Peninsula Gardens

Kas, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey Book from Book from £150 per night

A romantic cliff-top retreat outside the pretty harbour town of Kas, with a spa, sleek rooms and sweeping Mediterranean views
This stylish hotel has all the ingredients for a relaxed and romantic holiday - luxurious adults-only accommodation, a secluded setting, fantastic food, and sun-soaked decking overlooking the bluest of seas. Made for couples and honeymooners, it sits high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean, with 3-storey buildings spread across a slope, designed to make the most of the panoramic views.

The 18 rooms and suites are spacious and spoiling; all have their own deck or balcony, and most come with private plunge pools to cool off in. There’s also a large infinity pool and, for those who prefer taking a dip in the sea, a ladder into the translucent water below. Steps lead down to rustic wooden decks set at different levels along the cliff, each lined with padded loungers - some doubles. For more privacy, you can hire a seafront cabana for the day, complete with a private butler for room service. It’s tempting to lounge around doing nothing at all, but if you can tear yourself away there are boat trips and watersports to enjoy, and charming Kas, with its restaurants, boutiques and cobbled streets, is nearby.

Highs

  • Uninterrupted sea views from the terraces and all rooms. We loved sipping cocktails as the sun set, then dining under the stars
  • You’ll feel blissfully relaxed after you’ve been scrubbed, soaped and massaged in the on-site spa and hammam
  • No need to hire a car: there's a free shuttle service to Kas, and staff can arrange boat trips around the spectacular coastline
  • Young and friendly staff who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable
  • Here on i-escape, you can book rooms directly with the hotel operator, and at more reasonable rates than buying a flight-inclusive package

Lows

  • Since changing management in 2017, we've had reports of poor maintenance (broken lights, splintered decking, unwatered plants)
  • Drinks are expensive, and there are no bars or restaurants within walking distance
  • If dining in Kas, the free shuttle stops quite early - but you can get a taxi back for around EUR 10
  • Some terraces are slightly overlooked by the rooms above
  • You're not on a beach, but you can swim straight off the rocks beneath the hotel

Best time to go

May and early June are great times to visit, before temperatures start to climb. The heat reaches a peak in July and August, which are also the busiest months, but the sea breeze keeps things bearable. September is also lovely, and the sea is warmer than in spring. Bear in mind that the plunge pools can be cold in spring and autumn, however.

Our top tips

  • The staff are lovely and very friendly, but some of them speak limited English, so it's worth brushing up on a few key phrases

  • If you’re hankering after sand, head for stunning Kaputas beach (20 mins' drive towards Kalkan) or 12km-long Patara (45 mins), which regularly appears in lists of the world’s best beaches
  • Great for...

    Eco
    Great Outdoors
    Honeymoon
    Spa
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 18
    • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
    • 14's and over only
    • Open all year
    • Pools
    • Spa
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    Room: Deluxe Room

    Rooms

    The 18 rooms are spread between 2 buildings built up the hillside, and named after precious stones - Aquamarine, Lapiz, Ivory etc. All but the Standard Rooms have private plunge pools of varying shapes and sizes; some are accessed directly through French doors, others snake 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.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee / tea making
    • DVD player
    • Hairdryer
    • Internet access
    • Ipod dock
    • Phone
    • Plunge pool in all except Standard Rooms
    • Safe box
    • Satellite TV
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi

    Eating

    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. 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.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Restaurant
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Room service
    • Vegetarian menu
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    Activities

    • Book a private seafront cabana and spend a day in blissful indolence, sipping cocktails, gazing at the view and taking an occasional dip in the sea

    • Cruise along the beautiful coastline on a gulet (traditional wooden sailing boat), with a delicious lunch and plenty of swimming stops on route

    • Explore the pretty bougainvillea-lined streets of Kas, with their chic boutiques, tea gardens and weekly food market

    • The stunning Saklikent gorge, the amphitheatre and rock tombs of Myra and the haunting sunken city of Kekova (destroyed by an earthquake in the 2nd century AD) are all within easy reach

    • Hop across to the unspoilt Greek island of Kastellorizo (or Meis in Turkish), only 20 minutes away by ferry. Wander around its warren of streets, feast on fresh fish at a waterfront restaurant, visit the pretty church, and explore the museum charting the island’s history

    • Go scuba diving - there are around 30 dive spots within easy reach of Kas, with great visibility, canyons, caves and wrecks

    • Hike part of the Lycian Way, a spectacular route that stretches for 400km across southwest Turkey, following a line of Roman and Ottoman roads and nomad trails

    • Kas is a centre for sea-kayaking, paragliding, canyoning and mountain biking

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Museums / galleries
    • Paragliding
    • Pilates
    • Private guided tours
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping / markets
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Well being
    • Yoga

    Kids

    No children under the age of 14 are accepted - this is very much a quiet couples' retreat. Please note extra beds are not available.

    Best for:

    Teens (over 12)

    Kid Friendly:

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