Very Good 117 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Seriously swoon-worthy Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired food from chef Emre Sen
  • Handsomely decorated rooms with antique wood floors and ceilings, antiques, books and embroidered cottons
  • Balinese massage therapists offer excellent, soothing treatments and aromatherapy baths at the spa
  • The Sen family are thoughtful, warm and natural hosts

What To Know

  • Don’t leave Istanbul at rush hour, as the 45-minute drive could take closer to two hours
  • If you want to snag one of the two rooms with a fireplace, request it in advance
  • Hunkered in the quiet, romantic countryside, nightlife consists of memorable meals, walks in the garden, a fireside glass of wine and indulgent spa treatments
  • Children under 15 are not permitted
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The Review

Although within Istanbul’s metro area, the nine-room Lavanda Boutique Hotel, in the tiny village of Ulupelit, feels very remote, like a secret in the untrammeled countryside. The nearest town is Sile (around 12 miles away), a summer holiday spot on the Black Sea.

Lavanda is run by the Sen family — father Ahmet, a textiles exporter; mother Feryal, a ceramics designer; and son Emre, the talented on-site chef — so the vibe is instantly welcoming and relaxed. Each of the nine rooms is named after a type of tree found in the garden, and all have a slightly different size and setup. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2100/prop-90134-1321988613-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”In the tiny and remote village of Ulupelit, Lavanda is surrounded by beautiful gardens.”}

Pitched wooden ceilings, antique wood floors and sitting chairs, hand-embroidered cotton bed covers and a table set for tea all create a cozy lodge-like atmosphere, while modern goodies like Molton Brown products, supersoft thick robes and a modern spa with Balinese body treatments remind you you’re in a smart boutique hotel. Popular with couples on romantic weekends, the Lavanda has a typical routine of eat, spa and repeat.

Despite (or perhaps thanks to) Lavanda’s in-the-sticks location, the inn and its culinary slow-food magic are attracting a serious foodie following. Chef Emre, who honed his natural talents at top kitchens including La Ciau del Tornavento, is obsessed with ingredients, and he seeks out one-person artisanal operations from various parts of the country. The tiny, piquant olives and aged pomegranate balsamic vinegar are from a farmer in Hatay, and the goat cheese rolled in ash and hay comes from a producer who lives on a mountaintop near Izmir. Wherever the ingredients are found, everything is fresh and bursting with flavor.

How to Get There

Lavanda Boutique Hotel
Ulupelit Köyü Seçkin Sok. No.2 Şile
Sile, 00000 Turkey


4.5 Very Good 117 Reviews
Overpriced, unfriendly
Reviewed 3 months ago

Just buildings and decoration, they are beutiful but nothing else. Unfriendly and unhelpful hosts. For such a place prices are extremely high. Waste of money. There are much cheaper and more friendly places around.

unique, natural, quiet place to be
Reviewed 5 months ago

I've stayed there for a business meeting. It was a unique, natural, quiet place to be.ideal for group meetings. the food was delicious and carefully cooked. hotel is protecting its form and the prices are reasonable.

Very unfriendly and unprofessional place
Reviewed 6 months ago

My mother in law and my wife has visited this place for a lunch. Not accepted because of that they are with a child younger than 12. But owner told them to leave asap adding that he is warning them politely.. so now I am going to make an official complaint to the authorities about this gentleman and his place.

Peace for holiday
Reviewed 11 months ago

We were with family. İt was restful peaceful and meaningful. Nice botique hotel with spa and garden. Fire places will take you away. Wonderful list in restaurant and so delicous. We loved it. Nice room nice staff nice wines.

Pure Gastronomy
Reviewed 2 years ago

I have been in Turkey for more than 6 years, and after had discovered so many places, I really love Turkish food, definitely Casa Lavanda is a real gastronomic place.
I will not describe everything that I ate, because simply all of them were delicious.

Rooms are lovely, well decorated and the staff is great too.
The area, gardens are great for a walk and take a fresh air from the countryside. But check out the weather forecast, because it can be quite colder than other areas nearby.

No negative points, only complements.

Highly recommended.