Five boutique hotels in Turkey
History, luxury and charm await at these Turkish delights
Saturday 20 June 2009
Macakizi's rooms and suites spill down a hillside to the chic beach clubs of Turkbuku on the Turkish Riviera. Here, wooden walkways float over the crystal water of the Aegean. The hotel's rooms are dotted about small cubic houses and are white and bright, with pale wood floors, Turkish rugs, flat-screen TVs and contemporary furniture. Guests can unwind in the gardens and hammam or take a dip in the sea from the private waterside terrace.
Macakizi, Kesirebaurnu Mevkii, Turkbuku, Bodrum (00 90 252 377 6272; macakizi.com). Doubles start at €243, including breakfast.
Serinn house, Cappadocia
Opened last year in the heart of Turkey's cave country, Serinn House is one of Cappadocia's most stylish hotels. The five rooms were created from the volcanic rock by a renowned Turkish architect and feature striking contemporary decor: graphic rugs, sheepskins and one-off pieces of furniture. Home-baked treats are served for breakfast on the terrace, with traditional fare later on in the day.
Serinn House, 36 Esbelli Sokak, Urgup, Cappadocia (00 90 384 341 6076; serinnhouse.com). Doubles start at US$150 (£100), including breakfast.
Gulevi is in the historic Black Sea town of Safranbolu, feted for its well-preserved Ottoman architecture. The 200-year-old hotel has been similarly restored. Surrounded by flower-strewn gardens, its 10 elegant stone-walled rooms are warmed by wood panels and sumptuous furniture. Traditional Anatolian dishes are served in the dining room.
Gulevi, Hukumet Sokak 46, Safranbolu, Karabuk (00 90 370 725 4645; canbulat.com.tr). Doubles start at €90, including breakfa st.
W IStanbul, Istanbul
The W landed in Istanbul last spring and brought with it the chain's reputation for style and decadence: swanky rooms, a Bliss spa and a signature restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It is set in a series of restored 19th-century houses, but inside it's unmistakably modern with bright colours and sleek furnishings.
W Istanbul, 22 Suleyman Seba Cadesi, Akaretler, Besiktas, Istanbul (00 90 212 381 2121; starwoodhotels.com/whotels). Doubles start at €181, room only.
Dionysos hotel, Kumlubük Bay
The Dionysos was built to match its impressive setting on the Bozburun Peninsula. Rooms are dotted among wild gardens, olive groves and vineyards. There's an infinity pool overlooking the hotel's beach club below, with sun loungers, watersports in the day and a romantic restaurant at night. The food is organic, with olive oil produced on the estate.
Dionysos Hotel, Kumlubük Bay, Turunç, Marmaris (book through exclusiveescapes.co.uk; 020-8605 3500). Prices start at £550 for a week including flights, transfers and breakfast.
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