Kabak Bay, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £95 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.
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  • 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


  • 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...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • 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


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


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


  • 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


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

Kid Friendly:


Avalon is set on a hillside high above Kabak Bay, 30km south of the town of Fethiye and 20km from the village of Oludeniz, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

By Air:
The closest airports are Dalaman (70km) and Antalya (230km), which are both served by plenty of flights - click on the links below for a list of airlines. It's an hour and a half's drive from Dalaman airport - you can ask the hotel to arrange transfers, take the bus, or hire a car (see below).

By Car:
You won’t need a car if you plan on spending most of your time on the beach, but if you want to hire one to explore the area then see our car rental recommendations. The hotel has free parking for guests.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Turkey and getting around


  • Dalaman 70.0 km DLM
  • Antalya 230.0 km AYT


  • Beach 0.8 km
  • Shops 20.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.8 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 11 independent reviews from i-escape guests


What a great find, complete tranquility in wonderful surroundings. Val and Frank along with all the staff could not do enough for us, including lending of hats and snorkel gear to help ensure we enjoyed our 9 day stay, even earthquakes and a mudslide could not deter us from having a thoroughly good time. Would definitely recommend.


We had the most amazingly restful and beautiful holiday at Avalon. Frank, Val and their entire time gave us an incredibly warm welcome and nothing was too much trouble, but service was unobtrusive too. The stunning view and gorgeous gardens seduced us into spending most of the time on the property soaking up the sunshine. The food was always fresh and delicious. The small menu has daily specials and we happily ate there every night for a week. It is far from the crowds but there are things to do if you can drag yourself off your sun lounger. The Turkish Hammam and spa in Olu Deniz was excellent (organised by Avalon for us including free transfer). If you do want to be more active it would be advisable to book a car.


A restful atmosphere, excellent service, solicitous but not intrusive. Comfortable bungalows, all enjoying privacy, and a stunning view. Breakfast is fresh and generous, cooked meals delicious. It doesn't seem to matter what time you arrive, you'll be looked after. I found Avalon to be the perfect place to unwind completely. Equally, it would serve as a fine base for anyone exploring the area, especially if you need a quiet retreat to re-charge your batteries. The owners, Val and Frank, have created a warm and nurturing bolt hole from the stresses of modern life.


As with all the other accommodation listed on the site, Avalon is a truly unique place to stay at. Situated high above the beautiful beach of Kabak Bay, this adults-only accommodation offers the tranquillity and comfort we were longing for. The first thing that struck us when we first arrived was the view. The owner has cleverly built the restaurant/ bar at the most strategic spot of the grounds, where its elevated position offers guests an amazing, unobstructed, panoramic view of the sea and mountains surrounding the property. We met the very friendly owner who shared the same passion as us in history and archaeology. He is a wealth of knowledge in this area, and offered us some brilliant tips on which ancient sites to visit (nearby Pinara is not to be missed!). His staff are all very courteous and efficient, and the entire team worked very well together. Our wooden bungalows were spotless and very comfortable. They were spacious, and had all the amenities that we needed. Towels and linen smelled fresh and very clean, and the basic toiletries provided for, were of good quality. Sufficient hanging places for clothes and luggage, with generous supplies of tea bags and instant coffee being replenished on a daily basis. The view from our bungalow was amazing, and we were able to enjoy it in the privacy of our own compound, as chairs and a small table were thoughtfully placed on the wooden platform outside our bungalow. The outdoor infinity pool offered a spectacular view towards the sea as well, although we did not have the opportunity to use it during our stay. We walked down to the beach below without any problems, and the sea was just so warm and wonderful to swim in. Coming back up required some stamina, as it was uphill all the way! The food was fantastic (we were on HB basis) and authentically Turkish. We enjoyed all our meals there, including the sumptuous breakfast. Of all the places (9 altogether!!) we have stayed at during our 2-week trip around Turkey, Avalon tops it all. We have no hesitation in recommending this delightful place to others visiting the area. Thanks Frank, Murat and the rest of the Team for a wonderful stay!


Avalon is a real gem; a fantastic place to chill out with lovely service and excellent food. It is very possible to make trips to some of the fascinating ancient sites in the area - we used a local taxi service to have a day trip very cheaply and comfortably in the height of August - but it's also quite hard to tear yourself away! Frank and his team of local staff are attentive in a very relaxed way. The whole place is very tastefully and sympathetically put together. The pool and its view is just spectacular; the bungalows are beautiful, the sandy track down to the small beach very attractive through trees with amazing views. For a peaceful taste of the lovely Lycian coast, it is pretty hard to beat.


We had the most wonderful week at Avalon and really recommend it. The bungalow was delightful (and spotless), the pool and its view to die for, and Frank and Val and their brilliant staff were attentive and friendly. After a lovely breakfast looking over the Kabak valley we relaxed by the pool under the umbrellas in the mornings then wandered down to the beach (a bit of a walk but worth it) for the afternoon shift of snorkelling, cave exploring, sunbathing and reading. We also went on two brilliant boat trips which we really recommend: one which dropped us off at four different beaches and scenic coves, and the other to the gorgeous Butterfly Valley, where you can walk to see a waterfall. We also took snaps from the walking book provided at the Avalon bar and went on two very enjoyable walks, one long one between Butterfly Valley and Avalon, and the other (more challenging) to Paradise Beach. We got half board so always ate our evening meal at Avalon, which was really delicious - whole fish, kebabs and meatballs often cooked in front of you on a grill. Yum!


A fantastic place, the rooms were superb the views amazing and the staff could not be more helpful and friendly. Highly recommended and hope to return!


A little slice of heaven – great food, great service, great views, great wine.


Our stay at Avalon was amazing. If you are looking for complete relaxation and to de-stress by the pool then this is perfect. The scenery is beautiful, a fun walk down to the beach (you need trainers) but then the boat trip you can do from Kabak Bay is great. The food was lovely, a traditional breakfast and then a slightly limited choice at dinner but we still really enjoyed it. There are a few local restaurants you can try too. Frank and the staff he has are very nice and helpful if you need advice on boat trips, heading into Fethiye etc. We enjoyed ourselves and hopefully will go back in the future.


We had a really super holiday! My wife and I have travelled all over but have rarely equalled this. Val and Frank (owners) clearly care passionately about their Boutique Hotel and employ a small, very happy, extremely well-motivated team of Turkish staff - nothing is too much trouble.


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