The Bodrum peninsula is just gorgeous, with its rolling green hills, magnificent views and the turquoise sea that is always nearby. In the hills above the town of Yalikavak I found you a Local Hideaway which advertises with ‘Serenity – Design – Quality – Attitude’ as their core values… this sounds very promising!

As soon as I enter the grounds, it becomes clear that the hotel has certainly accomplished the first of those values; I’m overcome by the tranquillity and the stunning view of Yalikavik and the sea below me. Ali’s welcome is warm and casual, and soon after my family and I are shown to our room: a ‘Functional Room’. Perfect for our group; two rooms separated by a curtain, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. Two bathrooms and a balcony complete the room. The design is minimalist and light, exactly as implied by the name; a very functional room.

The same core values were applied to the rooms: four different kinds of rooms, allowing the hotel to meet the demands of different target groups. In addition to the ‘Functional Rooms’ there are the ‘Passionate Rooms’: lovely rooms for two with a spacious bathroom and a balcony. These rooms also feature a fireplace, which enhances the atmosphere greatly in chillier months. For those seeking a bit more space, there  are the ‘Junior Suites’, which come with an extra living area… Ideal for families of three. And finally, there are the ‘Casual Rooms’, the smallest of all and especially suited to travellers with no specific requirements in terms of space or comfort. All rooms are modern and light, featuring design articles by local artists and lovely natural bath amenities. The ‘Passionate Rooms’ in particular are outstanding.

And so much for the rooms, for 4Reasons Hotel+Bistro has so much more to offer…For instance, my children couldn’t get enough of the swimming pool and, frankly, I loved it too. Finally, in the gentle sea breeze and with a sweeping view of the surroundings, I was able to enjoy the book I had been trying to finish for so long. In addition, there are an (outside) bar, library, pool table, a bowls court and, in the high season, yoga classes and massages. The hotel restaurant is also noteworthy, serving creative Aegean cuisine that is affordable and very tasty. Restaurant manager Birol is the perfect host and famous for his expert cocktails! And what’s more, I can’t imagine many other places that offer such a first rate sunset…..drinks in hand, it is magical to see the scenery gradually change colour from orange to deep red. And it is lovely to have dinner outside, with a sweeping view of the Yalikavak lights.

I would definitely recommend a visit to Yalikavak, maybe during mid-summer it’s a bit crowded, but when I was there in May I really enjoyed it. It’s a lovely town where the old fishing village, with its local charm, contrasts nicely with the modern and trendy part where Europe’s largest marina is located….this is where the real jet set can be found. A visit to the local market on a Thursday is another must. From far and away, people come here to sell or buy food and wares: true couleur locale!  The downside of the Bodrum peninsula is that new properties are constantly being built around here…. It’s as if they want to use every bit of land to the full by building houses, apartments or hotels everywhere. It’s a tragedy that the local government doesn’t restrict this more actively, especially considering the high vacancy rate. But, thankfully, there is still an unspoilt part in the hills above Yalikavak where 4Reasons is situated.

Unfortunately, Ali and Esra, the owners, were away when I was there, for I would have loved to meet them. They left behind their busy lives in Toronto, Canada, to take on this ambitious project and turn the 4Reasons Hotel+Bistro into the lovely relaxed and boho chic boutique hotel it now is. Mrs Local Hideways feels they’ve really kept their four promises!

More about Turkey can be read in my blog ‘Turkish Delight, Local Hideaways style!’

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