Some esteemed visitors…

We recently organised a family holiday for the British Prime Minister, 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 also hosted the delightful Kelly Brook on one of our gulets who said:

“We had an amazing experience on board and the service and food was impeccable. It was our first but definitely not our last time on board a Gulet. Thanks again and I will be in touch about a Trip for next year!!”

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.

Boris Johnson with Ahmet Guler, Director of Gulet Escapes

Kelly Brook on Gulet

A few quotes from our guests…


“Efficient organisation and the holiday exactly as described beforehand – quite excellent in every respect.”
-June Waring, Oct 2023 (Facebook review)

“We had the most amazing week on Gulet Blue Marlin in Turkey.
Captain Nasuh and his crew became a part of our family, they made us feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble.
From the start booking with Gulet Escapes was an easy but personal experience, with everything taken into consideration to make sure that we had the best experience. 100% recommend for the most amazing trip of a lifetime.”
-Sarah Elizabeth Kemp, Oct 2023 (Facebook review)

“We chartered Sani Kaptan 2, one of Ahmets recommendations. The gulet and staff and the food were all fantastic. We had an absolutely fabulous time – thanks Gulet Escapes for the recommendation.”
-Peter Hyde, Sep 2023 (Facebook review)

We have just returned from an amazing week on a private hire gulet which was arranged by Ahmet and the Gulet Escapes team – the organisation was smooth and the crew on the gulet were delightful and nothing was too much travel – food also delicious. I can thoroughly recommend if you want a relaxing holiday on the water.
-Sue Bell, Sep 2023 (Facebook review)

“Ahmet bent over backwards to source two Gulets for us in Croatia as our group size increased and we needed more accommodation on a bigger boat. The Gulet and crew on the Stella Maris made for such an incredible trip that we will be going again next year! Thank you Ahmet and the Gulet Escapes team!”
-Tim Bashall, Aug 2023 (Facebook review)

“I had a fabulous weeks cruise in Croatia. My husband and myself along with 8 other family and friends had 4 fabulous hosts; Luka, Tony and 2 Evans.  They treated us to a super experience,  from fine dining from Evan,  served impeccably by Tony,  fantastic skippering from Luka, recommending some special places to visit, to Evan the bosun, in charge of ensuring we had fun on the water, with access to paddle boards,  snorkels,  kayaking,  doughnutting and wake boarding.   I couldn’t recommend staying on this boat enough, and would certainly love to go back.”
-Jane Kathryn, July 2023 (Facebook review)

“We were fortunate enough to spend a week on Diamond Lila and had the BEST time! The crew were lovely and accommodating, the locations we went to were gorgeous and the food was delicious! I highly recommend Gulet Escapes to anyone who is considering a week on the Turkish coast. Thank you Ahmet for being so detailed and meticulous during the planning process – everything was so easy.”
-Lani Marie, July 2023 (Facebook review)

Huge thanks to Ahmet who was super helpful at every stage, from advising us us which boat to choose, to helping us with all the details of our trip. We were particularly grateful for his support when our daughter was sick and we had to postpone our trip. A great family holiday, and hassle free thanks to Ahmet.”
-Emma Jackson, Oct 2023 (Google review)

“A most professionel yet personal company – expertly organised and helpful in every detail. We had the most fabulous week on the luxurious gulet cruice Grace 1 – it was the most enjoyable experience with fantastic staff who were motivated, efficient, kind, helpful and very, very nice. The food on board is one of the best I have ever experienced in Turkey – fresh, authentic, delicious and so much of it! Well done to the excellent Chef.
Thank you to you all for making our holiday so memoriable. We can highly recommend it as a 5 star getaway.”
-Kyne Bernstorff, Oct 2023 (Google review)

We had a truly marvellous holiday . Diamond Lila was very spacious and comfortable. The chef produced delicious meals and the crew were friendly and always ready to help.
Highly recommended.
-Jasmine Lucas, Oct 2023 (Google review)

We couldn’t have had a better time with a better boat and a better group of fellow guests.

