Driving to Yediburunlar Lighthouse Hotel, one’s first glimpse of the place comes at a high bend in the road where, at a distance, it looks like a miniature seaside version of Lhasa’s Potala Palace, sprawling along the edge of a sheer cliff. The Potala analogy holds in other respects too, for Yediburunlar is nothing if not a place steeped in an atmosphere of contemplative silence (well, to be honest, a silence broken not infrequently by the barking of the owners’ four dogs, though my partner, who’s normally uncomfortable around canines, felt fine around these particular dogs). It’s only to be expected that a place so strongly rooted both in its extreme natural environment and in the audacious vision of the Turkish-South African couple that built it from scratch and continues to run it is not going to be for everyone. We spent five days there in late November and absolutely loved it. Other reviewers have expressed a range of opinion about the accommodations, food, and hospitality. We stayed in a bungalow called Kardelen that has the most spectacular of all the magnificent views. It was spotlessly clean, furnished with beautifully upholstered chairs, a comfortable couch, carpets, and a work table, and there was plenty of hot water. The meals couldn’t have been tastier—fresh, home-made food expertly prepared with the accent on vegetables and fish, and a different dinner menu each night. The hospitality was cordial if not exactly convivial, and this suited us fine. Co-owner Leon was incredibly helpful with advice about hikes and other activities. When we expressed interest in a 10-mile day hike along one of his favorite trails, he offered to lead us. When we expressed interest in visiting a nearby olive oil pressing plant, he offered to drive us there. He also picked us up from the bus stop upon arrival and delivered us to the Dalaman airport upon departure (for an additional fee). For three of the five days of our visit, we were the only guests, so I can’t say what it would be like to be at Yediburunlar with a full house. In any event, I’d highly recommend late November as a great time for hiking the Lycian Way, and for spending time in this gem of a place.
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- Also Known As:
- Yediburunlar Lighthouse Fethiye
- Yediburunlar Lighthouse Hotel Fethiye
- Yediburunlar Lighthouse Turkey/Fethiye