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Maçakızı Hotel, Bodrum

Surrounded by the indigo Aegean and backed by pine forests, discover the charm of Maçakızı Hotel on the Bodrum Peninsula.

Bodrum’s Boho Corner

The buzz of Bodrum, known as the Cote D’Azur of Turkey, has enticed sun-seeking travellers for decades and among the pretty coastal whitewashed villages, pine-clad hillsides and the deep blue Aegean Sea of the Bodrum Peninsula you can find hidden pockets of coastal bliss.

One such scene of tranquillity and boho-charm is Maçakızı Hotel, clasped to a hillside and tumbling down to shore level on Turkbuku bay where an alluring pontoon spreads out, bedecked with sun loungers in neat rows.

 

The Lowdown

  • Best For:

    Although kids over six are welcome it suits a couple best and is ideal for those who love a hotel that’s part of a scene.

  • When To Go:

    The hotel will be at its most lively in July and August. For a more relaxed atmosphere we'd recommend September and October when the sea will be at its warmest.

  • Combine With:

    A city break to Istanbul or a longer itinerary taking in the caves of Cappadocia.

Maçakızı Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey
Maçakızı Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey

Run by a Turkish mother and son, the duo have curated not only a beautiful place to stay but a stylish, beachside commune in an area where the glamourous jet-set have gathered for over fifty years including rock royalty Mick Jagger. That’s not to say it’s pretentious – quite the opposite – life at Maçakızı Hotel is supremely laid-back, where couples can soak up rays to a soundtracked of chilled beats and sample some of Turkey’s finest and beautifully rustic food where every mouthful brims with taste.

Rooms are found in two-storey cottages cradled in brightly hued bougainvillea and characterised by a simple aesthetic of tiled floors, white walls, marble bathrooms and lovely terraces that have blissful views out onto the bay.

Most visitors tend to make the most of the informal and relaxed ambience at Maçakızı Hotel, spending days draped on loungers by the clear-as-glass Aegean, indulging in massages in the spa pavilion which opens out onto scented pine trees or savouring a meal at the Michelin-starred (Bodrum’s first) restaurant. We would recommend taking a day at sea – there’s nothing better than feeling the wind in your sails aboard a traditional wooden gulet boat, exploring tiny coves and diving into pristine waters. The hotel also has its own motorboat for a sunset cruise around the bay. Further inland there are hiking trails and Crusades-era ruins to explore although the magnetic lure of your sunlounger at Maçakızı is hard to resist.

 

Maçakızı Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey
Maçakızı Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey
Maçakızı Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey