4 reasons hotel+bistro

near Bodrum, Aegean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £71 per night

A funky, friendly, Mediterranean-Zen chillout near Bodrum, with cool pool and bistro bar
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
Foodie
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 20
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Children 12 and over accepted
  • 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 families with older children. 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
  • 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
  • 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

Children of all ages are welcome but this is a peaceful and tranquil hotel with a grow up ambience.

Best for:

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, and are considered quieter if on the upper level. Junior Suites work well for a family of 3 as each has a sofabed.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Pool and environs
  • Painting classes 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 around the pool which can become slippery

Distances:

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

Location

The hotel is on Turkey's Aegean coast, 2km outside the village of Yelikavak and 18km from Bodrum town.

By Air
Fly into Bodrum-Milas (50km / 45 minutes' drive).

From the Airport
You will almost certainly want to hire a car for your stay. Otherwise, book an airport transfer through the hotel or take a taxi, then use dolmuses (public minibuses) or hotel vehicles to get around the Bodrum peninsula.

By Ferry from Datça
There is a once-daily sailing ferry (summer only) between Bodrum and Datça, which takes about 2 hours; see bodrumferryboat.com for details. You can take your car on board, allowing you to make a loop Dalaman – Datça – Bodrum – Dalaman. Or, if you're really clever, you could get dropped off here at the end of a gulet cruise.

Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Turkey and getting around

Airports:

  • Bodrum-Milas 50.0 km BJV

Other:

  • Beach 0.5 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 1.5 km

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

The service was excellent! Ali and his team are attentive, considerate and caring. Nothing is too much trouble and they tailor their service to you. Honestly excellent There are easily more than 4 reasons to stay at this hotel! You can do as much or as little as you like. The hotel is set is in the peaceful hills, but the town and beach clubs are 5 minutes away. I’d recommend Limon (book in advance) the sunset is spectacular and the food fantastic. And Ali Kebap (ask Ali to book) simple traditional Turkish food....really good! We also loved the local boat trip, great value for a full day out.

10/10,

We had a lovely stay at 4 reasons. The hotel was beautifully styled. Had a great pool and lounging area and was really well looked after. The gardens were gorgeous. Ali recommended some great local beach clubs and restaurants and we had a fantastic trip. Would definitely return and highly recommend.

9/10,

We've just returned from a week at 4reasons, and cannot recommend it highly enough. As our trip was slightly out of season for the resort (regardless of it being half term back home), the hotel was really quiet (and ultra-peaceful). As a result, we were lucky enough to be upgraded from the standard room we booked to a room with the most incredible views. The room was spacious and impeccably clean with fresh towels daily. Pool towels were also provided. We spent most of our days by the pool with wall-to-wall sunshine. The breakfast and lunch were incredible - and the service was understated yet attentive. The staff honestly couldn't have done more for us - or been more polite. They were on hand around the clock to ensure our stay was as relaxing as it possibly could be. Ali at reception was a fountain of local knowledge and directed us to the most incredible local restaurants in line with our budget. I would probably say breakfast and lunch are best served in the hotel, but it's absolutely worth venturing out to taste the local cuisine for dinner. We'd like to extend a massive 'thank you' to the entire team at 4reasons for such an amazing holiday - we will certainly be back in the very near future (breakfast and the views from my office in London are seriously underwhelming as I write this)!

10/10,

Wonderful hotel, incredibly helpful staff.

10/10,

A very relaxing break. Fantastic pool, great service, lovely room, wonderful food. Kids loved it and so did we. The burger is possibly one of the best I have ever had (no joke!) we will be back!

10/10,

Lovely spot overlooking the bay. Very relaxing break, even with 2 teenagers and a 5 year old! Great sized pool, with separate shallow section for little ones. Get a taxi down to the glamorous marina in Yalikavak for a post dinner stroll.

10/10,

I've just returned from a wonderful 3 night stay at the 4 Reasons. The hotel is in a lovely hilltop location in Yalikavak which is a really special part of Bodrum away from the majority of tourism in the main marina. Our room was perfect for 2; stylish, clean and quiet with a terrace. The hotel itself is extremely stylish with lovely personal touches which remind you why it's always so much more special to stay somewhere boutique! The highlight of our stay was really the fantastic service we received from Ali, Ahmet and all of the staff. Nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way with guidance, communication and restaurant reservations so that we had the best experience we could. I will recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in Bodrum.

10/10,

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,

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