Lavanta Turkey, Kaya Valley
Spacious rooms combine with traditional features and modern comforts, whilst the outside areas make the most of Lavanta’s beautiful position. Lunches can be enjoyed on the terrace and there are wonderful panoramic views from the stunning infinity pool. In the evening, guests can retire to the large veranda off the bedrooms; settle on the generous cushioned sofa to relax and slowly watch the sky turn pink as the sun sets while the only sounds heard are the native cicadas and the occasional tinkling of goat bells.
Kayakoy and its numerous restaurants are a five minute drive away and the glorious beaches of Ölüdeniz and pretty Gemiler are easily reached by car.
- 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)
- Living room with fireplace, satellite TV (limited English channels), DVD/CD player, ceiling fan
- Kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine
- Living room leads to terrace with dining table
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Double and twin bedrooms with shared shower room
- Large shared veranda
- Air-conditioned bedrooms
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
- Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.6m throughout)
- Beach (Gemiler) 15min drive
- Shops/restaurant (Kaya) 5min drive
- Fethiye 15min drive
- Dalaman airport 1hr 20min drive
What a stunning place to spend the week – arriving to the views of the valley and the fruit filled garden was incredibly welcoming. We spent our first morning snuggled up on the sofas on the balcony watching and listening to an electrifying thunderstorm. After this we were spoilt with glorious warm weather and cool evenings – perfect! We enjoyed the lagoon and Ölüdeniz – it was very quiet off season and you can imagine what an incredible gem it was before it was discovered by the masses – still stunning though. We hired a small boat from Ölüdeniz for the day to explore the coast – beautiful, deserted coves with crystal clear water to swim in. We walked around the old shore village at dusk – up the top of the hill, where you get spectacular views of the coast. It’s a very atmospheric place and I’m looking forward to finishing ‘Birds Without Wings’ when we get home. Wonderful service, beautiful house in a stunning location, away from the crowds, in the midst of a rural community. It really felt like we had got away from our usual busy lifestyle and had a very relaxing holiday. Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing holiday.Mrs Jolly - October 2012
Wonderful service, beautiful house in a stunning location, away from the crowds, in the midst of a rural community. It really felt like we had got away from our usual busy lifestyle and had a very relaxing holiday.Mrs Jolly - October 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay in the villa Lavanta in the Kaya ValleyMrs Payne - September 2012
We’ve had a wonderful week at Villa Lavanta. Thank you very much Vicky for use of your lovely home with its spectacular views. Relaxing lazy week – lying in the pool watching village life in the valley, visited Kalkan, Fethiye and Göcek, been to Ölüdeniz Beach – the nature reserve – tried to avoid Hisaronu, the Hell-over-the-Hill. Kayaköy remains a small piece of heaven – our forth visit and we love it more each time (please try and keep it unspoilt, peaceful and idyllic) it’s magical. If you haven’t read Birds Without Wings – do so here with full view of the village. Heartbreaking and inspiring. Hope to be here again soon!Mr Brown - September 2012
It was a lovely holiday and villa with the most beautiful sea and sun. Very professional staff who were prepared to make the holiday a success for us. Be prepared to seek out beaches that don't cater to mass tourism.Mrs Odlum - August 2012
Lavanta was always a welcome retreat to return to after a day out. A wonderful villa. Recommend the beach beyond the Hotel Letoonia overlooking Fethiye Bay, to get away from mass tourism and join the Turks relaxing. Try walking The Lycian Way for a shortish walk, starting at the graves at the top of the hill, where you can leave the car. Have had a very happy holiday. It was a lovely holiday and villa with the most beautiful sea and sun. Very professional staff who were prepared to make the holiday a success for us. Be prepared to seek out beaches that don't cater to mass tourism. Tesekkür ederim Hilary, Vicky and Miriam.Mrs Odlum - August 2012
A hugely restful week here at Lavanta. Glorious villa with breathtaking views across the Kaya Valley. We enjoyed swimming in the infinity pool and resting in the pool hut watching the world go by down in the valley. We spent time swimming at Gemiler Beach which is a stone’s throw away from the villa. Good for snorkelling. Ölüdeniz beach is stunning, although the ‘town’ itself is at a tipping point for being trashy. Kidrak Beach around the corner from Ölüdeniz is not crowded at all and worth a visit. We hired a boat from Fethiye for the day, which offered us fabulous views of the Turkish coastline, with great snorkelling. We felt it was a more peaceful option then the larger boats for 50 + people. Avoid Hisaronu at all costs (unless you need a chemist), the place is a good example how tourism can go so very wrong. Someone should tell the Turks. Thanks to Vicky, Hilary and the other lady who cleans the villa.Mr Bhattacheyya - August 2012
