Along with the ancient ruins such as Ephesus and Ancient Troy and the mosques and palaces in the magnificent city of Istanbul, the beautiful Turquoise Coast is one of the top three reasons that visitors come to spend their vacations in the country. urkish beach resorts of all descriptions are spread along the approximate 1,000 miles of Aegean and Mediterranean beaches from the Izmir and Cesme peninsula in the north to beautiful Alanya in the south. Many of these Turkey beach resorts are combination beach spa resorts with massage treatments, Jacuzzis, Turkish baths, and every other imaginable pampering.
Turkey beach resorts fall into several categories. There are large resorts in big cities with numerous dining spots, bars, and lounges. They offer a number of facilities and water sports, sometimes even a water park, and their location gives them easy (sometimes walking distance) access to lively nightlife, city attractions, and shopping opportunities. Marmaris, for instance, is known for its nightlife and popular Icmeler Beach. The Devlami Resort and Grand Yazici Mares each provide easy access to both.
Other Turkish beach resorts might offer similar services and facilities, but are smaller and located far from cities. They offer quiet, natural settings and remote, often deserted beaches. For instance, the Hillside Beach Club outside of Fethiye has its own private beach for all guests, as well as a secluded, adults only “Silent Beach” where loud noise and cell phones are not welcome.
There are also beach resorts in Turkey that are small, exclusive boutique hotels providing a high level of service and luxurious accommodation. The Villa Florya Beach Resort outside of Marmaris is one of these. It is only accessible by boat from Marmaris or at the end of 45 to 60 minute drive on a narrow, winding road, which really requires the use of car rentals for transportation. The elegant Princess Artemesia near Bodrum is also one of the Turkey beach resorts that fall in this category. This deluxe property is in the little village of Yalikavak, with its long stretches of secluded beach.
Most beach resorts in Turkey offer access to sailing of one sort or another. Most of the major cities and towns have good harbors and marinas, but the cities of Bodrum, Antalya, and Marmaris are at the center of the Turquoise Coast and are three of the top yachting and sailing centers of the world. The higher end Turkish beach resorts often have insider access to fleets of traditional Turkish gulets (sailing yachts) and will assist you with spending some of your vacations onboard a yacht that takes you to your own private beach. The beautiful Marmara Antalya is one of these.
There are even combination skiing and beach resorts in Turkey on the Sea of Marmara around the city of Bursa. You can stay on the beach onboard the Olentik Ship Hotel, which is actually a retired ferry boat. Or you choose the Beceren Hotel at Mount Uludag. This ski resort has been operating since 1947, and is beautiful natural setting on the mountain, but only about fifteen miles from the beach.