Azur Hotel

Cirali (Olympos), Mediterranean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £64 per night

Beachside bliss on a budget: simple wooden cabins set in idyllic gardens, with pool, restaurant, big smiles and stunning landscapes

In 12 years of hotel reviewing, this is one of the happiest places I’ve stayed. Staff welcome you with open arms and beaming smiles; by day three, they’re kissing your children like a favourite aunt. At breakfast tables shaded by mulberry and palm trees, and laid with fresh-picked loquats, homemade poppy seed jam and juicy tomatoes, guests - mostly from Germany, England and Turkey, many with kids in tow - greet each other with broad grins and glowing accounts of the previous day’s gulet excursion.

The gardens here are so idyllic - fringed with blood red hibiscus, orange lilies and rampant dogrose - that you feel as if you’ve unearthed a 21st-century Eden. You’d barely guess that there are 20 wooden cabins among them, screened by citrus trees. They may not be the most stylish inside, but they’re extremely comfy (superb mattresses and sofabeds), and practical too (netted windows, impeccable bathrooms). There’s also a 20-metre pool, a small playground and a handful of two-bedroom bungalows. Best of all, it’s only five minutes’ stroll to one of Europe’s most stunning beaches: the two-mile pebble-and-sand sickle of Cirali. Flanked on one side by the ancient town of Olympos, on the other by the bizarre flames of the Chimaera and the pine-clad majesty of Mt Tahtali, this is paradise indeed.
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  • It’s a stunning part of the world, perfect for coastal hikes, snorkelling, boat trips, exploring ancient ruins or just lazing on beach loungers (at their sister restaurant)
  • The gardens really are a treasure: hidden hammocks, canopied tea houses, lush lawns, all tended by three full-time gardeners
  • The pool is a godsend in the scorching summer, particularly for energetic children
  • Dinners are excellent: grilled meats and fish, salads and sweets, all served al fresco at candlelit tables
  • Fantastic value, especially in the shoulder seasons


  • The garden lodges are simple, clad in unfaced wood with few embellishments, but just right for the setting
  • You can’t bring food and drink to your rooms - understandable as they don’t have kitchenettes, but sometimes you just fancy a snack on your terrace
  • The beach can see several visiting gulets and a clutch of sunbathers at the Olympos end, but head the other way and there’s acres of space
  • If you haven't prepaid, you may need to settle in cash on arrival - and the nearest cash machine is a few miles away

Best time to go

The best times are the shoulder seasons of April-May and mid-September-October, when the sun is not as fierce. It's the perfect time for gentle coastal hikes, and the sea remains warm enough for swimming until early November (though in early April it takes some bravery to plunge in). If you come in high summer, be prepared for temperatures nudging 40 celsius (or escape by cable car to the summit of Tahtali, where it's always around 20 degrees cooler). Don't rule out winter either: it's a mild 20 celsius most of the time at beach level, though the sea will be chilly and the summits covered in snow.

Our top tips

  • Bring toiletries as there was no shower gel or shampoo when we stayed. But no need to bring beach towels - these are provided, along with bathroom towels of course.
  • For a different kind of swim, seek out some of the secret river pools nearby. My favourite is a crystal clear stream shaded by pines, with only the frogs, terrapins and butterflies for company. To find it, from the top of the Chimaera, continue walking up to the crest of the ridge, then follow a small red-waymarked path downhill for about 15 mins. Just before reaching the valley floor, bear right and down. On your left is the biggest pool - deep and long enough for a cooling swim. Back on the main path, if you want to make a loop: continue to the junction with a larger stream, cross on the wooden bridge, and follow the forest track left to emerge after half an hour on the Cirali road, just below a simple roadside eatery. Here you can eat your fill for a few euros before (with luck) hitching a ride back to Cirali (2km).
  • Great for...

    Cheap & Chic
    Great Outdoors
    • Beach Hotel
    • 28 rooms
    • Restaurant (open daily)
    • All ages welcome
    • 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
    • Board games


    There are 2 types of accommodation: the original 8 stone bungalows, which sleep up to 4 in one double bedroom and one twin; and 20 newer wooden cabins dotted among the lush gardens, which each have a double bed (no twins) and a double sofabed in a half-separated room. We’d recommend the garden cabins for couples with (or without) 1 child; and the bungalows for families with 2 children.

