The Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum, Turkey

Lara Mansour   |   19-05-2017

A breath-taking resort in one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations.


Wrapped around its own private bay on the northern shores of Turkey’s beautiful Aegean coast, the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum offers sublime views, a restrained elegance, hip bars, an excellent choice of restaurants, and a fabulous spa.


The mountainous landmass that is Anatolian Turkey, tilting eastwards and upwards into Asia, throws out long, gnarled fingers of limestone into the azure waters of the Aegean. One of these digits, the heavily-indented, 27 mile-long Bodrum Peninsula, is home to the Mandarin Oriental. Built in tiers up a green hillside curving around twin beaches, the complex has sublime views across the bay it backs. Chic Bodrum, with its yacht harbour, imposing Castle of the Knights of St John, and Mausoleum remnants, lies 15 miles away on the peninsula’s south shore.



Food & drink

Given its deliberately isolated location, it’s just as well as that there are 10 different eating and drinking spots on site. Nudging the smallest beaches is Olive, which serves excellent Turkish cuisine. Kurochan, set on decking right over the water, has an open-kitchen devoted to innovative Japanese-Asian cuisine, overseen by a noted Australian chef. Assagio, with its own stunning pool, handles the Italian-side of things superbly with chef Roberto, whilst Sofra is the place for monumental breakfast and evening meal buffets.

Orchid Spa Suite

Located on the top floor of The Spa, this beautiful suite offers the perfect blend of space, style, and luxury. Designed as a large bedroom with a private whirlpool, the suite also includes a hammam, private sauna, en-suite shower, and treatment room. Adding to the sumptuous experience, this spa suite also has a 92-sqm terrace offering outdoor relaxation and unmatched views of the sparkling Aegean Sea. This makes it the perfect honeymoon retreat, with the Mandarin Oriental offering a special package for romance and relaxation, which amongst many treats, includes a private cabana on the beach for those days that you may want to venture out from your secluded retreat.