AMANRUYA, A PEACEFUL RETREAT ON TURKISH RIVIERA!

Amanruya is located on the southeastern Aegean coast of Turkey, on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula in Mandalya Bay. Named after the Sanskrit-derived word for peace, ‘aman’, and the Turkish word for dream, ‘ruya’, the property is surrounded by ancient olive groves and the hills behind are cloaked in Mediterranean pine forest.

There are few places in the world which offer classical history and natural beauty in equal measure. The Aegean region of Turkey is one such place. This fabled coastline is where Homer’s heroes were born, where the ancient Greeks consulted their oracles and the Romans built magnificent temples to honour their gods. Everywhere are reminders of this glorious past, vying for attention with spectacular natural scenery including ancient pine forests and scalloped bays. One such bay on the Bodrum Peninsula is home to Amanruya, a tranquil all-season resort.

An access road weaves its way through the trees before revealing one’s first glimpse of Amanruya and its graceful setting. Inspired by the region’s traditional architecture and building methods, the resort ascends through a series of levels, offering a variety of courtyards and terraces. This creates the intimate ambience of a village while still providing a sense of space and luxury. The resort combines Mediterranean and Ottoman architectural design elements, all the while complementing and respecting the property’s pristine natural surrounds.

An intricate interplay of light and shadow dapples narrow pathways and courtyards – some open, others tucked away for quiet moments. Building materials include local stone for structural walls, dark acajau wood for furniture, windows and door fittings, white Turkish marble for floors and hand-carved stone for interior wall details. Together, they form a timeless natural palette with clean lines and a contemporary feel.  Pebbled pathways lead from the main buildings to the 36 Pool Terrace Cottages, each with its own private garden and swimming pool.

The Villas

The contemporary stone cottages feature pane-glass windows and shutter screens, and are entered via a small porch which leads to a combined living and sleeping area.

Designed to welcome and soothe, the cottages are gracious homes away from home offering a four- poster bed, writing desk, dining table and chairs, couches and a Turkish mangal charcoal fireplace.

A separate vanity area leads into a large, naturally-lit bathroom. This features a rain shower and a large bathtub from which one can enjoy private garden views. An outdoor shower can be found in the garden.

The Restaurants

Turkey has a variety of microclimates resulting in an amazing array of produce. This produce, combined with the freshest of local seafood, allows the kitchen at Amanruya to deliver a seasonal menu featuring Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Amanruya’s homebaked bread and informal Meze platters make for superb in-suite dining or picnic options.

Amanruya offers a number of dining pavilions and lounges, as well as the Beach Club where light meals and refreshments can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Pool Dining Pavilion – Overlooking the main swimming pool, the Pool Dining Pavilion is an elegant and intimate dining space with dark wooden ceilings and pale marble floors.

Dining Pavilions – There are additional dining pavilions located higher on the hillside and offering panoramic views. They are ideal for special occasions and events.

Wine Cellar – With its lofty vaulted ceiling and serene views, the Wine Cellar is an atmospheric setting for special events, whether dinners or cocktail parties.

Lounge – The spacious Lounge with its divan-style seating, dark beamed ceiling and wraparound windows is a relaxing venue in which to enjoy afternoon tea, an evening cocktail or simply to pass some time with a book.

Wine Lounge – The Wine Lounge enjoys a lofty setting with spectacular views of the bay and surrounding hills.

Pool Pavilion – The casual, open-air Pool Pavilion is an informal venue for relaxing or enjoying a refreshing drink.

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Facilities

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Complementary WI-FI available for guests in the rooms and public areas.
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Positioned near the Boutique is the Art Gallery – its white marble floors and white walls ideal for showcasing fine artworks. This double-height space is used as an exhibition area for artists and sculptors, and features two decorative medallions of Brazilian stone hanging on either side of the high walls.
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The striking, three-storey Library Tower houses a lounge on the top floor with large picture windows. Views are of the ocean on one side and pine forests on the other. An interesting selection of books and a wide range of DVDs are available.
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The hand-built, beehive-shaped brick structure next door – designed after a traditional cistern used to conserve rainwater – is a unique Carpet Gallery.

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