Some esteemed visitors…
This year we organised a family holiday for the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson and family rented a gulet, a wooden sailing boat designed for leisurely cruising along the Turkish Riviera. They visited many secluded bays and islands, some of which are only accessible by water.
At the end of the trip the Johnsons told Ahmet Guler, Director of Gulet Escapes (picture left with Mr Johnson), that they saw many amazing places, ate delicious food and had an absolutely relaxing holiday. Mr Johnson thanked Ahmet for organising the trip adding everything had gone like clockwork. They clearly experienced excellent Turkish hospitality.
We would like to thank the Johnsons, who were very humble with the requests and very polite, which made it a pleasure to organise this holiday.
On press: Hurriyet Daily News
We were also happy to welcome a number of other high profiles guests including: fashion designer Alice Temperley, the musician Gary Numan, and two members of the House of Lords who were all extremely happy with their gulet trips.
A few quotes from our happy guests…
“We had our first trip booked through Gulet Escapes in Sept 2018 to do Split to Dubrovnik and Ahmet couldn’t be more helpful. So many queries yet Ahmet was always prompt in responding with a wealth of information and recommendations. MASKE what a stunning Gulet with a fantastic crew led by Captain Marco. The crew did everything and more to welcome our group of 10 and ensure we were as comfortable as possible. The Chef was an absolute asset to the crew and catered for all dietary needs, nothing was a problem and the food was excellent. Captain Marco and crew did a wonderful job looking after us so much so we have booked to go again in 2019. We cannot wait to see MASKE and all the crew again. Thank you Ahmet, Captain Marco & Crew and Susanna for taking such good care of us.”
-Carmel Lee Khan, December 2018 (Facebook review)
“Gulet Esapes provide a first rate service. We have recently returned from the Turkish coastline and Greek Island tour. It was truly sublime. Every part of the holiday was perfect. The crew were just amazing and as for the food – well that was just fantastic. A truly wonderful experience provided by excellent Gulet Escapes”
-Liz, June 2018 (Trip Advisor review)
“We’ve (12 of us!) just had a fantastic week on Maske2. What a great boat, superb crew and excellent food and drink. Nothing was a problem – easy, efficient transfer from airport to port. Great welcome on board. Terrific food from our Master Chef, who was also a great comedian!! We will def use this company again. An excellent holiday!! Many thanks to all concerned in the organisation and delivery of a memorable week of laughs and great experiences!”
-Ian, June 2018 (Trip Advisor review)
“We have just had a wonderful holiday in May on a gullet in Turkey with Gullet escapes . The crew were great as were the food and scenery . We thoroughly recommend it.”
-Marian, June 2018 (Facebook review)
“We did have a wonderful time Melissa, thank you.
The Captain and crew were terrific.
I have never been on a gulet (or any type of yacht for that matter) before with such a calm, yet authoritative captain who was quite clearly well respected by his crew. He was diligent, professional and capable.
The food was absolutely superb and the chef must be commended for the standard of meals he was able to prepare for 20 people on board in such a small kitchen.I was most impressed.”
-Fiona, June 2018 (Email feedback)
“We had an awesome holiday with Gulet escapes, everything was well organised, will used them again!!”
-Dirk, July 2018 (Facebook review)
“Just returned from a weeks gullet. We were on the BEYZADE, capt,Mustafa and Masout, were great. Food was great, we were the only english couple with Spanish couple, three Italian singles and a Italian family with two young children. Although the conversation for us was limited we all got on great. We did the Golek cruise, but found it to be quieter than we would have liked in the evenings as many night moorings were remote and not heavily populated. But this is not a compliant as we had a great time and WILL be doing it again, but with a more busier ports of call.”
-Lee, July 2018 (Facebook review)
“My family and I visited the Dalmation coast for the first time on a lovely gulet. What a wonderful part of the world! Crystal clear (and warm) waters, dramatic topography, great and simple food, and friendly people.
