Greetings from Mandarin Hotel - Faralya, Turkey

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Add Date : 13.08.2010 15:57

Whether you are dreaming of returning to Mandarin Boutique Hotel, or are yet to discover this idyllic rural retreat for the first time, there is no reason to delay planning your visit.  Whilst we are almost fully booked for much of September, we still have some late availability for the remainder of August, as well as some spaces in late September and throughout October - the perfect time for exploring the unspoilt countryside on foot, hiking along the renowned Lycian Way or descending the stunning Butterfly Valley.
If you like to plan further ahead, we are already taking bookings for next year. Booking early is particularly recommended for stays around popular dates such as bank holiday weekends, and for groups wishing to book Mandarin in its entirety - with just eight luxurious guestrooms, we are the ideal venue for any select gathering, be it a special family celebration or a top-level business meeting. To enquire or make a booking, simply email mail@villamandarin.com, or call us on (0090) 252 642 1002. 
What others have said about us
As a small, independent hotel, we naturally depend heavily on repeat guests and personal recommendations, and we have been so delighted by the comments our guests have left in our visitors' book, that we have decided to share them on our website. Please click here to browse our guestbook and read some of the feedback offered by our clients.

Mandarin has also been recommended as an ideal honeymoon destination on about.com, and was reviewed by Annabel Thorpe in the Guardian newspaper as follows: "Fifteen minutes' drive from Olu, the mountain hamlet of Faralya is a straggle of houses, simple pensions and the odd stylish hotel above a breathtaking canyon. Discovering the Mandarin in such rurality is a bit like finding a branch of Selfridges in deepest Suffolk; spacious rooms boast Jacuzzis, flat-screen TVs and elegant wooden four-posters, while the communal areas combine luxury with traditional furnishings. There is a good-sized pool, walks from the doorstep and sumptuous five-course evening meals. Adults only." The Guardian also included the nearby Butterfly Valley in its Top 10 Beaches in Turkey feature.

Culinary memories of Mandarin

For many of our guests, one of the highlights of staying at Mandarin are the home-cooked five-course dinners, served on our raised terrace gazing out along the Lycian coast and across the sea to Rhodes. Our girls closely guard their recipes, many of which have been passed down their families for generations, and of course the flavour of many of our dishes results from the excellent quality of the fresh local produce with which we are blessed in this unspoilt and fertile region. But for those keen to recreate an authentic taste of Turkey as a memory of their time with us, here are a couple of simple but delicious dishes that can be served as part of a spread of meze, ideally with freshly baked bread:
Fava (broad beans)
200g fresh broad beans, cleaned & shelled
2 onions
1 carrot
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
Bunch of fresh dill
A few strands of saffron
Juice of one lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
Boil the cleaned broad beans in lightly salted water for 15 minutes or until soft. Finely chop the onion, carrot and garlic and fry gently in the olive oil until tender. Add the drained beans and the remaining ingredients, keeping back half the dill, and process in a blender to a creamy consistency. Chill, then serve in small meze dishes, garnished with the remaining dill and drizzled with olive oil.
 
Pea Puree
100g fresh garden peas
100g chickpeas
1 tbsp tahini paste
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
A few sprigs of dill
Salt & pepper to taste

Boil the garden peas and chick peas in lightly salted water until tender. Drain and leave to cool, then mix with the remaining ingredients in a blender. Serve in small meze dishes drizzled with olive oil, together with warmed flatbread. For more info: http://www.boutiquehotelsofturkey.com/mandarinhotel