12 Best Beach Resorts in Turkey
If you want a summer beach vacation, Turkey has you covered. The long meandering coastline, lapping both the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, is a summer hot spot, and European families decamp here in droves during July and August.
Turkey is one of the best places to visit if you want to shake up your sun-and-sea time with some sightseeing. The hill slopes of this coastline are littered with ancient ruins, and you'll find plenty of things to do beyond the beach if you tire of topping up your tan.
Peak season is July and August, but the weather along the coast has blue skies aplenty from May through to early October, so spring and fall are great times for a beach break, with discounted room rates.
To help plan your summer beach escape use our list of the best beach resorts in Turkey.
1. The Bodrum EDITION
The Bodrum EDITION dials up sleek, luxury beach living for honeymoon and romantic-break heaven.
Hugging the Aegean Sea shoreline on the north coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, this Marriott-run luxury resort supplies oodles of summer rest and relaxation.
All the 108 large rooms use lashings of cream and light beige tones to complement blonde wood detailing, travertine floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a chic, modern, and minimalist beach vibe. All have balconies with either views over the sea or garden.
Up the decadence level, and upgrade yourself to a suite or villa for their large outdoor terraces with sweeping vistas across the coastline.
After spending a lazy day on the white-sand beach that rims the hotel, or soaking up the sun beside the infinity pool, guests can indulge in therapy baths and massages at the Bodrum EDITION'S spa.
Later, there is plenty of dining choice for dinner plans with four restaurants on-site. The Bodrum EDITION'S signature Brava Restaurant specializes in Latin American-inspired dishes, while Morena Restaurant dishes up classic Mediterranean cuisine.
Address: Balyek Caddesi 5A, Yalikavak, Bodrum, Muğla
Accommodation: The Bodrum EDITION
2. TUI SENSATORI Resort Barut
For family-friendly, Mediterranean fun this low-slung mega-resort comes up trumps.
Overlooking Fethiye Bay, the TUI SENSATORI Resort Barut sprawls along the coastline, fronting a wide, yawning stretch of beach speckled with private cabanas for exclusive beach lounging.
Seven swimming pools throughout the resort mean there's always room for swimming and sunbathing. The separate pool area devoted to kids, with water playground equipment, an activity pool, and waterslide pool, easily divides the action, creating space for fun and activities well away from those who just want to relax.
Active family members can take part in yoga classes, and watersports courses including learning to windsurf or dive. The resort has both tennis and badminton courts plus a running track, as well as an extensively equipped fitness center that also runs Pilates and Zumba classes.
As well as all the water fun, kids are well taken care of here with specific child-friendly activities and areas reserved for little ones plus their Play House service, which provides entertainment, theater, and activities throughout the day and into the evening.
With the kids occupied at the Play House, parents have a great opportunity to indulge in a bit of pampering in the resort's Turkish bath.
Even the pickiest member of the family will find something to eat, with six restaurants inside the resort ranging from the classic Italian menu of Basilico Restaurant to a taste of Ottoman palace style cuisine at Amber Restaurant.
Address: Manolya Sokak 4, Kargi Koyu, Fethiye, Muğlu
Accommodation: TUI SENSATORI Resort Barut
3. Lukka Exclusive Hotel
Honeymooners and couples seeking a quiet escape love Lukka Exclusive Hotel for its intimate, escape-from-the-masses atmosphere and luxurious resort features.
Sitting on the rocky coastline of the Çukurbağ Peninsula, outside the harbor village of Kaş, this adults-only small resort has multiple terraces that tumble down to the shorefront, where platforms offer direct access into the sea. The large pool above, rimmed by cabanas and sun loungers, has astounding panoramic views of the bay.
A huge swath of activities and tours can be booked here, from boat tours or sea kayaking to the sunken city ruins of Kekova to scuba diving, while guests happy just to relax can indulge in Thai-style massages from Lukka's masseuse.
The light-filled rooms have furnishings that may be a tad too frilly for some - think blousy sheers draping from bed canopies and vintage-style wall lamps - but for those looking for a romantic break, they're just the ticket. All have big balconies, many directly looking over the sea.
Address: Çukurbağ Yarımadası Kalkavan Sokak 16, Çukurbağ, Kaş
Accommodation: Lukka Exclusive Hotel
4. Lara Barut Collection
Antalya's Lara Beach offers stylish vacations right on the shorefront.
The private beach and six large pools means there's space for everyone, whether you want relaxing sunbathing or have the kids in tow. Gazebo and pavilion rental is available for guests who want a more exclusive beachfront experience.
