“Join the bronzed and beautiful lounging by the Aegean at this superstar beach-club hotel and spa”
Guest rooms are simple and contemporary: all light-reflecting white walls, bedding and curtains, and whitewashed and wood furniture, plus splashes of colours drawn from nature around them. The razzamatazz is saved for the beach and outdoor areas.
Most are in 2-storey cottages, so choose between an Upper or Lower Deck room (we'd go for the former for maximum privacy). You also choose between an Aegean Sea View or a Garden View, and given how lovely the gardens are, the latter is no great penalty. Our only criticisms would be that the cheaper rooms are pretty small and simple so it’s worth upgrading if you can.
If you have cash to splash, look at the gorgeous Suites, most of which boast elevated sea views. All have a dressing room, and all except the cheaper Garden View Suite have a lounge area too. It’s worth noting that the pricier the room the closer it is to the sea: you pay for convenience.
None the less, all rooms have a private balcony or terrace, rain showers, remote control curtains and LED TVs. Abstract modern art from renowned Turkish artist Suat Akdemir and Aqua Di Parma toiletries add a dash of luxury. Overall the effect is a kind of modern beach house feel, Turkish-style.
Served on a candelit wooden deck as the sun sets behind the pine-clad hills above Turkbuku, the evening meal setting could not be better and dinner is a real highlight. The restaurant serves traditional Turkish dishes by day and Mediterranean fusion by night.
I loved my crispy grilled sea bream with pine nuts and parsley pesto, and my wife raved about her tender lamb served with a delicate risotto and pureed patlijan (aubergine). All the flavours were rich and distinct, though the portions are perhaps a tad diet-sized.
If you don’t feel like taking dinner at the hotel, you can swap it for the plentiful lunch buffet - great if you’ve spent the day lounging by the pool, and want a change of scene in the evening. A gong sounds to signal lunchtime and options include salads, fresh fruit, frittata, kofta and kebabs.
The superb buffet breakfast has everything from super-light pastries and fresh fruit salads to omelettes, copious cheese and cured meats, not forgetting the Turkish habit of offering sliced tomato and cucumber (which we grew rather fond of).
There's a bar and waiter service down by the pontoon so you can order cocktails, beer and soft drinks without getting up from your sun lounger – the party gets into full swing down here during summer.
There are lots of restaurants in the area, either within walking distance or a short drive - staff are happy to recommend.
Macakizi's adult vibe isn't ideal for children and the landscape is somewhat hazardous for younger tots, they don't mind children staying here. We think it's best for ages 6+.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Families will appreciate the Sea View Villa Suites and Duplex Villas, all of which have 2 ensuite bedrooms, a living room and dressing room. You can add extra beds, but we'd only recommend doing this with the suites - the rooms are a bit on the small side.
Babysitting available on request.
There are lots of steps, an unfenced swimming pool and a lot of sea to fall into.