In keeping with CPP-LUXURY.COM’s tradition and uniqueness on the editorial approach, we are presenting you a comparative review of the top luxury hotels in Bodrum, a comparative approach customary in all other luxury sectors.
The resort completes this month its second season in Bodrum. With the only challenge being the actual transfer from Bodrum International Airport which takes approximately 80 minutes by car on a rather rough road, Six Senses Kaplankaya Bodrum boasts the finest views of the sea, the resort being scattered on a heel, allowing for breathless expansive views, currently there being only pristine nature in its vicinity on both sides, instilling an air of infinity. Sunset is a unique time of the day for guests to experience, no matter in which corner of the resort. The transfers by car can easily be replaced options by sea or by air, with either a helicopter or seaplane.
Six Senses Kaplankaya boast the finest Spas among all luxury hotels & resorts in Bodrum. The Spa is not only impressive in its size and decor but mostly with the very high standards of customer service and highly skilled therapists. Six Senses resorts are sensibly benefiting from exchange programs with various staff from one resort to another depending on the season. Customer service throughout the resort is at very high standards at Front Office / Guest Relations / Concierge, the Beach Bar and the Mezze by the Sea open-air restaurant. There is room for improvement at the main restaurant of the hotel, both service and menu, especially breakfast.
As the first international branded international luxury resort in Bodrum, Kempinski has firmly established from opening and succeeded in maintaining a consistently high customer service throughout all departments. Despite the number of key, Kempinski achieves a very high standard of personalised and individualised service, staff being courteous, polite and genuinely passionate to serve. It is impossible not to make friends and I was impressed by how equally guests and staff recognise each other from past seasons.
The resort features an exceptionally large sandy beach, which is a rarity in general for Bodrum hotels because of the geographical location of the town which is very hilly and quite steep. Kempinski also has the most diverse dining offering with an impeccable Italian but also another Asian restaurant recreating an authentic experience and impeccable foods. It is one of the reasons that those seeking the ultimate relaxation, with guests being offered enough activities for at least 4 to 5 days. The bay also has a small marina and the hotel can arrange various sailing activities including cruises, but also private dining at sea. Some super-yachts dock at the bay and the hotel is traditionally supplying the finest catering.
The hotel which is in need of renovations of its rooms, presently has the most impressive ultra-high end suites, such as two Presidential Suites which are undoubtedly the most luxurious among any hotels / resorts in Bodrum. The hotel is exploring ways to expand the season with some clear options and guests have also been welcoming the 42 luxury sleek designed luxury residential units – these were completed last month and have already attracted attention not only because of their contemporary high-end design but also the fact that Kempinski manages these units – guests being offered all the services of the hotel. The lateral area adjacent to the hotel which houses the residential units has its own private beach strip, restaurant and separate outdoor pool as well.
Nikki Beach Resort but also the Club is undoubtedly THE top destination for a younger clientele seeking a more thrilling experience, although the resort also offers a serene infinity pool, lounge, restaurant and Spa which are subtly an alternative to the very vibrant Club Pool which gathers a most diverse crowd, from guests to non-hotel guests. The two ‘areas’ do not interfere but rather complete each other – therefore, one must not be surprised by families with small children. The architecture is impressive, with splendid villa units which offer a diverse type of accommodation – some villas with outdoor pools or smaller suites with balconies that offer stunning sea-views. The interiors have been very carefully conceived with impressive and expansive marble bathrooms and the most comfortable beds and bedding. Service of impressively high standards throughout all departments. The team is young and extremely passionate and genuine.
Opened 5 years ago, Mandarin Oriental boasts the most impressive accommodations which were exceptionally designed by Antonio Citterio (for this year’s addition of villas and suites, another interior designer has been chosen. The resort has an impressive Spa, with exquisite architecture both indoor and outdoor. For a location such as Bodrum / Turkey that offers endless superb organic based products, it is rather odd for the hotel to stick to ‘corporate agreements’ and use the same two brands as other non-resort locations. At the main beach the resort has been experimenting 4 concepts since opening, apparently the latest one ‘KAI’ being slightly more successful. While all other resorts had all beaches opened the third week of September, Mandarin chose to close its Kai beach.
The two downturns are the excessive concentration of the resort owners of the residential component (villas sold to individuals) which is twice as big as the resort itself, and secondly the bay location of the resort is much more windy that other parts of Bodrum, this shortening the already short operational season (Mandarin had two attempts to stay open beyond October). The outdoor gardening and especially furnishings and wooden works are derelict, probably the harsh colder and rainy months taking their toll. The resort will unlikely see renovations considering that the owner of the resort is 100% focused on selling the very big residential unit of the future Mandarin Oriental Hotel Istanbul. Service was of a good standard, however, unlike at the other resorts, I have felt most of them were lacking motivation and energy behaving robotically.
Oliver Petcu in Bodrum
CPP-LUXURY.COM does not recommend in Bodrum: Amanruya (Aman), Duja, EDITION and LUX* Resort.
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