Set on the northerly, Aegean-facing coast of the Bodrum peninsula, Amanruya is an effortlessly peaceful sanctuary by luxury brand Aman. Opened in 2012, the property has been sensitively built in the form of a Mediterranean village, with stone buildings and winding paths hidden among a forest of ancient olive and pine trees.
What’s amazing is that Amanruya manages to meld high luxury with low-key, organic vibes – nothing looks artificial or out of place with the natural environment. We enjoyed its wonderful, private, residential feel with all guest accommodation being in huge, detached pavilions (35 in all) complete with private, expansive terraces and swimming pools – we plunged in naked without any observers. Interiors feature grey marble bathrooms, freestanding tubs and four-poster beds draped in white muslin that billows in the breeze.
One of our greatest pleasures was ordering a Turkish breakfast to be delivered and sitting in the morning sun, cracking boiled eggs. In the afternoons we would head down the dusty trail to the Amanruya’s secret beach, where we sunbathed on the jetty before jumping into the emerald sea. The hotel also has a tea room, a library, a wine cellar, a spa and a 50-metre outdoor infinity pool lined with green marble.
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While you’re Out There
The hotel’s gorgeous beach club does glorious gazpacho and halloumi wraps. We should know, we had many of them – and it made it really difficult to leave the hotel during the day to go out and explore.