This year our team at the travel and luxury magazine discovered Bodrum. Bodrum, located on Turkey’s picturesque Aegean coast, is a well-known yachting destination and the Turkish sailing capital. This region has a diverse range of landscapes to explore. With the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a mediaeval fortress, and an underwater museum, this destination is more historic than any other mentioned above. Furthermore, there are numerous mediaeval villages in the surrounding area. However, the fact that the location is steeped in history does not imply that it is “boring.” Bodrum is well-known for its nightlife. A strip of alfresco bars and beach clubs blends seamlessly with massive nightclubs, making this destination one of the most vibrant scenes on the Turkish coast.
Although there are numerous marinas and viewing areas in Bodrum, we recommend parking in smaller bays throughout the region, where the sea is crystal clear and there are plenty of anchorages. Aspat Cove is particularly popular among yachting enthusiasts due to its protection from north-westerly winds, which makes sailing much easier. Furthermore, the cove is well-known for being a former hideout for local pirates.
Each summer, as one of Turkey’s most prominent beach resorts, Bodrum attracts large crowds of sun-seeking tourists. Due to restrictions prohibiting the construction of high buildings, the town’s Aegean character has been meticulously preserved, leaving the white-washed buildings and old ruins scattered throughout the town as genuine treasures. Here are some hotels that fit the theme while also adding a touch of luxury:
Voyage Torba 5* – home to twelve concept bars for innovative drinks and musical entertainment
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum 5* – a classic elegance from a well-known brand
Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa 5* – a deluxe place with strong culinary character
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum 5* – seafront style and natural grandeur at one of the most upscale hospitality chains on the planet
Casa dell’Arte Bodrum 5* – a fashionable lifestyle hotel with an intimate guest experience
Despite its coastal location, seafood is only a minor component of the local cuisine. There’s so much more Ottoman cuisine to discover, from kebabs and flatbreads on the street to gleaming grilled meats in rustic taverns. Though Turkish cuisine is predominantly meat-based, the numerous plant-based meze platters, soups, and fresh salads available throughout the country will satisfy any vegetarian’s appetite. We have selected the best restaurants to satisfy your sophisticated palate:
Maçakızı – one of the most upscale options in the region
Limon Gümüşlük – a sunset spot with natural allure and a simple menu of fresh meze
Miam Restoran – a laid-back dining experience in an affluent neighbourhood
Memedof – a spot with the freshest seafood options that requires advance booking
Brava – a vibey alfresco place where Turkish Riviera meets the spirit of Latin America
Other activities (besides sunbathing):
Visit a plethora of local historic sites.
Sail to nearby islands for a relaxing beach vacation.
Watersports provide an adrenaline rush on one of 67 different beaches.
Shop for traditional souvenirs in the winding streets and bazaars of Bodrum.
Cruise the Turquoise Coast to discover the region’s boundless beauty.