Turkish delight

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Baroque Travel finds paradise on Turkey’s west coast. It’s called Alavya, and it’s a 25-room luxury retreat in a magnificent natural landscape in the ancient part of the unspoilt port town of Alaçati

Situated on Turkey’s picturesque Çesme Peninsula, Alavya comprises a cluster of six rustic historic stone buildings that have been meticulously restored. Topped with terracotta tiles and adorned with pastel blue French doors and cute balconies, the buildings overlook a spectacular landscape filled with an assortment of trees. Guest rooms and suites are each individually decorated by famous Turkish designer Hakan Ezer with artworks from celebrated local artists from the owner’s personal collection.

This luxury boutique establishment offers diners a choice of 25 rooms and suites, all elegantly decorated with high ceilings, wooden floors and en suite marble bathrooms created to resemble a Turkish bath. Many feature a veranda or terrace with views of the lush garden. The More Than Suites is the most luxurious suite of all and offers a partially glass ceiling and a private Jacuzzi. There’s also the Jade Loft that boasts a terrace, dining room, living room and a Jacuzzi.

Guests enjoy a choice of three restaurants as well as a patisserie. Breakfast is served wherever you wish and includes freshly baked bread, local farm honey, homemade jams and all sorts of regional delights. Lunch and dinner menus are full of gourmet dishes created using a choice of carefully selected ingredients that reflect the local cuisine.

At sundown, guests head for the bar under a mulberry tree in the hotel courtyard for a selection of local wines and innovative cocktails. Of course there’s more, including a Spa and wellness center with steam rooms, sauna and gym plus a stunning outdoor pool where guests can relax on sun loungers under umbrellas. Holistic wellness is available in the form of personalized yoga journeys, pilates classes and fitness sessions. Guests can also participate in silent walks, detox treatments and training workshops here.

Those who wish to explore this spectacular area can take a Vespa or bicycle from the hotel and head off on journeys of discovery. For shopping, the store at Alavya, Haremlique Istanbul, specializes in producing exquisite linen products, including bed linen created from 100% Egyptian cotton.

Alavya is not only a tranquil retreat; its intimate atmosphere and spacious surrounds create a magical setting for parties, weddings and other special occasions. If you are planning a celebration, you can hire out the entire retreat exclusively.

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