Bodrum has long been recognized as one of the best Mediterranean destinations with important ancient ruins and dazzling seaside scenery. Now this Turkish port has an exciting new luxury addition: the highly anticipated resort by Mandarin Oriental.
Built into a hillside overlooking “Cennet Koyu” (Paradise Bay), the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum has 59 guest rooms and 27 suites including two Presidential Villas. Designed in a contemporary style, the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and wood floors covered with Turkish rugs. Most rooms are equipped with terraces (be sure to request a sea view to gape at the Aegean), while suites come with plunge pools and outdoor showers in private gardens.
Lounge on the two private beaches or beside the pools, or if you’re feeling more sporty, there’s tennis, basketball, scuba diving and sailing from the aquatics centre, Pilates, yoga, and a jogging path. The hotel also arranges local excursions like tours on a traditional Turkish Gulet or to see local olive presses.
At the end of the day, relax with a massage at the spa, which has extensive facilities and even organizes week-long wellness programs. Dining experiences run the gamut from Italian cuisine and Mediterranean specialties to Japanese and south Asian.
For more information, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/bodrum