Turkey is firmly on the tourist map when it comes to culturally-rich cities, intriguing landscapes and a never-ending coastline from the Aegean to the Marmara to the Mediterranean.
Istanbul, Europe’s gateway to the East, is perfect for a short break with something for everyone – from cruising down the Bosphorous past the city’s elegant Ottoman summer palaces to browsing for hidden gems in the Grand Bazaar. In Turkey’s far eastern interior you can learn about how ancient civilisations carved great caves and underground cities out of the soft volcanic rock at Cappadocia and explore the hidden valleys and subterranean villages by mountain bike or hot air balloon. For those who are looking for something less strenuous, both the Aegean and Mediterranean Coast have everything you need for a relaxing yet stimulating holiday with hundreds of miles of pristine coastline where luxury villas and hotels cling to cliffs or meander down to private beaches.
Explore the ancient city of Epheseus, walk a section of the breath-taking Lycian Way, drive between pine forests and hillside hamlets or simply sit back and enjoy picture perfect beaches such as those on the Datca Peninsula.
We’ve rounded up the best of an ever-growing selection of boutique hotels, luxury beach resorts and romantic hideaways in Turkey.
In Istanbul enjoy the city views from the Tomtom Suites’ breakfast terrace in the trendy Galata neighbourhood, appreciate some space away from the hustle and bustle in the historical glamour of The House Hotel Bosphorous or opt for classic luxury at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in the heart of the old city within walking distance to all the main sites and the Grand Bazaar.
If it’s a buzzy atmosphere and people-watching you’re after, then one of the bright and contemporary suites at the Macakizi will suit you to a tee. Just along the coast on a private bay near Marmaris, the D-Hotel is making a name for itself as one of the countries’ finest beach hotels boasting breathtaking sea views and stylish accommodation. Couples looking for a luxurious treat or honeymoon escape should head to the all-season resort of Amanruya, just north of Bodrum which offers 36 pool cottages each with a private garden and pool, or for a family escape the Kempinski Barbaros Bay offers excellent watersports, luxury spa treatments and friendly child care.
Argos in Cappadocia is an authentic and characterful hotel located in the heart of Uchisar, on the highest peak of Cappadocia, admist the fairy-tale rock formations that punctuate the landscape. This unique multi-level hotel is set amongst the tunnels and caves of an historical monastery – the 42 rooms are beautifully appointed and suites come with their own private cave pools. The in-house restaurant serves delicious cuisine whilst outside gardens and terraces and vineyards offer stunning vistas. The Cappadocia region is best experienced from above in your own private hot air balloon and for the more active, by mountain bike.