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We are happy to announce some of our owners and partners have agreed to the following temporary updates to cancellation policies which will be in place for all bookings made up until 1st September 2020.

1. Free cancelation prior to the 1st of September 2020 due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions with immediate return of any funds paid to the clients.

2. If the resort is closed or due to government restrictions on travel due to Covid-19 and the clients cannot travel to the property a full refund will be provided to the client.

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Villa Gemile

Fethiye, Turkey
Sleeps 8 / 4 bedrooms
€6,600 - €10,200 per week


Gemile is so named because it overlooks the stunning coastal panoramas of Gemile Beach, St. Nicholas Island and the majestic peaks of Babadağ and Karatepe beyond. Enjoying the most secluded position of the three houses at Gökçe Gemile and with views of the forests and maquis covered hillsides, our Gemile Villa is a very special place indeed.

One of the many things that makes this house so very exceptional is its complete privacy. Hidden from view, the house is surrounded by an imaginatively landscaped garden, which is bordered by trees and full of local plant species.

The paths that meander through the terraced garden have all been paved with mosaics in a style that echoes the area's Turkish-Greek heritage. Making these mosaics was a labour of love that took many months to complete.

Even with all this extraordinary beauty and attention to detail, it would be fair to say that the three most inspirational features of the garden are the lavish lake-style swimming pool, the jacuzzi/hot tub, carved out of a single massive boulder, from which the water cascades into an ornamental pond below; and the magnificent pergola.

Next to the jacuzzi, at the highest point in the garden, the pergola is an elegant structure under which to sit and enjoy the outstanding panoramas and relax, while listening to the calming sounds of nature, whatever the time of day or night.


Gemile has been built using river-washed stones that were harvested over the centuries by smallholders from the Eşen district of Fethiye. To be able to use the area's rich, alluvial soil to grow their crops, these farmers had to remove all these stones, deposited by the Eşen river over millennia, by hand. Rather than throw the stones away they used them to build boundary walls and even houses. These stones, which have witnessed this country's history, have now been collected and used to bring about a new story, that of Gökçe Gemile.

On the ground floor, adjacent to the twin bedroom, there is a shower room that also serves as a cloakroom for guests. This may be the smallest room in the house, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in style.

The floating staircase, also known as a cantilever staircase, is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship used to access the first floor, the two master bedrooms and the shared balcony, from which there are superlative 180° views of the Gökçe Gemile bay, the coastline, the mountains and the forests.

The two master suites have their own distinctive styles. Full of character, the West Suite takes as its inspiration how a room could have looked in one of the houses at Levissi houses in Kayaköy. Likewise, the most sensational aspect of the East Suite has to be the vaulted ceiling. It goes without saying, both the shower rooms included unique examples of Gökçe Gemile's remarkable basins and tiling.

