Need to know
12 noon, but flexible subject to availability and a half-day charge. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $197.96 (€167), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
Rates include a traditional Turkish breakfast.
Casa dell’Arte Residence’s owner, Mr Büyükkuşoğlu, shot to success in the automotive industry and the hotel has three glittering reminders of this parked up by reception: a banana-yellow ’73 Corvette, a sleek white ’67 Mustang Convertible, and a liquorice-black ’61 Mercedes with bright white tyres. Before Mr/Mrs Smith starts to froth at the mouth, fear not – the fleet is for hire. He's also amassed an eye-catching art collection, with pieces by contemporary Turkish artists such as Burhan Doğançay, Azade Köker and Bedri Baykam. Art exhibitions and events are hosted throughout the year too.
31 October until 1 May.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, gardens, library with art books, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, coffee machine, minibar, L’Occitane bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Without hesitation: the two enormous Seaview Suites, Taurus and Leo, which both have large decks overlooking the gardens. Taurus has works by Nuri İyem and Hamit Görele; Leo is adorned with striking pieces by Fikret Mualla (but these might change, as the collections are shuttled back and forth). We love the vivid colours and unabashed glamour of both. There’s plenty of space to play in, including a roomy bathroom with a princely tub, and two sizeable wardrobes and dressing areas. Libra, a Dome Suite, is our pick of the lower categories. The Dome Suites’ bedrooms have the zodiacal constellations picked out on the ceiling in pinprick lights.
The long, slim pool stretches from reception to the main building, flanked by undercover side galleries.
Sketch books and boat shoes. To match the hotel’s decor, bring milk-white linens enlivened with lipstick-red or electric-blue accessories. Driving gloves and/or a vintage headscarf (see below).
Standard Rooms Gemini and Pisces are wheelchair accessible.
This hotel is designed with adults in mind: valuable artworks + hyper Smith Juniors = headache. Art-appreciating teens are welcome, though.