Med-Inn

near Bodrum, Aegean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £128 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
  • Closed: 17 Dec 2018 - 19 Apr 2019
  • 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's 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. There is also the option of taking a first-floor Family Suite with a balcony. 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:

Location

Med-Inn is perched on the Bay of Gulluk, overlooking its own small private beach in Milas, 40km from the centre of Bodrum on the west coast of Turkey.

By Air
The closest airport, Bodrum, is only 10km away and easily reached via European charter airlines and national carrier Turkish Airlines. Izmir is the second closest and receives international flights. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
The hotel offers transfers - see Rates - or you can take a taxi from Bodrum airport to the hotel, or hire a car (see below).

By Bus:
There are plenty of buses into Bodrum from around Turkey in the summer months. The main bus station or otogar is in the centre of the town, and from here you can take a taxi.

By Boat:
Bodrum is a hub for ferries to and from the Greek Islands, including Kos and Rhodes.

By Car
For car hire, see our car rental recommendations. It's a slightly tricky journey to the hotel down a long lane and sat nav will take you on the wrong route if you're not careful. The hotel has off-street parking.

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

More on getting to Turkey and getting around

Airports:

  • Bodrum 10.0 km BJV
  • Izmir Adnan Menderes 200.0 km ADB

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 4.5 km
  • Restaurant 4.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 10 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
10/10
Value
9/10
Overall

The hotel and location live up to the pictures! Lovely setting and nice uncrowded feel even with hotel at full capacity - there were always sun loungers available along the beach and tables in the outdoor restaurant, for most of our stay there was ample room around the pool too. The vibe was perfect for families to make friends along the pool / beach but you could also keep to yourself if that's what you prefer. We had a lovely stay but it was marred a bit by the menu /food choices - there were some excellent meals on offer but not that geared towards children and while the staff did make some accommodations, I felt like I was imposing (e.g. asking for the meatballs from the lunch menu at dinner time - which they could do - or the chicken - which they could not, or asking for plain tomato / avocado instead of a fancier salad). I heard from other guests who had been there before that the menu had changed, so it may change again.

8/10,

Beautiful location, perfect for totally chilling out for a few days. We were upgraded to a huge room which was great for our family. Service very personable and friendly, just occasionally a bit forgetful!

9/10,

We really loved this hotel. A beautiful setting, lovely rooms, great food, really everything you could want. I would highly recommend this hotel.

10/10,

We had a lovely family holiday at Med Inn. It's a beautiful, peaceful hotel with a gorgeous pool, a private beach and lots of places to lounge about. The service was excellent and very friendly. The food was quite expensive and not great for kids, but was of a very high quality. Highly recommended.

9/10,

Staff were amazing. Stunning setting - second part of our holiday , and we didn't leave the hotel! One annoying thing - there were wasps in the sand, that you had to be careful of.

10/10,

Our family of four stayed in this hotel for a week in July. It's in a lovely location on a quiet bay only about 30 minutes drive from Bodrum airport (although with no plane noise). The hotel is right on the beach with plenty of sunbathing space: there are pretty gardens with different types of beds (shady or otherwise), a jetty and an attractive pool too. The restaurant/ bar is next to the pool and the beach so you can look straight out to sea. We stayed in an Executive Suite which was large, spotlessly clean and had gorgeous views of the sea (and the sunset!). The food was excellent too. At our request the hotel arranged for us to visit the ancient Roman city of Ephesus and to go on a boat trip too. All in all we had a great week and would thoroughly recommend Med Inn to others.

10/10,

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,

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,

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,

A fabulous place!

10/10,

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