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Winter, Where To Go?

For a luxury escape in a Turkish foodie paradise...  Fed up with the weather already and looking to splash out on a special, sun-drenched escape this winter? From luxury resorts in Mauritius and the Maldives to boutique boltholes in the Algarve, we've picked out the best places for the winter sun holiday of a lifetime... Nestled on the sparkling Aegean Coast, Alacati is being heralded as a hip new hideaway, largely thanks to the opening of Alavya, a new boutique hotel right in the centre. If you’re thinking a luxury hotel might ruin the ambiance of this tiny Turkish town, you’re wrong.

Alavya’s owners bought six existing buildings, around a beautiful walled garden, and converted them while keeping many original features. The 25 rooms all have luxury fixtures like Carrara marble bathrooms and indulgent touches like Acqua di Parma products. There are two restaurants serving delicious local fare, and a spa, gym, pool and yoga studio to cleanse your body afterwards.


The bazaar on Saturdays has a spice market so beautiful it could have leapt directly from the pages of an Ottolenghi book. And you can’t walk two minutes from Alavya without stumbling upon a great restaurant. Alancha is the high-end place to be seen, and Pla'Ce does wonderful mezze, but we'd recommend Asma Yaprağı for the authentic local experience. It feels more like a family meal than a restaurant. Most of the local businesses are family-owned, and home is at the centre of life in Alacati.

Highs: - Proximity to great restaurants: you could eat somewhere different every night for two weeks - Indulgent touches like complimentary Segafredo coffee and Palais des Thes tea in every room - The microclimate means it doesn’t get too hot in the summer, and is never that cold in the winter

Lows: - It would be nice to be a bit closer to the beach


Facilities & Important Info at Alavya: Number of Rooms: 25, including 4 suites Check-in/Check-out Times: 3pm and 12pm Room Service: Yes Swimming Pool: Yes Spa: Yes Child Friendly: Yes, they love kids in Alacati Restaurant & Bar: There are two restaurants: Mitu, open year round, and Fogo, which is only open in the summer months Location: Alacati itself is lovely, and you can hire a car or bicycles to go further afield, like the beach or the bustling town of Cesme

Getting There: Just under an hour by car to Izmir airport, which is just under four hours from London Stansted. Turkey specialist Exclusive Escapes (020 8605 3500) offers five nights’ B&B at Alavya in Alaҫati from £730pp based on two sharing, including return flights to Izmir with Pegasus and transfers Looking for more places to stay in Turkey? Try A'jia for white on white high design or Lazy Lizard for a relaxing yoga retreat...