As it's only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Dalaman to Datca, you might want to consider driving straight there, as there's usually far less traffic on the roads at that time of the night, especially on the road from Marmaris to Datca, you'll probably only see a few donkeys ;)
But if you would prefer to drive by day and be able to enjoy the views along the way and wish to stop somewhere for the night, there are plenty of hotels along the way. You could try Dalaman, Ortaca, Koycegiz and if you wouldn't mind going out of your way a little, Dalyan and Akyaka are beautiful places where I'm sure you would be happy to wake up in, these two are definitely worth seeing!
Must say though, that there are peaceful parts in Marmaris too ;) I would recommend you consider the Ekin Hotel and apartments in Armutalan, it's situated in a very quiet road. I haven't stayed there myself (yet) but have enjoyed a great meal and did have a look around. It was basic but very clean. It is also very close to the D400 for easy access to Datca which is only about an hours drive and very scenic.
This may help you with some of the hotels in the area on route.
I don't know whether or not you've ever been or driven in Turkey before, but it is normally best recommended not to drive at night - especially not along routes you are not familiar with. So I agree with you, after a long day, I think it would be best to just drive maybe about 30 mins and stay the night at Dalyan - lots of choice of places to stay here, plus you would be able to get a bite to eat and a drink, and then enjoy the beautiful views in the morning before heading off to Datca. (I have never yet seen any good recommendation for any of the hotels near the airport in Dalaman). Also the road to Datca is so beautiful, you really want to be able to appreciate it by daylight - as is the stunning descent down to Marmaris.
Ditto and ditto again. Last year I looked at hotels near Dalaman airport for a friend who had to fly out very early. He didn't thank me for my recommendation.
If your flight gets in at 9 you won't be on the road before 10pm, so don't think of going far.
Definitely Dalyan, not far off your route and only half an hour away, choose a pension, have a meal and recharge your batteries. I would not recommend you drive directly to Datca, 100 miles on unfamiliar mountain roads in the dark is not a pleasant experience, besides you will miss the fabulous views between Marmaris and Datca!
I always drive from Dalaman to Datca and have done it numerous times without problems, often late at night.. My husband and I take it turns and stop off at a cafe just after the police check at Ceti Beli for a drink. In high season it stays open very late. I haven't had any problems driving at night and once past Marmaris the roads are mountainous but very quiet. They have improved those roads so much since I first visited over 20 years ago. You just have to be aware of the wild boar and donkeys but we don't always see them. One tip is we don't change our watches from UK time to Turkish until we get into bed which means if we arrive at 10pm it is only 8pm in our heads!
If you really have to stop, there are a few hotels near the airport and as others have mentioned about 45 minutes away is Koycegiz - a little town by a lake. It's not far off the main road. Once past Marmaris there isn't much, just a few cafes which may not be open late.
Try Dalyan you can find plenty hotel also good to visit
Hi we sometimes catch a flight that lads late we have found a really good hotel on the sea front in Marmaris very quite this time of the year we are staying there again in April for one might you get a sea view if you ask it is only about twenty two ponds for a double room it is called Malibu beach
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