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 UK experiences and some Winter Sun in Tenerife to the Discerning Collection.

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
Winter Sun
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Hotel Rooms with Private Pool
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Adult Only
Cultural Discovery
Romantic Break & Honeymoons
Luxury Cruising and Gulets
Activity & Adventure
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Private Villas and Apartments with Pool


We are delighted to introduce our exciting new programme of truly memorable bucket list experiences. Designed to allow you to discover natural wonders and unique cultural experiences year round and in a wide choice of destinations, which include, trips to Iceland, Norway, Scotland and closer to home Cornwall. On our Discerning Experiences you will travel in style, enjoying the finest hospitality and our renowned personal service.


Mavi Koy view from pool

50% OFF 2nd September 2023

Mavi Koy
Kalkan, Turkey

Mavi Koy

Simply the finest address in Kalkan… Mavi Koy enjoys a fantastic position directly on the water’s edge

Multi-layered gardens and terraces wind gently down from the substantial house to the astonishing seafront where steps and diving platforms provide access to sea swimming and snorkelling in the crystal-clear shallows.

It has the largest private waterfront of any house in Kalkan with breakfast served here every morning on a waterside terrace set away from the main house.

The large, private waterfront is yours alone to while away the hours overlooking the inky blue waters and pop in for a cooling dip. Long, lazy days can be spent playing table tennis or pool, hopping in the villa’s kayaks and diving into the turquoise sea from the private terrace – there is little reason to leave.

The huge villa has six en-suite bedrooms spread out over three levels (4 with their own access), all of which have balconies or terraces with glorious sea views.

The main house has a gorgeous open plan kitchen, living and dining area with doors opening out onto a lovely large terrace with outside dining area and fantastic sea views.   Additional doors from the living room open up on the side to the large freshwater pool with a pretty terrace ideal for entertaining. Hammocks are dotted through the gardens and there is a Romanesque pergola for al fresco dining. There is an outdoor Jacuzzi to revive weary muscles.

Enjoy your breakfast in the spacious and private seafront terrace where you can relax on scattered cushions and sun beds in the shade of the olive trees.

For those who enjoy water sports, a local company will happily pop over with a boatload of water sport toys.  Or simply enjoy the spectacle of the boats of all shapes and sizes meandering in and out of the harbour throughout the day.

Kalkan harbour is just a ten-minute walk along a newly created footpath which leads from your door along the shore into the centre.  It has a prime position for nights in and out of the villa, falling asleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore.

*Large parties might like to take Villa Mavi Deniz as well which is conveniently located next door (4 bedroom villa sleeps 8).

Please note that due to the steep, hillside location and many steps, this property is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.

£5,750 plus additional guests at £350 per person
First come, first served


Likya Gardens 2023

Exclusive Autumn Special Offers

Likya Gardens
Kalkan, Turkey

Likya Gardens

A gorgeous boutique hotel perched  by the water’s edge with just 12 suites and 4 villas, an idyllic escape

Once a simple guesthouse, the Likya Gardens Hotel has been totally transformed into a beach front boutique hotel comprising of just 12 spacious suites, two 2 bedroom villas and two 3 bedroom villas.

Boasting one of the best locations in Kalkan this reinvented boutique property is situated only a short 12 minute stroll along the coastal road from Kalkan harbour and nestles behind the Yali Beach club.

Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time (Ts and Cs apply)


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Save 30% at The Asfiya Sea View in October

Asfiya Sea View Hotel
Kalkan, Turkey
A modern boutique hotel with sea views from every angle and in an exceptional location, within a stones’s throw of the centre of Kalkan

***NEW FOR 2023; We are thrilled to announce that the Asfiya Sea View is under new management for the summer 2023 season and will be run by the reputable and delightful Likya Residence team.

Tiered down the hillside in an enviable location just a short stroll from Kalkan’s old town, sits the impressive Asfiya Sea View Hotel.  With only 34 stylish en-suite rooms, 15 have their very own plunge pools, 3 rooms have direct access to the communal swimming pool, and all enjoy breath-taking sea views.

Most rooms can be made up with twin or double beds, and some of the rooms can sleep up to 3 guests, we even have a few which can be interconnected via a main door making it an ideal choice for families. Recently the private pool rooms in the 700’s block have been extended and their large terraces are now decked out with comfy sunbeds as well as lovely rattan furniture.

The focal hub of life at the Asfiya Sea View is the large pool and terrace. Replete with voluptuous cushioned day beds and parasols. Adjacent is the laid-back pool bar which serves an array of cooling drinks throughout the day and by nightfall is a popular sundowner spot. Since the opening of the hotel, wonderful improvements have been made to the communal areas, and there is now an excellent restaurant on the terrace which is said by some of our guests to be on a par with the Likya restaurant, which is praise indeed. The restaurant is is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Asfiya Sea View has built up a loyal following of repeat guests many of whom most regularly comment on the service. We know that the exemplary new management team from the Likya Residence will work tirelessly to ensure your every need is taken care of and if ever anything is missing all you need to do is ask. With everything you could possibly need at your fingertips you don’t even have to venture out if you don’t want to.