The yacht was well-designed, the crew wonderful, and the chef was fabulous. We’ll be back soon, I hope!”
-Jeet, July 2018 (Email feedback)
“We have just returned from an amazing weeks holiday with these guys . I can highly recommend them , great boats and fantastic crew , friendly and helpful , really made a big difference…”
-Robert, July 2018 (Facebook review)
As regards you organising our Gulet Holiday I must say that in the beginning of organising this trip I was more than a little nervous. However your helpful comments and suggestion and organisation along the way were gratefully received and made the holiday that much more enjoyable and everything went like clockwork from start to finish.
As you know we flew to Bodrum airport and was met on time by your organised driver, and with not problems took us straight the Gulet.
I must say from here on we were all totally struck by the friendliness of the crew and your sister made us most welcome which put us all at ease straight away.We were a little unsure what to expect about the food but what a revelation,
having sampled our first meal we all agreed that the food was excellent well presented with a friendly atmosphere and this continued throughout the Holiday the crew also made it most enjoyable and happy occasion and could not have been more kind or helpful which I think is a credit to you, the crew, and the whole organisation.
It was a fantastic holiday with good crew, good weather , good food, good company fantastic experience and will not hesitate to recommend you and you crew to everyone we know and hopefully look forward to using you again
It was in all a very memorable experience on the Gulet Elara on the 9th June 2018.”
-Terry, August 2018 (Email feedback)
“We booked a week on the Derya Deniz and had an absolutely wonderful holiday. This was our second gulet holiday booked through Gulet Escapes and didn’t regret it, in fact it was even better than our first in 2016.
The initial booking process worked perfectly and Ahmet was fantastically responsive to every question we had. All of the local transfer arrangements worked like clockwork and the boat and crew were ready when we arrived.
The Derya Deniz is a beautiful boat and we felt really spoilt to think it was ours for the week. The food was excellent and route to Fethiye and back was very pretty. The crew (Morem, Cezar and Urzal) worked tirelessly and couldn’t be faulted.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Gulet Escapes as a company and we will certainly be booking with them again.”
-Tony, October 2018 (Facebook review)
“Not long back from a 2-week holiday in Turkey with one week on the Gulet Seyhan Hanna and one week in a hotel, all organised very efficiently by Gulet Escapes. The boat is very comfortable, the food was great, all-in a very enjoyable trip. Would not hesitate to use Gulet Escapes again.”
– Susie, October 2017 (Trip Advisor review)
“Went on a Gulet Escapes week trip through the northern Greek Islands. The whole experience was fantastic from booking with Ahmet through to the extremely friendly and accomodating captain & crew. Nothing was too difficult, with any drinks made when requested, dropping off to shore & pick up at any time, even did some skiing behind the dingy! The boat was spotless and the food plentifull & magnificant. This was our second Gulet trip, but the first through Gulet Escapes with this one being the better boat and experience of the two.”
– Nick, October 2017 (Trip Advisor review)
“We have just got back from an absolutely incredible week cruising in the Dodecanese aboard a fabulous gulet, the Dolce Mare. Everything from the food to the captain and crew were amazing. Ahmet from Gulet Escapes did a simply great job organising the whole thing from start to finish. He was happy to meet up in London and explain about the various gulets and go through all the options. Once the booking was made, he was so professional from the paperwork, to making all the arrangements including organising a birthday cake, sorting out all our wine and drinks orders and generally assisting every step of the way to ensure it all went smoothly which it did without fault. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ahmet or his company, and would definitely use them again.”
– Ali, October 2017 (Trip Advisor review)
“We recently spent a week aboard the Flas 7 motoring around thse North Dodecanese Islands.What an absoutely superb trip.The boat was incredible, the staff we wonderful, we had a great group of people onboard that we has not met before.Everyone got on famously, and made some great friends by the end of the trip.The food was amazing, everything was fresh and plenty of it.Drinks were supplied and if you wanted a beer for breakfast (it did happen) then you got one.Cannot fault the trip in any way. A big thankyou to Ahmet for organising our trip and transfers.We hope to come back and do it all again one day.”
