Med-Inn

near Bodrum, Aegean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £116 per night

Laid-back beach hotel with pool, jetty and large colourful rooms, 40 minutes from Bodrum
Turkey's beach scene can be showy, extravagant and a bit over the top, but not here. Just 40 minutes from Bodrum, and 10 from its airport, this serene boutique hotel with a private beach is laid back and family-friendly, with views of the Bay of Gulluk to stir the soul. The atmosphere is relaxed enough that guests happily chat to one another.

In a quiet spot so untouristy that taxi drivers often find it hard to locate, the Med-Inn has become a well-kept secret to those in the know. They don't tell their friends about the pool, the attentive service, the lush Mediterranean gardens and the beautifully coloured suites: it's all too good to share. There's plenty of space for families, friends and lovers who like to lounge, and many visitors find its easy-going attitude so addictive that they return year on year. We loved its VIP members' club feel, taking a gulet around the islands of the bay, going on daytrips to the ruins of Ancient Greece, and eating fresh fish as the sun set into a perfect aquamarine sea.

Highs

  • Great for families, especially older children and teenagers - there's plenty of space in the suites, a relaxed ambiance, and a pool
  • Right on the beach - make yourself at home on the chic jetty, where staff will happily serve food and drink
  • Delicious fresh seafood in the restaurant and an extensive cocktail menu
  • Quiet and laid-back, with a warm welcome
  • Good value for money, considering all the spacious, stylish suites have sea views and private balconies

Lows

  • It's quite a long way from other places of interest (Bodrum is 40 minutes' drive): you might want to hire a car
  • The menu in the shoulder/low season is limited, and it's 4km winding drive to Gulluk's restaurants
  • The exterior of the 6-storey building isn't that attractive, and Gulluk has some ugly developments, but that's soon forgotten when you clock the view
  • We found breakfast a little underwhelming compared to the amazing dinners

Best time to go

This part of Turkey has a good year-round climate, and the season in Gulluk (and Bodrum) starts the last week of April. The hotel is open from the end of April to October. Within these months, July and August are the hottest and most popular, but Bodrum can be very hectic in these months.

Our top tips

Hire a gulet and explore the islands of the Bodrum peninsula. Rabbit Island, Orak Island and Black Island are known for their scuba diving, or you could just relax on their quiet beaches away from the crowds.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 26
  • Restaurant and bar (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
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The smart and modern suites are all very spacious and uniquely designed, with queensize bedrooms and lovely living areas.

Executive Suites are Cinnamon or Beluga in style. We stayed in a modern and bright Beluga-style room, with an aubergine sofa and bright kilims on the floor as well as modern art and angular furniture. Pick Cinnamon if you're looking for restful, natural colours; chic shades of brown, cream and white. Either way, you'll get a Jacuzzi tub in the modern white bathroom.

Junior Suites are split into Pepper - bright and vibrant with scarlet sofas, mustard cushions and modern photography - and Sapphire - a refined and elegant look with white textured vases and deep-pile sea green rugs alongside colourwash canvases. Bathrooms have a regular tub with an overhead shower.

Family Suites have 2 twin beds set up in their living rooms, but are otherwise the same as Junior Suites. The main bedroom can also be set up as a twin room if you prefer.

All suites have a sea view, balcony and WiFi, and we'd recommend asking for a centrally-located room on one of the upper floors, which will give you the best view.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The hotel has two restaurants which share a menu featuring international fare and fine Turkish wines (chosen to match the food, from award winning winery, Kavaklıdere).

The top-floor restaurant has fantastic views and is good dinner option for the cooler months. This is also where breakfast is served, a cold buffet of fruit, cheeses and salads, plus Turkish coffee and orange juice wash everything down.

The garden terrace restaurant is open for lunch all season and dinner in summer, when the weather is warm enough to eat by the beach. We dined on decadent steaks, juicy prawns and rich chocolate fondants, the sound of the sea and flickering candles in the background.

Afterwards, we strolled over the informal lounge bar for a nightcap overlooking the grounds. Snacks and drinks are available here throughout the day, and there are plenty of places to sit down by the sea.

