Dalaman’s busy airport is the gateway to a region replete with gorgeous beaches, pretty villages, stunning mountain scenery and ancient ruins.
Our selection of the best places to stay in dalaman features a wide range from the Gardenia Boutique Hotel, think five star facilities on Kas' sea front, to The Mountain Lodge a family run inn off the beaten track, yet still within easy reach of Fethiye.
Dalaman itself is dull, modern, provincial and best avoided. The stretches of coast closest to the airport are predictably the most built-up, with clusters of resort development around the harbour town of Fethiye and a full-scale, purpose-built resort village next to the spectacular lagoon at Olu Deniz.
However if Olu Deniz is your chosen spot then take a look at the Oyster Residences, whose rooms have a provcencal vibe and where one can escape the non stop partying usually associated with the town.
For lovers of Fethiye try the Yonca Lodge, an eco property ideally positioned just yards from the beach.
But head further east along the rugged Lycian Coast to discover villages that have kept their charm despite the impact of tourism: postcard-pretty Kas, with its narrow alleys and whitewashed houses brightened by splashes of bougainvillea, or slightly more raffish Kalkan, where yachts, fishing boats and wooden schooners jostle for space in the harbour.
Head a short distance inland to find some of the best places to stay in Dalaman, nestled among olive groves or on pine-covered slopes with great views, seemingly a world away from the busier resorts.
Our pick of the places to stay here include the Hideaway Hotel, a friendly guesthouse on the outskirts of Kas and the Hotel Fidanka Houses in Kalkan, which offers rustic style beach suites just 200m from the waterfront.
Alternatively the Hotel Begonvil in Kas is a simple pension just a stone's throw from the town's harbour bars and restaurants.
The Dalaman region has become Turkey’s ‘soft-adventure’ playground, offering everything from diving to hang-gliding, riding, canyoning and sailing, and it is traversed by the magnificent Lycian Way, a 300-mile walking trail.
There’s plenty to occupy amateur archaeologists, too, including the rock tombs of Dalyan and the ruins of ancient Xanthos, Tlos and Patara – to name just some of the most impressive chunks of antiquity that litter the region’s coasts and hillsides.
Dalyan itself offers a good range of places to stay if you keep away from the main resort areas. Check out the Happy Caretta, an unpretentious guest house, Kamarca House, another hidden gem in the countryside or Villa Gobkel a quirky property with stunning views and bargain prices.
There are relatively few large resort hotels along the Lycian Coast, mainly because its rugged geography means building space is at a premium.
So much the better: you’ll find plenty of small, friendly and stylish properties amongst our selection of the best places to stay in Dalaman, including several with real flair. Some of these stay open all year, but realistically the best time to visit is from May to late October – it can be cold, wet and windy until April, with snow on the high peaks not far inland.
Small, friendly guesthouse with caring staff, great views and a small pool on the outskirts of bohemian Kas. Beautifully simple rooms with white washed walls decorated with tiles and local artefacts. Traditional cuisine served along with local wines. Ideal for completely unwinding.
A charming family-run lodge, in from the seaside resorts, but not too far off the beaten track. Set within jasmine and palm filled gardens with a pool overlooking the Xantos Valley. Simple, traditional, rooms with beamed ceilings and white washed walls. Lovely home cooked food. A relaxing stay.
Quirky hideaway with breathtaking views over the Dalyan Delta at bargain prices. Celestial views of the lagoon below, minutes from the superb Iztuzu beach (one of the best in Turkey). Characterful rooms with exposed stone walls and wooden ceilings. A great choice for local exploring.
A laid backed small hotel in a fantastic location. White washed rooms with splashes of colour coming from the Turkish rugs. Meals are served in the garden overlooking the Dalyan River. Within easy access of Daylan's sights and activities. Ideal for family holidays.
Fethiye (Yaniklar Koyu)
It's all in the location at this small hotel set in stunning gardens with a private beach. Traditionally styled rooms feature open fireplaces and terraces. Mediterranean and Aegean cuisine is served by a stream. An abundance of activities within easy access. Ideal for family holidays.
Kas (Küçükçakıl Mevkii)
A modern hotel with epic views and unique stylish touches. Light airy rooms with contemporary artworks and large terraces overlooking the bay. Plenty to do in the area be it ruins or waterborne activities. A great choice for a chic seaside escape.
Beautifully simple pension in Kas offering rooms and apartments. Contemporary meets traditional with exposed stone walls, crisp white linen and subtle splashes of colour. A pretty swimming pool and stunning coastal views. A spa for completely unwinding. Great for inexpensive beach life.
The best of old and new; rustic-chic beach suites above a pretty garden courtyard bursting with greenery. An infinity pool with a fabulous panorama across the water, à la carte restaurant with regular poolside barbecues and lavish organic buffet breakfasts. Ideal for blissful beach holidays.
Fethiye (Olu Deniz)
A romantic beach side property set in pretty gardens overlooking the beach. Light airy rooms with mosquito net draped beds and large modern bathrooms. A terraced restaurant specialises in Mediterranean seafood. Lounge by the pool sipping on cocktails. Ideal for a couples escape.
A charming country house, away from Dalyan’s resort strip but close enough to the fabulous beach. A homely hotel with stunning mountain views. Cosy stone walled rooms with beamed ceilings. The restaurant serves spectacular local cuisine. A laid backed hotel ideal for family holidays.