Younger guests are well looked after with a kids' club, which offers a range of activities and facilities that includes a soft play area and outdoor activity playground. Evening performances featuring some of Turkey's most famed dance troupes will keep them entertained before bed.
The Lara Barut Spa offers a swag of treatments and massages for those who want to relax, ranging from Balinese-style massage to seaweed wraps.
With 12 restaurants on-site, this is a foodie traveler's top resort choice. Take a taste bud tour around the world during your stay, from Japanese at Iro Sushi Restaurant to Mediterranean classics at Akdeniz Fine Dining, with Antalya's regional specialties also represented at Tirmis Restaurant.
Both couples and families love the chic vibes of the rooms, with their splashes of blue and red tones to offset the minimalist modern lines. All rooms have large balconies either overlooking the sea or gardens.
Address: Yasar Sobutay Bulvari 30, Antalya
Accommodation: Lara Barut Collection
5. Rixos Premium Bodrum
This five-star resort sits on the shore at Torba, one of the Bodrum Peninsula's most sought-after resort destinations.
Set amid lush, tree-filled gardens that run down to a private beach, this large resort offers something for everyone.
Younger guests are kept busy with their own small swimming pool area with waterslides, plus activities provided by the Rixy Kids Club, while teens and older children can parasail and learn to dive or surf with the resort instructors on the beach.
As well as all the family-friendly facilities, the Rixos is big enough for couples to enjoy a peaceful stay away from the action. Chill out beside the large main pool area or along the sweep of fine white-sand beach with its jetty jutting out into the Aegean providing even more sun-lounging room.
There are four restaurants to keep dining interesting, with guests able to hop from Italian pizza and pasta favorites at Cento Per Cento to gorging on fine seafood, served Mediterranean style, at Kalamata.
For sheer relaxation, make sure to check in to the Rixos Spa during your stay. The lavish marble hammam (Turkish bath) here is the perfect place to experience Turkey's traditional bathing ritual in suitably regal surroundings.
Rooms (all with balconies overlooking either the sea or gardens) hat-tip Ottoman design with their turquoise ceramic tile detailing amid classic furnishings.
For extra exclusivity, villas with private pools, beach pavilions directly atop the water, and butler service sit in a separate, more secluded section of the property.
Address: Heredot Bulvari 15,Torba, Bodrum, Muğla
Accommodation: Rixos Premium Bodrum
6. Rixos Premium Belek
For five-star, all-inclusive living, the Rixos Premium on Belek beach is hard to beat.
One of the Antalya region's top resort picks, this property is all about easygoing Mediterranean vacations.
Pick your sunbathing spot along the 700-meter length of private white sand out front, or instead choose where to head for a dip in one of the five swimming pools.
When you feel like dragging yourself off the sand, there's a range of water sports offered by the Exclusive Sports Club, and on-site tennis courts. For guests who want to combine some golf into their sun-and-sea vacation, the Gloria Golf Club is handily nearby.
Particularly good for foodie travelers, the Rixos Premium Belek has seven restaurants, so you can feast on a range of cuisines spanning the globe during your stay.
There's plenty for families here as well, with specific swimming pool areas reserved for kids, playground equipment, and a kids' club that can keep younger guests busy all day with activities and entertainment.
Address: Kongre Caddesi 18, Belek, Antalya
Accommodation: Rixos Premium Belek
7. Vogue Hotel Supreme Bodrum
This five-star mega-resort on the Bodrum Peninsula's northern coast is all about family fun.
Fronting a long, but narrow, length of white-sand beach and with several swimming pools on-site, the resort offers plenty of space for swimming and sunbathing, even amid the July and August high season.
Kids are extra well catered for at the Vogue Hotel Supreme, and most visitors come here specifically for the family focus. The resort's own theme park incorporates the Candyland Waterpark, which hosts 25 waterslides, and Luna Park with a Ferris wheel, an 8D Cinema, and laser tag, as well as several rides suitable for tots.
Dining choice romps from Asian cuisine at Natsumi and Italian classics at La Frogole to Turkish kebabs at Nisk and local seafood at Seabream. Keeping up the child-friendly focus, there is even a restaurant specifically for children - perfect if you have a picky eater in your family.
Just when you thought it was all about the younger guests, the resort's Aqua Spa provides a decadent time-out for grown-ups. There's a hammam (Turkish bath), Snow room, Rain room, and a host of skin treatments and massages on offer for rejuvenation and relaxation.