If you want to eat out, you can drive/taxi/bus into Gulluk for dinner (4km), where you'll find small local cafes and eateries. Ask the team for the latest recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Relax on the small private beach, bag a sunlounger on the jetty, or take Turkish apple tea next to the pool
  • Go sailing on a traditional gulet; reception can organise daytrips up and down the coast, and there are frequent stops for swimming and snorkelling
  • Spend a day in Bodrum. Its lively shingle beaches, castle and museums are worth a visit, as is the town's hammam and mud baths. It's around 40 minutes' drive from the hotel
  • Check out Bodrum peninsula's beaches. Vass is great for windsurfing, and shallow Bitez has soft sand and is ideal for families, with a tangerine orchard beside it. Or ask the hotel for recommendations
  • Take a boat trip to the antique city of Iasos, where you can find original ancient Greek columns and an amphitheatre hidden among the hills
  • If Greek and Roman ruins inspire you, the excavations at Ephesus are worth the 2+ hour drive: one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis and Celsus Library are outstanding
  • Take a day trip to Rhodes or Kos from Bodrum harbour. Ferries go regularly and once there you can hire a scooter in the harbour to explore
  • Head into the nearby fishing village of Gulluk where you'll find a handful of cafes and shops
  • Play golf. There are plenty of new golf courses on the coast here, the closest just 15 minutes away

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Beaches
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

Kids

Med-Inn is great for kids and experienced in hosting families. It is a relaxing, peaceful hotel and while there isn't a kids club or ponies to ride (or any laid-on activities), if you're happy with sun, sand, space, a place to play and a 4km walk to the village, this would work for you. Teens seem to have particularly enjoyed it in the past.

Children under 6 go free; there is a small supplement for older children in an extra bed.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The ground-floor Family Suites work best, sleeping 2 adults in the bedroom and 2 children in the living area in twin beds. Instead of balconies, they open directly onto the terrace / bar / restaurant - perfect for parents wanting to enjoy dinner while their children sleep. Alternatively, the Junior Suites have a small sofabed in the living room to sleep 1 child aged 3-6, or the Executive Suites have a sofabed in the lounge that sleeps 2 children aged 3-12, or you can add an extra bed.

Children's meals:

A kids' menu, and the Mediterranean food on the main menu, including fresh fish, isn't completely foreign for younger guests.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool (unheated)
  • Decked jetty in the sea
  • Garden to play in

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Gulet tours and other boat trips
  • Hidden beaches and coves
  • Archaeological digs and tours eg the ruins at Ephesus
  • Local markets and shops in Bodrum

Families Should Know:

The pool isn't fenced and there's a deck and beach very close - you'll need to keep a close eye on toddlers.

Distances:

  • Airport: 20 minutes
  • Hospital: 40 minutes
  • Shops: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 18 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

We stayed with our 10 month old and found the staff very accommodating. Our request for a ground floor room was granted which meant we could swim and dine only a few metres from the baby when she was napping. The fact that the hotel is all suites meant we were able to chat and watch movies in a separate room in the evening while the baby slept. We loved the beautiful setting, but found a hire car essential.

9/10, , October 2016

Once again i-escape have got it right! Med-Inn is a lovely 'designer' hotel - large rooms all with sea-views and large bathrooms (with baths!). Bbreakfast in the top-floor restaurant was fantastic, and lunch/ supper by pool was great, though expensive. Lots of space and choice of loungers/ beds along the beach. Fantastic to come across this style of hotel which we love, that is also so accommodating to young children. 20 minutes from airport is a benefit too (and Bodrum Airport is a nice clean new airport). Overall a lovely place to stay, but perhaps only for 3-5 days as not much to do in the surrounding area, although we did enjoy evenings out in Gulluk and a boat-trip on Donmez.

10/10, , September 2016

We stayed for 14 nights in a family suite. We had a truly wonderful holiday. The hotel exceeded our expectations. The most beautiful setting, comfortable rooms, quiet air-con, efficient room service and excellent, attentive staff. The feeling of peace and space, allowing us to truly relax and set our own pace for the holiday was really beneficial. The calm sea and expansive bay provided many hours of safe bathing fun, with the canoe very much enjoyed by our son. There was never any sense of the place being crowded, even when the hotel was full. The breakfasts in the 6th floor terrace room were magnificent and set us up for the day. The dinner menu was a bit restrictive and although the chef did provide 'off-menu' vegetarian choices it would have been nice to have nightly specials.Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

10/10, , August 2016

A fabulous place!

10/10, , May 2016

5 days of heaven! A real pleasure to stay at this very stylish hotel - with excellent and charming staff, delicious food and drink and all in a beautiful setting, a few feet from the Aegean sea.

