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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jeremy Seal

At Kabak, where Turkey’s hippy vibe lives on, this verdant valley’s original forest camp remains the stand-out place to stay. Turan’s timber cabins are simple but lovingly decorated and rigorously maintained, with en-suites, mosquito nets and fresh flowers.

The main camp building offers outstanding home-grown food on Crusoe-style decks and lounging platforms, shaded by a huge rubber tree and a vine trellis. There’s yoga, massage and a spring-fed pool, wonderful woodland walks, and the beach is a five-minute walk away, along shaded paths. An idyllic back-to-nature retreat.

It’s also located on the Lycian Way – a good place to stop after a walk from Oludeniz.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Paragliding off Babadag Mountain

Fethiye, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[8.9 miles]

Among the world’s top tandem paragliding experiences with stupendous coastal views, take off from the peak of Babadag Mountain to land half an hour later on Olu Deniz’s famed beach.

Best for ages: 13+ | £90 | 30 mins

Oludeniz Beach

Fethiye, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[9.4 miles]

The beach that launched a thousand brochure covers, Oludeniz combines a gorgeous swathe of sandy beach with a tranquil lagoon, backed by tamarisk trees and mountains.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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Hike the Lycian Way

Mediterranean Region, Turkey[11.8 miles]

An epic 540km hiking trail through magnificently rugged coastlands from Fethiye to Antalya, that immerses visitors in Turkey’s history, nature and culture.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 1-30 days

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Twelve Islands boat tours

Fethiye, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[17.8 miles]

Fun- and sun-filled boat tours to discover the beautiful scenery of Fethiye Bay, with the chance to swim and snorkel off unspoilt islands and tranquil coves.

Best for ages: 8+ | £20 | 6-9 hours

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Aerial view of the valley with the turquoise sea visible below

Kabak Valley

Kabak, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[0.3 miles]

A former hippie hangout, now a mindfulness and yoga mecca, Kabak occupies a lovely beach at the end of the road east of Oludeniz. Campsites and simple bungalows close to the Lycian Way.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Aerial view of the cove with bright blue waters and sand below

Butterfly Valley

Fethiye, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[3.7 miles]

One of the most beautiful coves on the Lycian coast, Butterfly Valley is either accessible by boat from Oludeniz, or by an extremely vertiginous walk down from Faralya. It’s not advised to try this hike without a guide and the right equipment.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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Kaya ‘Ghost Village’

Kayakoy, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[13.4 miles]

A compellingly haunting ‘ghost town’, hidden in the mountains behind Oludeniz, providing moving insights into little-known aspects of modern Turkish history.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Cliffside view with greenery and the blue sea visible down below

Walk to the Monastery of Afkule

Kayakoy, Mediterranean Region, Turkey[15.3 miles]

Afkule, which translates as ‘Tower of Forgiveness’, is an abandoned monastery in a remote and beautiful cliffside location, near Kayakoy. It’s a 20-minute walk through pine trees from the end of the dirt track – worth it to see the former monks’ cells, a cistern and lovely views over the sea.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 20 mins

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Turquoise Coast

Turquoise Coast, Turkey

Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise Coast offers an unbeatable mix of mountain-backed beaches, classical ruins and adventure activities, with superb food and delightful owner-run hotels.

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