Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast
- Both the traditional Turkish hamman and the spa are among the best and biggest in Turkey
- Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony or terrace for taking in the views
- Read more about what to see and do in Bodrum in our magazine section
What To Know
- While some of the ruins are only a 10-minute drive away, Bodrum itself is 30 minutes away by car
- The beach is gorgeous but a bit rocky
- Food at the restaurants can be pricey
- WiFi and valet parking are free
- Kid-friendly amenities include a kids club and pool
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Tucked into a serene cove with its own private beach around 30 minutes from Bodrum, the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is a sprawling spa resort in a postcard-perfect setting. Views of the Aegean take center stage and can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows in rooms and suites, from the six restaurants, or from the enormous infinity pool, one of the largest in Turkey. The exclusive blue-flagged beach and 60,000-square-foot spa (with a traditional Turkish hammam) make it a top spot for couples and families to destress and soak up the sun.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are done in a soothing palette of beige and olive, keeping all the emphasis on those spectacular views. Every room comes with floor-to-ceiling windows shaded by slatted blinds and a balcony or terrace, while Superior Rooms also have a sitting area with a sofa. Bathrooms come with granite-topped sinks, mosaic tiling and Molton Brown amenities (in the Grand Deluxe Room category and higher).
The outdoor infinity pool is one of the largest in Turkey. From here you can peer over the private beach to the sea below. The 60,000-square-foot spa really does engage all the senses and features a traditional Turkish hammam. The fitness area allows guests to get active or relax through yoga, Pilates or traditional fitness training — all with views of the crystal-blue Aegean. The six restaurants offer a choice of Mediterranean, Italian and Asian cuisine, while Bar Blue delivers live jazz and cocktails in the evening. For families there’s KempiKids Camp and kids pool, which frees the adults to enjoy a glass of vino poolside. Oh, and if you’re looking to arrive in style, there’s a helipad as well as a private marine docking facility for your yacht.
In the Area
Nearby Ephesus was once home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Charter a traditional Turkish gulet for a day and drop anchor anywhere along the coast to take a dip in the turquoise sea. Bodrum is the St.-Tropez of Turkey, so don’t miss the sizzling party scene, which doesn’t get started until very late. Our favorite club is the waterfront Bianca Beach. Set in a palm-shaded stone courtyard beside the Aegean, Kocadon is one of Bodrum’s most atmospheric restaurants. Book a table by the gurgling century-old fountain for fresh seafood and Turkish fare.
How to Get There
It was our third vacation in BODRUM in a raw. We loved the location but could not say there was a hotel we would return to until we came to Kempinski. We came in October and could avoid the crowd. Despite low occupation the hotel was in full operation and staff was very helpful! Restaurants are all very tasty. We were surprised with Italian one which really tasted Italian. We loved the hotel which is definitely for expensive, exclusive and calm vacation.
Great luxurious hotel with a beautiful view to the bay. Modern and sofisticated ambience, perfect for a relaxing holiday. Although it was fully booked, it was not crowded , not even at dinner time. We travelled with 2 teenagers and there were not many things for them to do but they enjoyed walking around on their own! The food was excellent. Only 20 minutes drive from Bodrum where you can shop until you drop. I would recommend sunbathing at the deck , trying the hotel hamman, enjoying a drink at the bar. The staff were very polite and eager to please at all times.
My wife and I spent 3 days at this hotel and was impressed as soon as we arrived. The staff were very welcoming and polite and the lady in red (sorry can’t remember her name) seemed to be always working and advising guests to help with their stay. The hotel is huge which was good to explore but sometimes you can get easily lost. It would have been good if the restaurants had their name clearly displayed at their entrance to help. The buffet breakfast was very diverse, the eggs benedict could have been better but overall the food was good. The best by far was our dinner at La Luce (Italian ) the pasta was cooked to perfection and the crab cakes were delicious. We also decided to book a massage in the Spa, which In our opinion was average. The massage itself was good but afterwards it felt as though we needed to get dressed and leave. The entire experience should have been more relaxing with an area to relax in afterwards with some hot tea to drink, but after requesting this we were shown the chill out room and drank a thimble of cold ginger tea. I gave the feedback to the Spa manager who welcomed the suggestions so hope the entire experience is improved for future guests. We would have rated the hotel 5 but the Spa experience which was not cheap disappointed us.