Ayla Emiroglu arrived in Bodrum in 1977 when it was nothing more than a few houses and cars, and her legacy grew from a humble guesthouse to owning the hotspot of the Mediterranean, whose table has been graced by legends such as Mick Jagger and Rudolf Nureyev. Her empire now comprises Hotel Macakizi, 10-bedroom Villa Macakizi and a 12-cabin motor yacht, the Macakizi Halas 71.
Located on the opposite side of the peninsula to Bodrum, Hotel Macakizi is a boutique gem where boho chic flows through its 53 stunning rooms and 21 spacious suites, and breathtaking views impress at every turn. Macakizi's renowned chef conjures tastes to suit every palate, from traditional Turkish dishes with a twist by day and delicious Mediterranean fusion food by night in the atmospheric restaurant.
The small, secluded coastal town of Golturkbuku promises turquoise waters, hip dining spots, cool bars and sophisticated nightlife. By day, guests can sunbathe on the waterfront terrace with direct access to the Aegean or relax in Macakizi’s luxury spa and Turkish hammam. Yoga lovers can join group classes or enjoy some one-on-one tuition. As evening approaches, the hotel bar - a popular haunt for yachting types and weekenders from Istanbul - comes alive with revelries continuing late into the night, and DJs employed to provide the soundtrack to the summer. Those seeking an early night can retreat up the hill to the relative tranquility of their suite.
Hip hotel lovers
Couples in search of understated luxury
Night owls and party lovers
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Revive in the traditional Turkish hammam
Re-energise in the hotel’s fitness centre
Sample understated Mediterranean and Turkish dishes at the exquisite restaurant
Party into the small hours with the glamorous yachting set
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Bask in the Mediterranean sunshine on golden sand beaches
Charter a boat to explore the Aegean coastline
See in evenings in style with chic bars and hip nightlife within easy reach
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.