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We booked a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa room facing the sea at the Macakisi hotel Bodrum in Turkey, the interiors are all blonde wood and marble dotted with beautiful bits of original artwork and stunning views from the terrace. Sleep quality is excellent, black out blinds, no noise, delicious linen and showers in bathrooms that matched Dubai’s largest !
It’s such a pain having to look for places to eat at the end of a tiring day so thankfully the Macakisi offers half board which we gratefully accepted thinking how bad can hotel buffet type dinners be? How wrong were we ! These all in dinners are pure a la carte at a renowned restaurant that is the highlight of some people’s stay. Tables are located impeccably overlooking the sea, food is very high quality although there could have been a few more vegetarian main options. But these fabulous inclusive dinners were matched with beautiful breakfasts in a perfectly designed global dining room that I really loved. Fresh juices, all types of coffees, Turkish traditional or Western standard breakfasts, it’s all there and worth lingering over despite some guests doing their derivative trading in a quiet corner facing the sea. Life really could be a bowl of cherries.
There is a small gym with the usual equipment and a trainer on hand to help, but the view of all the tropical foliage makes you forget you might be bored! It’s a bit hot as there is no ac but this didn’t bother me, and the fans were effective. The deck is a large well planned area adjacent to the sea with stations for drinks, towels and service, gorgeous, chilled and fabulous to do some people watching from. And when you get too hot, dive in ! There is a small pool at the level of the dining room but we didn’t use it much. There is a very modern hamam that incurs an extra charge and the spa uses luxury Nuxe products from France.
It’s such a cliché but the people really do make the place and everyone scored very highly on all aspects in my book, free and helpful valet for the hire car, a very friendly and helpful induction to the hotel and grounds, (not standard by any means but we came to expect it) and well trained waiters and deck attendants. I just loved the infectious upbeat and positive attitude (not in a yoga type way) more a hep and stylish need to live life kind of way that everyone has at the Macakisi and this just rubs off on you.
The resort nestles in the hillside of a village called Golturbuku, or Turbuku, same thing, not easy to find your first time round so do get dropped off here but we hired a car on our second day and found it fine to get back to. There are a couple of places worth seeing nearby and the hotel guest relations staff are happy to advise you.
Well not much really, but this resort doesn’t have a great deal to offer very young children although there were families with younger children staying at the hotel so they are very welcome. Maybe don’t pack the high heels? There are a good few steps to negotiate from your room down to breakfast, the bar and dinner areas so perhaps stick to fancy flats for footwear.
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