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  • Photo by George Apostolidis
    Photo by George Apostolidis
  • Photo by George Apostolidis
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  • Karen Cakebread

Destination: Bodrum

If the country’s southwest coast is the Turkish Riviera, Bodrum is the area’s Saint-Tropez. The historic town is just an 80-minute flight from Istanbul, making it a sought-after locale for the city’s second-home seekers. The achingly picturesque jewel on the Aegean Sea—a landscape in sapphire and white—contains a host of historical sites including the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and the medieval Bodrum Castle, with its Museum of Underwater Archaeology. An important port since ancient times, Bodrum now thrives as a stylish yachting destination.

Casa dell’Arte

A family of Turkish entrepreneurs and art collectors converted their vacation house into this art-themed boutique hotel in 2007. The family’s collection includes more than 200 paintings from Turkish artists, placed throughout the residence’s 12 suites, and art in the common areas revolves yearly. Sited on a tranquil piece of coastline, the Casa provides a private pool, beach, and jetty, as well as two gulet sailing yachts. Guests can also opt to stay in an adjacent private villa or at the Casa dell’Arte family resort next door, if children are in tow. +90.252.367.1848, casadellartebodrum.com

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