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Antalya: Hotel Canada

Cirali
www.canadahotel.net

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Reviewed by: Dennis Switzer from Canada, review #3242

When: September 2012

Glad I booked a return visit. A real gem.

PLEASE READ MY PREVIOUS REVIEW.

I returned with my wife Margaret to the Canada Hotel. Saban and Carrie continue to provide top notch service and food.

Instead of accommodation in a cabin, we chose a double room in the hotel area of the grounds. The room was spacious and very clean. There is a fridge in it to store beverages and fruit. A small balcony overlooked the garden.

Since my last visit, the grounds are more manicured. They have also expanded the number of cabin accommodations available. These are ideal for a family.

The hotel is some ways from the beach but Saban offers a free shuttle service to and from the beach. If enough people are interested, for 5TL, transport to the Chimaera can be arranged. Bicycles are also available.

I suggest opting for the half board option. The food is locally sourced and very well prepared. Dinner consists of soup, mezes, main course and dessert.

As with most Turkish hotels breakfast is included in the base rate.


Reviewed by: Dennis Switzer from Canada, review #2395

When: September 2008

Fine food in a quiet rural setting.

The Hotel Canada is a perfect contrast to the hustle of one of Turkey's larger cities. It is about 100kms from Antalya airport and easily reached via the D400. Look for the Cirali turnoff to the left after passing the town of Ulupinar. After descending the small hill road the hotel is on the right.

Saban Akkele and his wife, Carrie, the owners of the Hotel Canada are personable, responsive individuals. All email correspondence and queries were responded to quickly and competently. Carrie is from Calgary and Saban worked there in the 1980s before returnining to his native Turkey.

We rented one of their bungalow units and found it to be clean and quiet with ample hot water. Note: the hot water tap is on the right! The main building has modern en-suite doubles. The bungalow units are designed on a semi-open concept with sleeping areas tucked away at either end with the bathroom in the middle. These units are most suitable for families as opposed to 2 couples.

The Hotel is set in an orchard setting with citrus trees, pomogranites, and flowers. There is a large, well-maintained swimming pool and private off-road guest parking. Bikes are available for use at no charge.

It is about a 1km walk to the beach and another 500 metres or so along the beach to the entrance to the Olympos ruins. During our visit, there was no one collecting fees at the beach entrance. Carry water as this is an undeveloped and largely unexcavated site.

Saban will arrange transportation and supply flashlights, if needed, to the area's other major site , the Chimaera.

I highly suggest that if you book here you you opt for the half pension option. The food is suberb. Saban is a master chef, certified by the Turkish government to teach culinary arts. He taught his present chef and has had him on staff for 5 years.

Breakfasts are included in the room price. All vegetables and fruits are locally produced. Breads are freshly baked.

Dinners are at about 8pm and will satisfy the hungriest person. We arrived late but were greeted by a delightful dinner. After a great soup we were presented with a huge assortment of mezes. There was so much we thought this must be the main course but it wasn't. Freash grilled fish followed to be finished off with freash fruit. Other dinners matched this introduction. Alcoholic beverages are available at a reasonable cost. Even if you do not book a room here, I recommend making a reservation for dinner.

Go for a rest; stay for the food - and thoroughly enjoy yourself!

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