The Calista Resort: Turkey

Calista_2Not too many people would put Turkey on the top of their list for vacations. The Eurasian country lacks the allure of Greece, one of the 8 surrounding countries, but also adds political volatility with countries like Georgia also within shouting distance. However, despite the hodgepodge of political and geographical shuffleboard, Turkey remains to be seen as a destination point for roughly 31-million people every year. And with 21 million in revenue from tourism, you can see why a luxury resort would have a great place to call home.

The Calista Resort is by far one of the most architecturally and esthetically stunning resorts that I’ve seen during my stint as a world traveler and luxury connoisseur. Calling it the 9th wonder of the world would be a little boastful,but it sure is purrty. For those who don’t know, Calista is the Goddess of Beauty, and fittingly so. I think she would be proud to hang out with us mere mortals if the resort was an option.

If, in fact, you’re lucky enough to stay at this resort, you’d end up instantly feeling better about being you. Amenities run wild, with a myriad of sports, including 13 golf courses, 5 tennis courts, 2 FIFA regulation futbol fields, and comprehensive fitness center.I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a decent fitness center. So many hotels and resorts don’t put much of an emphasis on their gyms. One treadmill and a set of dumbbells does not qualify as a place to work out. Anyway, back to the fun stuff. Wining and dining should be pretty easy with 11 eateries to chose from, and of course, the spa offers unique serves such as the Turkish bath, Bali Massage, and Ice Bowl (No, it’s not bowling with ice, people).

Overall, the Calista is a marvel of modern design. The company culture focuses on customer service and providing guest with the most memorable and relaxing experience they’ve ever had. If you don’t have a bucket list yet, make one and be sure to add this resort to the top of your list. Seacrest out.