We are a Turkish-Belgian couple, Ahmet and Marie.
I, Ahmet, was born and raised in Kas. I love my country and my hometown and I plan to continue to live in Kas as long as I can!
Marie is Belgian (from the French speaking part of Belgium) and her first trip to Turkey dates back to 2005.
Every year, we have hundreds of visitors who ask us ‘What’s your story?” “Marie, what brought you to Kas?”
Well, here it is : Ahmet and I met in Kas in 2005 when I was traveling through Turkey for the first time with two friends. At the time, I was staying in a small pension that was run by Ahmet, a pension that his parents first established in the 1980s when tourism started to develop in Kas. He has been in the hospitality business since he was a child, helping his parents run their pension. Later on he purchased a building in the same neighborhood, and created the “Hideaway Hotel”.
As for me, after many trips between Belgium and Kas, and later on between Kas and Ankara where I worked as a French teacher, in June 2007 I decided to move to Kas permanently and we started to run the business together.
We got married in October 2008 and continue to work together since then.
As a couple, I think we bring great harmony and balance to the business. Ahmet is very knowledgeable about this area and loves to share his love for his hometown with other travelers. Being Turkish, he has this attitude of “nothing is impossible” and often surprises me arranging things that I thought were impossible to do just by making a couple of phone calls! As a former teacher and employee, I tried to bring my organizational and interactive skills to the business.
We both love traveling over the world in the winter, and when we cannot travel because the hotel keeps us busy, we feel lucky to meet other travelers who want to share their stories and culture with us.
Of course, we have been fortunate to have the same staff working with us for several years now and they share our aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Can has been working with us for four years now and manages the hotel in the winter when we are away.
Zahide, our cook, has been with us for three years and cooks homemade traditional food, the exact same way her mum taught her to.
Our cleaners, Nimet and Umusun, have been working with us from the first day Ahmet opened the hotel, so we trust them 100%.
Gulnaz and Deniz have started to work with us this year. As a dive master, Deniz is happy to answer all your questions about diving and you might see her on a boat or under water as well during her off time.