Really ideal all the way around.
Crew was very polite, mild mannered and in total sync. Food and its presentation excellent.

A good value.

Whoever prepared the guest list, matched us incredibly well.

Thank you for your part.
-Jim Bruce, Oct 2023 (Google review)

We loved our Gulet trip on the Maske. Fabulous crew and vessel in a most charming part of the world. We will book again and share with new friends. Thank you Gulet Escapes and Maske for such a wonderful time.
-Donna Weal, Sep 2023 (Google review)

Ahmet and team,
Thanks for organising such a great holiday on Blue Marlin. Everyone had a fantastic time; a great Gulet, attentive crew, a great chef and a fabulous Captain who took the time to plan our journeys and always moored up in the most amazing bays. Would thoroughly recommend this experience to anyone.
-Alastair Mcgill, Sep 2023 (Google review)

“If you want to have an excellent boat trip, with amazing food, lovely service and an eversmiling crew – book ELEGANZA!!!
Eleganza is a very beautiful, well kept gulet which gives you all the luxury you need. Whether you sit stern at the vast table, lounge on the sofas, get some sun on the sunbeds or take an apero in the bow, she has so much space that each one of your group can find her/his favorite spot!

The crew with its different characters is just the perfect mix:
Vlado, the captain as the silent, calm “rock in the sea” sails you everywhere safely.
Antonio as the “master of Eleganza” greets you with his contageous smile and keeps it on during your whole trip and means it! He is always willing to help, nothing is ever too much!
Thomas as the soul of the ship reads every wish from your eyes and is never tired to make you happy. His drinks are fantastic!
Rile, oh Rile…! It is magic what he creates in that galley! We all gained at least 3kg during our week, but it was so worth it! Our boys already already proclaimed that they will never go on a boat without Rile again … ;o)

We went with the 5 of us and had a magical time! Besides Eleganza, her crew and her toys, the landscape is extremely beautiful. You can choose whether to visit lots of little towns and busy places, or just enjoy nature and the beautiful water like we did. All I can say, for us it was a week we will cherish forever!”
-Kerstin Kiesselbach, Aug 2023 (Google review)

Thanks to Gulet Escapes for organising a fantastic trip on the Prenses Lila. We had an amazing time with everything running smoothly from booking through to end of the trip. Thanks also to the crew of the yacht who couldn’t have been better.
-James Lee, Aug 2023 (Google review)

Fantastic service from start to finish. Great selection of gulets resulting in a wonderful gulet that we had an amazing week on. recommend them highly
-Jamie Brooke, Aug 2023 (Google review)

Dear Ahmet! I’d like to say thank you for organising this boat trip!
Our week on the boat was nothing short of lovely. Despite some choppy weather, Nikka and Pino made the experience comfortable and relaxing. The food was delicious and carefully prepared to meet everyone’s preferences and great recommendations were provided for dinner. Most notably the guides they organized for us in Split and Zadar (among other places) were incredibly kind, informative, and engaging. Water activities were organized from paddle boarding to tubing. We enjoyed anchoring in private lagoons and bays daily thanks to Pino’s recommendations. We had a wonderful trip and would recommend this vacation choice to anyone!
-Natalia Nilova, Aug 2023 (Google review)

“Thank you for the most amazing holiday.  Gulet Escapes looked after us with impeccable service from start to finish.  The organisation and communication during the holiday was brilliant. The crew on the yacht were really amazing.  Nothing was too much trouble with each of the crew going the extra mile to make our holiday very special.  We were all looked after so well.  The food was impressive to say the least with everything prepared freshly for each meal.  Sailing around the most beautiful bays and swimming in the clear waters of the Aegean was just wonderful.  A truly memorable and special experience.  I would highly recommend it.”
-Edward Donald, Aug 2023 (Google review)

Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Gulet Escapes. Ahmet organised our trip aboard Serenity 70 – a beautiful boat with a superb crew; it really was one of the best holidays we’ve had! So impressed with the attention to detail and how smoothly everything went. Would 100% use them again – in fact organising next year’s trip already…
-Caroline Lowe, Aug 2023 (Google review)

We first used Gulet Escapes in summer 2021 to book the Tajna Mora in Croatia, but loved the experience so much that we wound up use Gulet Escapes to book the Tajna Mora again for the summers of 2022 and 2023! To say the least, the crew has been amazing during all of our trips and the boat (or gulet) has been a luxurious way to enjoy the Adriatic. Ahmet at Gulet Escapes has also been very professional with handling chartering fees, confirming receipt of wire transfers, and coordinating communication with the crew and in-country representative. Definitely 5 stars!”
-Alexander F. Marks, Aug 2023 (Google review)

We were fortunate enough to spend a week on Diamond Lila and had the BEST time! The crew were lovely and accommodating, the locations we went to were gorgeous and the food was delicious! I highly recommend Gulet Escapes to anyone who is considering a week on the Turkish coast. Thank you Ahmet for being so detailed and meticulous during the planning process – everything was so easy.
-Alana Maitland, July 2023 (Google review)

Ahmet helped us book a wonderful week away sailing around the islands of Croatia. Very knowledgable and excelled communication. Thank you Gulet Escapes
-Sammy Wickins, July 2023 (Google review)

Over the years, my family and I have had the pleasure of embarking on six magical sailing adventures, each meticulously planned and brokered by the incredible team at Gulet Escapes. This review is as much a testament to their unswerving dedication to making our trips memorable as it is a hearty recommendation for anyone seeking a professionally arranged and personalized sailing trip along the gorgeous Turkish, Greek, or Croatian coast.

At the helm of this phenomenal company is Ahmet Guler, a professional whose passion for crafting perfect escapades is truly unrivalled. Ahmet has become more than just our trusted trip organizer; he’s a friend who listens, understands, and then goes above and beyond to transform our desires into a reality. His steadfast commitment to exceptional service is reflective of his entire team, who consistently provide the highest levels of professionalism and expertise.

Gulet Escapes curates experiences that aren’t just vacations; they’re vivid memories painted on the canvas of the stunning medeterrenean coastline. The team’s meticulous attention to detail ensures each journey seamlessly blends relaxation and exploration, capturing the very essence of the word ‘escape’.

Year after year, they have created tailor-made itineraries that have taken us on a breathtaking exploration of the coastlines cultural treasures, combined with unforgettable moments of peace, soaking in the stunning views and crystalline waters from the comfort of our luxurious gulet. Their in-depth local knowledge and strong connections in the area have consistently ensured exclusive experiences, premium accommodation, and smooth sailing.

For anyone looking to embark on a journey of a lifetime, there’s no better guide than Gulet Escapes. They genuinely care about their clients and work tirelessly to deliver a travel experience that’s not only enjoyable, but profoundly personal. Here’s to many more adventures with Ahmet and his excellent team!
-Asaf Benhaim, July 2023 (Google review)

During the first week of June, I had the amazing opportunity to vacation with Gulet Escapes on their Turkey route, aboard the Long Island Boat.
I, alongside my whole family (10 people) spent the most perfect days aboard. Everything from the staff and the boat, to the beach, and the route was perfect (and even that word in an understatement). The staff was more than receptive to our every need and specification. We are Kosher (so we have very strict dietary restrictions), and the staff on board served us perfectly without hesitation.
Our vacation with Gulet Escapes was a dream, and I couldn’t recommend it more.
-Roy Katz, June 2023  (Google review)

We have had truly the best week – it has been so special and exceeded our expectations

From the second we stopped on board it has been a first class, exemplary experience. The crew have been so delightful – nothing has been too much – they have been, discreet, hard working and fun to be with.

Ali is a genius in the kitchen every single meal has been pure perfection and delicious. We’ve loved the tender rides with Josh and Burak has been so attentive and amazing fun
Awesone crew.