    All the garden cabins or lodges are identical, and in terms of setting there’s not much to choose between them: all are nicely screened by fig, palm, orange or mulberry trees. Inside, you get plenty of wardrobe and storage space, mosquito-netted windows (handy for night breezes, though there’s also A/C), and a gleaming tiled bathroom with spacious power shower that would be a credit to a Scandinavian city hotel. It does all feel a bit boxy, but we slept blissfully on new pocket-sprung mattresses (which grace the sofabeds too, though being only 140cm wide I wouldn't recommend them for 2 adults); and the sliding door between the 2 parts meant that we could read after our son was asleep.

    The stone bungalows are next to the restaurant, which can be handy for families wanting to use baby monitors. All of them have a secluded rear terrace looking onto the gardens and playground. The main bedroom is spacious, the children’s twin-bedded (or bunk-bedded) room less so; both have simple decor with a couple of kiddies’ sketches on butter-coloured walls. They share a slightly more dated but still perfectly effective bathroom with shower.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Beach towels
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Hairdryer
    • Mosquito net
    • Phone
    • WiFi


    Breakfast is a blissful start to the day. At wooden tables shaded by palm and mulberry trees, smiling staff bring a platter of rolls and homemade spreads (including poppy-seed paste and a yummy cinnamon-flavoured marmalade), fresh cherries or succulent orange loquats from the gardens, and healthy Turkish fare (cucumber, tomatoes, wrinkly black olives and mild feta cheese) for those who’ve gone native. For the more conventional, there’s also cereals, eggs as you please, fresh OJ and unhomogenised yoghurt which you can sprinkle with walnut halves and viscous honey (a jar of this is yours to take home if you book through i-escape). The coffee is strong, and there’s all manner of teas and infusions including a powdered apple cay to set you up for the day, or what’s left of it after such a lavish, leisurely spread.

    If you’re down on the beach at lunchtime, try their sister restaurant Azur Aïda, whose octopus salad, marinated sardines and aubergine-garlic yoghurt all slipped down a treat. At one point, the young waiters jumped up in symphony, hosed the dirt track down and then grabbed our parasols; a moment later, a strong gust of wind came - they must have seen it rippling across the sea. Alternatively, eat a light lunch at the hotel's Antik Pool Bar, which also serves drinks until 11pm.

    Come dinner time, the hotel offers a limited but delicious array of grilled meats, seafood and homemade salads, followed by baklava-style sweets and thick Turkish coffee, all served in leafy gardens where kids run around the ancient mulberry tree. We ate here on the first night, and rapidly realised there was no real reason to do anything else during our week. Lamb skewers, fresh calamari and the local ratatouille were highlights, but nothing disappointed - least of all Hassan, Chennai and Turkan’s cheery service. If you do want variety, there’s no shortage of eateries within walking distance, including a pide (Turkish savoury pancake) restaurant, which was warmly recommended. Or you could drive to Ulupinar (5km) for fresh trout on the banks of the plane-shaded stream.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Children's meals
    • Organic produce
    • Restaurant
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Vegetarian menu


    • Walk to Cirali beach (2 mins away along a direct path) and swim in the wonderfully clear blue waters, grab a sunlounger at Azur's sister restaurant Azur Aida, hire a kayak, go snorkelling - or come for a night-time dip and marvel at the underwater phosphorescence
    • Explore the ruins of the Lycian city of Olympos at the end of the beach: a riverside quay (it was a wealthy port) with ruined houses, cisterns and vaults, a small theatre, a hammam, scattered sarcophagi and a monumental arch hidden in the jungle... you could spend hours here
    • Head the other way to the astonishing natural flames of the Chimaera (2km), where sulphurous flames lick out of gaps in the rocky hillside; sailors once used these as navigational aids, and they're best seen as night falls (bring a torch for the walk back down)
    • Follow footpaths north along the coast towards Tekirova (signed 'Lycian Way') to reach a series of lovely secluded beaches fringed by vibrant green pine forest and clumps of pink oleander
    • Book a cruise on a gulet (traditional wooden boat) - the hotel can advise - for secluded coves, snorkelling and picnics Robinson Crusoe style
    • Drive or sail to the atmospheric Lycian ruins of Phaselis (20km), another 2500-year-old town with aqueducts, streets and a theatre looking out to Mt Tahtali
    • The hotel arranges occasional jeep tours into the mountainous interior, all jagged peaks and wild forests dotted with boar, eagles and riots of wild flowers
    • Keen hikers can tackle the 2,300m summit of Mt Tahtali (starting from Beycik), and descend by cable car; families can book a gentle donkey tour to Beycik waterfalls (book through Vira Natura)
    • The towns of Tekirova and Kemer (20-30km) offer an unexpectedly bling taste of shopping and nightlife

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Nightlife
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Private guided tours
    • Shopping / markets
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Trekking


