Grand Hyatt Hotel, Istanbul

Last week we had to run to Istanbul for a meeting. Undecided about where to stay we opted for the 5 star Grand Hyatt at the last minute. That turned out to be a pretty good quick decision as we had such a nice couple of days. So nice infact that I could have quite easily just stayed in the hotel and not ventured outside at all!

We were warmly welcomed by the content manager Derya Mercan, who was the sweetest and really made our stay a great one. Our room was lovely with the comfiest of beds and a beautiful view over the Besiktas football club and Bosphorus strait…

The Cute and Charming town of Alacati

Alacati is a charming old Greek town located on Turkey’s Cesme peninsular roughly 1 hour from the city of Izmir.

I first discovered this cute town back in 2011 when my dad and I went on a last minute staycation getaway to Cesme. We jumped on the dolmus to explore the area one day and ended up in Alacati. In those days there wasn’t as much going on as there is now – There wasn’t as many people or restaurants or adorably decorated shop fronts but it was still charming enough for me to want to go back again and again…

When I first started Instagram, right after that trip infact, it was all my holiday photos of Çeşme and Alaçatı that I posted.

Turquoise crystal clear waters and pastel coloured buildings adorned my feed and I fell in love with Cesme and Alacati all over again. It’s been a 6 year love affair and every Summer I visit as often as I can.