Turkey, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, offers couples an exotic locale with modern amenities. With world-class hotels and resorts, endless sightseeing opportunities, exceptional shopping and thousands of miles of turquoise waters, couples can enjoy privacy, history and luxury in a country that offers it all.
Turkey boasts some of the world’s most extraordinary scenes for an ideal wedding or honeymoon. And with hotel packages that range from intimate and traditional to extravagant and exotic, properties throughout Turkey make that special day, and those afterwards, romantic, convenient and memorable.
At the Hyatt Regency Istanbul, an entire staff of wedding professionals is on-hand to cater to the bride and groom’s every wish. The Hyatt Regency Istanbul’s wedding package can cater to those who prefer a traditional wedding or one with exotic elements, along with accommodations in a wedding suite on the couple’s wedding night and special wedding amenities.
Once the special day is complete, couples can spend their honeymoon in Istanbul at The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, which offers three packages that cater to honeymooners. The Honeymoon/Anniversary Package, Suite Dreams Honeymoon package and Magic Moments package give guests a selection of romantic offerings, from plush accommodations with views of the Bosphorus, a Laveda Signature Body Massage in the Couples Suite, rose petal turndowns, sparkling wine upon arrival, and special meals at the hotel’s Cintemani Restaurant.
Elsewhere in Turkey, couples can choose a wedding on the sun-soaked coastline. The Sea Breeze Hotel in the Mediterranean resort town of Ölüdeniz provides exquisite beachside weddings under the palm-lined beaches of Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast. Sun set photography opportunities are available at the world renowned Blue Lagoon, accessible only by boat. The hotel offers a spectacular dinner feast complete with musical entertainment and Turkish belly dancers and wedding packages that include everything the bride and groom need, including all legal arrangements.
The Kempinski Dome Belek Hotel in Turkey’s Antalya region offers honeymooners the choice of a lavish two-night, honeymoon stay in a junior-suite or a full week in a deluxe room with a sea view. Both packages include daily breakfast, in-room champagne and fruit toast upon arrival, full body massages, airport transfers, and candlelit 3-5 course dinners, among other special amenities.
Lavish amenities complemented by breathtaking scenery can be enjoyed on the Turkish Riviera. The Sheraton Voyager Antalya Resort & Spa provides its newlywed guests with a honeymoon cake, sea-view room, congratulatory flower arrangement, luxurious bathrobes, and a 15% discount on extra services throughout the hotel. While at the Titantic Beach and Resort Hotel, newlyweds are greeted with a rose petal-dusted room, fruit basket and sparkling wine and first morning breakfast in bed, along with other additional gifts and amenities.
Along the Aegean Sea, the resort towns of Bodrum and Marmaris are exclusive destinations to relax and take-in in the beauty of the Turkish coast. At the Elegance Hotel in Marmaris, honeymooners receive discounted rates of up to 25% depending upon the season. The Marmara Bodrum Hotel provides newlyweds with an upgraded sea-view room, fruit basket and snacks, and a local bottle of wine to pair with a romantic dinner at Tufi restaurant.
Further inland, weddings can be arranged over or under the spectacular Cappadocia region of Turkey. With Turkish Heritage Travel weddings, couples can marry in a hot air balloon, floating above the chimney-like rock formations of the Cappadocia landscape, or inside a historical cave church. Various packages are available with options such as a wedding celebratory dinner in a rose-garden with breathtaking views of the Cappadocia valley below.
For newlyweds looking for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon experience, the Goreme House Hotel, tucked in the unusual terrain of Goreme village, is the perfect place to have a true Anatolian experience. Built out of beautiful stone from the Cappadocia region, this quaint hotel awards its newlywed guests with a serene and peaceful environment perfect for the relaxation desired on a honeymoon. The hotel’s suites are carved into cozy caves, complete with Jacuzzis and decorated in traditional Anatolian décor, proving to be the perfect retreat. Honeymooning couples also receive a 10% discount at special restaurants found throughout Goreme.
• call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY
• contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices in New York at 212-687-2194, in Washington D.C. at 202-612-6800, or in Los Angeles at 323-937-
• visit www.tourismturkey.org or www.kulturturizm.gov.tr