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Yuva is a family-run holiday retreat, not a hotel, although we will of course take care of you. A small amount of self-help is appropriate and appreciated. The group dining area is 2 mins walk from the rooms, right by the sea. Accommodation is fairly basic and rustic. All beds have mosquito nets. Rooms are cleaned and linen is changed once per week (you can request fresh linen & towels and a room-clean mid-week).
Yuva is well off the beaten track, set on 40 acres of environmentally protected natural forest, in a wild mountain area. It consists of the rooms, two outside kösk (typical Turkish cushioned seating areas) and a yoga platform with unparalleled sea and mountain views.
8 minutes’ walk in one direction, there is a secluded rocky cove that gives access to the sea for swimming and snorkelling. 8 minutes walk in the other direction is another stunning rocky cove with a small rock and shingle swimming area.When the sea is calm, you can swim from the rocks just by the dining area. The ground around Yuva is rough, uneven, steep forest paths and mountain tracks, which can be slippery. The narrow mountain road to Faralya village is partly unsurfaced, steep and spectacular. The final approach to Yuva is 15 minutes walk (1 km) down a steep, unsurfaced, uneven forest road. (Some vehicles can get down this road, and if you need a ride up, we can usually provide it). Transport arrangements are as described. If you would like more flexibility, and you are a competent driver, we suggest you hire a car; a 4×4 is recommended. We can help to arrange this in advance, if you wish.
We share this pristine environment with the local wildlife of the forest and sea. Many interesting species have been spotted at Yuva including porcupine, bee-eater, wild boar, scorpion, dolphin, flying fish, loggerhead turtle, and a variety of reptiles, spiders and insects.
NB. If you are looking for a resort with swimming pool, air-conditioning, cafes, shops, sandy beach and night-life, Yuva is definitely NOT for you. The nearest shops, bars, restaurants, etc are over 8 miles away. The nearest (shingle/sand) beach is at Kabak Valley, a stunning gorge 4 miles away (1hr 30mins on foot). For guests, Yuva is a 'no smoking' area.
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