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Why Everyone Needs to Vacation in This Green Forest in Turkey

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Updated: 4 August 2017
The Oylat village in Turkey is one of the country’s most famous spa centers, and its location within a forest between two valleys is what makes it quite the paradise. Check out all the details before you make your way to this source of natural healing.

Located near the Oylat stream in an evergreen forest with mountains and waterfalls all around, visitors can reach Oylat via the Bursa-Eskişehir Highway; it is approximately 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) from Inegöl. With beautiful panoramic views of the untouched natural surroundings, Oylat is known for its Kaplıcaları (hot springs) and the Oylat Thermal Resort (with four separate thermal hotels), which has taken over the area to offer guests modern accommodation within nature and all the benefits of the region’s famous healing water source. Apart from the mountain climate with its fresh air, Oylat’s mineral thermal spas purport to relieve illnesses such as rheumatism, arthritis, hypertension, nervous breakdowns, exhaustion, gynecological diseases, stress, urethra inflammation, and ulcers.

The one- or two-week-long treatments make use of the thermal water infused with calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, aluminum, and iron, heated to 40°C (104°F). The resort’s Çağlayan Hotel has 127 rooms that overlook the beautiful valley from its high-rising post. With two indoor thermal pools with Jacuzzis, the hotel is all about relaxation, including a comprehensive spa center. The Aşiyan Hotel is the smaller sister hotel for people who prefer a boutique feel; it only has 51 rooms but the same relaxing indoor thermal pool with a Jacuzzi and sauna. The resort’s extra Sugesam Spa Center has private rooms with thermal baths and Jacuzzis for those who’d rather relax in private.

With all the burgeoning natural beauty, it’s no surprise that Oylat is also home to a famous cave. The Oylat Cave sits within the spa resort, and like the thermal spas, it supposedly heals certain ailments such as asthma and bronchitis. While only one part of the cave is open to visitors, it still takes about an hour to walk around the entirety of this rather mysterious natural underground formation. The cave, discovered in 2004, has beautiful and colorful stalactites and stalagmites, as well as a thriving natural ecosystem with bats, butterflies, and worms. The meandering labyrinthine cave, with its dripstone ponds and gravel yards, has a humidity level of around 90%.

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