The garden is also home to a pool house, an ideal bolthole for teenagers, overnight visitors, nannies or staff.
  • Living/dining area: To the left of the front door there are three shallow steps leading down into an airy, high-ceilinged dining area and living area. The pebbled mosaic concept, so effectively used in the garden, has been used here too with a mosaic "carpet," reminiscent of those in Levissi (Kayaköy), while the rest of the floor in the living area is made from huge slabs of Elmalı stone, infilled with pebbles. The imposing oak dining table is a work of art, and the living area boasts a beautifully crafted fireplace made from slabs of Dalaman river stone, which complements the underfloor heating. Throughout the living area the soft furnishings have all been carefully chosen to showcase local materials and textiles. At night, the entire room, like the rest of the house, is illuminated by wall lights designed to look like torches, enhancing the traditional atmosphere. As well as looking beautiful, the floating staircase (also known as a cantilever staircase), which is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship, is also used to access the first floor.
  • Kitchen: A perfect place to enjoy the views, as well as cook, the bespoke kitchen cabinets at Gemile are made from oak with hand-crafted wrought iron details reflecting the style once used in Levissi, the abandoned town on the hillside overlooking the Kaya Valley. This style also features in the wrought iron work on the very 21st century cooker hood. The wood and iron complement the black work surfaces made from granite and the white sink, beautifully crafted in marble sourced from the historic Turkish city of Afyonkarahisar. The American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, separate induction hob and fan oven, as well as every necessary utensil, make this kitchen perfect for self-catering.
  • Master suite (East): Perhaps the most sensational aspect of the East Suite is the vaulted ceiling. Supported by oak and chestnut beams, crafted from some of those massive reclaimed timbers mentioned earlier, makes the airy space feel rather ecclesiastical in nature. Another, no less fantastic feature is the super king-sized bed (2m x 2m) made from repurposed oak timbers. Although this bed appears to float above the wooden floor, there are legs but they are hidden.
    The splendid ceiling extends into the en suite shower room, the most stunning element of which surely must be the wash basin. This has been sculpted from a perfectly egg-shaped boulder of grey Bergama. Kept in its original state, it still even has a few patches of lichen on its outer surface! To create the basin, the top of the rock was removed and hollowed out to make niches for displaying toiletries.
    As well as the oak wardrobe in the bedroom, there is another in the shower room.From the large double-aspect windows, the East Bedroom has views of the forest in one direction, and breath-taking panoramas of the coastline and mountains in the other. There is also a roof terrace at the side, featuring a Levissi style mosaic, with steps leading down into the garden. Both suites have access to the shared balcony, from which there are superlative 180° views of the Gökçe Gemile bay, the coastline, the mountains and the forests.
  • Master suite (West): This room has a traditional flat ceiling supported by chestnut beams and these, together with the wooden bench and wall, also constructed from chestnut, are evocative of the houses of Levissi, Kayaköy.
    The superb views of the forest, coastline and mountains can be enjoyed from the handmade super king-size oak bed (2m x 2m) the legs of which are hidden, giving the impression of it floating above the floor. On the wall behind the bed a huge cross-section of oak is suspended, adding to the natural, almost organic feel of the room.
    In the west suite the dressing room and shower room have been combined into one elegant space. In addition to the bespoke wardrobes, the centrepiece of this room is a washbasin, fashioned from a single piece of Aliağa Basalt Stone, sourced from near Izmir. As in the East Suite, the top has been cut off and used to make a separate alcove for storing toiletries. The floor is laid with black basalt with white pebble infills and the self-contained shower and wc are lined with slabs of dolomite.
    Both suites have access to the shared balcony, from which there are superlative 180° views of the Gökçe Gemile bay, the coastline, the mountains and the forests.
  • Twin bedded room: On the ground floor there is a twin-bedded room with views over the garden and forests beyond. In this bedroom the rock that appears in the living area also makes appearance, and this together with the wrought iron wall mounted "torch" lights and oak beds and wardrobes, which again echo the Turkish-Greek style from Levissi, creating the feeling that somehow Gemile must have a much older history. Another rather original feature of this room is the wall from which the oak treads of the floating staircase emerge, creating an unusual sculptural effect.
  • Shower room and guest cloakroom: This maybe the smallest room in the house, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in style. First there is the contemporary looking washbasin. Carved from a single piece of Bergama granite, it rests on a base crafted from chestnut wood. The walls are lined with slabs of dolomite, a very exclusive stone from the Marmara region of Turkey. The floors are made from lengths of dolomite with pebble inlays. The cloakroom has a wc and monsoon shower that, for added privacy, have their own separate doors.
  • Pool house: Located next to the swimming pool, the pool house is accessed from the garden; actually, its dark chestnut cladding and turf roof makes it part of the garden and quite well hidden! This simple but attractively furnished accommodation includes a bedroom, a combined kitchen/living room and a has a shower room/wc, making it an ideal bolthole for teenagers, overnight visitors, nannies or staff.
One of the many things that makes Gemile so very exceptional is its complete privacy. Hidden from view, the house is surrounded by an imaginatively landscaped garden, which is bordered by trees and full of local plant species. This makes the villas and gardens very Halal Friendly.

The paths that meander through the terraced garden have all been paved in a style that echoes the area's heritage. Made with flat gneiss stones sourced from a river and combined with mosaics made from small grey, black and white pebbles collected from Gökçe Gemile's beach, making these was a labour of love that took many months to complete. However, perhaps the three most inspirational features of the garden are the lavish lake-style swimming pool lined with Dalaman river stones with a sloping "beach" area, the effect of which is enhanced by pebbles; the jacuzzi/hot tub, carved out of a single massive boulder, and from which water cascades into an ornamental pond below, and the magnificent pergola.

Next to the jacuzzi, at the highest point in the garden, the pergola is an elegant structure of four pillars built from Eşen stone topped with chestnut beams. Underneath the shady canopy is comfortable seating, making this is the perfect place to enjoy the outstanding panoramas and relax while listening to the calming sounds of nature, whatever the time of day or night.

Indoor features & amenities
  • 3 bedroom Master House + one bedroom Pool/Guest House (Separate double guest house in garden)
  • 2 master doubles and 1 twin bedroom in main house
  • 4 shower rooms/WCs (3 en suite)
  • Every room has a smoke alarm

