“An uber-romantic adults-only hotel on the Turquoise Coast with private plunge pools, cabanas and sea views for every spoiling suite”
The 7 spacious suites are light-filled and modern with classic Art Deco, and Ottoman influences. Each is slightly different, but all are decorated in a bright, white palette, with hints of pistachio, silver and purple in the opulent furnishings. Beds are a mixture of kingsize and four-poster, dressed in crisp white linens, and there are plush velvet chaise lounges, wingback chairs and large dressing tables. Marble bathrooms are equally impressive, with large drench shower heads and deep roll-top bathtubs, most in-room. Acqua Di Parma toiletries and kimono-style dressing gowns are a nice additional touch.
Best of all, though, are the spectacular sea views from your private terrace and plunge pool. The Superior Suites (Huma and Gulbahar) and Deluxe Suites (Kosem and Hurrem) are on the second floor of the hotel with little balconies to lounge on, and a plunge pool surrounded by decking a short stroll away. Larger suites have their plunge or lap pool directly outside their door.
We were lucky enough to be in the breath-taking Nurbanu Signature Suite, whose 2 glass walls open onto the huge terrace. On it, you’ll find your large plunge pool surrounded by lanterns, loungers, and tables for 2 so you can dine under the stars. The very private Mihrimah Penthouse Suite stretches over 2 floors, with amazing views of Kalkan Bay, stylish rattan furniture, cushioned daybeds and shady gazebos by its infinity plunge pool. If you want to swim laps, go for the gorgeous Garden Suite (Esma), which has a long, thin pool, an outdoor dining area and an in-room Jacuzzi.
Each suite comes with WiFi, an iPod dock, an espresso machine, a DVD player and a minibar. Oh, and did we mention staff just a push of a button away...?
The hotel doesn't have a restaurant; instead it offers a butler service for meals, which is available all day. Food is a simple mix of Mediterranean with a Turkish twist; think pasta, burgers and salads. Meals and snacks can all be served to your terrace, seafront cabana or pool.
Breakfast is served whenever you fancy until 11am. You fill out a multiple choice card the day before - just be wary of filling it out on an empty stomach, as we ended up with a little too much food one morning! We enjoyed crepes with honey and lemon, as well as fresh fruit salad and yoghurt, but were tempted by eggs, cheese and vegetables (the more Turkish option!). All were delicious, though we were disappointed to find that our juice was very watered down.
As a thank you for booking through i-escape, guests are able to enjoy a BBQ meal at sister hotel Likya Pavilions (a 5-minute walk away). It’s certainly one of the most impressive BBQs we’ve ever tasted, with numerous traditional Turkish mezes (bean salad, tzaziki, cheese and walnuts, stuffed vine leaves, chilli salad and more) appearing before the main event arrived - our waiter kept telling us to not fill up on bread! Do note that you will have to be a lover of grilled meat to enjoy the main, which consists of lots of kebabs, lamb wraps and meatballs, as well as a succulent piece of chicken.
If you fancy a change of scene, stroll into town where you'll find a huge number of restaurants and bars. We had an exceptional meze lunch in Akin and a relaxed dinner with cocktails in Coast on the harbourfront; Mussaka, Trio and Aubergine all get good reports, too. Do note that the walk takes about 15 minutes along a dirt track, so wear comfy shoes or catch a taxi.