Villa Mandarin, Mugla
|Faralya-Uzunyurt, Ölüdeniz, Mugla, Aegean, TURKEY.|
Description: Villa MandarinOpened in the summer of 2007, Mandarin is a delightful boutique hotel situated in an unspoiled natural setting close to south-west Turkey's magnificent Turquoise Coast.
Perfect for nature lovers who also value a touch of luxury and a high level of personal service, Mandarin has been designed as a stylish and supremely comfortable hideaway, which nevertheless boasts a pleasantly informal atmosphere without any hint of stuffiness or pretension.
With just eight guestrooms, Mandarin's atmosphere is delightfully intimate and personal, and whilst the accommodation has been designed on a grand scale, the ambience is utterly relaxed, deliberately eschewing any formality. Your resident hosts - including Pacha, the friendly dog and self-appointed quality controller, entertainer and lifeguard - go out of their way to make guests feel at home and to help them get the most out of their stay.
The hotel is equally suited to romantic couples and groups to occupy the entire place. As the hotel operates a no-children policy, guests can relax in complete peace.
Type of rooms: Villa MandarinMandarin's guestrooms are extraordinarily spacious, and equipped to the highest standards. Bespoke, hand-carved wood furnishings lend the interiors a distinct sense of traditional charm, whilst up-to-the-minute facilities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, fridges, a hospitality tray complete with a kettle and a selection of herbal infusions, tea and coffee.
Each room benefits from a large balcony or terrace with reclining chairs allowing you to relax and absorb the peace and quiet, with particularly magnificent sea views from the upper floor rooms. The same views can be enjoyed through panoramic windows from the Jacuzzis inside each room, whilst the particularly well-appointed en-suite bathrooms are provided with hairdryers and a selection of quality toiletries.
Two of the guestrooms are located in the original Villa Mandarin and have twin beds (one of these is a rather special deluxe suite), whilst the remaining six rooms in the stylish new building all have double beds.
Additional information: Villa Mandarin
Location: Situated just south of the stunning Butterfly Valley, the sleepy hamlet of Faralya is an idyllic retreat, where life continues at a relaxed pace. And yet this rural haven lies just 9 km from the popular seaside resort of Oludeniz, whose famous lagoon beach is one of Turkey's most photographed images and just 21 km from the bustling harbor and market town of Fethiye.
Inside, the stylish communal lounge areas invite guests to read or write, play cards, chat to their hosts and fellow holidaymakers, or linger over a drink from the bar.
The international airport at Dalaman is 80 km away and is served by regular flights from all major UK and European airports, as well as offering several daily links with Istanbul for those making connections from further away.
Getting around: In spite of Mandarin's rural setting, a hire car is not strictly necessary, for there is a local taxi and the dolmus service (3 - 6 times per day depending on the season), which serves both Oludeniz and Fethiye, can be flagged down.
Beach: Those hiring a car or using local taxis can reach the sandy beach of Kidrak in around 10 minutes, whilst Kabak beach is a similar distance in a four-wheel drive vehicle (or a 10-minute drive plus 15 minute walk). Confident swimmers can bathe off the rocks at Aktas, around 20-30 minutes walk away.
For those wishing to do no more than soak up the warm Turkish sun, marvel at the gorgeous views and enjoy the tranquil setting, Mandarin has a good-sized swimming pool and a large outdoor Jacuzzi.
Nearby Activities: For those who wish to explore the wealth of archaeological sites or visit some of the area's natural attractions, and would prefer to be driven, Mandarin's staff can pre-book a car and driver, whilst for those who would prefer a relaxing cruise along the stunning Turquoise Coast, a day on a traditional wooden gullet can also be arranged.
Keen walkers are kept happy with plenty of scope right on Mandarin's doorstep, as the hotel lies alongside the route of the famous Lycian Way. Those seeking further energetic thrills can enjoy scuba-diving in Oludeniz or even experience paragliding from the peak of Mount Babadag.
Dining: Days get off to a good start with a wholesome breakfast (served in your room if preferred, at no extra cost) including homemade jams and eggs cooked to order from Mandarin's own chickens.
The five course evening meals, focusing on traditional recipes and fresh local produce and served in comfort and style, really are an event that guests enjoy lingering over. The pre-booked half-board option offers particularly good value.
Special Events: Mandarin comprises just eight guestrooms and thus offers a very intimate ambience, making it the perfect venue for a small group to rent for a special celebration, club event or even a business meeting.
Children: Please note that, to maintain its air of peace and quiet, Mandarin operates a no-children policy (with the exception of group bookings renting the hotel in its entirety).
Number of rooms: 8
Official category: Special Category.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 2007.
Period of closure: open all year.Smoking policy: non-smoking rooms available.
Credit cards accepted: All credit cards except Diners.
Restaurant closed: open all year.
GPS Coordinates: 36° 29' 4.38'' N 29° 7' 13.62'' E
Nearest airport: Dalaman - 80 km.