The town of Datca is largely untouched by the mass tourism market, most of the tourists being well-heeled professional types from istanbul and Ankara. I have travelled widely round Turkey in the last 16 years and came here with my Turkish architect wife as she was impressed by the apparent attention to detail in the building of this boutique hotel, which recreates the style of architecture found in Turkey around 150 years ago, which is so much better than the reinforced concrete more commonly seen.
The hotel is family run and was set up 5 years ago. It is not by the sea, but is only a short walk away through a very pretty and pleasing park. The town centre is only 5 minutes walk away, but there is a real absence of manmade noise.
The owner, Selami, and his wife could not have been more welcoming and are a fund of local knowledge and idea. Selami even took us over in his jeep to a nearby beach, Karga, on which is one of the best and most efficient restaurants I have seen in this country.
The rooms are very much in keeping with the rest of the building with a wealth of attention to period detail. En-suite and air-con are standard, and the beds very comfortable. Little things like scented candles and a mosquito repelling plug-in device (not needed while we were there) make all the difference.
Breakfast was a real treat -- the traditional Turkish breakfast of olives, tomatoes and cheese, but with numerous speciality additions. The walnut jam was particularly interesting and tasty.
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