Peacocks' screams rend the morning mist, lazy smoke rises from village chimneys, proud cockerels proclaim the morning, tortoises noisily mate under my balcony. This is Turkey.
Not for me the delights of the Grand Bazaar or the Sultan Ahmet in Istanbul. Not for me the hustle and hassle of broad avenues of shops and restaurants offering "English Breakfasts". This is a small retreat halfway up a mountain near Fethiye.
I watch the shadow of Baba Dag slowly slide down the side of Mendos mountain as the sun rises, suddenly to flood this tiny valley while an old lady urges her flock along the lane, their wooden sheep-bells clonking. Pleasantries are exchanged with a friend gathering herbs from the hedgerow as the Imam's call floats over us. This is paradise.
Clear blue sky blesses us. A tiny black and white woodpecker hammers at an old olive tree, his wary eye on a cat prowling nearby as I breakfast on salt cheese, fresh bread and coffee under a vine-laden pergola. This is Yakamoz Hotel.
There is nothing more to add. Please try this extraordinary experience yourself, it will change your life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yakamoz is small,secluded and friendly hotel situated in a quiet location. Offering Turkish hospitality and fabulous Mediterranean and int. cuisine. Yakamoz offers guests the ideal place for a stress-free holiday. Because of our small size, the intimate atmosphere ensures that you will quickly make friends, enjoying pleasant after-dinner conversation with like-minded people. Before long, you will find you know everyone by their first names and many of our guests return year after year, regarding Yakamoz as their second home. ... more less