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Our guide to value-packed holidays in Turkey

Turkey's incredible resorts offer exceptional value for money, with all-inclusive options boasting a variety of restaurants, water parks and adults-only oases. The Mediterranean climate ensures beach bliss all year round, while a favourable exchange rate means your budget can be stretched to ensure you get even more bang for your buck.

Discover your ideal holiday in Turkey. From when and where to go, to value-packed resorts and the deals to get there, we've got it all covered in this guide.

Published by
Rachel·17/08/2023
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Best locations for a holiday in Turkey

First things first, pirates. Deciding where to holiday in Turkey really depends on what you're looking for. As Turkey is well connected to the UK by air, it's an easy destination to get to, with many direct flights from major UK airports to Turkish cities and resorts. This ease of access makes it convenient to get to the destination of your choice without extensive stop-overs or long travel times.

Let's take a look at some of our favourite regions for a holiday in Turkey.

Bodrum

For many, Bodrum is the first port of call for a Turkey holiday. Located on the Aegean coast, the city centre stretches across two bays. Known to locals for its nightlife, Bodrum is the undisputed tourist centre and party mile par excellence. The clubs and discos don't close until dawn. If you're hoping for a quieter holiday outside the hustle and bustle and party people, avoid the city centre and head for one of the nearby bays. Ortakent's long stretch of Yahşi Beach is about 10 kilometres from the harbour area and is much quieter than the immediate Bodrum area. A number of clubs and luxury hotels have sprung up here. There is also no shortage of restaurants and beach bars.

Bodrum itself has plenty to see and do with its amphitheatre and massive medieval fortress. Bus tours to the ancient city of Ephesus and the Pamukkale limestone terraces are also available from Bodrum. Plus, the Greek island of Kos is also a short ferry ride away for those looking for two holidays in one.

🏴‍☠️ Pirate tip: Bodrum is a great off-season destination. There are hardly any rainy days, the water is warm enough for swimming and most of the tourists flock here in the summer, which means there are great deals to be had in the off-season!

Antalya

Antalya is arguably one of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey, thanks to its blue waters, stunning beaches, historic sites and vibrant nightlife. Situated on the south coast of Turkey, Antalya's long sandy beaches have earned it the name Turkish Riviera. The region offers a wide range of accommodation, from budget hotels to all-inclusive resorts, making it a top choice for a Turkey holiday.

A holiday in this lively metropolis is full of variety: swimming in the Mediterranean, strolling through the old town and shopping are all on the programme for a city break in Antalya. The sandy Lara Beach in the south of the city is perfect for sunbathing, water sports and a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Other popular resorts in the area include Side, Belek and Alanya.

🏴‍☠️ Pirate tip: Want to bag a bargain outside the school holidays? Look for dates in the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring. Autumn is especially a good shout with temperatures around 25 degrees and water temperatures around 22 degrees! Say hello to some relaxing beach time away from the summer crowds.

Dalaman

The Dalaman region on the southwest coast of Turkey - known as the Turquoise Coast - is home to Olu Deniz Beach and the famous Blue Lagoon, making it a great choice for a fly-and-flop holiday.

Lively resorts such as Marmaris and Fethiye not only offer entertainment and nightlife, but also incredible value for money. In fact, The Post Office ranked Mamaris second in their list of 15 best value hotspots, offering the best value for money.

🏴‍☠️ Pirate tip: Looking for a little adventure? Adrenaline junkies should head to Olüdeniz for a unique view of the Blue Lagoon. Olüdeniz is one of the best places in Turkey for tandem paragliding and offers incredible views of the beach and lagoon below.

Best all-inclusive resorts to get more bang for your buck

All-inclusive holidays are a great way to help keep costs down, especially for families. Turkey boasts some truly amazing all-inclusive resorts that are packed with added extra value. Check out our favourites.

TUI BLUE Sensatori Akra Sorgun

Location: Side, Antalya Area

24-hour all-inclusive with plenty of dining options? Sign us up! This TUI BLUE hotel is the ultimate in luxury and we are here for it. Luxe rooms, swim-ups and suites, evening entertainment programme, and a Kids club are just a few perks that this hotel boasts.

Holiday Village Türkiye

Location: Sarigerme, Dalaman Area

Your money will go a long way here. The resort has five restaurants and five bars, including one that transforms into a disco in the evenings. For snacks, there are stalls selling ice cream and freshly made pancakes, as well as toasties at the Chill Out Bar. Entertainment is a top priority here, with both adults-only and child-friendly activities on offer day and night. Archery, raft building, aeroball and mini golf are just some of the activities on offer at this hotel.

Paloma Oceana Resort

Location: Side, Antalya Area

With its scenic seaside location and wide range of amenities, Paloma Oceana Resort is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere and excellent value for money. The resort offers a variety of dining options, entertainment and water sports.

Best family-fun options

Turkey is an excellent choice for a family-friendly holiday, combining affordability, diverse attractions and great value. Here are our picks for the best family-friendly resorts with either free access to theme parks or on-site water parks.

Trendy Hotels Lara

Location: Lara Beach, Antalya Area

With a large pool, waterslides and family-friendly evening entertainment, Trendy Hotels Lara is the ideal choice for a family holiday. The huge pool has waterslides for adults and children, as well as smaller slides and water features for the little ones. Antalya Beach is just outside, or take the hotel's free shuttle boat to a private beach three minutes away.

TUI MAGIC LIFE Jacaranda

Location: Side, Antalya Area

This 5-star hotel is pure luxury, boasting swim-up rooms, six speciality restaurants, three pools, six waterslides and a big, sandy beach on its doorstep. You won't have the opportunity to be bored here as there's plenty of activity options including archery, tennis, watersports, live music, movies and shows.

Rixos Premium Belek

Location: Belek, Antalya Area

This hotel was built with superlatives in mind. The outdoor pool overlooking the sea is huge. There are eight restaurants and bars to choose from - you're on an all-inclusive basis, so pick a different one every day. The spa is high-tech and there are plenty of activities to choose from if you feel like it! Best of all, you'll have free entry to the Land of Legends Theme Park next door.

Best beach-front resorts for a fly-and-flop holiday

Turkey is an idyllic beach holiday destination. It offers sun-soaked relaxation and the perfect fly-and-flop escape. Here are our top picks for a beach holiday in Turkey.

Liberty Hotels Lykia (Adults Only)

Location: Side, Antalya Area

If you want to treat yourself, then we highly recommend this 5-star platinum hotel. This adults-only hotel boasts 7 restaurants and 2 pools. Plus, you'll have direct access to a private beach. If you're looking for a family-friendly hotel, then we recommend booking the sister hotel located right next door that allows children. The two hotels share facilities, so it's basically like getting 2 for 1!

TUI MAGIC LIFE Bodrum

Location: Bodrum, Bodrum Area

This 5-star beach-front luxury hotel features an adults-only infinity pool if you want some alone time, but also includes a water park with slides to keep the kiddos entertained. Choose from five restaurants and five bars, an indoor pool and spa, a steam bath and a Turkish hamam.

Lalila Blue Suites

Location: Marmaris, Bodrum Area

This hotel has a best-of-both location. It’s just a couple of streets away from a beach and a five-minute taxi ride to Marmaris’ buzzing centre. You'll find a roomy sun deck outside, plus a vine-draped bar and a restaurant with views of the pool.

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