We loved the scene at Macakizi!
If you’re looking for a sophisticated boutique hotel in Bodrum on the beach, check out the Macakizi hotel.
Located near the pretty village of Turkbuku on the Bodrum Peninsula, the hotel is about a 45-minute drive from Bodrum town (easily accessible by dolmus, the small public vans used to ferry people around).
From its start as a bohemian hideaway for artists and thinkers in the 1970’s, Macakizi has transformed into a favorite boutique hotel for well-heeled, young and glamorous guests (often Turkish celebrities) – the “it” spot to see and be seen on the Bodrum Peninsula.
Clinging to a verdant terraced hillside, it immediately charms with its white-washed stone villas, clad in bougainvillea.
Like most Bodrum beach resorts, there’s no actual sandy beach. Sun-seekers lounge about on wooden decks built over the water, with ladders for entering the sea.
At Macakizi, young glamorous Istanbullus curl up on plump deck cushions, smoking cigarettes, sipping cocktails and socializing.
It’s a real fashion parade too.
After the ladies go for a swim, they change into a fresh dry bikini in individual tent-like changing rooms near the showers at the end of the jetty. Sometimes they change into eight or more bikinis a day!
Rooms at Macakizi
All of Macakizi’s 74 rooms (including 21 suites) are fresh and bright; many look out over the sea.
Most are in two-storey cottages with private balconies. For better sea and garden views (and more privacy), choose an upper floor room.
Ours had stone floors, puddled white muslin curtains, high-tech lighting and a giant screen TV.
Embroidered cushions added a splash of color to the otherwise neutral ivory and cappuccino color scheme.
What to do at this cool Bodrum beach hotel?
Guests rise late, breakfasting at longish tables, attended by young staff in long white pants and T-shirts. The men linger over coffee and casual newspaper-reading, while the women check their smart-phones.
Afterwards, the scene shifts to the rock beach, where friendships are struck while guests tan on cushions on wood-planked decks built over the water. The sea is mirror-calm – perfect for climbing down the ladders for a dip.
Dinghies also zoom in, bringing couples from sleek white power yachts and polished teak gulets, anchored offshore, for Macakizi’s famed barbecue buffet lunch or hedonistic, early-evening bar party.
Only the Islamic muezzin’s call to prayer at regular intervals, drifting loudly across the turquoise bay, reminds you that you’re in a mostly Muslim country.
More on Turkey
We’ve visited Turkey several times – including Istanbul, Cappadocia, Bodrum and Ephesus. Check out these other posts of ours:
- 5 Top Hammams in Istanbul for Luxury Lovers
- Boutique Hotels in Istanbul: From Hip to Historic
- Flying High! Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
- Esbelli Cave Hotel: Fairytale Charm in Cappadocia
- Casa Dell’Arte: An Art-Filled Boutique Hotel in Bodrum
- Ephesus Tour: Where Poppies Bloom Among Ancient Ruins
- The Perfect 2-Week Turkey Itinerary for a Luxury Trip
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We stayed at Macakizi as media guests. But all opinions and words are our own. Lead image © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos courtesy Macakizi.