A vibrant resort area with the buzzy town of Bodrum at its heart, and picturesque smaller resorts and villages strung out along the adjoining peninsula.
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Legendary haunt of the global glitterati, Macakizi is the stand-out stay on the Bodrum Peninsula’s north shore, Turkey’s top summer playground. An elegant and stylish beach club/hotel – a bit blingy but a bit more boho – Macakizi is set among gardens scattered with terraced suites.
Along the shoreline, stylish decks are busy with attentive staff and thick with canopied cushioned areas and loungers. For high-class lazing there’s nowhere quite like it; and the food, especially the legendary breakfast spread, is exquisite.
The bay which fronts this hotel is pretty, but it’s also stony and can get busy with boats. Turkbuku, the so-called ‘Saint-Tropez of Turkey’, is not the quiet fishing village it once was.
Though the essential charm remains, the streets are in danger of being overrun by boutiques, and villas are sprouting up in the hills behind the port. The place gets packed in July and August, when the traffic can be excessive.
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