Our group of 6 females (late 30's) has settled on our Turkish getaway roundabout 18-30 Sept 2014.
We'll do about 5 days in Istanbul in a rented apartment.
Now, I know that this question has been asked many time before... We would like to spend the balance of our trip at a beach resort on the coast. I understand that none are within 5-hour driving distance (this would be our limit of endurance on the road), and that we would have to take a short domestic flight. The beach options are so numerous that I am baffled at this point!
Off-hand, which would fit the bill?
1. Hotel on a beach-with own private beach-we could go a bit luxe here as we're doing DIY in Istanbul
2. Easy, walking access to markets, town, restaurants, cafes, bars and some night life
3. A good mix of easy leisure activities including boat day trips / mud baths / sight seeing
4. Sandy, not pebble beach
As we have not travelled together before, I would like to ensure that there is a bit of something for everyone-and that its easy enough to break away and go shopping when some may prefer an afternoon nap!!
I would also have preferred to avoid an internal flight because of logistics involved in travelling in a group and cost of airport transfers, etc.... and of course the added expense