This week’s favourite holiday properties for the ultimate luxury getaway.

Where to next? We have curated some inspiration to cover all sorts of stays and guests. Peruse what’s trending now. We’ve cast around for hotels, villas and gulets which we think will offer standout holidays in summer 2024.

Uchisar Village
Boutique and Authentic Cave Hotel
Kalkan, Turkey
Hotel Rooms With Private Pool
Kalkan, Turkey
Private Villa with Pool
Kalkan, Turkey
Private Villa with Pool
Bodrum, Turkey
Luxury Resort
Kalkan, Turkey
Luxury Hotel with Spa Adult Only


We specialise in uncommercial holiday destinations in Turkey, the Greek Islands of Crete and Kefalonia, Mallorca, Sicily, Malta and the year-round exotic destination of Morocco. We continue to seek out and offer new discerning experiences in other destinations and this year are delighted to introduce new regions in Morocco, bucket list expeditions and also luxury voyages at sea- worldwide.

Malta and Gozo


We are a truly specialist tour operator offering unique boutique hotels, private villas with pools, rural retreats and select apartments in unspoilt resorts. Whether you’re looking for a suite built within caves, a romantic rooftop terrace or your own private infinity pool…we’ve got a great selection for you.

We have extensive first hand experience of the properties we feature,  have time to help guests choose specific rooms or villas and, having built up great relationships with all the owners, can offer a truly personal service to enhance your holiday. Thankfully, many of our guests agree as we have a huge number of very loyal repeat guests.

But don’t take our word for it… to see genuine reviews from Discerning Collection guests click here.

Holiday TYPES

Experience Holidays
Peninsula Gardens Jade terrace at night
Winter Sun
Likya Pavilion Pool House at sunset
Hotel Rooms with Private Pool
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Adult Only
Cultural Discovery
Romantic Break & Honeymoons
Luxury Sailing and Gulets
Activity & Adventure
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Private Villas and Apartments with Pool
Luxury Cruising & Expeditions


We are delighted to introduce our exciting new portfolio of truly memorable experience holidays. Designed to allow you to discover natural wonders and unique cultural experiences year round and in a choice of destinations. Our current experience holidays include; a yoga and lifestyle holiday in an eco lodge in Morocco this November, tailor made itineraries on the Amalfi coast, Tuscany, Puglia and Matera and landscapes of Turkey which combine Cappadocia and Istanbul.  Our Discerning Experience holidays have been created to allow you to see a facet of the destination not usually unavailable, while traveling in style and enjoying the finest hospitality as well as our renowned personal and attentive service.


Asfiya Sea View Private pool of 704

Affordable stays this June, July and August at the Asfiya Sea View Hotel, Kalkan

Asfiya Sea View Hotel
Kalkan, Turkey
Boasting stunning sea views from every angle, the hotel offers guests an excellent value coastal escape. The Asfiya Sea View has built a loyal following thanks to its prime hillside location just steps from Kalkan’s vibrant old town and due to its wonderful waiting team who are attentive and endearing.
The Asfiya Sea View Hotel features 34, en-suite rooms designed with a focus on simplicity and guest comfort. Among them, 15 rooms come with private plunge pools, 3 offer direct access to the communal swimming pool, and all promise inspiring sea vistas. Whether you prefer twin or double beds, our flexible arrangements can accommodate up to 3 guests per room, with some rooms interconnecting to create a perfect setup for families. Recently, the private pool rooms in the 700’s block have been refreshed and adorned with new daybeds.
The heart of the Asfiya Sea View Hotel is the expansive pool and terrace area, a serene oasis accessed via a maze of pathways. Picture yourself lounging on luxurious cushioned day beds under the shade of parasols, enveloped in a breezy, coastal ambiance. Adjacent to the pool, the laid-back pool bar serves a variety of refreshing drinks throughout the day, transforming into a popular sundowner spot as evening approaches. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, while room service is available until 22:00 for those who prefer to dine in. And with Kalkan’s exceptional dining scene just a stone’s throw away, our local expert, Laura, is always ready to recommend and book the best restaurants for you. For those seeking A’ La carte dining closer to home, the Likya Residence and Likya Pavilion are just moments from the hotel on foot.
Our guests often return due to the charming service of the excellent local team. They’re always eager to help and love practicing their English with you—nothing is ever too much trouble. There might be an occasional charming mix-up in translation, but that’s part of the fun and adds to the experience. Everything is done with a warm smile, making your stay even more memorable.
As an added perk, guests at the Asfiya Sea View enjoy complimentary access to the nearby Yali Beach Club. A mere 10-minute stroll downhill, Yali offers parasols and day beds on rocky platforms, complete with waiter and towel service. Indulge in a menu featuring delectable small plates, main courses, and seasonal salads, along with a selection of freshly squeezed juices, beers, and signature cocktails.
Discover the Asfiya Sea View Hotel, where breathtaking views, comfort, and genuine local service come together for an unforgettable stay.
Save up to 40%
Offer can be withdrawn at any time


