Vogue Residence Bodrum
If you’re looking for a seaside holiday with natural beauty, history and culture then the Bodrum Peninsula is the area for you. Set by Torba Bay, Vogue Residence Bodrum is a hotel that has everything, presenting an amazing range of activities to keep almost every guest happy, and with a particular appeal for families. There are classes in water skiing, parasailing and diving; the hotel offers bowling as well as computer games and billiards; there are banana boat rides, and Vogue Residence even has its own aqua park with water slides and more. Of course there is also a spa along with a fitness centre, and there’s a cinema, too. For those who wish to truly relax there’s a choice of swimming pools, and a chic deck over the water on which to sunbathe.
Vogue Residence Bodrum, Torba Mahallesi, Bodrum, +90 (0)252 311 1818
Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Proudly standing on the shores of the Bosphorus, this splendid 19th-century Ottoman palace is now one of the most acclaimed places to stay in Istanbul. The property was painstakingly restored by the Four Seasons group, and the sumptuous hotel opened in 2008. Despite its grandeur and size, this Four Seasons feels more like a boutique establishment than a big resort thanks to the warmth of the service. Facilities are first class, from a traditional hammam and a spa to an infinity pool with views of the waterfront. Guests staying in the private suites can live like royalty, with a private rooftop terrace that offers total privacy.
Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Çırağan Caddesi 28, Beşiktas, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 381 4000
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros
Set on a hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Kempinski hotel at Barbaros Bay is a lavish resort that seems enormous although there are actually fewer than 175 bedrooms. The sense of space is partly thanks to a central lobby area where a huge picture window frames the sea over three cut-away floors. Beneath them is the focal point of the hotel, an enormous terrace with a fantastical infinity pool. On one side is a complex of restaurants. Behind and to the other side are the sleek bedrooms, all facing the sea. Beyond is one of the resort’s major attractions; an extensive spa, which includes a hammam.
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros, Yaliçiftlik, Bodrum, +90 (0)252 311 0303
Lugal Hotel Ankara
Impeccable service is the forte of the striking Lugal Hotel in Turkey’s capital, Ankara. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, book into this modern, stylish venue for its combination of luxury, generously sized bedrooms, concierge services and excellent facilities. The large health club has on-site personal trainers, the formal restaurant, Aruni, offers excellent food while the Winter Garden provides café fare and a more relaxed ambience, and there are plenty of lounge areas to sink into after a day of shopping. The hotel is centrally located in the elegant Kavaklıdere district.
Lugal Hotel Ankara, Noktali Sokak 1, Kavaklıdere, Ankara, +90 (0)312 457 6050
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
Strikingly set in isolation overlooking twin bays on the edge of the Bodrum Peninsula, this exclusive hotel is the epitome of sophistication. As with all Mandarin Oriental hotels, Asian elegance is evident in the beautifully decorated rooms, extensive facilities and exquisite dining. There are two beaches for guest use, four outdoor pools, a water sports centre and 10 choices of eating and drinking venues, including several beach bars serving a range of charcuterie and sushi.
Mandarin Oriental, Cennet Koyu Çomça Mevkii Göltürkbükü, Bodrum, +90 (0)252 311 1888
Museum Hotel Cappadocia
The geological wonderworld that is Cappadocia is on many people’s bucket list, and visiting the rock formations in the area and the underground living spaces is a unique experience. Take a hot air balloon trip at sunset to get the most memorable and extraordinary panoramas. Then retreat to the Museum Hotel, which was created from the ruins of a cave village. As well as offering luxury accommodation, it is home to a striking collection of Turkish art and it has an ample terrace offering stupendous views.
Museum Hotel Cappadocia, Tekeli Mahallesi 1, Neveşhir, Cappadocia, +90 (0)384 219 2220
St Regis Istanbul
For style and premium service in Istanbul, look no further than the St Regis. Famous for its sense of luxury and for its impeccable care of guests, this hotel group strives to provide the utmost comfort. An in-house personal butler service is available for every room here, all of which have floor-to-ceiling windows and present spectacular views. There’s a terrific restaurant, Spago, and a more informal brasserie. The hotel offers luxury boutiques stocking leading designers such as Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen and it is also home to an extensive private art collection.
St Regis Istanbul, Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi 35, Nişantaşı, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 368 0000