Turkey overwhelmingly gorgeous, its cities and landscapes are also incredibly diverse from culture to cuisine it’s the cross roads between east and west.
Turkish food is so flavourful, with Middle Eastern, Asian and European influences, kebabs, stews, shwarmas, soups, pizza, breads and regional specialities something for everyone.
So we picked two diverse places which take a long weekend or short mid-week break to another level. Fly in comfort with frequent flights to Turkey by British Airways
So first off Bodrum the northern coast is quiet, peaceful, and popular with visiting oligarchs, who drop anchor at Torba, Göltürkbükü and Gundogan; the southern side has the best beaches: Bardakci, Gumbet and Içmeler are three popular sun spots. Despite earning the moniker ‘Turkey’s Cote d’Azur’, the Bodrum Peninsula has managed to remain peaceful and unassuming; as well suited to simple pleasures – seafood, sea views, a chilled glass of wine and a book or two – as it is to A-list adventures. Before visiting be sure to apply for your e-visa; the online application costs US$20 a person (www.evisa.gov.tr).
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Maçakizi Bodrum Peninsula,Turkey (More Information & Booking)
Maçakizi hotel's pale, powder-white rooms aim to calm: outside, beautiful people chatter by the bar and stretch out on the decks, drawn here by the shimmering Aegean, top-notch restaurant and gorgeous, stone-studded gardens.
Casa dell'Arte Residence Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey (More Information & Booking)
Forget misleading promises of wealth, health and tall, dark strangers, here’s a horoscope worth following: we see art-filled, cultured Casa dell’Arte Residence and its zodiac-inspired rooms on your horizon, along with Bodrum’s sun and sea.
Climbing the hills around the Golden Horn and overlooking the beautiful Bosphorus, Istanbul cradles the wonders of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires, from the breath-taking Topkapi Palace where sultans and their harems redefined the word ‘decadence’, to the looming Hagia Sophia – part cathedral, part mosque and totally breath-taking. Today, the indulgent lifestyle once enjoyed only behind closed palace doors is available on every gilded street. Istanbul has some of the coolest bars and clubs – whichever continent you’re standing in – as well as fashion-forward shops and delicious cuisine fit for a sultan himself. Before visiting be sure to apply for your Visa online; from 10 April 2014 the traditional entry Visas are being given the heave-ho in favour of e-Visas. The online application costs US$20 a person (www.evisa.gov.tr ).
A'jia Hotel Istanbul Turkey (More Information & Booking)
An ex-pasha’s mansion on the Bosphorus, A'jia boutique hotel on the edge of Istanbul has a grand Ottoman exterior that belies its contemporary interior of slick modern design. There’s not a kilim or belly-dancer’s tassel in sight, just chic white-on-white glamour. The understated, modern luxury extends to the sparse, cool bedrooms. Almost as big as the rooms themselves, A'jia Hotel's bathrooms are gorgeous Ottoman chambers of creamy marble and tile.
The House Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul Turkey (More Information & Booking)
The House Hotel Bosphorus in Istanbul is a one-time palace still standing at the edge of Europe. Old-school opulence mixes with contemporary Autoban design: it’s just as grand, but stand-out furniture and lighting bring it up to date.
The House Hotel Nisantasi Istanbul Turkey (More Information & Booking)
Istanbul’s The House Hotel Nisantasi is a Bosphorous-facing design dream, with Autoban interiors, spacious suites and statement style pieces, such as chairs that look more like birdcages. This seven-storey city terrace has been remastered to match the slick district it inhabits – the smart black entrance sets the tone, and inside it just gets better.