The stunning five-star hotels that will turn heads this summer in Turkey
The Six Senses Kaplankaya resort, pictured, has a two-story spa, one of the largest in the Six Senses family
Each week, our holiday hero, Neil Simpson, takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the groundwork so you don’t have to. This week: Five-star hotels are transforming Turkey.
Turkey will turn heads this summer, offering a range of five-star hotels and resorts, many for far less than you’d pay elsewhere.
“It’s a fantastic choice for a value-for-money luxury vacation in a boutique retreat or beach resort,” says Simon Lynch, sales manager for luxury travel company Scott Dunn.
One of its top picks is Six Senses Kaplankaya, where 141 rooms and suites sit among the olive and cypress trees of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
Relax on the resort’s three beaches, sail from its marina or take off from its heliport.
There’s a two-story spa, one of the largest in the Six Senses family, which includes a Turkish hammam and an alchemy bar where you can make bespoke organic lotions.
A week in early summer, including flights and private transfers, costs from £1,800 pp (scottdunn.com).
A week in early summer, including flights and private transfers to Six Senses Kaplankaya, costs from £1,800 pp with Scott Dunn
At Six Senses Kaplankaya, 141 rooms and suites are found among the olive trees and cypresses of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Above is a sea view suite at the resort
Above is Six Senses Kaplankaya’s alchemy bar, where you can create bespoke organic lotions
During your stay, relax on Six Senses Kaplankaya’s three beaches (one of which is pictured) or take flight from its helipad
The Macakizi Hotel, located on a rocky peninsula a 30-minute transfer from Bodrum Airport, is one of the favorite hotels of the Mr & Mrs Smith boutique club.
The hotel’s 74 rooms are set in gardens that tumble onto a wooden deck by the Aegean Sea. At night, octopus with black risotto is a signature dish at the lantern-lit restaurant, where the light dress code is described as “nautical club billionaire.” From £360 per room per night excluding flights (mrandmrssmith.com).
The Hillside Beach Club is a favorite with Elegant Resorts and a one-hour private transfer from Dalaman Airport. The resort is large, but guests can stretch out on four private beaches, two of which are adults-only. A week including flight costs from £1,889 pp (elegantresorts.co.uk).
Stay at the Macakizi Hotel, pictured, from £360 per room per night excluding flights with the Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel club
One of the dishes at the Macakizi Hotel’s “lantern-lit restaurant”
Another resort hotel with several beaches to offer is D’Maris Bay, which is popular with travel agent Kenwood Travel.
Located where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, most of its five beaches offer restaurants for guests to relax in all day.
The hotel is located in the middle of a nature reserve – and you can see it from above in the resort’s helicopter, which also offers airport transfers.
Guests can use the hotel’s motor and sailing yachts for getaways to nearby islands and hard-to-reach coves.
Choose a modern room with sea or mountain views, or opt for a two-bedroom suite, a popular option with families. Weeks cost from £1,359 pp including flights (kenwoodtravel.co.uk).
The Hillside Beach Club, pictured, is a favorite with Elegant Resorts and a 1-hour private transfer from Dalaman Airport
Hillside Beach Club is large, but guests can stretch out on four private beaches, including two adults-only
A week including flights to Hillside Beach Club costs from £1,889 pp with Elegant Resorts
Five stars: The azure waters of D’Maris Bay. A week’s stay at the resort costs from £1,359 pp with Kenwood Travel
Far from the sea, luxury with a touch of levity is promised at Ariana Lodge, a new eco-friendly hotel in the mountains of Cappadocia in Turkey.
Yoga sessions, massages, wine tastings, and meals can be held in shaded corners, often while hot air balloons float by.
Only 11 rooms are available, all individually designed with a mix of ancient mosaics and modern art. From £251 per room per night, excluding flights with the Small Luxury Hotels group (slh.com).
Ariana Lodge, pictured above, is a new eco-friendly hotel in the mountains of Cappadocia in Turkey
Only 11 rooms are available at Ariana Lodge, all individually designed with a mix of antique mosaics and modern art
Yoga sessions, massages, wine tastings, and meals can be held in shaded corners of Ariana Lodge, often while hot air balloons float by.
Rooms at Ariana Lodge are priced at £251 per room per night, excluding flights, with the Small Luxury Hotels group