Have You Ever Heard of Alaçatı?

Turkey is a treasure trove of destinations. We’ve all seen the photos of the balloons in Cappadocia, heard about the parties in Bodrum, and dreamed of the markets in Istanbul. But do you know anything about Alaçatı? This seaside hidden gem is the destination you need to start researching for next summer. And KestelINN is the boutique hotel to book. 

KestelINN has major Relais & Chateaux vibes, but it is not yet a member, so it is totally under the radar. Owned by the coolest businesswoman you will ever meet, KestelINN is a place you will dream of for years after you stay. A renovated home in the heart of downtown Alaçatı, the hotel only has seven rooms. And the staff quickly becomes your Turkish family away from home. 

Every detail has been meticulously designed and curated. From the furniture to the linens to the toiletries, you are in for a treat. This is the type of place you will not want to leave throughout your stay, but the charming downtown beckons you to wander for hours and get lost amongst the cafes, shops, and bars. The nearby seaside calls you to tan for hours while lounging at a trendy beach club that is not yet overrun with bachelor and bachelorette parties. 

Start your day with the signature, i.e., huge Turkish breakfast and piping hot Turkish tea. The breakfast is made up of lots of small plates, including things like fresh bread, pastries, fruits, veggies, olives, local cheeses, and a number of other tasty things. Oh, and be sure to order some scrambled eggs, they are probably the best I have ever had. You will have breakfast in the beautiful courtyard, and it is just a delightful way to begin your day, no rush, no worry, just your new Turkish family taking care of you while you plot out all the amazing things you have to look forward to that day.

The hotel has its very own farm nearby where it sources olives and olive oil, and you can even visit the farm! Ask for a tour and an olive oil tasting. The farm is not too far away and is such a peaceful place to explore and spend an afternoon. 

And when you come back to the hotel after a day at the beach or shopping or simply just exploring all that Alaçatı has to offer, sink into the amazing beds and linens in your room. Trust me, this is one of those places you will wish you could move into, it is that relaxing, luxe, and comfortable—everything we look for in a high-end boutique hotel. KestelINN checks all the boxes when it comes to finding a hidden gem in a cool destination that is not yet on the mainstream travel radar. Add Alaçatı to your list for summer 2024 and book a stay at KestelINN. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Alaçatı, Türkiye

Star-Rating: Five-star 

The Vibe: Luxe private villa house party. 

Our Favorite Thing About the hotel? The warm hospitality combined with the flawless design of the rooms.  

Food + Drink: Breakfast is included with stays and other private dining options available. 

Any Neighborhood Recs? Lots of nightlife around, so plan on a few late nights.   

Amenities: Patio dining and availability to book out entire hotel. 

What’s Nearby? The beach, old town, and more. 

Rooms: 7 rooms

Pricing: Rates are by request only. 

Closest Airport: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport

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