– Brett Polain, October 2017 (Facebook review)
“Have just come back and absolutely loved it. Gulet Escapes took care of everything, flights, transfers and it all ran extremely smoothly.We stayed on board Gulet Alba in Croatia. The crew and Captain are fantastic and Alba is stunning. The Captain helped us choose our route and took us to some stunning bays, tranquil coves and picturesque villages.
Would highly recommend the whole experience.”
– Martin, September 2017 (Trip Advisor review)
“Just to say once again that we had a wonderful time on Diva Deniz Gulet last week. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise around Montenegro, and all of the associated experiences. We were very well looked after.
Also, your arrangements re the transfers and border crossings (apart from what you could not foresee in terms of border control silliness) were all excellent!
Thank you very much again, we will recommend you to our friends, and will certainly use you again if we come back to the Eastern Mediterranean”
– Jonathan, August 2017 (Trip Advisor review)
“We have just returned from a weeks holiday along the Turquoise coast in Turkey aboard the Gulet Maske. It was a totally outstanding experience!
Let me start with Ahmet, from the London based company Gulet Escapes, who we booked the holiday with. His attention to detail and organisational skills are second to none. He never missed a beat, from sourcing a special birthday cake to arranging transfers and ensuring we had a great itinerary, Ahmet did it all. Many thanks.
Then there was the boat, a gorgeous sleek white Gulet, just a few years old, that had the most superb accommodation. Well appointed cabins with air conditioning and lovely en-suites made even more special with lots of storage and great lighting. On deck were sun mattresses and comfortable seating. Murat, the chef served up delicious meals every day, breakfast lunch and dinner. The crew, Aki and Ali attended our every need and nothing was too much trouble. Finally Captain Emre, someone who really knows his stuff and especially how to run a boat for the benefit of his clients. His advice, help and assistance made the week. Many thanks to you all.
Have I any complaints, yes I have! It was all over far too quickly so to resolve the problem we are going to go back to Gulet Escapes next year and do it all again. Get the mint ready for the Gin fellas and find us another great cove or two to enjoy the sunset. A really big thank you from the Whoop-whoop crew!”
– July 2017 (Trip Advisor review)
We’ve been intending to write to you, but believe it or not, we’ve had quite a busy schedule at home since we returned. We also wanted to take the time to write something meaningful since that is what our experience deserves.
The Alba itself met and even exceeded our expectations. It is spotless and beautifully maintained and outfitted with every convenience and comfort. We found shade when we wanted shade, we had sun when we wanted sun, and in every instance we settled into a perfect environment. The scenery was spectacular, the weather was perfect, and it was impossible to have scripted a more memorable vacation.
The Alba crew could not have been more extending and hospitable in the service they provided us. Each morning Captain Mirko shared the area map and reviewed the details of the upcoming day’s journey and offered us numerous choices as to what we might want to do. It made us feel that we had significant input in the outcome of each day. Each morning Samir, the chef, asked me what sort of food we wanted and allowed me to help plan the menu. He and Captain Mirko then went out and shopped for freshly caught fish and produce to present us with abundant and delectable meals. Katarina and Vinco were warm hosts who maintained our cabins, supervised the water activities, took us on tours of the islands, and made us feel very comfortable. Their camaraderie among themselves and friendliness towards us completed our wonderful experience on the Alba.
-Harry, Joan and Emily Dannenberg (Email feedback)
My wife and I fully agree with and endorse the message from the Dannenbergs. One of our most pleasurable times was when Captain Mirko concluded that there was enough wind to actually set the sails, turn off the engine and sail for awhile. It was an extra added attraction which made the selection of the Alba all the more meaningful.
Everyone who has heard of our week aboard the Alba has commented on how unique an experience we enjoyed. Our words can only convey an overview of the many aspects of the boat, the crew, the sights, the ports and the restaurants carefully chosen by the Captain.
