TURKEY

OVERVIEW

It may have fallen out of favour recently, perhaps being seen as slightly less safe than other destinations, but Turkey is very much on the up when it comes to luxury travel. Ensure you include a visit to the buzzing city that is Istanbul, exploring the bazaars or taking a boat out onto the Bosphorus to see this masterpiece from sea. We have access to some of the most exclusive hotels in the city. Before moving onto the beautiful Aegean coastline just north of Bodrum. With direct flights from the UK, there has never been a bettter time to visit. Perfect for summer holidays, you can explore the local culture before retreating to these fantastic new hotels set right on the water.

CURRENT FAVES

MACAKIZI HOTEL, BODRUM

This superstar beach-club hotel and spa lies on the enclosed bay of Turkbuku, a jet set hangout near Bodrum. Accommodation comprises of a series of cottages spilling down the hillside onto the hotel’s focal point: a timber pontoon with cushioned lounge areas perfect for a clear view out to sea. With an amazing in-house restaurant and bar, indulgent spa and outdoor pool it’s a perfect time to visit this hotel towards the close of their season. With only 74 contemporary guest rooms, you’ll have plenty of space for yourselves with the option to take traditional boat trips along the coast where you can swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. Please note you can amend your half board dinner option to take lunch instead on any day if you prefer.

SIX SENSES KAPLANKAYA

This new addition to the Aegean coastline is welcome relief for all those looking for a hotel on a white sand beach. Harder to find than you might think. Six Senses Kaplankaya is one for the grown-ups. Sitting on top of olive groves and close to the ancient city of Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, you could go to take in the local surroundings and even invest in a little culture. Or just hold fort at their magnificent spa with its Earth Lab with its indoor therapy pool or outdoor infinity pool that overlooks the beach. Various wellness programmes could have you off the cocktails and onto a higher plane to re-connect with body and mind. There is also a tennis court for those looking to stay active and three fabulous restaurants.