    Despite having no formal creche nor much in the way of baby equipment, this is a fantastic place for children of all ages. The huge lawned gardens are safe, and when our son did manage to get lost he was quickly returned by a member of staff (they learn your names, and whose child is whose, within minutes). The large pool is great for splashing about; it has a separate shallow section for children (but no lifeguard). It's 5 minutes' walk to a partly sandy beach with warm, safe waters for swimming - though it does shelve quite steeply. The hotel can book boat trips which are extremely popular with older children, visiting secluded coves and stopping to swim in the most azure waters. Above all, the staff and the other families - German, English, Turkish or other - were all extremely friendly and welcoming when we arrived. By the end of our first dinner, our 4-year-old had made firm friends while being chased around the mulberry tree.

    Best for:

    Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    The stone bungalows are best for families of 4-5, having 1 double room and 1 twin (with kid-sized beds), plus space for 1 baby cot (provided on request). They are also within baby-monitor distance of the restaurant, though you'll have to bring your own monitor. The wooden cabins are perfect for a couple with 1 child, using the double sofabed for the child (or 2 children, if they don't mind sharing).

    Children's meals:

    Restaurant staff can provide half portions or cook a particular dish to order (within reason) for your children.

    Kids Activities on site:

    There's a small playground with sandpit, seesaw and swings, aimed mostly at toddlers, and a pool.

    Kids Activities nearby:

    Apart from the beach, older kids will enjoy walking up to the natural flames of the Chimaera which lick out of the ground; and going on skippered boat trips to remote coves and coastlines (pirate hats optional).

    Families Should Know:

    The sun can be scalding in midsummer: anoint your children liberally, keep them in the shade in the middle of the day, and think twice before coming with babies.


    • Supermarket: 30 mins (Tekirova)
    • Hospital: 45 mins (Kemer)
    • Airport: 60 mins (Antalya)
    Kid Friendly:


    Azur Hotel is situated in the seaside village of Cirali, near ancient Olympos, and about 80km south of the city of Antalya. It's in the shadow of Mt Tahtali, the Lycian Mt. Olympos, on the Mediterranean (south) coast of Turkey.

    By Air:
    Antalya (80km / 1 hour) has lots of flights from Europe, mostly charters. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.

    From the Airport
    If you don't intend to explore much, you can book an airport transfer through the hotel (see Rates), and then use local buses or taxis for the occasional day trip.

    By Car:
    Otherwise you might prefer to rent a car - see our car rental recommendations.

    Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

    More on getting to Turkey and getting around


    • Antalya 80.0 km AYT
    • Dalaman 250.0 km DLM


    • Beach 0.1 km
    • Shops 0.1 km
    • Restaurant 0.1 km

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 20 independent reviews from i-escape guests


    My 10 night stay at the Azur Hotel was a perfect rest from work. The garden cabins are simple but very comfortable and private. The staff are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The reception organised several day trips for me as well as airport transfers and they have a local doctor on hand for PCR testing prior to departure. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious - fruits, salad, cheese, bread, etc. The village is small but has plenty of cafes and restaurants if you don't want to eat at the hotel, a couple of nice boutiques and a small supermarket; nice for an evening stroll, after dinner coffee and shopping. The beach is a short walk through the beautiful garden and was never crowded.
    I will definitely be making a return visit to the Azur.


    5 out of 5 for everything. Hotel Azur was amazing, fantastic location, lovely food and very friendly staff. The room although small had everything we needed and was perfectly placed next to the restaurant. We will definitely be returning.


    The hotel was even nicer than we thought it would be from the website! We loved the garden rooms, amidst all the lush vegetation they felt very secluded. The food was good, particularly the breakfasts - the evening meals were nice but basically the same menu every day, it would have been nice to have had more variety. The staff were lovely and the excursions they organised were worth doing. We loved the fact that we had free access to the sunloungers outside their sister restaurant on the beach. And the pool was great too. Only the bathrooms could have been better - the extractor fans were too weak and if you have to put your used toilet paper in a bin rather than down the loo it would be nice to have a bin with a lid!


    It is many years since our last visit and we were very impressed by the room upgrades. The garden is even more beautiful and the entire site well maintained. A peaceful oasis with friendly helpful staff. Our particular thanks to Hassan and Yasmin.
    The breakfasts were really good. Unlike last time there were less
    people at dinner .The food was good and Hassan tried really hard to give us variety but it was rather prescriptive. A lovely place to stay and return to again.


