Blessed with a rich cultural history, a temperate climate, some of the finest food in Turkey and timeless natural beauty, its appeal is underpinned by a 174 km stretch of attractive coastline offering pristine beaches, pine-covered mountains, secluded coves and deep-water ports.
Bodrum’s nothern coast is peaceful and provides a popular route for sailing across the Mediterranean, contrasts with the southern side of the peninsula boasts various fashionable coastal hangouts. It also offers 18 diving sites with crystal clear waters, promising perfect conditions to explore attractive rock formations, reefs, caves, marine life and pottery from ancient shipwrecks as well as three artificial wrecks. Most of the spots are suitable for all levels, with fully-equipped and accredited diving centres available for those looking to learn.
Some of the key attractions of the peninsula include sailing through wonderful passages and secluded anchorages on the turquoise waters; rafting in the nearby Dalaman River; horseriding through the breezy olive groves, orchards and forests; or biking, walking and trekking along the hills of the peninsula in search of the countless islands, inlets, bays and coves that grace the coast.
Described as “the land of eternal blue’’ by Homer, Bodrum is also an open air museum and home to many remarkable sites of ancient Halicarnassus – today’s Bodrum – left behind by the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Traces of these civilizations remain well preserved in glorious monuments such as Bodrum Amphitheatre, which proudly hosts prestigious festivals each summer.
The Father of History, Herodotus composed his famous narratives in Halicarnassus, and the following century the Great Mausoleum, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, was built for the Carian King Mausolus. Remains of the Mausoleum were later used as a quarry by the Knights Hospitaller of St John to build the still imposing 15th-century fortress guarding the city’s inner harbour, which is today known as Bodrum Castle.
Here are some of the additional tips provided by the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum:
Palmarina (14 km – around 15-20 minutes away) is Turkey’s only marina exclusively designed for super, mega and giga yachts. Befittingly, it is a posh shopping venue and home to several restaurants, bars and clubs ranging from Cipriani, recently opened nobubodrum and Billionaire Club to Bodrum branches of some well-established local chains and Istanbul classics.
Palmarina is also home to many international luxury brand stores, including: Missoni, Armani Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Vilebrequin, Billionaire Italian Couture, Dirk Bikkembergs. Turkish luxury department store operator Beymen, carrying some of the finest selection of luxury brands, both local and international, has recently opened a branch in Bodrum at the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum.
Hunkar: One of Istanbul’s most renowned and upscale Turkish and Ottoman cuisine restaurants in Istanbul.
Nobubodrum: Famous Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant.
Gunaydin: A popular restaurant from Istanbul offering a meat focused menu from steak to chops
Mimoza Restaurant: Located in Gumusluk, casual seafood restaurant that is highly popular among locals.
Cimentepe: Located in Yalikavak, seafood restaurant.
Memedof: Located in Bodrum, seafood restaurant.
Kocadon: Located in Bodrum and Yalikavak, fine dining experience.
Orfoz: Located in Bodrum, paradise for seafood lovers and local wines served are notable.
Clubbing & entertainment
PoP (a branch from the already well established hot spot in Istanbul) and Sess night club – are both located in Golturkbuku
Billionaire Club at the Palmarina
Ship Ahoy – restaurant which turns into a night club after midnight
JuJu Beach by Babylon: located in Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
B-Long: located in Yalikavak, restaurant and beach serving particularly Italian cuisine.
Moon Beach: Located in Gundogan.
Bej – under the same operation as their Istanbul location
Authentic shopping experiences
Hatice Teyze sells olives produced in nearby Milas, homemade jams, pastes, variety of herbs
Selia Artisanal Farming (46 km) or Etrim Carpet Village (43 km) are both close the airport, transfer duration from Mandarin Oriental is 45 minutes. Selia is a local supplier creating traditional, artisan produce including goat cheese, homemade jams, organic wine, olives and olive oil. (They’re about to launch their new brand Karnas Wine -they have the first Zinfandel vineyard in Turkey)
Etrim Carpet Village: A living carpet village to witness carpet weaving by locals, can be combined with lunch – local food served by villagers.
The 11th D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival will be held at the end of July 2015. Vanessa-Mae, a Mandarin Oriental Brand Ambassador and ‘MO Fan’, performed at the 2014 edition.
For further information and reservations, you may contact the Concierge of the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum – email: email@example.com or call +90 252 311 18 88
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