411: Thirty minutes from Bodrum, Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is a sprawling spa resort in a postcard-perfect setting. Views of the Aegean take center stage, whether through floor-to-ceiling windows in rooms and suites, in some of the six on-site restaurants or from the enormous infinity pool — one of the largest in Turkey. The private beach and 60,000-square-foot Six Senses Spa (with a traditional Turkish hammam) make this destination for sun-worship and spa time, but the city action and historic sights in Bodrum are just a short drive away.
This is one of my favorite vacation destinations when in Turkey. It's perfect for 3 day get aways as well as longer stays.
The rooms are minimalistically decorated and all have views.
The buffet style brunch overlooking the breath taking panoramic view is simply amazing.
The beach is private and secluded and even though the water can be quite chilly, it is crystal clear. You get assigned a butler/personal assistant when on the beach; you simply press a button and he will bring fluffy towels and make you a cozy bed in your cabana, bring you drinks/food anything your heart desires ;) ( well not just anything! get your minds out of the gutter ladies :) )
We prefer spending the day on the beach then retreat to the pool area where we snack on freshly made afternoon sushi and cocktail.
The resort has a spa where I am known to have spent an entire day getting a full body massage, facial and body scrub/rub at the hammam - it's a serene experience.
At night, you can stay in the resort and taste the delicious food in one of their restaurants but having spent way too many summers in Bodrum since I was a little girl, I prefer driving to surrounding cities and having locally caught seafood and homemade baklava!
Darlings, for anyone who doesn't know, here are five easy steps to flagging a taxi...
1. Step into the street. It might sound dangerous, but it's really not: Standing a few feet into the street is the only way cabs will spot you around parked cars, trees and pedestrians.
2. Look for a free cab. To tell if a cab is free, look at the lights on the top of the cab. If the cab is free, the middle light will be on. If the cab is taken, all the lights will be off. If the cab is off-duty, the top side lights will be on (and will spell out "off duty").
3. Raise your hand. Once you see a free cab, just raise your hand. That's it!
P.S. If you want to look cool: New Yorkers are hilariously nonchalant about holding up their arms. To look like a local, put up your arm and don't make any facial expression. Look directly at the cab. Once the cab sees you and starts heading your way, put your arm down. You know the cab is coming, the cab knows it's coming.
On a different scenario, feel free to shout terrible words and shake your fists at the cab when they drive past you as you stand in the pouring rain :))
4. When you climb into the cab, give the driver the cross streets of your destination. For example, instead of saying, "I'm going to 88 Second Avenue," you would say, "I'm going to Second Avenue, between 5th and 6th." That makes it much easier for your driver to know exactly where to take you. (Also, feel free to chat with the driver; sometimes they're grouchy, but most of the time, they're awesome and have good stories.)
5. When you arrive at your destination, have your money ready, along with a 15-20% tip. And, for safety, always get out of the door on the sidewalk side of the cab--not on the street side--even if it means sliding over on the backseat.
The only thing I like more than haute couture is haute chocolate especially Soho high-end chocolatier, Vosges Haut Chocolate.
The stylish sweets in question? The new Groove Truffle collection - a pairing of the brand's addictive signature truffles with some even more addictive tunes. Tricked out in packaging designed by Marian Bantjes, the "Groove Box" is a truly multi-sensory approach to America's genres of music.
First, read about the era in question, then play the accompanying song while you eat the truffles made with a popular ingredient from the time frame. We finally have a legit excuse to inhale chocolates people—c'mon, we're learning!
While it's not in NYC yet (the drop-date is around late October), it's available online here now.
My favorite option is hands-down the blingin' Hip-Hop Truffle, white chocolate with Krug champagne and, yep, edible gold leaf.
Our Fashion Week diet is damned with this confection, a decadent "blondie" cupcake covered in vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with white chocolate chips and blondie pieces, and complete with white and black chocolate on top.
For $4 each, the Tuxedo, which premiered at FNO to designers delights is now available at Crumbs nationwide, a very good and a very bad thing.