Imagine a shabby yet chic cabin resort. And then imagine life in The Lord of the Flies, in the first part of the William Golding classic before things went horribly wrong. That’s the vibe guests get at the eclectic—and outrageously affordable—Kadir Yörük Top Tree House.
Kadir’s is set stunningly on a hill above a white sand beach in Olympos, Turkey. Especially in the presence of locals, do not confuse this location with Mount Olympus; that’s located in Greece, Turkey’s rival. This Olympos is an hour’s drive west along the Mediterranean from the beach-oriented tourist center of Antalya.
The Olympos, Turkey area is rich in ancient ruins to explore. There are natural wonders to behold, most prominent among them being the eternal fires of Yanartaş (the flames are fueled by underground methane emissions (much like those our college room mate used to emit) but visit this area at night and it easy to see why the fires would spawn so many ancient myths). Olympos also has a plethora of places to scuba dive, mountain bike, fish, rock climb and, of course, lounge on a beach. And yet, even with all that, it is worth visiting Olympos for no other reason than to stay at Kadir’s.
Kadir’s offers a variety of accommodations, including a campground and bungalows (both air-conditioned and yet). But for a true Kadir’s experience a stay in a 5-bed “treehouse” is a must. The treehouses aren’t fully built around a supportive tree as they are at Oregon’s cool Cedar Creek Resort, for example. But they are built on stilts, nearly entirely of wood and have a very arboreal feel.
No matter what type of accommodations you choose you’ll get a bargain—nightly per person rates, ranging from US$10 (dorm bed, low season) to $40 (a/c bungalow, high season), include both breakfast and dinner!
You’ll also get a wonderful community spirit. Kadir’s has are two lively bars, nightly bonfires, lots of hang-out areas and plenty of pickup volleyball games. Solo travelers do not find themselves alone here for long.
Kadir’s is very much the sort of place travelers end up staying for much longer than planned. Just make sure you leave before the vibe turns to the second half of The Lord of the Flies.
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