Kalkan Turkey

Happy New Year and Thank You to All of Our Guests

Thank you to all our guests and welcome to all our new ones. The 2018 season was by all accounts a good one for sales to Turkey and Greece, both to the mass market resorts and also to the more ‘discerning’ hideaways...

Great Value Flights to Turkey

At Discerning Collection we’ve always held the belief that its imperative that the holidays that we provide our guests have to be as flexible as possible. No longer can specialist tour operators like ourselves offer...

Discerning Villa Collection

At Discerning Collection Villas we have chosen some of the best located villas in this area. We ensure that all our villas give you the maximum detail in order to enhance your choice. Distances to the nearest...

Turkey Holidays 2017

Great news for all of our guests who have booked their holiday to Turkey In the last week the value of pound has risen against number of major currencies, says a source from the Post Office. The non- effect of the...

The Likya Gardens Hotel Kalkan

After four months of not being able to sell the Likya Gardens in Kalkan, we are delighted to announce that we are, once again, selling this absolutely delightful boutique hotel. With only nine stunning suites, seven...

Happy Birthday Feefo

Just last Friday our office was the recipient of a lovely surprise….a massive Birthday Cake from Feefo, our friendly, genuine review platform. It was to celebrate their ‘Magnificent Seventh’ birthday. Since 2010...

Activities and the Discerning Collection Client

A recent survey by Silver Travel Advisor, with albeit a fairly small sample of 500 all over the age of 50 found the following: Less than a third of over 50s use a travel agent to book holidays, with just 15% visiting in...

Favourite sayings

With the recent atrocity that took place in Istanbul, Turkey this week I am reminded of, as an owner of a small family business, some of my favourite sayings that are especially poignant given that our main holiday...

A big thank you to all our guests

So the summer season has now come to an end and it’s been quite a turbulent year for the travel industry with some clear winners and losers. Brexit, terror threats and the weakening pound have all had significant...

A letter from our guest

Dear Discerning Collection Having just returned from yet another fabulous holiday with the Discerning Collection I wanted to write and say a heartfelt thank you for another fantastic holiday to Turkey. Many people were...

A little trumpet blowing!

We are usually quite humble when it comes to the service we provide to our guests and although this is of utmost importance to us, we try not to brag!  However, occasionally we like to share feedback received from...

The Discerning Collection buys failed operator Elixir Holidays

The Discerning Collection has bought failed Turkey specialist Elixir Holidays from its administrators. The Turkey specialist operator has taken on Elixir’s 309 forward bookings, some assets, its database,...

The Demise of Elixir Holidays

The sad demise of Elixir Holidays shows, once again, how tour operators need to operate with Trust Accounts. It also shows that committed accommodation and flights, where the hotels and flights are guaranteed, must be a...

Are holiday makers being ripped off in the school holidays?

The simple answer is yes. This week the plight of families who have to take holidays during the school holidays has come to the fore and was highlighted in an interview on Good Morning Britain between Piers Morgan and...

The Demise of Exclusive Escapes – Trust Accounts

When I set up our Trust Account last year it was with some trepidation as fundamentally it meant that we could only trade with the money that we invested into the business. It was going to be tough in that we could not...

Why reviews are so important?

Last week I was on a panel of so called experts and the subject of the presentations was the relevance of reviews and feedback from customers. Two review platforms, Feefo and Reevoo were present and I was speaking on...

Our Genuine Feedback from our Guests

Following a number of reports last week of dubious feedback companies that are currently operating out there, I am thrilled to announce that we are proud to be using Feefo, a truly GENUINE feedback forum where only our...

Amazing value for your money and the sun’s out!

This time last year the Turkish Lira was 3.4 to the pound. Today it’s an amazing 4.14 to the pound, the highest it’s been for decades! This means that your hard earned cash is going to go miles further in Turkey...

Sampling our new Poseidon hotel in Selimiye.

Here we sit in the evening sun, sipping an ice cold gin and tonic looking across to the pretty Turkish bay of Selimiye  http://www.discerningcollection.com/destinations/kumlubuk-and-the-bozburun-peninsula/,...

Turkish Evisa… We’re happy to help!

We’ve recently had a few calls for guests who have already booked their holidays with us asking if we could help them with getting their evisa to Turkey. The answer, of course, is….of course we can! It takes no time...

Free Wi Fi in Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Italy and Spain.

Reading an article in the Sunday Times last week about how a lot of 4 and 5 star hotels across the UK charge for WF FI access in their properties got me wondering about all the hotels that we currently offer in Turkey,...

Another great reason to visit Kalkan in Turkey

Blowing my own trumpet with some suppliers this morning I was banging on about how close to 80% of our guests rebook their holidays with us. It’s an amazingly high number and if I’m totally honest it’s down to the...

More improvements at the Asfiya Sea View and more delightful product.

I’ve recently returned from a very brief but ultimately very busy trip to Kalkan in Turkey. Out on Sunday 15th Feb and back on Tuesday 17th Feb. My schedule was arranged to visit some new product in Gocek and to see...

A lovely article from the Mail on Sunday

By any standards it was a tough decision. Should I swim in the private pool on the terrace outside my hotel bedroom, or should I plunge into the pool by the bar? I chose the latter, only to find myself with another...

Great News from the Telegraph…

Turkish holidays a third cheaper. Resurgent pound means Britons heading to Turkey can get far more for their money Comments Britons heading to Turkey this summer can expect to get 35 per cent more for their money...

Eat Free at Kalkans Finest Restaurant, The Likya Residence.

For the month of December we at the Discerning Collection are offering a complimentary meal for two if you book a Kalkan holiday before 31st December 2013. So all you previous guests of ours or Tapestrys or if you’ve...

Kalkan Prize Winners Trip

“I was lucky to be picked to go on a Travel Counsellors prize winners trip to Kalkan in Turkey.” We have team events several times a year, when everyone at Travel Counsellors around the world come together....

More lovely Accommodation on its way!

Well the 2013 summer season is over and it’s great to announce that we’ve had another successful year in all our destinations especially Turkey. Kalkan in particular was extremely well received by our guests with...

Paragliding in Kalkan Turkey

Before I had a child I used to go gulet sailing in Turkey with a bunch of friends (the only way to do this!) Now my son is a teenager we spent two of the most enjoyable weeks in Turkey in the summer of 2013 on board a...

Kalkan…brilliant with or without the children.

I was reading an article in the Telegraph last week which discussed the topic: Do you dare go on holiday without the children....

Holidays to Kalkan Turkey

Holidays to Kalkan started back in the 70’s with backpackers from Europe stopping off at this pretty harbour for one or two nights staying in tiny pensions. In the 80’s an innovating tour operator called Tapestry...

Boutique Hotels in Kalkan

The phrase ‘boutique’ when used in reference to hotels has now come to be so overused that in many cases it simply serves as a phrase on loads of unscrupulous tour operators websites simply to try and give their...

Weather in Kalkan Turkey

Kalkan is extremely fortunate in that it is situated at the foothills of the Taurus Mountains which have an influence on its weather giving it the climate that is typical of the Southern Med…..just lovely! May tends...

Breakfast at the Asfiya

A number of our new guests often ask us what the breakfasts in our hotels are like especially given the fact that we only sell our hotels on a B&B basis. The reason we only do a B&B options is so that our guests...

Kalkan’s Beach Clubs

One of the questions we are asked here in Kalkan by many first time guests is “How do you get to the beach clubs and where are they?” Everyone’s heard of them or they’ve been recommended to them by friends...