The Stay Warehouse introduces guests to the coastal charms of Alacati on the Cesme peninsula, famed for its laid-back windsurfers’ vibe and azure Aegean waters. Transformed from a former beer distribution centre, sustainable luxury is at the heart of the adult-only The Stay Warehouse, a design-led hideaway set in olive-tree lined gardens cocooning an outside heated pool. Wrapped in reclaimed materials, zero trees were felled during construction, and recycled materials were used including wood and bricks from ancient Anatolian houses repurposed into walls and upcycled into bespoke furniture.
This rustic-chic retreat offers guests 24 spacious and calming suites, bathed in muted tones with super king-size beds, blackout curtains and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, Acqua di Parma amenities and bamboo toothbrushes. Numark record players – with a curated vinyl selection – slick Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers and well-stocked SMEG minibars add contemporary flair. All suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens or pool, and some have private patios.
A vibrant cultural hub, art is the first thing that greets guests as they enter with a life casting by Seungmo Park (pictured, right) and a diverse collection of curated local and international artwork showcased throughout. The hotel also hosts year-round musical and theatre performances, culinary workshops, art exhibitions and film festivals. In the relaxed cultural space, feel free to borrow books from the art and architecture-led library. The hotel hosts year-round events, including musical and theatre performances, culinary workshops, art exhibitions and film festivals.
Sample seasonal, local delicacies and wines from around the world, including the Cesme and Izmir region, at the Argentina Grill as the resident DJ spins laid-back sounds. Guests can sunbathe on the private deck at the nearby Plage Isolée beach club, and a complimentary private shuttle service is on-hand for exploring Alacati’s special beaches, bars and restaurants.
Alacati is also renowned for its burgeoning gourmet scene and hillsides of tumbling vineyards, as featured by Rick Stein in his BBC2 series ‘From Venice to Istanbul’ – as well as plenty of sight-seeing around UNESCO Heritage sites, including Pergamon, once home to the second biggest library in the world, and Ephesus, one of the best preserved Graeco-Roman cities on the Mediterranean.