According to a competition held in 2007, Yakamoz is the world’s most beautiful word…

Mehmet Güven must have thought it was a special word when in 1992 he chose it as the name for his much-loved hotel and restaurant. Located a little off the beaten track in Ovacik, a popular resort in the mountains above Ölüdeniz it is an ideal place to stay or visit for a meal when the temperatures at sea level are sweltering.

If you’re wondering what the word means, anyone in this part of Turkey who has gone swimming or watched the gentle wake of a boat at night will have seen tiny phosphorescent lights twinkling and dancing in the water. This is Yakamoz. It’s a beautiful word for one of nature’s marvels. Well chosen, Mehmet!

Yakamoz Hotel and Restaurant: a glittering experience

Over the years Hotel Yakamoz has achieved a reputation for friendliness and everything else one would hope for in a family run business. If the comments on Trip Advisor (the website ranks third out of 107 hotels in the Ölüdeniz region) are anything to go by, the hotel’s guests virtually all agree. Over last winter Mehmet undertook an extensive makeover, enhancing its already attractive, traditional ambience.

Yakamoz swimming pool
Yakamoz swimming pool and poolside bar

If you are looking for somewhere to stay that is pleasantly relaxed, welcoming, clean, comfortable and unpretentious, then Yakamoz is the place for you. To add to the peace and quiet, the hotel and restaurant has an adult only policy except during school holidays.

Yakamoz Restaurant

Eating al fresco at Yakamoz
Eating al fresco at Yakamoz

Non-residents are welcome at Yakamoz for lunch or dinner. Meals may be taken in the delightful, romantically lit courtyard or in the air-conditioned restaurant. Both are decorated with the many fascinating objects that Mehmet has collected over the years, reflecting local history and adding to the distinctive, Turkish Mediterranean atmosphere.

Lunch is from 12.30 to 4pm and only large groups need to make a reservation.

Dinner is served from 7.30pm and advance booking is essential.

Yakamoz has an air conditioned dining room
Yakamoz has an air conditioned dining room

Mehmet has worked with his chef, Kenan, and customers over the years to create a comprehensive and imaginative menu, for all tastes, appetites and budgets. There is also a wide range of wines and drinks available from the well-stocked bar.

Yakamoz: a sparkling dining experience
Kenan – the chef

The kitchen

Yakamoz: a sparkling dining experience
The indoor restaurant at Yakamoz

Whether you’re feeling just a bit peckish or ravenously hungry, Yakamoz will have something for you. Mehmet, his chef Kenan and the kitchen team, are constantly refining their menu, coming up with new ideas and always use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. All their soups, sauces and dips are handmade. This means that the open plan kitchen is a constant hive of activity and guests can enjoy watching their meals being prepared before being served by the polite, experienced waiters.

Meze and starters

Humus and crudités
Homemade humus and crudités

Whether you call these delicious plates of food first courses, hors d’oeuvres or meze, they are a feast for the eyes as well as the diner. You can choose one, two or a selection, depending on how hungry you are. It’s a great opportunity to share some different tastes.

Main courses

Yakamoz: a sparkling dining experience
Teriyaki chicken

Chef Kenan cooks everything from filet steak to fish and vegetarian dishes to perfection. Only the best meats, fish and vegetables are selected from nearby markets, offering everything from traditional Turkish dishes to English staples and vegetarian options.

Yakamoz: a sparkling dining experience
Sizzling vegetarian casserole (guveç)


Irresistible chocolate fondu
Irresistible chocolate fondu

We think there’s always room for a dessert whether it is chocolate fondu, their famous cheeseboard or seasonal fruits.

The famous Yakamoz cheeseboard
The famous Yakamoz cheeseboard

Bookings and table reservations

Lunch is available for non-residents between 12.30 and 4pm but for dinner bookings should always be made in advance to avoid disappointment. Please call the Yakamoz reception. Details are provided at the end of this article.

Yakamoz provides a free collect and return service that can be arranged via reception. The area covered by this service includes Ölüdeniz, Ovacik, Hisarönü and Kayaköy. For large groups it is possible to arrange the transport from further afield.


Perfect for a special event
Perfect for a special event

The staff at Yakamoz are experienced at organising weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other events but do discuss your plans with Mehmet in plenty of time.

What is Yakamoz?

This romantic word, yakamoz, has been used to describe moonlight sparkling on the water but, according to all the reputable Turkish reference websites, this is not the case.

It appears that its meaning has become a bit confused over the years but the general consensus is that it refers to bioluminescence; microscopic organisms that float around in the sea that can only be seen on a dark night. It is derived from the Greek word, diakamós, meaning phosphorescence, and for anyone who has enjoyed night swimming in warm seas like the Turkish Mediterranean at the height of summer, witnessing it is an experience not to be missed and once seen, never forgotten.

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  1. This place really is a hidden gem and the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. The hotel is spotless, the pool is amazing and the food is first class. All the staff are attentive, seeing to your every need without any fuss. The many holiday makers that we have chatted with throughout our 10 day stay are nearly all returning customers, surely there can be no better recommendation than that. As we approach the last couple of days in what can only be described as the best holiday we have ever experienced, we are already planning our next visit, joining the ever growing list so satisfied customers. A huge thank you to Mehmet and his staff for a wonderful experience and we will definitely see you all again very soon.