The decent-sized rooms have classic hotel decor. It's worthwhile upgrading to a superior room for the balcony and sea view. Unsurprisingly, there's good family accommodation options, from two bedroom suites to contemporary styled villas with private pools.
Address: Kaynar Mevkii, Torba, Bodrum Peninsula, Muğla
Accommodation: Vogue Hotel Supreme Bodrum
8. Seven Seas Hotel Life
Seven Seas is a favorite with families seeking a good-value beach break. Known for its friendly, enthusiastic staff; wide stretch of beach; and plentiful amenities aimed at kids, this is easygoing family vacation territory.
Children are kept busy with the resort's Kid's World area, boasting a dedicated pool (with waterslides) and playground activity areas, a games room and movie theater, plus a kids' club that offers a revolving range of activities throughout the day, as well as free swimming and tennis lessons.
Three restaurants on-site offer either seafood, classic Turkish, or Italian cuisine. The child-friendly focus continues with all having dedicated kids' menus.
After dinner, family-friendly entertainment programs will keep younger ones occupied until bedtime.
Address: Goynuk Mevkii, Goynuk, Kemer, Antalya
Accommodation: Seven Seas Hotel Life
9. Kibala Hotel
Çıralı is the beach resort town for people who don't like beach resorts. This long sweep of coast is one of Turkey's best beaches and has plenty of fans among European couples and families who prefer a low-key, more independent beach break.
Kibala Hotel symbolizes Cıralı's laid-back style perfectly. Large wooden cabins, with big terraces, sit amid a lush garden full of fruit trees and scattered with hammocks, while the restaurant is all about locally grown produce and traditional home cooking. It's all backed by the craggy hills and only a short walk to Çıralı's sand.
This is a peaceful place made for relaxation and sun-soaked days on the beach. Bikes are available and there are plenty of hikes for the more active. The hikes up to the famed flame of the Chimaera, or down the beach to the ruins of Ancient Olympos, are the most popular.
Address: Çıralı Alasini mevki 80, Çıiralı, Antalya
Accommodation: Kibala Hotel
10. Crowne Plaza Antalya
Known for its bargain room deals and excellent location on Konyaaltı Beach, the Crowne Plaza Antalya is a popular Antalya stay.
All the 194 rooms have classic hotel styling, though you need to upgrade for sea views and a balcony.
Antalya's favorite strip of sand is just outside the hotel door, but you're still within easy reach of the city center with its old town district, great for travelers who want to do more than laze on the sand.
There's a large pool area and the Zeus Spa, with both Turkish bath and Finnish-style sauna on-site, for extra relaxation.
Three restaurants offer plenty of choice for on-site dining if you're having a lazy day and don't want to head into town.
Address: Akdeniz Bulvari, Konyaalti, Antalya
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Antalya
11. Jiva Beach Resort
Jiva Beach Resort is all about easygoing beach life, with all the Fethiye area's tourist attractions at your fingertips.
This five-star all-inclusive mega-resort on Çalıs Beach offers contemporary styled rooms, all with balconies or terraces, with many opening up directly onto the pools, or beside the resort's lake, for waterside living at its best.
There are five swimming pools, so there's room for everyone, whether the kids need to burn off some energy at the activities pool with its waterslides, or you want to swim lengths or sunbathe.
If you need further relaxation, head to the spa for its traditional Turkish bath treatment or a massage.
Three restaurants cater to on-site dining needs, but if you want to sample Fethiye town's dining one night, you're only a short local bus ride away.
Address: Calis Plaji, 1104 Sokak 14, Fethiye, Muğla
Accommodation: Jiva Beach Resort
12. Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection
This small five-star resort manages to balance the needs of couples seeking some relaxed beach time with families wanting full facilities, so it's no wonder its all-inclusive packages are so popular.
Highly contemporary interiors, with designer lighting and wood accents, throughout the resort, exude a sleek, modernist ambience that continues into the large rooms (all with balconies) with their neutral tones and airy feel.
The vast main swimming pool is the resort's main focus, while the private strip of beach is only a few steps away. A separate kids' pool lets children splash about safely, and there are plenty of water sports offered on the beachfront for teens and older kids.
In the evening, the resort's restaurant offers Mediterranean dining, but the cafés and restaurants of Side town are only a short hop away if you do want to explore.
Address: Ozal Caddesi 35, Side, Manavgat
Accommodation: Acanthus & Cennet Barut Collection