I spent time in Alavya back in July with 5-6 friends and still treasure that time + wish I could go back.
The rooms are simply elegant and laden with all sorts of fun and well-thought details -- such as kaleidoscopes, peshtamal bathrobes, slippers that magically (I still don't know how-) come in your size. Also, I think some of the rooms were inspired by the traditional houses in the region, which I really liked. In our room the walls were stone and they our window blinds and doors were painted in this certain shade of blue that I just loved! From bed linens to notepapers, everything in the room was tasteful.
The hotel consists of three or four buildings with a surrounding garden (it would take you 5 to10 minutes to walk around this entire area) and has different entrances. There is this one entrance that opens to the heart of the town center (Alacati) -- and there is a main entrance where you can directly walk out to the open air market on Saturdays. This open air market seems to go on for miles and miles and is the best place to get local fruits (delicious figs and peaches) and/or souvenir type of stuff to take back home with.
The other two things that are really worth mentioning at Alavya is the food and service. I was lucky enough to eat at both of the restaurants in the hotel -- Mitu (more casual, serves breakfast and lunch as well) and Fogo (fancy Italian-Aegean fusion) and the food was always fresh and delicious. I'm saying lucky enough because the acquaintances who came after us couldn't make reservations at Fogo/ were told they were booked until September -- and there has been talks of Michelin evaluation. So my suggestion from personal experience + common sense is to make a reservation at this restaurant when you're booking your room.
And the service -- Alavya's staff is probably the most kind and caring hotel staff that I've ever encountered with within Europe and North America. It feels like this hospitality thing comes naturally to Turks but even so -- everything from taking care of flying umbrellas to our room service was taken care of so gently.
All in all, this is a GREAT location for honeymooners, larger groups and even for families with kids. The beach is only a 20 min trip and the hotel staff always makes sure that you're going to get to wherever -- whether it's the beach or the airport on the way back. I highly recommend this place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Alacati, ALAVYA has six beautifully restored stone houses offering 25 individually decorated guest rooms. The private courtyards and gardens lure guests into a relaxing sanctuary, while Spa and sport facilities provide more invigorating experiences. MITU, Cafe Bar Bistro, open all year round is the place to taste mouth-watering dishes, serves seasonal fresh local flavors and fine local wines. Considered over the years a touchstone of Alacati's culinary world, the famous Chef Melih Teksen and AGRILIA Restaurant will be serving their guests dinner on weekends and as of June, will be at service every night. Another tasty part of Alavya, KAPHA Restaurant will be giving service through all summer with Sedat Chef's modern local tastes. Kapha will be serving on weekends during winter time. Alavya Hotel is open all year around with different experiences each season. ... more less
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