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Nars Alacati

Nars Hotels

Nars Alaçati, Turkey

Don’t be fooled by its modest stone façade. The newest hotel to arrive in Alaçati, the Istanbul elite’s getaway on the Aegean Sea, does away with the area’s quaint cookie-cutter aesthetic in favor of character and verve. Set in a pair of 19th-century manses, seven rooms are decorated with vintage rugs from Marrakesh and Turkish antiques, and toiletries are made with oil from the owner’s family’s olive trees. On balmy nights, weekenders mingle in the courtyard over cocktails and pide (flatbread) from the hotel’s wood-fired oven. Doubles from $231.

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