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8 Things to Do in Bodrum

As I sit in Istanbul airport during my layover back to the desert (no, unfortunately you can’t fly direct from Dubai to Bodrum), piecing together this blog post, I realise how truly amazing this hidden gem of a coastal city is. I planned a surprise anniversary trip for Ed and I (eight years say whaaat!), and although the trek there was a bit long, it was totally, totally worth it. Ahead, 8 things to do in Bodrum, from where to eat to where to stay…

Wine tasting at Karnas Vineyards…

Picture this: You sipping on a glass of homemade rosé, watching the swans bathe themself under the trickle of a fountain that eventually turns the very same shade of pink as the wine you’re drinking as the sun sets. Nestled in tranquility of the Bodrum mountains, which are flanked by acres of olive and grape vines,  aromas of traditional Turkish cuisine fill the air as you await your al fresco dining experience paired with some of the most delicious cab sav you’ll have this whole holiday.

It’ll cost you about  €85 per person, which includes a taxi to and from your hotel, tour of the winery and a five-course wine pairing menu. 

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Karnas Vineyards Bodrum Karnas Vineyards Bodrum


Stay at The Edition…

Easily one of the best hotels in Bodrum, the hotel tumbles down in layers, each playing host to a luxurious amenity – be it a lounge or restaurant, the spa or gym, infinity pool, or, when you eventually reach the bottom, a dreamlike cloud of crushed white marbled sand boarding the painfully stunning turquoise Mediterranean sea.

Here, the service is second to none. We were only there for a short couple of days, but each and every one of the staff took the time to learn our names, and go above and beyond for anything we needed (in case you missed it on my Stories, the team and The Edition Bodrum left loaned me a camera to use after hearing that I had forgotten mine back in Dubai!) They are attentive without being overbearing, perceptive without being pesky, and kind but not in the least contrived.

A 45-minute drive from Bodrum airport along the coastal road, if for nothing else, at least plan a day trip here. I truly can’t recommend it enough.

The Edition BodrumThe Edition Bodrum


Dinner at Atilay…

Atilay is the most perfect little beach eatery with not much more than a roof of fairy lights and tables on wooden decking that looks over an endless ocean. There’s plenty of hot and cold mezze, lots of fresh fish (the seabass was unreal) and lots of lovely Turkish wine. Atilay is the real deal for fresh seafood in Bodrum. From melt in your mouth roasted eggplant to chargrilled octopus and fresh salads, delectable Turkish bites are worth making the trip for.

Atilay Türkbükü

Atilay Türkbükü


Stroll down the streets of Türkbükü

Grab your best white and blue #ootd and head down to the streets of Türkbükü for an afternoon of shopping, appreatifs and freshly-caught seafood. Giving Santorini and Mykonos a real fun for their money, this totally adorable seaside town is frequented by locals (the tourists apparently all visit the other side of the island), so you’re in for a true Turkish experience wherever you choose to settle down for lunch or dinner.

Türkbükü



Sundowners at Caresse…

Ed and I ventured to the ultra stunning Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa for an afternoon of pure relaxation. We arrived an were shown straight to the spa, where we indulged in a one-hour Balinese massage (best massage in Bodrum, by the way!) before chilling in the jacuzzi for a while. Once we were ready to resurface, we headed to the bar for sundowners with a serious view before enjoying dinner on the terrace overlooking the Bodrum’s breathtaking bay.

Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa


An afternoon at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum…

Our Turkish adventures also took us to Mandarin Oriental’s beach bar, Blue, for a spot of lunch before we caught our flight later that afternoon. Not only was the food utterly divine (make sure you try the kiymali pide and döner kebab), but it’s a fantastic spot for celeb spotting – we’re looking at you Jamie Carragher.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum


Kids’ day out at The Hilton… 

Wondering what to do with your kids in Bodrum? The Hiltion Türkbükü is the spot for you. For the last couple of days of our trip, Ed and I checked into The Hilton, which, unbeknownst to me when booking, turned out to be the most family-friendly hotel I’ve ever seen in my life. From the waterslides and multitude of kids’ pools, to the arcade and the array of activities put on every afternoon (think painting, sports games, a disco…), it’s a hotel I really recommend to take your little ones to.


 

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