What we love
Fly into Bodrum and head for the plush new Mandarin Oriental, where everything from the pristine private beaches to the indulgent sea-view spa and expansive suites will ease you into holiday mode in no time.
Setting the scene
2014's new arrival to the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula, the Mandarin Oriental occupies a privileged spot on the waterfront at 'Cennet Koyu', with sweeping views across the Aegean. The vast private grounds run down to the sea, with three private beaches skimming the deep blue water and sleek accommodation scattered between the olive trees. The resort has everything you need for total relaxation; and that good old Mandarin quality service to boot.
The pristine rooms, suites and villas offer accommodation in a range of sizes, sleeping between three and nine people. There are Garden View and Sea View Rooms; studio and one-bedroom Suites with private pools and showers on the terrace, overlooking the never-ending Aegean; a range of apartments with up to four bedrooms; and two expansive Villas with seemingly every luxury imaginable. The interiors are characterised by polished wood, an earthy palette of browns, creams, blues and blacks, and the finest quality linens and fabrics; while floor to ceiling windows maximise light and reveal big blue views.
It's worth heading into Bodrum at least once - not least for its humble seaside fish restaurants - but it would be perfectly possible to have a different dining experience every night of the week without even leaving the hotel; and the fact that nearly every restaurant is perfectly positioned for sweeping coastal views as you dine makes staying 'home' all the more appealing. You can opt for fresh, simple Italian food on the wooden terrace at Assaggio; sample traditional Turkish flavours just a stone's throw from the beach at Olive Garden; branch out a little at Sofra, which serves a varied Mediterranean-inspired menu overlooking the treetops and the sea; or just hang out at one of the various beach bars for casual snacks or drinks. And don't forget to pay a visit to the divine cake shop!
The Mandarin's vibe is more relaxing than busy, with private bays, numerous dining venues and a pampering spa spread over three floors, with an uplifting watery outlook. We particularly liked the VIP Spa Suite, where you can hide away and enjoy Ottoman-inspired treatments, a private plunge pool, sauna, steam room and hammam to the sound of your chosen music. Nearby Bodrum is an atmospheric ancient town well worth a visit; and both the town and the surrounding area have more revealing historic sights than you could possibly take in in one visit. We recommend chartering a traditional gullet for a leisurely cruise around the coast, and the renowned Vita Park championship golf course is just 30 minutes away if you fancy honing your golfing technique.
Mandarin is a safe, secluded, all-encompassing resort well suited to families. The restaurants offer enough choice to suit even the pickiest of little palates, and the accommodation can easily be adapted for families. The resort also offers a children's pool, a babysitting service, iPads, Xboxes and games for younger guests; though there is no children's club.
The closest airport is Bodrum, 45 minutes from the hotel. The nearby village of Golturkbuku has a stylish marina and is a popular stop for yachts should you prefer to sail in.
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