Turkish Treasure: İkbal Thermal Hotel & Spa

24 Sep 2020
3 min read
Nestled in the mountainous countryside of Afyonkarahisar in Turkey, the İkbal Thermal Hotel & Spa blends contemporary facilities with long-standing tradition. Wellness, luxury and tranquility are the pillars of this palatial property, making it perfectly suited to the most discerning of travelers.

Surrounded by a city steeped in ancient history, brimming with the tales of its gloried past and aglow with the spirit of the Anatolian civilizations that once settled here, the deluxe İkbal Thermal Hotel & Spa is all about creating meaningful moments while reveling in geothermal bliss.

As a member of EHTTA (The European Historic Thermal Towns Association), and with Afyonkarahisar’s designation as one of the UNESCO Creative Cities, the hotel is the perfect destination for travelers in search of top-class thermal tourism in Turkey. In addition to thermal richness, historic significance and cultural profusion, the area also boasts an enticing food scene with unique, internationally-acclaimed cuisine on offer. Guests can also enjoy the Mountainous Phrygia; Afyon Great (Ulu) Mosque and duo of UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List sites while visiting the city.

The three-thousand-year-old Phrygian Valley spans a mighty 506 kilometres, and is one of the top ten most beautiful valleys in the country. Etched with unique cart-like tracks, the valley has millennia of rich history carved into its bedrocks. The Phrygian Road is one of Turkey’s longest hiking trails, and showcases incredible views of the valley’s most magnificent rock monuments including Aslantaş, Yılantaş, Maltas and Aslankaya, which Phrygians built in the incised rocks that formed from the displaced volcanic ash when Turkmen Mount erupted.

The valley is also home to the striking Avdalaz Castle and Demirli Castle; the centuries-old fairy chimneys; the Emre Lake which forms part of the flamingo’s migration routes; various stone monuments; an abundance of rock settlements, and a handful of open-air temples. In modern times, Afyonkarahisar has become world-renowned as the host of the MXGP Motocross World Championship. This September will be the city’s third time hosting this grand event.

İkbal Thermal Hotel and Spa, with its prominent location at the meeting point of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Central Anatolian regions, is the idyllic place to unwind after exploring the Afyon Province’s splendid surrounds. Connecting the country’s major centers with bountiful nature, history and culture, and cloistered elegantly within an open-air shopping centre on the Ankara-İzmir highway at Afyonkarahisar, the hotel has a truly unmatched locale.

On the inside, the İkbal Thermal Hotel & Spa is the pinnacle of comfort and luxury. Its 286 bright and spacious rooms and suites are outfitted with the latest technology and boast a professional and sophisticated aesthetic where panoramic views meet modern architectural lines. Designed for both work and relaxation, the rooms and suites have all the facilities and amenities needed for a memorable stay.

The hotel has Deluxe Rooms, Connection Rooms, and isable Accessible Rooms as well as Prince Suites, Princess Suites, Queen Suites, King Suites, and a sumptuous Penthouse Spa Suite on the top floor. The İkbal Thermal Hotel & Spa has been lauded with many awards since its opening, including the ‘Luxury Family Hotel Global Winner’ at the 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards and the best ‘Luxury Spa Hotel in Eastern Europe’ at the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

The hotel’s equally notable culinary offerings will leave your palate in awe. The informal, convivial Lobby Bar & Cafe invites guests to enjoy laid-back fare with a garden view. The menu has an array of cold, non-alcoholic drinks available, along with cakes, biscuits and other snack to accompany your beverage of choice. The Kadayıf Restaurant serves delicious fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all carefully cooked by the restaurant’s masterful chefs. No matter your preference, from cold and hot appetizers, to a variety of salads and desserts, every one of the dishes are prepared with an unwavering affection for this gastronomic city and a deep awareness of the seasonality and provenance of the ingredients, ensuring they are the freshest and most flavorful.

Of course, a visit to İkbal Thermal Hotel & Spa is not complete without indulging in a relaxing spa day. MineraSpa has a myriad of skin and body treatments on offer, all aimed at relaxing and rejuvenating the mind and body. Guests can also partake in the spa’s range of sports activities using their state-of-the-art facilities, which include a fitness center, squash courts, thermal pools, private family baths, an indoor swimming pool with a water slide, a children’s pool and a heated outdoor pool. The spa also boasts a Turkish bath, a sauna, a jacuzzi, a steam bath, a hair salon, massage rooms, mud baths and physical therapy units. It also has a dedicated indoor swimming pool for women.

Social activities are also a plenty at the hotel, with its outdoor outlet shopping facilities and large halls, which make it a fantastic, convenient place to host conventions, special events and large gatherings. The quiet, hassle-free rooms with ample space and lots of greenery are idyllic for distinguished guests, families and business people.

To find out more about İkbal Thermal Hotel & Spa and to book an exclusive and extraordinary stay, visit their website.