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Pool side restaurant. All suites are air conditioned. Wi fi internet access available in public areas. Holistic Therapy Centre on site.
400sqm freeform swimming pool with children's pool and jacuzzi.
Nearest beaches - Both of Datça town's beaches are within a 30 minute walk from the hotel. Kargi's pebble beach is a 10 minute drive and the sandy beach of Karaincir is a 15 minute drive.
There are a few small shops within a 10 minute walk of the property and once weekly there is a fruit and vegetable market in the town centre. The nearest large supermarket is on the main road (15 minutes walk/3 minutes drive). There are many restaurants in Datça town centre (25 minutes walk).
Dalaman is 2 hrs 45 mins by car
If you would prefer more spacious accommodation there are also villas situated in the grounds that share the facilities of the hotel. See Marfe Villas for details.
Car hire is not essential and local taxis are readily available but car hire will undoubtedly enhance your enjoyment of the area.
Marfe Hotel comprises 14 suites and 8 villas set in a peaceful location and with delightful gardens and surrounding a magnificent pool crossed by little wooden bridges. The architecture, merging simple white Mediterranean style and local stone is set off by blue woodwork and a profusion of vividly coloured pots planted with even more vividly coloured flowers. The stunning 400 square meter swimming pool with children’s section and jacuzzi is surrounded by teak sun beds and immaculate flower filled gardens. Hammocks are slung under the shade of the pines and a pergola provides the ideal place to read a book . Breakfast is served in the pool side restaurant and snacks and meals are available throughout the day.
An Holistic Therapy Clinic is situated in the grounds and offers Reiki Healing, Hypnotherapy, Reflexology and Massage with bookings by appointment. Hotel suites are located on either garden or first floor level. They are spacious and comfortable and equipped with a small kitchen area, a great bonus for those with children or for those who like an occasional glass of chilled wine!
During July and August Marfe is an ideal choice for families but earlier and later in the season the peaceful location and stunning setting is perfect for couples looking for a relaxing holiday destination.
Known in Turkish as ”half island”, the Datça Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by sea and is reminiscent of a small Greek island some 20 years ago. Datça is a town where life centres around the harbour. Carpet shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and even a modern day amphitheatre line the harbour side and each evening an assortment of gulets, sailing boats and gin palaces arrive to drop anchor in this attractive setting.
In Datça you don’t need a car but we think it can only add to your hotel or villa holiday allowing the freedom to explore. A drive along the narrow peninsula with pine forests and roads zig-zagging down to sea level will bring you to Knidos, on the very tip of the peninsula, a site dating back to 400BC and most famed for its statue of Aphrodite, the first naked female statue in history.
If you prefer less strenuous activity then there are numerous bays – they say 52 in total, one for every week of the year – some sandy, some pebbly but all with crystal clear water and many ideal for snorkelling. Karaincir is our favourite bay – just 12km. from Datça town it has a splendid golden sandy beach and calm, shallow waters. If you have a hire car then you will be able to meander along the coast if you are reliant on the dolmus simply choose your destination for the day and jump on the appropriate dolmus. Go to Hayitbuku – the favourite for the yachties – with its small sandy beach and have lunch at Ogun’s Restaurant; the next door bay is Ovabuku; here it is shingle beach with crystal clear water and old fashioned motels serving lunch.
Further along the peninsula you will come to Palamutbuku; this is a popular summer destination and there are plenty of motels and small café bars lining the beach front where you will find sun beds and sun umbrellas; the food is usually excellent. Driving through the small villages scattered around the peninsula you will be surprised to find how traditional life continues. Be sure to buy Datca’s famed products; honey, almonds, figs and olive oil. If you prefer to explore by boat there are boat trips available from the harbour calling at many of the bays unreachable by road, you can even take a day trip to the Greek island of Symi. The nearest major town is Marmaris, a one hour drive through the mountains, the scenery is spectacular and at points you can see the sea on both sides of the peninsula. Many of the locals think of Bodrum as their nearest major town and there is a daily ferry boat taking two hours.
On Saturday the villagers assemble in Datça for market day affording the opportunity to buy some of the best local produce. Datça is famed for its almonds, honey and thyme and something you cannot buy in the market – the air! In ancient times it was known as ”magic air”, due to the north wind that blows in the summer there is very little humidity and this is considered to be of great benefit for some medical complaints! Nearby ”Eski Datça”, or Old Datça. is the original inland settlement. Crooked little stone houses line the narrow streets. Resadiye, just outside Datça, has a colourful history, in Ottoman times Resat Pasa built his home here and brought his servants from all over the empire, from as far away as North Africa, and today it is said that the people of this area are of a very different culture.
SUITE DETAILS: Sitting room with two large divan sofa beds (may be used as an extra bedroom for family groups), a dining table and chairs and a balcony or terrace.
Small kitchen area with refrigerator (we suggest bringing a travel kettle), twin bedroom with air conditioning and bathroom with shower/wc.
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