Avalon

Kabak Bay, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £84 per night

Paradise regained above Kabak Bay; an intimate, adults-only hideaway with excellent food and exquisite views
Avalon is high, very high, above the eye-wateringly beautiful beach of Kabak Bay. From its improbably turquoise waters, backed by a strip of white sand and pebbles, the pine-clad Taurus Mountains push steeply up to 1000m and more: there are few places on the Med as narcotically seductive as this. And there’s now a place to stay that matches the physical setting.

Staggered amongst pine, olive and fruit trees around a sea-facing pool, Avalon’s 11 rooms take the form of wooden bungalows, all with private gardens and a slice of that stunning view. The ‘less is more’ approach to their design and décor feels perfect in a context of such great natural beauty, whilst the ‘think locally and ethically’ mission statement of the British owners has set the bar at a new height for small hotels in Turkey. The food is superb, the welcome genuine, and the place every bit as enchanting as the island of Arthurian legend after which it’s named.

Highs

  • It’s worth staying for the views alone
  • The hands-on and caring approach of Val and Frank make Avalon even more special - and it's great-value, too
  • A private footpath down to one of Turkey’s most beautiful beaches
  • Food so good that you’ll be forgiven for eating all meals in house (choose between B&B or half-board rates)
  • Each bungalow feels secluded, whilst the restaurant and pool make for easy socialising with other guests

Lows

  • It's pretty remote (45 minutes' drive from the nearest village, Oludeniz), but that's the joy of it
  • It’ll take you 20 minutes to walk down to the beach, and a lot of huff and puff to get back up
  • The track cutting down from the main coastal road to Avalon is steep and dusty
  • Not much in the way of on-site entertainment, but simply being here is enough to fill your days
  • Set-menu dinners, but there are veggie options

Best time to go

Avalon is open from May to late October. May and June are ideal, as they’re a little cooler than July and August, when temperatures often soar into the 40s. September and October are also lovely, with chillier evenings but a warmer sea.

Our top tips

Make sure you pack a snorkel and flippers, or pick some up on your way through the town of Fethiye as you drive from the airport. And take along a star chart: the night skies here are simply unbelievable.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Restaurant & bar (open daily)
  • Ages 16+ only
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The near-identical wooden bungalows fan out to either side of the pool and dining area, among olive, pine, carob, fig and plum trees. Each has its own garden and an all-glass façade that brings in the soaring view; you can fling open the French windows and push chairs out onto the deck, where the sea- and star-gazing are nothing less than spectacular.

Inside are four-poster kingsize beds, planter’s style chairs and huge walk-in wardrobes. The wooden furniture was made by local craftsmen, and the spare decorative detail - embroidered cushions, Turkish rugs - sits well against all-white linen and floors of Siberian pine. Bathrooms are spick and span, with surfaces of shot-blasted marble, piles of towels (including some for the pool), and showers with corner seats. Beds and windows are draped in mozzie nets, and there’s air-conditioning should you prefer it to the breeze. In synch with the get-away-from-it-all vibe, there’s no TV.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito net
  • Private garden
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

With a setting as memorable as this, all meals in Avalon's open-fronted restaurant and bar feel special. Vegetables and herbs are grown on site or nearby, and everything else comes fresh from local markets.

The big Turkish-style breakfast could easily morph into brunch if you’re a late riser. Food is served at your table, with a festive array of dishes: fruit salad, crudités, tulum (think Turkish-style samosas), jams, homemade yufka (rolls baked with cheese) and scrummy sourdough bread. The coffee is excellent, and you’ll find freshly squeezed juice on your table.

At lunch you can choose from the likes of homemade burgers, menemen (Turkish omelette) and salads, whilst dinner is a set menu with interesting alternatives for vegetarians. Fish often makes an appearance, and the meat is top-notch: my main was an adana kebab that was as good as any I’ve had in Turkey. There’s also a short wine list featuring reds, whites and rosés from Kavaklidere, Turkey’s oldest winery. And if you prefer to dine out, you’re just a 10-minute stroll from the excellent Olive Grove restaurant.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Picnics by arrangement
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Walk down to the beach, where you'll find a pristine strip of white sand and pebbles, plus a few bars and restaurants. Or head a little further afield to discover the Saklikent gorge and Butterfly Valley
  • Grab your snorkel and flippers: what’s beneath the water around Kabak is almost as beautiful as what’s above
  • Hike part of the Lycian Way, a long-distance coastal footpath that loops straight past Avalon
  • Take a boat trip along the coast from Kabak to visit some of the most enchanting coves and beaches in the Med, or sail out to the island monastery of St Nicholas
  • Head off by car to explore some of the stunning archaeological sites of ancient Lycia: Xanthos, Sydimia, Pinara and Patara are all close by
  • Take an extraordinary tandem paragliding flight from high above Oludeniz
  • Or just spend a day with a book and that view, either by the pool or on your private deck

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

Avalon accepts adults only, and there are no extra beds.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

We have just returned from staying at Avalon in Kabak and it was one of the best holidays we have ever had. Everything was absolutely perfect. The fact that it is in the most amazing location is pretty awe-inspiring but we have to add that the food, service and accommodation were all outstanding too. Big thanks to Frank, Val and all the staff for making a memorable holiday and we will definitely be going back.

10/10,

We had a truly wonderful stay at Avalon. Away from it all, there is nothing here to do other than relax and unwind - oh and hit the beautiful beach! The staff are charming and very keen to help with any requests and Frank and Val are the perfect hosts. I'd like to mention the incredible food we ate for dinner. Simple, unfussy, fresh food which varied every evening of our 5 night stay. I am a chef and this is something that can make or break a holiday for me! We will be sure to recommend to family and friends. Thank you for sharing this beautiful part of the world.

10/10,

Avalon is a wonderful place to relax, unwind and do very little. As it is a little away from the main tourist area, it is very quiet and the views out over the sea are stunning. Also a fantastic place to stargaze! Val and Frank were exceptionally welcoming and take the time to host and make sure guests have everything they need. They are also very helpful with ideas of things to do if you can drag yourself away from the pool. The food was excellent and staff friendly and helpful. Definitely a wonderful place to unwind and escape, whether for a couple or simply on your own for some P+Q and catch-up on some good books!

10/10,

This is the best kept secret when you fly into the Dalaman area. If you are looking for a quiet break, intimate, and amazing scenery this is the place for you. The rooms (bungalows) have incredible vista's, The breakfast was my favorite, traditional Turkish overlooking the mountains and ocean. We came with my Daughter and her boyfriend (23 year olds) and they loved it also. The infinity pool is great.
Our hosts Frank, Val & their team are very low key but great service - nothing is too much trouble. We hired a car - which was great as we could visit some amazing ancient sites - plus Oludeniz is a really cool village, although touristy. Overall world class experience.

9/10,

We were lucky enough to spend the last night of the season at Avalon. Had a wonderful time. The views were stunning, the food delicious and the accommodation was first class, spotlessly clean with a wonderful 4 poster bed. The staff were attentive and extremely helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The only downside was we couldn't stay another night but we will definitely return and will recommend to all our friends.

10/10,

The view and Frank and Val’s warm hospitality are what really make the Avalon so special. They have created a haven where nothing is too much trouble. Only slight downside is the average food. The walk up to Olive Garden is worth it in the daytime for the view, but don’t expect amazing food. The beach walk through the forest is lovely, but be prepared to sweat on the way back up, even on the shuttle bus! No need for a hire car unless you really want to explore – the roads are pretty treacherous. The regular shuttle bus is the best way to get to Oludeniz for a day out, where the sea is stunning though not as peaceful.

9/10,

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