“Romantic, rustic-chic guesthouse and family-friendly villas that put Alacati, the best-preserved town on Turkey’s Aegean coast, on the map”
These rooms are made for romance. There are 5 doubles and 2 twin rooms in the main guesthouse, which vary in size (Blue Rooms or Large Rooms), in keeping with the original layout of the house. Some overlook the garden, others the lane. All are on the first floor, except one of the Large Rooms, which is in a stone cottage guarded by a pair of palm trees - ideal for courting couples. If you plan to stay more than a couple of nights, opt for a Large Room.
The décor is rustic luxe: lace-trim curtains, polished pinewood floors, beamed ceilings and antique dressers with vanity mirrors. Inviting beds are draped with mosquito nets, pretty patchwork quilts and crisp linens. Whitewashed walls are offset with vibrant kilims and baby blue woodwork - Zeynep tried 13 shades of blue before she was satisfied, an indication of the extraordinary attention to detail throughout the hotel. Original built-in cupboards provide ample storage space.
Bathrooms are small but spotless, with walk-in power showers, fluffy bathrobes, and olive oil soap, shampoo and shower gel.
All rooms have air con, though stone walls and high ceilings provide natural cool. There’s WiFi throughout, but no TVs, phones or minibars. Instead, browse the library of books and jazz CDs in the cosy living room.
We’re yet to see the 2 private villas next to the main guesthouse, but they come in 2 sizes - small or large - and the décor appears to be very similar to that of the guesthouse rooms. The Small Private Villa has a twin bedroom, and perhaps looks a little dark, while the 2-bedroom Large Private Villa seems brighter> It has a master bedroom, a bathroom with tub, a fireplace and a terrace in the garden. Both villas have a living area and a kitchen area, plus they both overlook, and share, a pool in a gorgeous garden full of bougainvillea. All ages are welcome in the private villas, and guests have access to all the facilities at the main guesthouse.
Breakfast, served on the terrace in the main guesthouse until noon, is a traditional Turkish spread with knobs on: simit (sesame bagels) and warm rolls baked by the neighbour Mrs Ferhunde, home-grown olives, boiled eggs, kasar, tulum and feta cheeses, spicy ricotta and walnut spread, tomatoes, cucumbers, pine honey, home-made fig, quince and watermelon jams, fresh orange juice and seasonal fruit.
Throughout the day, the tempting aroma of carrot cake or lemon tart wafts through the lobby from the gorgeous country kitchen. Most guests rush back from the beach by 6pm so they don’t miss this complimentary afternoon tea. Those who can’t tear themselves away from the pool full stop are refreshed with minted lemonade, or gin and tonics flavoured with fresh basil.
Those staying in the private villas can self-cater, though they do have breakfast included in their rates (eaten in the main guesthouse). The Large Private Villa has a full kitchen (cooker and fridge/freezer) while the Small Private Villa has a simpler kitchenette.
Alacati has plenty of classy (and pricey) restaurants. Agrilia, an atmospheric Italian in an old tobacco warehouse, serves fabulous artichoke and pistachio papardelle, T-bone steaks, and weekly tango lessons. Lavanta and Tuval - offering sophisticated Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine - are where weekending Istanbullus go to see and be seen. For seafood, pick any of the scenic restaurants along the harbour of Dalyankoy. Imren Patisserie specialises in sweets flavoured with mastic, grown exclusively in Cesme and Chios. Another local ‘delicacy’ is kumru - a grilled sausage, cheese and tomato sandwich.
The policy is children over 12 only in the main guesthouse, but a younger child can sometimes be accommodated in Large Room (#8) by request. Children of all ages are welcome in the private villas. Teenagers will enjoy the watersports and beach bars nearby.
Teens (over 12)
The Small and Large Private Villas can both sleep up to 5. The Large Private Villa has 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and can fit an extra mattress, while the Small Private Villa has a twin bedroom, plus the option of adding 2 single beds in the living area, and an extra mattress, too.
There are 2 baby cots available for use in Large Room 8 or the private villas - request in advance
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking