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Located in the bay of Turkbuku, Turkey’s answer to St Tropez, Macakizi is the place to stay near Bodrum.
Jet setters will love this elegant resort filled with beautiful people lounging by the sea, and mother and son combo Ayla and Sahir have hit the nail on the head with the paired down sophistication. The 74 rooms are mainly housed in two storey cottages spilling down the hillside, so guests have the choice of first floor or top floor, both with balconies. Relatively simple, yet contemporary and chic, the rooms have whitewashed walls and wooden furniture, complimented by flashes of colour from the bougainvillea.
It is a different story down by the beach and outdoor areas, where the glitz and glam is dominant. The large ottoman cushions are the best place to sit for people watching (or ogling), and counting the mega yachts that drift by, and after all of that thirsty work, the staff are on hand to bring guests delicious cocktails and bar snacks.
The food at the restaurant is enough to tempt even the most dedicated of sun worshippers away. Head chef Aret Sahakayan has created quite a buzz with his innovative and delectable Turkish cuisine, such as freshly caught sea bream and tender lamb. There are also plenty of good local restaurants in the surrounding area, and the staff would be more than happy to point guests in the right direction.
For those who want to get out and about, one of the best ways to see the hidden coves of the Aegean sea is by gulet. The staff can also arrange water skiing, sailing, and jet ski hire. At the hotel itself, there is a swimming pool and a spa - treatments can either be done in room or in the tented pavilions by the sea. Yoga can also be arranged.
Why we love it
This is one for the jet set party goers, and people watching on the jetty is a great way to pass the time.
Kate L, Original Traveller