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Monday, April 23, 2012

Want Less CD.. DVD.. PS3.. MP3..? Head for Turkey's Aegean coast

The historical town of Alacati with its chic, old Ottoman houses and cobbled
streets lined with pavement cafes is backed by hillsides of vineyards and olive groves.
Renowned locally for its converted windmills, historical village ambiance and great local food, it's a stroll from
the golden sands of Ilica Beach, and yet still a part of Turkey virtually unknown to foreign visitors. 

Many of the town's old Ottoman houses have been converted into boutique hotels oozing charm and style.
Here's my pick of the bunch...

1. The newly opened Beyevi boutique hotel in the 
heart of Alacati has been created by combining 
two historical houses. Lovingly brought to life again 
there are neutral colours and characterful oil 
paintings and statues throughout complementing a 
modern yet utterly sophisticated look. 
Ultra-chic rooms have all modern-day comforts with 
their historical feel respected. Perfect all year-round, 
there is a pretty outside courtyard and cafe for 
balmy summer nights which can be enjoyed with 
Beyevi's very own home-made liquors and a 
lovely open fire for the cooler months.

• 7-night holiday from £539pp including flights and transfers

2. Cadde 75 has been designed with the style-conscious in mind and with more than half a nod to the local architecture
of nearby Alacati. Each spacious room has its own distinct character, the emphasis being on homely country-style
meets contemporary. A large cafe area with timbered ceiling has the feel of a Swedish chalet, with sweeping views
through repeating French windows of the swimming pool surrounded by decking.
Private wooden gazebos complete with curtains make the perfect base for a day by the pool or a romantic
tete-a-tete by night. 

• 7-night holiday from £635pp including flights and transfers

3. It's no coincidence that the Nars Ilica has the feel of a
pasha's palace. Once an 18th-century Ottoman mansion
belonging to Tosun pasha, this grand residence is
sumptuously decorated with eclectic furniture and pieces
of art combining history and modern day luxury.
Right on the seafront at Ilica, there are
breathtaking panoramic views.

• 7-night holiday from £819 pp including flights and transfers

4. Occupying a charmingly renovated, whitewashed 120-year-old stone Greek mansion with turquoise shutters, Tas 
means stone in Turkish. Alacati's first-ever boutique hotel and widely recommended, it has a garden stocked with
jasmine and lavender, and rooms decorated in a rustic yet tasteful style. No detail has been spared in this homely
hotel with its laced linen curtains, canopies draped romantically over beds and handmade quilts.
Tas' open kitchen is always a hive of activity, with figs being peeled for jam and cakes being baked for the
complimentary afternoon tea service.

• 7-night holiday from £649 pp including flights and transfers

5. Solto Alacati is a sumptuous and stylish sea-front hotel with a high 
standard of accommodation and sweeping views of the beach and 
harbour. The elegant hotel boasts stylish interiors throughout, with 
rooms exuding tasteful grandeur; many also have their own balcony 
and vista across the water. The tantalising breakfast with freshly 
baked bread and homemade jam, made from locally grown fruit is 
complemented by the blend of Mediterranean and Aegean tastes 
of its L'Olivo restaurant later in the day. The Solto's own spa provides 
aromatherapy massages and there is a Turkish bath, sauna and 
indoor swimming pool. Solto even has its own private beach.

• 7-night holiday from £680 pp including flights and transfers

6. Opened last year and built in a style sympathetic to the historical surroundings, the gorgeous whitewashed Morro 
is a welcoming haven where space and serenity mingle to complement the tranquillity of the village setting. With just six 
high-ceilinged comfortable rooms, each generous in size, and a gorgeous swimming pool set among peaceful manicured 
lawns and mature planting it'll feel like the house of your dreams. Rooms have either a balcony or open out onto the 
garden, and there is also a connecting suite in which to stay. Located in the centre of Alacati, Morro is yet tucked 
away down a tranquil lane.

• 7-night holiday from £539pp including flights and transfers

All holidays available through www.greenislandholidays.com

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