Christian Stan, at 18 May. 16, in Hotels, News, Sea View Hotels

From its roots as a hangout for the intellectuals and artists of the 1970s, to its current incarnation as the ultimate hedonist’s hideaway, Maçakizi has long reigned as the sine qua non of the Bodrum hotel scene.



Set on a secluded hillside strewn with centuries-old olive groves on the very edge of Türkbükü, Maçakizi has unrivalled views over the Bodrum Peninsula. Looking to further promote a meaningful connection between guests and the spectacular surroundings, hotel co-owner and Original Sahir Erozan was inspired to commission a new motorboat from prestigious boat builders Dixon Yacht Design.

Available for charter for up to 10 people, the motorboat allows guests the opportunity to embark on diving trips, explore the region’s myriad beaches, or visit Mykonos’ famed beach clubs, just a two-hour sail away. Customized menus can be pre-arranged with Maçakizi’s fleet of chefs, from romantic dinners à deux to glamorous shore-side picnics, while a fully-integrated sound system promises deck-side soirées with chilled-out tunes carried on a mistral breeze.

Back on dry land, the hotel’s aesthetics are a lesson in understated luxury amid a lush, natural landscape filled with pink bougainvillea, red hibiscus, pale blue plumbago, and pampas grass. Set over four decked levels, the wood, stone, and concrete structures of the resort are offset by classic yet contemporary interiors and neutral modern furnishings. An open-air restaurant and thatch-covered terraces add texture to the airy public spaces, which are accented by bright accessories, original artwork, and Turkish rugs. The result consists of clean, chic spaces with travertine floors and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views over the shimmering Aegean Sea, all to be enjoyed in splendid isolation thanks to the dappled foliage which screens each room.


Fittingly for a region that is referred to as the St. Tropez of Turkey, there is most definitely a French feel to Maçakizi’s spa. The hotel has teamed up with prestigious Parisian cosmetic maison NUXE to create NUXE Spa. The open, flowing space consists of eight treatment areas, and a spectacular glass-fronted hammam, which blend seamlessly with the flora and fauna surrounding the hotel. Facials, massages, and body treatments combine NUXE’s innovative plant-based cosmetics with centuries-old Turkish traditions to create an authentic and luxurious spa experience. The spa’s signature treatment “Ottoman Escapade” consists of a traditional Turkish bath followed by a hot shell massage, designed to cleanse, detoxify, and reenergize.



Exquisitely set on the waterfront and shaded by white sail awnings, the hotel’s bar is a relaxed, fluid area which attracts the beautiful people, albeit strictly off duty. Scale one stone staircase and Maçakizi’s restaurant represents an authentic dining experience, which celebrates sustainable, seasonal ingredients and local culinary tradition. Devised by chef Aret Sahakyan in collaboration with Erozan, who previously ran the Washington D.C. hotspot “Cities”, the menu features dishes such as grilled grouper, beetroot gnocchi, eggplant and sea samphire, and king crab tempura with yuzu mayo and lime jelly. Ascend another flower-decked staircase and the breakfast terrace is a discrete, shady spot with breathtaking vistas, and a dazzling array of fresh produce sourced from local dairy and fruit farms.

Rates from EUR 459
Motorboat trips start from EUR 1200 for four hours.

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