Words by Jenny Southan

Set on verdant slopes overlooking Paradise Bay is this sprawling, 60-hectare resort from Mandarin Oriental. Just four years old, it reopened for the 2018 season with new Bougainvillea and Royal suites, and three new villas to complement its existing inventory of 132 rooms. Check-in is performed on a panoramic, Insta-worthy deck, a spot that also proved ideal for orienting ourselves with the location of the property’s two beaches down below – both easily accessed by golf cart (there are also gorgeous al fresco pools closer by). 

The contemporary interior design is by Italy’s Antonio Citterio, who combines golden hardwoods with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of air and light. Rooms are palatial, starting at 72 sqm for the Garden View Kings, and all complete with private terraces, sun beds, and butler service. One of the highlights is the spa and wellness wing, which covers 2,700 sqm and three floors. Not only are there outdoor cabanas for treatments (we both had ‘transcendent facials’) but hammams, an indoor lap pool and a gym with a Pilates studio. We were also impressed with the restaurants, which spanned sumptuous breakfast buffets at Sofra, Turkish pide (pizza) at the Blue Beach Club and seafood at Bodrum Balıkçısı. Service was polished at all times, as you’d expect from the chain.

www.mandarinoriental.com/bodrum

Cennet Koyu, Çomça Mevkii,
48400 Bodrum, Turkey