We've spent two weeks at the Yali, and returned home on 27th September. Enjoyed our first holiday in Kalkan and found it very relaxing. The Yali 'positives' are its position by the sea, beach club, cleanliness, relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, housekeeper who cleaned the rooms plus numerous other duties, and the highly popular Labrador owned by one of the staff.
However, we felt there were a few 'negatives':
Breakfast was disappointing. There was a choice of food - cereals, jams, melon, etc., but a choice of rolls or bread would have been nice rather than bread every morning. Coffee consisted of sachets of instant coffee. Many a time we had to ask for cups, spoons, cereal bowls, as there weren't any on the main table where it should all be laid out. We felt more of a hindrance at breakfast time than anything, and it would have made such a difference to be greeted with a smile rather than more or less ignored.
Electricity and showers were an experience not to be missed.
We had a good sea view from our balcony but if your eyes dipped to ground level you had various debris strewn on a small area of wasteland, which could have been cleared.
The swimming pool and reception area as you enetered the hotel was abandoned, and not lit at night. It cast an air of neglect, which filtered through to the rest of the place - probably acted as a warning to all newcomers.
The stairs were not well lit, especially at the very bottom by the swimming pool area.
The unmade road was a pain and not well lit, but it does state in the brochure that it's unmade and a torch is recommended.
We didn't feel there was anyone really managing the place, and it did have this air of neglect. We think Fatima, the housekeeper, was in charge, and she really was very hard-working and helpful, but it lacked management.
During our second week we had a good look at the Hotel Asfiya where my parents were staying, and it was the complete opposite to the Yali. They haven't got the sea but they can use the Yali Beach Club, and it's the same price - all rather intriguing.
The Tapestry brochure describes the Yali as a simple property, which it is, but when you compare it to the Asfiya there's something wrong somewhere. We came away from the Asfiya gnashing our teeth!