Evren Ertan, meetings & incentives manager at ODS Turkey, on why Bodrum is the perfect destination for a summer escape…
“We work and party hard in Istanbul, and as the heat rises in the city in summer, so does my desire to escape to the crystal blue waters and beautiful beaches of Bodrum. It should be on everyone’s escape list, simply because of its diversity and beauty!
Not being one to sit still on a sunbed for too long, I revel in the wide range of things to do, whether it’s exploring all the historical sites by jeep (home of Herodotus and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven World Wonders of the World), or embarking a traditional Turkish gulet to lazily sail around the Bodrum Peninsula, visiting outstanding seafood restaurants in hidden coves along the way.
As you move away from the trendy restaurants and nightclubs, the crowning castle and bustling marina of Bodrum town, you quickly stumble across its original Aegean charm with its blue-trimmed, white-washed houses and then out further still to the laid-back coastal villages and rugged coastline. It’s just utter bliss.
The Peninsula has its own airport which makes travel easy and which is well connected with domestic and international flights on a daily basis. Bodrum has some of the best equipped, modern marinas which has always been home to those who sail and swim the seas.
There’s an abundance of coastal resorts to choose from and one of these elite options – and one of my favourites – is the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay (right). Located on the picturesque land on the shores of Gökova Bay, this is the meeting point for sophisticated travellers on the most untouched part of the peninsula.
All rooms, suites, residences, restaurants and the spa offer unparalleled views of the turquoise Aegean Sea, surrounded by authentic Turkish hospitality and crowned with a variety of services – a private sandy beach, infinity pool, private marina and marina butler, along with a private day cruiser.
What more could you possibly need?”
ODS Turkey is represented by Just the Letter B in the UK.
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