Turkey’s Aegean Coast stretches down the western edge of the country, encompassing Izmir, Kuşadası, and Bodrum. It’s a beautiful region with stunning beaches, wonderful views over the Greek Islands, and a wealth of historic and cultural treasures to uncover. With so many wonderful things to experience along the Aegean Coast the real challenge is choosing the best hotels. Our Guru’s selection of the best Aegean Coast hotels ranges from budget pensions to five star sybaritic luxury.
Turkey’s third largest city, Izmir, is the thriving capital of the Aegean Coast region. Once dubbed the “pearl of the Aegean” with its dramatic location surrounding a huge bay enclosed by stepp mountains to the south. It’s now a fairly modern city, though the district of Alsancak is gradually being restored, with its characterful old properties being converted into attractive bars and restaurants.
Kuşadası is a bustling city 50 miles south of Izmir. Whilst most think of Kuşadası in terms of hedonistic, pleasure-seeking tourists, the city and surrounding area also boasts good sandy beaches and layers of fascinating history.
There are a number of the best Aegean Coast hotels in and around Kuşadası - predominantly boltholes for getting away from the crowds, but we can also recommend a couple actually in town.
Bodrum is a mediaeval harbour town in a particularly sunny spot, so it’s become a popular destination, and a number of our Guru’s best Aegean Coast hotels to be found here. The main thing to bear in mind is that if you want to escape the crowds choose your accommodation carefully. Apart from that our selection of the best Aegean Coast hotels in the Bodrum has something for everyone from the five star Kempinksi to the 4Reasons Hotel and Bistro at the other end of the monetary spectrum.
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.
Izmir, 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.
Kusadasi, 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.
Selcuk, 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.
Kudasi, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.