Imagine a hotel…
The moment you step inside the garden you’re greeted by Cypress trees, lavenders, rosemary leaves and a 1000 years old Olive Tree. Despite their ordinary looks from the outside, the four buildings made out of stone that surround the garden all hide a unique experience for you.
The “Gastronomy Building” greets you with the delicious smells coming out of the oven. The food served here is made with local ingredients or vegetables & fruits grown in hotel’s own garden & presented beautifully as if they are all individual art pieces. Note that you won’t be able to get enough of the madeleines made by the talented kitchen team served alongside 5 O’clock tea and the sourdough bread, molasses, dried fruit roll-ups, jams, pickle, juices and ice-cream – all homemade at the hotel’s kitchen.
You can take a gastronomy book from the hotel’s library and opt in to read it by the fireplace while listening to the cracking sound of the fire or attend the various food workshops. Or you can choose to have a pizza baked in the stone oven at the cafe, accompanied by a glass of Kavaklıdere wine, making you feel like you’re part of a big Italian family enjoying dinner altogether. Every inch of the hotel smells fantastic – and if you’d ask the origin of this scent, you’ll be informed that it comes from the room odors and candles placed everywhere – all of which are the hotel’s own production, like the shampoos and creams in the rooms. Towels in the bathrooms are hand wowed as well, made using traditional fabric. The walls are decorated with paintings by Kirkor Sahakoğlu, the shelves are equipped with centuries old bottles, corners filled with vintage jugs and statues, floors covered with hand loom carpets – it’s safe to say that two talented people; architect Han Tümertekin and interior designer Hakan Ezer accomplished an amazing job here.
The second building is dedicated to the “artful experiences”. The atelier areas on two floors host talks and workshops on ceramics, porcelain, glassworks and woodcraft. Another building designed with the “fitness and health” theme offers a yoga and meditation room, a massage therapy area, a Pilates room and a fitness & cardio center, where you can either work out by yourself or attend the group classes. For those who prefer swimming, there are two pools located in the garden, one with a jet stream. The last building is reserved for corporate purposes; offering two spacious meeting rooms (one with a capacity of 20, while the other can host up to 8 people), a screening room with 20 seats where you can organize your meetings, seminars or host movie screenings. All the buildings have their own libraries filled with carefully selected books, accompanied by fireplaces to enjoy your book by the fire. The 16 rooms the hotel has to offer are carefully designed with a refined manner, they are spacious and always bright thanks to their wide windows.
Open all year round, this place is an oasis where movie nights, poetry talks, lifestyle & food workshops are organized frequently. The buildings that look like ordinary constructions from the outside bundle you up as you start experiencing what’s inside; contributing both to the guests as well as the inhabitants of the village.
Have you imagined? This is Bernadet, Alaçatı’s latest addition. Named and inspired by Berna Tunalı Mimaroğlu, who fell in love with everything Alaçatı had to offer in 2003 when she first came here and imagined a hotel which would be almost like a living thing; spreading light, warmth and love to its surroundings all year around. Unfortunately, Berna is no more in this world; but her dreams, her soul, her refined taste and elegant vision still lives here at Bernadet, thanks to her husband Vedat, daughter İrem and son Kerem, who loved her deeply. We know that Berna keeps spreading her passion for Alaçatı, arts, sports and gastronomy, as well as her humanism and energy to the guests through the old olive tree at the heart of the hotel.