Over the past three decades Turkey has turned into a bona fide tourism behemoth, with the focus squarely on all-inclusive resorts where holidaymakers can find sun, food and entertainment under one roof. In recent years, it has been refining the luxury package concept, with a wave of new hotels offering private villas and swim-up suites alongside their standard rooms. Expect to pay more, but also expect options for every budget, ranging from basic hotels to sparkling resorts featuring live concerts and championship golf courses. And wherever you stay, the striking backdrop is the same: the lush pine forests, white sand beaches and crystal turquoise waters of the Turkish coast are so picturesque that the views can seem unreal. Whether it’s adventure and adrenaline or effortless relaxation you’re after, you’ll find it in Turkey, with a side serving of the country’s matchless hospitality.
Main photo: Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection, Antalya (Booking.com)
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1. Kaya Palazzo Le Chic, Bodrum
Best for a stress-free break
This spanking new luxury hotel occupies one of the best stretches of beach in Bodrum, where you can feel the soft white sand between your toes and dive into the refreshing crystal waters. The service is top notch: the hotel’s personal assistant can organise everything during your stay, from restaurant bookings to excursion recommendations. Sumptuously designed rooms and restaurants stocked with high-end accessories will make you feel like one of the celebrities who frequent this part of the Turkish coast. The superior suites are swim-up rooms, and there are also beach villas available, each featuring its own private pool.
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2. Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection, Antalya
Best for a quieter retreat
This luxury resort in Antalya manages to meld the ease of all-inclusive with the exclusive feel of a boutique hideaway. It is renowned for the quality of its gastronomy, with frequently changing menus at its three à la carte restaurants offering a range of cuisines. If you feel the need to work off the excess, staff can arrange for gym equipment to be brought to your room and can book you sessions with personal trainers — or you can join sports classes ranging from yoga to beach volleyball. Swim-up rooms share a separate swimming pool.
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3. Dosinia Luxury Resort-Ultra All Inclusive, Antalya
Best for spa lovers
Far smaller than most of Antalya’s sprawling resorts, Dosinia is the place to stay if you prefer a more intimate vibe, while keeping all of the perks of all-inclusive. Packages include free use of the extensive spa, which features a Turkish-style hammam and has a range of treatments and massages, as well as plenty of outdoor activities. The pool is freshwater and there is an on-site waterpark with slides as well as separate indoor and outdoor pools for kids plus clubs to keep them entertained.
4. Cornelia Diamond Gold Resort and Spa, Antalya
Best for golf lovers
The pool feels more like a secret lagoon at this five-star resort, weaving a path through lush gardens and between suites that open up straight into the water. This vast place nonetheless manages to feel intimate thanks to its clever design, based around a mix of individual units and the main hotel, which features spacious, luxurious rooms. Its biggest draw, though, is the 27-hole championship golf course, designed by golfing legend Sir Nick Faldo. Guests staying in the swim-up suites can opt to have dinner served in their rooms.
5. Paloma Finesse Side, Antalya
Best for gastronomy
There is a new chef every week at this high-end concept hotel, where the focus is firmly on epicurean delights. Each brings their own twist to the locally grown, organic ingredients, guaranteeing that every meal will be a joy. The sleek and modern design of this hotel is a welcome change from the usual brash all-inclusives, and the swim-up rooms also feature private patios equipped with comfy outdoor furniture. Even the long sandy private beach is well-designed, featuring cabanas that you’ll want to lounge in all day.
6. Ocean Blue High Class Hotel & Spa, Fethiye
Best for night life
Situated smack in the centre of the popular resort of Hisaronu, this Fethiye pad is a perfect base if you feel like getting out of the hotel and dancing the night away. The main strip is a five-minute walk away and features dozens of bars and restaurants catering to the international crowd who holiday and live in this part of Turkey. The famous blue lagoon, a surreally beautiful inlet ringed with white sand, is also close by. Swim-up pool rooms make the perfect base for relaxing on the days when you feel like staying at the hotel.
