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About Turkish Aegean Coast
Turkey's turquoise Aegean Coast is where you'll find the ancient ruins of Troy. Hundreds of gorgeous beaches. Famed walking trail 'The Lycian Way', and the dramatic beaches and cliffs of Gallipoli.
If you just need accommodation recommendations go direct to our guru's list of recommendations.
If you need help deciding which town or city you want to be your base, read on to find the best places to stay on the Turkish Aegean Coast.
More than a million people a year visit Bodrum. Its popularity means that it has the region's best nightlife. Which means it's one of the best places to stay on the Turkish Aegean Coast if you want the best clubs, bars and cafes.
However it still retains an air of 'cultured cool'. What with its castle, Ottoman mosques, marina and restrictive urban planning laws; it hasn't lost the charm which originally attracted European artists and intelligentsia to this fishing village in the 1940s.
Bodrum is also a good choice for yachties.
- The Su Hotel and Cottages is right in the heart of busy Bodrum, yet it feels quiet and secluded. Flexible accommodation with kitchenettes as standard are perfect for those with younger children.
- There are a number of reasons why gorgeous Kempinski Barbaros Bay is one of the best places to stay on the Turkish Aegean Coast. It has its own private, sandy beach and marina. The private deck views are spectacular. It has seven restaurants and bars. And a sybaritic spa.
- 4Reasons Hotel ticks all the boxes for stylish accommodation, delicious food and great service. Built just above the unspoiled village of Yalikavak, it's serene. But still has all the benefits of being Bodrum-adjacent.
Kusadasi's proximity to Ephesus makes it one of the best places to stay on the Turkish Aegean Coast for those with an interest in history. It's not just a ruin it's a gladiator graveyard.
It also has some great beaches, including Ladies Beach and Pamucak Beach, just along the coast. Kusadasi is also ideal for those looking for sunshine on a budget.
- Book Villa Konak if you want an inexpensive, friendly, sunny base. There's a lovely, high walled garden, a library of holiday left-behinds and the owners love a chat. About anything. It's also only a few minutes from the harbour.
- For a similar welcome but with a boutique hotel feel, The Muses House is one of the best places to stay on the Turkish Aegean Coast. Staying here is like being at a house party with friends. And the location, in pretty Kirazil Koy, is wonderful.
Similarly close to Ephesus, Selcuk also boasts a fortress, a Byzantine aqueduct and some splendid christian ruins. So it rivals Kusadasi as one of the best places to stay on the Turkish Aegean Coast for those with an historic bent.
The main argument locals would say in Selcuk's favour is that its prices are more competitive.
- Naz Han is the one to book if you want to be near to Ephesus. It's also right in the heart of this little town and has an excellent restaurant.
Izmir has always been a port city, and its seafront is as charming and lively as any in the world. It's also a top destination for trendsetting travellers. It's quickly garnering a reputation for being artsy and liberal.
- Otel Antikhan is a very reasonable option for Izmir, with all the benefits of a much blander chain hotel.
Still undecided? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on the Turkish Aegean Coast, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively take a look at our suggestions on the Turquoise Coast.
Best Hotels in Turkish Aegean Coast
Anzac Golden Bed Pansiyon 9 rooms from $26Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
Friendly, owner-run guesthouse with rooftop bar, hidden away in a maze of alleys above the harbour. Stunning views from the rooftop over the city. Simple, comfortable rooms with traditional furniture are light and airy. Indulgent local breakfasts. Well priced and located for local exploring.Value chic - A well priced small hotel with stunning city views within walking distance of the port and beaches.Sights nearby - Just a 20 minute drive from the ruins of Ephesus.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Views - Great views from hotel
Otel Antikhan 30 rooms from $35Izmir (MezarlikbasiIzmir)
Characterful property in a central location. Pretty central courtyard filled with bougainvillea. Simple, traditional rooms - some with three beds makes this, along with the very reasonable rates, an ideal choice for families.Local exploring - Well placed in the city centre, perfect for exploring the rabbit warren streets of this ancient city.Sights nearby - Visit the Roman ruins of Ephesus, a must for any visitor to this area.Local markets - Haggle for goods at Kemeraltı Market, just steps from the hotel.
