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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.
Olu Deniz and 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.
Kas and Kalkan
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.
Best Hotels in Dalaman
Hideaway Hotel 19 rooms from $49Kas (Kas)
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.Hideaway - Enjoy organic meals on the terrace overlooking the rugged mountains and sea, or unwind in the library with a good book.Active Holiday - The hotel can organise a number of outdoor pursuits either by land or sea in the surrounding area.Great walks - There are miles of trails and tracks to wander in this stunning terrain, bring your dog and explore.Sights nearby - Check out the fascinating Lycian and Roman remains that scatter this ancient land.
The Mountain Lodge 8 rooms from $62Dalaman (Yaka-Tlos)
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.Total relaxation - Unwind in style at this homely lodge- bask in the sunfilled gardens, lounge by the pool or sip wine under the canopy of stars.Country Escape - A charming countryside retreat surrounded by lovely jasmine scented gardens and fringed by mountains and the sea.Birdwatching - Twitchers bring your binoculars- Patara National park is a great area for birdwatching.Great walks - Hike to the local waterfalls through lush vegatation and mountainous paths.
Yonca Lodge 14 rooms from $83Fethiye (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.Eco break - Great attention is paid to eco processes and sustainability- all natural building materials and the restaurant is organic.Total relaxation - Unwind in the lovely organic fruit orchards, overlooking the beach with comforting home cooked meals served al fresco.Diving - Head to one of the local dive centres and explore the crystal clear fish filled waters.Fishing - Fishing is available from the hotel, without charge. Try your hand at catching dinner!
Gardenia Boutique Hotel 11 rooms from $107Kas (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.Romantic Break - An elegant hotel with seafacing suites, within walking distance of restaurants and the crystal clear waters on the Med.Sights nearby - The ancient city of Antiphellos and its remains are spread all over Kaş, history buffs will love exploring this terrain.Diving - This is one of the best diving areas in Turkey, boasting clear waters and plenty of marine life.Great walks - There are miles of rugged countryside to be explored from this beachside property.
Hotel Begonvil 10 rooms from $94Kas (Kas)
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.Families - A cheap and cheerful family holiday, within walking distance of the beach, with self catering rooms, and a pool.Sailing - Take a boat trip to Kekova, the sunken town from the fourth century.Diving - Some of Turkey's best diving spots are situated on nearby beaches.Sights nearby - Visit Myra, the place of origin of St. Nicholas and his church.
Hotel Fidanka Houses 15 rooms from $108Kalkan
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.Families - The suites can accommodate three people, plus the hotel boasting lush flower filled gardens and a lovely swimming pool.Beach Life - Situated on miles of white sands and crystal clear waters of the Kalkan Peninsular, with stunning views over the Med.Great walks - Walking tours can be arranged by the hotel, the perfect way to explore this stunning stretch of coast.Diving - There are daily diving trips from Kalkan and Kaş, don't miss out!
Oyster Residences 25 rooms from $142Fethiye (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.Honeymoons - An elegant and grown up hotel featuring a romantic honeymoon suite with seperate entrance and terrace overlooking the beach.Beach Life - Set on the extensive white stretch of sand of Belcekız Beach, bask in the turquoise waters and enjoy sunset walks.Diving - There are diving opportunities in Ölüdeniz and further away near Kaş.Kayaking - Explore the coves in a sea kayak either on a day or a night tour.