There are plenty of luxury hotels in Turkey in spite of the fact that this most westernized of Islamic countries is still largely a developing nation. There are numerous Turkey 5 star hotels in the Istanbul, the country’s largest city, and there are others in all the major areas and regions where most visitors spend their vacations. Many of the best hotels in Turkey are small, intimate boutique hotels with unique character and ambiance. Others are readily recognized international chains like Four Seasons, Hyatt Regency, Hilton, InterContinental, and Ritz Carlton.
The elegant Ceylan InterContinental Hotel is typical of the several Turkey 5 star hotels in Istanbul; it is one of the world’s truly fine international properties and often in the pages of the best style and travel magazines. These are without a doubt the best hotels in Turkey and all have well-equipped fitness centers; numerous restaurants with everything from fine gourmet dining to snacks; one or more swimming pools; shopping arcades; full-service spas, often with traditional Turkish baths; and the entire spectrum of other facilities and services.
These Turkey luxury accommodations are also all located near the city’s main attractions. The Four Seasons Istanbul is set in a remarkably restored old Turkish prison, and is within steps of the beautiful Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The Hyatt Regency and Ritz Carlton are in the heart of the Dolmabahce Palace district overlooking the water where Bosphorus river cruises are available. The Ciragan Palace (pictured, a prestigious Kempinski property) is set right on the piers of the Bosphorus, and is actually located in the opulent former imperial palace of the last Ottoman sultan. It is located near several important mosques and bazaars.
You will find luxury hotels in Turkey similar to those of Istanbul in Ankara, the capital and second largest city, and the center of business, commerce, and government. Look for Sheraton, Swissotel, and Crowne Plaza, all located in the city center. Another of the Turkey 5 star hotels is located in Bodrum, one of the most popular beach resorts on the beautiful Turquoise Coast. The Bodrum Marmara is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Its luxurious rooms and gracious suites have sweeping vistas over the marina, fine sand beaches, and endless azure sea.
Most of the other luxury hotels in Turkey will also be found in beach resorts up and down the coast. In Alanya, there is the new GoldCity Tourism Complex, a huge complex on extensive landscaped grounds with a long private beach. It boasts a 5 star high-rise hotel and neighborhoods of deluxe private villas, many with their own swimming pools. Every imaginable water activity from sailing and scuba diving to jet skis and banana boats are available. A few of the best hotels in Turkey are all-inclusive hotels. The Hillside Beach Club, set on its own private beach in Fethiye, includes three meals daily as well as the cost of some of its less exotic activities and water sports. It has numerous restaurants and even a secluded adults only “Silent Beach” where cell phones and loud noise are not permitted.