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Hats Off To Philip Treacy

It’s time to unveil the sunhats designed exclusively for us by world-famous hat designer, Philip Treacy… and what’s more, how about winning one of 5 hats we’re giving away?

Ever since we revealed our exclusive collaboration with hat-maker-to-the-stars, Philip Treacy, we’ve literally been sitting on our hands to stop ourselves letting the, er, hat out of the bag when it comes to the design of the limited edition sunhats. We can now totally sympathise with those Apple guys when there’s a new iPhone in the offing. Keeping secrets is tough, especially when they’re so blinking exciting.

The partnership came about to mark the launch of our new 5-star Sensatori Resort Turkey in a place called Side, and although we’ve been able to show you exclusive pics of the brand-new hotel, until now we’ve only been able to release a tantalising sketch of the hats. But you know what they say – good things come to those who wait.

So, here we go. Drumroll, please. We’re proud as punch to present the women’s sunhats…

Kind of a big deal, right? We’re in love. And we would pick a favourite out of the 6 knock-out shades available, we really would… but that would be like choosing our favourite Häagan-Dazs flavour. It’s just too difficult.

And, as you’ll recall from our initial announcement, it’s not just women’s sunhats Philip has designed for us. Oh, no. He’s only gone and designed his first ever range of children’s hats (available in 3 stylish shades). In other words, a slice of fashion history. We reckon a certain Prada-wearing editor-in-chief will be seriously impressed. After all, we’re already part of the fash-pack, having graced the pages of Vogue.com. No biggie.


So, how do you get your hands on one, we hear you cry. Well, the incredibly lucky women and children staying at the Sensatori Resort Turkey from 1st June onwards will find a hat placed in their rooms on arrival (while stocks last). To be honest, towel art is all well and pretty, but, given the choice, we know which surprise we’d prefer to find on our beds. However, if you’re not booked into our Turkey-based Sensatori over the next few weeks and you desperately need one of these limited edition hats in your life, fear not… sunhats will be available to buy at the following Thomson superstores across the UK from 1st June, with all proceeds donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Birmingham Bull Ring
Bluewater Park
Braehead (Glasgow)
Dudley Sheffield Gateshead The Mall (Bristol)
Gateshead Metro Centre
Glasgow Silverburn
Milton Keynes
The Trafford Centre (Manchester)
Welwyn Garden City (Herts)
White Rose (Leeds)

The hats are priced at a very reasonable £150 for a women’s sunhat and £75 for a child’s hat. And it’s an extremely worthy cause, as we’re sure you’ll agree.

Or. Yes, there’s an ‘or’. How do you fancy winning one of the 5 super-stylish sunhats that we’re giving away? If the answer’s what we think it is, here’s the all-important question: in which Turkish resort is the Sensatori Resort Turkey located? (Hint: have another glance over this post, if in doubt). Please send your answers to the following email address by midday on Friday 14th June: philiptreacy@thomson.co.uk. You’ve got to be in it to win it, and all that jazz…

Good luck, everyone!
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Hungry for more? Here’s the man himself, Philip Treacy, talking about the partnership…



As Philip mentions in the video, he also turned his talented hand to designing the bar at the Sensatori Resort Turkey. The ‘Butterfly Bar’ takes inspiration from one of his most fabulous creations – the butterfly hat he designed for Naomi Campbell. We can’t think of a more glamorous setting for a cocktail…

We’d love to hear what you think of our range of sunhats…

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12 Responses to “Hats Off To Philip Treacy”

  1. Lynsey Mooney

    I am currently at sensatori turkey and will still be here on the 1st June. Although I dont ARRIVE after 1st June I will still be expecting a hat to arrive in my room. Thomson can you confirm this?

    • Lauren K @Thomson

      Hi Lynsey, This is subject to availability and not all guests are guaranteed to have a hat in their rooms.

  2. Lynda Stringer

    Hello Thomson Holidays. We are travelling to Sensatori Turkey next Tuesday and have received emails regarding the Philip Treacy hats and it would appear that only those who were actually in the hotel on 1st June (the official opening day) or arrived that day have been given the hats, despite me also receiving an email today “When Thomson met Philip” saying:

    “The milliner has created a collection of limited edition sunhats, plus his first ever range of headwear for children, to mark the opening of this exclusive 5-star resort. Fashionistas checking in during June and July will get one of the limited edition accessories while stocks last.”

    Can you please tell me what is the OFFICIAL line on the distribution of the hats. There are a lot of very disgruntled ladies at the moment

    • Leanne @Thomson

      Hi Lynda, Guests visiting Sensatori Turkey from 1st June, should receive a hat in their room. These hats are subject to availability.

  3. Debbie

    Hi, is there any chance that they will be any hats in September?? we arrive 6th & would love one as we are going to Sensatori to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary which is the 2/07/13 but can’t go this date! (Work commitments) Thanks Debbie

    • Elaine @Thomson

      Hi Debbie, These hats will be limited for guests arriving early in the summer season, while stocks last. I’m sorry for any disappointment this may cause. The hats are now available to purchase in our stores.

  4. Debbie

    Hi I have posted this a few days ago & it disappeared of the blog!!! Here goes again, we arrive September 6th & was wondering if there is any chance of any hats still been given out? We are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary & would love to go home with one of these hats!
    Thanks Debbie

    • Lisa-Marie @Thomson

      Hi Debbie,
      The hats are subject to availability, so if you see reception when you arrive they’ll be able to let you know.

  5. Keith Wilson

    We were at Sensatori from 24 May to 7 June; we saw one or two hats, we asked about them, we were told that our two ladies would get them as they were being given out!! No hats! So disappointed after all the hype.

    Sensational holiday as have been all the Sensatori resorts we have visited.

  6. Nikki

    I was very excited to receive a beautiful hat for myself, my mum and a kids one for my daughter. Very disappointed in ladies sun hats we must have super tiny heads cos way too big. Lost shape very quickly and had only tried it on for few mins. Completely useless by time we got them home!
    The kids hats are fab though wish I’d had one of those for myself.
    Thank you Thomsons a lovely thought and hotel was great. Hats unfortunately not worth the money, hope they didn’t cost you retail price!!!

  7. Reen


    Are these hats still available at Sensatori Turkey? We arrive on Thursday and its our honeymoon 🙂

    • Leanne @Thomson

      Hi Reen, I’m sorry that we weren’t able to answer your question before you travelled. I hope you have a fantastic Honeymoon.


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