Regnum Carya Hotel
Kadriye Mahallesi, Turkey
A five-star grown-ups’ playground is the best way to describe Regnum Carya, set on the gorgeous Turquoise Coast. It’s been regularly featured in lists as one of the top hotels in the world since it opened in 2014, though perhaps the best indication of its quality are its clients: it hosted the 2015 G20 summit and the huge Turkish Airlines Golf Open is contracted to run there until 2019. Any hotel that can count Barack Obama and Tiger Woods as guests needs to have a certain level of class.
As at any fairground, once you’re through the megalithic gates, you needn’t leave. Whether it’s golf, spa, swimming, high ropes, fitness, wave machines or fooling around in a waterpark that makes your family’s holiday, this one-million-square-metre site has it all. Seven globe-spanning restaurants offer standout incarnations of national cuisines: Ottoman has local grills covered, Tramonto does Italian superbly, Chufang is an Eastern inspiration and Grill Do Brasil marks a fine Latin American churrascaria.
Rooms are outstanding by anyone’s standards, whether you’re an ex-American president or an ex-world champion golfer. The quantity of marble on show rivals the Sistine Chapel, and villas offer private pools, Miele kitchens and minibar stocks that beat most backbars. The best thing? The price. All is included, adding weight to the argument to never leave the resort’s walls. Doubles from £335.