Peninsula Gardens

Kas, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey Book from

Reviewed by Sarah Gilbert
A romantic cliff-top retreat minutes from 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 indulgence by the bucket-load. Made for couples and honeymooners, it sits high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean, with 3-storey buildings spread across a slope and 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 an iPod dock and a direct line to a butler. 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 excursions plus boat trips around the spectacular coastline on the hotel's own gulet
  • Young and friendly staff who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable
  • The hotel - along with sister property Likya Gardens - is managed by tour operator Elixir Holidays, and we are one of the few partners to offer non-package bookings for both

Lows

  • Don’t expect complete privacy on your terrace - some are overlooked by the rooms above
  • You're not right on the beach, but you can swim straight off the rocks beneath the hotel
  • You’ll either love or hate the enormous mirror suspended over your bed
  • There's a 3-night minimum stay, and the hotel is closed annually from November to April

Best time to go

The hotel is open from May to November. May is a great month to visit, before temperatures start to climb in mid-June. 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.

Our top tips

Don’t miss the weekly tours in the hotel’s gulet. Flitting in and out of secluded bays on this 2-masted traditional wooden sailing boat is the ideal way to see this beautiful stretch of coastline. It's complimentary for guests staying for 5 nights or more and, with a delicious lunch and wine thrown in, it’s the perfect recipe for a lazy day at sea.

Great for...

Eco
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 18
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Over 14s 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
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Deluxe Room

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Phone
  • Pillow menu
  • Plunge pool in all except Standard Rooms
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Turndown service
  • 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, 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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

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

  • Head to the spa for a traditional Turkish hammam and a massage, or offset the gastronomic delights on offer with a one-to-one yoga or pilates session on your terrace

  • Cruise along the beautiful coastline on the hotel’s 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 free hotel shuttle runs into town 3 times per day)

  • If you’re hankering after sand, the stunning Kaputas beach is 20 minutes away on the road between Kas and Kalkan. The 12km-long Patara beach (45 minutes away) regularly appears in lists of the world’s best beaches

  • Take a tour - 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, and the hotel can arrange day trips

  • 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

  • Or try sea-kayaking, paragliding, canyoning and mountain biking (reception can arrange)

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. If you're coming with children over 14 please note extra beds are not available.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
7/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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