3 reasons why Turkey is a luxurious travel destination

What comes into your mind when thinking of a holiday to Turkey? A cheap and cheerful resort by the sea, complete with neon lighted night spots similar to those found throughout the continent in places like Spain and Greece? Or a hot and sweaty experience in the streets of Istanbul? It is not clear why certain places or countries get such a reputation, but the simple fact of the matter is that Turkey is, if you want it to be, one of the most luxurious places you could ever wish to visit. Why? Well simply because the country is so vast and the destinations so diverse that you can tailor a visit to suit your exact needs and to the highest of standards.

Luxurious beaches

Forget about flying to the Caribbean to experience some of the world’s best beaches. There is really no need as Turkey has its own fair share of sandy paradises. Ovabuku beach is one of the best kept beaches in Turkey and largely free from hoards of tourists that frequent the more popular areas. Located in the Datca peninsular, Ovabuku does not have perfect white sand but it does have a secluded location, natural tranquillity and locally owned restaurants nearby which come together to create a stunning beach location. This is the perfect place to head to if you are the type of person who has not stopped for the past 6 months. Just sit back and let your worries pass you by without the sounds of screaming children or mobile phone ringtones adding to your stress levels. If you cannot access this beach, do not worry too much. There are plenty of other alternatives offering a similar experience. Gemiler and Hisaronu Bay are getting a good reputation too.

Luxurious restaurants

If you enjoy food, you will without question enjoy Turkey. Istanbul has a fantastic reputation as a food lover’s paradise and it’s not too difficult to find out why. With national dishes such as kebabs heavily featured on local menus, finding a luxurious plate of food is not difficult. If you find yourself in the bustling city of Istanbul, you will be able to find doner on most street corners, but of course this is not for everybody. Restaurants such as Kasap Osman have doner kebab making down to a tee and partly explains why getting a table is half of the challenge. Who would have thought that tucking into a doner kebab would qualify as luxurious? Forget about the take-aways we are used to back in the UK, kebabs are on another planet in Turkey.

Luxurious hotels

Do you expect five star accommodation with service to match? Turkey will not disappoint. The Marmaris Palace in Icmeler is a five star resort consisting of over 250 villa rooms all set to a backdrop of a pristine pinewood forest, along with another 177 rooms in the main building. The Didim Beach Resort in Altinkum is another five star option which is situated in one of the beautiful bays of the Aegean coast. Or maybe The Buyuk Anadolu Didim Hotel – 5-star luxury on the outskirts of Altinkum, a sandy beach and warm shallow waters right on the doorstep. Turkey really can offer the luxury traveller an experience to match any other country in the world. Of course there are cheap holidays to Turkey too, but if you want to experience secluded beaches, first class food and be pampered in stylish hotels, take a trip to Turkey and indulge yourself!

Daniel Ox is Managing Director at Beat the Brochure.

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  1. Jennie Carr says:

    Turkey has some amazing restaurants, try the Dionysus Estate at Kumlubuk about 15km from Marmaris. Or The Sardunya at Selimiye on the Bozburun Peninsula. I absolutely love the Deniz Feneri Lighthouse (hotel) at Kas too.

  2. Michele Peterson says:

    I’m planning a luxe trip to Turkey so welcome any suggestions and recommendations. I particularly interested in restaurant and boutique hotel ideas. Thanks!

  3. Maybe you have missed Luxury Gulet Cruises in Turkey.
    For me Luxury Gulet Cruises of Turkey and Greece are one of the top luxury travel experience anyone can expect….

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