Ask a guest, any guest, staying at the Yakamoz Hotel in Ovacik why they choose to stay in the hotel and often return year after year and you will be told a variety of reasons.
It’s no secret of course the great weather and sunshine are invariably somewhere at the top of the list, along with lovely local beaches, good company, great food, peace and quiet and value for money.
As you like it
Many guests will tell you they use their holiday as an opportunity to recharge their batteries by relaxing, soaking up the sun, swimming in the sea at Ölüdeniz, or the large hotel pool, and making the most of the charming hospitality and service from Mehmet Güven and his team, the traditional atmosphere and peaceful location.
But there are other guests that choose Yakamoz for very different reasons.
The location of Yakamoz, high in the mountains between Ölüdeniz and Fethiye makes it a perfect springboard from which to explore the surrounding countryside and the altitude means that even in the height of summer there are always cooling breezes from the dramatic 2,000 metre mountain of Babadağı, and the forested slopes of the sister mountain, Mendos both of which form a glorious backdrop to the hotel.
An alternative perspective
Yakamoz Hotel is in a part of south western Turkey that is not only famous for the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, which lap on the shores of idyllic quiet beaches like Kidrak and Gemiler, but also mountains and forests, through which footpaths and goat tracks meander, and historic sites appear around every turn.
Mehmet is more than happy to take groups of guests off the beaten track of this beautiful and peaceful part of the country, his country, to share his knowledge of the traditional Anatolian life and guide them to hidden gems of historic wealth.
If, on the other hand, his guests are experienced trekkers, he helps them with ideas of where to go, back backs, maps, and advice, so they can head off on their own. Transport and packed lunches will be arranged too.
In recent years Yakamoz has become a venue of choice for walking and trekking groups of all levels of ability.
There are walks to suit all ages and levels of fitness too; Mehmet will advice you on which trails will suit specific groups.
Come during the spring and early months of summer and Mehmet will show you the meadows brimming over with wild flowers, lambs and kids frolicking in the sunshine… adding colour and new life to the ancient sites of previous civilisations.
The Fethiye region is a very important area for bird migration, so in spring and late summer there is a wealth of our feathered friends to watch through field glasses as they head either north or south, depending on the time of year.
Walking into History
Venture into the magnificent countryside that surrounds Fethiye and it’s like stepping back in time… There are the ancient trails of the Lycian Way, Lycian and Greco-Roman history, abandoned churches, monasteries and whole villages, just waiting to be explored.
Photographs waiting to be taken
Always remember to bring your camera with you when you come to Yakamoz.
There are amazing panoramas, as well as very photogenic ruins, wildlife and local colour.
This area is becoming increasingly popular with photography clubs, enthusiastic amateur and professional photographers.
A different kind of Turkey
Yakamoz is close enough to Ölüdeniz and Fethiye to make a night out possible but it is also close enough to some remarkable parts of south western Turkey untouched by tourism.
In the mountains behind Fethiye, there are the highlands, called Yayla, where nomadic families still make their summer home while their sheep and goats graze in the summer pastures.
These areas well worth visiting; walking at more than 2,000 metres means that it never gets too hot and the air is clear and crisp and all year round.
Walk, swim and eat
Just imagine; on the same day you can walk in the mountains and swim in the warm sea before returning to Yakamoz for a delicious traditional Turkish supper… So, if you are looking for a holiday with a difference, what better choice could there be?
To learn more…
If you would like to experience a different kind of holiday, visit the Yakamoz website by clicking on the icon to the right of this article.
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