    The accent here is on value, not luxury or uniqueness, but the staff are very friendly and helpful, and the place is really well kept. The gardens are lush. My husband and I enjoyed a few days of sun and relaxation here during a busy trip. But I think it is ideal for families with young kids. The pool looked lovely, the access to loungers on the beach was great, and the beach itself is just a miracle! The food is not remarkable, breakfast was OK at best, but there are lots of restaurants close by for dinners. It is a small tourist town. We enjoyed the walk along the beach to Cirali/Olympos, which is a large ruin with a remarkable history. We hiked up to see Chimaera at dusk, which was a bit of magic, but that might be too much for a lot of kids, the climb is not easy, and in the dark it is very dark indeed.


    Fantastic holiday, loved Chirali and the hotel was really unique. Lovely family run accommodation, stunningly kept gardens and really friendly and helpful staff. Very clean, in fact a little gem. We have recommended the Azur Hotel to many friends.


    We returned to the Azur for a second time, and received the same great service. The staff are always on hand, and super friendly. The garden rooms are fairly basic, but set in beautiful gardens and contain everything you need.


    What is there not to like about Azur – we absolutely loved it. The place is a piece of tranquil paradise run by people who genuinely cared for their guests and for whom nothing was too much trouble. The staff were kind and friendly and worked incredibly hard to ensure that their guests were well looked after.
    We were amazed at the attention to detail and the thought that had gone in to the planning of the complex, particularly the beautiful oases dotted around the gardens – a chair here, a swing there, water fountains, carp pools! The place is a feast of delights. Our cabin was everything we could have wished for and again, being able to sit out on the veranda with a drink or just contemplate the beauty of the gardens was a real tonic.
    It’s very difficult if not churlish to criticise the place; I suppose one might get a bit tired of the breakfast if it were a two week holiday ( we were there for one week), but Azur is not claiming to be a five star hotel and in any case I’ve stayed in plenty of five star hotels and none of them provide the care and attention that was lavished on us by the staff at Azur. Full marks, five stars, AAA, highly recommended, our hotel of choice if we’re in the area again. You can pass this email onto the owners if you wish.


    We had a wonderfully relaxing stay at the Azur Hotel. The location is superb... you can walk to lots of restaurants along the beach or into Cirali in minutes. The resort is very low key and not very touristy.. there's no big hotels which we really liked.. The staff at the hotel are so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The garden is so lush and we felt as though we were in the tropics rather than in Europe. We also loved the pool area and we'd get in the habit of nipping down to the beach for a swim in the day as its so close. There are lots of showers to freshen up as you come back to the pool area. As our children our older, 15 and 11 we were hoping that the pool area would stay open a bit later, it closes promptly at 6pm. It's a small thing. Our first night was spent in a cabin which for the 4 of us was a bit on the small size although the bathroom was amazing. The rest of our stay was by the restaurant in the stone building. The main room/main bedroom was perfect with a lovely outside terrace on to the garden but the second bedroom was on the small with bunk beds for our 2 teenagers. When we visit again we will have to book 2 rooms! The food in the hotel was also excellent, we all looked forward to breakfast which was very generous, eggs cooked to order, pastries, fruit, cold meats.. etc really fantastic. The restaurant is set amongst the trees with natural shade with the back drop of a cliff. It really is beautiful. Lots of thought has been put into incorporating nature in the settings. Overall as a family we had the most peaceful and relaxing holiday at the Azur and Cirali would love to go back in the future as there is so much more that we wanted to do in exploring the area.


    We had a fantastic stay at Azur Hotel, Cirali (2 adults and 2 boys aged 7 and 4). The setting is brilliantly located for beach and town and is just beautiful in terms of the expansive, colourful and fragrant gardens that are immaculately tended to. Our stone bungalow, although fairly small, was ideal for a family of four and was located next to the restaurant which was extremely handy but had the advantage of a more private sitting area to the rear where we could sit with drinks in the evening/dry clothes/park our beach equipment etc. The pool area was fantastic for families, immaculately clean, busy and sociable but never overly noisy or without space and the pool bar/restaurant had everything we needed. We ate lunch and dinner at the Azur as well as taking drinks at the bar each evening but also ate at many of the beach and town restaurants and found all to be of a really great standard with lots of options. Cirali is beautiful, unspoilt and is a rare combination of relaxing whilst offering so much to do. We visited the Chimaera, Olympos ruins, did an all day boat trip, hired bikes and cycled around the town, swam, snorkelled, had massages at the Azur, visited a treetop restaurant as well as spending plenty of time playing in the pool and on the beach. The hotel's staff are all wonderfully friendly and attentive although also offer guests total privacy. They learnt our names straight away, were so friendly to our children and attended to every need we had, always with a smile. We would highly recommend the Azur to families with children of any age.


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