Villa Konak 17 rooms from $45Izmir, Turkish Aegean Coast
Friendly, peaceful hideaway, a few minutes from the bustling harbour and bazaar of Kusadasi. Large white washed rooms with traditional Turkish carpets. A lovely pool and shady spots for unwinding. An ideal base for local exploring.Value chic - A tranquil friendly hotel, with very reasonalbe prices, close to one of the largest archaeological sites in the world.Total relaxation - Take it easy with complimentary afternoon tea, strolls through the lush gardens and lounging by the pool.Great walks - Just a five minute walk from the town centre, head in for a wander and explore its hidden treasures.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby historical sites of Ephasus, Priene and Miletus.
Sah Hotel 12 rooms from $63Bodrum
A contemporary seaside hotel just outside Bodrum. Spacious rooms simply decorated. Lovely garden and pool. Walking distance to beaches and restaurants. A great value spot for a no frills beach holiday.Value chicSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSailing - Can be booked nearby.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Naz Han 12 rooms from $73Selcuk, Turkish Aegean Coast
Quaint small hotel with roof terrace and leafy courtyard in the heart of Selcuk's old quarter. Traditional fabrics and artefacts bring colour to white washed rooms with exposed stone. Home cooked food served in the courtyard. A well priced property to explore the local area.Local exploring - Relaxed and well located, just steps away from St. John's Basilica in Selçuk with a shuttle service to the famed Ephesus.Sights nearby - Explore Ephesus the trade centre of the ancient world.
IncirliEv 8 rooms from $84Alacati (Çeşme İzmir)
A charming boutique hotel. Traditional elements combined with contemporary chic. Lovely white washed rooms with four poster beds and parquet floors. A quaint inner courtyard garden and breakfast room. Easy access to beaches, and good value.Full of characterValue chicSailing - Can be booked nearby.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape
Tas Otel 7 rooms from $84Alacati (Yeni Mecidiye Mah. 3009 Sk)
A gorgeous country style house come rustic chic guesthouse. Romantic bedrooms with creamy furnishings and white washed walls. Lovely pool, garden and breakfast terrace. Close to the beach and lots to do in the area. A romantic spot.Beach LifeRomantic BreakSights nearby - Located in the centre of AlacatiRestrictions on children - Over 12s welcome.Recommended by - I Escape
Nars Alacati 7 rooms from $100Alacati
A charming stone house with romantic bedrooms. Four poster beds, killim rugs, stand alone bath tubs and antique furniture. Gorgeous breakfast courtyard and walking distance to all attractions. A characterful choice close to the beach.Romantic BreakSights nearby - Walking distance from all that Alacati has to offerRomantic - Good for couples.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Markiz Konaklari 8 rooms from $95Sirince, Turkish Aegean Coast
A lovely traditional Turkish country house. Rustic chic rooms have four poster beds, stone walls and wooden beams. Gorgeous gardens, terraces, and a cosy restaurant. Total relaxation with no fuss.Country EscapeSights nearby - Located in the centre of Sirince, ideal if you want to visit EphesusViews - Lovely views over the rooftops of SirinceRomantic - Good for couples.
Olive Garden kabak 12 rooms from $96Faralya, Turkish Aegean Coast
This charming environmental property is located in the sleepy village of Kabak. You'll find twelve separate cabins, simple in design with exposed woodwork and bathrooms. With an outdoor pool and gorgeous views over Kabak Bay. The delicious Mediterranean breakfasts and dinner are a complete hit .Sights nearby - Saklıkent Canon, with its icy waters even in the hot summers, is a refreshing treat!Great walks - Walk in the footsteps of ancient traders along the Lycian Way.Local markets - Rummage through the Old City markets of Fethiye.Restrictions on children - Over 14's are welcome.
