Wrapped around its own private bay on the northern shores of a rugged peninsula jutting-out from Turkey’s beautiful Aegean coast, it’s hard to imagine a more laid-back yet sophisticated and exclusive retreat than the Mandarin Oriental.
Spread across almost 15,000 acres, this is a world within a world, about as exclusive a getaway as you can imagine, making it entirely appropriate that the hotel is situated on a stretch of shore known locally as Cennet Koyu – Paradise Bay.
Discounting the passing of the occasional yacht or cruiser belonging to Turkey’s wealthy elite, who have made Bodrum and its environs their very own French Riviera, once you enter the grounds of the resort there’s nothing to remind you of the outside world.
This is a fabulously luxurious and sophisticated place to stay, and perfect for a relaxing break in the sunshine. But if you want to be active and stay in shape, there’s lots on offer, including:
Restrained elegance is the key to the 86 rooms and 23 apartments. The Mandarin’s oriental roots show in the emphasis on simple lines, wooden wall panelling and floors, sleek furniture and off-white rugs, not to mention the potted orchids. A welcome feature is a sizeable veranda for lounging out front. The stylishly long, narrow bathrooms have under-floor heated marble floors and large freestanding oval baths from which, in sea-view rooms, you can relax and gaze out over the Aegean.
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