• Hannah Stratton

    Are sun, sand, and sea at the top of your hols wishlist? Well, we’ve got the destination for you. Pack your bags, and jump on a flight to Turkey. This sunny destination’s got sandy spots in spades. We’ve even picked out some hotels to give you a bit of escape inspo. This quartet of Barut hotels have all picked a beach as their base, and they’re five-star, so luxury’s covered. Sounds good, right? But which one should you go for? Read on to find out…


    Barut Lara- best for foodies

    You’ll find the Barut Lara just 10 minutes’ drive away from Antalya. It’s got a solid selection of swimming pools, including three outdoor pools and a pair of saltwater swimming spots inside. On the entertainment front, a cinema, a nightclub and a bar are there to keep you busy.

    It’s the food scene at this place that takes the crown, though. A classic buffet joint dishes up a crowd-pleasing breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a grand total of eight à la cartes make up the ranks. Turunc deals in around-the-globe eats, and you can book a table at barbecue and net-fresh seafood restaurants, too. Or, you can opt for Asian at the IRO Sushi Bar or Italian at the Laura Pizzeria. Plus, Mediterranean and Turkish-specialising spots are on offer. If you’re feeling extra fancy, the Sofa fine dining restaurant’s got you covered.


    Barut Arum- best for spa lovers

    Side’s Barut Arum is a relaxation-ready spot. As well as its sweep of golden sand, the hotel’s cloaked by palms, giving it a peaceful feel. The duo of pools is edged by sunbeds, too, so you’re all set for long days of lounging. There’s even a swim-up bar in the bigger of the pair, so you don’t have to go far for a drink.

    The spa lines up a long list of massages for you to try. Indulge your senses with an aromatherapy massage, or mix it up with a hot and cold stone treatment. Or, book yourself a seaweed or coffee detox. What’s more, there’s a traditional Turkish bath and sauna to relax in.


    Barut Hemera- best for fidgets

    If you like to keep yourself busy while you’re on your hols, the Barut Hemera’s the hotel for you. As well as a well-stocked gym, you’ve got a full-on programme of activities to get involved with. Everything from minigolf, beach volleyball, and tennis, to canoeing, water polo, and aerobics is on offer here. Pool-wise, there are two to choose from, and one’s kitted out with waterslides.

    Plus, the action doesn’t stop with the sunset. Six nights a week there’s something to keep you entertained. Acts like singers, bands, and dancers fill the line-up. If you get itchy feet, you can stroll along the prom to Side – it’s a 25-minute walk to the centre.


    Barut Kemer- best for families

    Family-focused escapes are the Barut Kemer’s bag. A trio of pools keeps the whole brood busy – one’s reserved just for little ones, and another’s a chilled-out spot perfect for grown-ups. The third pool features a set of slides, including a funky rainbow number, and a swirling slide.

    For families with babies, you can request all the gear you might need from the hotel. We’re talking high chairs, changing mats and bottle warmers. Meanwhile, there’s a choice of six restaurants, so there’s sure to be something to please everyone – the buffet spot’s chocolate fountain is guaranteed to be a big hitter.


    Reckon you’ve settled on your fave? Book your Barut escape to Barut Kemer, Barut Arum, or Barut Lara.