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Fethiye, Turkey: A new wave in the Mediterranean

A foodie hideaway on Turkey’s Aegean coast could topple Mykonos from its perch. By David Annand


Is this the instant we reluctantly get in touch with time on Mykonos? The selling price-gouging. The elbow-to-elbow seashores. The awful targeted traffic. The plain Harry Maguire–ness of the place. For decades we set up with the island’s downsides due to the fact it was out there on its very own in the jap Med. Very best inns. Finest food items. Very best vibe. Nowhere else arrived near. 

Not any a lot more. The Aegean is now property to a complete host of spots that can contend with Mykonos’s finest. The decide on of the bunch? The Yazz Collective, a new beach front-club-cum-lodge tucked away on Turkey’s southwest coastline, which has upped the video game and then some. 

Listed here, targeted traffic seriously isn’t a problem. The vacation resort sits towards a backdrop of densely wooded hills in a jaw-dropping bay and is accessible only by boat. You possibly moor up in your chartered schooner or make a suitably starry entrance on the hotel’s nippy small speedboat, which meets your transfer from Dalaman airport. 

Through the week, the Yazz is a tranquil haven, all birdsong and contented hush, the place the suites are dotted about lushly planted gardens. Yoga courses just take place on sunlight-dappled decks. Couples lounge on sofas by the water, dipping in and out of the superb Aegean, with its heat, smooth waters.

On Fridays, the environment slowly and gradually cranks up as extra and more boats get there, right up until in the evening there’s a get together in entire swing, with a who’s who of Istanbul’s scenesters knocking back again powerful chilli margaritas and flexing on the waterside dancefloor. 

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There is a person regular: the foods, which is significant, daring and uniformly fantastic. Mounting star of Turkish cooking Mustafa Otar is the person in the kitchen, and he’s been outfitted with a 3-tier steel grill, so he can cook over an open up hearth, and a conventional Turkish oven, in which he helps make pide and bread from heritage grains. He’s also blessed with one particular of the world’s fantastic natural larders: he will get his soy sauce and miso from Asia, but every thing else – meat, fish, veggies – will come from Turkey. The end result? Bowls of hummus come topped with smoked olives and fermented pomegranate molasses, seafood pasta is served with hulking fantastic lobsters, and dry-aged tuna steaks are as wealthy and deeply flavoured as bavette. 

The workforce guiding the Yazz are in the method of obtaining a farm in northwest Turkey, and there are all way of ambitious ideas. At the moment, no a single in the British isles has read of the position, but believe us: word is about to get out. 

The Yazz Collective, doubles from £750 per night time. yazzcollective.com