Why Turkey’s rising Spa and wellness culture is healthy for its property market

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From natural thermal springs to luxury Spas, Turkey is forging a name as a world-class health and wellness destination and with it adding extra appeal to homeownership there, said Spot Blue International Property in June, the month of the 2015 Global Wellness Day, an initiative with its roots in Turkey.

“Little wonder Kate Moss and her showbiz pals chose hip Bodrum for their recent detox break,” said Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue International Property. “No 5-star hotel there is complete without cutting edge Spa facilities. The Mandarin Oriental opened last summer with a 3-storey Spa, while the Jumeirah Palace, which opened in May this year, has a stunning marble-clad Spa. These make owning a home in the area that little bit more special. Meanwhile, it’s no coincidence the Global Wellness Day, which has become an international event, was pioneered by a Turkish Spa resort.”

For anyone in search of a Turkish home with access to a spa, natural spring, Turkish bath or mud baths, Spot Blue International Property has the following suggestions.

Recent years has seen the jewel of the Turkish Riviera gain a reputation as a hang-out for the international jet set and their super yachts – and the luxury hotel brands with their opulent Spas have followed. Homeowners on the Bodrum Peninsula have an impressive choice of places to go for a pampering. This detached villa is in the marina resort of Yalikavak, where Spa facilities include those at the Marriott Bodrum Hotel. The four-bedroom property is on a small hillside complex with stunning views and its own pool. Price: €350,000.

Lake Koycegiz
Joined to the Mediterranean by the Dalyan Delta, the shores of Lake Koycegiz are one of Turkey’s most popular places to wallow in natural hot springs and cover yourself in mud celebrated for it health benefits. Most people head to the villages of Sultaniye and Koycegiz. Less than half an hour from the resort of Dalaman and its international airport, and even closer to Lake Koycegiz, this four-bedroom villa is in the pretty Akkaya Valley. It’s surrounded by stunning natural scenery, has its own pool and is a short walk from amenities. Price: £175,000.

The inland town of Pamukkale in south-west Turkey near Denizli combines fantastic Roman ruins, including an amphitheatre, with impressive calcium travertines, hot mineral springs, mud baths and a large natural swimming pool – the perfect day out! It is a two-and-a-half to three-hour journey from a number of coastal resorts, with Kusadasi being one of the closest.

Just south of the resort of Kusadasi, nestled beneath the Dilek Mountains, is Davutlar, a village famous for its natural springs, peaceful natural scenery and its air content having the third highest oxygen content in Europe. As well as the family-friendly Radon Thermal hot springs, the village is also home to the more specialist Natur-Med spa retreat, which offers just about every type of facility for revitalising and relaxing the body and soul, including natural hot mineral springs, a Spa, and natural healing and detox treatments. This four bedroom semi-detached villa is a short walk from amenities in Davutlar and comes furnished. Price: £74,950.


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