|The fact that Kalkan has not yet been discovered
by hordes of package tourists gives it a sort
of exclusivity. Opposite Kalkan in the picturesque
bay, Club Patara and Patara Prince offer added
exclusivity of a different kind.
When the complex was built eight years ago it
attracted architectural interest worldwide - and
no wonder. As you enter, you immediately notice
the extensive use of the local stone and design
sympathetic to the shape of the land sometimes
going so far as to build around natural rock features.
In addition some design echoes local antiquities,
the most ambitious of which is a replica of the
first century AD Roman triumphal arch that stands
in Patara itself some kilometres down the road
to the west.
Club Patara is ambitiously styled on a Roman
town. Walking through the stone arches to the
marble- floored Agora built around a fountain
is like stepping back in time, but the strange
mix of traditional Turkish, reproduction Roman
and openly modern works surprisingly, well and
belies Club Patara's actual modernity, giving
the place a feel as old as the rocks themselves.
But it's not only a case of good looks. Club
Patara have got the luxury element so perfectly
sown up that representatives of the tourist trade
flock from all over the world, anxious to see
how it's done.
This was the vision of one of Turkey's top architects,
who sought to combine aesthetic value with practicality.
The design is attractive, but throughout it makes
the most of the hillside setting, providing little
nooks of cool shade and spreading platforms on
which to toast yourself in the sun.
The platforms are scattered along the water's
edge, close to where the scheduled water taxi
to Kalkan shuttles back and forth. Here also is
the watersports center, which includes a diving
In addition there are facilities for water skiing,
banana rides, windsurfing, fishing and sailing.
Also close to the jetties - but discreetly away
- from the hotels and villas - is the Apollonia
night club, where, if you have not exhausted yourself
with the day's activities, you can dance and drink
till the small hours.
There are four swimming pools within Club Patara.
The indoor pool and jacuzzi forms part of the
fitness center, which also has a gymnasium, sauna,
Turkish bath and massage facility.
The larger outdoor pool is for the whole family,
the circular outdoor pool with its splendid cascading
waterfall feature, is for adults only. The fourth
pool situated near the tennis courts and features
a skimming water slide. There is also a supervised
club for children aged between four and ten years,
to help channel that youthful activity which even
Mediterranean sun cannot sap. Meanwhile the grown
ups get on with some serious peace and quiet.
Close to the swimming pools are the main a la
carte restaurant and the Patara bar, while around
the Agora are the Agora Bar and restaurant, as
well as the Bezirgan Turkish Restaurant.
For truly fine Turkish dining, the a la carte
restaurant provides a wonderful open air section
close to the water's edge beneath a charming thatched
roof. Seafood is the barbecue speciality here.
The Bezirgan is the al fresco restaurant serving
international and Turkish cuisine from a tempting
If you have a taste for pizza and pasta the Italian
restaurant offers an excellent selection. You
can dine on the Agora or inside in a air-conditioned
At lunchtimes there is also a poolside barbecue
serving delicious charcoal-grilled hamburgers
and hot dogs, while in the evening you can enjoy
live music in the piano bar close to the adult
With a bakery on site, you can choose from a
selection of delicious frech loaves, roll and
croisants served at breakfast.
The Patara Prince is a truly remarkable place,
a holiday destination in its own right, more a
town than a hotel, a community which gives you
the freedom to socialise or to shut yourself away.