Turkey has a reputation for providing sunny – and great-value – family holidays in big resorts. But if you think that’s all it’s got to offer, you’re missing a trick.
The country is dotted with dozens of gorgeous, independently owned boutique hotels.
Scroll down to discover ten of the best spots to hit for a more personal holiday experience tailored to you…
1. The Courtyard, Kalkan
Tucked away in the tangle of streets that form Kalkan’s Old Town, this restored townhouse now boasts six stylish bedrooms
Tucked away in the tangle of streets that form Kalkan’s Old Town, this restored townhouse now boasts six stylish bedrooms. Owners Halil and Marion have created a really welcoming, home-from-home vibe. At sunset, guests congregate on the roof terrace to drink in the glorious views – and Halil’s hefty G&Ts.
The cream-walled bedrooms ooze Ottoman style, with kilims, wooden furniture and comfortable beds. There isn’t a pool but several of Kalkan wonderful beach clubs are within easy strolling distance.
Double rooms from £114 a night B&B. courtyardkalkan.com
2. 4reasons, Yalikavak
The 4reasons in Yalikavak remains the best small hotel in town, with 20 stylish, white-walled suites, polished wooden floors and modern art
This village has seen dramatic change in the past few years, with a glitzy new marina bringing in mega-yachts and new boutiques and stores.
The 4reasons, on a hillside just a few minutes from the waterfront, remains the best small hotel in town, with 20 stylish, white-walled suites, polished wooden floors and modern art.
Beneath the rooms, a terrace wraps around the pool, where Ali and Esra serve breakfast buffets and evening meals. Esra is always on hand to ensure guests discover the best of the Bodrum peninsula.
Seven nights with flights from £1,055pp. cachet-travel.co.uk
3. Avalon, Kabak
Avalon in Kabak features 11 chic bungalows which are scattered between the trees. Each lodge boasts a linen-draped four-poster bed, balcony and jaw-dropping views
Perched above the picture-perfect beach of Kabak, this is the place for a blissful fly-and-flop holiday – once you’ve arrived, it’s unlikely you’ll want to go anywhere else.
A 45-minute drive from Olu Deniz, there is little in the area besides a handful of other B&Bs.
Eleven chic bungalows are scattered between the trees, each with a linen-draped four-poster bed, balcony and jaw-dropping views – matched by those that stretch out from the infinity pool. It’s worth booking half-board – Cengiz the chef whips up wonderful Turkish dishes.
Double rooms from £88 a night half-board. kabakbeach.com
4. Dionysos, Kumlubuk
Dionysos – run by Ahmet and his wife Rim – clings to the hillside above the unspoilt bay at Kumlubuk, near Marmaris
Another spectacularly located hotel, Dionysos – run by Ahmet and his wife Rim – clings to the hillside above the unspoilt bay at Kumlubuk, near Marmaris.
The 43 sandstone cottages offer sleek, cream-and-blue suites, some with balconies and terraces, and all with glorious views. Stone pathways link the cottages to the central restaurant, bar terrace and infinity pool.
Foodies will love the accent on local produce, with trips to the hotel’s olive farm, wine tastings and a pop-up ‘gastronomic experience’ all on the menu. Regular shuttle buses run to the hotel’s private beach, while a day on Dionysos’s luxury gulet is a treat not to be missed.
Seven nights with flights from £1,159pp B&B. sovereign.com
5. Tas Hotel, Alacati
Tas Hotel in Alacati was the first boutique hotels in town and it remains one of the best places to stay
This is one of Turkey’s prettiest places, with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, many of which have been converted into restaurants and boutiques.
Tas, on the Izmir peninsula, was the first boutique hotels in town and it remains one of the best places to stay, run with love by Zeynep and Yusuf. The seven rooms are romantic, with whitewashed walls and soft, floral fabrics, while outside there’s a pool area and garden.
Breakfasts comprise home-made breads, cheeses, jams and the hotel’s own eggs and olives. Tea and cakes are served each afternoon.
Double rooms from £79 a night B&B. tasotel.com
6. Olive Farm Guesthouse, Datca
Gardeners and bookworms will love Olive Farm Guesthouse in Datca – a rambling guesthouse surrounded by flower-filled gardens and a 400-acre olive farm
Gardeners and bookworms will love it here – a rambling guesthouse surrounded by flower-filled gardens and a 400-acre olive farm. This is an ideal venue to come with a stack of novels and relax – there’s a tranquillity to the place, which feels more like a farm than a hotel.
Dinners are simple and the rooms – furnished with hand-woven kilims, wooden furniture, and fresh flowers and herbs from the gardens – feel wonderfully authentic. The unspoilt town of Datca, which features beachside fish restaurants, is a five-minute drive away.
Double rooms from £70 a night B&B. olivefarm.com.tr
7. Beyaz Yunuz, Olu Deniz
Beyaz Yunuz, which is the only hotel located directly on the beach of the popular resort of Olu Deniz near Fethiye, began life as a restaurant
The only hotel located directly on the beach of this popular resort near Fethiye, Beyaz Yunuz began life as a restaurant. The seven bedrooms step up the hillside, each with stone walls, wooden floors and cream sofas – ideal for gazing out to sea.
Beyaz Yunuz is a perfect choice for a honeymoon or romantic break – the hotel has a flower-draped bar, pool and candlelit restaurant.
Double rooms from £175 a night B&B. beyazyunus.com
8. Losta Sahil Evi, Selimiye
Simple but authentic, Losta Sahil Evi in Selimiye has six crisp white-and-blue bedrooms that open straight on to a private stretch of shingle beach
Simple but authentic, this has six crisp white-and-blue bedrooms that open straight on to a private stretch of shingle beach. It has an excellent restaurant, while a wooden jetty leads to a private sunbathing deck, built above the waters of Selimiye’s tranquil bay.
Selimiye has avoided over-development – instead the waterfront is lined with fish restaurants and jazz bars.
Seven nights with flights from £669pp B&B. simpsontravel.com
9. Med-Inn, Gulluck
The Med-Inn, which is in Gulluck and has a number of suites, offers the chance to dip into the bright lights of Bodrum – 20 miles away – while staying somewhere peaceful
The Med-Inn offers the chance to dip into the bright lights of Bodrum – 20 miles away – while staying somewhere peaceful. Families love this place, which has a number of suites and a kids’ pool.
The suites feel light rather than traditionally Turkish, and come with a balcony and sea views. The hotel is on the waterfront, with a long jetty lined with loungers, and in the evening guests can choose from two restaurants.
Double rooms from £125 a night B&B. med-inn.com
10. Denez Feneri Lighthouse, Kas
Denez Feneri Lighthouse in Kas had a facelift last year, making it one of the most luxurious retreats in the area
This much-loved clutch of cottages had a facelift last year, making it one of the most luxurious retreats in the area. Its location – at the tip of a peninsula – creates a feeling of escape, whether snoozing in a hammock, soaking up the sun on the waterfront, or indulging in a massage in the spa.
Evenings begin with live music and cocktails at the Sunset Bar before a waterfront fish barbecue or else a formal dinner in the hotel’s elegant restaurant.
Seven nights with flights from £700pp B&B. fairlightjones.com