The Best Hotels to Book in Side, Turkey

Explore historic sites and swim in crystal-clear waters on your next trip to Side
Explore historic sites and swim in crystal-clear waters on your next trip to Side | © Andrey Khrobostov / Alamy Stock Photo
Claire Turrell

When they say there’s something for everyone, that’s certainly the case with Side in Turkey. Nature lovers can take a cruise to go dolphin spotting, culture fiends can visit ancient wonders and adrenaline junkies can get their fix on a quad biking safari. The places to stay are just as eclectic, too – with luxury hotels and glamorous swim-up suites to whitewashed wooden villas that embrace a beachy vibe. You’re sure to find the perfect place to stay that matches your holiday mood – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Side Star Elegance Hotel, for delectable cuisine


Side Star Elegance Hotel
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With five restaurants, seven bars and a patisserie to visit, you won’t have to worry about what to eat. The only decision you’ll have to make is which of the eight rooms to choose from. If you want the ultimate view of the sea, choose a Deluxe Room with a terrace – where you can look at the Aegean from the comfort of your private jacuzzi. Or, if you want to get closer to water, book into a Swim-Up Room with a swimming pool outside your door. And whether you’re a spa lover or not, you’ll still want to visit the spa as it looks as if it’s been carved out of a cave.

2. Kirman Sidemarin Beach & Spa, for activities galore


Kirman Sidemarin Beach & Spa
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Even if you were here for a month, we’re not sure you would see it all. Within this 436-room hotel, you’ll find restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, a cinema and a games room. While in the landscaped gardens, you’ll find an al fresco theatre, a tennis court, five pools, a sandy beach and a pier where you catch a sea breeze as you sunbathe. Before you go, you must see the spa where you can enjoy a soothing honey and milk massage in the Turkish bath – as well as a wholesome 24 other massages.

3. Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection, for a coastal retreat


Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection
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This beach retreat is determined to give you VIP treatment – whether that means flying in international fitness stars to work out with or having a photographer on standby to snap the perfect holiday shots. Little luxuries can be found everywhere – from the VIP Ritual in the spa that includes champagne to the Grand Suite that features a jacuzzi on the balcony. Acanthus & Cennet haven’t forgotten the tiniest holidaymakers either as the kids’ club has its own movie theatre.

5. The Sense De Luxe Hotel, for modern luxury


The Sense De Luxe Hotel,
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It’s a beach retreat with golden sand and a pier just for sunbathing. Away from the marble-walled lobby, you’ll find chic rooms decorated with Eames-style chairs and colourful pillows. The two-storey Duplex Family Room can be found at the top of the hotel – make sure you ask for an ocean view. Eateries include a beachside barbecue under white shade sails and a patisserie filled with sweet treats.

6. Leda Beach Hotel, for bohemian beach vibes


Leda Beach Hotel
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A hotel with a beach village vibe, Leda Beach hotel is home to whitewashed wooden villas, decorated in raffia wall hangings along with splashes of tropical paint on the funky fences. Take a seat in the restaurant shaded by overhanging trees – or wander along the stone pathways lined with fruit trees and flowers to the pool. Although, if you want to put your toes in the sea, just walk a little further to find a private beach.

7. Barut Hemera, for Turkish delights


Barut Hemera
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This hotel wants to make you feel right at home, which is why among its choice of rooms you will find the Residences – these wood-panelled suites feature a bedroom, lounge and balcony. There are six restaurants to choose from, including the stone-clad Sofra À La Carte Restaurant in the gardens that serves up Turkish kebabs as well traditional desserts. You can spend time at the pool or on the golden sands of the beach – or if you’re looking for a little privacy, book out a pavilion in the gardens.

8. Villa Side Residence, for a deluxe spa


Villa Side Residence
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If there is one thing that the Turkish know how to do, its the spa. Book into the hotel’s marble-clad Turkish bath – at the beginning, middle and end of every day of your holiday. Although, you might want to make time for the Pancake House and swimming pool before giving yourself some time to walk along the powdery sand beach, too. The spacious rooms that come in two sizes feature a double bed and a balcony.

For more great places to stay in Turkey, check out our guide to the best hotels in Turkey for every traveller, bookable on Culture Trip.

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