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July 08, 2014

Mandarin Oriental Opens in Bodrum

By Sasha Levine | Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Opens in Bodrum
Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

Earlier this month, Mandarin Oriental opened the doors to its newest property, set on a 148-acre expanse in the up-and-coming waterfront village of Göltürkbükü in Bodrum, Turkey. The location marks the group’s first European resort (its city hotels reside in Paris, London, Geneva, Barcelona, Prague and Munich) and comes complete with all the trappings one might expect—and then some.

The hotel’s 109 guest rooms are the largest in the area, each with its own sun deck, balcony or terrace; others include private gardens and infinity plunge pools. Designed by award-winning Italian designer Antonio Citterio to embrace the lush surroundings and take full advantage of panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, the rooms are outfitted with large skylights or inner courtyards, custom furnishings in natural stones, teak and dark woods, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The rest of the property, which is flanked by ancient olive groves and pine trees, is dedicated to two private beaches, an aquatic center, outdoor pools, ten dining options and a roughly 9,000-square-foot spa with five treatment rooms, three beauty rooms, a VIP suite, a couple’s suite, two outdoor cabanas and a marbled hammam. Other on-site highlights include water sports and tours by air (helicopter) and by sea (Turkish gullet).

And while the charming village of Göltürkbükü (stone properties with bougainvillea, narrow streets, waterside restaurants) is only a five-minute drive away—where gets can enjoy olive pressing, glassblowing and pottery making—we imagine it’ll be hard to muster the desire to go anywhere else. Cennet Koyu, Çomça Mevkii, 314, Sokak No. 10, Göltürkbükü Mahallesi; 90-252/311-1888; mandarinoriental.com.