We’ve enjoyed the peace and view at Lavanta and especially swimming in the beautiful pool. In terms of trips, we ventured as far as Tlos for the ancient ruins and Saklikent Gorge which was wonderfully cool on a very hot day. We liked the beautiful beach at Ölüdeniz for its clean water and didn’t find it too busy in the morning. Gemiler was lovely but not clean. Our boys enjoyed taking out a pedalo for 4!Mrs Hepher - July 2012
I have already recommended Simpsons to some of my friends. One things I could mention is more destinatons for choice would be niceMrs Martin - May 2012
Our Thoughts Lavanta....Lavender Cottage was beautiful, traditional, clean and homely with a lovely garden, pool and views. Cadianda Kadyanda is a 5BC Roman city up in the mountains, amazing. Not a place for children though, steep climb and steep drops but it is a must if you like ruins. Take a bottle of water with you as there is no restaurant/café. We were disappointed with Gemiler Beach, as we found it littered with rubbish, too many boats and a bit commercial for our taste. This was a shame as it has potential to be a brilliant beautiful beach. We have found everyone friendly and helpful and if you try and talk a bit of Turkish they appreciate it even more. We have loved it here and would come back again.Mr Baugh - May 2012
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If applicable, car hire category included in price is as follows:
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|6-8 guests||2 Group B|
|9 guests||1 Group B and 1 Group D|
|10 guests||2 Group D|
Booking ConditionsYOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
• Prices are in pounds sterling and are per person
• Accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice (including breakfast where stated if you are staying in a hotel)
• Return economy flights from the UK to your destination (flight supplements may be applicable depending on availability)
• Government and local taxes, excluding visa charges. (Note: British citizens must purchase a £10 cash visa on arrival in Turkey)
• An air-conditioned car or return transfers, as specified in the property details
• The assistance of our local representative overseas
• Simpson information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay
• Holiday travel insurance
• Twin-centre holidays: a £25-70 per person administration fee is applicable
YOUR SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND
Full protection is guaranteed when you book a package with us. Our holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the Air Tour Organisers Licence (ATOL Licence 5858) and by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA Membership W5698).
For most of our self-catering accommodation we are able to offer accommodation only prices (excluding flights, car hire and transfers). Restrictions may apply at certain times of the year.
Children aged 2-11 years are eligible for concessions of between 5%-25% of the holiday price. This is offered at most of our self-catering properties depending on departure dates. High season dates are excluded. For further information please call our sales consultants.
There is a charge of £75 per infant (under 2 years) on all our holidays. Cots and highchairs are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties, however, some hotels may charge for these items and we will advise you of any extra costs at the time of booking. Many hotels offer reduced rates for children if they share the same room as their parents.
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of £200 per person is required unless you are booking accommodation only in which case 20% of the total holiday cost is required. However, if we need to buy in flight seats especially for your booking, we will ask you to pay a higher deposit to include the cost of the flights. This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 8 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.75% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.)
Multi-centre holidays incur a £25-70 per person administration fee.
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 3 weeks prior to departure provided you have fully completed and submitted Advanced Passenger Information and Car Hire details (if applicable). Please check that you have completed all forms and pressed the submit button.
Please note if you are travelling with Ryan Air you will only be able to download your boarding passes approximately 7 days before departure due to the airline's check-in requirements.
Should you prefer to receive your documents by post, please ask us at the time of booking.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens need a visa to travel to Turkey and visas can be obtained at your arrival airport. UK citizens will need to pay £10 in cash and EU citizens €10 in cash. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date. You should ensure that your British passport has a blank page for a visa stamp. If it does not, the Turkish authorities will issue a one-off Entry-Exit Form. You should carry this form with you in Turkey and present it to the border officers when you leave the country.