The Muses House 5 rooms from $99Kudasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
Beautifully converted from an old village home to a fantastically stylish boutique hotel. A luxurious cocoon with a pool terrace courtyard and elegant cream rooms. A great base to explore the wooded hills of the Dilek peninsula, the fleshpots of Kusadasi and the beaches of the Aegean coast.Back to Nature - Kirazli at the base of the National Park is surrounded by cherry and almond orchards, vineyards and olive groves.Local exploring - A quaint boutique hotel just a 20 minute drive from Ephesus and the seaside, penty to be seen and done.Sights nearby - Make a trip to the famed archological site of Ephesus.Full of character
La Boutique Alkoclar 33 rooms from $118Bodrum (Hoşgörü Sk)
A sleek boutique seaside hotel. Stunning all white rooms and suites with large living areas, private balconies and all the mod cons. Enormous sun bathing areas, pool, open-air restaurant, kids club, and immediate access to the beach and watersports. A wise choice for an all round beach holiday.Views - Great views from hotelBeach LifeLuxuryFamilies
Antik Zeytin 8 rooms from $158Bodrum (Golturkbuku)
Small, low-rise resort at the foot of the forest with great views of the nearby Aegean. Just eight stone cottages offer intimacy and panoramic views of the ocean, olive groves and the hotel's wooden sailing boat waiting in the harbour. Everything is natural - stone, wood, glass, and the cuisine too.Foodies - Stunning Mediterranean home cooked food with an emphasis placed on the importance of olive oil which is made on the property.Hideaway - Lovely cottages set in beautiful olive groves just a short distance from the sea.Sailing - Day sailing trips around the Aegean organised by the hotel.Sights nearby - Visit the ancient ‘Antique Theater’ and Bodrum Castle.
La Capria 20 rooms from $136Alacati
A delightful boutique hotel with gorgeous rooms and stunning grounds. Romantic rooms and suites with opulent furnishings, hot tubs, balconies, and large living areas. Beautiful gardens, pool, terraces, and a yacht to charter. A dreamy spot.LuxuryBeach LifeRomantic BreakPrivate Hot Tub
4Reasons Hotel & Bistro 20 rooms from $136Bodrum (Yalikavak)
Trendy and charming hillside resort, highly professional in its approach but still small, stylish and friendly, with a lovely location. Large, white washed, rooms with contemporary art. Stunning and generously proportioned pool with pool-side bar, and candlelit dinners. A chic option.Hideaway - A trendy boutique hotel on the Bodrum peninsula boasting award winning bar, lovely pool, gardens and fantastic food.Sailing - Take a day cruise on a wooden gulet from Yalikavak harbour, pack a picnic and make a day of it.Great walks - Guests are provided with maps for hiking through the ghost village of Sandima.Swimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet
Beyevi Hotel 15 rooms from $136Alacati (Kemalpaşa Caddesi)
A beautiful white house in a lovely town close to the coast. Traditional chic interiors have white washed walls and boutique decorations. Excellent pool, restaurant, and original artworks. A very romantic spot near the beach and historical sights.Sights nearby - Located at the peaceful end of Alacati's main streetLocal markets - Alacati has it's own marketRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Key Hotel 34 rooms from $141Izmir
Set in the heart of the city, The Key is a luxury-driven lifestyle hotel. The restaurant provides breathtaking sea views and international cuisine with Aegean flair. Bedrooms are stylish and chic, equipped with latest technology. Perfect for those seeking nightlife in a city with history.Sights nearby - The Clock Tower of Izmir
Güllü Konak 12 rooms from $141Selçuk, Turkish Aegean Coast
A beautiful country house in a tranquil village. Rustic chic bedrooms all individually decorated and named after roses in the garden. Cosy living areas, traditional restaurant, and stunning gardens. A total country escape.Country EscapeViews - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Just 7km from EphesusFull of character
Su Hotel & Cottages 25 rooms from $148Bodrum
Designer style and comfort at an affordable price. A small peaceful oasis in a quiet cul-de-sac. The bright white walls of the 'cubist' complex of rooms, suites with kitchenettes, and two-bedroom apartments surround a lovely swimming pool. A secluded choice for families and groups.Families - This reasonably priced and chic reosrt is ideal for families with lovely gardens and and close proximity to the beach.Sailing - Take a day trip round the Aegean on a wooden Gulet, perfect for a family activity or a romantic trip.Sights nearby - Close to the Antique Theatre and the Crusader Castle.Swimming Pool - Outdoor Pool.
