More about Canada Hotel Cirali Olympos
Best beach in Turkey
Cirali..one of the best beaches along the Antalya coastline..
Cirali is a very small rural village located about 1- 1.5 hours drive from Antalya and boasts a beautiful secluded 4 km beach, the ruins of Olympos, the flames of the Chimeara, as well as a protected area by the WWF for the nesting of the Caretta sea turtles.
Protected by the WWF, Cirali is one of the last remaining villages on the med. coast that has not been taken over by mass tourism. Daily trips to surrounding areas like Antalya, Termessos, fish restaurants of Ulupinar, Kekova ( sunken city of Simena ), Kas, Kalkan, Arykanda etc. Also daily boat trips are nice to the surrounding islands.
Cirali only has a few quiet bars playing turkish folk music and restaurants on the beach and in the village center. No discos, or big hotels just nice liitle family run hotels and pansiyons.
I think it is best described in an article from the travel.timesonline.co.uk from last year..for 20 of the best beach destinations..
4 CIRALI, TURKEY
Far from the package-holiday hordes, Turkey has dozens of pristine beaches, among the finest of which is Cirali, a long stretch of fine white sand at the mouth of a towering canyon. The beach, an easy walk from the ruined city of Olympos, is a protected nesting ground for loggerhead turtles. After dark, lights on the shore are extinguished so as not to confuse the hatching babies. On a moonless night, the view of the Milky Way is phenomenal.
You’ll find no banana boats or disco bars at Cirali, just a perfect two-mile beach lapped by clear blue water, and walking trails that will take you into the drama of the surrounding coastal mountains.
A couple of places along the way from Antalya I recommend are Kas, Ucagiz ( Kalekoy ), Patara and Kaya koyu near Fethiye. But the areas ( villages ) of Cirali, Patara, and Kaya Koyu are much smaller in comparision to the other larger more lively resort towns..
We stayed here for a fortnight in July. 1st time in Turkey and the impression left by the resort, hotel & staff mean we are already looking forward to going back.
Really have to echo previous reviews... Hotel basic, clean but provides everything you really need. Gardens & pool a very welcome treat. It isn't the closest to the beach but that doesn't actually matter in Cirali.
Definitely book half board, we did and whilst we did also eat elsewhere the food & service at the Canada was the best in the resort.
Carrie, Saban & the rest of the staff really are exceptional, treating you more like family than guests. They really do go to all lengths to ensure you enjoy your stay.
The resort itself is an unspoilt, quiet relaxed place. Can be a bit quiet in the evenings but there are bar/restaurants at the beach.
Overall a great place for a relaxing away from it all holiday in an unspolit, beautiful beach resort.
Enjoy it before it disappears under commercial pressures!
Hotel Canada - New Rooms and Fantastic Hospitality
My family of 4 stayed 2 nights June 2007. What a WONDERFUL Surprise! The family room was actually a bungalow, recently refurbished and seemed like brand new. The kids slept in one room and we slept in the other, really a nice room. But the best part was the amazing hospitality from owners Carrie and Saban and their 9 yr son Deniz. Our 8 yr Noah and Deniz got on well, so we took Deniz along to act as our 'Tour Guide' for our night trek up to the fire-mountain of Chimaera. The pool, bar, food, location...all very nice. I am sure this is the nicest hotel in Cirali, but the rates make it a great value and I highly recommend it. It was one of the highlights of our month in Turkey, and we look forward to our return!
Beautiful hotel, beautiful location - what a find!
