Make a Vow at Maara Konak

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We know you are always on the lookout for special venues for weddings. There is so much to choose from an array of beaches, castles and exotic locations across the world, but before we scour the globe for fabulous destinations, we’d love to first let you in our little secret! Our new favorite for weddings is a special place far away from the city’s din and chaos in Turkey: a new spectacular place in Cappadocia to say your vows – Maara Konak.

This new venue, part of the award-winning Museum Hotel – the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Turkey – is barely 200 meters away from the hotel. When we say we love the views, which by the way are gorgeous, we mean every word.

Surrounded by ‘fairy chimneys,’ Cappadocia is a popular wedding destination these days. The stately mansion of the Maara Konak venue, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, was once the private residence of the Uçhisar regional priest. So, it’s a piece of history that has been given a meticulous restoration and transformed into something quite contemporary. Maara Konak has indoor space, open area and terraces, and hosts boutique weddings and mini concerts.

The Museum Hotel is the best luxury hotel to check-in to – its lavish suites are decorated with rare antiquities and you’ll also have peacocks and pigeons to keep you company.

Treat yourself and your guests to hot-air balloon rides over the valley and have the hotel organize a private whirling dervish show set against the beautiful landscape etched with cones, mushrooms and rock pillars. A trek or horse ride through the Ihlara Valley is bound to remain etched in your memories. We loved it and so will you!

Getting There: Fly in to Turkey’s Kayseri or Nevsehir airports. The Museum Hotel offers private transfers from these airports.

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Smitha Sadanandan