Thank you from Linda and Gary
-Linda and Gary, Sep 2023 (Grace Guest Book)

“Thank you for the most incredible week again. We have all enjoyed ourselves so so much. The incredible food that gets better with every meal, the salt baked fish was a special one. Thank you for getting on board with our Barbie party, helping us fish (when some of us really need the help) and generally being the best company on our holiday. You really have made our trip the most special week. Can’t wait for next year.
Lots of love.
-Ed Gall, Aug 2023 (Grace Guest Book)

“Thank you, thank you, thank you to Mustafa and his incredible crew! Nothing is to much for them.

This will be a holiday that we will never forget. For that we thank you!

And what a celebration it was!
Having not been on a boat before we were all a little apprehensive as to what to expect. As soon as we got onboard we knew it was going to EXCEED al of our expectations; WOW!! The boat was amazing, the crew were amazing; the cocktails and the food was cut of this world.”
-Lee Parsons, June 2023 (Grace Guest Book)

“Dear Ahmet,

We have landed in Santorini, after a very good cruise on the Ecce Navigo.

The weather was very windy on the first Saturday and Sunday, but the captain was able to sail out of Mykonos on the Saturday afternoon. The rest of the days were calmer and warmer. It was raining lightly when we reached Santorini on Friday, but it has got sunny on Saturday.

The gullet was very nice, clean and spacious. The crew were excellent, attentive and helpful throughout. The food was good and healthy. The captain was very professional, following our requests from the preference form and accommodating our wishes. The APA worked well, with no problems encountered. Altogether, a wonderful trip.

Many thanks for all your work in organising this trip for us.

John G.”
-John G., June 2023 (Email Feedback)


“Such an amazing holiday. The boat was beautiful and the staff were amazing – so kind, welcoming, amazing food, great itinerary. We had just the best time, thank you so much.”
-Cressida Blanshard, Aug 2022 (Facebook review)

“Thank you very much for the organization of our trip on Babosch. It went really well. My wife, at first, not so sure she would like it was surprised and enjoyed very much the hole experience. The crew was very kind and professional, Nazmieh the cook was really great. The captain had excellent ideas for our itinerary, and Urug was very kind and helpful. The boat was very comfortable, in good condition with enough room for us 4 adults and 3 7 years old boys.”
-Care Geneva, Aug 2022 (Facebook review)

“One week on board M/Y Cataleya – South Dalmatian Route – July 2022
Its fantastic !!! – it has exceeded our High expectations.
The captain and his crew were excellent – clever and very, very service minded and creating a friendly relaxed atmosphere, so the whole family ( 17 people ranging from 6 to 74 years) was enjoying every minute on board or swimming or in town in the evening.
The yacht is so well equipped – clean, teak deck, mahogany varnished by experts, air condition, wi-fi and god design. – and of course all the water toys for the youngsters. – and not to forget the dinning and drinking!
Ahmet, Gulet Escapes in London, did an outstanding job professionally orchestrating all the preparations incl. transfers in Dubrovnik area – great thanks to Ahmet!
On a scale from 1 to 5 we are all on 10!
Posted by Ulrik Krag Morell on behalf of his parents Inge & Hans Jørgen Krag, Denmark (who invited the whole family celebrating their Golden Wedding)”
-Ulrik Krag Morell, July 2022 (Facebook review)

“We have just had the most amazing week on Dear Lila in Turkey. The food was superb and the crew that were looking after us were truly exceptional!
The boat has ample space, the scenery stunning and I really don’t know how the chef created the meals she did for 12. Nothing was any problem.
Swimming with turtles was certainly a highlight.”
-Claire Peers, July 2022 (Facebook review)

“Wonderful crew and gorgeous boat – highly recommend Gulet Escapes.”
-Jan MacAdoo, June 2022 (Facebook review)

