Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is a glorious stretch of stunning blue sea, equally blue sky and abundant sunshine between Dalyan in the west through to Antalya in the East. The best known spots on the Turquoise Coast are Fethiye and Antalya, but our Guru’s list of the best Turquoise Coast hotels also includes properties in smaller towns such as Kas and Kalkan.
Dalaman’s airport makes it a convenient entry point to the region’s popular resorts, and while the town isn’t the region’s most beautiful, it’s certainly very convenient. Most of our Guru’s best Turquoise Coast hotels in the Dalaman region are centred around Dalyan, where there are fascinating archaeological finds and all sorts of soft-adventure opportunities.
Modern Fethiye is on the site of ancient Telmessos, once the most important city in Lycia, and despite the busy resort, you can still see vestiges of its past everywhere. Hugely popular during the summer months, this coastline is a stunning run of white sandy beaches and inviting blue waters. Our collection of best Turquoise Coast hotels in the Fethiye area ranges from a chic haven in Ölüdeniz to a mountain hideaway just inland.
Kas and Kalkan are a bit more bohemian, quieter and more charming than the larger beach resorts. You’ll not find endless pubs and clubs here, but you will find attractive harbourside bars, cafés and restaurants.
Postcard pretty Kas has a sleepy feel, with narrow alleys, whitewashed properties and splashes of glorious bougainvillea.
If you haven’t found your own idea of the best Turquoise Coast hotels on our Guru’s list, you can expand your search to include:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.