We’ve just returned from a week’s holiday at The Canada Hotel in Cirali and are PINING to go back! What a find! The hotel is nestled in a lush, green valley surrounded by soaring mountains – and is an oasis of calm. The owners Carrie & Saban and all their staff cannot do enough to ensure that everyone enjoys their stay at their wonderful hotel. We stayed in one of the new family bungalows – set in the gardens surrounded by lemon, lime & avocado trees, complete with wildfowl, rabbits & tortoises – all of which the children had fun with. Shortly after booking the holiday we decided one evening that it would be a great idea to get married at the hotel! We e-mailed Carrie with the news and couldn’t believe the response –Carrie was SO enthusiastic & excited with the prospect of helping us out with the task of organising the wedding – which in Turkey is a mammoth task! Carrie e-mailed me regularly asking what we’d like, sent me all the relevant documentation, arranged for a local musician to play at the ceremony, arranged flowers, a wedding cake, the venue, the food…whilst Saban spent the day before the ceremony ushering us from The British Vice-Consulate, to the mayor’s office, to the doctors (for the compulsory medical check-up) to various other government departments….all in a very relaxed & calm manner (which made it a lot easier for us!). The ceremony itself was conducted in the garden, and Carrie & Saban with the help of their children Deniz & Izabel and their staff, especially Mustafa had ensured that nothing had been left to chance – even organising a mini-bus to take us down to the (spectacular) beach - which is only a 5 minute walk – but they didn’t want us to have to make the effort to walk there - to take some photographs after the ceremony. I could ramble on forever! – but The Canada Hotel & Cirali were a GEM of a find – clean, great food, great pool - off the beaten track, set in a beautiful & dramatic valley, with turquoise clear waters, laid back bars & cafes on the foothills to the remarkable Chimeara – which is a surreal experience. However, as everyone seems to stress in their reviews of this hotel – IT IS the family & their staff that make the real difference and made our holiday the best one EVER – so much so that we’re returning to the hotel at the same time next year to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. We highly recommend this hotel for couples as well as families – because there is something for everyone here.
Thank you so much once again for your welcome, warmth & hospitality,
Richard, Shirley, Joss, Annest, Sam, Dewi, Alwena, Andy & Sheelagh xxx
Fantastic tranquil holiday
A beautiful village with spectacular mountain scenery,unspoilt by tourism. Having visited many of the more 'popular' locations(Olu deniz, Kalkan, Bodrum) Cirali is a gem & will remain a favourite location of all time.
Canada Hotel & it's proprietors Carrie & Saban definately add the finishing touches to a perfect holiday. Their hospitality is outstanding, the staff are all very friendly & the rooms are kept spotlessly clean. Whilst we had booked B&B, we ended up eating in the hotel most nights. This is an excellent reflection on the standard of food here as with a Turkish husband we normally try a different place every night.
Echoing previous comments, don't miss the ruins of Olympus or the Chimera. We also found the Turkish Bath in Olympus very enjoyable, particularly the mud bath & the oil massage ( booked through Yedhuu Travel in Cirali)
Good, but overrated
For the most part, the Canada Hotel was a nice place to stay--secluded, yet just a 12 minute walk to the beach and other attractions. It had a relaxing atmosphere, but one that was perhaps a bit tempered by the fact that many families with young children were staying there. It is probably a better place for families to stay than for couples like us looking for a romantic getaway.
The staff was primarily non-English speaking, but even those that did speak English didn't provide very useful information on the surrounding attractions, such as the ancient city or nearby hiking trails (the most helpful advice they gave us was a xerox copy of a rough map of the area hiking trails from a German textbook). They did arrange a trip up to the Chimera for us for a reasonable fee. But it would have been far better if they had a binder or a few pages for each room about the area, a map, and a list of attractions and recommendations. There was none of that, and the owners--though very nice and well-intentioned--are so overwhelmed and busy that they were unable to be helpful.
The setting of the hotel was very nice, with the pool, mountains and hammocks. Surprisingly, the rooms were incredibly spartan, reminiscent of college dorm rooms. There was nothing on the plain white walls to add any charm.
Another reviewer wrote of fantastic breakfasts involving french toast and scrambled eggs and pancakes, but the ones we were served were rather standard (bread, cheese, jams, olives, vegetables and instant coffee) and we weren't offered anything like french toast or a choice. They do offer very nice dinners.
Overall, we had a very pleasant stay, but think we'd probably recommend this place primarily for families.
Very relaxing holiday
We stayed at the Canada Hotel Cirali in August and had a wonderful time. We are a family of 4, with 14 year old twin boys who are very active at home in England so we were a little concerned there would be enough there to entertain them. Usually, we don't take holidays in the busy resorts and have enjoyed ourselves in Kalkan, Dalyan, Patara, etc. so the boys expected a quiet resort. Our view is that if we went on a typical 'all inclusive' holiday the kids would dissappear at the start of the holiday and we'd see them at the end of our stay to pack to return home. We can't do that. Family time is important to us all and Cirali offers every bit of this.
Cirali has about 8 restaurants actually on the beach, and a few leading up towards the Canada Hotel through the 'Town', which has about 4 shops. There are plenty of Pansions where there are menus displayed although we didn't try any of them; preferring to eat on the beach where it was cooler.
Things to do: Relax, take a bike and ride along the beach road, hire a boat, (Fantastic, saw lots of turtles), hire a car, see Myra, birthplace of Santa! Phaeselis, truly stunning. Visit Olympos, a 40 min walk away, great at night, and see the Chimera. Basically, it's like 4 go mad in remote Cornwall but you're in Turkey.