Our prices are based on our lowest contracted fare. Occasionally it may be necessary to purchase flights outside of our normal allocation and in these circumstances we may need to charge an additional supplement to reflect the extra costs incurred. This will also be the case if we are booking flights from regional airports or on flights where we do not have a seat allocation. If a supplement applies, this will be advised to you at the time of booking.
Most charter airlines allow 20kg of luggage per person (excluding infants); however it is becoming more common for airlines to change their restrictions on luggage weight and the number of items. Before travelling, we recommend you check your flight tickets for details and check with the airline’s website if travelling on a non-charter flight.
IN-FLIGHT MEALS AND SPECIAL DIETS
If the airline you are travelling with offers in-flight meals, requests for special meals may be made up to 14 days prior to departure. Whilst we will always pass your request onto the airline, we are unable to guarantee supply. Charges may apply and we will confirm these to you at the time of booking.
GROUP SEATING AND EXTRA LEGROOM
Some airlines offer passengers the opportunity of pre-booking guaranteed seats together at a pre-paid supplement (seats may be situated either side of an aisle) and some offer seating with extra legroom for a reasonable supplement. Availability and supplements can be advised at the time of booking.
You will usually need a certificate of fitness to fly if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant. Most airlines will not allow you to fly if you are more than 32 weeks pregnant. Please refer to the airline’s website for details of their policy.
API (ADDITIONAL PASSENGER INFORMATION)
Most countries require that the airline take additional information from each passenger such as full name, date and place of birth, passport number, country of issue and expiry date. You will need to provide this information at the time of booking or, at the very latest, prior to release of your travel documents. You are able to complete the details online via Manage My Booking or call a member of our Pre-Departure team.
The name shown on a ticket must exactly match the name of the passenger travelling as it appears in his/her passport (first full name and surname). If not, you may be refused boarding. Once your flights have been booked, it is not usually possible to make name changes without incurring substantial charges. If there are any errors on your invoice or your flight tickets, please inform us immediately.
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
In the event of a flight delay, whenever possible we will ensure that the airline/operator communicates the reasons for and extent of any delay and implements appropriate standards of welfare provision. EU carriers should also comply with EU Regulation 261/2004 in the event of delays, cancellations or denied boarding and guidance is provided on the CAA’s website www.caa.co.uk
CAR HIRE INFORMATION
Most of our holidays include an air-conditioned hire car, to be collected from and returned to the airport (or port where applicable). The category of car included in the basic holiday price will vary according to the number of people in your party. We do not consider infants as part of the total party size. The cars we have included offer comfortable seating for the size of party travelling, however, we do ask you to take into account the size of the boot space for your luggage if any infants are in your party, and the number of child and baby seats required. You may wish to upgrade your car to give you extra comfort and space. Availability and supplements for upgrading will be advised at the time of booking. For transporting extra luggage it is also possible to pre-book a taxi.
The types of cars listed are only examples of car models in each category. We cannot guarantee that you will receive a specific make or model.
Kalkan, Fethiye, Kaş, Göcek, Kaya and Çirali Car Makes & Models
Group B Fiat Albea A/C 4 seats
Group C Hyundai Accent A/C 5 seats
Group D Dacia Duster A/C 5 seats
Group E Volkswagen Carvelle People Carrier A/C 6-8 seats
Group F Hyundai Blue Automatic A/C 5 seats - on request
Akyaka, Bozburun Peninsula and Dalyan Car Makes & Models
Group B Fiat Albea A/C 4 seats
Group C Toyota Corolla A/C 4/5 seats
Group D Dacia Duster A/C 5 seats
Group E People Carrier/Minibus A/C 6-8 seats - on request
Group F Hyundai Accent Automatic A/C 5 seats - on request
INCLUDED IN YOUR CAR HIRE
• Unlimited mileage
• Local taxes and compulsory insurance
• Two main drivers. Please note that there is a minimum age for drivers (minimum ages vary from 21 to 25 and can be advised at the time of booking) although there is no maximum age limit. Drivers must hold a British/EU Driver’s Licence or International Driver’s Licence, held for at least a year. You will not be able to hire a car without your original, valid Driver’s Licence which you must carry at all times when you are driving. Please also take the counterpart of your licence if you hold a photo licence.
