Holidays in Turkey bring you unbeatable scenery, first-class food, and all the sun and sea you can handle. What’s more, prices this year are better than ever, so there’s plenty of bargains to be had, whatever you want to spend.
If you want to go all inclusive, head to the Garden of Sun Hotel in Altinkum, near Bodrum. We found one week in the height of prime holiday time (August) for £615 per person, with return flights from London Gatwick.
If you would rather go it alone, head to the coast between Dalaman and Antalya; named the Turquoise Coast for its postcard-ready beaches. There’s plenty to do around here for next to nothing, exploring the rugged countryside and ancient ruins that litter the landscape.
Or make your base at sleepy seaside Çirali, an hour’s drive from Antalya, check out family-run Blue and White Hotel, where you head out for walks, take a kayak out to sea, explore ancient Grecian ruins or simply relax in the Mediterranean sun before cooling off in the azure waters.
Kervansaray Bodrum in nearby Torba will keep the family happy, with kid’s club, water sports on the beach, and a hotel hammam to help you unwind, the Turkish way. It’s a few minutes’ drive from Bodrum’s centre, so it’s easy to explore the town’s restaurants and thriving nightlife until the small hours.
For a quieter break, port town Fethiye near Dalaman has a slower pace of life, without leaving you short of things to do on your holiday. Sample the day’s catch at the fresh fish market or enjoy an evening cocktail while watching the sun set over the harbour. The Yacht Boutique Hotel has stylish rooms with little balconies overlooking the port, a waterside restaurant and its own pool.
Go all out at the Titanic Deluxe in Belek, east of Antalya, an elegantly designed hotel that is nestled back from the coast among the pine forests. It still has its own 1km stretch of private beach, however, plus nine pools (two indoor and seven outdoor) if you’d rather swim on-site. Between the hotel’s aqua park and sports pitches, the kids will have more than enough to entertain themselves, which means more time for you to kick back in a poolside cabana or relax in the spa.
Over near Marmaris, the D Hotel Maris in Icmeler doesn’t come cheap, but it’s super-luxe rooms, fine dining restaurants and private Blue Flag beach are worth the hefty price tag. There’s a range of water sports to get the adrenaline pumping, plus a top quality spa for after.
If it’s Bodrum you’re after, the exclusive Kempinski Barbaros Bay is in a quiet spot at Gokova Bay, fusing the best of Turkish food and wellness with the traditions of Thailand, where the Kempinski brand hails from.