Carrie and Saban were more than extremely helpful. They arranged our boat hire & crew, two hire cars with maps, etc etc. We don't like to eat too early and the times we stayed and ate at the hotel we timed our evening dinner with Carrie, went for a walk and returned at our arranged time to be served some of the very best food in Cirali. We have read a review in which the staff at the hotel were not so helpful; not so in our opinion, quite the opposite. We were at the hotel for two weeks so maybe that's what made the difference. To stay for a couple of days is not enough to get the feel of the place and see all of what the area has to offer. Perhaps if a stay at the hotel was for more than a couple of days the staff would be allowed to help more but Carrie works very hard from the moment of arrival and is on hand to help or advise, so maybe the next visitors would ensure a better experience if they actually used the resident 'tour guide'. She's very good.
Saban helped when we went to a river restaurant called Tropik. We were charged in euros rarther than lira and as I'd saved the hotel's number in my phone I called, passed the phone to our waiter, and Saban explained politely that we would not be paying quite so much. Don't think this is typical of Cirali, this was not in Cirali at all. Cirali is the type of place where you can take a bike out to the beach, leave it while you swim, eat, play, sleep; walk back 100 yards to where you left it and it's still there. No locks.
If we were to agree with other comments; yes, the rooms are a little spartan. Yes, there are children there, none of which were 14. In fairness the children who were there when we arrived were tiny and our boys didn't know quite where to put their feet. But this is a family hotel and our children have been brought up to be able to interract with all ages. They had a great time.
One change we'd make. Carrie, however low the volume please put some turkish or any music on behind the bar during the evenings. Turkish prefferably. It can't be heard near to the hotel so those who would prefer not to hear it can eat near to the hotel. We feel it would offer something more to the already wonderful atmosphere.
Warm welcome, great service, pleasant environment
We had a very enjoyable stay at Hotel Canada.
We found the environment, with its lush gardens, hammocks, large, spotlessly clean pool and terrace wonderfully relaxing. Carrie and Saban, the Canadian /Turkish couple who run Hotel Canada, provide a warm welcome and great service. It was thanks to Carrie that we saw the loggerhead turtles hatching on Cirali Beach, an unforgettable experience.
Rooms are adequate in size, well appointed and air conditioned. The breakfasts and dinners are delicious, especially Saban’s plentiful “mezze” at dinner.
We would definitely go back, and have recommended Hotel Canada to our friends.
We fell in love with Canada Hotel in Cirali
We came back last week from a 3 weeks trip in Turkey during which we spend two nights at Canada Hotel in Cirali. We only have one regret and it is that we stayed there ONLY 2 days.
Cirali appeared to us like both a little paradise and a well kept secret. The town is really small and quiet, away from the mass of tourists. The beach is absolutely stunning with its turquoise water surrounded by mountains: we felt like it was the perfect place to get in touch with ourselves and with life itself.. The Chimera is well worth the efforts to get there, both for the flames and for the view: just have a look at our picturesof the Chimera and of the magnificent view of sunset over Cirali beach.
Cirali was a real discovery and so was Canada Hotel. The room was very confortable, the location is fantastic and the site is really superb with the pool, the garden, the fruit trees, the surroundings. Our hosts, Carrie and Saban were extremely helpful and very friendly. Thanks to the cares of Saban, the food was great: our dinners at Canada Hotel were the bests we had in Turkey.
In conclusion, we fell in love with both Cirali and Canada Hotel. Should we go back to Turkey, we will definitely stop there for a nice, relaxing stay in this little paradise.
My husband and I spent a very enjoyable 3 days at Hotel Canada in August. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel extremely welcome. The hosts Carrie (Canadian) and her Turkish husband Saban are charming hosts. Saban does all the cooking which is excellent and Carrie was extremely informative regarding suggestions as to what to do and see each day. She is passionate about Cirali and its surrounds. The hotel is not on the beach but set in a very pleasant and quiet garden with a large swimming pool. Lovely to return to after a days touring. Bikes are available (for free) for any guest to bike (5 mins) to the magnificent beach. The rooms are simple and clean, each with a lovely little balcony overlooking the garden and most importantly they had air-conditioning which most of the other small accommodations in Cirali lack. Cirali beach has lovely white sand and beautiful clear water and remains one of our favourite beaches in Turkey because it remains relatively unspoilt. None of those ghastly high-rise hotels !