Akyarlar Mahallesi, Kefaluka Resort Hotel, Bodrum/provincia Muğla, Turcia
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The Turkish Aegean Coast is crisscrossed with ruins of a multitude of Greco-Roman ancient cities and temples, fishing villages with seaside tavernas, natural parks, spas and thermal springs, as well as many pleasant coastal resorts for relaxing by the turquoise sea. In particular, the beautiful white marbled ruins of Ephesus is one of the world’s grandest and still most intact Greco Roman city…
Straddled between eastern Europe and western Asia, Turkey is a vast and varied country boasting mystical landscapes and natural wonders. Its rich history blends seamlessly with a succession of modern cities to create a cosmopolitan holiday destination.
Turkey’s turquoise southern coast is popular among beach lovers, stretching from celebrity hotspot Bodrum down to divers’ haven, Kemer. The country’s Aegean coastline, however, is quieter and arguably more beautiful, with mountains rising up by the bay of Edremit in the north and ancient olive groves giving way to the crumbling Greek ruins of Ephesus. It’s a series of historic towns, islands and beaches which stretch from the WWI memorial site of Gallipoli to the blue lagoons of Fethiye, where it joins the Mediterranean.
An ideal way to experience the slow rhythm, biodiversity and Hellenistic culture of the Turkish Aegean is with a road trip along the coast, stopping off for a day or two in the region’s charming little towns, some of which are 3,000 years old. It is here that old mingles with new, reflecting Turkey’s status as a bridge between continents and civilisations, but also thousands of generations. While there are glittery resorts dotted along the coastline, a real sense of the place is best felt on the move, staying in locally run, boutique village hotels along the way. With roads in good condition and a summer season that lasts from May to September, heading north to south over a week is an ideal mix of relaxation, nature and culture. We’ve picked out the best place to rest your head.
Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halikarnassus, the location of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassus (built after 353 BCE) - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately, the ancient monument was destroyed by earthquakes in the Middle Ages - some of the remnants can be seen in London's British Museum.
Bodrum is a fascinating place as it has a pleasing contrast between the Ancient city - where there are discernable fragments everywhere in the town -and a playground for rich Turks and an array of foreign visitors. It is one of the centres of the Turkish Tourist industry and is the market town for the Bodrum Peninsula which consists of a number of towns and villages nestling on the edge of the Coast. Until the 1960's the town was a fishing village which changed when a number of Turkish intellectuals gathered and wrote about Bodrum. Most notable of the these was Cevat Sekir 'The Fisherman of Hallikarnassus', an Oxford Educated Turk who devoted his time to writing and planting numerous plants and trees which continue to dot the landscape of the Town. His book the 'Blue Voyage' describing gullet trips around the Turkish coast, and his descriptions of the astoundingly clear Blue Seas of the Aegean and the delights of a trip around the coasts adjacent to Bodrum inspired a whole generation who have come to emulate his trips. Bodrum has therefore grown as a sailing destination and thanks to its warm but not humid climate has become a top destination for visitors who enjoy the combination of the ancient past together with all the usual tourist paraphernalia. There are large numbers of shops and restaurants - from humble cafes to exquisite Turkish cuisine served by an array of waiting staff.
Modern Bodrum strangely seems to have two contrasting sides to it.
The east half of the town has a long thin but reasonable beach, which has been added in the last few years, with the authorities trying and largely succeeding in creating a good beach. Behind the beach lay all the bars, restaurants, and night clubs that are typical of Mediterranean resort towns. This means open fronted bars that do not come alive until 10PM when everybody goes out. As well as some nice beach fronted bars (e.g. cafe del mar being a reasonably chilled out and attractive bar, with attractive staff so that helps) it also has some terrible ones, if you do not like the hard drinking culture of some tourists. It does have some reasonable clubs. Halikarnas being the obvious one as it is huge (4000 people). It also is mostly outdoors and hosts foam parties on regular occasions.
The other half of the town is the west side. This mainly revolves around the Marina and Yacht Club. Here life is a little more sedate with shops catering mainly to those who have stepped off their boats. Expensive supermarkets with proper wine and olive oil as well as the obligatory Helley Hanson to be able to purchase your new jacket. There are a number of nice restaurants if you look hard enough and some good clothes shops. Like all resorts being directly on the sea front increases the prices. During the evenings there is a wonderful atmosphere as the locals and tourists all seem to promenade along the sea front.
Akyarlar is in the often overlooked south-western corner of the Bodrum Peninsula, and is due south of Turgutreis (it’s also part of the Turgutreis Municipality).
Akyarlar used to be an old Greek village, equivalent from the Greek style houses that still adorn it’s coastline. The houses along the coast are typical Greek houses. The Greeks used this place as their summer resort. It is believed that Akyarlar's ancient Greek residents called it ‘Kefaluka’. The most ancient name of Akyarlar is ‘Arhialla’. The Leleges people settled in the area and built an antique city close-by. That antique city was known as Termera. The village has four beaches. The local fish restaurants, pita-bars , pastry-shop, and pide sellers are giving the village a unique character.
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Embracing the deep blue of the Aegean Sea, rooms with stunning nature and sea views, an exceptional architecture creating a luxury holiday in a magical environment. Kefaluka Resort: a fairy tale experience, a love at first sight!
Established on a 50.000m2 land located directly at the sea, Kefaluka Resort is located in Akyarlar village, 60 km away from Bodrum airport, 25 km from Bodrum and 10 km from Turgutreis centre.
This hotel is located on the hillside over Akyarlar Bay, which has been selected as one of the top 15 beaches in the world by Forbes Magazine. The resort has a unique view of the Greek island of Kos across the Aegean Sea. Stylish and modern, it offers a choice of bars and eateries, including a cafe, restaurant and disco. For the business minded there are a number of meeting rooms, a business centre and wireless Internet access. The hotel has a total of 4 swimming pools, 3 of which are outdoors, including an activities pool, a children's swimming area and an aqua park. Guests can relax by the poolside snack bar or make use of the sun lounges and parasols on the sun terrace. Plenty of sport activities and facilities are available to sport enthusiasts.
Kefaluka Resort, a place where the sunset meets the sweet breeze and where memories are unforgettable. Feel the difference, live the difference.
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