“A quirky and intimate retreat high above sweeping Patara Beach, with excellent food and a free shuttle down to the sand”
The suites share a slice of the view out to sea. Their design reflects Cengiz's love of the zany and his desire to create a home-from-home mood. All have rough-cut cedar furniture, fireplaces, sofas or chairs, and private decks with hot tubs and cushioned seating. You’ll also get a kitchenette (with tea- and coffee-making apparati plus a Smeg minibar stashed with drinks and nibbles) - not for preparing food but to make you feel chez vous. The name game hasn’t been over-hyped: there are 1 or 2 film posters and a few books about the eponymous grandes dames, but that’s as far as it goes.
Of the 2 Superior Suites, Norma Jean is a perfect lovers’ nest hidden among the olive trees, whilst Bette Davis is less intimate and close to the parking area. The Deluxe Suites, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, share a terrace and can be linked together, though when rented separately they're perfectly private. The Signature Suite, Brigitte Bardot, is a cavernous space with a mezzanine bedroom beneath its soaring ceiling, and a private pool outside.
Since our visit, Casa Liz T. has been added. We're yet to personally view this villa, but it promises to be very similar to the Superior Suite, but with the addition of a second bedroom and a full kitchen.
Prima Donna’s open-fronted restaurant, Locanda, is ideal for relaxed dining. Gather around the bar with an aperitif, then take to your table for classic Turkish recipes with extra zest, made using market-fresh fish, the finest cuts of meat and plenty of ingredients from the organic veggie garden.
My dinner began with a mouth-watering array of mezes: chargrilled peppers in a pomegranate marinade, aubergine in olive oil, a vegetable terrine, haydari (yoghurt with mint and garlic). This was followed by a perfectly grilled beef tenderloin, plus a peppery Anatolian red that formed the perfect match for both the main course and the cheeseboard and pastries that ended the meal. Breakfast, served whenever you like, is another meze-style feast. Expect home-baked bread and an assortment of small dishes (cheese, olives, tomatoes, walnuts, fruit).
Light lunches and snacks are available from the pool bar, and picnics can be made up on request - perfect for a day at the beach.