Mehmet Ali Aga Konagi Hotel
On a yacht charter in Datca, Turkey, take time to head ashore. Hidden back in the original village of Datca, about a 5 minute drive from the new coastal town of Datca, Turkey, surrounded by privacy walls is the luxury hotel Mehmet Ali Aga Konagi. The hotel is housed in a Turkish mansion, built originally in 1809 by Mehmet Ali, who was the wealthiest person in the Datca Peninsula. The mansion was allowed to deteriorate until the early 2000, when the property was bought and renovated into the hotel that it is today. Many of the original details were kept, including the wall and ceiling paintings, and the rooms are furnished with antiques. Inside the original mansion is still the family Turkish Bath, still in use today, heated by wood fires. We visited, were shown many of the rooms and the Turkish Bath and had a lovely lunch of traditional Turkish foods. We recommend this as a stop for lunch or dinner or even a Turkish Bath on any itinerary that includes Datca.
We had a lovely lunch in the courtyard under the loggia of a selection of fresh vegetable mezes including braised nettles, fresh artichokes, and fava beans, followed by a salad of various lettuces and herbs, with a main course of lamb slowed cooked in the wood oven.