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Yediburunlar Lighthouse
Ranked #41 of 101 Hotels in Fethiye
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“Great spot, great rooms, great food, great people!”
Reviewed 16 March 2013

Is there anything more to wish for? Leon and Semre were very helpful and hospitable in every way: they guided us to two beautiful walking tracks, cooked lovely food and created a lovely, quiet, well designed place to stay, at a paradislike spot. In the surroundings there are beautiful, spectacular walking tracks, amongst them Lycian Way tracks.
We chose the room with the bathtub at the window; a room with a view is an understatement.
Our visit to Yediburunlar was outside the peak season, so we had the place to ourselves.
The surrounding villages were great as were the villagers who invited us to drink tea and helped us out when we went astray. A great, unique experience.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Yediburunlar is a challenge to any reviewer. Firstly because the location and the views are impossible to put into words - they are simply stupendous. Secondly, the wonderful tasty food cannot be easily described. Thirdly, because there are some things about this place that are rather idiosyncratic. Some people will undoubtedly find these oddities irritating, while others will revel in the rustic individuality of the property. We fall into the latter category. We are willing to forgive lots of shortcomings for the sake of a unique experience in a stunning location.

You will not find a more lovely view over the Turkish coastline, with the sea way down below and mountain tops stretching into the distance. All food is normally served on the terrace which has this unbelievable view. Food is prepared by Semra and her assistants and laid out buffet style. We always looked forward to the evening meals because we found the food to be exceptionally tasty (but there is no a la carte, you take what you want from the range of dishes on offer). Breakfast is also help-yourself with cereals, fruits, yoghurt, bread and home-made jams. At lunchtime there is a good menu of simple but tasty dishes.

There is a small but beautiful swimming pool in the gardens with a nice shady area that has comfortable cushions and hammocks. There are foam sun-beds, but no loungers. By the pool there is a minibar with cold drinks available and a kettle for coffee/tea. There is no shower and no toilets by the pool, so it can be quite a climb to your room if you need to relieve yourself.

Three mornings a week, there are guided walks of about two hours through the local farmlands on rough stony tracks. You are accompanied by the hotel's resident dogs and the walk is led by one of the staff. While Leon was away this fell to Rejip who was very helpful, but he doesn't speak much English, so information was in short supply. This was a pity because we would have liked to understand the local village culture better.

The sea is inaccessible unless you are willing to climb down steep and rocky paths for an 3 hour round trip. Other marked walks are available in the area (along the Lycian way for example.

It is tarmac road to Gey village and then about half a mile on a dirt road. Fetiye is about an hour and a quarter and Kalkan about an hour away.

Our room was called Purple Rain (presumably after the Prince song of that name) and it did have some purple curtains above the bed! It is a large air-conditioned room with a big double bed - that was very comfortable - with two balconies and a modern bathroom. One balcony overlooks the rear of the hotel which is bordered by the local farmers' terraces. This is to the south west which means that it has lots of sunshine in the afternoon - fine in October, but could be too hot in the summer months - and great views of sunsets. The balcony is quite narrow and had some rather old furniture (up-right chairs) and a foam sun-bed. The second balcony has the fantastic view over the bays and the sea but can only be reached by climbing through the sliding window of the bathroom!

This is a unique and wonderful place, with great food and for that I am willing to forgive a few idiosyncrasies.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hanover, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

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.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Everything about this spot was spectacular - the views, the rooms, the delicious food, the gracious hosts. We wished we had booked more than one night to stay - there are mountain bikes and hiking trails that can be taken down to the lagoons below.
There are covered areas with hammocks for relaxing, backgammon, cards... A perfect stop on a trip along the turquiose coast.
The only precaution is the 'scenic' mountain drive from Yediburunlar to Oliduniz. The roads are narrow and gravel/dirt covered, with many steep and sharp switchbacks. After that drive,we opted out of any scenic route. We were happy for cold beers upon arrival!!

Room Tip: Pay more for the rooms with the large windows overlooking the sea. Definitely worth it!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

The photos you see tell the truth: this hotel is in a stunning location. If you want to get away from it all, then this could be the place for you, as long as you expect rustic charm, rather than scenic sophistication.

The hotel makes the most of its location and isolation. All rooms enjoy very good views. It's in good walking country, there are well marked paths with colour coded paint marks on rocks as a guide, and also 2-3 hour guided walks every other day. There's a small pool, also with a stunning view, good for sunbathing, reading and then dipping in to cool off. (And the hotel has a really good collection of books to read too, much more than the usual selection of discarded thrillers and aga sagas).

If you're keen to escape, the absence of TV's is a bonus, as is limited internet access, though mobile phone reception is good (so just switch it off).

The food could be described as really good home cooking.
Breakfast is yoghurt, muesli, dried fruits & nuts; home made bread & preserves; some kind of egg dish, e.g. scrambled, omelette, fried.
Lunch is an optional extra: main course, usually with a side salad, costs about 20-30 Turkish Lire; good value I thought.
Dinner is a variety of vegetarian dishes, some are hot, and some are salad. You serve yourself, most people had second helpings. Eating is communal with a few separate tables for two. We enjoyed some convivial dinners at the large table, and some on our own. A limited range of wines was available at very fair prices.

