bodrum: amanruya resort opening

© amanresorts - the pristine aegean coastline at mandalya bay

with a high chi chi factor that has attracted discerning sun worshippers from around the planet to its pristine shores since the 1960s, bodrum and the surrounding region very much is the turkish equivalent - and a frequently praised one at that - of the french rivièra. known for its exceptional hospitality formula and idyllic locations across the planet, it isn't much of a surprise that amanresorts has chosen this spot to open its first property in this part of the world. dubbed amanruya, named after the sanskrit word for peace, aman, and the turkish word for dream, ruya, the property is set on a slope amidst a mediterranean forest and ancient olive groves on the northern coast of bodrum peninsula, and even includes a private pebble peach. the amanruya resort has been set up with respect of the environment and effortlessly blends into the lush landscape, featuring traditional mediterranean and ottoman architecture and building methods yet with a distinct contemporary touch. it ascends through a series of strategically positioned elevated levels, offering not only a variety of courtyards and terraces but also an intimate ambience of a village with a sense of space and luxury, and last but not least sweeping views.

the property features only 36 spacious pool terrace cottages, constructed from carefully-sourced building materials. these 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. measuring a spacious 75 sqm. [807 sq.ft.], each cottage features a four-poster kingsize bed, two couches, a dining table and two chairs, a writing desk, a traditional turkish mangal charcoal fireplace, a separate vanity area and clothes closet and a large, naturally-lit open bathroom. and to complete the ultimate holiday experience, a spacious private garden with marble pool are part of the setting. amanruya's luxe dwellings are obviously fully wired with the latest hi-tech innovations, and include an lcd-screen tv, wireless internet, ipod and dvd players, a mini bar and air conditioning. further extending the good life on these premises are a set of complementing facilities and services. west of the main buildings is the informal beach club. it consists of a series of terraces that overlook the small pebble beach, a jetty and an offshore swimming pontoon below.

the beach club offers changing rooms, watersports equipment and small sailing boats. and as the recreational action can make you peckish, it aptly serves a range of simple but tasty bites and drinks as well. and speaking of culinary delight, amanruya is a full-fledged luxury resort and as such it offers a a variety of options. accommodated in the free-standing resort buildings are four dining pavilions - each with sea views and a different setting - serving traditional turkish foods, continental fare and asian-inspired dishes. additionally, there's a terrace + wine lounge for pre or after dinner mingling action. completing the impressive facility list are a 50-metre communal swimming pool, a tennis court, a library with an extensive selection of books and dvd's, and two high-relaxation spa suites. location: bülent ecevit caddesi, demir mekvii [göltürkbükü].

© amanresorts - amanruya's spectacular location and views, the property's appealing understated luxe [top to bottom]