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Last month Alfie and I went on our last holiday together before the baby arrives. This is something that we had planned a few weeks after we had found out that I was pregnant. After being in education for so long we haven’t really discovered the world together as a couple. It’s only really after we got married that we started travelling together on our mini-moon and then with our honeymoon. One of the loves that we both share is travelling and experiencing new things. We both have a burning desire to see the world and have done pretty well as individuals, but now we want to share these new experiences together. Getting in one last holiday where it was just the two of us was really important, not only for some much-needed rest and relaxation but to spend some quality time together before our lives change forever.
In all honesty, we didn’t mind where we ended up, except it had to be somewhere that we both hadn’t been before, blissful with an abundance of stunning scenery. After reading this amazing review of Kalkan, a place that we both had never considered travelling to before, we got stuck in to making the travel arrangements.
We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel made up of only 28 rooms called Rapshody Hotel for the first week of our stay. It’s only a 10 minute walk into the village so it was perfectly located. Rather than taking a taxi, we preferred to walk everyday and admire the gorgeous views of the bay and the backdrop of the surrounding Taurus mountains. We had a lovely time exploring the little village with its interesting boutiques selling handmade crafts, chatting to the inquisitive and friendly locals, the harbour and eating traditional Turkish food in one of many roof top terrace restaurants.
Since the hotel only accommodates a small number of guests, there was a real community spirit and everyone chatted to each other around the pool. It was always sad when someone left to go home. Attempting to belly dance at 30 weeks pregnant with a professional dancer as part of a Turkish night was one of the highlights of the trip. I also had a couple of hours of pampering in a nearby spa where I enjoyed a traditional Turkish hammam, oil massage and clay mask…bliss! We also went on an all day boat trip to Kekova to see the Sunken City and got to swim in the crystal-clear turquoise sea at various stops. Although trekking through the second largest gorge in Europe remains high on my list of this unforgettable trip. The locals are extremely friendly and all seemed very interested in my bump and were happy to chat over some apple tea.
To escape civilisation completely, we hired a car that we nicknamed Jeff (after a friend we had met at the hotel) and headed into the mountains to stay at Villa Mesut in Islamlar. Here we were totally spoilt with untouched breathtaking views of Kalkan and the mountain ranges. It took me by surprise how quiet it was in the mountains, our perfect little haven to relax and disconnect from the world. Each morning we went for a swim in the pool and had lunch in one of the small local restaurants in the village. Since we had the car we headed back into Kalkan now and then to reconnect with reality, but happily returned to our peaceful bubble that we had created for ourselves at the villa. We even adopted a cute yellow dog for the week, who we discovered belonged to the owner of the villa. I’m not sure what his real name is, but I called him Sammy, a happy-go-lucky dog with a wagging tail and beaming smile.
Kalkan is definitely noted as one of my favourite ever holidays. I got to spend quality time with my best friend and husband, indulge and relax in the breathtaking scenery and ponder on our future plans as three instead of two. Many of whom we spoke to were on their second or third trip to Kalkan, we’ve already decided that we’ll be making a return trip, someday.
What has been your best ever holiday? Is there a country that you’ve never dreamed of visiting, but so glad when you did?
*Our stay at Villa Mesut was courtesy of Solmar Villas – all opinions are my own.