Cella Hotel & Spa is the newest member to the Selcuk hotel scene (the hotel opened late 2014) and is set to be the area’s premier luxury hotel. The Turkish and French owners, along with their management staff, are passionate about making Cella the first choice for guests demanding service, attention and luxury.
The newly built hotel is inspired by nearby Ephesus and Greco-Roman statues grace the niches between the windows. Inside, antique meets modern – the interior décor is inspired by French, Italian and Mediterranean styles. Marble statues sit alongside quirky 1950’s barber tools.
The rooms are opulent, many with gold plated bathroom fittings. The 17 rooms are uniquely decorated but share common features such an enormous king size bed (much bigger than my arm span – I don’t think I touched the same place twice during the night), flat screen TV, great Wi-Fi, minibar, tea/coffee facilities, safe and delicious smelling Bulgari toiletries. My dry skin was grateful for the creamy body lotion. VIP room come with either a private sauna, Turkish hamam or bedside Jacuzzi.
For those of us not favored with a VIP choice, you can pamper yourselves in the downstairs spa area where the sauna and hamam are open for all guests. A better option is to employ the services of Tulay – her calm presence will soothe you before she even begins to work out the muscles in your shoulders.
The organic breakfast is cooked fresh and served all day (perfect for late sleepers) and I recommend the fried eggs with cheese and pastrami. Naturally, with so much good choice (there are variations every morning), I over indulged and had more than enough energy to take one of the free bikes for a pedal in the nearby hills.
The hotel is popular in the summer time, particularly with couples and friends travelling. I recommend travelling here in a pair – this is an experience you’ll want to share. I was treated incredibly well during my stay, you will be too.