Best Resorts in Turkey: Coastal Escape

A gateway between east and west, Turkey is growing in popularity as a holiday destination. It’s blended culture and beautiful landscapes tempted more than 40 million visitors in 2014. The 8,000 kilometers of coastline is a main attraction, promising sun, sand and a little R&R. Here are my best resorts in Turkey:

Hillside Beach Club, Fethiye

This resort sets the standard for all-inclusive luxury family holidays. It’s located on the Mediterranean coast a few kilometers away from the town on Fethiye. It’s targeted towards families, but caters to couples and adult travelers as well. There are three beaches on the property: Main Beach, Silent Beach and Serenity Beach. Main beach offers activities and amenities for the whole family, including water sports and dining options. Silent Beach and Serenity Beach are tailored towards adults, ensuring peaceful relaxation for those desiring a more tranquil setting.

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Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum

This gorgeous resort sits on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea and Barbaros Bay. Its location near the city of Bodrum allows guests access to all the gastronomic delights and vibrant nightlife of the city, for which the concierge is happy to assist in any planning. The private Barbarossa Beach is divided into family and adult only sections, ensuring optimum enjoyment for all. Other leisure activities include water sports, sailing classes and diving school.

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Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort, Belek

While this area is known as a golfer’s paradise, but there are plenty of options for those who prefer to stay off the course. The Maxx Royal Belek resort property includes 300 meters of beach on the Mediterranean, complimented with cabanas, pools and even an aquapark. Golf, naturally, is available at the Colin Montgomerie-designed course.

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Mardan Palace, Antalya

Decadence reaches new heights at this opulent resort. Located in the Turkish Riviera, the Mardan Palace fuses a royal ambiance with experiential luxury. It’s near the Lara Beach, one of the most popular in the area. Activities offered include a swim reef for snorkeling, various sports, golf and multiple swimming pools. The 180,000 square meter property consists of 546 guest rooms and suites, truly living up to its palatial name.

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Amy Lynne Hayes

Amy Lynne Hayes is a freelance writer and designer best known for her absolute refusal to stay in one place for very long. After studying art and design in Orlando, London and Paris, and working for a boutique design firm in Melbourne, Australia, Amy focused her attention on her first passion: travel. Her blog, Créatrice Mondial, means “global creator” - the perfect description. She recently set up home base is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she can usually be foundsipping wine on her balcony, dreaming up her next great adventure.

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