A few months ago Adam and I had to chance to travel to the south of Turkey; specifically the Datça Peninsula. The accommodations for our holiday were with the D-Hotel Maris; located 2 hours from the Dalaman airport by car through the hills of southern Turkey. If you’re feeling fancy like Iggy Azalea you can hire the helicopter to fly you in. We opted for the more scenic route though.
Upon arrival, we were given a tour of the 156,000 square meter property. The hotel itself sits on the edge of a mountain overlooking a private lagoon. While up on the hill you can enjoy a swim in the pool, the gym and spa, Zuma (just one of the on site restaurants), or some of the little shops all while taking in sweeping views of the lagoon below. Sure the pool is always nice but when you’re just a quick lift or golf cart ride away from any of the five white sand beaches why stay put? On the farthest beach we discovered small sailboats and kayaks that you can take out to get some exercise or just explore the waters. One of the days I decide to take a kayak over to the rabbit island where the local jackrabbits live and I was able to look back onto the entire property.
With so many options of food and beaches it was too hard to choose one so over the course of our stay we explored all our options. Getting from beach to beach is easy with the water boat that shuttles you around; hop on and off wherever you please. I think for each meal during our stay we were able to try a different restaurant on site. From steakhouse, to seafood, to izakaya, D-Hotel was certainly not lacking in variety of food. Each of the beaches offers it’s own unique features. The main beach is the largest but there is also Silence Beach for some quiet relaxation as well as an Executive Beach which sports individual cabanas to relax in. Two of the beaches have a hanging swing bed suspended over the water. On weekend evenings there are concerts and dance parties held on the farthest beach.
D-Hotel also has several yachts which you can hire to take you exploring on the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. On our last evening we were able to go out on the Paşa yacht where we saw various islands in the area; we even got to hop off for a bit to walk in the middle of a harbor on a large shoal. From a distance it looked like we were walking on water. The approach back to the hotel was nothing but spectacular as we pulled into the lagoon the sun was setting behind the mountains producing vibrant oranges and yellows. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect end to our stay.
Photos and editing: GALLA and Nick Pierce
We’d also like to give a shoutout and special thanks to Gözde who welcomed us warmly and made sure we had the absolute best experience!