“We have just spent a week on Dear Lila in Turkey and the boat and crew where absolutely amazing!
It was the most incredible holiday, the food was delicious and the crew where always happy to help.
We got to see some beautiful places with the most stunning sunsets!
Thank you for making us feel welcome and looked after
We were absolutely gutted to be leaving! Thank you so much again”
-Katie Beecham, July 2022 (Facebook review)

“We had an amazing trip from Gocek to Bodrum on Flas VII last week. This is our second time on Flas. Beautiful gulet, great route and fantastic crew and we met some great people along the way. Looking forward to booking our next one!”
-Zoe Smith, July 2022 (Facebook review)

“Thank you so much Ahmet. You put together an amazing yacht experience that we will never forget. 9 friends and I have just came back from a week in Greece. Gulet escapes managed the full booking process seemingly. Our boat Ecce Navigo was stunning. The crew really made our trip even better with total professionalism, incredible food and always going the extra mile. I have literally 0 negatives about the full experience. Can’t wait to book another trip with Ahmet. Thank you so much.”

-Stefan Leone, June 2022 (Facebook review)

“We recently returned from the most beautiful holiday with Gulet Escapes.
We travelled as a large group of family and friends to celebrate my mum’s 70th birthday and stayed on Grace, departing from Bodrum.
Communication from the very first query was prompt and professional. Once the booking was confirmed they answered all my emails asking for general information.
From the moment we were on the boat the service was phenomenal. The staff were amazing and managed to anticipate what we wanted before we even realised. They all helped me to arrange a surprise evening for my mum and even joined in with the belly dancer performance.
We were happy to go with the Captain’s recommendation for our route but were kept up to date each day and shown the route. Captain was very visible ensuring that we were happy and satisfied with our trip.
However what was by far the best part was the food. Our chef had the unenviable task of cooking for 11 people and he certainly achieved it. From the breakfast which always had something new, to a wonderful long (and boozy) lunch, a baked cake at tea time and the tastiest dinners I have ever had. Food was hot, tasty and beautifully presented. We were all stunned by the quality of food he produced daily.
I loved my holiday on Grace, it was a true bucket list trip. I can genuinely recommend Gulet Escapes to provide you with a holiday of a lifetime.”
-Emma King, June 2022 (Facebook review)

“I booked a gulet for 17 people in September and all of our party loved the trip, it’s just a pity we didn’t have a couple more days to spare to enjoy it even more. The boat really had the wow factor, the staff were just wonderful .. and joined in our impromptu party after dinner. The food was absolutely fantastic.. we had two vegetarians and a couple of people with allergies, and all were catered for. We docked in quiet bays in breathtaking scenery and had a fun climb up to the top of Gemiler island to watch the sunset. Would love to go back again to explore more. Thanks to Ahmet and all the team at Gulet escapes !”
-Hala Saleh, Sep 2022 (Google review)

“Gulet Escapes are Heaven on the High Seas.

Our trip – involving eighteen people flying in from multiple destinations at different times – was flawless from the point of booking to the point of departing the boat.

I will really struggle to give them credit.

We chartered Prenses Selin in October 2022 with eighteen people aged from three to fifty three and everything from eleven, sixteen, twenty and forty in-between. The trip was perfect for everyone.

Our boat was large and comfortable with multiple places to relax and sunbathe, comfortable beds, plenty of storage and remarkable stability even when underway. Nothing – literally nothing – was too much for the crew.

We moored in the best bays for snorkelling and space, never wanted for a cup of coffee or a drink and our cabins were cleaned daily.

The food was spectacular. Four meals daily – with assorted dishes to meet everyone’s needs: breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner cooked absolutely fresh with more than we could collectively consume. We never saw the chef he was always in the galley whipping up another masterpiece. Fresh fish and seafood, salads, a variety of meat dishes – beef, chicken and lamb – pastas, rice and potatoes, gorgeous desserts, cakes, pancakes, eggs and omelettes, breads and sauces, stews and soups. The captain cooked a barbecue on the bow two nights.

