New In Town: Marriott’s Luxury Collection Opens Reges Resort & Spa On Turkey’s Aegean Coastby | July 11, 2019
Turkey has been in a tough spot for a while—with the Arab spring, civil unrest, and fighting on its border on the Syrian side. Tourism has taken a hit, but the country hopes for stability. And amidst the political and financial woes, happy news came from its western side. Marriott announced the opening of Reges Resort & Spa in Çeşme, on the Aegean coast, just eight kilometres from the Greek island Chios via ferry. After Bodrum and Ankara, this is the third Luxury Collection property in the country.
A Crown On The Coast
Located on the Aegean Coast, Reges, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is designed to resemble a crown when viewed from above. Named after the Latin word for king, Rex, the resort promises to serve modern luxury to world travellers, in a regal style. Spanning two kilometres on the Boyalık Bay, Reges is home to 93 guestrooms and 11 suites, all bathed in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, with the views of the sparkling waters just outside. Nature enters the rooms in other ways too, with gold-dipped leaves and peacock feathers, and the neutral decor that is energised with hints of turquoise. The en suite bathrooms are done in marble with gold fixtures to bring touches of its Turkish heritage, but the modern comforts (rainfall showers and Byredo luxury amenities) are part of the parcel, too.
Borrowing more from the region, the resort offers Aegean cuisine along with international flavours at its two restaurants, Safran and Hemera. The plates have a little bit of the Aegean coast on them, from herbs grown in the in-house garden to the use of the native mastic gum. When in Turkey, a must-try is the Turkish hammam and the 1,400-metre-square Spa Centre offers this traditional experience with steam and sauna. In addition, the spa also features six massage rooms with private bathrooms. In the evening, guests can dip their feet in one of the two swimming pools with cabanas, or go for a quiet walk on the private beach.
There’s plenty to do when you leave the crown, too. A short distance away is the city centre with charming boutiques, nightclubs, and a 16th-century castle, which is now an archaeological museum. Çeşme’s next door neighbour is the town of Alaçatı, located nine kilometres away, mushrooming with outdoor cafes, waterfront restaurants, and hip beach clubs. Plan a beach day at the secluded Kum Beach, or the popular Ilica Beach once you’re here. Çeşme is also big on water sports, so you can go kitesurfing or windsurfing here.
Price: Starts at INR 28,300 per night
Featured Image: Reges Resort & Spa in Çeşme