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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.
Alavya is made up of six restored village houses with 25 characterful guest rooms in total. The design is the essence of cosy contemporary, with elegant rooms furnished in monochrome tones with a nod to traditional village styles thanks to the use of rustic antiques. The rooms are fringed with olive trees and bougainvillea, which gives the whole place more a feeling more like a hamlet than a hotel, with nearly all the rooms having a view over a courtyard.
MITU, the in-house restaurant, serves an artful menu of authentic Mediterranean and Aegean cuisine, accompanied by regional wines and a laid back atmosphere. As a decidedly hip place to stay, and a popular hang-out for locals, they have their own resident DJ whose mellow beats tempt you to the bar for a sundowner.
During the day, this is somewhere to simply bask in the wondrous stillness of the place, be that lounging by the swimming pool, indulging in a spa treatment or two, enjoying holistic experiences such as yoga and pilates classes or sailing aboard Alavya's private yacht. Away from the hotel, explore the cobbled streets of Alacati which are lined with charming little cafes, restaurants and antique shops.
Breakfast lovers take note; the breakfast buffet is simply delicious, with homemade breads and fresh fruit juices served on the patio each morning. Oh, and the buffet is available until one in the afternoon - so no rush if you're not an early bird!
Harriet, Original Traveller