Ahmet, who runs the UK side of the business is a pleasure to deal with. A whatsapp group is created with reps on the ground to organise excursions and transfers ahead of the trip.

Turgay, Mehmet, Murat, Ferro and Omar were the most wonderful team backed up by Melissa and Deniz.

The cruising location is nothing short of paradise: breathtaking green bays teeming with marine life and heavy with the fragrance of pine and woodsmoke. Glorious sunsets and shimmering seas.

Our Captain areanged an excursion up the Dalyan river to see Lycian ruins, enjoy mud baths and have lunch ashore. We had an hour with majestic turtle playing around our boat.

I have always been a fan of Turkey, I find the people warm, respectful, hospitable and gentle. The men adore children and even young men dote on them. It was a privilege to share this vessel with such lovely people.

This holiday is an affordable taste of luxury an unforgettable experience. I cannot recommend more highly.

Just make sure you save a boat for me!!”
-Misty Gale, Oct 2022 (Google review)

“We’d like to say thank you for a wonderful and relaxing family holiday on board Grace. Ali is a great chef, Sami’s bar skills put Tom Cruise to shame and Captain Mustafa planned a great trip for us. Deniz and everyone else we met were very kind and helpful. Hope to come back soon!”

-Tabitha Potts, Oct 2022 (Google review)

“We had the most amazing week, celebrating my 30th birthday. Grace really exceeded my expectations.
The crew were so great, the food even better and everyone just went above a beyond to make it the most memorable week. I did not know turkey was so beautiful. We will be back, thanks so much!!
Janna and Michael Georgiou”
-Janna and Michael Georgiou, Sep 2022 (Google review)

“We spent an amazing week on Lotus in late Aug/early Sept. Captain Roko and crew were fantastic. The quality of everything – the boat, the food, the service, the interactions with the crew were all first class. We were able to completely relax and everything was done effortlessly, or so it seemed from our perspective. Of the crew it is hard to pick out anyone for special mention but if anyone it goes to the chef. Every meal was a feast ! The quality of the food, the range of different courses and meals were amazing. To say the crew were relaxed yet professional is an understatement. Nothing was too much a burden and we never even noticed them despite the boat being kept in perfect conditions at all times. With the Split/Split week we did got to see some amazing islands and very quaint private inlets. I dont know how this holiday could have been better other than by staying for another week. But by then we would have needed to go on a serious diet ! Highly recommend Lotus for the finishings of the boat, the professionalism of the crew and the quality of the food. Captain Roko and Lotus will give you a very enjoyable holiday.”
-Robert Coughlan, Aug 2022 (Google review)

“Highly recommend this as a holiday option. Everyone from aged 1 to 76 had the best time. The crew were thoughtful, knowledgeable, super friendly and extremely professional. The accommodation was immaculate, the food was delicious and Croatia an absolute jewel. Hope to join Filip and his team again next year.”

-Lee Ann Mounter, Aug 2022 (Google review)

“Ahmet and the team at Gulet Escapes were fantastic.
The trip itself was beyond all expectations… an amazing boat, super attentive staff and a set of breathtaking locations”
-Henry Farrant, Aug 2022 (Google review)

“One week on board M/Y Cataleya – South Dalmatian Route – July 2022

Its fantastic !!! – it has exceeded our High expectations.

The captain and his crew were excellent – clever and very, very service minded and creating a friendly relaxed atmosphere, so the whole family ( 17 persons ranging from 6 to 74 years) was enjoying every minute on board or swimming or in town in the evening.
The yacht is so well equipped – clean, teak deck, mahogany varnished by experts, air condition, wi-fi and god design. – and of course all the water toys for the youngsters. – and not to forget the dinning and drinking!

Ahmet, Gulet Escapes in London, did an outstanding job professionally orchestrating all the preparations incl. transfers in Dubrovnik area – great thanks to Ahmet!

On a scale from 1 to 5 we are all on 10!

