When you think of rich cultural sites and world-class beaches in the eastern Mediterranean, altogether too many people instantly think of Greece. But you should not overlook nearby Turkey! This destination is known for historic hotspots like the Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sophia, and for the pristine coastlines of the Anatolian peninsula and the Turquoise Coast.
Even better, holidays in Turkey’s top hotels are readily available, and you can discover some of the country’s most luxurious amenities from their cool and comfortable chambers. So, why not start dreaming about a trip to Turkey packed with some of the 5 activities suggested below?
1. Scuba Diving in Oludeniz
Located on the famous Turquoise Coast in south-western Turkey, Oludeniz is a small village and beach resort located between a lush national park and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Oludeniz is known not only for its local resorts, but also for its range of outdoor activities, which include hiking, tandem paragliding, and snorkelling. The waters surrounding Oludeniz provide scuba divers with an excellent opportunity to explore underwater caves and spot local sea-life.
2. Discover Ancient Fethiye from a Luxury Resort
Just to the north of Oludeniz, Fethiye is a port city set against a backdrop of crystal clear waters. It offers ancient cultural sites like the remainder of the ancient Lycian city Telmessos. Or there’s the Tomb of Amyntas, which overlooks the city from a bluff and dates back to the 4th century BC. The local Sensatori Resort provides its visitors with the ultimate accommodation for their stay, including sweeping views of the sea, a stone beach, a standout pool, and fine dining.
3. Enjoy a High End Boat Trip
While hanging around on the beach can be fun, it is thrilling to get out to sea and experience a wide range of activities on the water, including everything from sunbathing on deck and sipping cocktails, to snorkeling and discovering phosphorus caves. Just ask your hotel concierge for the best local boat tour services in your area.
4. Get Pampered on the Turkish Riviera
Let’s ignore the obvious pull of the capital city of Istanbul. Instead, let’s look at the town of Marmaris, located along the spectacular Turkish Riviera. Marmaris offers a vibrant nightlife, and during the day you can take part in a whole range of luxury coastal activities that include sailing and diving. Find a luxury hotel set amidst the stunning pine forests on the tip of a peninsula, and you’ll have the perfect opportunity to experience the luscious landscapes, be pampered with spa treatments, and served with the finest national foods.
5. Go a Round of Golf
While it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the offerings of the Turkish Coast, the region of Antalya features a number of fine golf courses that visitors will enjoy playing throughout their stay. Head out for a round on one of Turkey’s premier golf courses, many of which are endorsed by some of the biggest names in the sport including Colin Montgomerie. And remember, it’s Antalya with its over 300 sunny days per year, you’ll need a nice golf hat!
With so much to see and do, your luxury break will be equally relaxing and thrilling. Have you visited Turkey and have some high-end high jinks you’d like to share? Let us know below.