Destinations in Turkey
The Turquoise Coast – the Turkish niche of the Med – is the pride of the Antalya Province. Mountains carpeted in olive groves and bougainvillea descend into glinting waters, Lycian ruins nestle in the hills, and the shore's studded with bays and beaches.
Bodrum Peninsula has had travel writers waxing poetic since ancient times, when King Mausolus' tomb was named one of the world's seven wonders: these days, yachts, their diamond-laden owners, and equally sparkly waters are what's worth writing home about.
Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the historic crossroads between East and West, a city of minarets and palaces looking resolutely to the future.
If you like your holiday to be an excuse to flaunt designer resortwear and your ritziest accessories, then we've got your A-list. Perfect your red-carpet poses and make a beeline for Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel on the Côte d'Azur for a showstopping seaside stay. Decking clad, day-bed-dotted Maçakizi is the place to be seen on Turkey's Bodrum peninsula – pull up a chair at the Aegean-facing bar or settle in for some sea-fresh fare at its destination restaurant. In Vietnam, The Nam Hai is a shoreside style icon on Hoi An's China Beach with an OMG infinity pool, a serene spa and seductive, butler-serviced, oceanfront villas.
Cultured Casa dell’Arte Residence, with its dripping chandeliers, whiter-than-white sofas and fleet of glittering sports cars (which guests can take for a spin), is a lesson in luxury. On the second floor, the zodiac-inspired Libra (a decadent Dome Suite) has plenty to please the eye: a starlight dome hovers above the large custom-made queen-size bed wrapped in fine Turkish linen; diverse artworks from the owner’s private collection line the magnolia walls; a cowhide rug is draped across the marble floor and pastel pottery brings the colour to the party.
At the heart of Nisantasi and styled by Autoban, this elegant hotel has impeccable taste. Understated and arresting, the entire building is filled with touch-me-now textures: bookshelves bulge with coffee-table tomes, sofas are plump with cushions and the monochrome prints are from a local photographer. Superior King Rooms overlook the design shops on Abdi Ipekci Street and has mahogany furniture you’ll want to bring home with you. Soft brown suede covers the bedroom chairs, mirrors partially panel the walls and the caramel carpet makes the room toe-scrunchingly cosy. The smart grey-and-white marble bathroom yields a stash of fragrant L’Occitane treats.