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Nude hotel opens — briefly — in Turkey

He can't offer orgies, but the owner of Turkey's first nudist hotel promises good times.

The Golmar Adaburnu Hotel has had more than its share of problems already. First it was shut after a local authority inspection found that one of the balconies did not match the architect's drawings, and later because it needed a garden project. (Nichole Sobecki/GlobalPost)

DATCA, Turkey – Turkey’s Datca peninsula is no stranger to nudity. 

Back in the 4th century, the formerly Greek city of Knidos — in Turkey's southwest — bought the first life-size female nude from the sculptor Praxiteles. The more prudish citizens of the city Kos had rejected the piece owing to Aphrodite’s state of undress.

With Turkey’s first nudist hotel opening soon, this region, where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean, is set to host enough sparsely clad visitors to make a goddess blush.

The Golmar Adaburnu Hotel is the brainchild of Ahmed Kosar, a 15-year veteran of the Turkish tourism industry.

“It’s a niche market, there is no other hotel like it,” said Kosar of the 64-room resort. Turkey, a top-10 destination for travelers, attracted more than 30 million foreign tourists in 2008. The industry reports annual revenues over $20 billion.

Guests of the Golmar Adaburnu will have the opportunity to bare all around the pool, or to take a shuttle bus to a private beach.

Datca was chosen as the location in part because of it’s relative isolation. A three-hour drive from the nearest airport has spared the peninsula from much of the overdevelopment and gaudy beachfront tourism infrastructure that plagues much of the region.

The local population has, after being assured that the naked guests would be kept to the resort and private beach, been largely supportive of the hotel.

“Some people were afraid at first, thinking that people would come and make orgies or something,” Kosar said. “But now they understand that naturalist hotels have nothing to do with that.”

Already the hotel seems to have attracted more than its share of problems. Just six days after its initial opening the resort was forced to close after a local authority found that one of the balconies did not confirm to the architect’s drawings. The first dozen guests were taken — clothed — to alternative accommodation.

With the balcony fixed and the building plans approved, a second opening was planned for another weekend. That is, until the Environmental Ministry informed Kosar that the hotel needed a garden before it could open.

“It is like a game ... they keep on finding new mistakes, and once we have finished our garden project they will just look for another one,” lamented Kosar, who explained that many hotels in the region lack the multitude of licenses officially required but are still allowed to operate.

Despite the hurdles, Kosar is adamant that the hotel will open — with or without government support.

“If the government is fighting with me I will fight back,” said Kosar decisively. “I will open a second or third hotel, and make it a naked hotel too.”

“Maybe even a gay hotel,” he added.

He doesn’t appear to be bluffing.