Our guests who are resident in the Asfiya Sea View are invited to use the nearby Yali Beach Club throughout their stay, simply show your room key and complimentary access will be granted. The beach club is now under new management and is run by the successful crew behind one of the harbour’s best restaurants, Marina. Yali is easily accessible on foot and is just a 10 minute stroll downhill from the Asfiya Sea View Hotel. Parasols and day beds are scattered on rocky platforms and waiter and towel service is available to your day-bed. The menu has an excellent a choice of small plates ideal for sharing as well as  main events and seasonal salads. There is a super choice of refreshing beverages such as freshly squeezed juices, beers and signature cocktails- to name a few.



Subject to availability


Relax by the water's edge at Su Kenari

Last chance!!! 20% Special offer available on all stays in June 2023

Villa Su Kenari 2, 4 & 6 bedroom villas

The Su Kenari villas are a cluster of 3 individually styled villas (2, 4 and 6 bedrooms) located in a quiet corner of Kalamar Bay. Each of the villas boast their own sea facing swimming pool and magnificent private waterfront setting with bathing access. The Su Kenari concept is a refreshing surprise to the Kalkan villa scene, the villas provides a strong sense of place and blend seamlessly with the surrounds.

Good to know, while the villas can be secured individually, it is extremely well suited for multi-generational- families and groups of friends travelling together. There is lashings of space for entertaining and together twelve well-appointed bedrooms.  This property has been carefully created to provide a comfortable and luxurious escape.



2 beds £1,410 / 4 beds £3,020/ 6 beds £3,920 all prices are per week
Offer can be withdrawn at any time and is offered on a first come first served basis.


Domes Miramare pool & sea views

Up to 20% off and other benefits selected room types only

Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
An adult-only luxury haven located on Corfu’s stunning coastline

Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu is a stylish, contemporary adult-only luxury hotel, located on it’s very own beach in Moraitika, on the Eastern side of Corfu.

Domes Miramare sits elegantly right on the water front with breathtaking views over the crystal clear Ionian sea towards the mainland. Built amongst age-old olive trees, the 113 sumptuous suites, pavilions and villas are split over separate buildings, many with their own private outdoor pool or Jacuzzi, this hotel really is the definition of contemporary luxury.

As with all Domes Hotels, the focus is all about first class, personal service, from fine dining in the multi awarded restaurants, to pampering beauty treatments and even personal training sessions can be arranged, the team at Domes Miramare will ensure that your stay is truly unforgettable.

For the ultimate Domes experience, spoil yourself with upgrading to Haute Living, an exclusive concept for guests staying in some of the higher room categories. Not only is the accommodation the most luxurious, but guests also benefit from many other added extras, including 24/7 access to the Haute Living room, a sumptuous lounge with complimentary magazines, tablets, appetisers and drinks, evening cocktails, a private pool area and direct access to the sea, and a dedicated concierge team.

Nearby is the pretty inland village of Benitses, with it’s friendly local tavernas and tranquil setting, and the UNESCO heritage site of Corfu Town is a mere 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel, with it’s picturesque cobbled backstreets, elegant restaurants, shops and buzzing nightlife, it’s well worth a visit. Corfu Town can also be reached by the hotel’s own private luxury boat, as well as exploring the glorious Corfiot coastline.

Prices available on request
Please see specific terms and conditions below


Cayo swimming pool

Save up to 22% on stays between 1st-31st October 2023

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa
Plaka, Crete

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.


Price available on request
Available to all guests who book in the month of September to stay in October (specific date ranges apply)


Latest NEWS

Likya Pavilion beautiful gardens

Likya Pavilion early booking rewards now live…

Those who book early will be rewarded with a 10% reduction and of course by booking early you will be guaranteed the very best choice of room and departure date…


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What’s new at St Nic’s for 2023?

Immerse yourself in a world of unrivalled luxury at St Nicolas Bay. We are delighted to reveal, in a nutshell, the remarkable array of exciting new facilities that seamlessly blend with the surrounding environs. Visit the hotel page for exciting autumn offers.


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Yoga at The Lures: Last four spaces available

With only 4 places left, don’t delay, reserve your place today. Our biannual Kalkan yoga retreat is going ahead week commencing 13th October 2023 at the recently completed luxury hotel, The Lures. Make the most of the late summer sun and join us for a week’s stay in your very own Deluxe Sea View Jacuzzi Room, with plenty of free time to enjoy the beach, sea-facing infinity pool and of course, plenty of yoga classes.


Villa Mavi Koy's huge infinity pool

Feeling Spontaneous? Mavi Koy: 26th August and 2nd September

Feeling spontaneous? Within the last hour we have been notified of a cancellation at one of Turkey’s most beautiful villas for two weeks from this Saturday 26th August… and given the short notice, it can now be yours for 50% of the usual cost (plus additional guest fees)! The villa can be booked for 7 or 14 nights, weeks available 26th August and 2nd September 2023.


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Discerning Collection guests get preferential treatment at the NEW Lures Hotel, Kalkan

We are delighted to invite DC guests who are non-resident to use the Lures Hotel Beach club and you will receive a 15% discount off food and beverages… what are you waiting for?


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Exclusive Summer and Autumn Special Offers Likya Pavilion

A blissful sanctuary to unwind and renew!



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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