Kuşadası is situated along a gulf of the same name in the Aegean, with the island of Güvercin Ada connected to the mainland by a narrow passage on one end, and the mountain of Kese Dagı behind.
Kusadası has a residential population of 82,359, which can rise to over half a million in the summer as a result of the large resort filling with tourists. This also includes the hotel and bar staff, construction workers, and drivers who are required to work in/for the restaurants and other services accommodating these visitors. In addition to tourists from overseas, there is also a significant community of foreigners residing in the area.
The name comes from 'kus' (bird) and 'ada' (island), as the island has the shape of a bird's head (as seen from the sea).It was known as Ephesus Neopolis, in Greek (Ἔφεσος Νεόπολις), during the Byzantine era, and later as Scala Nova or Scala Nuova under the Genovese and Venetians. Kus Adası was adopted in its place at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, citizens of Kusadası often shorten the name to Ada.
Atlantique Holiday Club is situated on Long Beach, 8 km away from Kusadası city center.