  • Smoke alarms throughout
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Coffee machine
  • Ice maker
  • Dishwasher
  • American style fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Induction hob/Fan oven
  • Microwave
  • Chilled water dispenser
  • Mosquito nets on some doors and windows
  • Mosquito machines
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hair driers
  • WiFi
  • TV with Blue Tooth and USB video facility
  • Blue tooth wireless speaker
  • Safety deposit box
  • Light cleaning on a daily basis
  • Towels and bed linen changed every 2 days
  • Underfloor heating
Outdoor features & amenities
  • Private Bay
  • Private coves and beaches
  • Private funicular railway (inclined lift) to beach and clubhouse
  • Water sports equipment: Kayaks, Stand up paddle boards, Snorkelling equipment
  • 140 sq. metre infinity pool (heating available for winter season)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Alfresco shower
  • Sun loungers
  • Pergola
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ grill
  • Terraces with lounging areas
  • Hammock
  • Balconies
  • Parking
  • Gated grounds
  • Mountain and forest views
  • Beach towels
  • Trekking paths and trails
  • Fishing equipment
  • Gökçe Gemile boat
  • Gökçe Gemile yacht
Villa Policy
  • Maximum 8 guests
  • Children welcome
  • Non-smoking villa
  • No pets allowed
  • Security deposit collected
  • Social events permitted (only on request & at additional cost)
  • Check in: 3:00PM
  • Check out: 12:00PM
Beach
Services included:
  • Concierge Service
  • Linen and towel change every other day
  • Daily housekeeping services
  • Parking
  • 24-hour security
  • Water sport instructor
  • Grounds keeping and security team
  • Private skippered luxury day at sea, including lunch (once a week)
  • Evening in the harbour town of Fethiye (by chauffeured minibus)
  • Well-provisioned welcome hamper
  • Water & bread delivery service
  • Welcome Breakfast served on the first morning at the beach clubhouse
  • Beach Clubhouse (with services)
  • Non-motorized water sport equipment (Kayaks, paddleboards, snorkels, flippers and basic fishing equipment)
  • Beach towel service
  • Beach Pestemal
  • Separate jacuzzi (hot tub for winter period)
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Available at extra cost
  • Waterside breakfast
  • Waterside lunch
  • Private BBQ dinner on the beach
  • Private seafood dinner on the beach
  • Private fish dinner
  • All-inclusive meals and drinks
  • Heating for private swimming pool during winter season
  • House Helper (weekly)
  • Scuba Diving (beginners & certified divers)
  • Private luxury yacht return transfer airports
  • Turkish cooking classes
  • Private group yoga sessions: Hatha, Ashtanga & Yin Yoga
  • Car rental
  • Babysitting/childcare service
  • Speed boats (crewed)
  • Sailing course with Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42.2ft Sailboat (crewed)
  • Additional charter of the Gökçe Gemile private skippered boat
  • Private helicopter transfers
  • Trekking (private guide)
  • Villa pre-stocking
  • Hair stylist
  • Additional boat/bus fuel charge for longer cruises
  • Sea fishing (safari and deep-sea)
  • Sea kayaking or paddleboard safari
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning)
  • Villa pre-stocking
  • VIP airport transfer
  • Baby equipment rental
  • Activities and excursions
  • Privately guided cultural experiences
  • In-villa or Beachside Dining: Private chef or 'home-delivery' services from some restaurants
  • Spa Services: specialty massage & treatments
  • Home-delivery shopping (pre & post arrival)
  • To protect the environment and maintain the peaceful atmosphere motorised water sports are not available at this place. But, they are available at various locations within a 10-30 minutes' drive
Fishing
In Turkey, fishing is everyone's favourite pastime, wherever they happen to be. And as the hopeful person heads off to the water, fishing tackle in hand, it's often to the familiar cry of "Rasgele!" A quirky Turkish word meaning random, for English speakers it can be roughly interpreted as, "May you be in the right place at the right time."

Here at Gökçe Gemile we also like nothing more than a spot of fishing ourselves and we're certainly in the right place. With such idyllic surroundings, it's a great way to unwind, meditate on the meaning of life and with the excellent possibility of catching a delicious meal at the same time!

We have all the necessary simple fishing equipment for our guests to fish from the rocky coves. But should you choose, you could also spend a few peaceful hours, or even a whole day, fishing at sea on our speed boat, complete with skipper. We are pleased to say he is very knowledgeable about these waters, the art of fishing and the cunning ways of fish.

The rocky coastline and the clear, deep water make this area a popular feeding area for various fish species. You may be lucky enough to catch some tasty bonito (palamut), a few mackerel, or even a grouper, if luck (or should we say "rasgele") is on your side. It all depends on the season, sea conditions, the weather, the moon… and some element of chance. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, planning to go alone or with your family, the captain will advise you on the type of fishing that suits you.

While we can't always guarantee you a catch, if the trip is successful then the team will grill the fish back at the clubhouse and serve them to you for dinner that very evening; there is after all, nothing better than a beautifully grilled, perfectly fresh fish. Having said that we can baked, fry or BBQ them, should you wish.

If there are no fish, don't worry. There are many local fishermen hereabouts to help us out with some of their catch.

Good luck and may the fish be with you!
Sailing
The southwest coast of Turkey, famous for the Turquoise Coast and the Blue Cruise, offers some of the best sailing in the Aegean and Mediterranean, if not the world.

