Karven Four Seasons

Sary-Oi, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

At a Glance

  • Spectacular location on the golden beaches of Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Large resort-style property with a wealth of facilities and activities on offer
  • Within easy reach of Cholpon Ata, with its field of Bronze Age petroglyphs

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Landlocked and surrounded by mountains, Kyrgyzstan enjoys sunshine and low rainfall for most of the year. In winter, the Arctic winds bring in precipitation, snowfall and cold sub-zero temperatures. As such, Kyrgyzstan is particularly good to visit between spring to late autumn (April-October).

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There are slides at children's playing area, which spells wonderful family time with your children

If you are visiting the nearby Cholpon Ata Open Air Museum, use your camera on your phone to view the petroglyphs in nicer detail

There are limited treatment rooms and we recommend to pre-book your spa appointments to avoid disappointment

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Karven Four Seasons or take a look at our itineraries to Kyrgyzstan


Located on the north shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, a short drive from Cholpon Ata city center is the Karven Four Seasons, a resort-style property located on a sandy beach with views of the surrounding mountain scenery.

Karven Four Seasons is situated in Sary-Oy village, close to the city of Cholpon Ata, famous for its ancient petroglyphs that date back to the Bronze Age. The resort’s direct lake frontage means that water sports and beach activities take center stage, with volleyball, jet skiing, waterslides and swimming pools all available.
The hotel’s sports complex is equipped with a swimming pool, tennis court, bowling alley and fitness center. The indoor heated swimming pool is included in the room rate, whereas the outdoor swimming pool comes at additional cost. There are also spa, massage, sauna and hamam available at your account.
Rooms are simply decorated and vary in size from Standard Rooms to the larger Cottages, and all include cable television, a minibar and balcony with views of Lake Issyk-Kul or the mountains.  The two- and three-bedroom cottages have a separate living area and fully-equipped kitchen.
The resort has three restaurants where you can enjoy a selection of local fare and international dishes. The 'For Seasons Restaurant' serves up European and local specialties along with a relatively comprehensive wine list. Hutorok specializes in Slavic cooking, whilst the poolside restaurant Grill House Beach offers up a selection of grilled meats with stunning lake panoramas.
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Rooms at the Karven Four Seasons are quite simple, with muted colors and basic yet comfortable furnishings. All have en-suite bathrooms and modern facilities, whilst the larger cottages have separate seating areas and multiple bedrooms.


  • Boat Ride at Issyk Kul Lake

    Enjoy a private one-hour cruise through Issyk Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world.

  • Burana Tower

    Visit Burana Tower, a minaret completed in the 11th century and take the stairway up to the top for a view of the Chuy Valley.

  • Jeti Oguz Canyon

    You will be driven up to the hill top to admire the view of Jeti Oguz. Afterwards, enjoy a short walk at the top of Jeti Oguz with picturesque rolling hills before you are driven back down for a brief photo stop by the river.

  • Karakol City Tour

    Explore Karakol's unique religious heritage: Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral, Dungan Mosque and the insightful Przhevalsky Memorial and Museum.

  • Karakol Sunday Animal Market

    On every early Sunday mornings, observe locals bargain over horses and livestocks at one of Kyrgyzstan's biggest animal markets.

  • Lunch at Local Kyrgyz Family Home

    Get acquainted with delicious Kyrgyz dishes on a local family house.

  • Meet the Eagle Hunters

    Enjoy a demonstration of traditional hunting with berkut (eagles). A berkutshi (eagle keeper) whose ancestors were hunters as well, will tell you about birdkeeping and about different hunting traditions.

  • Picnic Lunch at a Valley

    Picnic lunch is one of the best ways to slowly take in the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan valleys. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, fresh and dried fruits, chocolate bars and boxed juices.

  • Rock Petroglyphs

    View rock petroglyphs dating from 1500 BC in Cholpon Ata.

  • Suyab

    Visit Suyab, an ancient Chinese city best known as the birthplace of Li Bai, a Chinese poet from the Tang Dynasty era.

Vacation Ideas

  • Off The Beaten Track Silk Road Jeep Safari

    Bishkek, Cholpon Ata, Osh, Ferghana, Khujand, Iskanderkul, Dushanbe & Almaty

    from $7100 pp 13 nights

    • The ultimate intrepid journey takes you to some of the most remote heartlands across 4 Stans
    • Traverse some of the highest mountain ranges in the world, including Tianshan (Heavenly Mountain) and Pamir-Alay
    • Unravel Ferghana Valley's intricate craftmanship—ancient center of silk, ceramic and artisan production

Location & directions

Sary-Oi, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

The Karven Four Seasons is located in the village of Sary-Oy, approximately 15 minutes’ drive from the city of Cholpon Ata, on the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul.

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