Maybe it’s the abundance of on-trend ikat, the ancient ruins, the hand-crafted furniture, or (our favorite) those gummy little Turkish delight candies, but it seems like everyone is heading for Turkish shores this summer.
Plenty of travelers opt for the splendor of Istanbul. If, however, you’re looking for a dose of luxury (along with requisite site-seeing and face-stuffing), the coastal city of Bodrum may be what you’re looking for.
Known for top-notch eateries, ancient castles, and all-night revelry (yes, there’s a nightly “party boat”), Bodrum has no shortage of summertime activities. Of course, worse case scenario, if you find yourself unsure of your next activity, you can always default to bronzing on the beach—there are plenty of them).
Located in the Muğla Province of Turkey, Bodrum is has become synonymous with jet-set travel and summer partying. From where to stay, to what yacht to rent, to where to party, we have all of your jet-set problems solved. Scroll through for our ultimate Bodrum picks.
SLEEP: Situated just steps from the beach (and attending revelry), the modern Doria Hotel is among Bodrum's swankiest hotels. In addition to on-site fine dining, the hotel also offers a free shuttle service to a private beach with sunbathing area. Seriously, what is better than that? Adnan Menderes Caddesi, Gundonumu Mevkii Bitez, doriahotelbodrum.com.
SLEEP: Sweeping views of the sea and surrounding mountains are par for the course at The Marmara, which boasts two on-site swimming pools and a lavish daily breakfast spread fit for a sultan. 18 Yokusbasi Mahallesi, Suluhasan Cad., bodrum.themarmarahotels.com.
RELAX: Renting a "gulet"—the Turkish answer to a sailing yacht (and they're more or less the same thing)—is a popular summer activity for Bodrum-ites escaping the noise of the city. This sleek boat, the Drumbeg, comes with oiled teak decks, stainless tell appliances, and bathrooms with teak counter tops, and stone basins. From $119,000 per week; luxurychartergroup.com.
PARTY: The one thing Turks love even more than open ocean? Loud parties and thumping beats. Thankfully, the Club Catamaran—a floating night club with a glass dance floor—offers both to approximately 1,500 thrill-seekers a night. For more information visit clubcatamaran.com.
PARTY: The oldest running party in Bodrum, Halikarnas has been sending travelers home with a hangover since the mid 1970s. Today, it offers top-quality sound, trippy light effects, and some of the best DJ's in Europe. Tip: be sure to hit the club around midnight for an hour of free drinking. For more information visit halikarnas.com.
SEE: If you aren't too hungover from last night's revelries, make you way to the Museum of Underwater Archaelogy, situated in the Bodrum harbor. Inside, you'll find ancient relics—including historic pirate loot—along with drawings, murals, and dioramas about the region's most stellar underwater finds. At the Western Bay Castle of St. Peter, bodrum-museum.com.
SEE: Situated right next door to the Archaeology museum, the imposing Castle of St.Peter is hard to miss. Peruse the massive amphorae collection, visit a medieval glass blowing workshop (where artisans create jewelry made to look like pieces salvaged from old timey ship wrecks), or just relax beneath the ancient mulberry tree. For more information visit bodrum-museum.com.
EAT: Hit this humble-looking eatery, La Pasion, to sample the best mediterranean tapas in town. The menu also includes fresh jugs of sangria that can't be beat. 8 Ataturk Cad. Uslu Sokak, lapasion-bodrum.com.
EAT: If you're looking for a more elevated atmosphere, don't miss La Villa, which offers a medley of traditional Turkish and international fare including pepper steak and fresh seafood. For the best views, snag a table at the terrace for spectacular sunsets. Gunbatimi Cad, Turgutreis.
SHOP: The traditional Covered Market is located in the center of Bodrum, and is perfect for scooping up traditional Turkish souvenirs along with fresh produce, sea food, and dried fruit and nuts.