Summer vacation? This fabulous Turkish holiday spot should be on top of your list
Discover Turkey like no one else
Located in the picturesque Turkish village of Alacati, Incirliev is a gorgeous boutique hotel that’s surrounded by fragrant gardens full of mulberry, mandarin and lemon trees. The property derives its name from the glorious incir (fig) tree located at its heart. Safe to say, this refurbished Greek house—owned by the Poshor family in Aegean Turkey’s hottest up-and-coming holiday destination—is perfect for those keen on exploring untapped parts of the country.
Incirliev has eight spacious rooms—each adorned with local artwork and kitted out with all the modern amenities (yes, of course, there’s free Wi-Fi). The Blue Room is ideal for those craving the cottage life. With its cosy fireplace and private patio, it offers the perfect setting to pop open that bottle of wine at sundown. If you fancy something a little more ethereal, opt for the White Room. Done up in shades of cream and ivory, with a bed fit for royalty, this room overlooks the hotel’s famed fig tree—in the summer, you can actually reach out from the window and pluck the fruit right off the branches.
Breakfast is undoubtedly the meal to look out for during your stay here. Expect homemade, sun-matured jams and marmalades made from the fruit of the resident mulberry, mandarin and lemon trees, all handpicked by the owner. Don’t forget to load up on Turkish-style sesame bagels, fresh juice and pancakes with ricotta cheese and butter. There’s more: the hotel also throws in a complimentary treat—afternoon tea, served with just-baked cakes and cookies.
Though Alacati has been a popular destination for windsurfers for years, it’s only now beginning to flex serious muscle on the map of the discerning traveller. Turkish Airlines will fly you to the closest airport in Izmir, which is an hour away from Alacati by road. Spend your days kite-surfing and kayaking in the irresistibly blue Aegean Sea or stroll along the town’s narrow, cobblestone streets that lead to its beautiful white-sand beaches. If you can’t do without your spa treatments, make a trip to the Cesme Peninsula, which is known for its hot springs and healing mud baths. Those who don’t want to get out of bed can rely on the hotel to organise a relaxing massage in their room.