D Hotel Maris Turkey, Europe
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What we love
It just doesn't get better than this: all the luxury and style expected of an Aman hotel in an untouched corner of one of the most fascinating, beautiful and friendly countries in the world. Amanruya - 'peaceful dream' - really lives up to its name.
In true Aman style, Amanruya's design respects the beautiful landscape - winding pathways between dense forest; subtle, low-rise architecture; and open views of the rolling hills and big blue sea. The resort spills down the hillside, resembling a traditional village, connected by sun-dappled courtyards, terraces and walkways. The design is characteristically clean and understated, with neutral colours complemented by local wood and the occasional Turkish touch in the form of glassware and rugs.
There are 36 Pool Terrace Cottages spread throughout the grounds of Amanruya. Each has its own private terrace with cushioned day beds and chaise lounges as well as a generous pool. Inside, the cottages are typically spacious, with four-poster beds, sitting areas and luxurious bathrooms where you can enjoy your bath or shower with a view over your private garden. Though large, the cottages feel very cosy - and we love the underfloor heating in cooler months.
Thanks to its coastal location and a great variety of local, seasonal produce - not to mention talented chefs - the kitchen at Amanruya consistently provides fresh, lip-smacking Turkish and Mediterranean dishes which can be enjoyed in a variety of settings. Delicious home-baked bread and meze is ideal for a picnic when you're out and about, while the a la carte options are best enjoyed over a relaxing sit-down lunch or dinner. There are several dining pavilions, both on the hillside and by the pool, and the Beach Club is the place for a more casual lunch by the sea. If you just fancy afternoon tea or a cocktail at sunset, the indoor Lounge and lofty Wine Lounge are best; and the grand Wine Cellar, with high ceilings and sweeping views, is great for special occasions and parties.
Amanruya has a 50 metre infinity pool as well as spa suites, a tennis court and a library to keep you reading for a lifetime. The beach club also offers watersports equipment. Though it might be tempting to stay at the hotel, we recommend exploring the local area, which is awash with character and ancient history. The nearby harbour town of Bodrum, just 20 minutes away, though busy with visitors, retains bags of seaside charm and has several sights of interest, including the 15th Century Castle of St Peter. If you love ruins you'll be in your element in southern Turkey; between Didyma and Ephesus, there's a whole world to discover. We also highly recommend a traditional gulet cruise - a relaxing way to take in the stunning coastline.
There is no children's club, and younger visitors might find the ambience at the hotel a little too quiet and slow. For that reason we would recommend Amanruya for older families.
The closest airport is Bodrum, 42 kilometres away. The resort provides a complimentary transfer which takes approximately half an hour.
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