my only disappointment was not seeing the nesting turtles, however, we were very lucky to see three turtles in the sea, a real excitement! We both enjoyed our walks along the beach especially when at one end you have the mystical city of Olympos. We spent several hours exploring the deep undergrowth finding hidden ruins, wild bay trees and evidence of a civilisation now lost. We also managed a trip to Chimaera on the bikes (available to take as you wished). One evening we travelled by car with fellow guests to Ulupinar to eat freshly caught trout whilst languishing cross legged on carpeted and cushioned platforms that extended across the thunderous waterfalls – a great experience although i will need to practice my yoga before i go again!
The hotels accommodation was spacious, clean and at the same time had a rustic feel about it rather than the cold clinical feel of so many hotel rooms / apartments that you encounter. We would definitely go again and will recommend it to other discerning friends. However, part of me wants to keep it secret as it is so unspoilt. Great for those that just want to relax in the sun with a good book and do absolutely nothing.” Scott and Irene Griffin, UK
“Cirali is beautiful, according to others that know Turkey, we had the best. That goes for Arcadia as well, Ahmet and all his staff were so happy to be there and help with anything we needed but above all the organic principles the hotel is run by gave us a truly relaxed and healthy holiday. The rooms were light with views of the mountains and clear white fresh linen and towels in a pine clad spacious thatched bungalow. All windows are covered with a fine unnoticeable insect screen so you can have them open anytime without worrying and a safe is provided for security. No TV, radios or music was bliss but internet is available at reception if you need it anytime. We tried food around the area but always found nothing could beat Arcadia’s delicious meals and its organic principles. Dining on the beach was fantastic day and night, so romantic. No problems with insects or mosquitoes, thanks to the hens. These can take some getting used to at night, they are throughout the area and don’t only crow at dawn! Earplugs might be helpful but we all got used it very quickly. The Roman sites were fantastic in amazing settings too so do hire a car but get a confident driver as the Turkish think they are on a rally!
We were very grateful for the locally sourced food and no hormones in the meat. The free bicycles mean not many use cars, walking and cycling is the normal way to get around. Arcadia is so environmentally aware, the lighting is low energy and subdued on the beach side so as not to confuse the turtles that hatch nearby. You feel it works with the surroundings and creates minimum impact on wildlife.
This was a wonderfully restful, amazing experience. Booking with Journey Anatolia was easy, they were always happy to answer any questions, of which we had many before we went. The whole experience has left us wanting to return some day.” Jenny Crowther – UK
“The most memorable part of this holiday was the peace and quietness and absence of children at a hotel, and on the beach. Be prepared to use your feet to get about in this remote area. The 3 mile long beach is a protected site for turtle nesting and hatching, the hotel operates eco friendly policies. For it was the best value for money in 30 years of travelling around the world and perhaps the best holiday I have ever been on.” Clifford Blunt – UK
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