Six Senses Kaplankaya
What We Love
- Walk-in closets in all rooms
- Weekly wellness talks
- Complimentary water sports at Taslik Koyu, the property’s private beach
- A 107,500-square foot spa with 40 treatment rooms
What To Know
- A Program Adviser will contact you two weeks prior to your arrival to fine-tune the details of your stay (spa treatments, outdoor excursions, etc.)
- The hotel is a 10-minute helicopter ride from the Milas-Bodrum airport
- Cell phone usage is restricted to your private room
- Each restaurant menu here displays complete nutritional information for all of its dishes
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Therapeutic doesn’t begin to describe the restorative vibe at this seaside stunner, sleekly camouflaged into the rugged mountains of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. This idyllic all-inclusive selected an unvarnished backdrop for its initial international outpost: Muğla, which some now consider a hushed and more exclusive alternative to Amalfi. Whether you choose from an array of curated “focused stays,” ranging from weight-loss packages to a four-day program aimed at aspiring non-smokers, or simply want to unplug, you’ll emerge decidedly detoxed. Start with a dip in the electric blue waters of the Aegean, followed up with a pampering, centuries-old herbal body treatment at the gargantuan spa (the brand’s signature basalt stone massage is also a worthy option), then tuck into freshly caught seafood and mezze at the poolside café, Wild Thyme. For total privacy, opt for one of the 49 “rooms on the ridge,” spread out across a maze of slopes laden with olive trees, all set above the main resort building.
In the Area
History junkies can delight in the fact that this resort is within driving distance of two ancient world gems, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus—both claim Seven Wonders of the World status. Also close is the port city of Bodrum, a pretty mix of white stucco homes and bougainvillea vines and its star attraction, a 15th-century castle, which now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. For those who want to stay closer to the emerald coves of Kaplankaya, there are a variety of customized guided hikes designed to fit different fitness levels, as well as windsurfing excursions—after all, you’re in the birthplace of seafaring civilization.
How to Get There
Lost among pine trees and olive trees, in a breathtaking location the Six Senses Bodrum is much more than you can expect even for this brand.
The breakfast offers everything you can dream of.
The architecture is a mix of natural stones and wood. Although extremely modern it is warm and friendly. You can rest on green areas close to the private beaches or enjoy the morning yoga lesson.
The most sophisticated machines are waiting for you in the gym.
Last but not least practitioners at the spa are highly professional.
All employees do their best to offer you the best stay ever.
If you wish the hotel car will take you to the restaurant Aninga just a mile away where
You can enjoy fresh fishes and remarkable Italian food.
I dream of the day I’ll be back. It was the most relaxing and enjoyable stay for a long time.
Let me make it short: a place in paradise!
When I first saw that Six Senses had opened a hotel in Turkey, I was very excited, given how great other places are that are run under this brand.
And the place is stunning: it is a huge area over which the different villas, beaches and facilities are clustered. Everything is very spacey, whit a lot of green in between, so that it never feels crowded. The main building that is also very airy houses the reception, one restaurant, the spa, the gym and the regular rooms. Villas and lofts are situated outside. everything is very tastefully furnished and very practical (there are regular and USB sockets on the nightstand, a HDMI socket allows you to connect your devices to the room system, an iPad allows you to access most services of the hotel online - at least in theory). The spa is great, as is the gym area which is huge and boosts all kind of modern exercise machines and spaces (although for most of the time I was there it was pretty deserted). As some have complained below: the gardens of the villas incl. those with a pool often offer very little privacy, but it depends on the villa. Pick one at the end of a row at the top of a hill and it is less likely that your neighbors can peek in or that the area is visible from the street level.
The hotel has three pools, two outdoors (incl. a childrens area) and one inside. It also features three beaches, of which one is a little bit outside the main area and can only be accessed by shuttle bus (or by bike, if you are sportive). The family beach is the nicer one, but it is a bit smaller and the array of things offered at their bar a bit more limited. Beaches are clean and access to the sea is easy, even for children. From time to time there are airplanes flying overhead, but disturbance is limited.
