Can the lovely, peaceful Bakkhos Guesthouse really be in busy, resorty Kuşadası?
You won’t think so when you see its bucolic setting at the end of a long lane shaded by tall cypresses, surrounded by vineyards and farmers’ fields.
In fact it is 5 km (3 miles) inland (east) of Kuşadası along a narrow country road, off by itself in blissful peace and quiet, yet within an easy, short drive to the bustle and entertainments of the throbbing resort.
The ten high-ceilinged guest rooms (one of them a suite) are all individually decorated with Turkish and European crafts and antiques. Shaded by deep verandahs, they stay cool and pleasant even in the heat of summer, and the verandahs provide the perfect place for reading, relaxing, chatting or sipping a drink.
Owners Orhan Özbas and Manuela Özbas Engels bring both Turkish and European sensibilities and experience to Bakkhos. Orhan Bey has long experience in hotels. Dutch-born Manuela began her training in Holland, but has lived in Turkey for years and loves to help her guests plan itineraries for seeing the many sights and antiquities in the region.
—by Tom Brosnahan