Experience the lap of luxury with Turkey's sophisticated beachside resorts
In approximately four hours you can fly to Turkey from the UK and start your lavish holiday in the sun.
The trendy Bodrum region is a favourite holiday spot among the rich and famous, with the likes of Kate Moss and Cristiano Ronaldo visiting regularly.
In Bodrum Town, you’ll find stylish marinas, boutique shops and modern bars at every turn, while unspoilt areas like the sleepy village of Gundogan offer a more laid-back lifestyle with secluded bays and pine-clad hills to look forward to.
Named the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is the place to be if you want to experience the jet set lifestyle. Lines of envy-inducing hotels are flanked by swathes of sand and shingle beaches, while the rolling Taurus Mountains make the ideal backdrop for a peaceful holiday.
One of the Antalya area’s most sought-after resorts is Side, with its charming marina filled with supersized yachts and historic ruins overlooking the seafront.
Living the high life in Turkey
Dalaman is quickly becoming a buzzword for luxury lifestyle thanks to its stylish dining scene and awe-inspiring beaches.
Dubbed the Turquoise Coast, this stunning part of Turkey is home to a handful of top draw attractions, including the famous Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz, which is often ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
A visit to the city of Fethiye is also a must, where you can visit ancient Roman tombs, the cobbled old town and the picturesque yacht marina.
Whether it’s modern cities you’re yearning for or postcard-worthy beach resorts, the Izmir region has it all. For the VIP treatment, Izmir city has a vibrant nightlife with an array of sleek clubs and an upmarket dining scene.
Or, if you prefer a more laid-back vibe, beautiful beach resorts like Kusadasi offer sun-drenched shores dotted with deluxe hotels, where days are best spent topping up your tan with a cocktail in hand.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you’re looking for a luxury holiday, you don’t have to stop at Turkey – we’ve got a host of indulgent breaks on offer.
For sandy beaches and VIP nightlife, the Balearic Islands might appeal. Or if you fancy somewhere more exotic, the Caribbean has a range of world class resorts and palm-fringed coastlines favoured by luxury-loving holidaymakers.
Unique destinations like Iceland also offer a range of lavish holiday options, with exclusive sightseeing opportunities like the Northern Lights waiting to be discovered.
But if Turkey has won you over, be sure to check out our useful travel guide with plenty of information and advice on how to plan your luxury break. Here are some great 4* and 5* hotel options to get you started.
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The adults-only TUI Sensimar Hotel Andiz is the perfect choice for a relaxing couples getaway. This 5* hotel exudes luxury from every corner, with modern interiors and first class facilities, including a rooftop terrace with a hot tub and a charming a la carte restaurant.
The hotel is just a couple minutes' walk to a private beach and a 20-minute stroll along the promenade to the centre of Side. There's also a spacious pool and hot tub, a spa, Turkish bath, hairdressers, sauna, gym and motorised watersports available.
The 4* Baia Bodrum Hotel is the epitome of sophisticated style, with a super-modern pool scene and chic decor. Ideally located, the hotel is right on the beach and is just a five-minute walk to the village centre, while the town of Bodrum is a 20-minute drive away.
There's also a selection of smart restaurants and poolside bars to choose from. Facility-wise, you can expect an equal measure of relaxation and recreational activities, including a fitness and beauty centre, a spa with a range of treatments available, a sauna, hair salon, tennis courts and more.
The hotel also provides an entertainment programme for day and night, including live music and an amphitheatre.
If sweeping sea views, a stylish dining scene and a private forest setting appeals, the 5* TUI Sensatori Resort Fethiye is the perfect choice. Set in wooded mountains near a secluded bay, this modern hotel has a real away-from-it-all feel and offers a tranquil spa area for pampering.
There's also a stone beach nearby, a total of five swimming pools and a wide choice of food options serving local and international cuisine. Each room offers plenty of privacy, and you can choose to upgrade to a luxury swim-up suite.
You'll also find an array of activities such as yoga, Pilates and multi-purpose sport courts, plus night-time entertainment including live shows and high quality tribute acts.
Palm Wings Ephesus Beach Resort goes above and beyond with its outstanding service, private beach and impressive restaurant offering. Set on a sandy shore in tropical gardens, this 5* hotel offers a family-friendly atmosphere with all the trimmings.
The rooms have spectacular sea views, and you can choose from a wide range of dining options, from Mediterranean to Mexican cuisine. There's also three outdoor pools, a spa offering a handful of relaxing treatments, a games room and multi-purpose sport courts for guests to use at their leisure.