Normally I’m too busy trying to make sense of the things I see, do and experience in Turkey, to write about places. However, I’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in Selimiye, in the Marmaris region of Turkey, and I couldn’t resist putting pen, and photos, to paper.
Well beyond the pink and white assault of English and Russian tourists flooding into the city of Marmaris every day, a hot, slightly bumpy 50 minute dolmuş ride through the Marmaris peninsula of Hisarönü brings you to Selimiye. Set in an enormous bay surrounded by rolling mountains, this sleepy little town is a hidden gem.
My time in Selimiye reminded me of childhood holidays where all we did was eat and sleep and swim. Our hotel was set at the start of the road leading into town, in an area bounded by the sea on one side and olive groves and mountains on the other. Largely favoured by Turkish families, Selimhan Hotel has an English speaking staff headed by the more than capable Kerem. Our stay was perfect. We booked a standard room which had plenty of room for two people. Larger families could rent one of the stone houses scattered around the grounds.
I’d seen pictures of it on the hotel website, so I thought we’d have a choice of menemen, or French toast, or eggs. When two waiters appeared each bearing a tray, my eyes widened in amazement as they set down everything pictured and more. They informed us we were welcome to ask for seconds, but we never needed to.
If you’re after a quiet holiday with just enough to do to tire you out at the end of the day, Selimiye could be for you. I only wish we’d had a car so we could have explored further afield, but there’s always next time.
Please note this is an unsolicited photo essay and I paid for the accommodation myself. For more ideas of great places to holiday on the west coast of Turkey, order your copy of Moon Guides – Istanbul and the Turkish Coast today! Available in paperback or as an ebook.