The epic beauty of the dramatic coastline around Gökçe Gemile and the Gulf of Fethiye is no exception. The hidden bays and monumental scenery, the deep blue waters and steady wind conditions, make for a truly unforgettable day's sailing.

Sailing experience

At Gökçe Gemile we have our own 42.2 ft Jeanneau Sun Odyssey yacht, so can quite literally sail into the sunset, in style! With our experienced crew, guests can be sailors for a day, have a go at sailing, learn some of the skills involved, eat their meals on board and have a whole heap of fun.

Sailing is a wonderful way to experience not only the breath-taking beauty of the coastline with its backdrop of rugged mountains, but also the magic of the deep blue waters. Guests may even have the chance to see dolphins at play, a rare Mediterranean Monk Seal or ponderous Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

Listening to the boat cut through the water; watching the sun go down and feeling the wind, sun and salt on your hair and skin; what better way can there be to experience the joy of being alive than a day's sailing?

Private gulet tours

On the other hand, guests can have an exclusive and very lazy day at sea on a traditional gulet (a traditional wooden boat), hired solely for their own use and with a full crew and service provided.

The gulet cruises to several different bays, giving guests the opportunity to swim, try their hand at fishing, or just relaxing on the comfortable deck area.

Speed Boat hire

To experience the joys of being at sea in a different way, our guest can hire a speed boat. There is a range of boats for hire: from a small basic speed boat that does not need training or any previous boating experience.

There are three different standard speed boats for hire at this level, with capacity for 2, 4 and 6 people. These have 30, 60 and 75 hp engines, respectively.

Our team will give basic training, teach guests how to use the necessary equipment and make sure there is sufficient fuel for the agreed trip. Lifejackets, a GPS, charts, maps and other equipment required on the boat will also be provided.

To hire an advanced, luxurious speedboat a captain's licence is required or the boat must be skippered by a qualified member of the Gökçe Gemile team.

Scuba diving
Scuba diving aficionados well know that the deep, clear waters of Gökçe Gemile bay are the best in Turkey. But they are also a great place to get a first scuba-diving experience too and at Gökçe Gemile we are able to offer our guests the ultimate scuba diving experience.

Exploring the underwater secrets of Balaban island, the extraordinary geography of the coastline, the unspoiled environment and diversity of aquatic wildlife makes it a diving experience to remember.

As we work closely with a team of highly-trained master divers from a well-respected local company, we are also able to offer a full range of diving courses from PADI and CMAS: from the Discover Scuba course for beginners to speciality courses for experienced divers.
Trekking
If you like a stroll, a brisk walk or perhaps a more strenuous trek, don't forget to pack your walking boots, hiking poles and a hat when you come to stay at Gökçe Gemile. You see, you don't have to go very far to find the most awe inspiring trekking country.

Quite literally, Gökçe Gemile has an abundance of glorious walks, brimming over with nature and wildlife, right on its doorstep. You just have to walk through the gate and you will immediately find yourself surrounded by of some of the most beautiful countryside, spectacular walking routes and extraordinary history in the Mediterranean.

In this part of Turkey hardly anywhere is flat but once you negotiated a trail you are almost guaranteed to find a break-taking view waiting for you. There is also a wealth of flora and fauna and many plant species are endemic to this part of Turkey. If you come in the early summer expect to be bowled over by the wonderful array of wild flowers and trees heavy with blossom.

The start of the Lycian Way is within a few kilometres of Gökçe Gemile and there are plenty of way-marked trails through the forests and countryside, which are full of wonderful nature, all of which is on an impressive scale.

If you are interested in history as well as walking, visit the abandoned hillside settlement of Levissi, in the Kayaköy valley. Here, back in 1923, the Greek Orthodox Christian community who lived in this small town were (as in the rest of Turkey) compelled to leave, as were the Muslims of Greece, in what has become known by historians as the Population Exchange. It was in Levissi that the British author Louis de Bernières was inspired to write his classic novel, Birds Without Wings.

You may want to bring your binoculars too, as there will be many opportunities for a spot of bird watching.

Guests wishing to explore the wild landscape in this part of the world can request the Gökçe Gemile concierge service to organise a trekking expedition, where guests will be accompanied by a qualified and knowledgeable guide.

This is a wild, rugged and remote part of the world. If you do choose to venture out alone, always tell someone where you plan to go, dress appropriately, take plenty of water and never forget to carry your mobile phone with you.

Kayaking
Kayaking is a great way to explore the bays, coves and islands of Gökçe Gemile on the water. With no sound, apart from the gentle splashing of paddles, kayaking leaves not even the lightest footprint on the bay's pristine environment. Discovering the coastline by kayak also has opportunities for exploring hidden caves and other extraordinary natural phenomena carved out by the weather and the waves over millennia, places that it is impossible to see in any other way.

