Beyaz Yunus

Near Olu Deniz, Aegean Coast, Turkey Book from

Reviewed by Emily Preece
Postcard-perfect views and total privacy at this grown-up seaview hideaway
Beyaz Yunus (meaning ‘White Dolphin’) started life as a fish restaurant, before owner Mehmet turned it into an adults-only 7-room retreat in 2007. He, manager Mustafa and his team have been working together ever since. Driving through heavily commercialised Olu Deniz to get here, you worry that you must be in the wrong place, but keep going until you spot the azure blue gate a mile or so out of town. Behind it is a parallel universe of peace. Beyaz Yunus is built into a hillside, and its sea views are incredible; you instantly feel that guests here have stumbled upon a great secret.

Come for stunning scenery and tranquility, for lazy days and delicious dinners. The personalised service is amazing - nothing is too much trouble for the smiling, discreet staff - and everything feels very easy. You're a steep set of stairs from the beach (and a walk away from its famous Blue Lagoon), but the pool is beautiful; your biggest decision will be where to while away your days. Bring binoculars and a big book.

Highs

  • Glorious, panoramic sea views. We loved watching paragliders and beautiful sunsets
  • Very romantic. Each room has ocean vistas, a spacious terrace and a jacuzzi or private pool, so it's perfect for a honeymoon
  • The lovely main terrace, framed by olive trees and bougainvillea
  • Fresh seafood in the restaurant, and breakfast served whenever and wherever you want
  • Great cocktails and a sociable vibe at the Sunset Bar

Lows

  • Expensive, and a very strict payment policy (full payment upon reservation or 30 days prior to stay; non-refundable in the event of cancellation, though you may move dates depending on availability)
  • The beach is shingle not sand, and had some rubbish dumped on one section, but they are working to improve this
  • Olu Deniz (the local town) is very 'Brits Abroad' and lights up like a fairground at night. Most guests spend their evenings at the hotel

Best time to go

High season runs from June to September. If you can come before (May) or after (October), that's perfect, both in terms of crowds and prices. The hotel closes from November through April.

Our top tips

  • When you wander down to Olu Deniz beach, turn left at the bottom of the steps; this end is secluded and less commercial
  • For a quieter beach experience, drive to Kidrak, a peach of a beach. In the quieter months (June or October) you can virtually have the place to yourself
  • Great for...

    Beach
    Foodie
    Great Outdoors
    Honeymoon
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 7
    • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
    • Adults only
    • Closed: 5 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017...
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    Room: Room 5

    Rooms

    The 7 rooms feel very private, with bi-fold glass doors that give access to terraces and frame panoramic sea views. Décor is a mix of traditional and modern, with a nod to the nautical; a cool, crisp palette of blues, whites and browns. The sofas opposite your flat-screen wouldn’t seem out of place in your home, but bathrooms are very grand with marble detail, rain showers and hammams.

    Rooms 1 and 5 are worth the extra spend. Room 1 has a private pool and hammock (though the view from its terrace has less wow factor). Room 5 has a huge terrace with uninterrupted views, an alfresco Jacuzzi and shower, and a larger, brighter bedroom.

    Other rooms, though priced the same, vary considerably in terms of size, though no terraces are overlooked and each has an outdoor Jacuzzi (the water is not heated). Some bedrooms are darker than others.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Cd player
    • Coffee maker
    • Coffee tea making
    • Dvd player
    • Hairdryer
    • Ipod dock
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Phone
    • Radio
    • Safe box
    • Satellite tv
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi

    Eating

    Staying true to their past, dinner at Beyaz Yunus is a candlelit affair focusing on fresh fish, which is often cooked on the open grill. We ate a delicious mezze of prawns with garlic and raisins, homemade walnut bread, French onion salad and tuna filo rolls, followed by yummy tuna kebabs and then a chocolate soufflé.

    Breakfast can be eaten at any time, in the restaurant or on your private terrace (as can lunch and dinner). It consists of eggs to order, pancakes, or a range of cold Continental options. Lunch is a range of salads, sandwiches and tapas.

    Olu Deniz has a vast range of alternative restaurants within driving distance. Staff can advise.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Coffee maker
    • Coffee tea making
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Restaurant
    • Room service
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Most guests barely leave the hotel, so don't feel you need to! Relax by the infinity pool with its glorious views, or on your private terrace with its Jacuzzi or pool
    • Wander down to Olu Deniz's shingle beach; there are lively beach bars for a cold beer when the sun gets too strong, and the gorgeous Blue Lagoon at one end (a 45-minute walk from the hotel)
    • Go tandem paragliding or scuba diving from Olu Deniz
    • Take a boat trip on a gulet (traditional wooden boat)
    • Fethiye is a good day out, combining shopping (from fashion stores to carpet shops and souk-like markets) and sightseeing (Lycian tombs, Roman theatre, the Archaeological Museum)
    • Treat yourself to an in-room massage

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boat trips
    • Fishing
    • Historical sites
    • Nightlife
    • Paragliding
    • Private guided tours
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Well being
    • Windsurfing

    Kids

    Adults only.

    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

    10/
    Rooms
    8/
    Food
    10/
    Service
    8/
    Value
    9/
    Overall

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