American hotelier and entrepreneur Ian Schrager believes that “simplicity is true luxury” and he’s aiming to display that with his latest property, The Bodrum Edition, opening soon in partnership with Marriott International.
Set within Yalikavak Bay, the Bodrum Edition is a natural Amphitheatre acting as a venue for 21st century recreation, socialising, and networking with a vista overlooking the waters of the Turkish Riviera. In keeping with brand philosophy, The Bodrum Edition will aim to bring a new lease of life to the often outdated concept of a luxury hotel stay.
Once an ancient city known as Halicarnassus of Caria, Bodrum was famous as the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today, on the West side of the peninsula, in Yalıkavak Marina.
Standing at 22,000 sq metres (72,200 sq feet), the hotel draws inspiration from local influences and native natural resources. The Mediterranean landscaping reflects the peninsula’s indigenous flora and fauna with olive trees and local stone. The jewel in the property’s crown is the white sand beach, spread out below the property and leading to the Aegean Sea.
The hotel’s open reception area, designed by Christophe Pillet and Ian Schrager Company, has a glass atrium with views over the bay and seating for socialising and networking, and the informal lobby bar will welcome guests with a Turkish tea or homemade lemonade on the terrace.
Between the hotel’s 102 guest rooms, bungalows with private pools and four bedroom villas with pool, are the lounge bars and cocktail areas, as well as the hotel’s two signature restaurants by the Peruvian chef Diego Munoz, formerly of El Bulli and Mugaritz.
The Discetto night club will play host to live music, DJs and cocktail mixologists, and the hotel also has over 1,200 square meters (4,000 sq feet) of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space including meeting studios and a ballroom. At the base of the resort lays an infinity pool which ends at the sea. The hotel’s 100m (350ft) long beach area will play host to a beach bar and club offering al fresco dining ingeviche and a variety of “Pide” flatbreads.
For restaurant, Kitchen at The Bodrum Edition, with seating for up to 202 will served mezze and Turkish Brunch. Brava will serve family-style dishes of Latin American cuisine inspired by Mediterranean and Asian cooking. The spa facility has a Turkish Hammam, salt treatment room, sauna, steam room, plunge pool and 14 treatment rooms.