Datça is a gorgeous little town (15k population excluding tourists), set around several beautiful bays at the foot of some spectacular mountains. There are plenty of lovely, vibey little bars and restaurants open until midnight around the bay and the yachting marina. it has a glorious microclimate, with average daily sunshine of 11-14 hours from May through to September, with humidity in the comfortable 60%s during the summer months.
I've lived here for 7 months, the last 4 of those *very* happily and comfortably at the Fora. I've looked at just about every hotel and pansiyon in town, and I don't believe the Fora can be beaten on *any* of location, accommodation, value-for-money, or service.
Hotel location: amazing. The Fora is just off the main street of the town, overlooking the beautiful central bay (Kumluk) with its sandy beach, right opposite all its bars, cafés and restaurants.
Accommodation: I've seen inside a lot of it, and it's all big, bright, airy, clean, with air con and TV. Half the rooms have a gorgeous view over the beach and the bay, which is well-worth the little extra. On the second floor are the apartments (with a kitchen), on the first floor the rooms, and on the ground floor reception, the lobby and the café.
Staff: The staff are all Turkish and couldn't be lovelier or more helpful. The hotel is owned and run by the mayor of Datça and his family. They are kind and honest to a fault. (In fact, the site of the hotel used to be their family home.) One member of the reception team, Anil, speaks very good English, and the non-English speaking reception staff will phone his mobile if they require translation.
Facilities: the hotel offers great rooms, with some views, great service and lovely breakfasts in their café. Anything else — boat trips, water sports, tours, etc — the reception staff will happily help you organise.
The hotel doesn't have a pool but who needs one — the bay with its soft, sandy beach is just 20m from the hotel. The clean, clear, turquoise water is a perfect 25-26C from July to September, and over 23C even in June and October.
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- Fora Apart Hotel Datca, Mugla Province