The four restaurants (one for fish and Mezze - traditional Turkish starters). one for breakfast and classic hotel food, one which I did not try as it was only open during the day and one Italian place which is at the external beach and which does not directly belong to the hotel. All the food is good, but nothing too outstanding. The Mezze place has some great and modernized versions of classic Turkish starters, some of which are very good. The breakfast buffet is sufficient, but lacks the variety that you can normally find in hotels of such standard. I understand their philosophy that they do not want to throw away too much, which I think is fine. However most of the restos and the breakfast are centered on Turkish cuisine. Again this might be a philosophy to buy local, but for an international hotel I think more of an effort could be made here.I do not necessarily need bacon, but for example things like Eggs Benedict can be made with salmon and should be standard. Also do not expect any non-Turkish cheeses or hams. Except for breakfast the bread served in all restaurants was abysmal; often stale and of no good quality. All cocktails I had were not good and probably not done by a professional.The best of the restaurants is clearly the Italian one. It is the only one which's quality stands out. It is not part of the hotel, but a free of charge shuttle will get you there in 10 minutes and you can have them add your bill to your room (however the hotel takes a service surcharge for that, - without informing you - so better to pay directly at the resto).
All in all what is nice is that all restaurant and mini bar prices are pretty reasonable. A three course menu without alcohol at the Italian place will cost you something like 50 Euros, a soda from the minibar is around 2,5 Euros.
So, what is there to complain about? Well, honestly, the service! Not that the staffers are not super nice or are not trying to be helpful, but the service lacks consistency and is not adequate for a hotel of this class. If you order food at the beach, it can take any amount of time up to an hour to arrive - one of my orders was just forgotten (to be fair they apologized and gave me a cocktail on the house). When you sit down in a restaurant often a waiter will appear quickly, pour you water, hand you a menu, but then disappear, not to appear again unless you flag him/her down. Nobody comes to your table to re-pour drinks or ask, if everything is OK or something missing. At breakfast sometime nobody would ask, if I wanted tea or coffee. At the beach, you have to get up and approach the bar to order, if you are not lucky that the guy is serving something for your neighbor and you can order then. There are no small things, that make other hotels of this class great, like somebody bringing cold towels or fruit at the beach. In one case my minibar did not get restocked for three days. And after I had asked it to be refilled nothing happened for 2 hrs and I had to call again to finally get someone 20 min later. The digital communication that they offer via iPad and Whatsapp (you sort of get your personal concierge, and my was very attentive and nice) works, but only during daytime. I.e. after lets say 6 pm nobody will answer you - which is a strange idea, given that this is with a high certainty the time where people will be in their rooms and might require this service.When I arrived at the airport, I approached the guy holding the hotel sign. I admit I had made my booking late the previous night and shot them an email, if transport would be available. So I was not super surprised when the guy told me that my name was not on his list (even though that was at 2.30 pm, so one would think that this would have left enough time for the reception to see my email), I was totally OK with it and told the guy that, if he would not have space for me I could take a taxi. However he told me that he will talk to the hotel and then get back to me. He talked to someone, but then just told me to wait. A Turkish family arrived, was quickly put into a van and left. I was left bewildered what would happen to me and asked the guy. He just told me that he had forgotten about me - I was standing next to him the whole time and we had just spoken 10 min ago - and there was no conclusive answer why I could neither have used the van as well (there was space enough) or if he would find a different car for me. I then just went of to take a taxi (btw. the van costs 100 Eur, while a taxi is around 30).
I was also told when checking out that reception would email me my bill, I am still waiting for that...
My feeling is that many of the staffers are students and only work there during the summer. Which can be fine - as the student from Mugla who manned the bar at the family beach proved, who was very attentive, knew everyone's name after a day etc. - but I think in most cases you could feel that this was not a well-trained team, that functioned well together.
I would still come back, because this is a really nice hotel, but I would strongly suggest that both staff training and quality oversight are improved!
We stayed for 8 nights in the middle of May, everything was wonderful including the weather :-) We are family of 3 (with little girl of 2)
The Setting is absolutely breathtaking, the sea is Turquoise blue with beautiful beaches and gardens to walk around (we love being able to take nice walks)
But what really makes this place truly special are the staff - they are outstanding!! We felt like part of their family and we were very sad when we left. I have been to most parts of the world, staying in many luxury hotels (including Six Senses Laamu & Zighy Bay) and you will find it hard to experience staff as kind & as truly genuine as Six Senses Kaplankaya... They treated our daughter like a princess, it was so lovely.
