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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


Attacked by their dogs in the garden of the hotel

We went there for lunch on their garden. Please be aware dont go there with your pet, or if you are scared of dogs. Their two German shepherd dogs attacked us and our dog. I had to rescue her. The personnel have no sense of training or education about these dogs. They do not even have first aid kit in the hotel. They only care about their pockets not the guests. They did not even apologize from us, our dog has gone through a surgery and her lungs collapsed. We are undergoing a very bad trauma since this visit. The hotel is blaming us the we did not wait at the door like all guest are obliged to wait to enter a restaurant!!! They are disrespectful! They know these dogs are aggressive but they don't even bother to tie them when all these guests are around. Not worth to visit and endanger yourself. I am writing this review to serve as public information.

A place for relaxation.
Oral A

It is in a village about one hour from Istanbul city, where you can spend a weekend and get relaxed. Surroundings are beautiful, and you can take a walk to the nearby village. It has a good restaurant, but overpriced I think. Some dishes are worth what you pay, but some do not.

Overpriced, unfriendly

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.