Nişanyan Hotel’s founder Müjde Tönbekici discovered the small village of Şirince in the ’90s and took on the project of restoring its historic Greek homes. Years later, the project evolved into the Nişanyan Hotel, a collection of three houses and seven cottages all spread out over a beautiful estate. Overlooking the historic Şirince village, Nişanyan is a perfect escape, with amazing food (most ingredients grown in the hotel’s garden) and even cooking classes with Tönbekici herself.
A secret boutique hotel right in the middle of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighborhood, Heirloom is down-to-earth in every sense of the word. Located within a historic home, the details of which were preserved during renovation, the boutique hotel is all about eco-friendliness and sustainability, as well as the preservation of Turkish handicrafts. You’ll find eco-friendly wallpaper, handmade carpets, all-natural linens, and furniture made from walnut and chestnut trees.
Adile Naşit Sokak No.6 Çukurcuma, Istanbul, +90 212 243 30 10
Certainly Bodrum’s best boutique hotel, Maçakızı’s modern architecture somehow blends perfectly with its natural surroundings, especially the bold bougainvillea flowers. The beautiful private suites overlook the hotel’s private beach, while the winding stairs all around the estate direct guests down through a spa, gym, restaurant, and bar. The hotel has also become quite famous for its excellent cuisine and perfectly mixed cocktails.
Bağarası, Narçiçeği Sokak, 48400 Göltürkbükü Bodrum, Muğla, +90 252 311 24 00
Located inside a historic stone house with colorful shutters and trees all around, Otel Sobe thoroughly reflects Cunda Island’s idyllic vibe in every detail. There are just five individually decorated rooms, a beautiful garden where you can enjoy your breakfast (composed of local ingredients), and a private beach where the colors of the sea and the potted plants sway in the wind.
Namık Kemal Mahallesi, Hayat Cd. No:5, 10405 Cunda, Ayvalık-Balıkesir, +90 266 327 31 02
Another secret escape in the heart of Istanbul, Adahan is a minimally decorated haven set within an absolutely stunning historic house with marble stairs and giant, ornate entrance doors. Renovated with specific attention paid to the building’s exceptional details, the hand-carved wooden ceilings, heavy marble sinks, and preserved frescoes impress guests. The hotel also features Cachi Restaurant on its top floor, and in the summer the restaurant’s terrace (with views of Istanbul) is a breezy refuge.
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, General Yazgan Sk., 34430 Beyoğlu, İstanbul, +90 212 243 85 81
Casa Lavanda Boutique Hotel
A quiet and peaceful retreat in the Ulupelit village (about a 45 minute drive from Istanbul), Casa Lavanda’s 14 suites are all sheltered under the shade of oak, pine, and beech trees. With Swiss chalet-inspired décor, lush garden (where you’ll always find a sun chair overlooking the beautiful landscape), large outdoor pool, professional spa, and restaurant with top-notch cuisine, this is a romantic and inspiring place.
Ulupelit Köyü, Seçkin Sk. No.2 Şile, İstanbul, +90 216 736 56 40 41
One of Alaçatı’s most sought-after boutique hotels, Alavya’s six individually designed and restored stone houses (with 25 rooms) overlook its orchard of mulberry, olive, and mastic trees. Apart from the large outdoor pool, the hotel’s cuisine is also a standout, with Mitu café, and Agrillia and KAPHA restaurants.
Yeni Mecidiye, 3005. Sk No:6, 35937 Alaçatı, Çeşme-İzmir, +90 232 716 66 32
Sumahan ‘On the Water’
A boutique hotel with one of the best views in Istanbul, Sumahan is located right by the Bosphorus on the city’s Asian side, in the wealthy Çengelköy neighborhood. Formerly a distillery, Sumahan has renovated and transformed the space into an ultra modern yet cozy environment, with amazing sunsets and sunrises from its rooms and waterfront restaurant.
Kuleli Caddesi No:43, Çengelköy, Istanbul, +90 216 422 8000
Puli Mini Hotel
With its green valleys, mountains, and flowing streams, Çamlıhemşim is one of the Black Sea region’s most beautiful locations. Puli Mini Hotel is located in a historic house made from 100% chestnut wood and stone. The hotel’s decoration is inspired by its natural surroundings. There are six rooms, amazing food made with strictly organic produce, and views of the Fırtına River.
Merkez Mah. İnönü Cd. No:35/B, Çamlıhemşin, Rize, +90 464 651 74 97