Forget a Roman Holiday, this summer holiday season is all about Bodrum …
Words Helen Brown
This summer Bodrum is back and better than ever
The western coast of Turkey is praised for its stretches of white sandy beaches fringed by the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea. The weather is hot, the drinks are cold and after a short hiatus from British holidaymakers, the Turkish Riviera has found itself firmly back in the spotlight. Even in the most hectic days of high summer, you can still find little corners of serenity making the ancient, yet deliciously cosmopolitan peninsula of Bodrum a holiday favourite.
WHAT TO DO
From exploring magnificent castles to sunbathing on spectacular golden beaches, Bodrum has it all. During the day, wander the pretty white-plastered backstreets for a little artisan shopping or tuck into delicious Turkish cuisine at one of many flower-filled cafes. At night, the waterfront comes to life with a number of colourful bars and clubs. Should you need something a little more stimulating than lounging around with a cocktail, Bodrum also offers a slice of historic fun with castles dating back to the 1400s and ancient ruins at the world famous Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology.
WHERE TO STAY
Tucked away in a private bay and wild nature reserve, Maçakizi is a hidden jewel on the stunning Turkish coastline. Located just an hour from Bodrum, in the bohemian capital of Turkey, the hotel looks out onto clear, turquoise waters dotted with traditional wooden sailing boats. Enjoy a holiday full of relaxing spa days, swimming and sunbathing.
THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL
Located in the idyllic Paradise Bay, The Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum offers the perfect blend of style and serenity without sacrificing any of the five-star comforts. The stunning resort overlooks the Aegean Sea where guests have the choice between two private beaches as well as a number of top-notch leisure activities like a range of gourmet restaurants and a world-class relaxing spa.
Relax, unwind and allow your senses to fully comprehend space and tranquillity at this beautifully appointed resort. Enjoy an uninterrupted view of the Aegean coastline from your very own private balcony or terrace as well as an excellent amenities that epitomise the concept of lavish comfort.