Piccolo Mondo stands away from the crowds and noise of Istanbul, on the Goksu river and only a few steps away from the shores of the Black Sea. Each Ottoman-style bay-windowed room looks out onto the waters or the mountains. Piccolo Mondo means 'small world', and that's certainly what Salim Aydin and his family have created here: their welcome is rather more sincere than that found in many city hotels.
Rooms are airy and bright, with patterned rugs, and canopied beds. A restaurant, open only to guests, sits on a wooden pier, warmed by a large open fire. The gardens, on the riverside, are full of huge hammocks and deckchairs.