What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best Looking Guests
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast, a three course à la carte dinner and a bottle of wine on arrival
- Extended happy hour at the beachside bar features frozen drinks and a very good-looking crowd
- The on-site Turkish bath and massage services at Nuxe spa
What To Know
- The restaurant is one of Turkey’s best
- Although hotel guests do get priority, the beach bar is used by daytrippers
- The property closes from November through mid-April
- There are no handicapped-accessible rooms; steep steps link the rooms, restaurant and beach
- Free WiFi
- Read more about what to see and do in Bodrum in our magazine section
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In Bodrum’s Türkbükü, a tiny strip of high-end boutiques and restaurants set on a curve around a deep bay best accessed by boat (or by diving off the wooden piers), Macakizi Hotel occupies one of the area’s best spots. Meaning “Queen of Spades” in Turkish, this secluded 81-room retreat shimmers like a waterside palace, making guests feel like 21st-century royalty. All three parts of the resort — a hotel, a world-class restaurant and a hip-happening beach club — recline on the side of a hill covered with hot-pink bougainvillea and white-hot sunlight.
Bed and Bath
The quiet rooms and suites sit at the top of the hill. The decor is plush and modern, with attractive private balconies and patios. Pale walls are dotted with retro-look canvas prints, colorful throw cushions break up the sleek white color scheme and natural wood and mirrors are used to great effect. TVs are by Bose and Aqua Di Parma products feature in the open-plan marble bathrooms. Opt for a room on the Upper Deck for superior views of the sea or the lush gardens.
A small maze of flower-decked paths takes you to the open-air restaurant (where the free breakfast includes omelets made to order) and the beach with its large bar and various sunbathing and swimming piers. En route you’ll pass the lovely, underused pool, the well-attended Turkish bath and a small gym. The real action is at the square-sided beachside bar — the place to be, to see and to be seen by all the right people (some of whom are household names). Service is exceptional, starting with the beach concierge, who helps hotel guests secure the best daybeds every morning. Waiters amble unobtrusively around in their khaki and white outfits, fluffing pillows, bringing fresh towels and water, and mind-reading.
In the Area
A string of lovely villages encircle the peninsula; a half-hour drive takes you to Gumusluk for wonderful fish restaurants and a whole new realm of handicrafts. With more than 200 active archeological sites in Turkey, you’re never far from the ancient action. The 15th-century Bodrum Castle, a fantastic site in its own right, hosts the Museum of Underwater Archeology, with a life-size shipwreck model and real artifacts. A bevy of wooden yachts and small sailboats departs regularly from Türkbükü. Take a day sail to a Greek Island or just around the Bodrum peninsula. After dinner slip into something flattering and slither on down a few hundred yards to the Ship Ahoy nightclub or other walkable dance spots, where the party continues.
How to Get There
We really enjoyed our stay at Macakizi: service is second to none, the restaurant serves amazing food, the beach is a must-see.
The only drawback is the hotel next door that plays loud music until 4am...
Went there end of July and had a very relaxing time. Laying out on the deck during the day and dinning at the hotel’s restaurant at night. Service was outstanding. Lucca at the bar was super friendly and helpful as were all the beach staff.
The hotel spreads down a hill with winding lit stairs and heavy foliage. Our room was on the reception level so it had a nice sea view. I tried the hammam at the hotel spa. It was good but not as good as the ones I’ve had in Istanbul.
The hotel’s restaurant was a delight. Amazing views and equally impressive food. Try the pasta with fresh crab and the grilled octopus. The breakfast buffet area was really lovely with amazing sea views and open spaces. However, the selection of food was a bit on the basic side with nothing extra like charcuterie or smoked. salmon.
The beach bar comes alive in the afternoon starting 4-5 pm and the relaxing atmosphere becomes a party scene, which in my opinion was the only downside to our stay. Very young groups pack the area and music becomes very loud. Because of this we felt the hotel lost a bit of its identity.
But overall we truly enjoyed this hotel and hope to come back again.
I've been coming to Türkbükü since I'm a little girl and this year my family and I stayed at Macakizi for the weekend after a very nice week on the boat. When you enter the hotel, you enter paradise. The hotel staff is super friendly, the rooms are more than beautiful, breakfast, lunch and dinner are exceptional and the beach are is amazing! If you are up for a drink, you can either enjoy happy hour at 5pm or sit at a more quiet bar in the back. If I could, I would move to Türkbükü and stay at Macakizi Hotel forever.
Beautiful Hotel nested in the nature with access to a private beach. All rooms as spacious & clean... Elegant interior with a touch of artistic paintings .. balconies are full with flowers & trees with beautiful sea view . Restaurants are all amazing & yummy. The beach bar is recommended for sunset drinks with the amazing music .. you will fell in love with Bodrum. The staff are amazingly friendly and professional & well trained to pay attention to details. best wonderful experience in Turkey so far!
A magnificent and comfortable hotel, quiet area, good swimming pool, wonderful beach..Excellent food...Elegant place plus impeccable friendly services , fabulous staff, Highly recommend...Thanks for spoiling us...