From the contractual standpoint, in dealing with you as the agent for and on behalf of the owner, all the terms and conditions of the arrangement were met. In this world, that is often not the norm and when it is, the result is all the more pleasant.
These customers are certainly satisfied.
-Milo and Isabel Mandel (Email feedback)
“We have just returned from a one week charter aboard Seyhan Hanna sailing out of Fethyie, the whole experience was faultless, the Gulet is luxurious, the crew were superb as was the food.
Our thanks to Ahmet back in the UK for making all the arrangements and we can’t wait to go back again at the end of the summer.”
– Paul Bream, May 2017 (Facebook review)
“We had a fantastic holiday with Gulet Escapes. Everything was organised perfectly and it was such a wonderufl holiday! We’ll definitely be using them again next year. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.
As for the holiday itself, we sailed from Fethiye to Kalkan on Seyhan Hanna. We had such a lovely time.The crew and the food was amazing as ever. We had a few days in a hotel in Kalkan afterwards again organised by Gulet Escapes. And they even managd to get an upgrade on our hotel room. All round it was a fantastic trip.
Already thinking about next years holiday :)”
– Susie, November 2016 (Trip Advisor review)
“we’ve just returned from another brilliant Gulet holiday with Gulet Escapes in Turkey. Ahmet was most helpful in making the arrangements. The crew were great, food excellent, facilities good & the weather ideal. The boat had good facilities with plenty of room & the Captain found many ideal secluded bays to moor in peace & quiet.”
– Rob & Angie, October 2016 (Trip Advisor review)
“I would highly recommend this company to organise your next gulet holiday. Everything went perfect, right from initial query, booking and joining the gulet for our holiday. Nothing was too much trouble. Our gulet was small but perfect for our holiday. The crew on the boat couldn’t do enough for you and I felt totally relaxed! Perfect holiday, thanks! Will definitely be booking next year.”
-Sarah, June 2018 (Facebook review)
“Another brilliant week on the Nikola!
Our 5th trip with Gulet Escapes and the 4th with captain Ramazan, and Chef Teken and this time with Hassan as boatman and cabin / bar attendant.
As ever – totally relaxing, brilliant scenery, clear waters, sunshine and fabulous food and wines. The service was as usual exemplary, from the Agent (Ahmaet) local rep Berren and all the crew. We have alredy requested to book again in September and highly recommend this very personal service and happy boat!”
– Tim, June 2018 (Trip Advisor review)
“We have just returned from a fantastic trip on Maske 2 arranged through Gulet Escapes. Ahmet in London and Aysu in Turkey were very patient with all of our enquiries in arranging this trip of a lifetime and catered for our every need. They arranged everything for us, including a few days exploring the ancient ruins in Turkey, and staying in small typically Turkish villages before we embarked on an amazing 7 days cruising around the Turkish and the Greek Islands.
We would love to thank all the crew on board, Mehmet the Captain, Ali can the Chef, and the two crew Ozayo and Umut who made the trip so memorable, the food was delicious and never ending, including my surprise birthday banquet which was aptly pirate themed. We even enjoyed cocktails in the sea at one of the beautiful coves where we stopped for one of our many snorkelling adventures.
I would thoroughly recommend Gulet Escapes, their attention to detail was exemplary, and they really wanted us to have an unforgettable experience. It was truly a fantastic holiday that we will all remember forever.”
-Carol, June 2018 (Trip Advisor review)
“Amazing trip with Gulet Escapes! Very professional and credible!”
-Lara, September 2018 (Facebook review)
“We have just come back from a wonderful trip in Turkey with Gulet Escapes. We started the trip in Marmaris and visited Fetihye during our weeks luxury holiday. The three man crew were exceptional in their level of service and care throughout the week. The chef dreamed up wonderful, healthy, hearty meals three times a day and we were able to truly relax on board.
