Macakizi Hotel

near Bodrum, Aegean Coast, Turkey Book from

Join the bronzed and beautiful lounging by the Aegean at this superstar beach-club hotel and spa
Hidden within the enclosed bay of Turkbuku, a jetset hangout near Bodrum, Macakizi is a series of cottages spilling down the hillside amidst a rampant rainbow of pink bougainvillea, red hibiscus, pale blue plumbago and pampas grass, to its glorious focal point: a timber pontoon with cushioned lounging areas fronting the millpond seas. Offshore, a wooden yacht bobs quietly under unshakable blue skies.

This is where the bronzed and beautiful spend their summers: a stylish seaside mini-resort in what some have called Turkey's St Tropez. Explore the tiny paths to stumble upon sail-shaded sitouts tucked among lentisc bushes and olive trees, perfect for solitary sunbathing. As for the bedrooms, they are white, airy and contemporary. Most are in 2-storey cottages (choose an upstairs room if possible); the larger suites have glorious views over the bay from their balcony. The in-house restaurant and bar serves some of the best food we tasted in Turkey, and there's a seasonal spa.

Highs

  • Perfect if your seeking a glamorous atmosphere, in summer the cocktails flow all afternoon on the pontoon
  • Immaculately presented Med cuisine served on a lamplit deck overlooking the sea
  • We loved the extra wide, extra comfy beds with super-soft linen and blankets
  • The grounds are gorgeous: hot pink bougainvillea frames every sea view
  • Easy to reach via Bodrum

Lows

  • The cottages look slightly suburban, but they are generously scattered and beautifully camouflaged under foliage
  • There's some ugly development in the hills overlooking Turkbuku bay
  • Single travellers don't receive a reductions in the half-board rates, so you'd effectively pay for 2 dinners. Cheeky
  • The clubby atmosphere won't appeal to all
  • No twin beds

Best time to go

High season is July to mid-August. If you like your space, try to come earlier or later in the season (we recommend May-mid June and September). The resort area at Bodrum is very busy at its peak - but of course, it's also the time when Macakizi is its most vibrant. The hotel is closed from October to mid-March. Some of Bodrum's attractions and restaurants may be closed outside the main season.

Our top tips

If you do just one day-trip, head to Gumusluk at the tip of the peninsula: its perfectly enclosed harbour contains bobbing boats, a sandy beach, pyramidal hills and the scant remains of a classical settlement. You can stop off at Bodrum on the way back for a whistlestop castle tour, a walk round the marina, and some excellent street food.

Great for...

Beach
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 74
  • Restaurant + bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 11 Oct 2015 - 27 Apr 2016...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Lounge on plump ottoman cushions by the sea, listen to the chill-out music, and soak up the glamorous vibe
  • Book an aromatherapy massage or facial in the tented treatment room with the sound of the sea in your ears
  • Take a boat trip in a traditional gulet or motor yacht, or to arrange sailing lessons, waterskiing and jet ski hire. Gulets don't get very far along the coast, but you do stop to swim and snorkel in some vividly turquoise waters
  • If you have to sightsee, jump in a jeep and negotiate the hot, windy roads of the Bodrum peninsula in search of ancient ruins, Crusades-era castles, and fishing villages
  • Charter a boat for a day or two and visit the Greek islands. Or take a ferry - Bodrum harbour has boats going to Kos and Rhodes, both of which you can visit for a day in the summer
  • Book into the gym for a private trainer session, yoga classes or pilates in the sun
  • drive to Milas (50km), which is the region's carpet capital: you can watch deft hands weaving or haggle for their bright, geometric prayer rugs

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

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+.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

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:

Babysitting available on request.

Families Should Know:

There are lots of steps, an unfenced swimming pool and a lot of sea to fall into.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

7/
Rooms
8/
Food
7/
Service
7/
Value
7/
Overall

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