As the sun abruptly sets on a very un-British summer, the southern Med is (thankfully) still home to high temperatures and long sunny days.

Head to Patara, one of Turkey's most stunning beaches, for white sands and blue, blue seas. Ten minutes up into the hills lies Prima Donna – five boutique lodges with kitsch additions such as zebra print throws and wooden four-poster beds.

Very retro, but still very Mediterranean: each terrace has a sweeping view over the hills and the beach, with an outdoor jacuzzi and pool. It's Turkey – but not as you know it.

Special offer for Escapism readers

Thinking of heading to Prima Donna? We've teamed up with the hotel to offer Escapism readers a day trip aboard a private luxury gulet, with lunch. It's a great way to explore the Turquoise Coast too, a lot of which cannot be accessed by road. Mention Escapism when you book.