Likya Pavilion 1

Save 10% when you book to stay at the Pavilion this summer

Likya Pavilion
Kalkan, Turkey

Likya Pavilion

Seaside action and total relaxation on Kalkan’s sparkling shores. The Likya Pavilion is an adult only, blissful sanctuary to unwind and renew.

The Likya Pavilion is an elegant and sophisticated boutique hotel with a stunning location overlooking the sea, on the Western shore of the Bay of Kalkan. It stands apart by its inordinate amount of space and the beautiful gardens, while each of the 10 suites with private pools are more akin to private villa than hotel room.  It is ideal for couples  who can enjoy the privacy of their own villa with full hotel services.

Cool architecture combining local wood and stone is offset by stunning secret gardens hidden between alleys and hedgerows in the most idyllic seafront setting.  It feels like being on top of a plateau and ensures far reaching seascapes over the Bay of Kalkan.  The Pavilion exudes laid-back, beach chic vibes with leafy gardens offset by bright pink bougainvillea – the stylish suites are virtually hidden within the grounds and wonderfully secluded.

The complimentary, private beach club – shared only with like-minded guests from The Likya Gardens – is a leisurely 5-10-minute stroll down the lane.  Here, hippy-chic steps lead down from the Waterfront Terrace to the seafront.  There is direct access to the sea with loungers, parasols and diving platforms scattered at intervals.  There is a waiter and towel service to both the beach club and the private cabanas with a range of healthy, light snacks, fresh juices and cooling drinks.


Offer is subject to availability and will expire on 30th June 2024


Another day at St Nics

Save up to 40% when you book by 30th June ( All prices are offered on a half board basis)

St Nicolas Bay
Agios Nikolaos, Crete

St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas

A stunning luxury boutique hotel near the charming town of Ágios Nikolaos, a well -deserved member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Ideally situated on its own private stretch of sandy beach, the St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Thalassa Villas offers magnificent views over the Gulf of Mirabello. Relax around one of the 2 infinity pools that both offer a wonderful spots to relax with a book, or for the more energetic, why not enjoy the many water activities on offer including diving lessons on hand from the water sports.

This hotel is a luxury boutique hotel, privately run, yet offering the services and facilities of a larger luxury resort and with genuine Greek hospitality. With a selection of beautifully appointed and recently renovated rooms, suites and villas, all with modern and spacious interiors with large terraces or balconies and most with fabulous sea views. The exclusive Club Studio and Club Suites, as well as the Thalassa Villas have their own seawater private swimming pools which are heated in the shoulder months and come with their own elevated VIP benefits and little surprises during your stay. The range of rooms and suites ensure this hotel is perfect for couples as well as families.

Dining wise, there is something for everyone at this fabulous hotel; a choice of five restaurants at St. Nicolas Bay Hotel, ranging from fine dining to ranging from the fine dining Minotaure, to the traditional Greek Kafenion on the waterfront with Cretan dishes and excellent seafood; a state of the art Elemis Spa with the pioneering technology of Elemis Biotec; children’s club, cinema, games room and boutique, there are certainly enough facilities to keep all the family entertained.

This boutique hotel and villas offers the perfect blend of local and contemporary architecture with a strong emphasis on privacy all offered with a perfect backdrop of the Mirabello Bay, with friendly and personable service suitable for any discerning guest.


Offer expires 30th June 2024


Likya Residence glorious swimming pools and bay views

School Holidays savings of up to 15%

The Likya Residence Hotel and Spa
Kalkan, Turkey

Likya Residence Hotel

Possibly our most popular choice in Kalkan, with guests returning year after year!

Arguably the best hotel in the region, the stunning Likya Residence is a glorious adult-only retreat*, yet just a short stroll from the heart of the charming harbour town of Kalkan. *Children under 16 are allowed between 1st July 2024 and 31st August 2024.