Sitting quietly in your kayak, your ears will gradually become attuned to the silence. You will hear the sounds of birds and the water and experience the feeling that silence really is golden! You will also be close to the water and if you peer into its clear blue depths, you may be fortunate enough to spot fishes and other marine life feeding on the rocks, and once in a while, a massive sea turtle, or even catch a glimpse of an endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal. But only if you are really lucky.

At Gökçe Gemile we have two kinds of ocean-going kayaks, single and tandem. So you don't necessarily have to do all the paddling and steering yourself! Guests will also be provided with life jacks and a basic course on safety; after all, kayaks do occasionally capsize.

Kayaking safaris

If you would like to explore further, we offer kayaking safaris. Accompanied by an experienced guide, a minimum of two guests can venture further afield to explore the wonders of the Gökçe Gemile bay. The safari includes a picnic lunch. With the peace and tranquillity you'll experience, we like to think it's paddling through paradise.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
In recent years stand-up padding boarding (SUPing) has become an increasingly popular water activity across the world and at Gökçe Gemile we can completely understand why. So, if you fancy yourself as a SUPer, why not have a go while you are here?

Admittedly, the fitter you are the better, as getting started does take a bit of practice. But here, in the warm, calm, clear waters of the Gökçe Gemile bay, is an ideal place to learn. Once balanced, feet comfortably astride the board and paddle in hand, it can be an incredible way to explore the remarkable coastline in this area.

Not only is stand-up paddle boarding a wonderful way to experience the tranquillity and nature of your surroundings, it is also a great way to exercise.

SUPing is seen by many as the ultimate total body workout and it is so much more fun that puffing away in a crowded gym. SUPing is a low impact exercise that combines balance, strength, and endurance; even when you are standing still. It can be a great way to nurture your tan too.

You never know, you may fall in love with SUPing. We wouldn't be surprised.

Stand-up paddle boarding safaris

At Gökçe Gemile we offer our guests the ultimate SUP safari. Accompanied by an experienced guide, a minimum of two guests can venture further afield to explore the wonders of the Gökçe Gemile bay. The safari includes a picnic lunch. The safari includes a picnic lunch. With the peace and tranquillity you'll experience, we like to think it's paddling through paradise.
Yoga
Gokçe Gemile is a wonderful place to practice yoga as its tranquillity and beauty makes it ideal for unwinding and shedding the stress of busy lives. Just imagine starting the day with a yoga session, while looking out over the spectacular beauty and amazing nature of Gökçe Gemile's surroundings. Should you wish, we can arrange for a highly trained yoga teacher to visit you for yoga sessions in the total privacy of your own garden. Our yoga teacher is also a fully trained Reiki practitioner. All you have to do is tell us which method you prefer.

Hatha Yoga

This method includes yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama), a practice that helps your mind and body to be at peace. It can help increase flexibility and strength, as well as improving the circulation and cardio-health. It is also beneficial for detoxifying the organs and improving posture, while balancing the body and mind, easing anxiety and reducing depression.

Ashtanga Yoga

This method includes synchronizing breathing with a progressive sequence of postures. The process creates intense internal heat and copious, cleansing perspiration, which detoxifies the muscles and organs. The outcome is better circulation, a stronger body, and a calmer mind. This method is suitable for those with experience of yoga.

Yin Yoga

A slow-paced style, with this method poses are held for five minutes and even longer. This is to apply sufficient stress to the connective tissue – tendons, fascia and ligaments – to enhance circulation in the joints and improve flexibility.

Reiki Therapy

Reiki is a Japanese system, which based on the concept of the "life force energy" that flows through us, which is seen as the source of life. Although it is spiritual, it is not a religion. If this life force energy is low, then we are more likely to succumb to sickness or stress. On the other hand, if it is high, we are more likely to feel happy and be healthy. Reiki heals the whole person, including the body, emotions, mind and spirit. It has many beneficial effects, including relaxation and calm feelings, security and wellbeing. Many Reiki users and clients report astonishing results. Natural and safe for everyone, Reiki is an uncomplicated method for spiritual healing and self-improvement. When used in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques, it is an effective way to alleviate side effects and promote recovery.

Other experiences
Hair & Beauty Treatments

At Gökçe Gemile we are able to offer a range of hair care and beauty treatment services for our guests. If you would like a pedicure, a manicure, hair cut, wash, blow dry or some other hair treatment, please let us know. We work closely with several respected establishments in the area and can arrange for one of their beauticians or stylists visit you in the comfort and privacy or your own villa. For hair and beauty treatments, prices are given on request.

Spa & Massage Therapies

We offer a range of spa and massage therapies, which are carried out privately in the peaceful environment of Gökçe Gemile: either in one of the private coves/beaches, in a shady wooded area, or if required, in the privacy of your own villa. Also, we only provide male therapists for male guests and female therapists for female guests. For spa and massage therapies, prices are given on request.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling is a relaxing way to explore the water around the beaches and coves at Gökçe Gemile. The unusual geological features of this part of the coast means there are plenty of wonderful places to explore. We provide fins, masks and snorkels both of which are hygienically cleaned after each use.

