This beachside hotel is just 20 minutes from the bustling resort of Bodrum town, which is accessible by a bus that leaves the resort regularly. The hillsides are clad in olive groves and luscious pine forests.
Although more than a million tourists flock to its beaches, boutique hotels and clubs each summer, Bodrum never loses its cool. More than any other Turkish seaside getaway, it has an enigmatic elegance
that pervades it, from the town's grand crowning castle and glittering marina
to its flower-filled cafes and white-plastered backstreets. Even in the most hectic days of high summer, you can still find little corners of serenity,
in the town and especially in its outlying coastal villages.
Urban planners have also sought to preserve Bodrum's essential Aegean character
, which was influenced by the Cretans who moved here during the population exchange of the 1920s. Today, laws restrict buildings' heights, and the whitewashed houses with bright-blue trim evoke a lost era.
The evocative castle and the ancient ruins and Ottoman mosques around town also help keep Bodrum a discerning step above the rest.