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There’s almost no corner of Turkey that isn’t culturally, scenically and archaeologically arresting. But several key destinations and regions are so appealing that tourism has nurtured a sparkling array of fine hotels and sensuous resorts, all bookable with Culture Trip.
In the centre, Cappadocia’s extraordinary troglodyte dwellings and once-hidden 4th-century churches lie among ethereally eroded tufa landscapes. Along the south-west coast between Çeşme and Alanya, the Turkish Riviera, or ‘Turquoise Coast’, boasts gorgeous Aegean landscapes and limpid seas. Here’s our pick of the best stays, from its countryside to its dazzling coast…
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.
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 to be seen from its rooms and waterfront restaurant.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth.