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Fantasy becomes reality on Büyükada, the biggest of the islands but not so built-up that you want to avoid it. That's why the listings here are all on the "Big Island." The Splendid Palace Hotel, 23 Nisan Cad. (turn right at the Büyükada Princess Hotel and drop your jaw at the white, domed mansion on your left; tel. 0216/382-6950; fax 0216/382-6775; www.splendidhotel.net; 75€-95€ double), is a palatial clapboard house with views of the Marmara with peaceful gardens, a private swimming pool, two restaurants, and an on-site patisserie. It's closed November through March. The newly renovated (2007) Büyükada Princess Hotel, Iskele Meydani 2 (straight up the street from the ferry landing on the right; tel. 0216/382-1628; fax 0216/382-1949; www.buyukadaprincess.com; 110€ double), is a more modest but gracious seaside lodge and is open year-round. The small pool overlooking the Marmara Sea is open in the summer months. If you want to go all out for waterfront romance, head to the Aya Nikola Boutique Pension, Yilmaz Türk Cad. 104, Aya Nikola Mevkii (tel. 0212/382-4143; www.ayanikolabutikpansiyon.com; 350TL room with fireplace; 300TL without).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.