Private villa with the benefits of a boutique resort
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About Rachael Kempin
We fell in love with the Marphe Resort when visiting in 2003 and have owned the villa ever since. We are British but have spent 20 years living overseas - France, New Zealand, Egypt and Dubai. Our children have spent every Summer there and it has become our second home.
Rachael Kempin purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Rachael Kempin chose Datca City Center
On our first visit in 2003, the villas were being built and we decided to buy so we could spend long family Summer holidays out of the heat of Dubai. We find the area to be beautiful and the people friendly. The villa is set in superb grounds that we find so relaxing. Datca retains it's beauty and avoids the over-commercialism of other large Turkish resorts.
What makes this Villa unique
With the facilities of a boutique resort, access to two large swimming pools and a cafe/bar, yet with your own privacy and garden. Close to Datca harbour and beaches where you can enjoy family restaurants and night-life in the bars.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Very spacious lovely villa
We loved our stay at the villa, its perfect for a family with kids. It is very comfortable, spacious and nicely decorated. We have stayed there early April very very early in the season, the hotel wasn't fully opened yet nor the swimming pool but we didn't mind that. It is not very close to the center of Datça nor many shops or cafes around so I'd highly recommend hiring a car to get around the town as well sightseeing many locations around Datça too.
Very nice villa. Very well decorated. Nice pool, staff of the hotel very helpful.
We stayed at the villa as a group of one 3 year old, one 9 year old and 3 adults. The villa was very spacious. The bedrooms are located upstairs and they are nicely decorated and large enough. Each room has its own shower and bathroom upstairs. The master bedroom has a small balcony. Downstair level has a living room, kitchen and a small restroom. The living room has a TV and a DVD player,where kids can watch their DVD's. The kitchen has a table for up to 6 people. Also there is small terrace located outside of the kitchen area where the entrance is. There is outside seating and table where we actually had dinners for couple of nights. The villa was very nicely decorated. We loved Rachel's taste. It is simple but lovely. The villa is part of an apart hotel complex. You can walk to the pool of the hotel in 2 minutes. The owner of the hotel Mr.Ahmet is very helpful with all your needs. He helped us arranging a boat tour when we visited his carpet shop in the centre of Datca. He is very kind and offered all the help with almost anything or any question during our stay. A true gentleman. Also there is a great advantage that the villa is within the hotel complex as the staff can also help you with all your urgent needs. This is usually an issue with the other house or villa rentals. Finally we loved our stay at Rachel's villa. It just would be better if the villas was closer to the beach. Bur we had our own car and we drove to the centre of the city. Otherwise everything else was great. Thank you Rachel and Ahmet.
Fantastic little complex hidden away above the town of Datcha. On site bar & eatery is generally good with prices on the high side of reasonable - however, it is very convenient! Villa was high spec, spacious and well maintained although Datchas drainage is not yet up to the same levels as some of the big resorts (if that's what you're used to) - we've been travelling to Turkey for many years and it wasn't a problem to us. I would thoroughly recommend car hire - Datcha is quite a long way from anywhere (one of it's charms) but if you have the wanderlust, it's a long way on a scarce bus or dolmus. Food shopping is easy as there's loads of places around the complex (within walking distance) and down the hill in the town centre (not easily walkable - especially if you have shopping).
Really enjoyed our time in Datca - especially the villa, but probably wont go back as we rarely revisit the same place!
Great holiday if you want to just relax by the pool and meander through a few days switching off from the outside world. If you're after an action packed, adventure-fest, probably the wrong place to go!
A fantastic place to relax!
Just returned from a great holiday - a fantastic place to relax.
Waking up to the beautiful views from the master bedroom windows was a superb way to start the day. The villa was bright, airy, and clean with a pretty Mediterranean feel and al fresco eating area in the private rear garden of the villa. The A/C rarely required downstairs, with the cross breeze from the windows. A/C in the bedrooms helped with a good night sleep (I like it cold!).
The resort itself was a charming and well-run family business. The owners are eager to assist, and helped us with scooter hire, delivered to our door. Indeed, in their stunning harbour-front Gallery, they are happy to share a tea and a chat and maybe sell you a carpet!
There are plenty of shady, quiet areas to relax and read whilst the pool is a good-size, plenty of space for children to play and adults to relax. There is another pool available, if you want total peace and quiet.
Despite being high season for local tourists, the resort being full booked, it never felt crowded (most people were out at the sea or on the boats). The town itself has a lovely vibe in the evenings, with the nightly craft market providing some unusual art!
The local Sailing Club provides small sail boats and wind-surfers - able to book lessons for the same day. The out of town Surf Club is for the more serious kite and wind-surfers.
We’re just back from Datca. We absolutely loved your villa! The style and decoration, the spaciousness, the nice private garden, the atmosphere of the hotelgrounds, the pool, the people from Marphe and off course beautiful Datca. We’ve seen quite something of the surroundings; different beaches, villages, mountains and loved it all. It’s a wonderful and unspoilt place for a relaxed vacation.
great place to stay
We had a great week stay in the villa in August 2009. The villa was clean, comfortable and had every appliance, except dish washer, we needed. Rooms were large enough and everthing worked well. Since it was set in Marphe Resort, we could able to use resort facilities and lovely environment to enjoy.
The locatin of villa was perfect. It was located in a quite place and close to city center, market and sea.
The villa was enormous with everything you needed for a comfortable family stay. Go and have a lovely time and totally relax about this beatiful villa.
HOW TO GET TO VILLA KEMPIN:
There are many direct flights from the UK or Europe to either Bodrum or Dalaman Airport. From Middle East destinations you can fly into Istanbul and then connect on a domestic flight. Recommendations can be given for hotels in Istanbul.
The airport is approximately 45 mins from the ferry terminal. The Datca ferry departs everyday at 9 am and 5 pm and takes around two hours. A bus collects you from the ferry port and 15 minutes later you will be in Datca.
It will take you approx 2 hrs via a very scenic road. An airport shuttle pickup can be organised or give instructions for public transportation.
Other Activities: Local market every Saturday.