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VILLA MANDARIN BOUTIQUE HOTEL, Faralya, Turkey
Warning- read this only if you have the capacity to RELAX and literally, DO NOTHING on holiday. We know, it's not always easy but then again that really is the point of a holiday, isn't it? Villa Mandarin is one of those places that brings you back to understanding what a true break is all about. Perched on the magnificent Turquoise Coast in Turkey, this is a stylish, private hideaway for those looking to check in, and truly check out of reality even if only for a few days. Everything is so personalized that it feels as if this villa is actually your own, complete with a resident pup named Pacha who you completely want to take home with you, and the service from the staff is so spoil-centric that it's instantly addictive.

Guests here generally like to laze about, sit on their balconies, relax in a large chair or hammock looking out to sea, knowing anything you need is just a quick ring of the bell away. If the view and the pampering isn't enough, indulge in a visit with the property's local spa celeb who is on hand for a marvellous array of theraputic treatments. Wholesome meals prepared fresh on property round your do-nothing day. Eat, relax, daydream, sunbathe, eat, sleep, repeat.

Getting here isn't terribly difficult, there are connections from most major European airports to Dalaman, which is about an hour from Villa Mandarin.

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HILLSIDE SU- ANTALYA, TURKEY
In a city so rich with old-world customs and ancient structures, things like disco mirror-balls and sushi-bars don't readily come to mind, but that's the beauty of this very stark contrast known as the Hillside Su. A most unique property for this area, you can't help but be attracted to what they dub as "the most daring, inviting, and appealing" scene around, and with that you're temporarily suspended in a playfully fun state. Upon entering, you're overtaken by a pleasantly hypnotic vibe and you almost wonder if you've stumbled into a hip lounge instead of your hotel. You visit your room and become so entranced by the interactive lighting that changes color that you wonder if you had too much champagne. You indulge in the Maxi-Bar in your room and wonder is this not your own fridge or pantry? You take a stroll downstairs, take in the amazing view of the Med, and enjoy a fabulously unique handmade sushi roll and you wonder, am I sure I'm in Turkey? Yes indeed, this hotel is a shining example of how the amazingly hip can peacefully coexist side by side with the stunningly ancient.

NB-Don't forget to make an appointment at the spa!
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