Stuff that makes us smile


We are delighted to have hosted many guests at Villa Kingfisher over the years and even more pleasing is the number of people who come back again and recommend Villa Kingfisher to their extended circle of family and friends. We are always happy to receive feedback – indeed there’s a comment box in the Contact section should any guests/site visitors wish to drop us some feedback, even from holidays past. We’d always be interested and delighted to hear from you and we are especially pleased when guests feel great about their stay and leave us comments like these more recent ones…

“The villa is excellent – all that we required was provided and the transfer to and from the airport was perfect. It was spotlessly clean and well-maintained – Karyn, Irfan and the cleaners all helped to make this holiday wonderful. We loved everything!”

Pat and Mary C

“Our third visit! The villa was spot on as always and Karyn and Irfan could not do enough for us. The cleaners are lovely, friendly ladies who do an amazing job. See you next year  – I can’t wait!”

August-booked family

“Excellent villa; absolutely everything we needed was here. We are now home-made ice-cream experts! Thanks you to Karyn and Irfan for being on hand to provide an effective rapid response team for us. We will definitely be recommending Villa Kingfisher and hopefully returning ourselves in the not too distant future”

Sue F  

“This was our second holiday at Villa Kingfisher and again it had everything that you would need. Karyn, Irfan and the team looked after the villa and us so well!  We had 3 fabulous boat trips and had some amazing meals at the Castle just 2 minutes up the road. We also enjoyed going to Kalkan via the water taxi  and sampling the many restaurants and bars there. That said we stayed in some evenings and cooked meals as the kitchen is so well-equipped”

Another August-booked family 

“We have visited Turkey many times before but this is our first visit to Kalkan and we have fallen in love with it. Villa Kingfisher has everything we needed and more; the location is perfect with fantastic views. A big thankyou to Karyn and Irfan who have been amazingly helpful…This has been a truly memorable holiday and I know we will be returning…”   


“This was our second time to Kalkan although the first at Villa Kingfisher. The spacious villa with its amazing view out to sea, was well maintained & lovely and clean on arrival with everything provided that you could possibly need on a holiday. The lovely pool and sun terrace was maintained regularly by Irfan who also bought us delicious bread every morning. From when we first booked until we got home, the owners agent, Karyn was so helpful (beyond what you would expect) and lovely with it.

Basically we loved the villa, its quiet location and views and Kalkan with its many lovely restaurants, nightlife, gift shops and supermarkets along with Turkish baths & nail bars is just a short taxi ride/water taxi away.

We were so impressed that we have booked to go again next year with friends!!”

Shelagh B

“A well-situated villa, quiet and just a few mins from the sea and several beach clubs, but with the benefit of its own large pool. A daytime water taxi or quick car taxi trip into Kalkan (both inexpensive) get you to the many restaurants, shops and market in no time at all. The villa is well maintained and kept very clean, with loads of room, and even better views from the third-floor veranda, and easily accommodates several families and with privacy if needed.

Kalkan is a pretty central base for both relaxing or for more adventurous excursions – Saklient Gorge for waterside eating and relaxing & several river water sports – Xanthos river for canoe trips – Kas for tandem hang gliding – Kekova for boat trips and turtle or Lycian sarcophagus spotting – and several ancient Lycian sites incl. Letoon, Pinara, and Xanthos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

Peter W

“Another great stay at Villa Kingfisher. Beautifully positioned in Kisla, with great views and sun all day. The villa provides everything we need – a real home from home – and we’ll be booking again. Cannot fault it”


“Excellent property, lovely view. The pool was perfect, maintained daily. Lots of lovely restaurants in Kalkan, would recommend any but particularly sailing restaurant in Patara. We would also recommend the Kekova boat trip and the canoe safari on the Xanthos river. Saklikent gorge is breathtaking and you can enjoy a relaxing time by the river or ring rafting for the more adventurous”

Karon H

“Wonderful stay, super villa and already booked for 2 weeks next June! Great service from Karyn. Thank you!”

Richard & Katy P

“We have had a wonderful time in the beautiful Villa Kingfisher, waking up to such beautiful views across the bay has been a privilege and the sunsets have been stunning. Thank you to Karyn for all her help and her amazing quick responses to our emails. She organised a boat trip for us on the Sunset 2, which was great fun and a welcome break from the heat – recommended!

The barbeque is the best that we have experienced and the lighting for it is perfect. We also enjoyed some lovely meals in Kalkan – we recommend the Olive Garden and Smyrna – rooftop dining with unrivalled views of the bay as the sun sets.

This is our second visit to Kalkan and we’re looking forward to the next one – and a return to Villa Kingfisher. Thank you!”

Nigel & Heather H

“We’ve had a fantastic week in your lovely villa. Really appreciated the thoughtfulness of the welcome pack, the water, the fresh bread every day, clean pool and Karyn was so efficient and helpful. Your guide was very useful too and we tried many of your recommendations – all great!

Kalkan and Kisla are just beautiful and we hope to be back one day with more friends and family.

Our top picks: Mahal Beach Club (5 mins away); takeaway kebabs from Hunkar Ocakbasi (they deliver); Baharat; Botanical Gardens bar.

