Bodrum, home to the finest luxury resort in the Mediterranean
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group‘s newest property, on the Turkish ‘Riviera’ in Bodrum, is the perfect reflection for the group’s strengths as one of the major global luxury hoteliers. As a newly built property, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum presented the group with the opportunity to integrate its 50 year expertise at all levels – architecture & design, dining, Human Resources etc.
A 45-minute drive from Bodrum International Airport, from where several airlines operate a 60-minute flight to Istanbul, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, enjoys a hillside setting offering stunning sea views stretching to over two kilometres of Aegean coastline. The hotel also has its own helipad, for faster airport transfers as well as helicopter aerial tours of the coast line.
Set on the Northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula at Cennet Koyu (Paradise Bay) on a 60 hectare waterfront site, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum provides a wealth of activities for the most diverse type of travelers, whether seeking pure relaxation, fine dining, sports (including golf – the 18-hole Vita Park Golf Club is within 30 minutes from the hotel), cultural sightseeing, shopping (both local specialty and major international luxury brands) as well as vibrant entertaiment (lounges, bars, night clubs and beach clubs).
Two private sandy beaches, a lush park and carefully manicured gardens with over 100,000 trees and 1 million plants; a water sports centre, a fully equipped fitness & wellness centre, several indoor and outdoor swimming pools; a 2,700 sqm state of the art Spa; a dedicated studio for pilates and yoga; ten restaurants and bars which offer a selection of superb gastronomic experiences – can make you not want to leave the resort during your stay.
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is an ideal holiday destination for honeymooners, friends, singles, couples celebrating a special occasion as well as families with children (the hotel not only has a Kids Club and a dedicated swimming pool, but also a separate kids dining area with a kids’s speciality menu).
With the signature of interior designer Antonio Citerio, the resort achieves not only a WOW factor in terms of aesthetics, but also impresses in comfort and functionality. For instance, in the suites, a practically invisible wooden sliding”wall” can partition the space for a an ample airy and open space (including a remote controlled retractable sky roof) or can create intimate ‘cocoon’-like spaces. At turndown, in the evening, I loved the intimacy of my bedroom while the living room’s dimmed lights would give way to the disctreet lighting of the outdoor private terrace and swimming pool.
Dominated by wood, the feel of the rooms is warm, cozy and residential. All the accommodations have their own sun-deck, terrace or balcony, as well as an oversized walk-in wardrobe. Among the the exquisit luxurious details of the rooms and suites: a valet box (which allows pick up or delivery of any items to the room without disturbing the guest), incredibly comfortable beds with 480 thread-count sateen cotton sheets; state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen Tv sets; automatic control for curtains, DND, lights and temperature etc.
Another unique feature of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is its multi-level programme focusing on limiting all energy resource consumption, including water, electricity and gas, for instance irrigation of the forest area is done with grey water; seawater converted into fresh drinking water; golf carts operating across the resort are electric; and a green kitchen which uses local, seasonal, natural and organic products
Oliver Petcu in Bodrum