Thursday, September 29, 2011

A favorite vacation spot - Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

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!

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