Cook's Club Adakoy Marmaris
The coastal city of Marmaris – with its endless coves and islets, golden beaches and azure blue seas – gets a remarkable 300 days of sun per year, making it one of Turkey’s most popular holiday destinations for those seeking a healthy dose of vitamin D.
But away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Marmaris foreshore, Cook’s Club Adakoy is its own little pocket of paradise. Set against a backdrop of pine-clad mountains and clear blue sea, it’s the perfect springboard to explore the surrounding areas. A twenty-minute water taxi will have you right in the heart of Marmaris town, where a medieval castle, the cobblestoned old quarter and bustling Grand Bazaar are all within walking distance.
Outside Marmaris, the coves and bays of the Datça Peninsula and the Dalyan river make great daytrip destinations for those wanting to explore the greater area.
Gusta Bar & Grill
For Marmaris’ freshest seafood, head to Gusta Bar & Grill. Grab yourself a balcony table and watch the boats come in from a day at sea while the sun sets on the horizon. The menu champions a selection of delicious seafood and grilled meat dishes, paired with an innovative drinks’ menu.
The boho-inspired Vamos Beach club is the ideal place to spend a day in the sun to the soundtrack of laid-back summer tunes. A dynamic mix of sunbeds, crystal-clear water, great food and delicious drinks, Vamos is one of the hippest beach bars in Marmaris – perfect for people-watching and party-starting.
This tiny hole-in-the-wall gem serves up a traditional Turkish menu, home-cooked and handmade with love. Located just off the harbor front in a 250-year-old Greek stone abode, it’s one of the few restaurants in the area that has managed to retain a sense of charm and character – no fries on the menu here. The food is authentic, the service is friendly and the drinks are fresh.
This homemade ice cream joint serves up over 40 experimental flavours, as well some of the most delicious waffles you’ll ever try. Because there’s nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer’s day.
Perched on the southwestern shores of Turkey, the Datça peninsula is so striking that the ancient Greeks believed it to have been created by Zeus himself. About an hour and a half’s drive from Cook’s Club, uncover a blissful fusion of bougainvillea-covered walls, olive groves and deserted beaches – a rarity in southern Turkey. Spend the day exploring Eski Datça (Old Datça) and the ancient harbor of Knidos.
Marmaris National Park
Located just 6km from Marmaris town, the protected nature reserve of Marmaris National Park is a paradise of beautiful, unspoilt beaches, ancient cities and flora and fauna. Set over 29.206 hectares, it’s a haven of flora and fauna, with everything from bears and foxes to lynx and exotic birds. While you’re there, don’t miss the Paradise Island and the ancient cities of Physkos and Amos.
On the surface, it may seem as if Marmaris lacks history. But delve a little further and you’ll still be able to find ancient relics and medieval ruins worth exploring. Marmaris castle is one of them. Dating back to 3000BC, the stone-walled structure boasts beautiful gardens, a small museum and sweeping views over the harbor front. The narrow, cobble-stoned paths leading to the castle make up the small but beautiful Old Town of Marmaris, filled with little boutiques and hole-in-the-wall eateries.
Learn to sail
Spend a day on a private yacht, exploring the untouched bays and secreted coves of Marmaris. Our trained skippers will teach you the basics of the sailing and navigating while you lap up the sunshine. A day trip on a yacht that fits up to 8 people and leaves directly from the marina at Cook’s Club Adakoy.
The southern coast of Turkey is known for its spectacular sunsets. Gather your friends and soak up the pastel-hued sundown while sipping on champagne on a private yacht. The 3-hour sail trip can fit up to six people and leaves directly from the marina at Cook’s Club Adakoy.
The Dalyan river, located south-east of Marmaris, is brimming with nooks to be explored, including Turtle Bay – a strip of sand between the river and the Mediterranean Sea that has become a refuge for endangered loggerhead turtles and blue crabs. Spend the day boating through the maze of channels, soaking in the mineral mud baths and hot springs, or exploring the Lycian rock tombs, carved into the cliffs.