Posted by Ulrik Krag Morell on behalf of his parents Inge & Hans Jørgen Krag, Denmark (who invited the whole family celebrating their Golden Wedding)”
-Julie Morell, July 2022 (Google review)

“Gulet Escapes were very helpful, excellent service. We had a fantastic week on Fortuna.”
-Denise Crombie, July 2022 (Google review)

“I was on the Anna Marija in July. Just wanted to acknowledge the hard work and how nice the crew was! We were in good hands with Captain Ogi. Very professional and very nice. A man of few words, but very pleasant and a pleasure to be around. That also goes for Dominik and Paulina. Both very enjoyable. And they really worked hard. This all-star crew really enhanced the experience!”
-Chris Rawland, July 2022 (Google review)

“This was our second holiday booked through Gulet Escapes, despite all the difficulties presented by the pandemic Ahmet and his team at Gulet Escapes delivered another amazing holiday for us all.
We hired Maske 2 again as we had enjoyed our first trip so much and it was great that Mohamed was our Captain once again ably assisted by a very attentive crew. Once again the chef presented us with excellent food throughout our trip.
Following my experience over the past couple of years I cannot recommend Gulet Escapes highly enough.”
-Nigel Giles, June 2022 (Google review)

“Wow – A fantastic week aboard ‘Dear Lila’ booked through ‘Gulet Escapes’ May 2022

I cannot speak highly enough of this fantastic Gulet, the crew, the service, the food were absolutely amazing. The boat is beautiful, so elegant and spotlessly clean. Its stunning. The friendly professional staff cannot do enough for you. They work so hard day and night.

11 of us celebrated my 50th birthday, (guests aged from 15 to 70) and all said it was the best holiday ever.

We are already planning our next Gulet holiday for next year and will 100% book again through ‘Gulet Escapes’”
-Lucy Brown, May 2022 (Google review)

“Fantastic holiday, very well organised and we all had a truly wonderful time.”

-Ali Belford, May 2022 (Google review)

“Hi Ahmet,
We are having a wonderful time. The crewmen are excellent—very helpful and very responsive. The food is scrumptious. I think the only issue—I can’t call it a complaint—is that they’re serving us too much food! As a family, we eat a light breakfast and an even lighter lunch; so we’re just not used to having so much delicious food put in front of us.And when I say delicious, I mean delicious. The fruits, the eggs, the pastries, the fish, the sauces, the vegetables, the salads, the cheeses: they’re all amazing.I should also note that the Croatian wines are superb. We’ll definitely add those to our home wine cellar when we’re back home. I’ll check back with you on Friday but, so far, this has been everything we hoped for…and more. Thank you!”
-Bill D., Sep 2022 (Email Feedback)

“We had a brilliant week on Cataleya and everything went perfectly for my fathers. 80th ( 17 of us age 8-80 yrs!)

I’m not very good at social media but I’ll send this email to my children and get them to do the feedback.

I recommended our trip to my neighbour David Price who might be looking for a similar family trip so hope he might get in touch with you.

Many thanks

-Celia B.R., Sep 2022 (Email Feedback)

“Dear Ahmet,

As we are now back in Denmark, I shall be pleased to give you our feed back on the Capricorn 1 cruise primo august.

Expectations were high – prior everyone in the family had studied all aspects of a gulet cruise in The Aegean on the internet – and nobody were disappointed. You surely live up to what is expected!

The pre-booked transports from the airport were efficient and we arrived to Capricorn 1 in time with a warm welcome from the entire crew. The ship was maintained in perfect condition and so was all the cabins, which suited our needs fine. All 10 of us was satisfied with the accommodation.

But most of all we enjoyed the professionalism of the crew. With captain Eren we laid out a rough sailing schedule to the south of Kos – this due to experience with more windy conditions to the north of Kos. The captain knew his ship in all details and confidently moored in the most extraordinary places.

