“Paradise regained above Kabak Bay; an intimate, adults-only hideaway with excellent food and exquisite views”
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.
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.