Unlike many other countries, our car hire in Turkey also includes:
• Tyres (excluding punctures)
• Windscreen, wing mirrors and undercarriage (you should not drive off-road)
Please note that in most cases you will need to pay an ‘excess’ in the event of theft or damage to your hire car, regardless of blame. As amounts and conditions vary, please ensure you ask for full details at collection, before you sign your car hire contract. The insurance with or without the excess will not cover:
• Personal Accident Insurance (this should be covered by your personal travel insurance)
• Any damage, loss, accident, theft, attempted theft, etc caused by your own negligence, for example, driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful driving, driving off-road, using wrong type of fuel, unlocked doors, apparent personal effects, etc.
• Loss of or damage to car keys (and costs incurred due to this, for example towing and replacement keys, etc.)
CAR HIRE DEPOSIT
The car hire agents will require you to lodge a credit card deposit when you collect your car. No money will be taken if you return the undamaged car at the correct time with the correct amount of fuel and not requiring cleaning.
Child and baby seats (forward facing seats only are available) can be provided if booked at least 2 weeks prior to your departure and are charged at £2 per day. Please remember to specify the age of the child. Local car hire and Simpson Travel staff are not authorised to install the child seats and as style and installation may differ to those in the UK, you may prefer to bring your own child seat for your own peace of mind.
Please refer to the information at the top of the page for details of the transfers included in the cost of your holiday. Taxis are licensed and insured to carry up to 4 passengers. Therefore, if there are 4 passengers and an infant then 2 taxis are needed and we will provide you with a separate quotation. If you are travelling with young children or babies, child seats are not provided for any vehicles used for transfers. For your own peace of mind, we recommend that you bring your own although there is no guarantee that local taxi companies will allow the use of child seats. Please note that the transfer times included in our accommodation details are approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
We provide Simpson Travel beach/pool towels in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly. We would be happy to advise you which of our hotels provide beach/pool towels and if a charge applies.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. Double beds usually measure 140cm x 190cm and single beds 80/90cm x 190cm. If you are booking a hotel room, please let us know your room preference (double or twin). Although we will make every effort to convey your request to the hotel, we cannot guarantee your preference will be available.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your villa or apartment after 4pm and you must vacate it on the day of departure by 11am. Most of our hotels follow common practice with regard to check-in and check-out times (around midday); however some have later check-in times between 3pm and 5pm.
Self-catering accommodation is cleaned a minimum of twice a week (including arrival day) and some accommodation may be cleaned more often. Cleaning usually consists of a sweep, mop, bathroom and kitchen tidy up. Note Sari Gul and Villa Konak are cleaned once a week only.
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Hotel bookings with half-board include dinner, which is usually a fixed menu with or without a choice of dishes. In some hotels, you may take your half-board meal at lunchtime.
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with your local representative.
Internet access and connection
If a property offers wifi or internet access, the type of connection may vary. Additionally, the signal could be intermittent at times and may not be available in all areas of the property. There may be a charge for internet use in some properties.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided and usually laundered twice weekly. For your convenience some of our properties have a washing machine.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
Plumbing and power
In some of the older houses, the plumbing system is not designed to have items flushed down the lavatory. Where necessary, bins are provided in all bathrooms. Throughout Turkey power cuts can arise from time to time, due to electrical storms, for example. Power is normally restored quickly.
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Security and cleaning deposits
For self-catering properties, we require you to lodge a security deposit against any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts, which you may have incurred during your stay and/or due to your negligence. This should be provided by credit or debit card at the time of booking by providing authorisation for us to deduct (within 14 days of your return home) any advised charges from your card. Most of our properties are the owners’ personal homes and repairs, replacements and extra cleaning can be very expensive, so we do ask you to take care in order to avoid incurring extra costs.
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. In Paxos most pools are filled using ‘sweet water’, which is generally a mix of well water (with some salt content) and fresh water. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. Very few pools have covers, fencing or life rings, so children must be supervised at all times. Some pools are ‘infinity pools,’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that children are supervised and that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge.
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items and local produce.