The Turkish coast and its hinterland between Bodrum and Kusadasi is a superb sample of the best Turkey has to offer. Tourism has inevitably encroached, especially on the Turgutreis peninsula, which is why choosing the best Bodrum hotels can be such a challenge!
Ephesus, the region’s best known ancient wonder, can be very busy in high season, but go in early summer or autumn and discover quieter aspects: fishermen’s taverns beside medieval harbours, vast archaeological sites where the only other visitors are lizards and tortoises, or the pelican-haunted wetlands of the Menderes Delta National Park and the wooded Dilek Peninsula. This region, around Ephesus, is where you’ll find some of our Guru’s best Bordum hotels, including some charming, and very affordable, small hotels, and some luxury gems, in locations ranging from hill villages to harbour towns.
If immediate access to the seaside isn’t your top priority, you might discover some of the best Bordum hotels in the smaller village of Selcuk, about 24km inland.
The Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is a one of the most gorgeous resort hotels around Bodrum, with chic, cabana-style suites with private balconies and exceptional views. Or you might consider
The Villa Konak is a friendly, great value hideaway, well located for all the main sights, and the bustling harbour of Kusadasi.
Antik Zeytin is an eight room, low-rise resort at the foot of a forest and surrounded by olive groves,, but with spectacular views of the nearby Aegean. Or you might consider the 4Reasons Hotel & Bistro a small but charming, hillside resort in a lovely spot, or Naz Han a tiny, cosy, colourful guesthouse in the heart of Seljuk’s old quarter.
The Su Hotel & Cottages is a quiet complex of rooms, suites and apartments offering style and comfort at great value rates, close to all the major local sites.
The Ada Hotel is a small, and very luxurious, boutique hotel packed with beautiful antiques and canopied beds in chic rooms. There’s also a hammam and three restaurants. The Muses House in Kusadasi is another great option for couples, a chicly converted village home converted into a stylish, five room boutique hotel.
The Anzac Golden Bed Pansiyon is a friendly, nine room guesthouse in the maze of alleyways leading back from the harbour, and with room rates strategic from just over £20 per night! Or you can sty in the city of Izmir for as little as around £30 per night, at the Otel Antikhan.
A luxurious resort hotel with private sandy beach and marina, and choice of seven restaurants and bars. Chic cabana-style suites with private balconies overlooking the sea and fantastic spa - all in glorious isolation. The most gorgeous beach resort hotel near Bodrum.
Luxurious boutique hotel, smartly decorated and furnished with antiques and canopied beds. Chic rooms, excellent hammam and three restaurants. A ten-minute stroll from the beach, its private beach cafe and private yacht for guest's use. A great choice for families and groups.
Trendy and charming hillside resort, highly professional in its approach but still small, stylish and friendly, with a lovely location. Large, white washed, rooms with contemporary art. Stunning and generously proportioned pool with pool-side bar, and candlelit dinners. A chic option.
Designer style and comfort at an affordable price. A small peaceful oasis in a quiet cul-de-sac. The bright white walls of the 'cubist' complex of rooms, suites with kitchenettes, and two-bedroom apartments surround a lovely swimming pool. A secluded choice for families and groups.
Small, low-rise resort at the foot of the forest with great views of the nearby Aegean. Just eight stone cottages offer intimacy and panoramic views of the ocean, olive groves and the hotel's wooden sailing boat waiting in the harbour. Everything is natural - stone, wood, glass, and the cuisine too.
Izmir, Turkish Aegean Coast
Friendly, peaceful hideaway, a few minutes from the bustling harbour and bazaar of Kusadasi. Large white washed rooms with traditional Turkish carpets. A lovely pool and shady spots for unwinding. An ideal base for local exploring.
Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
Friendly, owner-run guesthouse with rooftop bar, hidden away in a maze of alleys above the harbour. Stunning views from the rooftop over the city. Simple, comfortable rooms with traditional furniture are light and airy. Indulgent local breakfasts. Well priced and located for local exploring.
Selcuk, Turkish Aegean Coast
Quaint small hotel with roof terrace and leafy courtyard in the heart of Selcuk's old quarter. Traditional fabrics and artefacts bring colour to white washed rooms with exposed stone. Home cooked food served in the courtyard. A well priced property to explore the local area.
Kudasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
Beautifully converted from an old village home to a fantastically stylish boutique hotel. A luxurious cocoon with a pool terrace courtyard and elegant cream rooms. A great base to explore the wooded hills of the Dilek peninsula, the fleshpots of Kusadasi and the beaches of the Aegean coast.
Characterful property in a central location. Pretty central courtyard filled with bougainvillea. Simple, traditional rooms - some with three beds makes this, along with the very reasonable rates, an ideal choice for families.