At the end of a dusty lane in the village of Resadiye, on the unspoilt Datca Peninsula, you'll find a heavy wooden gate in an unassuming stone wall. Behind it lies a unique boutique hotel - a former governor's mansion dating back to 1809, restored to all its Ottoman glory.

Inside the two-storey main house are five richly decorated bedrooms, with 13 suites hidden in other stone buildings. Here you will tuck into a Turkish menemen breakfast (with spiced meats, onions, peppers, eggs and tomatoes), then laze in the garden or by the pool. Relax in the hammam or swim in the clear turquoise sea at the Nirva beach club 10 minutes away.

Visit old Datca village (15 minutes away), where men play backgammon and women chat as they make lace on the cobbled streets. Come evening, dip into one of the twinkling waterfront restaurants for meze (don't miss crispy courgette flowers or tender calamari) and grilled fresh fish, before heading back to the moonlit gardens of the Mansion.

WOW FACTOR: The stunning lounge is open to views on three sides, but all you'll be looking at are the colourful frescoes, richly patterned ceilings and wooden engravings.

FLIGHT TIME: 4 hours

GO: Exclusive Escapes www.exclusiveescapes.co.uk offers seven nights from £950 per person, B&B. Includes flights, transfers and a Turkish bath.