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
Return visit and it didn’t disappoint. It is a very friendly, beautifully designed hotel which manages to be homely yet cool and edgy at the same time. Between 4-8pm, particularly at the weekends, the bar and sun deck turn into a very casual club, with great music. At 8pm the music is turned down and the atmosphere returns to “sophisticated boutique hotel” for dinner.
Rooms are well laid out. Not massive but big enough. Good Aqua di Parma toiletries.
Restaurant is excellent and the half board dinner is a must. Great menu, buzzing atmosphere, and everything run like clockwork by the ever smiling Chris.
Will return again.
gorgeous hotel , location and the beach area is breathtaking , by far one of the best in Bodrum , from service to cleanliness to staff ... highly recommended and the beach club is a must to try even if you're not staying there ...
one word says it all: Original! One os those hotel where you feel the owner want his guest the best in all aspect. Comfort, design, quality , location , service , ALL!
One of a kind!
the art collection is absolutely fab and worth a stay itself.
Our second stay at the Macakizi hotel again exceeded expectations. This time round we were in one of the more recently refurbished rooms which was clean, spacious and comfortable with an art-deco vibe. Breakfast serves classic turkish food along with a variety of juices, smoothies and hot drinks and is set in the chic Mediterraneo restaurant. Lunch and Supper are served in the main restaurant further down towards the sea and both menus are extensive with turkish dishes but also other continental classic options on offer. The standard of food at the Macakizi is the highest I have ever seen at a hotel and while there may only be one restaurant for lunch and supper, I could eat there weeks on end and not get bored of the food. Chris, the F&B manager, is a delight, he gave us recommendations for the one night we decided to eat out of the hotel, he makes the guests smile and feel welcome, is on top of everything and ensures that your food and beverages are prepared to a high standard. The hotel has a pool but I have yet to use it, it is more of a beach resort (without a beach). The sunbeds are on decked pontoons and guests choose their beds according to whether they like a lot of sun/shade etc with the helpful Mohammed. The sea is lovely and clear and the atmosphere is incredible with relaxing music on in the morning and getting slightly louder and more disco-y into the evening. Overall, cannot fault our stay at the Macakizi and look forward to returning next year.
I went to this amazing beautiful hotel with my friends and we spent the whole day on their beach club this place is just full of amazing energy great vibes the beach is great the food is delicious the service is great the music is great that u just get up and dance if u r ever in bodrum and u like amazing energy just go to this place enjoy every bit of it and if u r lucky enough u can get s nice room there
Thanks for the whole team of the beach club and of course the reception guy who did our reservations