This is the second trip we have taken with Gulet Escapes and we will be back for more! The level of comfort, relaxation, interest and enjoyment were all first rate and delivered by a first rate team.
Many thanks Gulet Escapes.”
-Camilla, September 2018 (Facebook review)
“My wife and I have just returned from a truly wonderful week on Maske 2 organised by Gulet Escapes. We took six of our friends on the voyage and could not have enjoyed ourselves more. The Captain and his crew were absolutely brilliant and saw to our every need including many fabulous meals created by the chef. I would recommend the experience very highly indeed.”
-Mark, October 2018 (Email feedback)
“We travelled to Turkey with Gulet Escapes in a party of 6 during September and I can fully and totally recommend their services. As well providing an excellent gulet for our trip from Marmaris to Fethiye, the crew were exemplary in their knowledge, manners and sense of humour. Ahmet (our representative from Gulet Escapes) was always available to provide his input and expertise to our trip including setting up all out taxi requirements from the airport to Marmaris and return. Nothing appeared to be too much trouble to him and he always replied in a timely fashion. It was a memorable trip and Gulet Escapes provided excellent value for money.”
– Macinthewood, October 2018 (Trip Advisor review)
“Second trip with these guy’s, latest trip last week in September 2018 on the Derya Deniz.
Both Gulet trips very enjoyable and peaceful holiday and choice of mooring spots ideal for swimming.
Crews very attentive and good company, and their catering was excellent .
would recommend this company for your trip especially if your first time on a Gulet.”
-Martin, October 2018 (Facebook review)
“Just wanted to let you know that we had a lovely holiday. Everything worked as planned. It was a lovely boat with a professional crew and we had a great service.
-Sara, October 2018 (Email feedback)
“Gulet Escapes organised a fantastic trip for us on the yacht Maske2 despite travel arrangements going awry due to circumstances completely out of anyone`s control, they sorted everything for us.They are a small company but were unfailingly helpful and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to cruise in Turkey and Greece.”
-Joanna, November 2018 (Google review)
“We had probably the best Gulet holiday in 20 years, in September, with Gulet Escapes.
Great service from their UK and Turkisg offices. Great gulets and lovely food.
The captain & crew of The Nikola were the best we have ever experienced.
You will not be dissappointed!”
– Tim, November 2016 (Trip Advisor review)
“Another excellent holiday organised by Gulet Escapes. Following a fab holiday in Turkey last year we came back again to Ahmet who found us the perfect gulet in Croatia. A wonderful time was had by all 13 of us celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday. Highly recommend!”
“Gulet Escapes booked our 10 day holiday in Croatia in September this year. Ahmet was patient and thorough – extremely helpful with all my enquiries and in customising our trip as we so wished. We spent one week on a Croatian cruise on the Fantazija, followed by a 4 night stay in a local hotel. The boat was clean and comfortable and the staff helpful and friendly. All the transfers between resorts were organised by Ahmet from London and went without a hitch. I will certainly use them again and thoroughly recommend them to others.”
– Ness, Sussex, September 2016 (Trip Advisor review)
“Just returned from 2 weeks holiday organised by Ahmet at Gulet Escapes.
Flight/car hire/hotel/gulet/hotel/transfer to airport/flight.
Everingham went perfectly and Ahmet recommendations were excellent.
It easy to worry about little things such as the car hire guy or the location of the gulet … no need because the car hire guy was waiting for us with our name on his board and from there on on each company carfully passed us on the next. Luggage was carried for us and special requests catered for. With six different companies involved in providing our holiday this was probably the best organised holiday we have ever had.
I have no hesitation in recommending Ahmet and Gulet Escapes since this guy really knows the right organisations to work with and pulls them all together to make an excellent and worry free package.”
– Terry, September 2016 (Trip Advisor review)
“Gulet Escapes arranged our charter of the beautiful gulet Euphoria this July/August 2016. I am pleased to recommend both Gulet Escapes and Euphoriia. Ahmet of Gulet escapes has excellent knowledge of the boat, crew and cruising suggestions both near Kas, and in the Dodecanese. The trip was beautifully arranged down to the last detail dovetailing in with flights and at a better rate than we thought we would get. First class service.
