I just returned home from my 12-day honeymoon in Turkey and had to share a gorgeous vacation spot. Bodrum, on the western coast, is a lovely enclave of beach resorts and whitewashed cliff-side architecture.

After six days in Istanbul and two nights in Kusadasi (a similar resort town near the historic ruins of Ephesus – our reason for the sidetrip), we decided to rest for three days at Casa dell’Arte, a T+L It List Hotel of 2008 located in Torba (a hamlet of Bodrum) known for its vast private art collection and breathtaking Aegean views.

Having already walked our tails off in Istanbul, our explorations took us two places: The restaurant next door and the one across the street.

Our first night we dined at the beachfront fish restaurant, Gonca, on meze (small plates to share) and fried mullet (by the kilo). As we watched the sun go down over the Aegean (above), we were pretty pleased with our indulgent escape from our otherwise “cultural” honeymoon.

We had almost every other meal at the exceptional and affordable unnamed restaurant across the street (on the corner of Kilise Mevkii Mutlu Sok), where we fell in love with the Turkish pizzas (like minced lamb and cheese on homemade crispy lavash flatbreads), shepherd’s salad of marinated tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers, and a decadent amount of the local brew, Efes Pilsner.

It was the ideal high/low balance, kind of like our marriage.

Charlotte Savino is the online listings editor at Travel + Leisure.