Green Nature Resort and Spa
This popular hotel is just 2 miles from the centre of Marmaris, so is perfect if you want to take advantage of the daytime activities like water sports and the lively nightlife on offer, at the same time as staying in a peaceful area where you can enjoy the natural scenery of Turkey. Kids will love the mini-club, where they can enjoy games and entertainment throughout the day and the evening disco. For adults, there is the fitness and wellness centre, including a traditional Turkish bath, sauna, indoor pool and a range of beauty treatments and massages. Food and drink at the hotel ranges from the poolside snack bars and terrace bars to a la carte dining, serving international and Turkish cuisine.
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Flora Palm Resort
Perfect for families, this traditional Turkish hotel is found in the pretty village of Hisaronu and offers a free shuttle bus to Olu Deniz beach, 3km away. You will find water sports nearby and even paragliding if you’re feeling adventurous! For children, there is a separate pool and children’s club and games room. Breakfast and dinner are served in the main restaurant, as well as there being a breakfast buffet in the lounge. There is a popular poolside bar which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day and is perfect for a relaxing after dinner drink.
Julian Forest Suites
The Julian Forest Suites are an attractive complex set back into the mountainside of Icmeler enjoying stunning views from its peaceful position. The hotel is one and a half miles from the centre of Icmeler and two miles from the resort's sand and shingle beach. There are a total of 75 rooms split between two buildings each with four floors.
Turkey’s recently renovated Montebello Resort is 400 metres from the beach and 400 metres from the shops, bars and restaurants in the centre of Olu Deniz. The surrounding mountains are covered with a carpet of pine trees whilst the beach leads down to the breathtaking lagoon.
The typically Turkish styled Montebello Resort has a total of 98 guestrooms and is built around a spacious pool and terrace furnished with loungers and parasols. A poolside bar is conveniently positioned for daytime refreshments and the restaurant serves delicious Turkish and international cuisine. The staff are helpful and the Montebello attracts many repeat visitors who return year after year.
The sun in Turkey is very strong, with temperatures soaring to 30 and 40 degrees so it’s a good place to get or work on a tan, though be careful not to burn in the intense midday sun. The beaches are sprawling and perfect for days of lounging and reading. Venture off the beaten path a little to find something a little quieter if you want to relax while you sunbathe, a lovely little town called Anmur between Antalya and Adana is perfect for this and practically untouched by major tourism.
Whether your preference is scuba diving, jet skiing, wind surfing or white water rafting, Turkey holidays have something for everyone. Turkey’s clear waters offer great visibility for diving and snorkeling with Kalkan being a popular destination. Turkey is surrounded by mountains with beautiful long flowing lakes, this makes it a good place for rafting and canoeing - try out the Koprulu canyon or the Coruh river.
With a little exploration it’s easy to find some beautiful isolated beaches, waterfalls and quaint old villages that’ll place you far from the more crowded sides of Turkey. Venture to Antalya in south west Turkey and from there head to the beautiful water falls of Upper and Lower Duden falls and then just outside of Antalya you’ll find Olympos, a beautiful unspoiled paradise of sea and sand. Here you’ll also find a rocky stream leading in to the thick greenery and the ruins of centuries old buildings.
Boat trips are a wonderful way to explore the natural coastlines around Turkey and they come in many variations from cruises to half day visits and luxury yachts. An ideal place to start is in Bodrum, from the harbour sail out to the bay of Gokova and the black island for a relaxing day of hot springs and natural mud baths. From Kalkan harbour take a glass bottomed boat to explore the bays of Kekova and swim in the turquoise sea or visit the five bays of Marmaris.
Turkey has some great locations for all the family to get lost in, from museums like the Istanbul Modern - basically the Turkish equivalent to the Tate modern and the historic sites in the city of Antalya and beyond to various zoos and water parks. A visit to Istanbul should be complimented by a stroll through the Sultanahmet district which is home to some wonderful landmarks, like the blue mosque and Tokapi palace.
Beaches in Turkey are beautiful, white sanded coves with topaz waters leading to lush green hills and beautiful mountains. The Calis beach near Fethiye is perfect for familes with its long stretches of sand and calm clear waters, there are also a number of restaurants and cafe’s that are all family friendly. For a little exploration why not try Ovabuku beach on the Datcha peninsula which is surrounded by lush green countryside, much more peaceful than the usual Turkish beach and lots of space for adventure.
Eating out on holidays to Turkey is an experience in itself, with the cuisine taking inspiration from asian, middle eastern and the balkans. Of course there are restaurants offering worldwide cuisine too especially around the resorts and in the cities. Seafood is especially nice and there are some great places in Istanbul to try it out. The grand bazaar has a good selection but also has many restaurants catering to international fare too. For an Ottoman style meal, laden with kebabs and vegetables then Fatih should be on your destination list, there are also markets in the area selling spices and traditional foods.
The Viking Star Hotel is one of the most popular resorts in Antalya, offering a great location in kemer within 600m of the regions shoreline. Enjoy the hotel's various in-house facilities and services, including; a Hamam-Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, theatre and three bars.
The thermal spa’s and hot springs offer fantastic opportunities for relaxation on holidays in Turkey. The Romans built the city of Hierapolis close to Pemukkale specifically for its waters and this is now one of the most popular spa destinations in the country. Turkey is famous for its baths and hammans, with recent years bringing an explosion of spas based around Turkish traditions, but there are also some nice little twists to be taken advantage of like the couples hamman and specialist massages.
Eating out in Turkey should be enjoyed and savoured, with traditional cuisine coming in various shapes and sizes, you should try it all before deciding whether or not you like it. In Istanbul, a lovely place to escape for a bite to eat would be the rooftop restaurants of Beyoglu or to experience a gourmet restaurant take a trip to Alacati. For some delicious mediterranean cuisine try out the Juno cafe which stays open late. If you’d prefer something more familiar then there are lots of international restaurants to choose from too
Turkey isn’t just about beaches and fast paced full cities. There are plenty of escapes for the budding romantics to take advantage of too. Savour the isolation offered at Kalekoy or bask in the coastal gem of Bozcaada with its original unspoiled architecture and quaint taverns with beautiful views of the bay. Take in the history of Bodrum castle and later enjoy a sunset as it creeps over the surrounding hillsides. Turkey is a popular place for honeymooners too, choose a boutique hotel and enjoy the luxury of space and comfort in the sun.
The elegant Grand Yazici Mares Hotel, Marmaris is in a great seafront location just a couple of miles from the centres of Icmele and Marmaris overlooking a superb sandy beach complete with water sports centre. With its private beach and spectacular views of the bay, the Grand Yazici Mares Hotel is a popular choice for couples when holidaying in Turkey.