Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
What We Love
- A choice of 10 wining and dining options
- Breezy waterfront setting on a private bay
- Bodrum is one of Turkey's most desirable vacation destinations
What To Know
- The resort is both sophisticated and super-family-friendly
- It's a 20-minute drive to the center of Bodrum
- The superb spa features a traditional Turkish hammam
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Overlooking a private bay on Turkey’s white-hot Bodrum Peninsula, this luxe resort aims to please all its well-heeled guests with a choice of 12 different suite categories and lavish apartments with up to four bedrooms. The vibe blends a high-end Asian feel with exotic Turkish accents, and most rooms take full advantage of the resort’s waterfront setting with floor-to-ceiling windows. The wining and dining options feel endless, from casual Mediterranean to haute Japanese. Got a sweet tooth? You’ll love the Terrace Lounge and the Mandarin Cake Shop, which both offer homemade treats along with sea views. The sublime spa is spread over three levels and offers a range of signature Mandarin therapies, as well as locally influenced treatments, like the Olive Branch Journey, which involves olive leaves picked from the garden, and a hammam experience, inspired by the centuries-old Turkish steam room tradition.
In the Area
If you can drag yourself away from the hotel’s two private beaches on the Aegean Sea, it’s worth exploring this stunning coastline further, preferably from a gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden boat. Blue Cruise Bodrum specializes in tours on these romantic vessels, either private charters or day cruises. Head into the town of Bodrum and party the night away onboard a different kind of vessel, the tacky-but-fabulous Club Catamaran, which claims to be Turkey’s only floating nightclub, or boogie down at the popular open-air Halikarnas club. If culture is more your thing, explore the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which incorporates the Bodrum Castle of the Knights of St. John and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
How to Get There
Exceptional property, travelled alone for a relaxing weekend and that's exactly what I got. Excellent service by all staff, attentive, friendly and to a point you feel they anticipate your needs.
Definately enjoyed the food and make sure to have the chef take the lead and prepare something creative for you.
By far one of the nicest resorts I have stayed at and going back in the summer with my family.
5* noise starting early mornings ending late nights caused by gasoline buggies! You expect coming to the real paradise, surrounded by beautiful nature at the sea, but end up to be waken up 7 am by enormous racket that continues all day till very late night. Extreme high price wouldn’t guarantee recovery, good sleep and rest. And its since 4 years that the hotel claims of having no solution to exchange these serving vehicles. So, I believe the next coming 4 years it wont change and you can avoid MO Bodrum if your and your family relaxation, comfort and recreation are important.
We consciously decided to stay off-season as it can get above 40C in June-August and we preferred the 28C (sea 19C), yet with the hotel season starting 1st April, we were surprised to find some things not to be ready yet.
But the good things first. The rooms are really big, we spent one night at the garden view one bedroom apartment which has beautiful amenities and lovely furnishings. The bathroom is surprisingly small however (no bathtub).
We then moved to a 2 bedroom residence which was massive and came with a terrace, fully equipped Gaggenau kitchen and washing machine. Bathtub also. Shanghai Tang amenities and Aromatherapy Associates in the common areas.
All rooms have a personal butler whom you can communicate with by whatssup. Golf buggies take you around the resort.
Food - so this is where it gets tricky. Breakfast is incredible (huge selection of bread, fruit, spreads, muslis etc) but from the 3 other „dinner“ restaurants only one was open (the Italian usually opens 1st May but was delayed this year and the Japanese 1st June) and otherwise you can pick dishes from the in-room dining which is extensive but not for a stay beyond 5 nights. One could go to town but we decided to stay in.
Staff - lovely but at the pool / lunch places not enough. For example, I expected to get offered fruits etc during the day bit this only happened 1 in 3 days. Lunch orders took more than 30 minutes and some guests were visibly irritated.
There are 3 pools (interconnecting) which are on the smaller end.
Gardens/playground was still being prepped / painted whilst we were there... one month after opening. But was not a nuisance.
Spa - lovely, and they offer spring prices. Yet, Biologique Recherche facials could not be offered as the products were stuck in cargo (!?). Again, this will all presumably be resolved for the high season.
All in all, we would come back as the rooms are lovely and in Europe one of the few hot places this time of the year.
An upgrade to a higher room category is always a good idea, here at the MO it is a necessity.
Private pool, luxuriant amenities and amazingly enthusiastic and energetic staff make a stay here a true and relaxing blessing.
We came to Bodrum to celebrate a big occasion. The hotel was stunning, the staff went full out to make it a holiday to remember. I was really moved by their thoughtfulness. Great food too. All round excellent.