Welcome to Rosmarin Villas, Gocek, Turkey

"Gocek is a little hillside community; a haven amid the scents and sound of the Mediterranean Landscape."
Rosmarin Villa Pool

People say Rosmarin in Göcek has a special magic that gets into one’s heart and soul. The holiday rental villas on the Mediterranean in Göcek, Turkey are architecturally designed  based upon traditional Turkish summer homes, surrounded by beautiful  gardens with views of the Mediterranean  and 12 islands of Turkey in front and majestic mountains behind.

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One of the islands in Göcek bay

One of the islands in Göcek bay

We took this photo from a gűlet trip on the NirvanaIan and I swam over to the house, where walking over the rocks and climbing up the terraces was the main challenge. Inside we found it was a house for the donkeys. It would, however, make a beautiful house for humans if it were to be renovated!

I think this is about our sixth trip on the Nirvana, with Sadi and Meryem. It is always a great pleasure and we’ve taken many friends from Australia with us. Meryem’s cooking never disappoints. It is always with fresh seasonal fruit and vegies and beautifully presented. Chicken is generally the main meat but you can order fish.

Shane Delia’s Spice Journey: Turkey

Shane Delia’s Spice Journey: Turkey on SBS

Shane Delia’s Spice Journey: Turkey on SBS

In Australia we’ve been watching Shane Delia’s Spice Journey: Turkey.  We have really enjoyed the program, seeing sights we’ve visited and some of the foods cooked for us or by us. The episode where Shane travelled on the Turquoise Coast out of Bodrum got us excited; as we are sure he sailed past the 12 islands of Göcek! Perhaps not, but our imagination led us to believe so.

It was interesting reading his blog ‘Fethiye is no Kuta’, as our first impression of Fethiye 10 years ago was very similar. Fortunately like Shane we found beautiful cultural areas. The market is still our favourite experience in Fethiye. The fresh gözleme and juices for lunch we never tire.  Shane’s journey has inspired us to try and make gözleme at home. It’s something we have wanted to do but didn’t think it would work without the equipment the local women use. We might struggle on the home oven top but we’ll give it a try.

His recipes are amazing and we can’t wait to try cooking them. We hope we don’t have to wait too long for a book from the television series …


Beauty and goodies

An excerpt from an email with lovely feedback we received from South African guests who stayed in Villa Azure

An excerpt from an email with lovely feedback we received from South African guests who stayed in Villa Azure

Rodeen and her family live in South Africa and have enjoyed another holiday in Villa Azure, Rosmarin, in our favourite place Göcek. Please click on the image or go to our testimonials page for more guest feedback.


The world’s best yoghurt is in Göcek

The world's best yogurt is in Turkey

Every Sunday we walk down to the Göcek market to buy our week’s supply of fresh yoghurt. The yoghurt is thick, creamy and delicious.  We use it at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with sweet and savoury dishes. The Göcek market is located behind the new soccer stadium. We like to walk back up to Rosmarin but we tend to end up buying too much at the market and have to grab a cab or a ride with a friend.


Pottering around the Bay

When Eileen was out last week she took this video.   Each year we are surprised how many more people have discovered Göcek and come to relax.  There are so many nationalities visiting Göcek but still not many Australians. I think in all our time, since 2004,  we’ve only met one other Australian couple in Göcek.

Lake Köyceğiz

Time for tea? There’s always time in Rosmarin and Gӧcek.

Lake Koycegiz















This picture was taken at Lake Köyceğiz, a short drive from Rosmarin, past Dalaman.

The first time we ventured there we caught a local bus, which was much more fun than driving.

There is also  a weekly market, similar to the Gӧcek Sunday market.

Bookings 2014

We already have deposits for some dates in 2014*. Please book early so we can accommodate you, especially for July, August and September.


Eileen and Anne

* at time of writing September 2013