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 stayed there expecting a nice boutique hotel in Bodrum, but it's not like that , it's a thousands better than that.
This place is just a little paradise , surrounded by tropical plants , olives trees and purple bougainvilliers.
It's a mix between Capri the south of France and Greece.
The managing staff , mention special to the divine Paola, knows how to makes you so special.
The quality of the guests also , very trendy is making the difference , no wonder why the celebrities come to this hotel.
It's true luxury with a very very good taste , even the boat , you could hire for a day trip is outstanding.
We stayed with my boyfriend in Maça Kızı Hotel Summer 2019. Hotel is amazing, incredible beautiful sea, coctails and music. It is paradise in Bodrum. Unfortunatelly, problem is they don't care hotel guests. Many Turkish high society is coming to use sea and bar during the happy hour time and they just take care of them then the hotel guests. There is no seat for the hotel guest during the happy hour time, thanks God they are giving bed by the sea for the Hotel guest. IF YOU ARE PAYING $1000 EACH NIGHT, YOU WANT TO FEEL YOURSELF PRINCE AND PRINCESS.But this hotel just really take care of their old visitors from Turkey not the new guests. Spend this money to Europe, and feel yourself prince or princess. But to be honest, the sea (beach) amazing.
I was so excited to stay at Macaziki. I read a friend’s review, and another friend’s uncle, Mehmet, told us it was a great spot.
While the hotel is beautiful, the service was decidedly that of a hotel that has no management skills. Staff do not communicate, they are unaligned, and they blame guests when they failed to communicate something to the guest in advance.
(1) We got in after diving on Saturday and asked if it would be possible to have our laundry done by check out on Sunday since we were just in for the weekend. They said yes. We gave them our laundry by 6PM. There was no more than a single load of it. The next day when we called to ask where it was (around 10 am) they said it was on the way. I called twice more, including at check out time, and they said it would be there in “30 minutes.” Finally, after waiting for an hour after that phone call, I had to go to reception to ask about where the laundry was. It still had not arrived. We waited another 30 minutes, called again to see about getting the car. The reception person rudely reminded me that check out was an hour and a half prior. When I said the laundry had not yet been delivered, they said it would be shortly. When it finally arrived about ten minutes later, it was still damp. They wanted to charge us $98 for a single load of laundry. When I told the reception that I didn’t want to pay for late, wet laundry, he told me it takes 24 hours to do laundry. Only after my boyfriend described how he had to put his laundry in a plastic bag did they finally take it off our bill.
(2) Drinks at the beach bar are very slow. A number of servers stand around, doing seemingly nothing. It took 20 minutes to receive an order of a Diet Coke and a beer.
(3) When we came up to check out, the same reception man from earlier (older and seemingly a manager), insisted we hadn’t paid our beach bar and lunch tab. I showed him the receipt, which he took, and double checked against whatever he had on file. Turns out the bar at the beach undercharged us, so we hadn’t paid the full tab, despite having paid and signed what we thought was in full. Despite this being their mistake, they made us pay for it. The manager was incredibly rude about it and not at all apologetic for their mistake.
(4) They delivered an Assouline book to our room, which we thought was weird but maybe a nice touch by the hotel. Turns out they misdelivered it. They called to come back and pick it up.
A few other non-service related items:
(5) I know everyone smokes in Turkey, but our room reeked of smoke when we arrived and was frankly pretty gross.
(6) The spa is fine, but the outdoor cabins are exposed to very loud beach music which is kind of disruptive to the whole concept of a spa.
For a hotel that charges these types of rates, service like this is totally unacceptable and not what I am used to for hotels that are supposed to be of that tier. (I would not expect it at a cheaper hotel, but at an expensive place I expect hosts to be thoughtful, communicative, and aligned). I thought the older manager in charge was particularly bad. His younger staff, and American man from DC, was much better trained, and frankly, should probably be manager.
Yes, this place is a party scene. Yes, the beach front is gorgeous. Maybe stay somewhere else and show up for a beach day.