Hotels Near Olympos, Turkey

by Joanne Thomas

Olympos, an ancient city on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, is one of the major tourist attractions of the Anatolia region. As the once-thriving city of Olympos was abandoned by the 15th century, it is a place of archaeological ruins, largely absent of tourist infrastructure. Although campgrounds and budget cabins exist near Olympos, visitors seeking hotel accommodations need to stay a little further afield in the neighboring village of Cirali.

Kibala Hotel

Kibala Hotel is located in Cirali, a small coastal village near the archaeological sites of Olympos. The village overlooks a secluded bay and is surrounded by unspoiled forested mountains, offering a serene location with ample tourist attractions within reach. The hotel, which is about 800 yards from the beach, consists of six private pine cottages set within a 27,000-square-foot landscaped garden. The cottages are air conditioned and feature a balcony and simple but elegant furnishings. Rates include a daily breakfast and complimentary use of bicycles. Vegetables and fruits grown in the garden are used by the restaurant in preparing its Mediterranean and Turkish dishes. Guests wishing to learn about the history and culture of Turkey may borrow informative books from the on-site library, access archives of Turkish folk and classical music, and sample local wines.

Olympos Lodge

Olympos Lodge sits on the other side of a mountain creek from Olympos and offers partial views of the ancient town's harbor, bath, theater and narrow streets. The beachfront property is filled with lush vegetation that attracts turtles, parrots and peacocks. It consists of low-rise buildings housing standard and deluxe guest rooms with classic, all-white decor with Romanesque furnishings. Thatched shades and comfy lounge chairs are provided on the quiet beach for lodge guests. The on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and freshly caught local fish in a light, airy dining room with sea views.

Azur Hotel

At the Azur Hotel in Cirali, guests have a choice of eight terraced bungalows with a private patio, or 20 larger garden lodges, all of which are located within the hotel's landscaped flower gardens and orchards. The timber lodges feature terra-cotta tile roofs, hardwood floors, sleek, ultra-modern bathrooms and a private veranda with a hammock. The hotel's restaurant offers breakfasts with homemade jams, and Turkish-Mediterranean lunches and dinners using local fish and meats and home-grown produce. Guests dine under a 300-year-old mulberry tree or in the cozy indoor dining room with a fireplace. Bed-and-breakfast rates and half-board rates are available.

Anatolia Resort

Anatolia Resort, a seven-room boutique hotel in Cirali, boasts views of the sea and mountains from its terrace, as well as its own expansive gardens filled with orange and lemon trees. It is a typical Mediterranean-style house with white-washed walls, red-tiled roofs and ornate iron balconies. All the guest rooms are air conditioned, and feature elegant wrought-iron beds and soothing pastel decor, which varies slightly from room to room. The hotel offers its guests a range of tours and excursions, which include climbing Mount Olympos, scuba diving and touring the remains of Olympos.

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