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Beautiful Bodrum

We are all looking for that perfect escapism right now yet so many places are off limit, on some kind of travel restriction or there is daily confusion if you can or cannot enter a country based on vaccines and quarantines. It can get complicated. However let me offer you a simple solution: let me introduce you to Beautiful Bodrum.

 

All visitors only need to show a negative PCR test on arrival and don’t have to be vaccinated or quarantined. Fly Dubai flies directly into Bodrum from the UAE and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul so a holiday on the Aegean Sea is well within your reach and seriously good for the soul.

I visited Bodrum to check out the newly opened Susona Bodrum - LXR Hotels and Resorts, which sits on a private peninsular on the edge of the Aegean.

 

Upon arriving you are instantly struck by the beauty of the white villas, with the blue ocean and green mountains in the back ground. There is something about these three colours that makes me feel grounded. And provides you with that Mediterranean escapism.  The Aegean has the perfect climate during summer. Its mildly hot yet has a breeze and isn’t humid.

 

The boutique resort offers 76 rooms in total comprising of suites and villas which are 4,6 and 7 bedrooms all ocean facing with a private pool set in lush gardens. The suites are very generous in size with a modern sleek finish. The villas have large floor to ceiling windows offering the most stunning views of the mountains and sea and open up to bring the outside in with stunning large dining areas where one can enjoy alfresco dining around the pool.

 

The property has a small private pebble family beach with sunbeds and a beach bar. There’s a large jetty to dive off and to enjoy water sports.

 

On the opposite side of the resort is the trendy chic Frankie Beach Club which is open to the public and is the perfect place to chill to cool DJ vibes be it around the pool or in the cabanas on the dedicated jetty.

 

The large open restaurant serves the freshest of Mediterranean cuisine and an array of wines. I have to be honest I fell in love with the food in Bodrum, it was so fresh and I particularly loved breakfast as it was sharing mezza style which is served at Ezi Restaurant or you can request to have it set up at your villa. Enjoy lunch at Frankie Beach Club and dinner at Malva which offers a boho chic style setting and  serves a world of gastronomy with locally sourced products from around the Aegean region.

 

Spa Soul is a must visit for their Turkish hammam and massage treatments. There is also a fitness centre, tennis court and dedicated children’s swimming pool.

 

Susona Bodrum’s location makes it central for so much to see and do around Bodrum.  Ten minutes away is Bodrum Castle and the marina which offers a wide selection of eateries, sightseeing and shopping.

 

What to do in Bodrum:

 

You must have dinner on the waters edge at Melengec for authentic seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. Not only is the food amazing and there is great ambience but the sunset is incredible as its sets over the mountains directly in front of you. You can book a table in the water were you can dip your feet in or on the waters edge.

 

Bodrum Harbor – Take a boat tour from Bodrum Harbor either via super yacht or a traditional sailing boat. Its worth sailing to Orak Island which is the most uninhabited stretch of the peninsula, shimmering stunningly with its crystal blue waters.

 

Bodrum Castle – located in the harbor -walk through history within the ruins.

 

Bitez Beach – The blue flag Bitez Beach is worth a visit. Shielded to the east by a long headland this beach is a scallop shaped bay with gravel sand and shallow warm, transparent water.

 

Dibeklihan Culture Art Village – This beautiful location is slightly off the beaten path but so worth visiting. The historical building and grounds is complete with little artisan stores selling the most incredible pieces of furniture and collectables. There is a beautiful coffee shop that smells divine from cooking fresh bread and dishes in their open kitchen.  It’s such a tranquil experience and a great opportunity to chat to locals and really support their small businesses.

 

Before I finish I have to thank the team at Susona Bodrum especially Funda and Asil, who were the most incredible hosts with the warmest and biggest hearts. I certainly left a little piece of my heart in Bodrum.   

 

I highly recommend a visit to Bodrum as the locals are so warm, the food is incredible, the weather is perfect and you really feel refreshed and grounded – its great for your soul.

 

Watch our video from Susona Bodrum

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H0iM-GPBjg

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9XLQDSZqZc

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoKmzEcyBho

 

 

 

 

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
LEAD

Impressive Istanbul

I really do love my job as a luxury travel curator, designing holidays for people and letting them experience unique resorts around the world. I consider myself extremely fortunate for the amazing opportunities that come my way. I am sure from the outside looking in, I have a very cushy number – however it has taken a lot of hard work over the past 3 years since launching Unique Family Travels not to mention this has been my passion since I was young including going to college to learn more about the tourism industry.

 

So when I was chosen to join a trip with LXR Hotels – Hilton’s Luxury brand, I was beyond excited and incredibly honored. Joining the LXR, Hilton and Conrad team along with 4 other amazing agents, we really did have a wonderful time with the most heart warming hospitality, that has left me reassured that my clients will be looked after to the highest level.

Its been a really long time since I've been on a city break. Even though I have visited Istanbul many times, this was going to be a new experience during covid times.

 

Firstly let me start by reassuring you that Turkey was extremely safe and not busy. Masks are compulsory and there are strict timings that restaurants need to close by.

You need to do a PCR test 72 hours pre traveling and present it at check in along with completing an online form to enter Turkey www.register.health.gov.tr - you must screen shot the bar code to show at the airline check in.

 

We flew business class with Turkish Airlines which was my first time and I am pleased to say the experience was extremely comfortable and spacious. All flights now arrive into Istanbul’s brand new airport which was empty and very quick though passport control.

 

Conrad Bosporus

 

We arrived at Conrad Bosporus to a very warm welcome. Previously when in Istanbul I've stayed on the Bosporus but this property is higher up but only 5 mins walk from the Bosporus yet provides  the most incredible views of the city showcasing Asia side and many of the bridges.

 

My suite had an incredibly large window in the living room and bedroom which really showcased the view in its full glory. The suits was very spacious with a separate living room with the coffee table full of welcome edibles – slightly dangerous with my sweet tooth. And a personalized bath robe was laid out on the bed.

 

The hotel is very grand with a large winding staircase in the lobby and has a glorious ballroom with separate entrance– perfect for weddings with a large outdoor terrace for pre functions. Additional to the gym and swimming pool there’s also two tennis courts and a huge spa and hammam.

 

I had the most amazing hammam in the Turkish spa which I can only describe myself as floating on a soap bubble while my hair was being washed and my skin was being rubbed down – total bliss – highly recommend.

 

The hotel offers many dining options, ranging from the Mediterranean-style Manzara Restaurant to the Summit Bar and Terrace, which offers skyline views from its perch on the 14th floor.

 

Excursions

 

Bosporus Cruise

You can either book a private yacht or enjoy the bustling ferry, whichever boat you take a cruise on the Bosporus is a must.  Enjoy a thriving city crossing two continents – Europe and Asia enjoying Istanbul from a different perspective should be top of your list.

 

Ortakoy Mosque located on the edge of the Bosporus in a busy neighborhood, popular with art galleries, nightlife, bars, restaurants.

Hagia Sophia has been standing for more than 1400 years. It served as an Orthodox Cathedral until 1453 until Ottoman Sultan Mehmed 11 (who conquered Istanbul) and now it has been converted into a mosque.

During the conversion, the Sultan covered the religious symbols rather than removing them, so today visitors can witness a unique monument that straddles time and religion.

 

Topkapi Palace Museum (located next to Hagia Sophia)

This Palace served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman Sultans.

 

Topkapi Palace and Harem (Topkapi Saray) are likely to have more colourful stories than most of the world’s museums put together.

Libidinous sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines and scheming eunuchs lived and worked between 15th and 19th centuries when it was the court of the Ottoman Empire.

A visit to the palace’s opulent pavilions, jewel-filled treasury and sprawling Harem gives a fascinating glimpse into their lives.

 

If you enjoy being slap bang in the historical area I highly recommend Hagia Sophia Mansions which is located between Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace down a cobbled street. These stunning suites which are beautifully designed and perfectly located for tourists to explore the area also offer a private spa and fitness area.

 

Sofia Terrace restaurant has Hagia Sophia as your back drop or you can enjoy a fine dining experience at Sarnic Restaurant which is a couple of steps away. This extraordinary building was built over 1000 years ago and is supported by six stone pillars and high domes in the ceiling.

 

Remember to also visit:

 

The Blue Mosque – One of the most famous and iconic destinations for tourists in Istanbul which is commonly referred to as the Blue Mosque. It was built in 1616 and has over 20,000 handmade ceramic titles.

 

Grand Bazaar - is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world built in 1461, stretching over 70 streets and consisting of over 4000 shops!

 

Next stop Bodrum

 

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Dani
Family Friendly Couple
Lead Susona Bodrum

Susona Bodrum

Susona Bodrum offers travellers a chic new destination along the Aegean Coast which stays true to the natural beauty and spirit of Bodrum. Located six kilometres from downtown Bodrum. https://lxrhotels3.hilton.com/lxr/susona-bodrum/

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Belmond Castello di Casole

Belmond Castello di Casole is alive with history dating from the 10th century. The site is deeply rooted in its agricultural past stretching back to the Bronze Age; artifacts have been found across the grounds which are on display at the hotel. https://www.belmond.com/

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