The picturesque coastal town of Cesme, Turkey // (c) 2013 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans for a new resort property in Turkey: the Four Seasons Resort Cesme. The picturesque Aegean town of Cesme is located on the coast of Turkey's Izmir province and has long been a favorite of domestic Turkish travelers drawn to the area's culture, cuisine, vineyards and therapeutic thermal springs. Steeped in history, the region has several archeologically significant sites including the ancient city of Ephesus, home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Cesme Peninsula has evolved in recent decades to become one of Turkey's most prominent tourism destinations, with a number of hotels, marinas, clubs, restaurants and recreational facilities.
"When exploring expansion opportunities we always consider where our guests want to travel," said Kathleen Taylor, president and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "As the sixth most visited country in the world, Turkey clearly tops the list for many luxury travelers. The popularity of our two existing properties in Istanbul underscores both Turkey's appeal and the tremendous growth potential for Four Seasons in this market."
Four Seasons Resort Cesme is scheduled to open in 2016. The target market is a mix of domestic and international luxury travelers drawn to the region's natural beauty. The property will have 130 resort suites and 16 private hilltop villas offering sea views. The arrival lobby will mirror the design of a traditional agora - the central gathering place of ancient Aegean city-states. The agora will host several restaurants, lounges, entertainment and retail areas. The resort will also offer meeting and event facilities to accommodate business travelers and groups. The beachfront property will offer sport and fitness facilities to take advantage of the region's outdoor activities, which include prime conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Thermal springs, renowned for their therapeutic properties, are abundant in the area and will feature prominently in the property's destination spa, where guests can relax in a thermal pool and hammam, a traditional Turkish bath.