Internationally known as the St Tropez of Turkey, Bodrum’s reputation as the country’s coastal jewel is quickly being accelerated thanks to an influx of luxury hotels and chic boutiques that are putting an end to its package holiday persona. We checked in at Caresse, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa for a few days of rest, relaxation and true Turkish pampering.
Set 12 miles west from Bodrum Marina, the hotel opened its doors in summer 2015 boasting a stunning beachside location with 67 rooms, 9 suites and the Caresse King Villa for those looking for a true taste of luxury. Spread over three levels, palm trees line the crescent-shaped beach while a large infinity pool – where we spent most of our days – offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea.
Chill by the beach
Boasting sea views and large balconies or terraces, rooms are sleek and spacious and come with Aqua De Parma toiletries. So far so good. If you’re a bit of a technophobe you might have trouble getting used the to the light switches and curtains as everything is done via electronic buttons but regardless, we promise you’ll have the best night’s sleep of your life in the cloudlike bed.
You won't want to leave your bed
While we enjoyed absolutely delicious cuisine during our stay – make sure you set your alarm for the impressive buffet breakfast at La Plage - we have to admit we were disappointed to find that all the restaurants bar the newly opened Buddha Bar Beach were closed for dinner so if you’re not a fan of Asian food, you’ll need to find somewhere else to eat come evening.
As for Buddha Bar itself, though, it’s a dreamy spot for the discerning jet setter keen to sample signature cocktails while listening to chilled out beats on the sand. International chefs have crafted a delicious Asian Fusion menu comprising the likes of fresh sushi and sashimi served alongside freshly-caught fish and meats that come cooked to perfection.
The infinity pool views are to die for
While Bodrum’s lively centre is a 10-minute drive, if you get bored of lounging around the pool all day (which we doubt you will), why not opt for a more exclusive day out on one of the hotel’s luxury gulets (traditional wooden sailing boats), yachts or speedboats – one of which was used in the 2006 film version of Casino Royal?
Relax at Spa Caresse
For those who just want to relax, the resort also boasts a stunning two-story Spa Caresse spa that totals 1,600 square metres and features a hammam, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool. We highly recommend booking yourself in for a customised massage that will have you floating dreamily around the resort for the rest of the day.
We’ll be back.