Casa dell’Arte The Residence – Boutique Class
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes a lavish traditional Turkish breakfast loaded with local produce, olives, cheeses and honey
- Contemporary art throughout the hotel and rooms
- Petite private jetty for sunbathing and swimming on a quiet stretch of the Mediterranean
- Sandy beach (rare for Bodrum)
- NINU Restaurant is headed by chef Bengi Kayhan
What To Know
- The vibe is more chill-out than go-out, although Bodrum’s nightclubs are a 15-minute drive away
- The swimming pool is lovely, but its interior courtyard location means no sea view
- Children 12 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Like the home of an arty friend with exquisite taste, Casa dell’Arte The Residence showcases more than 200 museum-worthy paintings and sculptures by contemporary Turkish artists, international works that run from Old Masters to Fabergé eggs. The well-curated collection spans a series of breezy lounges dotted with sleek white sofas and spills out onto the alfresco terraces, which are fringed with bougainvillea. An outdoor dining area sits under a modernistic canopy in the palm tree–studded garden.
Bed and Bath
The 12 suites are themed around the Zodiac, and while the design theme is consistent, room size and configurations vary significantly. Some are duplexes, and some have terraces. The Libra (Dome Suite) is a standout, with a living area big enough to be a dance floor. All are spacious and decorated with interesting, sometimes racy art and have spacious, sleek marble bathrooms with Turkish cotton towels and robes.
Dine at (reservation only) NINU Restaurant under a white-sail awning which keeps things cool at night. Lit by tall lamps and chandeliers, the menu is characterized by inventive combinations of new and traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. The alfresco dining room is shaded by a modern canopy, and dinner is served at tables right on the beach. The kitchen turns out terrific home-style seafood and upscale renditions of traditional mezes. The leisurely breakfast can be an all-morning affair, as waiters bring small plate after small plate of olives, tomatoes, cheese, meats, breads, fresh honeycomb, yogurt and plenty of strong Turkish coffee. It’s adjacent to the hotel’s private jetty, meaning breakfast can easily segue into a midmorning snooze as you sunbathe by the sea. Spa therapists can set up camp here to provide an alfresco massage, too. Alternatively, dine at next door Casa Frida Beach Club, the hotel’s sister restaurant. Dishes are grilled on Hecha cast iron cookware and there’s a good selection of local wines.
In the Area
Bodrum is known for its nightlife, but there’s bountiful history here, too. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the medieval Bodrum Castle has courtyards, turrets, galleries and sunken gardens, a museum of underwater archaeology, and a bang-up view of the city and the sea. The Bodrum Maritime Museum displays meticulously prepared models of the boats that were used for sponge diving, fishing and transportation, but to really experience the city, you need to get on a boat yourself. Plenty are available for half-day and longer charters in the city’s marina.
How to Get There
This was the most unique and luxurious place we've stayed, and we've done ALOT. It was like living in our own private art gallery (there was only one other guest on premises when we were there). The food was stunning -- an epic breakfast and tasting menu on the dock by one of Turkey's top chefs (with wine pairing). It was so spectacular we invited our friends for dinner who were staying at another top property and it took their breath away. The concierge arranged for us to have a private gullet trip on 4th of July and gave us incredible personal attention, including allowing us to store our car and bags there for an additional day while we traveled elsewhere (at no cost). Stay here. Hide in the closet so you don't have to leave. We certainly would have done so.
A very unique hotel to say the least.. we had some issues first couple of days with the no wifi in the room but after the second day they were very nice and changed our room for one that had wifi in it.. the room service they offer is very minimal ex; toasted sandwich.. breakfast was nice. The pool and beach were pretty.. mattress was hard but ok..
We really do recommend this fantastic place. Lovely caring staff, great breakfast and a magnificant art-collection.
If you want to visit Bodrum city-center ther e are busses depart every 20 minutes just outsider the Hotel