Rooms are equipped with large jacuzzi baths, strategically placed to wallow & enjoys the views. This works less well when the hot water gets used up. We never had hot water after dinner, and occasionally it was gone before dinner too. It seemed to be 100% reliable before 7p.m.

Our room (it was called a suite, but it was a room) had a hard bed which I found uncomfortable. It seems mean not to have courtesy soaps and shampoo: bring your own, don't get caught short, as you can't just nip out to the shops to buy some.

There have been lots of comments about pets. My perspective is:
Domestic cats are a nuisance when they want to come into your room, so you have to keep the balcony door shut. When we failed to do this, the cat left evidence of its visit. I'm not sure how they could keep cats out of the kitchen.
Domestic dogs were mostly kept tied up, but not all the time, and did have a tendency to jump up. They were also kept indoors somewhere under our room on the night there was a storm and howled for at least 2.5 hours from 3:00 a.m. (it maybe went on longer I'm not sure when they stopped, eventually I got back to sleep wearing ear plugs).

There are separate rooms in individual buildings in the grounds. If we had booked one of these, then the noise niggle would not have arisen.

Overall: we enjoyed our stay, beautiful scenery, peace & quiet (most of the time), good food, lots of reading & walking.

Room Tip: Don't book Mermaids Dream: it's in the main house, and has poor soundproofing. Go for '...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

I realise how difficult it is to write a review against the general trend without sounding overly picky or difficult to please but we did not like this hotel at all. We stayed here for three nights in the middle of a two week holiday and this establishment failed to meet hotel standards in far too many respects.
I do think that our negative experience, at least in part, may have been room specific. We stayed in Rahas and having carefully read the hotel website, the Exclusive Escapes description and other reviews, we were totally taken aback by the poor standard in this room. For 'beautifully presented suite' read exceptionally basic and very rustic room with a shamefully inadequate bathroom. The furniture was shabby, although the bed was comfortable and there were some nice soft furnishings. The window catch was broken and we had to prop it shut with a rock from the garden. The drawers had knobs missing, the rug was old and threadbare and the coffee table was warped and shabby. The room safe was not attached to anything so would be easy to remove. None of this is acceptable in a hotel.
The bathroom was very basic and with so little sound-proofing that we could hear simple converstations from the room next door. The 'bath with a view' indeed would have provided a 'view' to anyone passing on the path outside unless we kept the blind down thus obliterating the view both in and out!
The views are undoubtedly spectacular and the peace and quite was lovely - oh except when the three dogs were fighting and growling at each other unchecked. Personally I am not comfortable with unfamiliar dogs and having them fighting, even if it was play fighting, in a hotel was unexpected and unacceptable. This is after all a hotel and not a private home.
Leon was away during our stay and this may have impacted on aspects of our stay. We did not find Semra to be warm and welcoming. In fact when we arrived her 'welcome' was curt to the point of rudeness and in this intimate setting this left us feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable. We never saw the Exclusive Escapes Rep who apparently does not visit this hotel.
We found the food to be good home cooking rather than the 'fabulous', 'imaginative' and 'superb' meals we were expecting. This was the least impressive food that we ate anywhere in Turkey. Semra never discussed the menu in advance, it was just eat it or leave it. Although breakfast and lunch were taken outside in the lovely setting, the evenings were too breezy and dinner was served in the woefully inadequate dining room that could barely accommodate all guests at a communal table. This was hostel style eating and not a hotel standard experience.
If you have a better room than we had or you really are happy with the rustic i.e. shabby presentation, then perhaps this is the hotel for you. For us, the superb setting did not make up for the litany of shortcomings and we could not recommend it

Room Tip: Don't stay in Rahas!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

My husband and I have two words that we feel best describes the Yediburunlar Lighthouse....."Imperfect Perfection"! The appeal of this resort lies not in sophistication or grandeur but in its simplicity and warm rustic charm. The grounds are anything but manicured. An informal collection of familiar and useful plants and herbs, long grasses laced with wild flowers, plain ornamentation, litchen encrusted walls, and natural stone pathways give the garden an unfettered beauty. And the topography of the surrounding area was breathtaking....mature olive trees, open vistas, distant mountains, the sea, and rolling pastures of rich textural dry stacked stone walls. My husband and I truly felt like we had entered another world. Then, at the end of a long, hard day of either hiking with Ragit and the family dogs, or simply vegging by the pool, nothing was more inviting than gathering around the simple trestle table in the dining room with our fellow guests. The relaxed meal of delicious, homemade vegetarian food, great Turkish wine, and easy conversation created a homey atmosphere and contributed to the feeling of 'rightness". Semra, our hostess, was lovely. She was always available to answer questions, yet she remained unabtrusive.
Yediburnular Lighthouse may not be the perfect holiday for everyone but for us it provided a week of peace and stillness in a busy world.

Room Tip: The Kardelen room was amazing....very private, modern bathroom, and spectacular view.
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Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Yediburunlar Lighthouse
Address: Yediburunlar Mah. Bogazici Koyu Esen, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Fethiye
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Number of rooms: 6
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