Tours & Excursions

While many of our guests never want to leave Gökçe Gemile once they've arrived, others are keen to get out and about. Some of the most popular places to visit and things to do include:

Fethiye, Yeşilüzümlü and Cadianda: A bustling, colourful and lively harbour town 30 minutes drive from Gökçe Gemile, Fethiye has many shops, cafes and restaurants. There is also the lively central Fish and Fresh Produce Market (always open and with many fish restaurants), the huge Tuesday Market and the Farmers' Market on Fridays. Culture and history buffs will no doubt come across the several Lycian rock tombs that are dotted about the town, including the tomb of Amintas, which is carved into the cliffs. Fethiye also has a small but interesting archaeological and ethnographic museum. From Fethiye, a pleasant 30 minute drive into more mountainous terrain takes you to Yeşilüzümlü, and an additional 30 minutes' drive will bring you to the peaceful and remarkably untouched ruins of the 3000 year old city of Cadianda.

Ölüdeniz and Babadağı: The 1,988 metre summit of Babadağı towers above Ölüdeniz and those in the know say it has some of the world's best and most exhilarating paragliding. Fly tandem from the 1,700 take off in the safe hands of a experienced pilot and you will spend about 30 or 40 minutes soaring silently above the mountains, the turquoise waters, the crescent shaped beach and sheltered lagoon, and with breath taking views of the dramatic and beautiful coastline beyond, before landing on Belcekiz beach. Then you will have seen for yourself why this part of Turkey is considered to be so exceptional.

Dalyan and Iztuzu: The 2 hour drive to Iztuzu beach, is worth every minute. The beautiful sandy beach stretches over 4.5 km and the water is relatively shallow for some distance. It is rarely crowded, even at the height of the summer season. This is particularly good for the many female Loggerhead Sea Turtles, who annually visit the beach to lay their eggs. Behind the beach there is DEKAMER, a research and rehabilitation organisation set up by academics from Pamukkale University, which is well worth visiting. As well as taking care of injured and poorly sea turtles, the hard working teams monitor sea turtle hatchlings and adult Loggerheads, adding vital knowledge to the literature on this vulnerable species. The road between Iztuzu and Dalyan, which takes about 30 minutes, will take you past bio-diverse wetland areas and brackish lakes. This delta is important environmentally, as is the Dalyan river that flows over it. Above the river are some photogenic Lycian rock tombs and a little further upstream there is a ferry that will take you to the ancient city of Kaunos, in Caria. In fact, the Dalyan River denotes the border between Lycia and Caria. Daily boats cruise through the reedy lower reaches of river, stopping off for lunch at one of the many trout restaurants.

Saklıkent Canyon: At 300 m (980 ft) deep and 18 km (11 miles) long, Saklıkent Canyon is a remarkable natural phenomenon well worth visiting, especially when the weather is sweltering on the coast. This is because the gushing torrents of waters that flow from the gorge are absolutely freezing. This is because it snow melt that has been percolating through the limestone bluffs on its way from the highlands. But once you're over the shock of its iciness, it is an absolutely delightful way to cool down. Dotted along the river bank, restaurants have built platforms over the water where guests can sit comfortably, eat fish (trout) and keep cool at the same time.

Xanthos/Letoon: A little under an hour's dive by car from Fethiye lies the incredibly significant ruins of Xanthos. Just over the modern day border between the provinces of Muğla and Antalya, Xanthos was once the capital of Lycia. The Lycian Civilization is acknowledged as one of the most important Iron Age cultures of Anatolia. Nearby Letoon is the cult centre of Xanthos, where, in the sanctuary of Letoon, three temples are dedicated to Leto, Artemis and Apollo. In Greek mythology Leto was the mother of Apollo and Artemis, their father was Zeus. This site, together with Letoon, are both on the UNESCO World Heritage List and well worth a visit.

Patara: A 90 minute drive from Gökçe Gemile, the spectacular 18 km beach at Patara is another important nesting ground for Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the area. The environmental importance of the beach, backed by dunes, is complemented by the historical significance of the archaeological site of Patara. As a result of their importance so far large-scale development has been avoided. In ancient times, Patara had a large natural harbour, which eventually silted up. At its peak, the city was famous for its temple and oracle of Apollo, which was said to be second in importance to the oracle of Delphi. The city of Patara is said to have been founded by a son of Apollo and also the birth place of St. Nicholas, who became the Bishop of Myra (Demre) and is also known as Santa Claus.

Waterside Dining
Dining at Gökçe Gemile is usually informal, but the food is always delicious and service is second to none. All our food is sourced locally whenever possible and we get all our fruit, vegetables and other produce, such as eggs, bread olive oil and other condiments, from our wonderful villagers, farmers and local markets.

