Tucked away on the Datca peninsula, Ovabuku is the prettiest in a chain of three bays, along with Hayitbuku and Kizilbuk. The beach is a relatively small stretch of creamy shingle, backed by a cluster of small restaurants and pensions, while the countryside around has a lush beauty; pine forests mixed with oak, myrtle and carob trees. It’s not the beach itself that makes this such a fantastic find, it’s the whole package: peace, authenticity and a real sense of escape.
Stay at The Olive Garden Hotel (+90 252 728 0056). Doubles from €60 per night B&B.
Spectacularly situated between two towering cliffs, Butterfly valley stretches out in a v-shape, ending in a sweep of pristine beach. Most visitors access the beach by boat from Olu Deniz or Fethiye, but for adventurous trekkers there is a rocky path that leads down from the road (around 40 mins down and an hour back up). There is no electricity, roads or buildings in the valley but camping is allowed and there are shelters in the trees. Alternatively, stay in the peaceful hamlet of Faralya and gaze down to the beach, hundreds of feet below.
Stay at The Mandarin Boutique hotel, from £775pp per week, B&B, through Cachet Travel (+44 (0)20 8847 8700;
Hidden between the resorts of Turunc and Kumlubuk on the Bozburun peninsula, Amos is a small cove tucked between two headlands. It’s a bit rough and ready and the pebbles are scattered with ancient wooden loungers, but there is an unspoilt beauty that makes a stark contrast to the bling and bright lights of Marmaris, which lies across the bay. Amos was once a sizeable Roman settlement and there are some remains, including a small amphitheatre with breathtaking views. Better still, there’s an excellent restaurant right on the beach, serving up fresh fish and meze.
Stay at The Serendip Select, in neighbouring Kumlubuk, from £440pp per week, B&B through Anatolian Sky (08448 757681
It’s hard to believe that Gemiler lies just a short way away from the heavily overpopulated Olu Deniz beach; it’s rarely crowded and reached by boat or bus ride from Hisaronu, through the fertile Kaya valley, past tobacco and wheat fields and out to the very tip of the Fethiye peninsula. Surrounded by pine and olive trees, the beach looks across to St Nicholas Island, and there are a couple of good restaurants serving up fresh meze and cold Efes beers.
Stay at Tangala Evi, in nearby Kaya, costs from £825pp, self-catering, through Exclusive Escapes (+44 (0)20 8605 3500
Olympos beach, famed for its treehouse accommodation, has been on the backpacker trail for years, but neighbouring Cirali has managed to avoid the same level of development. The 3km sweep of beach is a protected area, thanks to the loggerhead turtles who clamber out of the sea to nest on the sand. Flanked by two huge mountains, the whole area around Cirali is dramatically beautiful, while the village behind offers simple restaurants and pensions, with a pleasingly hippyish atmosphere.
Stay at The Canada Hotel ( +90 242 825 7233