His wife Oz was service minded with a warm, friendly, professional attitude in all aspects, – the chef prepared a variation of wonderful meals for us – especially the Greek/Turkish salads, which were served with all meals, were delicious. The remainder of the crew were efficient and helpful – especially when the kids were swimming or played with the various water gear, the crew members held a discrete, but watchful eye on what was going on. Again very professional.

The preference list of provisions seems to have worked as intended. Except from having purchased some additional bottles of wine in Symi harbor the APA was OK according to the captains accounting. The split between the gasoline consumption of the main engine and the generator was a bit surprising, though. The generator used gasoline almost double of the main engine. But AC, electricity, kitchen stove, freezer etc probably consume more than you expect.

Sailing in the Dodecanese waters was highly interesting and we visited beautiful places both on the Greek and Turkish side.

So, Ahmet, our family had the most wonderful cruise on Capricorn 1 – she is a fine ship with superb accommodations and a professional crew.

Kind regards

Jan M.”
-Jan M., Aug 2022 (Email Feedback)

“Lovely to meet you in person last week – the gulet trip was a great success – Q. Lila was perfect so comfortable, well equipped and immaculately looked after by the crew. We had a super time especially the two idyllic moorings in kekova when the seas were calmer and the scenery stunning.

The crew were all marvellous, a great team nothing was too much trouble and they were such friendly charming characters to have around. Meals were thoughtful and delicious – their professional care exceeded expectations and we certainly felt very spoilt.

Thank you so much to you and Melissa as well for all your behind the scenes help and organisation ”
-Lizze E., July 2022 (Email Feedback)

“Ahmet! We are on the boat in Brac and wanted you to know it is all perfect! Great boat, great crew!
Thanks again for all you’ve done for us!
-Mitch L., Sep 2022 (Email Feedback)

“Ahmet & Team

I just wanted to say a big thank you for a fabulous week on Prenses Lila.

The boat was fabulous and the crew brilliant.

Can we book next year!

-Peter M., Aug 2022 (Email Feedback)

“My Dear Ahmet, and other Operations Team Members,

We are now all safely back home, albeit with only a few minor travel delays at UK airports – nothing to do with Gulet Escapes!

I can safely say that, without exception, all 16 of us had the most wonderful week on-board Prenses Selin, thanks entirely to everyone – the London and Fethiye teams of Gulet Escapes and, of course, the exemplary Captain and Crew of the vessel. None of the above deserves other than the highest possible praise for their attention, conduct, professionalism, care and courtesy, all of which contributed to this being, by far, the best of the four similar gulet holidays we have had over the years (all of the others being with other companies, and on other vessels)

The accommodation, food, cabins and facilities were all of the highest quality – although some cabins’ air conditioning was not as efficient as others – and the Captain was so accommodating in working with us to find a route/itinerary which suited us.

The vessel was, overall, in very good condition, with the interior and, particularly, the cabins in good decorative order. Any problems which arose were quickly and efficiently dealt with. The only adverse comment that I would make – and this is intended as constructive criticism – is that much of the woodwork on the exterior of the vessel, and particularly the forward rail, midships rail and taffrail appeared to be in need of enhanced treatment and maintenance; and the paintwork of the hull – especially close to the waterline – was in need of “touching-up” and, in some places it was bubbled and flaking badly.

One other very slight criticism was that, even after the first day or so – when the Crew would have been able to gauge to size of our appetites – meals tended to be “over-provided” in terms of the quantity of food (but the quality was excellent): this resulted in large quantities of food being left unconsumed at most meals with, presumably, a high degree of waste?

However, I am delighted to be able to report that every one of our group indicated that the whole experience had far-surpassed their expectations, and all expressed the wish to do something similar in 2024, with a very strong desire to use the same vessel and, if possible, the same Crew!

Perhaps you could kindly let me know whether, at this time, you have any idea if this may be possible?

Ahmet, I, finally, thank you once again for your kindness, consideration, courtesy and businesslike manner in our recent dealings, and I hope very much that we shall be able to work together again on a future occasion.

With thanks and very best wishes,


-Peter R., June 2022 (Email Feedback)


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