Sandima 37 Suites 6 rooms from $157Bodrum (Yalikavak)
A gorgeous Turkish stone house with lovely accommodation. Suites and family suites all in neutral tones have huge living areas and private balconies with sea views. Beautiful garden, pool, terraces, and day bed area. A perfectly balanced spot; characterful tradition meets modern comfort.Views - Superb views over Yalikavak Bay and the surrounding areaRomantic BreakBeach LifePrivate Hot Tub - The Stone house has its own jacuzzi
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay 173 rooms from $167Bodrum (Yaliciftlik)
A luxurious resort hotel with private sandy beach and marina, and choice of seven restaurants and bars. Chic cabana-style suites with private balconies overlooking the sea and fantastic spa - all in glorious isolation. The most gorgeous beach resort hotel near Bodrum.Spa breaks - The Spa has an Asian approach to wellness and offers holistic detox programs as well as sauna, fitness centre and Turkish bath.Romantic Break - A unique stay with elegant suites overlooking the Aegean Sea, a private beach, romantic cruises, and fantastic dining options.Sailing - Take the hotel authentic Bodrum gullet boat out into the bay and discover top diving sites.Fishing - Take a fishing tour along the coast, the perfect opportunity to catch your dinner.Recommended by - Johansens, Kiwi Collection
Alavya 25 rooms from $208Alacati
An utterly romantic and luxurious boutique hotel. Chic rooms and suites spread across six houses. All have sumptuous furnishings, large bath tubs, and lots of natural light. Fantastic restaurant, lively bar, pretty orchards and swimming pool. A delightful spot.LuxuryRomantic BreakPrivate Hot Tub - Book one of the exclusive suites for your own hot tubSights nearby - Situated in the centre of Alacati
Nars Ilica 8 rooms from $209Alacati
A stunning boutique hotel that combines traditional romance with modern comforts. Beautiful bedrooms and suites have huge bathrooms, private balconies, and charming decoration. Excellent organic breakfasts, small pool, and immediate beach access. Very romantic.Views - Fantastic views over the Aegean SeaRomantic BreakLuxuryBeach LifeRecommended by - CN Traveller
D Hotel 193 rooms from $288Marmaris (Hisaronu Mevkii)
Beautifully situated amongst scented pine forests, verdant volcanic mountains and crystal clear Agean waters on the beautiful Datcha peninsula, thirty-five miles from Marmaris. This chic and stylish resort hotel has five private beaches, six restaurants, superb spa, sport and watersport facilitiesWatersports - All water sports inlcuding motor yachts and 100 foot wooden sailing yacht for day charterRestaurant - Six restaurants offering classical Turkish, Ottoman, Agean and Asian cuisineRestrictions on children - Children over eightSafe
D Hotel Maris 200 rooms from $324Marmaris, Turkish Aegean Coast
A fabulous hotel set on the cliff top and surrounded by national parkland. Stunning sea views, beautiful rooms and suites, hotel yachts to charter, water sports galore, and five private beaches. The ideal choice for a luxury beach holiday.Views - Spectacular sea viewsWatersports - Private beaches.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Total relaxationRecommended by - CN Traveller