Over the weekend it was announced that as of 2nd March 2020, Turkey will exempt all visa requirements for UK tourists, meaning that British citizens will no longer have to pay the £27 fee for an e-visa permit. With the strength of the British Pound against the Turkish Lira and the launch of new British Airways flights to Dalaman, Bodrum and Antalya, there has never been a better time to visit Turkey.
Here are three of the best luxury resorts and destinations Turkey has to offer to take advantage of these new flight routes, with something suited to every type of traveller.
For the Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure Enthusiasts – argos in Cappadocia
Nestled amongst honeycombed hills and magical fairy chimneys on the ancient hilltop village of Uçhisar, argos in Cappadocia is set within a 2000-year-old network of ancient ruins, caves and underground tunnels, offering breath-taking views of the valley and mesmerising hot air balloons that drift over the pink-hued sky.
For an unforgettable experience, guests can witness Cappadocia’s natural beauty from 1,000 feet up and embark on a sunrise hot air balloon journey over Anatolian valleys scattered with archetypal pigeon houses, the region’s most beautiful vineyards and the peak of Mount Erciyes. For an alternative way to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site destination, active travellers can release their inner adventurer on a speeding ATV tour through dunes and ancient monastery ruins, as well as hiking, cycling or even exploring by horseback.
Framed by striking canyons and mountains, suites at argos in Cappadocia are carved from caves and spread through seven revived mansions, boasting cosy, rustic chic interiors and roaring log fires. Guests can dine in the SEKI restaurant where produce is sourced from the hotel’s own organic vegetable garden, relax in the infinity pool and sample fine wines in the hotels charming underground wine cellar – the region’s largest.
For the Gourmands and Wellness Seekers – D-Maris Bay
Perched above a picturesque cove offering breath-taking views of the Datça Peninsula, where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, D-Maris Bay is as secluded as it is luxury with a sleek, minimalist design
Home to five scenic restaurants serving both local and international cuisine, foodie travellers can enjoy a spectacular gastronomic journey at D-Maris Bay. The award-winning, contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma invites guests to savour on fresh sushi and dishes such as miso marinated black cod, whereas La Guérite is an atmospheric, ultra-stylish beach club serving zesty signature cocktails and flavoursome Mediterranean sharing platters, with live music from dusk till dawn. The resort is also home to Nusr-Et, the beachfront steakhouse conceived by Nusret Gökçe, also known as the ‘Instagram-famous’ Salt Bae.
Nestled between towering mountain ranges, lush forests and turquoise waters, guests can enjoy the secluded luxury of five private, white-sanded beaches at D-Maris Bay, in an area famed for a variety of water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking and catamaran sailing. The five-star resort is also set to open a Tennis Camp new for this year and invites complete serenity in the tranquil spa offering traditional Turkish hammam rituals. As well as this, D-Maris Bay also offers tailored, goal-orientated fitness and wellbeing programmes curated by performance specialists as part of the world leading ‘Bodyism’ programme, allowing guests to unwind and keep fit effortlessly in this Turkish paradise.
For the Nature-Lover and Culture Vultures – D-Resort Göcek
Set in the hidden coastal village of Göcek, D-Resort Göcek offers high-end luxury in one of Europe’s most naturally beautiful destinations, surrounded by lush greenery, mountainous views and the warm Mediterranean Sea. A favourite for both local and international yacht lovers and known locally as ‘yacht heaven’, this five-star resort is located just a 10-minute walk from D-Marin Göcek – Turkey’s safest natural marina set within a sheltered cove of unspoilt beaches, pine forests and many hidden islands
Offering endless exploration opportunities, guests of D-Resort Göcek can charter the resorts own extravagant yacht and visit Iztuzu – better known as Turtle Beach – a protected area just 45 minutes away where the majestic and endangered logger head turtle can be found nesting all year round. Wildlife enthusiasts can also visit Butterfly Valley, one of the Turkey’s most strikingly beautiful hiking spots only accessible by water, where thousands of beautiful, colourful butterflies cover the rocks and offer a once-in-a-lifetime sight to see. As well as this, culture-seekers can venture to nearby Greek ruins by yacht including the rock-cut temple tombs of Kaunos and the ancient city of Xanthos, or cycle through the surrounding town of Göcek to uncover its charm.
With 103 stylish rooms and 15 suites, a D-SPA, D-Gym, three gourmet restaurants and three bars and access to the only private beach in Göcek, D-Resort Göcek is the perfect base for travellers seeking a yachting holiday like no other this year