Thank you!”

R, T & L B

“Villa Kingfisher is stunning and excellently maintained and the agents who met us on arrival were so helpful and always going the extra mile for everything we needed. Private pool and patio area offered stunning views over the bay/Balkan with the beach club and sea just minutes away.

As a family with teenage daughters and their friends, the accommodation was fantastic and spacious – the 4 en-suite bathrooms provided no arguments when all were getting ready to go out for dinner….!

We would throughly recommend Villa Kingfisher to anyone. We can’t wait to go back!!”

Kevin P

“Our 6th year in Villa Kingfisher – an ideal base for shopping, tours and days out. As usual, excellent service from Karyn.

We’ll be back next year.”

Ray & Pam M

Villa rating – 5 out of 5

“Just returned from two glorious weeks in Kalkan which we know well having visited 5 times previously. However staying at Villa Kingfisher has been the best stay ever. From initial booking – which was so easy – to the location, quality and facilities, we couldn’t fault it.”


Some comments from earlier seasons:

Villa rating – 5 out of 5.

“I have been coming for a number of years to this superb villa, only a five minute walk from the sea. Every need is catered for. It’s superbly equipped and we always have a lovely holiday here”

Jan I.

Villa rating – 5 out of 5

“We have been coming to Kingfisher for several years and found it an ideal holiday home. The villa is well and attractively appointed, everything is very clean and has every facility. It overlooks a beautiful bay; the beach and The Beach Club are only a short stroll away.” 

James P.

Villa rating – 5 out of 5

“It is almost impossible not to really enjoy oneself here”

Barbara Anne G.

Villa rating – 4 out of 5

“A lovely, beautifully presented villa. Clean, fully equipped with all mod cons, including Wi-Fi. Spectacular views and well managed by Karyn”

Happy B

Villa rating – 5 out of 5

“Our family of 7 stayed here for 10 days. The villa is spacious and very well equipped, so much so that it felt like a proper home rather than a holiday home. The villa was spotlessly clean and the facilities exceptional (en-suites in all bedrooms) dishwasher and washing machine were a real bonus. The pool and patio area had stunning views over Kalkan bay and the pool was cleaned on a daily basis. Karen, who manages rental of the property attended to our needs without fail, arranging shopping, giving us details of the best shops, restaurants and things to do. We found the mobile phone provided especially useful for booking restaurants and booking taxis. We went on a trip with Anil boat which really was the highlight of the holiday. We would also recommend Kaputas beach for a day with its stunning setting and beautiful sandy beach. We had a BBQ on a few nights at the villa and enjoyed eating in Kalkan where there is a huge choice from smart restaurants to kebab cafes and traditional Turkish kitchens. We would all highly recommend this villa for a large family group wishing to spend some time together”

The Brashers

“A wonderfully appointed holiday house with all one could ever need. Everything seems to have been thought of. It is in easy reach of the sea with beautiful views over Kalkan bay and close to the boat service to Kalkan. Thoroughly recommended.”

Annie & Pat Gardner

Reaction to the website

Well we were very pleased with the new website when we launched it but, to paraphrase Mandy Rice-Davies, we would say that wouldn’t we?  It was a bit of an act of faith to build a dedicated site to promote Villa Kingfisher. So to get some feedback on it and about the villa and how we’d presented it, and on the site’s usability too, has been great.  Here’s a selection of their feedback…

Found your great website whilst searching for a nice place to stay in Kisla. Your villa looks fabulous…we have visited Kalkan many times over 20 years now and love the views in Kisla best! Cannot believe I haven’t found you before, my holiday searches are pretty extensive, but very happy now, just hope Villa Kingfisher is available.

Ann G

within a few minutes of looking at the website I had ‘virtually’ packed my bags, booked a flight and was sitting on the terrace of Villa Kingfisher! Yes, it looks gorgeous, but the way you have written it…just pulls you in as it is written in such a personal, easy style. It is very clear, easy to navigate, fresh and modern, with lots of personal touches. Love it!    

Christine E

What a beautiful place and the villa is fab. Has everything anyone could wish for a great place to stay on holiday – love it !! Have already sent link to my daughter and will show (my husband) tonight. Think we may book this for later in the year – all being well and depending on availability.

Angie C

Site looks amazing.

Paul A

Website looks fantastic…really nicely written, good navigation and beautiful shots of the villa/area.

Sarah P

What a great site! Great pics, easy to navigate and understand, excellent background information, and good prices!

Simon I

A selection of chatter on social media

Having pushed some messages out on social media following launch, we were delighted to track some super onward comments about the villa…

Daydreaming about sunnier climes? Check out this lovely villa in Turkey

Emma L

Looks lovely

Dee P

Cool holiday destination 

Kanza E

It looks lovely

Janine E

Check out this stunning villa in Turkey – if you’re looking for a memorable, relaxing and idyllic holiday this year (I’m dreaming about ours already…!), here’s your place

Sarah P

Wow, it looks beautiful!

Alison S

Looks so nice!! Let’s go

Gemma N


All of this is very nice of course and we are delighted that people seem to really like the villa and the new website too. Thank you to all the above contributors.

Hugh & Eleanor