Luxury Boutique Apartments & Villas in Turkey

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April 2009

Where do I start, the last few weeks in Kalkan have passed in a flurry of activity to get the apartments finished.

Given the amount of deliveries we have had of barstools and outside furniture, I never want to see another piece of packaging! Every single item was individually wrapped and then every arm and leg of the chairs was also wrapped. Also stickers, why are they are put on everything these days? Never mind it is all now unpacked, washed and put in its respective place.

The pool has been cleaned and filled, what a difference that makes now it glimmers in the sunshine. The spa pools have at last been finished, a cheer went up that day. They really have been a source of irritation, but now they are finished they were worth it. They are huge!!! 6 people will comfortably sit in them. Something I am hoping to find the time to do next week once they have been filled!

There has also been the job of dressing the apartments, that's the nice bit. Putting pictures and mirrors up, dressing the beds. Do they look good? I think so. I am sure our guests will let us know what they think in due course.

Everyone in Kalkan has been busy getting ready for the season, all of a sudden the place has come to life again with the restaurants open, shops with new stock and all the boats have been put back in the water in the harbour.

It was very exciting the day our toiletries range arrived from Istanbul, which we ordered last October. The range is made by Aisha, who use natural products and essences and do not test on animals. In collaboration with Aisha we have created a scent exclusively for Truffle Residences, which has a touch of muguet, lilac and mandarin peel. It has a lovely fresh smell which I think both our male and female guests will enjoy using. I look forward to receiving your comments.

We have also had a Fairtrade cotton bag produced for Truffle Residences for our guests to use as a beach bag/shopping bag. Why? Well everywhere you go in Turkey you are given your shopping in thin plastic bags, so we thought it would be great if we, and our guests, could do our bit for the environment by using a cotton bag instead. We hope you agree and use it both during your holiday and when you return home.

Our range of toiletries and beach/shopping bag will be provided in the apartments, with our compliments.

I have also been busy creating relationships with local businesses to offer our guests either a discount or an additional service, see the Exclusive Truffle page of the website for more details.

Well we are now at the stage where it really is a question of doing those last few tweaks, which I think is a female thing. Nige has yet to work out the purpose of me walking around moving things either an inch to the left or an inch to the right! Oh and I think we need just a few more pots and plants, but I am not telling Nige I think I will just go out and buy them. Well they don't really do a returns policy here in Turkey!!!!

Then there is just the matter of photographs, professional ones. So we can update the website and at last say to all those enquiries, yes we are finished and looking forward to welcoming guests to Truffle Residences for our first season. I do hope you will enjoy staying with us as much as we have enjoyed this incredible journey of ours.