There are Turkey resorts of all sorts scattered throughout the country, but concentrated in a few different areas where tourists congregate. Each of these regions and resorts in Turkey are known for different things. It is the beach resorts located along the beautiful Mediterranean and Aegean Seas that are the most numerous. This area is known as the Turquoise Coast. It stretches for almost 1,000 miles from about Izmir in the north to Alanya in the south. Two of the most popular spots for beach resorts are Bodrum and Antalya, located between these two cities.
Bodrum Turkey resorts cater to a very large number of sailing enthusiasts. This is the place made popular by a celebrated Turkish writer in the 1920s, and the birthplace of the famed “Blue Cruises” that ply the coastline between Turkey and the islands of Greece. An extremely good Turkish resort in this city is the elegant Princess Artemesia. This deluxe property is in the little village of Yalikavak, with its long stretches of secluded beaches. It offers the kind of activities you would expect of fine beach resorts, including kayaking, tennis, jet skis, and banana boats, as well as the Traditional gulet sailing for which this area is known.
Antalya is also one of the centers of sailing in the country, with a number of marinas used by yachts from around the world and wonderful beaches. One of the Antalya Turkey resorts that is also one of the best luxury hotels on the coast is the Sheraton Voyager (pictured), set in extensive landscaped grounds with direct access to popular Koyaalti Beach, this beautiful Turkish resort has a full-service spa with traditional Turkish baths.
There are other Turkey resorts set on the beaches in places like Marmaris. Here is the Villa Florya Beach Resort located outside the city. It is only accessible by boat from Marmaris or at the end of 45 to 60 minute drive on a narrow, winding road. This is one of the resorts in Turkey that really requires the use of car rentals for transportation.
Skiing is not the biggest tourist draw in the country, but there is some excellent skiing in the country. Some resorts in Turkey cater to the ski trade. A Turkish resort that takes advantage both of a good ski mountain and the country’s many thermal springs is Bursa. This city is built on the slopes of Uludag Mountain, rising to more than 8,000 feet. The Beceren Hotel has been operating on the mountain since 1947, and has the appearance of an alpine ski lodge. In the summer, it offers spa treatments and hiking on the mountain. It only a short drive to the beaches of the Sea of Marmara, which in turn is only a one-hour ferry trip from Istanbul.
The country is very volcanic, and full of natural thermal mineral springs. Numerous Turkey resorts take advantage of this. You will find natural thermal springs in places like Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle.” Here is Hierapolis, a sacred mineral pool filled with the ruins of the Roman Empire. There are many travertines here where people come to soak in the naturally heated pools. There are several luxury resorts with thermal pools and modern spas.
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