A short drive southwest of Marmaris, set on a verdant hillside of the Bozburun Peninsula overlooking beautiful Hisarönü bay (map), the Martı Hemithea Hotel is the perfect romantic Mediterranean hideaway.
The hotel's rooms look out across the Martı Marina & Yacht Club, where dozens of sleek yachts are moored. Both the hotel and the marina are part of a small gated complex that includes a restaurant and bar, shops, laundry, and other yachters' services.
The Hemithea's luxurious guest rooms feature spacious bedrooms; wide-screen digital satellite TVs with programs in English, French, German, Turkish, Arabic and other languages, plus dozens of music channels; individual climate control; large whirlpool bathtubs; separate showers; personal safes; minibar, and coffee- and tea-making equipment and supplies. Each room has a semi-private terrace with easy chairs and views over the marina, Hisarönü bay, and the mountains beyond.
It's quiet here! Except for the the flap of a sail, the ping of a line against a mast, the daily activity of yachts coming and going, a greeting of friend to friend, there's only the sound of the wind. It's a long way from the bustle and business of Marmaris throngs and traffic.
The Martı Hemithea Hotel is southwest of Hisarönü village just north of the village of Orhaniye.
—by Tom Brosnahan