Turkey: The Turkish Riviera
The Turkish Riviera stretches along more than a thousand kilometers of shoreline through Aegean and Mediterranean waters. The storied coast is now a trendy destination for luxury yacht charters. Superyacht marinas with upscale facilities, celebrity beach clubs and nightspots, fine dining, fabulous shopping and jaw-dropping World Heritage sites, make Turkey a posh and stimulating adventure. Your customized charter itinerary can include historic harbors, shipwreck dives, secluded beaches, archeological sites, picturesque villages and modern, exciting cities with world-class shopping, dining, museums, spas and entertainment. Turkey is a captivating country. Here, fact and mythology, the ancient and the modern, the natural and manmade, have fused into an extraordinary and complex profusion of sites and experiences.
Bodrum, Ancient Halicarnassus
The sweeping harbor of Bodrum, known to ancient mariners as Halicarnassus, is a port of embarkation for private yacht charters cruising the southwestern coast of the Aegean Sea. The harbor is welcoming to tourists, lined with charming restaurants, shops, and seaside cafes. Visit Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, which has a fascinating Museum of Underwater Archeology. Peruse the bazaar. Experience a bath at a Turkish hamam. The shipyards of Bodrum produce sailing Gulets that fill the harbor and are built by traditional craftsmanship that dates to the Ottoman Empire. Bodrum is easily reached from Istanbul and many other European cities, as it has an international airport 20 minutes inland.
Marmaris, Superyacht Destination
This charming resort town has blossomed into Turkey’s yachting capital. The vast bay sparkles between two intersecting mountain ranges. The seafront is a seven-mile promenade of organized beaches, hotels, restaurants, galleries and shops. Plan a half day on board exploring the mountainous shoreline with secluded coves, lovely beaches shaded by pines and ruins of ancient cities. At night the waterfront becomes an entertainment mecca, unrivaled on the coast. Santana Bar and Jimmy’s Martinis are favorites of the yachting crowd.
Göcek, Playground of the Rich and Famous
Experience the grandeur of the Turquoise Coast. Göcek lures Turkish and foreign yachtsman, international celebrities and high profile jet-setters with first class infrastructure including three marinas. Göcek is the popular weekend retreat of the Turkish upper class, with upmarket shops, restaurants and entertainment. Beyond the waterfront, the landscape is picturesque and tranquil. Leisurely yachting around the beaches and coves of the Twelve Islands, offers superb swimming, snorkeling and photography opportunities. The most popular anchorages include Tersane, Kapı Creek, Cleopatra’s Bay, the obscure ruins at Lydae, Tomb Bay, or the lovely island of Katrancı.
Antalya is stunning. Take a seat on the yacht bow as the golden sand arc of Konyaalti Beach slips by. The city is a jumble of lavish resorts, pretty public parks, shops and restaurants. The flora of the Beydagları Mountains, rising just beyond the city, fragrance the air. Antalya is the largest international sea resort on the Turkish Riviera, with a population of about a million. The metropolis includes Old Antalya, a fascinating historic district where exclusive boutiques, galleries and fine dining establishments are lodged in, or in between, architectural relics. Opera, ballet and theatre performances at the reconstructed Roman theatre, in the intriguing Belek district, are an unforgettable experience.
Istanbul, East Meets West
Istanbul, designated as a European Capital of Culture in 2010, is aptly named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To explore the extraordinary sites sprawling across the entire city would take weeks. The elegant Istiklâl Caddesi, a pedestrian promenade located in the architecturally stunning Beyoglu district, is the Champs Elysees of Istanbul. At the opposite end of the shopping spectrum, the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world, sells everything from souvenir trinkets to antique carpets. Sites of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture include the renowned 6th century Hagia Sophia. Upscale shops, restaurants and clubs are a back drop to street vendors and urban bustle. This remarkable city of contrasts should not be missed.
Some of our favorite places:
Kempinski Hotel Day Spa, Bodrum: This 59,201.5 sq ft spa has an excellent menu of deluxe treatments and a luxury Hammam for a royal Turkish bath. The Private Spa Suite is ideal for high-profile clientele.
International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival, Antalya: An international gathering of sand sculpture artists’ creations that is visual candy for visitors of all ages. The sculptures at night take on Disney appeal lit by LEDs in rainbow colors.
Sunset Grill & Bar, Istanbul: Spectacular view of the Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge and Asian shoreline. Cocktails, fine dining, and entertainment.
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