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Best three hidden beach resorts in Turkey
If a summer beach holiday in Turkey makes you think of crowded beaches and less than stellar resorts, think again. There are a number of world-class beach resorts in Turkey that boast excellent hospitality, pristine coves and unspoilt villages backed by exotic restaurants and shops opening out to stunningly beautiful shingle beaches. Check out these top three best beach resorts in Turkey for 2014.
1. Butterfly valley
Butterfly valley is one of the most scenic, hidden resorts in Turkey. It is located between two towering cliff that stretch out in a v-shape and end in a sweep of beautiful pristine white pebbled beach. The beach is only accessible by boat from Fethiye or Olu Deniz, although adventurous trekkers can access it on foot through a rocky path, about 40 minutes down and an hour up the valley.
Two small waterfalls provide a refreshingly cool shower after a hike and the white pebbled beach with crystal clear Mediterranean waters a stunning place to relax. The valley gets its name from its 60 plus unique butterfly species most of which only live in the valley and appear only at night. Stay at select camping shelters in the valley or at the Mandarin Boutique hotel.
Price: Doubles from £775pp per week, including breakfast
Phone: +44 (0)20 8847 8700
2. Ovabuku resort
Ovabuku, tucked away on the Datca peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of three bays, along with Kizilbuk and Hayitbuku. It hosts a relatively small but lovely shingled beach supported by a cluster of small pensions and restaurant establishments. The resort is surrounded by picturesque countryside with lush pine forests of myrtle, oak and carob trees. This makes Ovabuku a fantastic getaway choice for the ultimate city escape.Stay at one of several nearby guesthouses or the Olive Garden Hotel.
Price: Doubles from €60 per night, including breakfast
Phone: +90 252 728 0056
Closing our list of three best beach resorts in Turkey is Gemiler. Gemiler lies just off the heavily trafficked Olu Deniz beach and provides relaxing exclusive escapes from the hustle and bustle. The resort is accessible by boat or bus ride from Hisaronu, through the beautiful Kaya Valley, past dense wheat and tobacco fields and out to the stunning Fethiye peninsula. There is a stretch of beach nestled between pristine pine and olive trees and a cluster of small restaurants serving up delicious meals, including cold Efes beers and fresh meze. Stay at the Tangala Evi villa with its cool swimming pool and pool terrace in nearby Kaya.
Price: from £825 pp, including breakfast.
Phone: +44 (0)20 8605 3500