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TRAVEL GUIDE: TURKEY


Officially known as the Republic of Turkey, this Eurasian country is steeped in history and culture. The city of Istanbul draws millions of visitors to its ancient mosques, palaces and museums — all remnants from the Ottoman and Roman empires. But history isn't this scenic country's only attraction. Other popular tourist destinations include the Aegean and Mediterranean areas located in the south and known for their mild climates, beautiful beaches and magnificent coastlines.

TURKEY HOTELS


Sultan Cave Suites in Goreme, Turkey
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Hotels in Turkey
If you're planning a trip to Turkey, keep in mind that a hotel can set the tone for your vacation. Review these hotel descriptions, ratings and room photos before you make a reservation.

TOP 10 HONEYMOON HOTELS
Argos in Cappadocia

If you're looking for someplace out of the ordinary to hide away on your honeymoon, we suggest spending your first holiday as husband and wife in one of the pool suites at Argos in Cappadocia, one of our Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels Worldwide.

A unique subterranean pool suite at Argos in Cappadocia

Hotel Four Seasons Istanbul
TOP ROMANTIC HOTELS
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul
With its 166 plush rooms overlooking the Bosphorous Strait, The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul provides luxury accommodations in a top international destination. Although we feature it as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, this hotel is perfect for any-sized group of travelers.

SPA AND HEALTH IN TURKEY


TOP HEALTH RETREATS WORLDWIDE
Natur-Med Thermal Springs

This resort aims to relieve various health woes with natural and innovative treatments. From traditional acupuncture to matrix rhythm therapy, guests can smooth their wrinkles or relieve their intestinal issues in a restorative and calming environment. Massages and nature excursions are also offered.
Natur-Med Health Resort

Salt Jacuzzi at Richmond Nua Wellness Spa
THE BEST SPAS IN TURKEY
Soaking It Up
Traditional Turkish baths were places of social gathering and ritual cleansing in the past. Today they are touted as superb health and beauty aids. Our list of top spas in Turkey will have you soaking in salt Jacuzzis for muscle relaxation or allowing water jets to activate reflex points on your body.

TOP 10 VALUE SPAS WORLDWIDE
Laveda Spa
Located in the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul, Laveda Spa spoils guests with ancient water therapies of the Turkish Hamam, in addition to the extensive menu of services, including signature treatments, and amenities like a sauna, Jacuzzi and indoor pool.

Laveda Spa - Turkey


MORE TURKEY TRAVEL IDEAS


BESIDE THE GREAT BLUE SEA
Olu Deniz
Olu Deniz is still not entirely known to tourists but keeps gaining notoriety. A quaint little seaside town, this area is a combination of cottages, beaches and hidden lagoons. A day trip right outside the area will put you in Butterfly Valley, home of the Jersey Tiger butterfly, where thousands of the species visit during the summer.
Olu Deniz

The Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul
ART AND HISTORY
Hagia Sophia Museum Istanbul

One of the oldest museums in the world, the Hagia Sophia was once a church and later a mosque before becoming a museum. Visit the museum for its Byzantine architecture and historical artwork, including a newly uncovered mosaic of an angel's face believed to be over 700 years old.

For more information, visit the official tourism portal of Turkey.
Top images courtesy of Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Turkey.

(Updated: 08/28/13 RD)

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