We are delighted to announce that the hotel has been refreshed for the summer 2023 season, expect improved spaces,  renewed rooms, new and enhanced dining areas.

All of the light, airy and incredibly spacious rooms and suites offer unrivalled sea views and have a large balcony or terrace, a superb spot to sit and watch the sun go down over the deep blue Mediterranean.

Likya Residence has a large inviting swimming pool surrounded by comfy sun loungers and a gorgeous second infinity pool with glorious views.  There is a convivial bar and a very discerning terrace restaurant with a wide menu of delicious Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, a fabulous spot to marvel at the stunning views over Kalkan and out to sea. This excellent restaurant, run by the brilliant Mohammed, is probably one of the best, if not ‘the’ best in Kalkan.

Given the excellent relationship we have with the Likya residence since its inception, all the first and second floor rooms are allocated to the Discerning Collection.

The service is superb; charming yet unobtrusive and the staff will be happy to do what they can to make your holiday extra special. Managed by the ever attentive Seviye, the hotel has the highest repeat guest percentage in our portfolio and a stay here is a truly unforgettable experience.

***To alleviate any concerns of the location of room and its facilities, our exclusive service means that the Discerning Collection team will help you choose your specific room number at the time of booking that fits your requirements.*** 

*Children under 16 are allowed between 1st July 2024 and 31st August 2024.

Offer is valid until 30th June 2024


Superior Room with Private Pool – Sea View 5

Summer Specials Just in!

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa
Plaka, near Elounda

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa

The Cayo Exclusive Resort and Spa is a seriously elegant design hotel. The property enjoys unprecedented space in each of it’s 70 pool suites and offers guests unparalleled views of the iridescent Spinalonga Island, a UNESCO world Heritage List nominee, together with mesmerising vistas over the sparkling azure waters of Mirabello Bay. Standing in an elevated position, aloft a steep hill, it is still only 250 metres from Plaka pebble beach and dramatically framed by jagged cliffs.

Exceptional attention to detail is demonstrated throughout the Cayo Hotel Concept. The property has been meticulously designed to blend seamlessly with it surrounds and embrace Cretan architectural design. Interiors have been paired by Milanese designer Gian Paolo Venier who took his inspiration from the culture and natural landscape of the island- where possible combining local artisan’s craftmanship with modern furnishings, fittings, and cool neutral tones. Even the selected materials for the project are those rich in the history of Greece, white marble, volaka marble and terracotta. All of which have been handpicked to provide guests with a sense of connection to their surrounds. Throughout, the property exudes bohemian characteristics underpinned by a level of comfort and luxury that is often difficult to find. Accommodation options are plentiful, with many room categories having the option of additional beds or cots- lending itself to families and friends travelling together as well as couples. With so much room to roam guests will relish the incredible outside space and panoramic views from every aspect.

For those seeking a flop and drop vacay with plenty of rest and relaxation there are plenty of swimming opportunities in situ. The hotel boasts two large and beautiful swimming pools where you can bathe under sunny Cretan Skies or cosy up poolside on a voluptuous lounger with a good read. Beyond the pool, is Cayo’s spot on the beach, located just 250m from the hotel and if you don’t fancy stretching your legs, the hotel shuttle runs from the morning into the evening- it’s a wonderful place to unwind while being serenaded by the majestic sounds of the sea. And if you are looking for some respite from the sun, a visit to the well being centre will be the ultimate rejuvenation remedy, pick from one of the many treatments listed on the spa menu or unwind in the Turkish bath. There is also a fitness centre and studio for those who prefer not to let their holiday stand in the way of workout rituals.

A stay at the Cayo Exclusive Resort allows guests to be as well looked after as they like and as independent too. So often the conception with resort hotels is that with everything you could possibly need at your fingertips there is very little reason to leave. The same of course can be said for the Cayo Exclusive Resort which offers residents opportunities to dine in four different restaurants and two bars all of which offer exceptional cuisine with many ingredients seasonal and sourced from local eco-friendly farms or produced in the hotel’s own organic garden. However, Cayo is committed to supporting the local Cretan culture and a sustainable approach to tourism. To this end, the team encourage guests to enjoy the local tavernas in Plaka and explore the wider region, taking in a climbing experience, hiking, water sports and diving.

No matter your interests, the Cayo Exclusive Resort and Spa will provide the ultimate relaxation vacation. The position makes it easy to pick up the pace and venture effortlessly beyond the hotel perimeters. It is however the wonderful team locally on site, who deliver a friendly and attentive service. Proud and hospitable, they are eager to provide a relaxed atmosphere and unforgettable experience that makes it so hard to leave.


