founder Serra Türker, a former fine-art painter and a
designer for Tocca, has a proclivity for travel. Part of the
international jet set, when in London (and in need of a place to
crash) Istanbul-born Türker heads for members-only club, Annabel’s
in London’s Mayfair.
For the accessories label Misela’s latest collaboration (and a
first for Annabel’s), Türker presents a series of gold-chevron,
travel-centric pieces (think beach totes, pochettes, clutches and
cosmetic cases) perfect for carrying our kit from Istanbul (where the brand is
based) to the shores of Alaçatı on Turkey’s Çeşme Peninsula; that
is before drifting onwards to Spetses or Antiparos (two of the designer’s
favourite Greek Islands).
While collecting our bespoke leather-trimmed tote from Misela’s
boutique on Mount Street (flashing our Annabel’s membership card at
the till), Türker gave us the rundown on why the tiny village of
Alaçatı is summer’s hottest spot.
The best day to arrive in town is…
Weekends are very busy during high season, so if you want some
quiet time I’d arrive midweek to truly enjoy the place.
Where should we stay?
What’s Alaçatı’s dress code?
Where are the best spots for shopping?
Alaçatı market on Saturdays in the town are known for its
vegetables, fruits, textiles etc.
Where’s good for lunch?
The Beach clubs: Fun Beach, Spiaggia Grande, Beach of
Momo and Shayna Beach. For something local, try pide (Turkish
pizza) at Dost Pide or Kumrucu Sevki, near Ilıca, which
is known for its signature sandwiches.
How about a romantic dinner?
For after dinner drinks head to…
Dokuz Buçuk, Traktör or Plaka.
The best way to spend a Sunday here is…
At the beach club, enjoying the sea and sun.
For a spot of culture head to…
Ephesus and St Virgin Mary’s House near Selçuk (about an hour
and a half from Alaçatı).
The best beaches in town…
Somewhere only locals know about…
Ovacık and Alaçatı Market Place are both great for
Other spots on the Çesme Peninsula worth exploring
Chios Island and Archaeological Site-Erythrai Ildır are must
What key pieces do you always pack when travelling?
It depends on the season but I always pack statement jewellery
and my cosmetic case is a must for me.
A souvenir to bring home…
Mastic lokum (Turkish delights), mastic jam, Turkish cotton
scarves, natural soaps and natural olive oil.