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.

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
Gulet Cruising
Luxury Cruising and Gulets


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.

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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
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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 Cruising and Gulets
Activity & Adventure
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Private Villas and Apartments with Pool


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.


7 nights for the price of 6, PLUS 5% early booking discount

Hillside Beach Club
Fethiye, Turkey
Luxury hotel in its own private bay, a fabulous choice for both couples and families

We are thrilled to include the elegant beach resort, Hillside Beach Club in Fethiye to our portfolio. Surrounded by sweet-smelling, pine clad mountains in a private bay, the location is undeniably breathtaking. Although larger than our selection of small, boutique hotels in Turkey, we couldn’t resist this superb hotel with vast array of facilities, making it a wonderful holiday choice for both couples and families alike.

With 330 elegantly furnished rooms and suites, some are perfect for couples whilst the larger suites can comfortably sleep a family of four, most rooms have a balcony or terrace and many with splendid sea views.

There are 3 private beaches, the main ‘Blue Flag’ beach offers a wide range of water sports for all the family, whilst Serenity and Silent Beach offer serene, quiet space for adults only. There is also huge swimming pool overlooking the pretty bay . There are plenty of great activities for youngsters, a kids club and also activities for older children and teens.

You are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to dining at the Hillside Beach Club, the main buffet restaurant offers a wide variety of Turkish and international cuisine to suit all tastes, there is also the romantic Pasha on the Bay on the waterfront, not to mention the Beach Bar and Restaurant, with it’s relaxed and informal dining by day, and by night it is transformed in to an elegant, Italian restaurant, an idyllic spot to dine al fresco on a balmy summer’s evening. (these 2 beachside restaurants are weather dependent)

The Hillside Beach Club, Fethiye is an exceptional choice for a Turkish holiday and caters for all tastes, whether you are looking for a romantic escape, or a family summer getaway with plenty of activities, this superb hotel never fails to impress.

Please note that due to the hillside location of the hotel, this property is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

To redeem this offer you must book by 15th March 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


Lujo Hotel glorious white sands and turquoise sea

Let's get loud about Lujo

Lujo Hotel
Bodrum, Turkey
An indoor-outdoor playground bursting with the finer things in life and all on golden sandy shores under brilliantly blue Bodrum skies…

Sequestered away in a quiet corner of Bodrum, every inch of this extraordinary hotel hideaway exudes highly polished, meticulously finished luxury amenities and facilities. This really is a diamond for those who relish the absolute best.

Lujo has 721 sleeping quarters; rooms, suites, swim up rooms, private villas and all complete with joy advisors who are your very own in situ hosts, there to help and provide local information as required. Whether you are seeking an adult-only suite, or a villa for the whole family, Lujo promises a truly unforgettable experience. Each of the rooms from the beautiful lead in up to the presidential suite are finished to an exceptional standard, all beds are draped in cool, luxury linens. Interiors are filled with light, natural stone and other richly textured materials create a soothing atmsophere and with all the modcons and luxury facilities you could dream of.

The most difficult decisions you will make while resident are whether you will recline poolside or beachside. Lujo boasts three fabulous beaches and numerous swimming pools, even an aqua park that the children will love and not forgetting those who are still young at heart. If you like to do more than laze by the pool will enjoy the enormous choice of watersports, there is also a well equipped gym and endless activities for those who like to keep up with their training regime while in holiday mode. Available sporting activities include; tennis, boxing, beach volleyball, dance classes, cross fit, table tennis, hammock yoga, cycling and many more.

After all that activity you will have worked up an appetite that Lujo will more than satisfy. Guests visiting Lujo are encouraged to take advantage of the ultra-all-inclusive option as there is nowhere nearby to wander out to of an evening. Restaurants are beautifully presented taking in the stunning surrounds and furnished in keeping with the concepts. Restaurants feature; Turkish, Asian, Mediterranean, European and International cuisine so there will be something for every guest to wax-lyrical about.

A well executed family holiday can be difficult to get right. With adults seeking a rejuvenating escape, and children craving a dynamic adventure; trying to strike the balance can leave either party feeling short-changed and frustrated. Thankfully, Lujo seems to have mastered the art of family-holidaying. There are glorious adult only enclaves as well as children’s spaces jam-packed with activities and workshops so our littlest loves are entertained too.

Whether you are looking to get the party started or kick back and have all the decisions made for you by the superb on site joy advisors guests will be justly rewarded…

Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time


La Terrazas De Abama Suites Melvin Restaurant Breakfast Terrace

Chase the sun this winter with the Discerning Collection…

Las Terrazas de Abama Suites

A simply superb 5 star experience within the Abama Resort complex, located in the Guia de Isora region in Southwest Tenerife. These delightful one, two, and three bedroom suites have a tranquil and peaceful and ambience attracting a discerning clientele. Overseen by its Michelin starred chef, Martin Berasategui, the Melvin restaurant compliments the exquisite offering here in Abama resort.

All the suites have large gardens or open terraces from where you can enjoy wonderful views. The modern interiors have been meticulously designed to blend perfectly into the natural environment where the resort is located, where open spaces coexist in harmony with the gardens, outdoor terraces and the magnificent landscape that surrounds the suites. The floor-to-ceiling windows fill the rooms with natural light and offer breath-taking views across the Atlantic Ocean or beautiful gardens.

There’s tennis, golf, 4 swimming pools all heated, its own private beach which is a 15 minute walk away or 5 minutes in the complimentary shuttle bus, yoga, pilates classes and massages and all the usual facilities of a 5 star hotel. There is also a gourmet shop at Abama Terraces, offering a wide range of local artisan products and an exquisite selection of wines.

Puerto de la Cruz is 23 miles from Las Terrazas de Abama Suites. The nearest airport is Tenerife Sur Airport, 16.2 miles from the property.

Must book between 26th of December 2023 to 31st of January 2024 to secure the offers – subject to availability


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Book now for 2024 and receive 20% off

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 29th February 2024


Likya Gardens 2023

Best Ever early booking 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 will expire on 29th February 2024


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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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