Euphoria is a beautifully appointed gulet with an excellent crew who could not have done more to make our trip memorable and enjoyable. Captain Hasan an excellent safe sailor with good knowledge of anchorages and the ports with first class seamanship. Orhan the steward a great arranger and extremely hard worker. Kenyan the chef prepared truly excellent meals the whole trip. Ali the last crew member incredivbly kind and thoughtful. An excellent trip”
– Andrew, August 2016 (Trip Advisor review)
Highly recommend using Ahmet with Gulet Escapes to book your gulet charter. Ahmet helped us book our 2 week gulet charter in Turkey this past summer. Ahmet was knowledgeable, attentive, and professional throughout the whole process. We had such a wonderful vacation, visited beautiful locations, and ate delicious meals prepared by the chef. From beginning to end the captain and crew were fabulous–we’re already talking about booking our trip for next summer!”
– Yamia Miller Benhaim, August 2016 (Facebook review)
“Had a fanatastic cruise organised with Gulet Escapes at the end of July, chartering cabins on the Bodrum-Gokova cruise. The captain and crew where brilliant and the food amazing. The chef even made a cake for our son’s 18th birthday! Having found Gulet Escapes through an Internet search, we were very pleased with the efficiency of their service, Ahmet’s email responses being timely and helpful and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to book independently from a package holiday. Just a note, take your passport on board (as it was needed by the captain); we’d left ours at our Turkey home!”
– Sharon Froome, August 2016 (Facebook review)
“Hi – just back from a week in Croatia on the gulet Croatia, booked through Gulet escapes.
The week was fantastic ! We were an extended family of 9 all had a brilliant time and loved every minute. The gulet exceeded our expectations and we loved the spaciousness and numerous seating areas, as well as the very comfortable cabins. We really appreciated all the attention to detail from the crew – the gulet was kept immaculate at all times and the crew all clearly have great pride in it. A huge thank you has to go to Sinisa – the food was amazing and he did a wonderful job in creating so many amazing dishes in what was I’m sure a pretty confined space. Josef also did a fantastic job looking after us and we loved the way he anticipated what drinks we would like without even having to ask ! And Luka was brilliant too – always cheerful and smiling, especially when he was driving the speedboat when we were on the ringo ! Finally, we really appreciated Vladimir’s (our captain) relaxed, friendly and flexible approach – he certainly let us do what we wanted and when, and it made it a very special holiday for us all, in particular for my father who was celebrating a special birthday, who I know had the best time possible. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gulet Escapes and the entire crew on ‘Croatia’.”
– George, Surrey, August 2016 (Trip Advisor review)
“Hello, Just had a fantastic Gulet Escapes Turkish gulet holiday with all the family. It all went really smoothly and the captain and crew were friendly and efficient. Ahmet in the London office also was very helpful and prompt with any questions. Well done Gulet Escapes!”
“A fantastic experience from beginning to end. Ahmet from Gulet Escapes really went the extra mile to ensure we had an excellent trip. He even rang the hotel where we were staying at the end of our cruise to secure a room upgrade. The Diva Deniz was superb and I would happily recommend it to anyone. The crew were extremely helpful and courteous. The accommodation and the food were both excellent. Altogether an very memorable holiday thanks to Gulet Escapes.”
– Jane Livesey, June 2016 (Facebook review)
“We have just returned from a fantastic two weeks in Turkey, organised by Gulet Escapes. We broke two weeks at The Four Reasons in Yalikavak by having 3 nights away from the hotel on board Flach7 sailing east from Bodrum and visitng Sedir island and English Harbour.
It was the best holiday we have ever had in the Mediterranean! The hotel was excellent with super staff and the gulet was very comfortable. Highly recommended!!!!”
– Lee Scott, September 2015 (Facebook review)