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
Perfect resort to relax by the pool or down at their beach club medi. The vibe, ambience and service was just top class.
Food throughout the hotel is spectacular, especially their restaurant where the meal was very special.
It is really an oasis !!
Made my trip !
This is a seriously good hotel. Probably in my top hotels 10 worldwide. Beautiful gardens, a wonderful terrace on the water, stunning food (even the coffee is perfect), wonderful breakfast room (room is hardly the right word), great gym, quiet pool, spa and some of the best staff I've encountered. The overall design is very clever too, even down to the height of the sun loungers. Cigar friendly too.
Quite underwhelming. Had much higher expectations. Staff was unprofessional and poor at communication.
- Room was not ready at check in. Had to wait almost 2 hours.
- At check in we were told that our room rate included lunch/dinner and that they had buffet or a la carte option. At checkout we were charged for lunch (they told us that a la carte was not included in their offer) But they failed to mention this at the beginning.
- We wanted to order food by the sunbeds but was told we had to go to the bar or restaurant. The next day we saw a few people eating by the sunbeds...
- The massage therapist giggled half way through the massage randomly, asked unprofessional questions during the massage regarding nationality and religion. She was also about to leave the room halfway through the treatment to attend to a guest outside. We also were not given any forms to fill in or asked what kind of massage we preferred, or what area to focus on.
-We booked PT and yoga sessions before our stay and at checkout the rates that were charged were higher than the ones given by email. Very poor at communication and owning to their mistake.
Would not recommend to stay here. It is only nice to visit for happy hour, have a drink, or for lunch. Otherwise, not worth the stay.
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 ...