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
Perhaps part of the reason for my glowing review is that I did not have any expectations for this hotel. I was staying at another five star hotel close by and then moved to this one to join my sister.
Loved it so much! The property is on a hill overlooking the Med and has a very family / homely feel to it. The food is sensational real mediterranean fresh produce and the lunch buffet was incredible.
The seats by the ocean are so relaxing you are overlooking the water with lovely music playing in the background.
The rooms are a little basic but still very nice fresh and if you get the right one - good views.
The bathrooms are a little on the small side.
Overall though I would highly recommend visiting.
We visited in September so it was "lower" season we also got a great rate.
The sea it's amazing and hotel is quite good. you feel like in paradise, but the prices are .. for royalties :)) true that if you pay it, you feel like a member of royal family :)) also great for party people, not good for family with kids.
We went for a day to the beach club. The sea is good, not amazing for Yalıkavak. The service was good. We had cocktails and Turkish pizza, salad and fried zucchini for lunch. They were not that great for the price paid. The cocktails were pretty standard.