4 reasons hotel+bistro

near Bodrum, Aegean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £89 per night

A funky, friendly, Mediterranean-Zen chillout near Bodrum, with cool pool, bistro bar and family rooms too
The 4 they claim - serenity, design, quality, attitude - all apply, but there's one overriding reason to book here: it's our favourite hotel on the Bodrum peninsula (and we've checked out lots). So overlook the groany name and go for it. You'll find a cluster of bougainvillea-draped houses spilling down to the lush valley of Yalikavak, with the sea glimmering in the distance behind a sparkling pool. Each house has a handful of slick and stylish rooms, combining natural materials with modern comforts in an airy, all-white space.

Down by the pool, you can kick back on low white sofas to the gentle beat of chilled jazz, play pool or darts in the sociable living room, or order a cocktail from the award-winning barman. If you fancy staying in, they do a tasty line in salads, wines and seafood; if not, bustling Bodrum is just a few bays away, with no shortage of boutiques, bars and nightlife. By day, you can hop on a gulet cruise, get a day pass to one of the beach clubs, go horse-riding or watersporting, or explore Bodrum castle.

Highs

  • The funky pool with its chillout music and white cushions is a cool place to top up your tan by day
  • After dark, with a ring of flickering torches and candlelit tables, it makes a magical spot for evening cocktails, too
  • Being so near Bodrum, there's no shortage of things to do, but there's also an abundance of tranquil spots to sit and do nothing…
  • Rates are refreshingly reasonable for an area aspiring to be the Turkish St. Tropez
  • Great and always friendly staff

Lows

  • WiFi can be patchy
  • The Bodrum peninsula has come out in a rash of boxy holiday villages, though most are mercifully hidden out of sight from here
  • The 'easy listening' music in the dining areas may not be to everyone's taste

Best time to go

Like all of coastal Turkey, there's a very clear high season from late June to early September. If you can come before (May-mid June) or after (mid September-October), that's perfect. April would be fun for hiking and general exploration, but not for sailing or swimming. Winter (November-March) would be a perfect time to explore Bodrum without the crowds, or go horse-riding and hiking, if you don't mind many of the restaurants and some of the sites being shut.

Our top tips

Head into Bodrum (by car or dolmus) to explore its crusader castle complex, its boutique-lined lanes and its endless yacht harbour; you could even catch a ferry from here to the Greek island of Kos for the day.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Foodie
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 20
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Snooker Table
Room:

Rooms

We loved our airy, all-white sanctuary of a bedroom: it had plenty of space and all the necessary ticks without feeling in the least cluttered. The firm-but-comfy double bed was overlooked by a sun-bleached branch of driftwood - simple, artistic and very fitting. And the whole room was cleverly shaped, with daring diagonals, to avoid being boring and boxy.

In the white-tiled bathroom was a large quadrant shower with a huge head; towels and robes were thick and fluffy, bathware was slick Vitra design.

Our Casual room suited our mood perfectly (lots of space but no frills); other room types have roughly the same spec but one or two distinguishing features. Passionate rooms come with a fireplace for cosying up in winter (not all rooms have central heating); Junior Suites get a sitting area with a Persil-white sofa; while the 2-bedroom Functional rooms are perfect for nuclear families. Views vary - some face the olive groves, others overlook the pool, both have their merits, and many have a balcony too.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Our days started brightly, with the sun dappling the walls, Maria Callas soaring from the speakers and a tempting basket of muffins and croissants. This was followed by a crunchy cucumber-tomato salad, some crumbly white cheese, scoops of cold watermelon and a rosette of jams. It's a wonder we ever left the poolside terrace. You can order eggs and cold meats if you want, but you won't finish them.

We were back most days for a quick dip and lunch - warm sea bass salad with pine nuts, raisins and chives, perhaps, or a medley of grilled veg – followed by a siesta on the sofas.

And it's worth staying in at least once for dinner, by which time the poolside tables have gained candles, and the cocktail bar is lit by flickering torches, to create a romantic bistro atmosphere. We can thoroughly recommend the 4reasons salad (tasty strips of chicken with crunchy lettuce) and the succulent sea bream baked with olives, cherry tomatoes and herbs (which comes wrapped in greaseproof paper like a very superior takeaway). Don’t skip cocktail hour either, they’re creative and dangerously delicious..

If you want to head out for dinner, staff will recommend the hot spots, from waterfront taverns in Yalikavak harbour to chichi dining in Bodrum.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Don't miss the wooden gulet day cruises from Yalikavak harbour: stop to swim and snorkel in the vividly turquoise waters, tuck into a fabulous lunch and recline on deck-top mattresses amid the sea breeze
  • Wander down to one of the beach clubs (15-30 mins walk) for cushioned boardwalks, watersports, sociable sunbathing and mouthwatering grills; Bandana is nearest and often gives 4reasons guests free entry, while Xuma has the best facilities (waterskiing, catamarans, lasers, windsurfers, volley, basket, gym…)
  • Or continue to the sandy but crowded beach at Yalikavak , and explore the artist's colony and the waterfront
  • Drive (or take a dolmus) round to Gümüslük at the tip of the peninsula: a perfectly enclosed harbour with bobbing boats, pyramidal hills and the scant remains of a classical settlement
  • Perhaps the most idyllic beach is at Akyarlar, a bit further round, where limestone cliffs plunge into azure seas besides enclosed strips of white sand
  • Hobnob with the jetset at nearby Türkbükü, where all the restaurants are on platforms on the sea (but beware - it's pricey)
  • Drive to Milas (50km), the region's carpet capital: you can watch deft hands weaving or haggle for their bright, geometric prayer rugs
  • The hotel can book a guided horse-riding safari in the Bodrum hills (best from October-May) and provide maps for hiking through the ghost village of Sandima (home to just one family, who make lovely pottery which you can admire or buy)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Ceramic lessons
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

