Welcome to Delice.
We chose this name as we feel it best reflects our concept. With its double meaning - “delight” in French - and other “slightly crazy” in Turkish – this word sums us up quite well. We are Isil and Olivier, a young couple in our 30’s - one Turkish woman who used to work in movies, and one French chemist researcher. A funny mixture.
After we met in Paris in 2007, we lived in Istanbul, Copenhagen, Caen in France then returned to Paris in the pursuit of our mutual passions. It did not take us long to realise that we both shared a zest for discovering new recipes and ingredients from around the world, and sharing those findings with the friends we met along the way. We discovered new ways of cooking and new ways of fusing traditional recipes with a modern twist. We always dreamed of applying our talents in a professional way and doing something we loved.
Although we had some amazing experiences when we moved back to Paris in 2011, we always yearned for a more peaceful existence. The more hectic city life became, the more we found ourselves fantasizing about living in a sunny, peaceful, small town surrounded by nature and close to the sea. At first our logic was dictating us that it was just a dream - that we would never be able to leave our occupations and city life and start afresh. Maybe this was something we would only be able to do when we retire? But then we discovered Selimiye and totally fell in love with the place. This discovery coincided with another discovery. We were expecting our first baby! This changed everything. It gave us the courage – and of course the slight craziness required to realise our longtime dream. So here we are, the three of us in this heavenly place.
We hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do, to be here in Selimiye and discover all it has to offer. We will do everything we can to make sure you have the most memorable and relaxing holiday.
Isil & Olivier