Turkey, a destination filled with everything the well-heeled traveller might look for in their next luxurious vacation. Yes, it ticks all of the boxes from food to culture and activities but when it comes to luxury hotels, this exotic destination hits it out of the park. You’ll find it all here, from the grand lavish and chic urban boltholes in Istanbul to secluded boutiques and palatial resorts with every conceivable facility on the coast.
These luxurious hotels have got all of your over the top requests covered; helicopter transfers to pillow menus and tennis with a Wimbledon champion. Here are my recommendations for top luxury hotels in Turkey.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Located in Turkey’s capital of Istanbul’s, visitors will find the perfect blend of ancient and modern at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. Most of the hotel’s 313 rooms are in the newly built section of the hotel, but big spenders might like to choose one of 11 butler-serviced suites in the renovated 19th-century palace, which has a private entrance conveniently located next to the hotel’s very own helipad.
If you’re looking for that extra something, guests can also arrive by limousine or even yacht, as the property sits on the banks of the Bosphorus. Cocktails, champagne, cognac and cigars are also on offer at Le Fumoir, the hotel’s signature and very picturesque bar set among the palm trees.
Hidden away on the Bozburun Peninsula, Dionysos Estate is perched on a jaw-dropping canyon with the most unbelievable views over the Bay of Kumlubuk.
All 43 sleek units at this rural retreat – rooms, cottages and villas with private pools – have terraces, plus there’s a beach club with a choice of watersports, a Decleor spa with open-air hot tubs and an organic farm that supplies the hotel’s three restaurants and puts together picnic lunches, perfect for a romantic day out with your loved one.
Gloria Serenity Resort
Belek is the home of golf in Turkey, and the Gloria Golf Club is one of the biggest courses in the country, with 45 holes. The resort also boasts the biggest golf academy, offering individual, group and junior teaching programmes, and a driving range with 48 bays and grass tee areas for 80.
The 369-room Gloria Serenity Resort is the most luxurious of the chain’s properties – even entry-level rooms are 39sq m, and suites come with Jacuzzis on the terrace.
For non-golfers, there’s a large spa offering Turkish and Far Eastern treatments, plus a huge range of other activities including a climbing wall, beach volleyball, zumba and bowling, as well as football pitches and tennis courts.
Set on a stunning hillside on the Datca Peninsula, this swish 193-room hotel features its very own private helicopter, sailing and motor yachts, as well as a tennis academy under the name of former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who is often available to play tennis with guests in person.
The hotel has five beaches, and the watersports on offer include surfing, diving, and wakeboarding. Dining options also include a branch of acclaimed Japanese restaurant Zuma.
Advertised as the land of fairy tales and enchanting views of unique moon-like landscapes it’s not hard to see why the region of Cappadocia has quickly become a tourist hot spot in the last few years.
The Museum Hotel is located right here on the coast and has 30 rooms, some in the area’s signature caves and all packed with the most beautiful antique furniture.
Fresh vegetables come from the organic garden, and guests can even take cooking classes with the award-winning chef. Massages can also be arranged on a private terrace, or in a hidden valley in the countryside. Guests looking to play sports can enjoy ‘cross golf’, which is played into nets nestled among Cappadocia’s rocky terrain.