Named for its turquoise waters, the Turquoise Coast of southern Turkey is located on the Mediterranean Sea and stretches 1,000 miles from Datça to Antalya. Coupled with nearby Greek and Roman ruins, the luxurious hotels found along this jagged Mediterranean coastline offer unique experiences that will make a holiday trip to the Turquoise Coast seem like a dream come true.
Located in one of Turkey’s most chic seasides, Hotel Karia Princess in downtown Bodrum is near the region’s best nightclubs, a historic crusader castle and the crystal sea. Hotel Karia Princess is the only five-star hotel in the city, and its architecture mimics the local architecture, including the marble bathrooms. This family-friendly luxury hotel features rooms with convertible couches, and all areas of the hotel are handicap-accessible. After a day at the beach, head to the Hotel Karia Princess’ Hamam, the largest hotel Turkish bath in the area.
Considered the capital of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, the city of Antalya is home to the Turquoise Coast’s busiest airport, dramatic mountain views, rich history and the Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort & Spa. Part of the Marriott chain of hotels, the five-star Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive hotel whose accommodations include villa-style rooms. In addition to the main restaurant, the hotel offers six a la carte cafes with food from around the world, including Mexico, China, France and Italy. To add to the all-inclusive nature of the Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort & Spa, the hotel also offers an on-site dance club, amphitheater, piano bar, kids club and fitness center.
Close to the Dalaman Airport and multiple yachting opportunities, the Ece Saray Marina & Resort in Fethiye is a boat ride away from Gemile Island, which is home to Byzantine ruins not yet restored. The Ece Saray Marina & Resort offers panoramic views of the marina from every room, 14 of which are luxury suites with in-room whirlpool baths with jets. The hotel has its own signature restaurant and six different bars, including a cigar bar, vitamin bar, Jetty bar with desserts and a pool bar. The Ece Saray Marina & Resort also offers its guests Turkish baths, aromatherapy and different styles of massage.
The city of Marmaris on the Turquoise Coast is home to one of Turkey’s first-class yachting ports and full-service marina, along with the Grand Yazici Mares Hotel. This hotel boasts its own private beach for guests, who can also charter a boat to the nearby Greek island of Rhodes or visit the local museum, which was once a castle. Surrounded by a forest, the Grand Yazici Mares Hotel has more than 400 guest rooms that range in size from standard rooms to villas offering views of the natural landscape. Guest of this hotel can include complimentary amenities such as meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and access to the children’s area, Turkish bath, fitness center and game rooms.