Turkey’s Best Hotels


High above Belcekiz beach, Beyaz Yunus hotel is idyllically located above terraces of bougainvillea and a pretty beach – although steep steps to the property may be off-putting for some guests. The property contains just seven roomy suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, hamam-style bathrooms and a private terrace complete with whirlpool tub. Guests are predominantly British and children under 14 aren’t allowed to stay.

Read Caroline Shearing’s full review of Beyaz Yunus hotel, Olu Deniz

Dionysus Estate hotel; Kumlubuk

In the low-rise, low-key resort of Kumlubuk, the family-run Dionysus Estate is a calm retreat composed of terracotta-topped cottages – guests reside either in one of 16 cottage suites or four villas, all with sea views. In its efforts to be more sustainable, the property has its own farm, the produce of which often makes its way into the menus of the estate’s three restaurants. The spa includes the expected array of treatments, as well as numerology readings.

Read Caroline Shearing’s full review of the Dionysus Estate hotel, Kumlubuk

Four Seasons hotel; Istanbul

Wonderfully located for first-time visitors to Istanbul, the city’s Four Seasons hotel is in the shadow of the Aya Sofya, minutes from the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace and near a Byzantine Palace. The property itself is a former prison, oozing character and finished in a Turkish neo-classical style. Rooms are arranged around a spacious central courtyard, food is impressive and service friendly and competent.

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