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Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

The new Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bodrum marks the remarkable debut of the group in Turkey – this is the group’s first resort in this style in Europe. In addition, its debut could not have been better: the location is one of the most privileged ones. To the north of the Turkish shore, surrounded by the clear water of the Aegean Sea, the resort spreads over 60 hectares of beautiful land, facing the beach.

 

Built on a mountain in different levels, the hotel also has several green areas, with endless olive and pine trees. It is indeed an impressive setting. The Italian designer Antonio Critterio was responsible for developing the 109 bedrooms and suites. All of them pay tribute to the local star: the beautiful landscape in which the hotel is immerse in. Most accommodations overlook the Aegean Sea, and they all have decks, porches or terraces so you can contemplate it.

 

The clean contemporary decoration greatly completes the setting. The rooms were designed to maximize the use of natural daylight, a detail that makes all the difference. In addition to all the caprice, the rooms are also impressive due to their sizes, which go from 72 to 145-m2. In the suites, guests can enjoy their private infinite swimming pools and their exclusive relaxing gardens. Just like in every Mandarin, this one also has subtle elements from oriental culture everywhere, in reference to the group’s origins – they started off in Hong Kong and initially became famous in Asia.

 

Haute cuisine is also a trademark of Mandarin and they have ten different bars and restaurants. The Italian cuisine Assagio, ran by two-Michelin-stars Chef Antonio Guida, stands out. The risotto and pasta selection is incredibly mouthwatering. Kurochan is also impressive with its Japanese dishes elaborated by Australian chef Scott Hallsworth, who has Nobu in his resume. Sushi, sashimi, tempuras and seafood of all kinds are served in portions to be shared and, one of the menu’s highlight is the crunchy rice bites topped with king crab and spicy salmon. At the Olive Garden, Turkish cuisine stands out and lunch is served in an open space, under the olive trees. Juju Bar @M2 is one of the most laidback spots of the resort.

 

 

Located by the sea, it welcomes renowned DJs for enthusiastic nights and it serves a snack menu to go with the cocktails. In the impressive 2,700-m2 three-store spa, guests can enjoy a great variety of well- being and beauty holistic treatments. In several cases, the products they use are handmade, from natural elements harvested from the hotel gardens, giving them an even more exclusive touch. Other treatments use a cosmetic line developed by Londoner Aromatherapy Associates specifically for Mandarin Oriental group.

 

 

Water and heat are traditionally used as part of well-being treatments in Turkey and, here, they are well represented, especially by the famous Turkish hammam, a type of vapor sauna and some kind of bathtub. Those who want more privacy can choose the Spa Suites – there’s even one for couples – or opt for getting their treatment in one of the exterior cabins, with a view to the shore. The sunny days can be fully appreciated with diving, snorkeling, helicopter flights and gullet cruises – the traditional Turkish boat. Five minutes away by car, you find a small town called Gölturkbükü – a good choice for those who want to explore the area. Narrow streets and cosy restaurants by the beach give the city a special charm that has already marveled many tourists, becoming a popular spot for big yachts that cross the Mediterranean shores.

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