Situated on a private white sand beach with stretching views of the Aegean Sea and surrounding verdant mountains, Dalaman is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination. Nestled on the remote south-western coast of Turkey which boasts year-round sunshine, delicious gastronomy, a fascinating culture and wealth of activities to try, Dalaman offers something for every type of couple. From romantic sunset strolls on the beach to indulgent couple’s massages at the Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa’s luxurious Elysion Spa, the bride and groom, or newlyweds will not be disappointed with what’s on offer.
Get wed: The Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa provides an array of unique indoor and outdoor spaces to tie the knot. With riverside locations, a beach gazebo or the stunning Shakti Ballroom on offer, betrothed couples will find their perfect wedding venue here. The hotel offers a special wedding package, which includes a wedding ceremony for up to 20 guests, decorations, cocktails, sparkling wine and canapes, wedding cake, bridal flowers, the groom’s boutonniere and breakfast in bed the following day. Prices start from £500.
Be pampered: The perfect location to get ready for a wedding, or unwind after, is at the Hilton Dalaman’s opulent Elysion Spa, designed to reflect the exotic atmosphere of the Far East, Turkish traditions and Greek mythology. Spread across two floors, the spa boasts 18 treatment rooms, four VIP rooms, a VIP Turkish Bath, four saunas, a steam room, and a relaxation pool. Embracing a holistic approach to therapy, treatments on offer include traditional Turkish Baths, anti-aging and lifting facials, Balinese massages, a Ritual of Chocolate and full body wraps. For couples looking to make their wedding or honeymoon extra special, the hotel offers 10 spa suites for guests to stay in, which include a massage table, whirlpool and sauna. The region is also home to the famous Dalyan Mud Baths and thermal springs which are a firm favourite amongst celebrities including Dustin Hoffman, Sting and Jack Nicholson. The mud baths are thought to have a number of health benefits including the relief of muscle and joint aches and pains, balancing pH levels, improving circulation and smoothing and revitalising skin.
Set sail: Consistently voted as one of the best beaches in the world, Göcek Bay and its 12 islands provide a stunning backdrop for a honeymoon. With beautiful beaches, idyllic islands and crystal clear waters, visitors have a chance to swim, snorkel or sunbathe their way through the region. For a truly romantic experience, newlyweds can charter a private yacht for the day and see the sights in style.
Take a romantic stroll: With picture-perfect white sand beaches and enchanting sunsets, Dalaman offers some of the most romantic walks in the world and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Newlyweds can embark on hikes through the surrounding mountains, along the beaches or on the many scenic paths in the region. One of the most spectacular walks is from Gökbel to Iztuzu Beach or along the famous Kapda Peninsula which leads to the impressive ruins of Kyra, Lissia and Lydia. Couples can also stroll into Dalaman and check out the colourful and vibrant bazaars to pick up a souvenir.
Indulge in the local culture: With magnificent ruins throughout the region, and once home to the Persians, Athenians, Ottomans, Romans and Lycians, Dalaman is the perfect destination for couples interested in Turkish culture. Some of the most notable archaeological ruins left today are the ancient Lycian Rock Tombs, carved into the limestone hillsides and accessible only by boat. The tombs of Kyra, Lydia and Lissia are also unmissable.
Treat your significant other’s tastebuds: Dalaman is a foodie’s paradise with a number of different gastronomies on offer. Couples can treat their other half to a romantic meal at one of the many traditional Turkish restaurants where dishes include soups, salads, meze and fresh vegetable dishes, or in one of the Hilton Dalaman’s five à la carte restaurants or in the main restaurant which serves a variety of delectable international and local food dishes.
Stay: The luxurious 5-star Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa offers an opulent break for couples with prices starting from just £75 per room per night (based on two adults sharing). The hotel’s Honeymoon Suite is a stunning duplex spa suite featuring a king-sized bed, massage room, sauna and whirlpool; it even has a separate living area. Offering ultra-contemporary luxury accommodation and world-class amenities including numerous dining options, private beach, tennis courts, fitness centre, waterpark and ten pools, the Hilton Dalaman is the ultimate wedding and honeymoon destination bursting with romance. The hotel’s honeymoon package includes private VIP transfer service from the airport, welcome champagne and chocolate fruit upon arrival, early express check-in and late check-out, a daily fruit basket and bottle of wine, an in-room romantic breakfast experience, a complimentary A La Carte Restaurant evening, special mini bar amenities, a complimentary classical or Bali massage, a Grand Gazebo experience and a commemorative tree planted in the hotel grounds.