Swap the cold and the rain for alfresco lunches, almond blossoms and the perfect spring break.
In an unspoilt corner of Turkey (while the rain still falls and the gails still blow here in the UK) the first wild spring flowers are transforming the fields into brightly coloured carpets, white almond blossoms look glorious against the clear blue skies and temperatures are already approaching 20 degrees.
This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a break at the Mandarin Boutique Hotel in the hamlet of Faralya, on the south-west coast of Turkey, when the countryside is at its most verdant, the nearby archaeoligical sites, such as Pinara, are deserted and the warmth of the sun will ease away the stresses and strains of hectic lifestyles.
The hotel’s no children policy ensures peace and tranquility and the pre-booked half board option offers great value with wholesome breakfasts including homemade jams and the hotels own eggs cooked to your liking. In the evening the five course meals focus on traditional recipes, using fresh local produce.
“Our aim at Mandarin Boutique Hotel is to make guests feel completely at home, whilst also giving them an authentic local experience. Our peaceful setting, away from the busy tourist resorts, means that our guests can enjoy complete relaxation, explore unspoilt coutryside on foot and swim in hidden coves, whilst still being close to some of the region’s fascinating archaeological sites. With just eight luxurious rooms, our hotel is small enough to blend harmoniously into its natural surroundings, and to allow us to create a really personal, informal atmosphere. Our entire team were recruited from the local village, and they take great pride in making our guests feel genuinely welcome and in serving up traditional regional cuisine, prepared from fresh local produce using old family recipes. Mandarin offers a true taste of rural Turkey, but with a sophisticated twist!” Ghislain Charles Sireilles