Turkish Delight

Indulge in an Eastern Adventure

Posted: 06.09.12

There are only a few months of the year when the weather isn’t hot, hot, hot in Turkey - making it the ideal getaway location year round! The half European/half Asian country has a strong culture including delicious, fresh cuisine, Sufi dancing, stunning architecture and mosques and popular hammams where locals and visitors go to rejuvenate and revive. Western Turkey is a particularly attractive region, with beaches and mountain surrounding all the major towns – it’s a hot stop for holidaymakers from all over the world. Many of them head to Bodrum and it’s easy to see why. A cosmopolitan seaside town with a magnificent harbour and a marina, Bodrum is also home to chic designer boutiques – it’s where Istanbul’s elite head to for some time out. Its calm, laid back vibe make it the perfect place to amble along the seafront, until you find just that right restaurant to stop for a bite to eat or a club if you’re looking for a lively holiday.

Bodrum is quickly gaining a reputation as the Monte Carlo of the Aegean – smart, stylish and a place for people with plenty of money to be seen. That shouldn’t scare you. Obviously, the restaurants fringing the seafront and those in the marina will set you back more than those a little inland but it’s a case of location, location, location and as ever, those with a sea view come at a price.
In town it’s worth hitting the shops and making the most of the leather goods, shoes and clothes that are all great value. There’s plenty to see too, including the hugely historic Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology.  You'll discover buzzing, picturesque resorts, awesome history and unforgettable outdoor activities. Swim or dive in the crystal-blue seas, ride horse back in the mountains or gaze at the stunning ruins at Ephesus. 
If you’re looking for adventure, there’s also the option of day trips to some of the nearby Greek islands, like Kos – just 45 minutes away by high-speed ferry.

Where To Stay: Casa Dell’Art

Befitting of such a cosmopolitan location, Bodrum has a number of boutique and five-star hotels with spas to die for. Leave the city and staying in one of the outlying fishing villages, such as Toba, home to Casa Dell’Art. While dozens of stylish hotels have opened up in Turkey in recent years, only a few measure up with this one. It’s as much a gallery as a hotel, as the name suggests and is filled with amazing sculpture and paintings.
The building is beautiful, the beach just as lovely and the fishing village, as quaint as a postcardThis luxury resort is a cross between a hotel and a very wealthy person’s house – it has a really personal feel to it, with welcoming lounge areas designed with comfort and style in mind.
There are 37 guest suites, decorated to minimalist style, with white leather furniture and animal prints rugs on the floors.  Located on the tranquil shores of the Aegean, stroll into the expansive garden where the emerald green lawns merge into the dazzling blue sea. 
The private Casa Dell’Arte yacht can also be hired for daily tours, moonlight cruises or just or cocktails as you watch the sun go down.
There’s also a fantastic spa that serves as a centre of healing, meditation and relaxation. You can have a massage on the beach or in the comfort of your own room. Other treatments available include rejuvenating body wraps, revitalising scrubs and nourishing facials.
The hotel boasts three restaurants, two fine dining and one very unpretentious Goncha - where the fish is caught just hours before you arrive. There’s no menu, you simply choose from catch of the day. Simple eating at its freshest.The hotel boasts three restaurants, two fine dining and one very unpretentious Goncha - where the fish is caught just hours before you arrive. There’s no menu, you simply choose from catch of the day. Simple eating at its freshest.
For more information visit http://www.casadellartebodrum.com

Where To Stay:
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay 

Overlooking the pristine Barbaros Bay, the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is within easy reach of central Bodrum – just eight miles from its vibrant nightlife. Part of a five-star chain you’ll witness a number of excellent restaurants, including the pan-Asian fusion eaterie and Saigon Club the hotel’s signature eaterie. 
The main restaurant- Olives - is also excellent, mainly offering a buffet, but with a different theme twice a day, there’s plenty of variety. In the Blue Bar, you’ll find a fantastic cocktail list mixed by an award-winning team of barmen. 
With rest and relaxing the order of the day, when the weather’s good, sit out on deck and catch some rays. Guests are pampered with a waiter service throughout so you won’t go hungry or thirsty! Take shelter from the heat or if it’s a windy day in the day bed area – a relaxing space that allows you chill out and take five. 
The hotel is modern European chic at its best with the Six Senses Spa providing the full Turkish hammam experience. The Slow Life Hammam Treatment for couples will help you both unwind and begins with a black sea salt scrub, a full body wash and then an hour-long massage with essential oils. 
After your treatment, you’ll can relax in one of the Barbaros Bay’s 148 room or suites. As expansive and luxuriously calm as their limitless views of the blue Aegean, each of the 12 single-bedroom suites is the perfect couple’s retreat, featuring a large living room, a powder room, a master bath with jacuzzi, and a bedroom with a balcony or terrace that is the perfect place to greet the day, commanding a panoramic view of the sea.   

For more information visit http://www.kempinski.com/en/bodrum/

How to get to Bodrum:
Monarch Airlines flies from London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Bodrum between April and October from a little as £200.00 return. Monarch Airlines also flies to other destinations in Turkey including Anatalya and Dalaman.  
For more information visit www.monarch.co.uk

by Paloma Minter

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