Villa Yonca, Akyaka – Comfort And Tradition On A Weekend Away

It was the month of July and at home in Fethiye, we were in the midst of a heatwave on top of the usual summer heat. Time to get out of town for a couple of nights to a place not too far away. A place where we’d been in the past and loved – and where we knew that whilst it would still be hot, it wouldn’t be so humid. Akyaka was our place of choice and our accommodation choice was Villa Yonca…

Villa Yonca, Akyaka

We’ll tell you all about the pretty town of Akyaka in our next article. First up is our digs. And choosing hotels in Akyaka is a treat, because, if you do a little research about this area, you’ll soon discover that buildings in the town must be built in the same traditional style. There are exceptions to the cause (aren’t there always, eh?) but, by and large, Akyaka hotels, homes and businesses are all low rise, whitewashed and have beautiful, ornate wooden ceilings. It’s all very Ottoman.

Villa Yonca Akyaka

Villa Yonca is a traditional Akyaka building

Tent To Apartment

We’ll be honest; we were hoping to stay on the forest campsite, but, as we suspected might be the case, when we arrived in town, the campsite was packed to the rafters. No room at the inn – or rental tents – for these two hot and bothered wanderers. Time to park ourselves at a refreshment establishment and hunt out some digs online. And Villa Yonca immediately popped up as being of the traditional style, affordable, nearby and air-conditioned (hallelujah). The reviews were spot on, too. Book it!

Summer Travels

There was a sense of urgency in this booking of Villa Yonca. Perhaps not one of our wisest decisions, we had arrived in Akyaka on a summer’s weekend. We’re more familiar with autumnal and springtime travels when life is a tad more leisurely. Akyaka is hugely popular with domestic tourists and we could see the Istanbul and Ankara-registered cars streaming down the hill towards the centre. Landing Villa Yonca was a bit of a lucky break. Especially when we immediately received an email from the owner asking would we mind if he upgraded us free of charge because our online booking had coincided with that of another. Naturally, no complaints from us!

Villa Yonca Akyaka Entrance

The pretty entrance to the courtyard of Villa Yonca

Villa Yonca Oozes Tradition

Ahh, and what a sight to be greeted with when we did arrive. Many of these buildings, of traditional Ottoman style, are softened and framed with vibrantly coloured bougainvillea and other climbers and creepers. The courtyard set up is similar to the those of Antalya’s Kaleiçi hotels like 1207 and Dantel Pension. But Akyaka has a more open and airy feel to it. Villa Yonca didn’t disappoint. We opened the small doorway within the larger arched gate and entered the courtyard where we were greeted by the owner.

Courtyard Villa Yonca

Villa Yonca’s pretty courtyard

He had a choice of two upgraded rooms, he said. He was very sorry about the smaller rooms being booked up – lots of people booking all at once. Hey, why did we care? Our gain. Both rooms he showed us were up the stairs, one of them being on the very top floor. And this was the room we chose.

Why? Because this Villa Yonca room had those pretty Akyaka Ottoman style ceilings. Where possible, isn’t it lovely to be able to stay in the type of room that a town is so famous for? Even when you’re not outdoors, enjoying your surroundings, your room is still a part of where you are.

Villa Yonca Ceilings

Traditional decor in Villa Yonca

I say ‘room.’ What we actually stayed in at Villa Yonca was a one-bedroom self catering apartment, complete with cosy fireplace just to make you feel even more at home. For this summer visit, however, we were more concerned with the air conditioning unit!

So, we had a cosy lounge with kilims on the floor (out of shot) and doorway opening out onto a large balcony, complete with table and chairs. The kitchen was also part of the lounge and was well equipped. If you were staying in Akyaka for longer than a night or two, you could easily get yourself settled here. No need to eat out all the time.

Kitchen At Villa Yonca Akyaka

A traditional pine kitchen at Villa Yonca

If you’re someone who loves all things modern, then this look is not going to be for you. If you love a bit of a tradition, however, Akyaka holds onto that fiercely and this type of decor is typical in the area. We were in our element!

Villa Yonca Bedroom

The all important air conditioning unit for the heatwave

Off the main salon, there was a separate toilet on one side and the bedroom on the opposite side. Oodles of wardrobe space, and again, the traditional wooden furniture. The bed was large and comfortable – and right underneath the air conditioning unit. We’re not generally fans of this cooling system – we don’t have it at home – but when the heat’s overwhelming and our bodies are overheating; well, we were certainly grateful for it on this weekend away.

Villa Yonca Bathroom

A modern bathroom at Villa Yonca

And when it came time for ablutions, well there’s not so much of the tradition, here. Off the double bedroom was a large newly decorated bathroom with walk-in shower. Lovely!

So, all in all, our Villa Yonca apartment (as it turned out to be) was a perfect place to spread out and be cool for a couple of days. Like our stay at Fora Apart in Datça, we’d ended up in a mini home from home! Villa Yonca itself is tucked away on a side street around 10 minutes walk from the beach and centre, so all was peaceful and quiet at night time. And, as for the daytime, well, that short distance means Villa Yonca is also perfectly situated for exploring the area. Of course, we did a good bit of exploring and we’ll tell you about that in our next post…

Villa Yonca, Akyaka – Useful Information

  • Villa Yonca is in Akyaka town centre on a quiet side street, Nail Cakirhan Sokak.
  • Our room price didn’t include breakfast but there are lots of places just a few minutes walk away where you can get coffees, pastries and more substantial breakfasts.
  • There are various prices at Villa Yonca as they have basic double rooms (that we originally booked) up to suites with 2 bedrooms.
  • Rooms have wifi.
  • There is no swimming pool at Villa Yonca (this is quite common in Akyaka aside from a few larger hotels) but the Blue Flag sandy beach is only a short stroll away. 
  • Hotels in Akyaka get very busy in high season, especially at weekends, so book in advance.
  • Book a room at Villa Yonca or other hotels in Akyaka. (If you book via this Booking.com link we will receive a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you but it all helps to keep the blog online. Thanks.)

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  1. I associate Akyaka with long transfers to Dalaman airport – but as bus stops went – it was definitely the prettiest in Turkey.

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