“If you’re driving from Dalaman on the main Fethiye road, keep a sharp eye open for the easy-to-miss track that leads (eventually) to this tranquil seaside retreat. But persevere, because it’s worth it. A dozen rooms (in four newly-built houses) stand among lawns and citrus and pomegranate trees. A flock of chickens clucks around the garden, while ducks paddle and terrapins splash in the creek. Loungers and pergolas beckon on the long sand-and-gravel beach at the end of the garden. There’s a small open-air bar and a restaurant where a set-menu dinner and lavish buffet breakfast are served, made with locally-sourced organic produce, some from the Lodge’s own gardens. The rooms (really two-room apartments) are plain, spacious, bright and clean, with pine furniture and balconies just big enough for two. An excellent choice on the way to or from Dalaman Airport.”
Written by Robin Gauldie
“Yonca Lodge lies on the beach in Yaniklar village some 15km west of Fethiye. From the beach the eye is drawn to a line of islands, big and small. On one side of the garden there is a river which flows into a pond, the other side is bounded by a forest.
The main occupation in Yaniklar village is citrus growing, with irrigation from the Kargi River which rises in the Western Taurus Mountains before passing through the village.
It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with protected groves of liquid ambar orientalis and loggerhead turtles nesting on the beach.”