Turk­ish De­lights

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BO­DRUM

THERE’S MUCH MORE TO TURKEY THAN ISTANBUL, AND ONE OF THE TOP SPOTS IS A SHORT HOP TO THE SOUTH­EAST: BO­DRUM. THE HIS­TORIC PORT CITY IS A BUZZY YACHT­ING MECCA. IT HAS AN AT­MOS­PHERE AKIN TO THE FRENCH RIVIERA BLENDED WITH EASY­GO­ING BEACH CUL­TURE, PLUS THE UNIQUELY TURK­ISH FLAVOUR OF BAZAARS AND HAM­MAMS. WITH THE OPEN­ING OF THE MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL BO­DRUM IN JULY, THERE’S A NEW LUXE RE­TREAT TO REL­ISH BE­TWEEN FOR­AYS TO THE MYR­IAD LO­CAL ATTRACTIONS.

EAT

SAM­PLE THE LO­CAL FARE AMID PALM TREES, SOFT CAN­DLE LIGHT AND JAZZ MU­SIC AT KOCADON RESTAU­RANT, WHICH OC­CU­PIES THE BEAU­TI­FUL COB­BLE­STONED COURT­YARD OF A GROUP OF 19TH-CEN­TURY STONE HOUSES. THE RESTAU­RANT IS NAMED AFTER THE FAM­ILY THAT BUILT THE HOUSES. KOCADON.COM

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SET ON A HILL­SIDE AT PAR­ADISE BAY OVER­LOOK­ING THE AEGEAN, THE MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL BO­DRUM HAS 102 GUEST ROOMS AND SIX ECLEC­TIC RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS. A HIGH­LIGHT OF THE 20HA PROP­ERTY IS THE 2,700SQFT SPA, WHICH FEA­TURES 10 TREAT­MENT ROOMS, SOME OF WHICH ARE OUT­DOORS. MAN­DARI­NORI­EN­TAL.COM/BO­DRUM GIVEN ITS STUN­NING COAST, THE AREA IS SAIL­ING HEAVEN. BOU­TIQUE CHAR­TER FIRM ZE­PHYRIA YACHT­ING OF­FERS TAI­LOR-MADE ITIN­ER­AR­IES TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE THE SCENIC AND HIS­TORIC ATTRACTIONS FROM THE COM­FORT OF LUX­U­RI­OUS GULETS, TRA­DI­TIONAL TWO- OR THREE-MASTED TURK­ISH SAIL­ING VES­SELS. ZEPHYRIAYACHTING.COM.TR

EX­PLORE

WHILE THERE IS PLENTY OF SHOP­PING AND BAR-HOP­PING TO DO, BO­DRUM IS ALSO HOME TO MANY HIS­TORIC BUILD­INGS. EIGH­TEENTH-CEN­TURY WIND­MILLS DOT THE TOWN AND THE 15TH-CEN­TURY CAS­TLE OF ST PETER, A MU­SEUM OF UN­DER­WA­TER AR­CHAE­OL­OGY, IS A FAS­CI­NAT­ING LAND­MARK. BO­DRUM-MU­SEUM.COM

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