As resorts strive to meet Turkey’s new eco target, Yolanda Zappaterra identifies those in the lead
1. Argos in Cappadocia
A 20-year restoration project has transformed a 2,000-year-old historical network of ancient ruins, caves and tunnels into this luxury hotel, which features local materials, furnishings and craftsmanship across its 51 unique rooms and suites. A raft of eco initiatives bagged it a ’Best Sustainable Hotel for Europe’ accolade, while a community programme helps local people develop skills to enhance long-term employment prospects.
2. The Elysium Takism, Istanbul
Recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, this stylish, contemporary five-star property puts clients in the heart of this most mesmerising of cities. Just a six-minute walk from Taksim Square, the location is ideal for a busy day of sightseeing, and the spa, with its Turkish bath and indoor pool, is perfect for when clients return.
3. Six Senses Kaplankaya
This Aegean-facing eco-luxe resort focuses on fresh, sustainable produce supplied by its organic farm, programmes supporting local communities, and targets for reducing energy and water consumption. Kids can get in on the act by taking part in ‘Climate Warrior’ activities.
4. The Stay Warehouse, Alacati
Turkey’s first independent carbon-neutral hotel group The Stay Hotels operates a range of properties with a focus on sustainability, including this design-led, adult-only resort, a beautiful hideaway set in olive-tree lined gardens overlooking the Aegean on the Çeşme peninsula. Construction is of reclaimed and recycled materials, including wood and bricks from ancient Anatolian houses, and the resort is pursuing a range of sustainability initiatives to achieve its stated aim of zero waste.
5. Commodore Elite Suites & Spa
This expansive adult-only beachfront resort in Antalya – complete with three pools and several bars including a beach bar and a disco – has been making strides on its sustainability and social responsibility paths in the past year, investing in solar energy and reducing plastics, as well as engaging in local sustainability programmes and planning better use of natural resources.