Exclusive Escapes Make the Sunday Times Definitive Hot 100 Best Hotels List

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Exclusive Escapes are thrilled, and not a little honoured, to have four of their exclusive boutique hotels in their portfolio selected by The Sunday Times for this prestigious list. They have also been recognised by The Sunday Times selection for Europe’s Sexiest Summer Villas.

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Ever get the urge just to take off? To find a lovely boutique hotel, full of character, charm and style, where you can truly escape and get away from it all? No Five Star International Group hotels, no vast spas or cavernous meeting rooms. Just small(ish), largely independent bolt holes where the service is personal and the setting is perfect.

Exclusive Escapes’ portfolio epitomizes this desire. And as a result the following four Exclusive Escape properties are featured in this guide to the 100 best bolt holes in Europe.

TURKEY (coastal hotels)

Bördübet, Bozburun Peninsula
Secreted in a sun-dappled forest clearing, this is the prettiest of hotels, newly refurbished, with 36 rooms, and built along the meanderings of a river so clear, you could count the terrapins and fish if there weren't so many. There's free WiFi, a large pool and a beach club with pedalos and kayaks (25 minutes away by foot, 10 by boat or mountain bike), staff are warm and attentive, and the food is good and varied (much of it home-grown) - all of which is important, beacause you're a long way from anywhere (21 miles from Marmaris or two hours by car from Dalaman airport).

The Dionysos Estate, Kumlubük Bay, The Bozburun Peninsula
Sitting atop a jaw-dropping canyon overlooking the Bay of Kumlubük, this ridiculously hip sanctuary is so sexy, it bans children in high-season A five-minute transfer takes you down to the private beach club and watersports centre, but with three gourmet restaurants, an excellent spa and horizon pool overlooking the bay, few venture that far.

Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan
Nestled into a pine forest dropping down to the sea, this chic 13-room design hotel is a fabulously plush whitewashed pasha's palace, a cobbled Sanorini towed east 300 miles and moored on the Lycian coast. Hammocks, day beds and double swing chairs litter the gardens, terraces and pool decks. A private beach club is on hand should you tire of the stunning views.

Yediburunlar Lighthouse, between the Gulf of Fethiye and Kalkan
Built from scratch by its South African owner, Leon, and his Turkish wife, Semra, this 12-guest, ramshackle-chic lodge perches 1,800ft up in the Taurus Mountains, teetering on the edge of the sheerest of cliffs, with mighty views from room and pool down across farmland to the azure Mediterranean.

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