While our guests are staying with us, we ask them to think of Gökçe Gemile as their home and to let us know in advance what they would like to eat, so that everything can be freshly cooked according to their requirements.

These meals are served to our guests on the private seating platforms overlooking the sea or for added seclusion, in one of the coves

Breakfast:
Served on Gökçe Gemile's beautiful main beach, or in one of the secluded coves (with your feet dabbling in the water if you like), breakfast at Gökçe Gemile includes a massive range of Turkish and Mediterranean options. We use only the finest seasonal, fresh produce, all of which is locally sourced from the nearby village or farmers' market, if at all possible. Our guests tell us that the Gökçe Gemile breakfast is a feast in itself and one that sets you up for the day.

As everything is fresh and cooked to order, we request that breakfasts are ordered a day in advance.

Lunch & Snacks:
An extensive range of mouth-watering lunches and appetizing snacks are served to our guests on the beach, either on the shaded seating areas overlooking the sea, or for added privacy, in one of the exclusive coves. Cooked with consummate culinary skills by the Gökçe Gemile team, the focus is on traditional home-cooked Turkish, Aegean and Mediterranean dishes and use fresh, local ingredients.

Evening dining
As one of the most important elements of the Gökçe Gemile philosophy is privacy, for evening meals – after 7pm – we adhere to the principle of only one party dining on the main beach at any one time. This ensures that each party will have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of being our exclusive guests. So please make sure you discuss your dining requirements with our concierge service either before or on arrival.

Barbecue dining
The Gökçe Gemile team prepares and serves delicious barbecues, fishy feasts, or a range of traditional Turkish or Mediterranean themed dishes on request.

Preparation for the barbeques is an art in itself. Carefully selected cuts of succulent beef or lamb – sourced from the local farmer – are rubbed with local herbs before being marinaded in a special sauce for the whole day, just to make them even more mouth-watering, tender and juicy. The meal includes a selection of meze and salads.

Many of our guests tell us they love fishing, so we give them the chance to catch their own dinner! The Gökçe Gemiler team then prepares, grills and serves the catch with a selection of mezes and salads, followed by desert and fruit. In the event that there is no or not enough fish from the fishing trip, we buy fresh fish from local fishermen.

For these choices we require at least two day's notice

Seafood dining
For guests requiring dining on a more lavish scale, we call on the services of the finest seafood chef in the region. He arrives, together with his team and a selection of sensational seafood starters and meze, as well as an enormous range of beautiful seafood, including lobster, tiger prawns, calamari, octopus and fish. He transforms these into a gastronomic banquet; one that truly has to be seen to be believed.

Full Board + Drinks
Seeing all our guests de-stress, take it easy and relax, gives us great pleasure because it is key to our philosophy. So, to ensure our guests can do just that, we've come up with our brilliant Full Board & Drinks option for parties taking all three houses – or when there are no other guests staying at Gökçe Gemile – and it's proving to be a very popular choice.

For those of you whose idea of heaven is putting your feet up by the pool, chilling out by the sea, or making the most of the many activities Gökçe Gemile has to offer, until the sun drops below the horizon, it's an ideal option. On the other hand, for other guests it may simply mean having a break from cooking. Either way, the appeal of Full Board & Drinks at Gökçe Gemile is certainly catching on with our guests.

Imagine for a moment… You'll be able to spend your holiday relaxing in the secluded paradise of Gökçe Gemile, happy in the knowledge that your meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, will all be cooked by our talented team in the Gökçe Gemile Clubhouse Kitchen.

And, should you want a cooling glasses of fresh fruit juice, or a reviving cups of coffee or tea while you're on the beach, no problem; one of our Gökçe Gemile team will be there to make them for you, as the Full Board price also covers all soft drinks, fresh fruit juices and hot drinks throughout the day.

Also included in the Gökçe Gemile Full Board and Drinks option are three delicious meals for every day of your holiday; that's breakfast, lunch and an a la carte three course evening meal, as well as deserts and fruit. All we ask is that you give us advance notice of what you would like us to cook and where you would to eat it. Meals are taken either on the main beach or, should you choose, in one of the secluded coves.

From families with young children or ever-hungry and thirsty teenagers, to busy city couples needing to unwind, this choice is the perfect way to ensure everyone is relaxed and contented. We think our Full Board option is one of the many wonderful jewels in the Gökçe Gemile crown.

Our paradise of Gökçe Gemile is after all the perfect place for a holiday and doing as little, or as much, as you like, while being treated like royalty in the most beautiful surroundings, is the whole reason coming here.

House Helpers
For some our guests, eating in the privacy of their own villa and having the services of a House Helper is a preferred option, especially if they have babies or young children. On request, a female member of the Gökçe Gemile team, who is from the nearby village, will come to your villa on a daily basis.

