Straddling the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, and interlaced with the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes, is the Turquoise Coast in the south west of Turkey. The alluring turquoise waters gave this region surrounding Dalaman its nickname, as this is the image that defines this attractive part of Turkey. Be sure to head out to sea in a sailing boat or, better yet, a traditional Turkish gulet (yacht), to discover the many rocky coves and bays where the rugged land meets the crystal clear waters.
A smattering of soft sand beaches are sprinkled along the coastline here: a stay at the luxury D-Resort Gocek, close to a fishing village not far from Dalaman town, means absolute exclusivity with access to a private beach with sun loungers and spectacular views to boot. The same can be said for D-Hotel Maris, nestled atop the hillside on the Datça Peninsula, edged in by fragrant pine forests and volcanic mountain ranges. This is where to come for total, uninterrupted, beach-side serenity.
The region is easily accessible with regular international flights to Dalaman airport and, although the area surrounding Dalaman is popular throughout the summer months, there are pockets of quiet, pleasant spots if you’re looking for a relaxing luxury holiday to the Turquoise Coast.