TURKEY

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Turkey is a country steeped in history and, if you know where to look, you will find unspoilt villages with bougainvillea-covered terraces, crystal clear seas and wonderfully hospitable people.

Here at Holmes Travel we are delighted to have teamed up with Turkey experts Exclusive Escapes to bring you a selection of our favourite boutique hotels and gulets from their wonderful portfolio. Exclusive Escapes are an expert in their field and over the years have carefully selected only the very finest villas and hotels throughout this beautiful country. We have focussed on the dramatic Lycian coastline but please do ask if you are looking to visit other areas as we are only too happy to put together a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs.

A great way to explore this amazing Lycian coastline is by exclusive Gulet Cruise, the traditional name for a two-masted wooden sailing vessel. This is a wonderful experience with high levels of onboard comfort and excellent service. As well as offering great opportunities for water sports you should have some time every day under sail, meandering past the forest-clad mountains and exploring the hidden bays and inlets. Or as an idea for a family holiday, why not take a private charter by getting together your own group.

We would recommend combining this with a week’s stay at one of the fantastic boutique hotels or luxury villas that we have selected along the Lycian coastline. These hotels are arguably some of the most dramatic and stylish in Europe and make for a very memorable stay. Chose between the uber-chic Villa Mahal, voted by Conde Naste as one of the world’s most romantic boutique hotels, the Beyaz Yunus Olu Deniz, an exquisite boutique hotel which is a secret paradise right on the beach or the Deniz Feneri Lighthouse, one of the most stylish sea-front properties in Turkey. If you are travelling with children then the Dionysos Estate is the perfect retreat, perched on an escarpment overlooking the Bay of Kumlubuk, the enormous infinity pool seems to extend into the horizon and blend with the panoramic views of the sea below.

As a client of Exclusive Escapes the flights depart from the Private Jet Terminal at Stansted. This unique airport experience means that you by-pass the hassle of the main terminal and just drive to their exclusive car park by the Private Jet Lounge. Check-in is only one hour as porters will collect your luggage directly from your car and check it through security whilst you retire to the comfort of the lounge. In the air the service also far exceeds your normal charter flight, with 25% fewer seats and a complimentary meal and full bar service.

Exclusive Escapes also has a lovely range of exclusive villas to rent if you prefer to be self-catering. Contact us now to learn more about these fabulous hotels as we have visited them all personally so are happy to share our first-hand knowledge and experience.

A SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR YOU TO USE AS A GUIDE

The perfect two week trip to Turkey:
Day 1: Depart Stansted at 09:30 from the exclusive Private Jet Terminal at Stansted. Arrival in Dalaman at 15:30, air-conditioned transfer to your gulet for the start of your cruise.
Day 2-7: Enjoy your gulet cruise along the beautiful and incredibly scenic Lycian Coast. There are a variety of itineraries to choose from so please ask for advice and suggestions.
Day 8-14: Transfer from your gulet to your luxury resort, chosen from one of the beautiful boutique hotels featured in our Top 5.
Day 15: Transfer from your hotel to Dalaman airport for your 16:30 flight home. Arrive Stansted at 18:50 and transfer to your car.
Prices from 1550 per person for the two weeks, assuming 10 people sharing the gulet, inclusive of flights, transfer, full board on the gulet and BB at Deniz Feneri.
‘After two weeks of clear blue skies, warm seas and fresh local food we all fell in love with Turkey and felt there was genuine warmth to the hospitality here.’
The Churchill family
 
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