Kids

Although a tranquil couples hotel, children of all ages are actively welcomed. Owners Ali and Esra have their own, you can book babysitters and cots are complimentary. Of course, don't expect organised creche-type activities or toys and games; but generally Turkey is a very sociable place to go with young kids.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Functional Suites have 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) and 2 bathrooms. They can sleep a family of 4 plus a baby, and are considered quieter if on the upper level. Junior Suites work well for a family as each has a sofabed and space for a baby cot. Casual Rooms can take a baby cot.

Babysitting:

Babysitting available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

There's a good selection of pasta dishes on the menu and the chefs are always happy to make meals for children on request

Kids Activities on site:

  • Pool and environs
  • Painting classes on request (high season)
  • Family movie nights on request (high season)
  • Pool table
  • Bocce (petanque)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beach and watersports
  • Pirates of the Cactus waterpark
  • Pottery classes
  • Gulet boat trips

Families Should Know:

Keep an eye on toddlers around the pool which can become slippery for little feet, and stepped pathways.

Distances:

  • Airport: 50 minutes
  • Hospital: 10-15 minutes
  • Shops: 2 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

We stayed with a baby and a toddler. The service was outstanding with the host speaking excellent English and helpful with all our requests. The hotel and rooms are in excellent condition and a very relaxing place to chill out. We ended up spending most of our time in the hotel. I highly recommend 4reasons (despite its cheesy name!)

9/10,

We found the wifi very patchy which was a little annoying for our needs. We loved the view from the hotel and the concierge had excellent suggestions on restaurants - notably Pasha Doner & Kavalli Koftecisi.

8/10,

We went out of season and we struggled to find places to eat, and the coast is so incredibly built up. There is hardly any green space left unless you travel some distance.

10/10,

The hotel is a little gem with lovely scenery. The service is exceptionally friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The food was simple but fresh, perhaps a little more variety could be offered for families like us who just wanted to stay at the hotel. The children loved the large pool, snooker table and boules. We loved the cocktail bar, sun loungers and chilli out area. Thank you for a lovely relaxing holiday. To be honest we didn't like the area! We were very disappointed with Bitez especially with the dirty beach. Perhaps it is cleaned during high season though...

9/10,

The 4 Reasons Hotel is an oasis of tranquil and unpretentious luxury. The hotel, facilities, food, staff and ambience were all amazing and we cannot wait to return.

10/10,

We were a young couple on a week's holiday at the end of August.
Overall a fantastic hotel with excellent facilities, food and staff. Would definitely stay again. Our welcome was very warm and we immediately felt at home at the 4reasons. Ali was on hand to give us advice on where to go and what to do with our time. The staff taught us some Turkish and they were very friendly. We spent most days exploring the Bodrum peninsula including a Gulet from Yalikavak (try and get the smaller boats and a trip south if possible), Bodrum Castle, Akyarlar, Gumusluk and a couple of visits to Xuma beach club. Would recommend Xuma for couples because although there is a cover charge of about £15 per head, it is relatively quiet and has beautiful facilities for swimming and watersports.The Gulet was excellent value for money and one of the highlights if you like being on the water. Even though the peninsula is relatively small it is mountainous - having a hire car was perfect and allowed us to do all these things with ease and go on a trip to Ephesus (3 hrs) which was fantastic. Our holiday wouldn't have been nearly as good without one. Dined at the hotel on 3 occasions for dinner and the prices and food were very good, especially the fish.

10/10,

This hotel is great value for money. With its large pool, great view and bar and restaurant, there really is no reason to leave! The service at the hotel is excellent, the waiters in particular were friendly and ready with a smile. The pool area is spacious and has plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as shady areas to escape the sun. It also has a pool table and bocce court, which kept our kids entertained when they weren't in the pool. The restaurant is also very good. We ate most lunches there and enjoyed drinks from the bar as we watched the sun set over Yalikavak. We also ate at the restaurant in the evening a number of times which was reasonable and compared favourably with local restaurants. We stayed in a Functional Room which had a separate bedroom and bathroom for the children. If I'm being totally honest I think the rooms could have been a little cleaner but overall they were stylish and very comfortable. It was such a relaxing week that we didn't venture out much but I can recommend the daily boat tours from Yalikavak which meant we saw some of the coastline, allowed us to swim in crystal clear water and enjoy a simple but tasty lunch cooked on board.

9/10,

We had a great time at the 4 Reasons, fantastic service and very quiet and peaceful during this very busy season. Ali at reception gave us very good advice of where to go, to eat. The waiters were really lovely. A great place for a break.

10/10,

Staff were excellent as was the view. Ali was very helpful and great with recommendations. We went on a great cookery course while we
were there, which the hotel recommended.

9/10,

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