10/10, , October 2015

Absolutely beautiful! The staff was great. Super kid friendly.

10/10, , August 2015

As usual we found the iescape review to be true to its word, the hotel was very nice. We stayed in an Executive Suite and found it to be as pictured - large with simple, modern decor. As suggested, it is family friendly but as a couple with no children we did not find this affected our enjoyment of the facilities, or our relaxation time. We found the menu a little restricting and after the 5 night stay were ready for a change. We hired a car as we planned to see some sights and were glad we did, as there is not much around the hotel and we used it almost daily to get out and about. This allowed us to try other options for either lunch or dinner. Following a previous stay in a town on the Bodrum Peninsula we were a little disappointed with Güllük itself, there is not much there and it is pretty limited on food and shopping options.

8/10, , July 2015

I never thought a holiday would be relaxing with a 2 year old, but our stay at the Med Inn was just that. We have just returned from a week there and I would highly recommend it. The rooms are really spacious and comfortable. Being the beginning of the season it was really quiet so we had the pool to ourselves most of the time. The beach although narrow and stony sand was blissful to relax on. The sea was great for our 2 year old as it was warm and shallow. There were 2 highlights for us though - the food and the service. Being a small hotel we were worried that there wouldn't be much choice, but there were 2 menus - one for lunch and one for dinner - and we never had the same thing twice. There were so many great dishes to choose from and all were absolutely delicious. There isn't a childrens menu, but they will happily serve half portions of anything. Not only that, they would alter dishes slightly to suit our daughter. Nothing was too much trouble. The service was truly outstanding - the waiters, barmen, receptionists, cleaning staff etc were all delightful. They were attentive, friendly and so accommodating. We wanted a relaxing break away where we didn't have to leave the hotel and we got just that - thanks Med Inn!

10/10, , June 2015

We had a great time here - just what we were looking for. We travelled in early May, so it was fairly quiet. There were loads of areas to chill out - around the pool, on the jetty, on the beach, on the grass, around the bar, on the room balcony - with far more loungers than there could be people. The water was a little chilly at this time, but it was lovely and warm in the sun. Our room was excellent - stylish, with balconies in both the bedroom and lounge area, the sound of the sea through the window, a comfortable bed, and a warm bath. We enjoyed the food: a good mix of wraps, salads, burgers and pasta at lunch, with more fish and meat in the evenings. The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming. There's not much to do outside the hotel, but you can walk along the seafront to the next two bays, there's a couple of basic shops nearby, and a minibus into Gulluk 3x a day from just down the road. It's about 20 lira for a taxi back if you don't want to wait for the bus. Gulluk is fine for a wander round, with some restaurants and a market on Thursdays. You can get a bus to Bodrum from there if you want. There's ample parking at the hotel if you have your own car. If you want activities, spas and things to do, then you might be better off elsewhere, but if you are happy to read, swim and watch sunsets at the bar, then this place is great.

10/10, , May 2015

We were looking for something small and secluded in Turkey to spend a blitz honeymoon in October. Found Med-Inn, liked the look of it, read reviews and booked on very short notice. On arrival, we got a room upgrade thanks to i-Escape and stayed in a HUGE suite for a very low price. I absolutely loved our choice. Med-Inn is something I did not expect to find in Turkey, which in my mind was always associated with hoards of tourists and huge conveyer-belt hotels. Med-Inn is small, tastefully designed, located in a secluded area outside of Bodrum and is actually closer to the airport than the city itself. Staff were very welcoming. I was a bit ill and they diligently tended to a few special requests. Our room looked exactly like it did on the photo - great modern decor with some authentic Turkish elements and fantastic sea view, as well as balcony. The private beach outside was breathtaking. Because of secluded location and the size of village, there aren't many dining options. We stayed only four days and didn't have a car, so chose to have all our meals at the hotel. I agree with previous reviewers that variety and quality of food is not the greatest. But it is sufficient, if you are not a gourmet diner. Breakfasts were large and tasty. Lunches and dinners were so-so. If we had to stay longer than four days, I would have needed a change of menu and scenery. Be prepared that there are no spa facilities or entertainment at the hotel. But the beach and the surrounding scenery more than make up for that. All in all, I would definitely return, most likely outside the peak season.

9/10, , October 2014

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