For many families the day is a constant round of tidying up, washing up and cleaning, whether or not they are on holiday. But here at Gökçe Gemile we want to give our guests a break from all that and this is why we have our very own team of Turkish Mary Poppins. Our wonderful ladies are House Helpers, all expert in the arts of tidying, washing up, cleaning and washing – all those jobs we tend to call "chores" and are only too pleased to hand over to someone else when the opportunity arises!

As any family coming to Turkey with young children will know, Turkish people adore children and love the chance to play and interact with them. Our House Helpers are just the same, and will be pleased to help with child care and babysitting, on request.

Given free reign of the kitchen, your House Helper, who is a talented cook, will also prepare delicious traditional home-style Turkish village meze and main dishes, according to your requirements. She will also do food shopping, if asked. This option enables you not only the chance to relax and eat at your leisure but also to learn about some of our wonderful local recipes.

Any Turkish home-style cook will, as a matter of course, make the most of the lovely fresh, seasonal, local ingredients that grow abundantly in this part of the country. Our House Helpers are no exception and the food they cook is simply delicious, as well as being healthy and nutritious.

One of the many great things about traditional Turkish cuisine is the variety of dishes served at the same meal… No "meat and two veg" in this part of the world… Turkish tables are always packed with plates and bowls brimming wonderful food and when cooking for guests, the Turkish cook will pull out all the stops.

From soups to meze to wonderful deserts – prepare to be amazed and inspired! And of course, with all our lovely fresh vegetables and olive oil, there are always lots of salads. Cooked to perfection, vegetable dishes will regain their appeal even for the most hardened carnivore. But there's no need to worry, although vegetables are an integral part of any meal in this part of Turkey, there are plenty of tasty meaty dishes too. And we haven't even mentioned wickedly wonderful baklava and all those other moreish deserts…

When academics studied some extraordinary examples of longevity in Turkey, it was attributed to the wonderful village milk, from which delicious cheese and yogurt are made. But we think the mouth-watering fish, grass fed meat, fruit, vegetables, olives and wild herbs, to name just a few examples of the country's abundant produce, must help too.

For many of our guests, particularly mums, having the daily services of a Gökçe Gemile House Helper is a really special bonus, transforming an already wonderful holiday experience into a truly brilliant one.

Dining out
For guests who wish to dine out while staying at Gökçe Gemile there is a huge number of different options from which to chose; in Fethiye, it's fair to say there is something to suit all tastes and appetites.

For example, in Kayaköy, which is just a short drive away, there are several well-known barbeque restaurants, where you can cook your own cutlets or other cuts of lamb, or tuck into a dish of succulent slow-roasted lamb. These "kendin pişir kendin ye" establishments are extremely popular with Turkish people and usually very lively.

In Fethiye and the surrounding villages there many popular restaurants and lokanta that serve tasty traditional Turkish cuisine, fish and kebabs. One of the best known and popular places to eat is at one of the numerous restaurants in the fish market. Bustling with the buying and selling of fish during the day, the market is transformed into a spectacular venue at night, when the air is full of music, and the restaurants are full of diners, chattering and laughing.

There are also restaurants featuring cuisine from across the world; there's everything, from British style steak houses to Thai and Chinese cuisine, and from Italian pasta to Indian curries. It's no exaggeration to say that Fethiye has more choices in terms of world cuisine than many of Turkey's large cities.

The Gökçe Gemile concierge service will be happy to advise you according to your preferences and organise chauffeur-driven transport.

Dalaman Airport – 61.5 km (1.00 hr)
Antalya Airport – 222 km (3.30 hrs)
Bodrum(Bodrum airport) – 248 km (3.50 hrs)
Izmir (Adnan Menderes Airport) – 333 km (4.30 hrs)
Fethiye – 11.5 km (20 mins)
Göcek – 44 km (45 mins)
Kalkan – 96 km (1.30 hrs)
Marmaris – 142 km (2.00 hrs)

Private VIP Transfers by Road
The majority of highways and roads in the area are excellent and the experienced chauffeurs ensure a comfortable hassle-free journey in a VIP luxury car or people carrier, according to the number of guests.
All our VIP transfer vehicles are Mercedes but on request BMW X5 vehicles are also available.

Private VIP Helicopter Transfer
As well as being an ideal option for guests with busy lives and tight schedules, travelling by helicopter is this ultimate way to see Turkey's breath-taking scenery. The helicopter will land at the Kayaköy Helipad, which is just minutes away from the villas.
A chauffeured VIP vehicle will meet you on arrival.

Arrival by Yacht
There are few more perfect ways to spend time than sailing or motoring in the idyllic Aegean and Mediterranean waters of the Turquoise Coast. As a consequence this part of Southwest Turkey has many exclusive marinas, including those in Fethiye, Göcek, Kaş, Kalkan, Datça, Bozburun, Marmaris, Bodrum and Yalıkavak. We have our own private jetty and lazy lines, for the sheltered mooring of yachts, motor launches and gulets.