Although it’s right in the center of town (map), convenient to all the shops, cafes, restaurants and transport, it’s an oasis of calm beauty in this bustling port town.
This Ottoman-style inn has 16 completely renovated (2009) deluxe guest rooms and junior suites around several private courtyards, terraces and gardens offering both sun and shade—take your choice, according to the state of your suntan or the warmth of the day. Sip tea or a cool drink beneath the magolia tree, enjoying the scent of the jasmine vines and fruit trees: orange, Seville orange, lemon, tangerine, plum and banana.
Each accommodation has a bedroom area and a sitting area, a unique Ottoman-style decoration with chestnut wardrobes, Turkish kilims, hand-made local olive oil soap, local handicrafts, and a name (not a number) taken from a local archeological site or point of interest.
The spacious deluxe rooms and junior suites are equipped with all the expected comforts and conveniences, including modern private bathrooms with showers and hair dryers, 700-channel satellite TV, remote-control air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, wireless Internet access, and complimentary bottled spring water and coffee- and tea-making facilities.
All rooms open onto vine-draped covered walkways with padded benches—almost like a private balcony.
The pretty swimming pool is the place for a refreshing dip on a hot day, or a cool float in the evening after a long day’s sightseeing or shopping.
|Seat with a view…
There’s a Garden Bar for a sip after your swim, a Snack Bar, a small library, table tennis and billiards, and safe deposit boxes for your valuables.
The Villa Konak’s owners, Mr Kaya and Ms Türkan Enderin, love welcoming guests, introducing them to Turkish culture and history, and making sure their time in Turkey is satisfying and memorable. They arrange special evening events like home-made suppers, and bread- and pide-baking in an outdoor oven—with guests dining on the results.
As for Kuşadası’s beaches, you can walk to a few in town, or take a short ride to the others. The ruins of Ephesus are an easy half-hour ride away over the mountains.
—by Tom Brosnahan