Forbes: Forget France and Italy: The Turkish Riviera’s Maçakizi Is The Place to Be This Summer


Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula is an absolute gem. Fringed by the crystal clear Aegean sea and peppered with authentic and pretty towns and villages, the Turquoise Coast as it’s known is inevitably and rightly getting more and more attention from wealthy vacationers around the world.

That has brought with it a glut of luxury resorts – Aman, Mandarin Oriental and a particularly ugly Hilton hotel all occupy prime spots up on pine-flecked hills over luminous blue bays, but it’s the Turkish owned Maçakizi that’s the pick of the bunch. While not the most luxe (though high-end nonetheless), its more amenable price point (double rooms start from €425 ($475) in low season and €595 ($665) in high season including breakfast and dinner) and unassailable status as the best beach club in Bodrum make it the most compelling choice.

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Set on the northern tip of a gorgeous bay near the fashionable village of Türkbükü, Maçakizi climbs its way up a steep hill over four tiers from waterside decking and bar to open-air restaurant, pool and spa, and villas and suites. It’s a triumph of planning and implementation. Gorgeously landscaped grounds bursting in color from magnolia and oleander-rich gardens hide a tangle of stone stairs and walkways snaking their way to the water’s edge, connecting everything like arteries to a beating heart.

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