As more and more travellers opt for countries outside of the EU for overseas breaks this summer*, offering stylish hotels and incredible value for money, Turkey is becoming a firm favourite amongst style seeking Brits. From a luxurious heritage cave hotel in Cappadocia to contemporary hotels that invite the outside in, we’ve rounded up our top picks of the best-design led hotels and the offerings which distinguish them.
Argos in Cappadocia: Voted Turkey’s Finest Heritage Hotel
Sprawled across the site of an ancient monastery, Argos in Cappadocia has emerged from 2000-year-old historical network of ancient ruins, caves and underground tunnels. Lovingly restored in consultation with master architect Turgut Cansever over a 20-year period, what remains is a stunning, country heritage-style retreat.
Framed by canyons, mountains and the famous ‘fairy chimneys’, suites are carved from caves, revealing age-old stone, and spread throughout seven revived mansions. The hotel features a restaurant, cocktail lounge and underground wine cellar, where guests can find some of the finest wines from the Anatolian region.
Located in one of Turkey’s most popular destinations, famed for its backdrop of multi-coloured hot air balloons, Argos in Cappadocia offers guests a luxurious sensory experience that surpass the expectations of even the most sophisticated world traveller. Harmoniously reflecting the spirit of Cappadocia, no two rooms or suites are the same, ensuring that each guest’s visit is utterly memorable.
Rates at Argos in Cappadocia start at 275 EUR (£240) for a Stone Room, for more information or to book visit argosincappadocia.com/EN/
Go to Göcek
Design Hotel is the Hidden Gem of the Turkish Coastline
For the beauty of Bodrum with less of the flash, head down the coast to Göcek, its laidback little sister. Here, in Turkey’s prettiest marina, you’ll find D-Resort Göcek, a true slice of Turkish delight.
Check into one of the airy whitewashed rooms, and head straight back out and into one of the plunge pools’ sunken sun loungers. Boasting incredible views over the Aegean, contemporary pool suites that bring the pool into all season private terraces, rooms dressed in crisp whites and sharp blues that reflects the Turkish coastline and unspoiled nature. Here in this quiet fishing village just 20 minutes from Dalaman airport, you will find this boutique hotel that should be on everyone’s travel agenda.
Situated within an archipelago of islands set amidst picturesque mountains, D-Resort Göcek is set across 10 design led buildings with 103 rooms surrounded by lush gardens and green forest mountains. The architecture and design is truly remarkable. The mastermind of renowned designer Hasan Mingu – with 15 suites and a range of room categories including Attic, Standard, Superior, Deluxe Rooms and Suites, twelve separate pool fronted rooms, including pool accessible suites, offers a natural escape in a luxurious setting.
Rates at D-Resort Göcek start at £120 a night for a Standard Sea View Room, for more information or to book www.dresortgocek.com
D Maris Bay
Turkey’s Most Sought After Resort Hotel Offers Unsurpassed Views….
Located in the stunning area of the Datca Peninsula, perched above a scenic cove, D Maris Bay provides the most breath-taking views where the Aegean meets the Med. The luxury resort’s sleek, minimalist style and abundant, lush natural beauty combines the exotic elements of the East and the modernity of the West – whilst the interior décor is exceedingly chic and modern, furnished with the finest Italian furniture.
All 196 elegantly appointed rooms boast exceptional mountain or sea views, to ensure no guest is disappointed and those seeking an extra bit of luxury can opt for the Duplex Presidential Suite. Split over the top two floors of the hotel, the penthouse-style suite features a 115sqm terrace complete with jacuzzi, tempting guests to dip in and unwind whilst taking in the unrivalled, jaw dropping views that must be seen to be believed.
Rates at D Maris Bay start at 570 EUR (£503) for a Deluxe Sea View Room, for more information or to book visit www.dmarisbay.com