Here at Inspiring Travel Company, we ensure our team has expert knowledge by sending them to every hotel, resort and destination we sell in our global portfolio. Our Platinum Account Manager, Jackie Sampson, recently took a trip to several of the properties in our Turkish collection – here’s what she had to say…
Having only visited Turkey twice before, once in my early twenties and the second time a couple of years ago with my young family, it was great to go back and, this time, see what Bodrum has to offer the discerning luxury traveller.
Six Senses Kaplankaya
Our first stop was the Six Senses Kaplankaya, to which we travelled to by road through the forests from Bodrum airport, offering a great opportunity to view the area’s spectacular scenery. For a quicker, road-free transfer, there is also the option to take a 30-minute boat ride or, for complete luxury, a 5-minute helicopter flight. However you arrive, prepare to be wowed by this property; as soon as I was shown to the fifth-floor reception, the stunning sea views blew me away. When taken to my luxurious room, my reaction remained the same. Understated, rustic yet ultra-elegant décor greeted me, alongside more glorious views of the Aegean Sea.
Walking around the property, it became clear that the Six Senses was originally opened as a Canyon Ranch hotel, highlighted by the resort’s real focus on the spa, wellness facilities and huge variety of activities. Make the most of an enormous gym, a fully-equipped wellness centre, a half basketball court and even facilities for wallyball (whatever that is!).
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
My next destination was the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. Arriving here, I was instantly greeted with a true five-star standard of service and warmly shown to my huge room – complete with large open-plan bathroom and skylights. Offering a huge variety of rooms, suites and villas, this resort is the perfect option for clients looking for a Sandy Lane alternative in Europe.
Stop four was the inimitably peaceful Amanruya resort, part of the Aman hotel group (which I love!). I was struck by just how calm and quiet the resort was and with each room boasting a private pool in a secluded garden, Amanruya is ideal for a luxury couple’s escape.
After settling into my comfortable bedroom, I was whisked on a 3-minute golf buggy ride to the resort’s beach, a lovely area among a glade of trees. Though there is no sand here, I was perfectly happy soaking up the sunshine from a plush sun lounger on the jetty.
Excitingly, my next stop was at a new hotel in Inspiring Travel Company’s portfolio, the beautiful Macakizi (pronounced Machakizi). The minute I arrived I could tell that the resort was privately owned, the entire place exuding a unique charm and character. The rooms here are stylish and sleek, while the immaculate public areas are perfect for discerning jetsetters to meet, mingle and relax.
A highlight for me was the ultra-tranquil Nuxe Spa, offering a menu of rejuvenating treatments, wellness programmes and an incredible hammam room with an all-glass wall looking out over the gardens of pine - a real Turkish delight.
Kempinski, Barbaros Bay
Last but not least, my Bodrum tour was rounded off with a stay at Kempinski, Barbaros Bay. The location of this resort instantly wowed me; the hotel is built on a cliff with stunning views of the surrounding coastline.
Walking around, it became clear that this large resort offers something for everyone, showcasing a huge and luxurious spa, a world-class kids’ club and a good choice of restaurants. It also features a lovely white sand beach, on which they are in the process of developing additional residences.
I genuinely loved my trip to Turkey and exploring these luxury hotels was a real treat. I plan to return very soon and would highly recommend the gorgeous corner of Bodrum for your next luxury escape.
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