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Antalya, Turkey: An artistic sight to behold

Just look. Make memories. Capture later. Spend some time at BAYOU Villas by Barut Hotels

Lara Barut Collection has created numerous comfortable and recreation spaces for its guests


There is too much focus on AI-generated artwork

That soon, we will forget what it is like to hold a paintbrush, to work on the potter's wheel

We are going about our lives focussing more on easy-to-print posters, and free-to-download templates vs. valuing the works that are a result of decades of skill, patience and dedication.

During my recent stay in a three-bedroom villa at BAYOU Villas, I had a chance to absorb, and admire art as it should be – all around me, in forms of murals to music.

Missed how it all started? Head here. The five senses (and more) experience at Antalya Turkey. Discover the sense of SOUND OF HEALING. Soak in the AROMAS OF CALMNESS.


Art Tourism refers to tourism where people travel for the purpose of visiting, engaging, and exploring activities associated with art. The art tourism market is estimated to reach 43 billion USD in 2022 and 52.42 billion USD by 2032. Hosting biennials and various contemporary art activities, Türkiye has a high potential in such field as well, in terms of not only the artists, it has brought on but also artistic production.

Art speaks louder than words. Join me on a pictorial, aesthetic journey of what's on display!

BAYOU Villas feature works of art and installations, all of which are original and selected and placed at appropriate points with the advice obtained from the artistic consultant team.

A contemporary art selection, supporting such narrative, is now created for Bayou Villas, which embrace nature and each of which has been designed upon the idea to offer an exclusive experience in its entirety. A broad range of collections, involving the production types at various disciplines such as paintings, ceramic placements, collages, digital arts, video arts and NFT by 25 distinctive artists who have just started their careers and are internationally recognised.


Then, I will leave the scrolling on devices for a while

And, I fill up my soul with art on walls, in the gardens

(There is something magical about walking in spaces that are curated with a focus on minimalism aesthetics)


Then, I will as an artist myself

Take a moment to realise that we are all on creative journeys of similar kinds


Then, I will wonder once again what is it that my heart likes the one compliment that can make a day for an artist, and make a promise to myself to stand up for the creatives ones when they're lonely filling up spaces and pages with hues and words



Are you ready to explore the five senses at BAYOU Villas and embrace it all?

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Disclaimer: Sayers and philosophers often ask us to stop and smell the flowers. Little do they know that our lives are jammed up with tricky deadlines, urgent presentations, must-attend parents-teachers meets, sudden electricity failures, uninvited dinner guests, etcetera. And hence they suggest we include travelling as a mandatory activity in our schedules to not just smell the flowers but also do a lot more than our busy routines

don’t leave us time for. They remind us to pack our bags and drive down to a nearby place, hop on to a bus for a weekend trip, board a train for a lovely ride or fly down to a gorgeous destination. This is a place where we relive some ordinary moments away from home. Yes, travelling does a lot more than transporting us to a different location; it revamps and refreshes our day with activities and moments that routine lives keep us away from.

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How to reach: I took a flight from Dubai to Istanbul (four hours plus, Turkish Airways), followed by a connecting flight via the same carrier to Antalya (one hour plus).

With a collection of more than 100 works of art, Lara Barut Collection, embodying BAYOU Villas, brings artists together with the hotel guests in the Contemporary Artists Meetings it holds every year. The primary purpose of such meetings is to support the young and promising artists. Since 2019, Lara Barut Collection continues its engagements to bring such events, it has started with young artists in Türkiye in 2019 and traditionalized, to the international level. At the 5th event to be held in October 2023, the young artists in Türkiye will deliver artistic production for a period of one week, and the hotel guests will interact with them during that time. Any hotel guest, who would wish to do so, can buy such works. Other works will be exhibited at the hotel. BAYOU Villas offer also the options for villas with a piano to its guests interested in music.


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