Tashmahal is housed in one of the most magnificent historical mansions in Alacati. Ayça and Serhat Çitoğlu first saw the building when it was a ruin, fell in love with it, bought the mansion, and transformed it into an amazing hotel through a comprehensive renovation process. It has the perfect location; walking distance to Hacı Memiş and the village center, yet in a very quiet street away from the hustle and bustle. The couple was inspired by Taj Mahal while designing and naming the hotel, hence the rooms feature Indian eclectic touches. Each room is unique; one has and old oven inside, one a mezzanine or one features a living room. The honeymoon room is the perfect choice for a remarkable stay. The original mosaics of ‘podima’ stones in the garden are one of a kind. Besides being a beautiful hotel, the welcoming and hospitable team also adds to the experience. Ruhsar at reception, Fidan in the kitchen, Cemil at welcoming, and their lovely cat ‘Agril’ create a warm, homely atmosphere. Turkish ravioli and ‘menemen’ (scrambled eggs with tomato) cooked by Fidan, and the team’s homemade mulberry, sour cherry, carrot, strawberry, quince and citron (citrus fruits from the hotel’s garden trees) jams are very delicious – which you can also buy at the tiny shop at the reception. Tasmahal’s courtyard serves as a cozy breakfast space during the mornings and Alaçatı’s most famous – our favorite – restaurant, Agrilila, takes over in the evenings. Definitely spare a night for Agrilia, and do not miss chef Melih Teksen’s delicious recipes.