Offer expires 30th June 2024


Villa La View pool and gardens by night

Super savings this spring at Villa La Vie

Villa La Vie
Pitch up at Villa La Vie, Kalkan, to escape or get the party started. A recently renewed 5 bedroom property, sleeps ten guests, with stunning bay vistas and conveniently located within a ten minute stroll from Kalkan harbour.

Oozing a laid back and comfortable ambience Villa La Vie is the perfect base to explore Kalkan and the wider region. If you are simply looking to flop and drop, spending your days enjoying the spectacular poolside setting and bay view vistas Villa La Vie has all the amenities to make your stay a memorable one. For those curious minds looking to experience the local scene, you don’t need to stroll far to reach one of the many beach clubs that ring the bay and downtown Kalkan is close enough for you to pop in and out of the action as and when you like.

Refreshed for the 2023 season, Villa La Vie boats five spacious bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Rooms are light and airy mixing fresh and colourful fabrics with contemporary furniture. Four bedrooms are double, ideal for couples, and one twin bedroom is perfect for friends sharing or children. Floor to ceiling glass bedroom windows imbibe the widescreen views and give way to five extensive furnished terraces providing plenty of private areas so you can be as social or independent as you like while enjoying a little slice of paradise and perhaps a glass or two of wine!

Kalkan is a superb choice for a summer holiday. Once a quaint fishing village, today it has grown into an elegant harbourside town attracting a discerning clientele. The town rises from an picture-perfect seafront setting and it has retained much of its traditional charm due to conservation restrictions. Small and niche, Kalkan is celebrated for it’s Ottoman Greek architecture, petite pebble beach, boho beach clubs, authentic Thursday market and especially famous for its rooftop restaurants serving decadent cuisine.

Villa La Vie is an absolute crowd pleaser. An impeccable choice for several families taking a holiday together, or a large group of friends. Spacious, modern and leaving you wanting for nothing this is as close to perfect as it gets.


£2,500 per week (inclusive of special hampers DC beach pestemals to keep and the services of our excellent team locally)
Offer can be withdrawn at any time


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Turkish Berber Shop

A quintessential Turkish experience our guests rave about

A close shave in any one of Turkey’s ubiquitous barbers (berber) is an integral part of a Turkish holiday for many men.


Beach Club cabanas

The Lures in July & August (NEW OFFER)

Are you seeking an excellent value break under sun-kissed Turkish skies, daily dips in and out of soothing turquoise waters, freshly caught fish and magical seascape vistas? LOOK NO FURTHER WE’VE GOT JUST THE BREAK!


Likya Pavilion Cakil Beach

Seeking sunshine, but want to do more than eat and drink and sit by the pool?

Kalkan is an iconic harbour town, offering an attractive mix of luxury amenities, cool beach clubs, elegant restaurants, artisan boutiques, water sports and plenty of lifestyle services and all of which is conveniently located 90 minutes from Dalaman International Airport.


Beach platforms at the Hillside

Enjoy a little extra when you book The Hillside in June…

We are delighted to offer complimentary airport transfers for all guests who book during the following period. The offer is only applicable to bookings made from 21st May onwards and for the below period.


D Resort beach

Are you seeking the sun?

Are you seeking a last-minute sun-infused break? We are delighted to offer a special 10% reduction at the iconic D-Resort Gocek. This exclusive offer is available to guests seeking to get away between 18th May and 13th June.



One of our guests favourites in Kalkan, Turkey

Arguably the best hotel in the region, the stunning Likya Residence and Spa is a luxurious adult-only retreat, yet just a short stroll from the heart of the charming harbour town of Kalkan.

All of the light, airy and incredibly spacious rooms and suites offer unrivalled sea views and have a large balcony or terrace, a superb spot to sit and watch the sun go down over the deep blue Mediterranean.

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Tailored  FOR YOU

Bespoke holidays, to fit your exact requirements

Whether you are simply looking for accommodation for a few nights, or want an off the beaten track tailor-made holiday, the team at The Discerning Collection can fulfill your every need.

We can arrange flights from any UK airport on any day of the week, transfers or car hire, accommodation (including specific rooms), and many other services such as various jaunts and excursions, meals in some of the best restaurants in town! We are totally flexible and are here to ensure that you book the holiday that you want.

Simply give us a call on 01784 817 720 to experience our friendly and knowledgeable service first-hand.


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