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Romantic Holiday in Turkey

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Romantic Holiday in Turkey

We are planning to go to Turkey for the first time this year and wondered if anyone could suggest somewhere romantic, maybe a boutique hotel, with lovely scenery,preferably in a hotel that caters for adults ( ie not too many kids) Whilst we like somewhere that has a bit of nightlife ( restaurants and chilled out bars etc) we definitely don't want a Brits Abroad type resort with karaoke bars and 18-39 type entertainment.

Any recommendations?

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1. Re: Romantic Holiday in Turkey

Side would tick all your boxes - it is just 50 minutes from Antalya airport on the Mediterranean - has turtles - cobbled streets - lots of shops, bars and restaurants - only one nightclub so no rowdies - Roman ruins, including an active amphitheatre and Apollo Temple where Anthony and Cleopatra fell in love - boat trips - white water rafting in nearby Taurus mountains - jeep safari - quad biking - Turkish Baths - day trips to Alanya or Antalya - a Saturday market.

Nicest little boutique hotels there are Connys or The Beach House Hotel. Suggest you look at Side Forum page and top right Top Questions About Side for further information.

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Koukla, what about dalyan? Its a great traditional town built on the banks of a lovely winding river, overlooked by the lycian rock tombs which are illuminated at night.

At one end of the river is the beautiful iztuzu beach (which is a protected zone as its a nesting place for loggerhead turtles) this is easily reached by water taxi or bus and there is a turtle rescue centre which is well worth a visit. At the other end of the beach is a huge lake with amazing scenery...you can take a boat through the day to swim in the lake or go on a 'moonlight cruise' at night and lie on the top of the boat gazing at the stars! Across the river is the ruined town of kaunos.

The town itself is charming and appeals mostly to couples and families. There are some great shops, restaurants and a choice of bars but in general, nightlife tends to be low key. Think live music, cocktail bars, chilling on bean bags looking at the tombs etc. Don't get me wrong, there are a couple of livelier bars but these are certainly not 'rowdy' and are easily avoidable .

There are no big hotels or all inclusives in dalyan...accommodation tends to be in small family run b&b's, little apart hotels or private villas/apartments. Have a look at the 'asena' which would suit your requirements! Dalyan really is a lovely place and it gets a lot of repeat visitors! Have a look at the dalyan forum on here for more info :)

Sel

Edited: 23 February 2013, 15:21
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3. Re: Romantic Holiday in Turkey

The Bodrum Peninsula is worth checking out as there is a range of resorts to suit everyone from touristy like Gumbet , Bitez , Türgutreis and Bodrum itself to quieter like Yalıkavak , Gündoğan , Gümüşluk , Torba which are smaller and quieter and have more Turkish visitors from the cities than tourists.

Many options for accomadation and romantic settings.

All resorts are connected to Bodrum by an excellent dolmuş service.

I know Gündoğan well and it would make a great setting for a romantic holiday -some lovely boutique hotels right on the beach - Costa Farilya , Oliera , Begonvil , Estrella, İstanbul Palace and lots of rental options too on sites like holiday Lettings , owners direct , Tripadvisor etc

Have a look at this link from a regular TA who

visits the area for information on the area

http://www.bodrumpeninsulatravelguide.co.uk/

for a lovely restaurant with fab views in Bodrum

have a look at

www.Kafedaki.com

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4. Re: Romantic Holiday in Turkey

Thanks for all your suggestions- it's given me food for thought....

I know it's in a different part of Turkey but do any of you have experience of Olu Deniz? We were recommended a boutique hotel ( Oyster Residence) but although it sounds great we were put off as previous reviewers said the area could be a bit noisy. Have any of you stayed there?

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Hi again koukla,

Olu deniz is a large resort in a lovely part of turkey. Its very popular with British holidaymakers, especially families, and certainly not somewhere I'd describe as 'romantic'!

It does have a lot going for it though with plenty of bars, restaurants, the blue lagoon, watersports etc plus its close to fethiye which is a great town!

Sel

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The Oyster Residence is a very nice hotel and Olu Deniz has lovely scenery - but the hotel is right on the front and I have read a lot of complaints about noise at night from adjacent bars etc.

Have a look at Kalkan. It is another place popular with the Brits - but probably a bit more laid back and has numerous excellent restaurants with spectacular views over the bay.

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