The best way to explore the Turkish coastline is by boat. Leave the hordes behind and take to the seas in a private gulet luxury yacht.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Jun - Sep

Flight from London London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

The majority of coves and inlets in the Aegean Sea and along the Mediterranean Coast are only accessible by sea, meaning the crowds don't reach them. Swap public for private and leave the masses on the mainland in search of hidden coves, secluded beaches and complete peace and quiet.

The majority of gulets sleep up to 12 people, making them ideal for families or groups of friends. Fully crewed and extremely comfortable, they are in essence a moving boutique hotel, minus the noisy neighbours. The food is delicious and many have modern luxuries such as WiFi and plasma screen tellys.

Pit stops are made often to allow guests to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, explore secluded coves and ancient temples, or to simply take in the stunning surroundings from the deck of the boat. Sunbathing is a hobby too, after all.

Depending on your embarkation point, there are also fascinating historic towns to explore such as Bodrum and Fethiye.

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Where to stay

Macakizi Hotel

Macakizi Hotel

Located in the bay of Turkbuku, Turkey’s answer to St Tropez, Macakizi is the place to stay near Bodrum.

Amanruya

Amanruya

Classical history and stunning scenery set the scene for this addition to the Aman Resorts portfolio, Amanruya.

D Maris Bay

D Maris Bay

Following a year long renovation, D Maris Bay has re-opened its doors and is back with a vengeance.

Kempinski Barbaros Bay

Kempinski Barbaros Bay

Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this modern resort hotel is ideal for families and anybody looking for a wide range of facilities and activities.

Nars Alaçati

Nars Alaçati

The latest addition to Izmir, the Istanbul elite’s go-to place on the Aegean Sea, Nars Alaçati is a boutique hotel with bags of charm.

Villa Mandarin

Villa Mandarin

This intimate hideaway near southwest Turkey’s beautiful coastline was opened in 2007 and is one of the area’s most exclusive retreats.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

The opening of Mandarin Oriental Group’s first non-city hotel in Europe was always going to be a big event, and Mandarin Oriental Bodrum has upped the already high ante on luxury hotels on the Aegean Coast.

Alavya

Alavya

Alavya (pronounced ‘I lav ya’) is what we imagine the love child of a supersleek Aman resort and a trendy boutique homestead might look like. Located in Alacati, a spot favoured by Turkey’s glitterati on the Izmir peninsula, this former open-air cinema now makes its debut as a chic little hotel.

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Harriet, Kate L and Molly are our The Aegean Coast experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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