Special mention to Murat (F&B waiter) - he is an absolute credit to the hotel, he even brought our little girl gifts each day, he was truly wonderful person.
Mert - our amazing GEM.
Calgar - with the most kindest smile ever!
Dogon Can - so friendly each day & entertaining our daughter.
Mert (F&B - Nickname Liam) - Absolute superstar!! Nothing is too much trouble for him, I looked forward to seeing his smile each day
Eray (F&B) fantastic service & introduced me to the most wonderful wine!
Gochin (kids club) Lovely lady, so wonderful with our daughter.
Finally the lovely Işınnaz on concierge, simply wonderful & so, so kind to our daughter.
During our stay there was only 1 restaurant open for dinner (Sage & Sea) which was a bit of a disappointment as we really would have liked to have a change from same place we ate breakfast (not only because of the food but different atmosphere, it was a bit flat - I think they should have opened Wild Thyme instead of Sage & Sea)
Nevertheless all the food we are was delicious (especially at Wind Thyme) but do need more vegetarian/vegan options.
However the Italian (Anhinga) next door to the hotel (5 minutes by complimentary shuttle) made up for this disappointment - it was magnificent!!! The manager is wonderful & goes out of his way to make you anything you want (my husband is Vegan and he was happy to make him vegan dish not on the menu) the staff here are so friendly - we loved it & eat here most nights. The setting is simply perfect. Do not leave Kaplankaya without experiencing this place, however go early in your stay as you will definitely want to return!!
We stayed in a family villa, which was perfect for us with a little garden my daughter could play in whilst we got ready & upstairs we could watch TV while our daughter slept in the evenings. The only small criticism I have about the villa is the design is a bit strange because there is no bathtub & for families this is very important & also very small closet with only 2 small drawers & not many hangers for the wardrobe so hardly space for clothes. I don't think the designer had children (LOL) I think it would have been better to have a much bigger bathroom with a bathtub & have the closet upstairs because the upstairs has a lot of wasted space.
Also the upstairs outdoor terrace has no table, chairs, sunbeds to sit on so you cannot really use it?
So maybe for families the Junior suite would be better for them.
The kids club is nice & the staff are very kind, however it is located in a strange position of the hotel & quite small in size. The perfect area for it would be over at the family beach where they have the slide & trampoline, then children also have some outdoor space & the parents can be very close to them on the beach - this would be perfect! Also the trampoline needs some shading over the top of it because it gets too hot to use it.
Spa treatment was great, Spa I think could belong to any hotel, no six senses style (little bit corporate & stark)
Gym was AMAZING!!! Best gym we have ever seen in a hotel (my husband uses the gym everyday on holiday so gym is important)
One more point which is important & we were very impressed with was price of Food & drinks - VERY reasonable compared with other 5* hotels in other places, It is so nice not to feel ripped off & it makes you spend more in the long run. instead of 1 glass of wine at lunch, happy to have 3 ;-)
Thankyou so much to everyone at Six Senses Kaplankaya, we cannot wait to return & experience Kaplankaya again & are excited about the future plans for it all.
We were looking for a peace and we found it in here. All staffs are so nice, so beautiful men and women they are so gentille. The foods are fresh and tasty. Yes it’s expensive but you have an amazing service. You can come with your kids.
The hotel and its facilities are absolutely stunning. If you ignore the top of the hill where there is still some further development the resort is beautifully done. It melts into the landscape with clever design and landscaping.
The spa is vast and has lots of wonderful features. The sports facilities likewise are great with something for everyone. We enjoyed the complimentary classes the kids loved the volleyball and basketball courts.
The beaches are great and again there are a mixture of really top notch facilities for adults and children to enjoy.
And the rooms are quite simply lovely, really nicely designed with plenty of space and a great bathroom.
The hotel is new and with it there are a few teething issues with the service. Particularly the food service. However, the management were very receptive to our feedback and went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful time. Everyone gets a GEM - guest experience maker. We were encouraged to make full use of ours and he made our holiday really pretty special with everything working for all members of the family.