“A funky, friendly, Mediterranean-Zen chillout near Bodrum, with cool pool, bistro bar and family rooms too”
We loved our airy, all-white sanctuary of a bedroom: it had plenty of space and all the necessary ticks without feeling in the least cluttered. The firm-but-comfy double bed was overlooked by a sun-bleached branch of driftwood - simple, artistic and very fitting. And the whole room was cleverly shaped, with daring diagonals, to avoid being boring and boxy.
In the white-tiled bathroom was a large quadrant shower with a huge head; towels and robes were thick and fluffy, bathware was slick Vitra design.
Our Casual room suited our mood perfectly (lots of space but no frills); other room types have roughly the same spec but one or two distinguishing features. Passionate rooms come with a fireplace for cosying up in winter (not all rooms have central heating); Junior Suites get a sitting area with a Persil-white sofa; while the 2-bedroom Functional rooms are perfect for nuclear families. Views vary - some face the olive groves, others overlook the pool, both have their merits, and many have a balcony too.
Our days started brightly, with the sun dappling the walls, Maria Callas soaring from the speakers and a tempting basket of muffins and croissants. This was followed by a crunchy cucumber-tomato salad, some crumbly white cheese, scoops of cold watermelon and a rosette of jams. It's a wonder we ever left the poolside terrace. You can order eggs and cold meats if you want, but you won't finish them.
We were back most days for a quick dip and lunch - warm sea bass salad with pine nuts, raisins and chives, perhaps, or a medley of grilled veg – followed by a siesta on the sofas.
And it's worth staying in at least once for dinner, by which time the poolside tables have gained candles, and the cocktail bar is lit by flickering torches, to create a romantic bistro atmosphere. We can thoroughly recommend the 4reasons salad (tasty strips of chicken with crunchy lettuce) and the succulent sea bream baked with olives, cherry tomatoes and herbs (which comes wrapped in greaseproof paper like a very superior takeaway). Don’t skip cocktail hour either, they’re creative and dangerously delicious..
If you want to head out for dinner, staff will recommend the hot spots, from waterfront taverns in Yalikavak harbour to chichi dining in Bodrum.
Although a tranquil couples hotel, children of all ages are actively welcomed. Owners Ali and Esra have their own, you can book babysitters and cots are complimentary. Of course, don't expect organised creche-type activities or toys and games; but generally Turkey is a very sociable place to go with young kids.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Functional Suites have 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) and 2 bathrooms. They can sleep a family of 4 plus a baby, and are considered quieter if on the upper level. Junior Suites work well for a family as each has a sofabed and space for a baby cot. Casual Rooms can take a baby cot.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's a good selection of pasta dishes on the menu and the chefs are always happy to make meals for children on request
Keep an eye on toddlers around the pool which can become slippery for little feet, and stepped pathways.