The season has well and truly started here in Kalkan. I think for me the clearest sign that another Summer season is under way is when the boats go back into the water. Having been in dry dock all Winter for essential maintenance, there is one day, usually around the beginning of May, when a crane appears on the harbor and one by one the boats are lowered into the water. Soon after that it's time for my first boat trip of the year.
Another sure sign that we are ready to welcome owners and guests back to LaVanta, is the opening of our Club House restaurant and Bar. This was particularly exciting this year as we are working with new partners. Debbie and Erhan are running The Papatya Cafe @ LaVanta and its all looking good. They have invested significantly in creating exactly the right ambience and creating menus that are perfect for this location. By day guests can enjoy stunning views whilst sipping on a smoothie and by night it transforms into something altogether more sophisticated as guests enjoy one of Erhan's wonderful cocktails under the twinkling lights.
Being on a development like LaVanta gives guests the very best of both worlds. They can enjoy the privacy of their own pool and villa, but when they want a change then they have a wide range of facilities to choose from. The Papatya Cafe is proving a hit with guests of all ages and it is particularly nice that so many people from Kalkan itself are coming to visit. In the short time that it has been open it has already risen to 4th place on Trip Advisor which is amazing. Not bad in such a short time. No pressure guys!
The start of the season is the time when many of our homeowners visit to check out their properties, view the jobs they have commissioned over the winter and just make sure that everything is shipshape for their guests. For us it is like always having good friends coming to visit - we look forward to their arrival and are always a little saddened when they leave. But we know it won't be too long until they are back again. And I guess that's one of the advantages of owning your own place overseas.
It's not just owners who become friends. Because we have so many returning guests each year we have no watched baits grow into toddlers, children become teenagers and teenagers taking their first steps towards independence.....and of course the parents at LaVanta never age.....I wish we could promise eternal youth...but its all to do with that feeling of total relaxation when they return to the place they love
We are looking forward to a great Summer. There is no better place to take a vacation and at this stage there is still some very limited availability in peak season, so its not too late. And whilst you are here, why not have a look at some of the stunning properties we have available.