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7. Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort, Belek
Best for group holidays
The last word in all-inclusive luxury, the Maxx Royal is so large and packed with amenities that you could easily spend a fortnight here without leaving the grounds. The Laguna suites have direct access to the pool and can sleep up to six adults in two bedrooms, and teenagers and young adults will love the hotel’s laser tag area. Separate pools mean that you can enjoy an adult holiday here, although kids are well-served too, with an on-site aqua park with ten slides.
8. IC Hotels Santai Family Resort, Antalya
Best for kids
The focus is firmly on the kids at this revamped resort close to Antalya airport, with den-like children’s rooms fitted out with bunk beds and clubs catering to all ages. Teenagers will love the nightclub and karaoke, and the watersports at the hotel’s private beach. Six of the nine on-site swimming pools are designed with children in mind, and there is an aqua park with six slides too. If you opt for one of the swim-up suites you’ll get a terrace that makes it feel like your own private pool.
9. Regnum Carya, Antalya
Best for entertainment
Few hotels in Turkey can boast superstars Jennifer Lopez and Dua Lipa on their guest lists, but they are among the performers who have graced the stage at this all-inclusive resort. A few big names pop up here every summer, but even if you’re not lucky enough to catch them you’ll be spoilt for choice, with live bands and DJs performing every night. The hotel also hosts glamorous parties for adults only, with themes ranging from Cuban to Eighites glam. Shake off your hangover with one of the dozens of outdoors sports activities that take place during the day.
10. Tui Sensatori Barut, Fethiye
Best for nature lovers
Located in a pine forest on one of the most stirring stretches of the Turquoise Coast, this resort makes a great base for getting out and trekking through the pine forests of the Mediterranean or getting your adrenaline pumping with windsurfing, wakeboarding and waterskiing courses. But there is plenty to stay put for too: the hotel is split into adult and family sections, with swim-up rooms available in both. The seven restaurants include a variety of world cuisines, and an intimate beachside option for romantic evenings.
11. Ela Excellence Resort and Spa, Antalya
Best for wellness
The hundreds of treatments available at the Ela’s huge and luxurious spa alongside a full-size Turkish hammam decked out in beautiful traditional tiles and marble to make you feel like you are living in an Ottoman palace. With plenty of organised entertainment for both small children and teenagers, and a huge range of sports activities available, it will be easy to grab time for yourself and rewind. The best villas come with their own private pools.
12. Jacaranda Hotel, Antalya
Best for families
The spacious family bungalows at this value-for-money resort have the feel of a self-catering hideaway, but with all the conveniences of a package holiday on the doorstep. Steps lead straight down from the balconies into the pool, and each has a private terrace complete with sunloungers. Cycle hire is a popular option here, with plenty of trails in the surrounding mountains and guides on hand to show you the best routes. There is a huge watersports programme, and children can also take swimming classes for a small extra cost.
13. Mozaik Swim Up Apartments and Hotel, Fethiye
Best for pool lovers
All of the apartments in this well-designed hotel provide direct access to the lagoon-style pool, which is shaped so that it always feels private. For those staying in the rooms, there is a lush island feature in the middle, where you can lounge with a good book between dips. The hotel has its own luxury catamaran, which will take you around the best bays and beaches of this striking part of the Turkish riviera. Day trips come with an extra cost but include a lunch of local cuisine and plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling.
14. Gloria Serenity Resort, Antalya
Best for luxury
Each sumptuous villa here comes not only with direct pool access, but with a garden area and decking where you can stretch out between swims. Down on the soft sand of the private beach you’ll find luxury pavilions, the perfect place to watch the sunset with a cold cocktail from the beachside bar. It’s a place made for relaxation, but if you want to get your blood pumping there is a well-equipped gym and full golf course, as well as a range of activities including yoga. For the best that money can buy, opt for the presidential villa, which comes with its own private pool.
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