“A romantic cliff-top retreat minutes from the pretty harbour town of Kas, with a spa, sleek rooms and sweeping Mediterranean views”
The 18 rooms are spread between 2 buildings built up the hillside. They’re named after precious stones - Aquamarine, Lapiz, Ivory, Diamond - and all but the Standard Rooms have private plunge pools of varying shapes and sizes (some accessed directly through French doors, others snaking around flowerbeds).
You get more space inside and out as you go up the price ladder (there are 5 categories), but all rooms are similar in style - contemporary and airy, with white walls, tiled floors and panels of exposed stone. The enormous platform beds are clad in crisp white linen and set over underlit onyx panels; above them are large mirrors suspended from the ceiling - useful for checking the progress of your tan. You also get a low couch or chair, a couple of lanterns, and a few cushions and vibrant seascapes to add colour.
The marble bathrooms are small and dimly lit, but perfectly formed. The large walk-in showers (no tubs) are backed by fabulous onyx wall panels, and there are soft Turkish cotton bathrobes and Molton Brown lotions and potions.
Even the Standard Rooms have small sea-facing terraces, but it’s worth splashing out for a room with a pool if you can. We loved Jade, the spacious Signature Suite. With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors leading to a plunge pool and a beautifully scented juniper-wood terrace with squashy loungers and a rattan sofa (perfect for sundowners), it was almost like having our own private villa. Add in a flat-screen TV, iPod dock and room service, and it was difficult to drag ourselves away for the first couple of days.
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.30am in a whitewashed wooden pavilion overlooking the sea. Under its palm-fringed roof we tucked into freshly baked bread (including sesame-coated simit, a Turkish favourite), a huge selection of homemade jams, honey, plump black olives, cheeses, cold cuts, pastries, fresh fruit, and tempting Turkish delight. Pancakes and eggs are made to order, and it’s all washed down with glasses of fruit juice and sweet çay (Turkish tea).
If you’re not out and about, there’s an all-day lunch menu with fresh salads, club sandwiches and pasta dishes. These can be served poolside or on your terrace, or delivered to your private cabana by the sea.
Come evening, we sipped cocktails around the convivial bar before dining under the stars as the sound of the waves mingled with soft lounge music. The menu is a mix of international and local dishes with a fine-dining twist, all making the most of fresh, locally sourced produce. We loved the delicious meze, with cheese borek, stuffed vine leaves and a smokey aubergine dip, followed by a charcoal-grilled Adana kebab then homemade baklava and ice cream.
You’ll find plenty of restaurants to sample in Kas, and the free hotel shuttle, which leaves at 7:30pm and returns at 10:30pm, is ideal for dining out. We particularly liked The Blue Door, a family affair known for its great meze and pretty terrace (reached by walking through the family home), and Bahce Balik, set in a shady garden with a seafood-focused menu, including freshly caught octopus and calamari.